This week our guest Gmail writer is Brian Rhen, PCC’s Pastor of People Development and teaching pastor at our gatherings this upcoming Sunday, June 25 for our kick off to our new summer series THIS IS US.
“That’s the problem with western professional pastors like you. You all hinder the ordinary folk from believing they can be used by God.”
And with that, Malcolm’s wife, Jean, began to frantically tap him on the shoulder from the back seat of the car as she repeated exclaimed, “Stop, Malcolm! Stop, Malcolm! That is not very nice!”
I can still picture where I was on Interstate 280, passing by the Crystal Springs Reservoir rest stop, with the statue of Father Junipero Serra actually pointing at me, when those words were spoken. My destination was the SFO airport, where I was dropping off Malcolm and Jean as a favor for a friend. Though I had met Jean briefly a few months earlier, this was my first introduction to Malcolm. There he sat in my passenger seat, in his worn leather jacket and jeans, silvery wavy hair and beard, speaking to me in his distinguished British accent coupled with a disgusted tone. Had I not known their background as pioneers in reaching Nomadic Tribes in Central Asia, while raising their family out of a traveling Range Rover, I might have been offended. But instead I replied, “Malcolm, there is some truth to your statement and I will still take you to the airport.”
As a vocational pastor of over 20 years, I do believe Malcolm is partially right. Too many people believe that only the professional pastors can be used by God. Some make comments when it comes to praying, reading scripture, hearing from God, sharing the truth, and/or helping others such as, “Oh, that’s the work of a pastor. I’m not qualified to do that.”
But the truth is that the men and women in the Bible are ordinary, flawed, prone to mistakes, and at times even reluctant believers — and yet there they were, used by God in great ways! Acts 4:13 details this reality:
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. Acts 4:13a (NLT)
God absolutely loves to use ordinary messy humans like them – and THIS IS US, too!
In our new summer series that starts this Sunday, we’ll meet some of the most unlikely — and the most colorful — characters in the pages of Scripture. We’ll be encouraged and inspired as you consider their lives and how God can use people like them – and someone like you! The first character we will focus on will be a little-known adulterous woman named Gomer, found in the book of Hosea, who really is someone just like us.
Now, I know school is out for the summer, but I have a little homework for you to do! Prior to Sunday, view a helpful video overview of the book of Hosea and the story of his wife Gomer by using the latest PCC free resource called RightNow Media. RightNow Media is the Netflix of Christian resources, with countless videos and Bible studies for adults, couples, small groups, students, and kids, too. You’ll be receiving an invite in your email inbox this afternoon to join RightNow Media, at no cost. Just log on, type “Hosea” in the search engine, and click to watch the 7-minute video. And then enjoy all the resources from RightNow Media you want!
Fan of the PCC community,