Pastoral Relief and Retreat
- Wethersfield, CT, United States
- I am Pastor at Poquonock Community Church, Congregational (CCCC) in Windsor, CT. My wife Jama and I live in Wetherfield, CT. We'd like to invite you to Terre Haute -- High Ground -- That's what Jama and I call the retreat space on our property. We offer free intentional get-away retreats. We'll feed you and house you and give you space to be with the Lord. All are welcome; no questions asked. This blog is my daily devotional journal. I write it because it is so easy to go for weeks without ever taking the time to be alone with God. Writing helps me develop a discipline I need.
Monday, September 14, 2009
1 Thessalonians 5:12-28: Four Pillars, Revisited
This plan for the church is something the World knows nothing about. What Paul closes this letter with is a scandal to our latter-day sensibilities.
1) Leadership (Call)
a) be aware of (those who labor among you)
b) Submit to your leadership (and are over you)
c) Listen for Encouragement from your leadership (and admonish you)... the combination of a, b, and c leads to...
2) Fellowship (Community)
a) Peace (eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace)... how we do it:
f) payment (pay against kind when necessary)
3) Discipleship (Communication)
c) give thanks
d) listen (be open to the Spirit)
e) avoid evil
4) Sovereignty (Conviction)
a) God is Faithful
b) God is Able