Troubled Church - Part 1
God placed the development of this short series of lessons on my heart at a time when my home church, Southview, was struggling with Godís vision it and patiently waiting on His guidance. Our struggles during the months leading up to these lessons affected each of us in a variety of ways, some more than others. These lessons are very personal to me because, at the time, I was experiencing difficulty in finding direction for my life and ministry in the overall context of my church life.
I soon came to realize that today across the country we are witnessing struggles, splits, and turmoil within the church at unprecedented levels. I also discovered that I wasn't the only one suffering from disillusionment and searching for Godís truth and direction in the midst of it, and I realized that many others in many other locations had as well.
May God bless you as we share this personally painful but necessary examination of the challenges facing many local churches today, as we seek God's guidance regarding how it can continue to be used -- and triumphantly renewed -- to serve as a beacon and refuge for the lost.