4 STEPS TO SHEPHERDING YOUR CHURCH THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
By Steven Blake
I recently read a passage of scripture that brought conviction in my heart as a pastor and spiritual leader of a church.
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me” (John 15:18-21,CSB)
I asked myself, “How often do I feel persecuted for my faith?” If many of us pastors are honest with ourselves the answer is probably “not often.”