Originally Posted December 29, 2014 By Pastor Adam
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is over. We’ve been discussing the Advent season and Christmas ministries among our office staff since September! I know that I was so blessed by the ministries and services this year, and I’ve heard from many others that the same could be said of them as well. God really showed up in a big way in the lives of our church, and I pray that He will continue to do so in the lives of the everyone who’s checking out this blog today and for those who are really, honestly, and passionately seeking the Lord Jesus on a daily basis.
Since we put so much time and effort into the Christmas ministries, as a pastor I need a break. I packed up my car on Christmas day and headed out for some much-needed R&R. My family and I have been having a wonderful time of just having some fun with each other. I always bring a book for the down time that I have and pray that the Lord would renew my spirit and allow me to rest. I would not normally post to my blog while on vacation, but there was such a great lesson that came to me yesterday that I had to take some time to remind us all about it, especially as we look with anticipation for the coming of 2015.
I chose the book “The Fourfold Gospel” by A.B. Simpson to read this week. If you’re not familiar with this book, A.B. Simpson was the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the denomination that I pastor in (check outwww.cmalliance.org for more information on who we are and what we do and how to get involved). This book outlines something that he called the Fourfold Gospel–that we see Jesus as our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. Because of my background with The Alliance, these terms are not new to me. But, in the middle of the section on Christ as Savior, a very simple yet profound thought came to me. I realized how often we as human beings attempt to forge past the basics and feast on the deep truths, and yet forget that the basics are the deepest of truths. As I was reading through the pages, there weren’t any new great truths revealed, no greater and deeper instruction into theological principles, just an unwavering commitment to fully understand the basics of my own salvation, which led me to a very wonderful time of praise.
Everyone, we live in a world that it constantly tempted to press on for that which is new, when we might in fact find the new in what we would consider the very basics. As we go through 2015, my prayer for you and for me is that we would settle down and listen to God as He continues to minister to us these very basics that, to be quite frank, many of us still struggle to understand. Oh what a blessing awaits when we fully grasp who Christ is in our lives. May God richly bless you in this upcoming year!