photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/October 2008
The Linguist
originally written 5 Oct 10
posted 13 Nov 10
God speaks our language

I'm always intrigued when I notice what a wide variety of believers there are.
All the different talents and specialties gifted to us are meant for a purpose;
to reach those who have not yet heard of our Lord
and what He has done for them.

He will use whatever means necessary to reach us where we are—
not necessarily where we should be.
The goal is for us to hear Him…
so that we know how much we are loved by our Creator.
The initiative is His—He sends someone to
communicate His love to ALL people,
not just those in the church building.

God can use anything and anyone for His purpose.
Two examples that come to mind are books and movies.
Well-made movies can show visual parallels
to Christianity and/or model moral behavior.
(don’t laugh…not all movies are bad…careful selection is required)
Those who lack good role models in their real lives
can learn valuable life skills & thought processes from
well-written characters in Christian fiction.

People have different talents and skills.
When we yield our lives to the Lord,
He will use those talents and skills for His purpose...
to reach and rescue a lost world speeding toward destruction.

Movies, books and other media that the Lord might use
should enhance, not replace, church involvement.
Those avenues are how many might hear God’s Truth first in their lives…
but further study and growth is always necessary in this
Great Adventure of learning to follow Christ.

The church is a deepening place.
A body of believers gathering together to learn, grow and serve as one unit.  It is not always the beginning (not everyone can understand “churchspeak”)
and it’s not always the end (God sends us out to reach those who are lost
and can’t find their own way to the church body).

Church should be a place of equipping and building up—not a destination.
It's a tent of restoration in the midst of battle.

In church and out…we must study God’s Word continually.
No soldier in their right mind would enter battle without a weapon.
The Bible is our sword in this war between good and evil.

“… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
(Ephesians 6:17b)

Bible study shouldn’t be viewed as an “extra bonus” 
as if it’s a dessert to be enjoyed occasionally.
It’s the main course!

2 Peter 1:3-11 
 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 
 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. 
 10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

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