Yesterday Jen, Jim, Tim, Hannah and I went over the bridge to spend some time with Pete and Dave at ChristChurch Newport.We were there to build some relationship ahead of a conference that I've invited Pete to serve us at in 2009. As we sat in his office (surrounded by some outstanding books as would be the case in many a pastors study) I invited Pete to share his story with us and was deeply encouraged by his honesty about his mistakes, about the way he's grown and changed over the years, what Jesus is doing among them as a church at the moment, and most of all that he's loves Jesus and is keen to serve the wider church and UCCF's ministry.
I consider it a huge priviledge (and also rather ridiculous) that I've been able to spend time with so many godly pastors over recent years through serving churches in UCCF. The thing that strikes me again and again is how unassuming God's leaders are. And, I observe that the more these men seem to love the gospel the more humility they seem to display... That's real spirituality and I want that in my life.
But the, like Sammy says: "Arrogance. What does a filthy rotten sinner have to be feeling superior about? Nothing much the Bible reckons. So if we are at all arrogant, it’s out of ignorance of our true state (without Christ)." And now we enter into life in Christ - as part of his bride the church in many localities!