Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction (2 Tim. 4:2).
The past 18 months have surfaced a great many challenges and concerns in our world. Everywhere I go, there seems to be residual angst in almost every person I meet. As a result of navigating these difficulties, most experience mental, emotional, social and spiritual weariness. They cannot pinpoint its nature or source, but all feel a weight of enduring, unprecedented uncertainty.
In recent months, the cloud seems to be lifting in many places around the country and worldwide. Businesses and travel are reopening, routines are reestablished and lives and communities are returning to normal ― or at least embracing a new normal. But, the fact is, lots of things have changed, and many other things need to change.
With all this transition, we must remember what never changes.
First, God is still in control. This season did not come as a surprise to him, nor has his power diminished.
Second, God still calls the church to be a transforming force in the world. The church’s engagement in the lives of their communities has never been more critical.
Third, God still calls you and me to join him in what he is doing. We cannot wait for perfect conditions or other entities to figure out what to do. Christians must find a way to make a difference in the places and positions God gives us.
The Apostle Paul knew we should not wait and challenged us to advance the gospel. Whether times are good or bad, problems simple or complex, people receptive or defiant, we must remain faithful to the task of helping people meet, know and follow Jesus. In this issue of Point, you’ll read stories of people who are rising to Paul’s challenge to be a transforming force and advance the gospel. I pray God will give you the wisdom and courage you need to stay on mission!
Scott Ridout, Former Converge President
Scott served as president of Converge from November 2014 through August 2022. Prior to that he was the director of generosity for Converge from 2007-2014, concurrently with his time pastoring at Sun Valley in Gilbert, Arizona, for 22 years. He serves on the boards of Axelerate, Bethel University and The Timothy Initiative. Scott also serves the Finish the Task initiative working with denominations worldwide. He and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 1988 and have three adult children, Jon, Ashlyn and David. He loves God, the local church and simply wants to help people meet, know and follow Jesus.