March 2011


Posted by Ken Schmidt

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.                        John 7:37-39

If you are trusting in Christ, this passage presents you (and me) with an amazing promise and challenge.  The promise of the Holy Spirit is for everyone.  Jesus uses the concept/word of thirsting and water for spiritual desire and the Holy Spirit respectively.  He says, “Come to me thirsty and I will give you water that satisfies eternally.”  But, he doesn’t stop there.  He goes on to say that the water that he gives to the believer will flow out of the heart of that believer!  In other words, every believer is given the Holy Spirit, who satisfies our spiritual thirst.  In turn, the Spirit will also flow from our hearts.  Why?  So we can be satisfying people to others!  Jesus Christ gives every believer the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit satisfies our real thirst and gives us the more.  We are satisfied so we can by satisfying.  What does this look like in real-life?

  •     Let the “Fruit of the Spirit” feed those that are around you: may others be the recipients of your love, joy,    peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
  •     Greet one another (Rom. 16:16, 1 Cor. 16:20, 2 Cor. 13:12, 1 Pet. 5:14)
  •     Comfort one another (1 Thess. 4:18)
  •     Forgive one another (Col. 3:13)
  •     Build one another up (Rom. 15:2; 1 Thess. 5:11)
  •     Serve one another (Gal. 5:13)
  •     Bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2)
  •    Encourage one another (Heb. 10:25)
  •    Meet with one another (Heb. 10:25)
  •    Be kind, tender-hearted, and forgiving towards one another (Eph. 4:32,
  •    Rom. 12:10)
  •    Receive (welcome) one another as Christ received us (Rom. 15:7)
  •     Care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25)
  •     Minister one to another (1 Pet. 4:10)
  •     Show hospitality to one another (1 Pet. 4:9)
  •     Pray for one another (James 5:16).

Soul-refreshed people are satisfied and satisfying!

I like to talk about “gospeling.”  I think it is a great word.  I first heard the term from Dr. Jim Johnston when he served as my Sr. Pastor.  I liked it so much, I stole it.  I use it all the time.  It’s not a word, according to spell-check. It may be my version of George W. Bush’s “strategery.”

Regardless, I use it because I think it prescribes and describes what a Christian is to do.  We gospel ourselves and others.

The word gospel comes from the Greek word euangelion, which means “good news.”  The root of the Greek word connotes the bringing of a message.  So this word gives the sense of bringing good news to someone.  The modern word “Gospel” comes from the Old English word “Godspell”. In Old English, “god” with a long “o” meant “good”, and “spell” meant “word” (we carry this meaning also in our word “spelling”). So in other words, “Godspell” meant “good word,” and specifically, the good tidings concerning Jesus Christ.

Gospeling is an act of bringing the good news of Jesus Christ into every area of our lives.  Therefore, we are always gospeling.  The challenge for us is to recognize how we can gospel in the mundane of life.  How do we gospel at the breakfast table?  How do we gospel as we do the dishes?  How do we gospel with the tone of our voice?  How do we gospel in our technology habits? 

Gospeling takes work.  We must intentionally think through how we can gospel in every situation of life.  The gospel is the power of God to change hearts.  If you have put your trust in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross, you have the gospeling power to impact every sphere of your life.  This is good news!

Posted by Ken Schmidt

In less than two weeks, our church, Manchester Creek, will be joining with a number of other gospel-centered churches to serve the city of Rock Hill.  Why are we doing this?  Because we have been changed by the grace of God in Christ.  And that grace compels us to be the hands and feet of Christ in the community so we can build bridges for the gospel.  Check out our website.

Posted by Ken Schmidt

I had to steal this from my friend Amy.  This is so descriptive of my writing and speaking style.  Especially #22

Guide To Essay Writing 

1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid clichés like the plague.
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren’t necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
12. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
13. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
14. Be more or less specific.
15. Understatement is always best.
16. One word sentences? Eliminate.
17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
18. The passive voice is to be avoided.
19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
21. Who needs rhetorical questions?
22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement

Posted by Ken Schmidt

I think this is my last post concerning the Rob Bell controversy.  It has served as a good test case for discernment.  I have posted two videos featuring Rob Bell.  Both have to do with his book Love Wins.  The first is the promotional video sent out byhis publishing company.  The second is an interview on MSNBC.  As you watch both videos, I want you to notice how easy it is to make an argument sound good and reasonable.  In the first video, Bell masterfully controls the conversation with questions that make you come to the conclusion he wants.  The second video demonstrates how silly a position is that is built upon questions (and no answers).

The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.   Proverbs 16:21

Posted by Ken Schmidt

Hell is real.  The reality of hell impacts every single human-being.  Those who neglect or soften the teaching on hell do so to the peril of the people with whom they interact.  At some point, we are going to have to talk about hell to our kids, family members, co-workers and friends. Our understanding of hell and our motivation will set the tone for our conversations.  Anger and harm will be the products of a foolish motivation.  Godly sorrow and life result from a wise and discerning motivation. 

We are to be God-like in our attitude towards people and hell.  We should not wish hell upon anyone!  Note these words from God in Ezekiel 18:21-23,

 21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does  what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

A godly person is pro-life.  We take no pleasure in death of any form (expect the death of sin and death).  We do not celebrate the death of Hitler, Hussein or the child molester.  We pray for life from death.  We pray for our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to turn away from their rebellious sin and turn to Jesus Christ and his righteousness that he gives to those who trust in him and his work on the cross.  We weep as passionately at the death of the wicked as we do for our own family members. 

We pray for life!

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