Saturday, July 6, 2013

Exegeting a Mission Field (Part One)

Two weeks ago, I started work with First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington (just across the Columbia River from Portland). The church was founded in 1882. Like the vast majority of mainline Protestant congregations (and the majority of churches in general), FPC has been experiencing decline for many years. Revitalization will require a great deal of hard work and new learning; and part of this work and learning will be exegeting--reading and interpreting--our context.

In the coming weeks, I will be posting some of my exegetical observations here. I plan to start with a wide-angle lens and then to narrow my focus, moving from the national to the regional to the local. My hope is that this work will assist both the people of FPC and church leaders in other contexts who are seeking ideas for engaging their own neighborhoods.

1 comment:

  1. A gift for you....truth.
    The true Gospel is now delivered to you from the wilderness Rev 12:6 as a witness Matt 24:14.
    Our heavenly Father will NOT put any child of his into a hell fire no matter what their sins. Sin doesn't scare God! He created it Isa 45:7 to teach us all the knowledge of good and evil Gen 3:22 for our eternal placement in his coming kingdom. Throwing a child of his into a hell fire has never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer7:31, Jer 19:5. Anyone preaching a hell fire for any child of God has been deceived into teaching lies. The whole world has been believing in a god of hate murder and revenge (The devil Rev 12:9). The true word of God John 1:1 is now delivered Rev 12:5 here

    God chose a woman Rev 12 to be the prophet like unto Moses Num 12:3 and Elijah Matt 17:3, Acts 3:21-23, Luke 1:17. Those professing themselves to be Christians would be wise to hear all Acts 3:23 BEFORE making any judgment. The proof of what I tell you is in the hearing.

    Prove ALL things 1 Thes 5:21. Satan has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9 until now. Turn your heart to the children of God for a better placement Ezek 37:26 in God's world Rev 21.