Radio Streams
SA Radio
24/7 Radio Stream
VCY America
24/7 Radio Stream
67

CODE #

My Favorite Things
Home
NewsroomALL
Events | Notices | Blogs
Newest Audio | Video | Clips
Broadcasters
Church Finder
Live Webcasts
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Category
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Language
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -24 sec
Top Sermons
Online Bible
Hymnal
Daily Reading
Our Services
Broadcaster Dashboard
Members Only

Bread of Life Fellowship
Joel Van Hoogen  |  Boise, Idaho
31°F
Contact Info | Edit
•  Email  |  Web
breadoflifeboise.org
•  Twitter
PHONE
208-331-4096
ADDRESS
Bread of Life Fellowship
1021 East State Street
Boise, ID 83705
Podcast + Codes
•  Apple iTunes | Video
SERMONS EMBED | Info
Mobile Apps | Info
•  ROKU TV
•  Apple TV
•  Chromecast
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: bol | Set
MyChurch Code#: 79472
Our Blog
Post+
Search
  
Filter By

A Correcting Judgment
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020
Posted by: Bread of Life Fellowship | more..
140+ views
Each year God gives me one or two lines of thought that are added into my slow growth into wisdom. This year two verses have been thrust into my thinking. Matthew 10:27 Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. Luke 12:3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Both verses are given in the context of taking the message of Christ’s gospel to a lost world that is resistant. Both verses are given with a follow up statement encouraging the disciples not to fear what has power to kill them but has no power over their eternal destinies.Both are followed by a declaration of the Father’s loving interest in their lives.

In Matthew 10:27 the Lord Jesus sums up the manner of his discipling ministry. He taught his disciples in the darkness of private or hidden conversation and he limited the scope of his instruction largely to their individual ears. Jesus scaled back his audience to those he might teach around the retiring fire of the night and those who might listen to his instruction in a small inner room of the house at the end of the day. Jesus is acknowledging that his discipling ministry seemed small in scope. But then he tells his disciples that this approach will result in their being able to amplify that message in the bright light of the day and on the broad housetops of the world. It is a promise to them that their work would be expansively impactful.

I think the disciples, at first, mistook the vision Jesus was giving them of their future ministries. To their way of thinking success in the ministry of making disciples would put them before ever growing crowds of people who would gather under their influence and message. Most of us have this same misunderstanding of how our discipling ministries should go. Pastors usually think that success in ministry is represented by how many attend the services of their local church. They think these words of Jesus indicate that their success will be reflected in the size of the crowd they influence from week to week. For this reason, the limits placed upon our ministries by Covid has been particularly discouraging to us pastors. To put it crassly we have been taught to keep score of the success of our ministries by the size of our congregations. But Covid has dismissed the crowd and our score card has been taken away and torn up. We are waiting, most of us, for the game to be played once again and ourselves to begin re-amassing the crowds we will teach and instruct each week. We are waiting to be given a new score card and to play the same old game.

But in Luke 12:3 the Lord once again goes back to his statement of Matthew 10:27. This time he speaks to the disciples as they stand before what is likely the largest crowd ever gathered to hear Jesus. They must have been quite excited at this opportunity to gain a greater audience. Jesus’s acknowledgement of the crowd is only for the purpose of warning his disciples before it. They are not be distracted from their mission. Appealing to the crowd will bring upon them the rotting spore of hypocrisy. BEWARE of seeking to influence the crowd, he tells them. They will influence you to become a hypocrite and one day all hypocrisy will be exposed. This is the meaning of Christ’s words in the first two verses of Luke 12. Then Jesus tells his disciples the secret to amplifying the gospel message into the bright light of day and out from the roof tops to as many as possible. “You will teach a few around the retiring fires of the night and you will instruct those listening in the inner room at the end of the day.” The process by which the gospel goes out into the light of day and out from the roof tops in broadcast? It is taught faithfully person to person and life to life. Beware of keeping score before the crowds. Be faithful to speak God’s truth to others before the evening fire and in the small rooms of fellowship.

Covid 19 may be God’s judgment upon a church committed to amassing crowds and advertising them as their success. The approach has made us promoters and posers and exposed us to the temptation of hypocrisy as we seek to maintain our poses and promote our good cause. God’s judgments are merciful. They mean to correct us. God is limiting our options in ministry so that we may get back to the instruction Jesus gave his disciples. And when you go into a household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it (Matthew 10:12-13a). We are to go through the oikos, the private lives of people, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are not to count the seats in the pew but the hearts God places in our hands. The numbers will seem few but the Lord Jesus has promised that through this humble way of disciple making that the gospel will go out in increasing amplification. Do you have faith to believe this? Then let us see Covid as our opportunity to renew ourselves and call our fellow pastors into the work of oikos evangelism and discipleship and count our successes in the relationships where we teach a few to teach a few more.

