Press On!

It seems a little tough to find words to address people during a time like this. What could I possibly say that could diffuse tension? Or that could ease pain I haven’t felt before? Or that encourages someone that is concerned with something I don’t completely understand? And, since we aren’t meeting in person, does it matter? Now those are the thoughts of a worship pastor that is used to leading worship with people in the room and is feeling a bit lost right now (hi, that’s me). Maybe you have similar feelings to some extent about attending church or engaging with a LifeGroup or something in that vein. I will tell you, at the start of all this it was quite hard for me to find my purpose since what I do on a Sunday morning is very different right now in some regards and non-existent in others. I felt as though this was a time that we would consider “out of season”. That terminology comes from II Timothy 4. Paul is writing to his protégé (Timothy) and reminding him that he needs to keep at it because there will come a time where people will not want to listen to proper teaching. Here are the opening verses from that chapter…

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

In other words, KEEP AT IT! There will come a time when it will be incredibly difficult to get people to listen to what you have to say from the Word of God so at this time, even though circumstances are not ideal, we MUST press on! Our mission hasn’t changed, just our method! How we normally do things would be what we consider “in season” and it would be really easy to consider this “out of season”. Maybe not being in the actual church building has left you feeling disconnected during worship. Maybe not being around people on Sunday during the message makes it hard to engage. Maybe there’s something else you are feeling or not feeling. But we are called to live and be ready whether it is in season or out of season! We are called to be sober-minded, to endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill our ministry (vs. 5)! Find out what that means for you as you follow God and He leads you during this season. Or maybe you want to ask Pastor Benji what that looks like! Good timing!

We are starting our new series, AMA – Ask Me Anything, this weekend! Submit a question now and join us Sunday ready to lean into the way God has called us to live as Christ-followers right now!

Bradford Mitchell
Worship Pastor – Hillsborough Campus

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