Wednesday, May 2, 2007

i am of driscoll??????

I don't know if anyone who reads this blog (if there actually is anyone????) has ever heard of the National New Church Conference, or Mark Driscoll, or Bill Hybles, but in my church planter blog reading I've been hearing a lot about a mini-'scandal' going on because of something that happened at the conference. It has just reminded me that when we get all caught up in who's books we read, podcasts we listen to, or teachings we follow, we are no different than the Corinthians Paul was addressing in his letter. We've often read this passage (which if you read, I have altered slightly as a statement to this current 'controversy'), we may have even taught on it or heard it taught. Today I'm taking a moment to examine myself and ask "Who am I 'of'? Am I getting caught up and enamored with a person more than my Lord?" It's worth pondering. Are you a 'fan' of someone to the point that it has caused dissension between you and a brother or sister? If so, it's time for a heart check. In the passage I've inserted Driscoll & Hybel's could be anyone prominent...Bickle, Mahaney, LaHaye, Giglio, Stanley, Campolo, McManus, McClaren, name it... who's 'your guy' when it comes to theology? I don't want my agreement or disagreement with any man hinder me from fully following God...

1 Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly–mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul Driscoll,” and another, “I follow Apollos Hybels,” are you not mere men?

5 What, after all, is Apollos Hybels? And what is Paul Driscoll? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I Driscoll planted the seed, Apollos Hybels watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

I Corinthians 3:1-9

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