Here's the old thought that was confirmed in a new way in this passage: today's churches are too often willing to sacrifice community for "the ministry." The modern American church is gifted, no doubt, but we're not good at relationships. We are in danger of spending lots of time and effort creating and designing programs that run well leaving little time or energy to disciple people who relate well. But no matter how "quality" the ministry is, if the quality of our relationships with one another is weak, the "ministry" will eventually collapse or cave in.
Paul regarded himself as the "poster child" for sinners-who-need-Jesus. This is something I find incredibly difficult to emulate. And yet it is the only way that I will truly be able to love the other sinners in my area of influence. How can I truly love and serve other sinners unless I am consciously aware of how undeserving I am of the love and service Jesus has shown me?
Bob Bevington says this clip from Tim Keller is the best 200 second answer he's ever heard. I would agree.
Steve Williamson preached an engaging and thoughtful message on the topic of hell last week. Using the story Jesus told about Lazarus and the rich man, In "Whatever Happened To Hell?"Steve deals sensitively and Scripturally with the doctrine of the wrath of God, the love of God, and the reality of hell.