Fresh Fire

We got out of church early enough last night for me to attent the Fresh Fire Revival at Christway Church of God. Dr. Ron Phillips was the guest preacher. Dr. Phillips is the pastor of the Central Baptist Church (Abba's House) in Hixson, TN and one of the most recognized leaders among charismatic Baptists. I have followed his ministry for a number of years and have recommended his books to others.

Dr. Phillips preached an amazing message, challenging the church to a "day by day" faith. He called the church to share the gospel and encouraged them to reach out to the "forgotten". God was powerfully at work and the modest sized church grasped a vision for all God could do in and through them. It was an awesome experience of authentic, missional Christianity.

After the service I had a chance to briefly talk with Dr. Phillips. I introduced myself as a Southern Baptist pastor. He prayed a genuine prayer for me and our church. After he prayed he joked with me saying, "I won't tell anybody I saw you here." I chuckled but the joke communicated a sad reality in Southern Baptist life. The IMB trustee issue highlighted a smallness in the SBC that is truly heartbreaking. Don't we have enough room for Reformed theology, charismatics, and moderates? We do in my church. Why not in our denomination?

The things I witnessed in that little Pentecostal revival were genuine and beautiful. I was proud that the preacher was Baptist. I hope one day that Baptists will be proud of him.


Royce Ogle said...

How can someone be "right" is he is not like us? This is a contemporary question but an old one as well. In Mark 9 John came to Jesus preplexed because someone was doing God's work who was not one of their group. Verses 38-40 says, "38 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”
39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is on our side."

I believe the pentecostals are on our side. I want to be like Paul who declared that if Christ is preached he would rejoice no matter who the preacher was or what his motive was.

Royce Ogle

Matt Snowden said...

Well said.

Matt Snowden said...

Well said.

daddyx3 said...

Jokes like that are a polite way of telling the truth. Until we (SBC) truely have a heart like Jesus it will be so. I am so thankful to God who led my family and I to a church that does allow and embrace "different types of Christians". No, we don't all see eye to eye and walk in lock-step, but we do love each other and enjoy the variety. I'm not a great thinker nor a Biblical scholar but from what I've read in the Bible, it seems to me that Jesus loved and embraced people. He did not worry about the styles, types, kinds, or "denomination" of worship.

Matt Snowden said...

I am glad that you have found a good place to worship. May God bless you and your family.

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