What is a “Secondary Issue”? Why do we as Pastors, decide what is important to the believer as we teach through the entire Bible? Some people like to stay away from secondary issues. Some suggest that they be withheld from the pulpit. While some like to use secondary issues as a conduit to their personal agenda.
Last night, at Worship Generation, I started off the Bible Study with a question. “What is the difference between a Disciple & an Apostle?” . . . I recieved the following answers.
- “Apostles prophecy.”
- “Disciples are the ones who followed Jesus.”
- “Disciples are students.”
As you can see, the kids in our youth group (who all where saved at a young age, and have been walking with the Lord anywhere from 2-8+ years) could not answer the question correctly. Dont get me wrong, they all Love Jesus, most of them serve in some capacity at our church, and about 90% of them attend a Christian High School. I didn’t expect these kids to know the answer, and as a matter of fact, the Lord showed me during my time of preparing that they would not be able to answer the question correctly.
Throughout the entire Bible Study, I was able to communicate the differences between the 3 types of people that followed Jesus in Luke 6; 1. The Crowd 2. The Disciples 3. The Apostles. In talking to them afterward, most of them were blessed by the study and the fact that I took the time to clear up some misconceptions about the people who followed Jesus.
During the study I said something that caught them off-guard, I said that “Our Calling is generated for the benefit of others”. As I went on to explain to them the benefits that people experience through their calling, they began to really think ponder their calling. The realization that they are called to do something that not only benefits others, but also is done in obedience to God and in reflection of the Cross, really influenced the way they saw themselves working in and through their calling. Some where encouraged to teach, some where encouraged to apply their gifts within their circles of influence, and some went away praying fervently for their calling.
The church should be facilitating and assisting others through the application of gifts, 1 Peter 4:10. Within the church, Leaders are called to make disciples Matthew 28:19, while Jesus is in charge of choosing Apostles Luke 6:13. As the church Leadership begins to lead in biblical fashion, we must mimic the leadership module of Jesus.
- The Life He lived was centered around the equipping of unqualified men to do a supernatural work. Mark1:17
- The language He used always balanced the will of God and the decisions of humanity.John 5:14
- The Vision he laid out was to do above and beyond the things He did. John 14:12
Be encouraged about the fact that God likes to use the entire Bible to further His Kingdom, even via the small details(ie “Secondary Issues”)