More of the Story

You may have already bumped into the latest newsletter from December. I thought you might like to read the rest of what the four folks wrote to me. This first story Pastor Bob Quaintance shares his journey into engaging more deeply with the scriptures.

Bob and I have been in a coaching relationship since the start of the year. He has been a delight to walk with as he goes through our Life Coaching process and our Growing Intentional Disciplemaking Church process. He’s in the secon15d380d33e70ae5758c3c312d4e7c138d year of this three year commitment and at a critical time of launching discipleship groups with his core team.

Here’s the rest of the story.

I’ve read the Bible through countless times and I’ve preached and taught the Bible for 33 years as a pastor.  I’ve loved the word of God and I’ve always seen it as THE source of guidance for my life.  Recently, I’ve been reading Luke for my devotions.  When I came to Luke 5 it ended with Jesus’ teaching about new wine and old wineskins and the final verse stood out to me.  I’d never noticed it before and don’t remember it.  Here’s what it said, “And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘the old is good enough.’”  As I read those words I immediately thought, “Wow, that’s me in a nutshell.”  I am very comfortable with the familiar and I don’t like change.  I heard the Lord challenging me to move beyond what is “good enough” to what is “better”, to His current plan for me.

Being a part of the Intentional Discipleship Church process, and receiving personal coaching over the last year, has opened me to hearing God’s word afresh.  It has opened me to not being satisfied with the old ways of doing things.  I’m ready to grow, to be challenged, and move forward.  This verse has continued to come back to me as I sense God’s challenge and leading in my life and ministry.  Dane, I’m thankful for the ministry of the Navigators and your coaching.  May God continue to bless your ministry.

Blessings,

Quaintance

 

Pastor Bob

Join me in praying for Bob’s church Good Hope Lutheran as they endeavor to connect deeply with the Lord through His Word and as they launch their discipleship triads this January!

See More of the Story, part 2