The Middle Years Ministry

THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Next Generation Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors. Our goal is to MEET YOU in the MIDDLE in the Middle Years
, the Pivotal 5th-9th Grade Years. The middle ground between children’s ministry and high school ministry. The age where 85% of people make their final life-long faith decisions.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Deep Is Not What You Know?

 Deep is not what you know, it is what you do…deep isn’t information, it is letting the Gospel transform your life”.  

        These were words from a recent interview lead by Perry Noble a church service talking with  pastor, Davey Blackburn.   You might have heard about Davey Blackburn and know the name, because his family was in the news.  Davey’s pregnant wife was killed in a home invasion in November.

            As I listened to the two pastors talk for close to an hour about who God is and how he works, I was blown away at Davey’s spirit reflecting over the last couple months of his life.   What he shared was not information but transformation.   He spoke about all that happened but then shared about how God has used it to transform himself, his church, and so many lives around our country.

            We live in an informed world; more informed than any other time. There is no lack of information.  What we do not live in is a transformed world.  Sin has continued to deform our world and misinform our hearts, as the Father of Lies does his work. Our response as a church and in our ministries must be more than more information, but also transformation.  

            We are asked all the time about how to have a “deeper walk with God” or a “deeper faith”.    Both of those we must recognize is not about being better informed but being more transformed.   While Pastor Blackburn could choose to find a way to rationalize or think through the facts of what happened and why; he has chosen rather to live out his faith and the transforming truth of the gospel in his ministry. 

            What about you this week?  When a difficult situation in your ministry, in your home or elsewhere arise?  Will you face it down with information in your head or with the transformation in your heart as well?   What about with your students and families?    What is going to echo louder, a set of facts, a few Greek or Hebrew words from seminary OR a faith that you have been lived out naturally and fully in front of them.
            Romans 12:1-2, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

            May you live both an informed and transformed ministry this week, no matter what tests, difficulties, and challenges might come! 

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