Here are a few of my notes from the Bible Conference Weekend at the Mennonite Church of Gleason, WI that I attend. I can't begin to tell you how I enjoyed hearing all of this.
The keynotes and thoughts of the first speaker were as follows:
Let's be ambassadors.
Servants asking to be pierced through the ear. (As in the O.T. practice of fastening an ear ring to the servant who did not want to be freed from service after seven years but wanted to serve for life.)
Bits and pieces on Biblical non-conformity:
Are we building a heavenly city or tearing down the gates of hell? Both perhaps. Believers need to strengthen and encourage each other because each one makes up part of the wall to keep the enemy out - the enemy being, the defiling influences of the world, the flesh and the devil on ourselves and our families.
Maintain purity with daily washings in the water of the Word.
We recognize there are many other builders(outside of our own denominational membership) and not just ourselves.
Our work is all tested.
There will be some latitude from congregation to congregation. We all do our part towards the finished product.
Let's be true builders.
Let's let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory. Humility, ready to take advice. We all need correction at times because we are human.
When standards are drawn up they need to express unity and have a unifying effect.
Change in heart is necessary from the kingdom of the world to the kingdom of God. From the power of darkness to the power of the Christian life.
Passing from death into life begins a lifetime of separation.
Separation is the beginning and non-conformity is a continual process.
Beholding the Lord we are changed.
Our motivaton comes from the love of the Lord.
Devotion from thanksgiving opposed to 'formalism' and 'legalism'. Earnest desire to please Him and glorify Him in our body. Separate ourselves from the evil course of society in general. Maintain sense of accountability to the Lord. Keep things out of our homes that might be detrimental to our children.
Train ourselves as servants.
And concerning church discipline:
The need for discipline(setting some straight) is unavoidable and sometimes necessary. The speakers illustration was, "If the church drops he reins of discipline then satan will pick them up and drive the church to hell". Yeah! Aaaamen.
*One of my favorite notes of the weekend were: "The Bible contains spiritual lessons and edification for every generation."
These were the thoughts and instruction of the men who lead my church and the six other sister churches. This stuff was honey to my ears.
Seems like just good sound and basic stuff that is worth keeping close to the front in our Christian minds.
And man, to be around people who aspire to this sort of thing has been a blessing for me.
Thanks for dropping by and may it be all joy to you.