Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
Ephesians 4 contains one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. Paul tells the Ephesians to “speak the truth in love.” We often assume this means to tell people things they don’t want to hear. But that is not the context. The context is telling the truth of the gospel and the Christian faith to one another. It is reminding one another of God’s grace and love, His righteousness and justice, His faithfulness and mercy. We are not to do this in ways that are patronizing or condescending. We are to do this with a genuine concern for the well-being of others.
How to pray for FBC
Ephesians 4:7-16 instructs us to protect one another from false understandings of who God is and how He works. This is a very important aspect of teaching in the church. Take time to pray for our teachers this week (Life Group, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, etc). Pray that they will teach a correct picture of who God is. Pray that they will be able to recognize when someone holds an incorrect view and know how to steer them in the right direction.
How to pray for our Community
I am in a meeting with a group of pastors. Several shared about other local pastors who are moving out of the area. Let’s pray for these churches that are going through transition.
How to pray for our World
How do we pray for people caught in a natural disaster? Their suffering is not their fault. I have many friends and family near the fires in Southern California. I know people doing great ministry in the L.A. area whose work is affected by the fires. I am worried about them and saddened by the challenges they face.
Natural disaster did not exist in the Garden of Eden. The devastation is one of the products of the Fall. Yet God is still able to work in the midst of such tragedy. He can use tragedy to show the foolishness of building our hopes on the things of this world. He can use tragedy to stir longing for the day when there will be no more tragedy. He can use His people to show His power to restore. And those are the ways I pray.