We must wield discernment like a surgeon’s scalpel. As we contend for right doctrine, we must take care to adorn it with right attitudes and behavior. We must discern with precision, humility, and sorrow. Not to temper the truth, but rather that we might bolster the truth with love.
Our church is taking steps to becoming a praying church. A praying church is one where private prayer, gathered prayer, and spontaneous prayer are noticeable priorities. For us, disciplined and strategic use of time in prayer fuels the spontaneous and continuous prayer of which Paul writes “pray without ceasing.”
In many churches today, pastoral authority has been abused and has overreached its God-given boundaries. To be a blessing to the church, leaders need a functional understanding of pastoral authority. We can derive nine principals from the Bible that will help us define this balance.
To lament is human, to worship with lament is both the mandate and provision of the Divine King. Connecting the glory of God to the suffering of His people may seem to be an impossible task, but it is a task that God has provided for if we will but preach His Psalms of lament.