Monday, August 16, 2010

Gleanings from the Pastor's Perspective: Standing firm, but not still

The Pastor’s Perspective
“Standing firm, but not still”
First Published: November 11, 2003

Commitments for the First Presbyterian Church for the Next Quarter Century

We are in the midst of a major transitional time for the visible Church, in American culture in general and Jackson in particular. Many mainline churches around us have fallen prey to liberalism and pluralism of various types, while many evangelical churches look more like the culture than the Church. Our desire is to reach out without compromise – to stay faithful, but not to stand still. We want to remain faithful to God and his inerrant Word and to his vision for the church, and at the same time be aggressive in fulfilling his mission for the church. This means that the church must again be distinct from the world in order to fulfill her mission.
Matthew 5:13-16 must loom large in our thinking if we are going to be able to stand firm without standing still. I’ll explain that next week.

Your friend,

Ligon Duncan

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