The resurrection is the centerpiece of the gospel. Without it, Christ’s death would be rendered ineffective. But, was the resurrection of Christ really “according to the Scriptures” as the Apostle Paul claimed? The New Testament authors were not creative innovators of theology but faithful followers of the prophets and the God of the prophets.
As a pastor, how you know and love your fellow leaders could make the difference between success or failure in ministry. While imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote to the Colossian church and sent them a kind of verbal “group photo” of his band of workers. Here we see Paul’s excellent example of how he knew and loved the leaders who served with him.
The hard work of gospel proclamation has taken a back seat in evangelicalism today. We are in the midst of a mission drift, a digression toward greater emphasis on temporal social issues. But if you believe that the church possesses a gospel which is the only hope for the eternal salvation of souls, you must agree that it is the most important cause we could engage in.
You can overcome the handicap of youth and inexperience by following the advice given to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:1-2. Even the youngest servant of the Lord, if diligent in pursuing these virtues, will have both an impact, and an audience.
Our commitment to Sola Scriptura leads to a commitment to hermeneutics—how we study the Bible. We do not want to be people who merely confess Sola Scriptura but those who live it with conviction.