Joel Van Hoogen Joel Van Hoogen

Web Link:  CLICK TO FOLLOW EXTERNAL LINK
Category:  The Issues

permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry

     PAST BLOG ENTRIES     

How Not to Be a Hypocrite
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020
Posted by: Bread of Life Fellowship | more..
220+ views
How to not Become a Hypocrite (In consideration of the accusations recently leveled against Ravi Zacharias, which I hope will be found untrue, this meditation is offered. Untrue or not the temptation of hypocrisy surely encroached upon him and...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


The New Religion of Protest and Our Opportunity before it
SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020
Posted by: Bread of Life Fellowship | more..
100+ views | 10+ clicks
Acts 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. I wonder if you watching the news on TV as a crowd of “peaceful protesters” run riot over...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


Dying to Live
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
Posted by: Bread of Life Fellowship | more..
1,020+ views | 260+ clicks
I had an opportunity to witness how life rises out death this last week in North Kalimantan, Indonesia. I was with my friend and ministry partner Heber Agan flying from the coast city of Tarakan, on a short half hour flight to the river town of...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


The Vexation of the Righteous - Part Three
FRIDAY, JULY 03, 2015
Posted by: Bread of Life Fellowship | more..
5,020+ views | 390+ clicks
The Vexation of the Righteous Part Three 2 Peter 2: 7-8 ...and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed (vexed) by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented (vexed)his righteous soul from day to...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


The Vexation of the Righteous - Part Two
FRIDAY, JULY 03, 2015
Posted by: Bread of Life Fellowship | more..
4,560+ views | 230+ clicks
The Vexation of the Righteous Part Two 2 Peter 2: 7-8 ...and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed (vexed) by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented (vexed)his righteous soul from day to day...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »


The Vexation of the Righteous
FRIDAY, JULY 03, 2015
Posted by: Bread of Life Fellowship | more..
4,580+ views | 250+ clicks
The Vexation of the Righteous 2 Peter 2: 7-8 ...and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed (vexed) by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented (vexed)his righteous soul from day to day by...
[ abbreviated | read entire ]
permalink | post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »



Bill Parker
The Word of Eternal Life

Preaching From the Cross
Sunday Service
Eager Avenue Grace Church
Play! | MP4 | RSS

Election Day Sermon
Dr. Sacha Walicord

Tech Talk Zoom // Episode 05

Dr. Andrew Woods
James 012-Faith Without Works?

James
Sugar Land Bible Church
Video!Play! | MP4

Kevin Swanson
Impeachment 2.0

Analysis: Is Trump Guilty?
Generations Radio
Play! | MP3

Sponsor:
Learn How to Be a Church Consultant

Free Web­inar Replay with Thom Rain­er. 7 Habits of Succ­essful Church Cons­ult­ants.
https://event.webinarjam.co..

Sermon:
The Fall of Man is Down
Dr. James M. Phillips

SPONSOR




SA UPDATES NEWSLETTER Sign up for a weekly dose of personal thoughts along with interesting content updates. Sign Up
FOLLOW US


Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal

MOBILE
iPhone + iPad
ChurchOne App
Watch
Android
ChurchOne App
Fire Tablet
Wear
Chromecast TV
Apple TV
Android TV
ROKU TV
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Echo
Kindle Reader


HELP
Knowledgebase
Broadcasters
Listeners
Q&A
Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Webcasting
2-MINUTE TIPS

NEWS
Weekly Newsletter
Unsubscribe
Staff Picks | RSS
SA Newsroom
SERVICES
Dashboard | Info
Cross Publish
Audio | Video | Podcast
Sermon Player | Video
Church Finder | Info
Mobile & Apps
Live Webcasting
Solo Sites
Internationalization
Listen Line
Events | Notices
Transcription | PowerClips
Billboards | Biz Cards
Favorites | QR Codes
Online Donations
24x7 Radio Stream
INTEGRATION
Embed Codes
Twitter
Facebook
Logos | e-Sword | BLB
JSON API

BATCH
Upload via RSS
Upload via FTP
Upload via Dropbox

SUPPORT
Advertising | Local Ads
Support Us
Stories
ABOUT US
The largest and most trusted library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide.

Our Services | Articles of Faith
Broadcast With Us
Earn SA COINS!
Privacy Policy

TECH TALK
Tech Talk Zoom // Episode 05
Copyright © 2021 SermonAudio.