Last week, I introduced the blog and its goal - to discuss teaching, exhorting, and defending the Christian faith through the arts. How will I accomplish this?
First, I will be sharing my own blogs. Some will be about writing, and some will be about an issue on living out the Christian faith.
Second, I'm going to invite some of my friends to share their thoughts on the subject. Some of those friends will be novelists, songwriters, and visual artists. Others will be pastors, missionaries, and apologists. And some will fit both categories.
Allow me to state that I believe every Christian is a full-time minister, a teacher, a preacher, an evangelist, a worship leader, and an apologist. You don't want those jobs? Sorry. It comes with the territory.
Let me quickly state what I mean on each of the above.
- You're a full time minister. Do I mean 40 hours a week? Only if you sleep the remaining 128. When you're awake, you're in the ministry. You don't need a degree, because you have the indwelling Holy Spirit and the gifts He gave you.
- You're a teacher. Those around you are learning by what you say, how you interact with others, how diligent you are in what you're doing.
- You're a preacher. You are sharing a message by what your priorities are. And people are listening to it.
- You're an evangelist. Some have the gift, all have the responsibility. When Jesus gave the Great Comission (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), He gave it to ALL His followers. We're to share that message to the lost.
- You're a worship leader. You should be leading people to worship God in your actions.
- You're an apologist, a defender of the faith. When your belief is questioned, your job is to give an answer (1 Pet. 3:15). When your faith is challenged, your responsibility is to contend for that faith (Jude 3).