If I Could Tell You One Thing…

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  • January 03, 2012

I love preaching. And I mean that from both sides of the room. I love being in the pulpit and in the pews. I count it a great blessing and joy to hear good men declare good news from our good God. Seven Mile Road, we have some good men coming to our pulpit in the coming weeks.

We’re calling the mini-series, If I Could Tell You One Thing. Here’s the idea. I’ve asked some of our church planter friends, “If you could come and preach one sermon at Seven Mile Road, what would it be? If there was one thing that we needed to hear, if you only had one shot, one opportunity (that sounds like the words to an Eminem song), what would you tell us?”

Here’s the lineup:

January 15: Doug Logan, Epiphany Camden Fellowship
January 22: Rob Burns & Gino Curcuruto, ReaLife Church
February 5: Ian McConnell, Grace Bible Church

There are many reasons why I’m excited about this. Here are some:

An opportunity for a different voice in our pulpit: I am grateful for the way Seven Mile Road receives my preaching. They remind me of 1 Thessalonians 2:13. However, it will be really healthy for our church to have some different personalities in our pulpit. I’m sure our people will benefit from and appreciate the change of pace.

An opportunity to hear from God: Here’s my prayer for this series. Lord, you love Seven Mile Road. You are faithful to speak to us. You know us. You know the places where we need to grow and mature; where we need to repent and believe; where we need to be encouraged and where we need to be rebuked. So come through these men and speak to us. Tell us what we need to hear and give us the grace to hear and obey. Make us humble to receive your Word and obedient to do what You say.

An opportunity to learn from wiser, godly men: Each of these guys have been at the work of planting and pastoring longer than us. They have wisdom we need. I honestly love each of these brothers. They love Jesus, they love their families, they love the Bible, they love our city, and they love the Church. And if all of that were not enough – they love us. They pray for us, serve us, and genuinely care about seeing us follow Jesus well.

An opportunity to grow our relationship with gospel-centered churches: It is a joy to be in a place where each church plant is rooting for the next. I haven’t sensed even a whiff of the territorial, competitive, cannibalism that exists among churches in so many other places. So the opportunity to grow in friendship and partnership with these brothers and their churches is a blessing. I hope having these men in our pulpit is a loud declaration of our unity in the gospel and our partnership in mission. Let us pray that Seven Mile Road grows in love for Epiphany Camden, ReaLife, and Grace Bible and vice versa.

 

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road. He loves God, family, food, and football - in that order.

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