“Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”

 

This past week the country music industry lost a long time member of their family – Mr. George Jones. At the age of 81 George Jones, aka the Possum, went into eternity after a very tremulous life and career. Alcohol seemed to rule much of Jones’ life which often led to his absenteeism at his concerts, earning him the nickname “No Show Jones”. It would also appear that alcohol took a devastating toll on his family life which is shown in his four marriages. 

With all his faults George Jones sang some of the most iconic country songs in the history of country music. Throughout his career Jones produced fourteen number one hits on the country chart. Many other of his songs made it into the top ten with one of these being, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”. In this song Jones questioned who was going to take the place of all the great singers who had died and left a void in their industry.

It does not really matter if another secular song is ever written or sung, but in the Lord’s church we need to ask a similar question. At the Logan Martin church of Christ, who is going to fill the shoes of the present day leaders when they are gone?

Notice the statement made by the Hebrews writer to every member of the church:  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat (Hebrews 5:12; emphasis, TLH). The ASV translated it in this manner: “For when by reason of the time ye ought to be teachers”. 

The phrase “ye ought” could also be translated: to be under obligation; to owe. When we become children of God we owe it to God and are obligated to God to grow in order to be a teacher, in order to be a leader. This is not optional for any Christian.

Often the qualifications of elders and deacons (I Timothy 3; Titus 1) are looked upon as being exclusive to those offices. Of all the qualifications for elders and deacons, there are only three which are not required for one to be a faithful child of God. One does not have to be married, have children and be a man in order to be a faithful child of God. God does require all the other qualifications to be in the lives of every Christian.

Beginning Sunday, June 2 at 5:00pm -5:35pm there will be a class for foundation building and faith strengthening. The targeted group for the class: those who have obeyed the gospel in the last five years; those who have been away from the church and have been restored in the last five years; and all who desire to strengthen their fundamental knowledge of God’s word. This class will work with the goal of strengthening the Logan Martin congregation through strengthening each individual Christian. This class will meet at the same time, 20 times from June 2 – November 3. The class will not meet August 4, 25 and October 13 because of previous engagements.

Following the conclusion of the faith building class, beginning Sunday January 5, 2014 there will be leadership classes for the men and women of the Logan Martin church of Christ. These classes will work with the goal of equipping every Christian to fulfill our obligations to God: to grow, to teach and to lead.

 

                                                                                                          Tim

 

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