I am pastoring a church that is an hour plus some away from our home which leaves me and Sharon with a major portion of our week without a close fellowship nearby. I would like to visit with a church, perhaps on a regular basis, with some serious bible teaching, maybe a Sunday night but at least midweek sometime. IT DOESN’T EXIST.
Maybe somewhere. But I can’t find it.
How can this be? Is Bible teaching except on Sunday mornings a dead thing in the church? Does no one get hungry for a word from a servant of the Lord and of the Word on M,T,W,T,F night? What’s happened? How many pastors take it as their primary goal not just to preach on Sunday mornings but to be in nature and in duty a student of and teacher of the Bible as the primary commitment of their lives?
I know that we are all to be self-feeders. Believe me, I am. But I long to have another who will wrestle with me, throw me to the ground, force me to see a truth I don’t want to see and though I would self-feed until Jesus comes will not see unless someone shows it to me. Am I alone?
Yes, I know that if we have a midweek Bible teaching we won’t have time for small group communities. Yes, I know that if we have a midweek Bible teaching I won’t be able to serve as freely in one of the many ministries the church is trying to keep going. Yes, I know that if we have a midweek Bible teaching and perhaps someway somehow have to go out another night of the week then I will be more tired rather than less. Yes, I know there is pastoral counseling, administration, program development, and committee meetings.
BUT CAN’T SOMEONE, SOMEHOW, OPEN THE BIBLE AND PREACH THE GOSPEL EVEN WHEN IT ISN’T SUNDAY?