About 25 years ago when I was planting a church in St. George, UT, Wayne Hoag came through on something called "The Great American Race." I was facing a discouraging point in ministry there, and he took me to breakfast, spoke words of life and prayed for me.
I have never forgotten that moment and how much it meant to me. Wayne has gone on to touch countless lives with his presence, and also with a book, "The One Another Project." He continues to serve our church in Truckee, although not as Lead Pastor, having made an excellent transition to Jesse Richardson who now serves in that role.
- Ray Van Gilst
During my 43 years of pastoral ministry, my eyes have often been opened to the simple strategies that God has placed within His Word – simple, yet powerful strategies for shaping and molding His church to be all that He desires her to be.
One of these awakenings for me was the discovery of 29 One Another admonitions that are found in the New Testament. I had been reading over and around these admonitions for years before the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to their true purpose for Christ’s church. What God began to show me was His unique strategy for conforming the members of His church into the image of His Son (II Corinthians 3:17-18).
I became more aware of the fact that salvation is a sovereign work of God. The Apostle Paul reminds us that each believer was chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). He also tells us that we are saved by grace through faith, and that not of our own doing (Ephesians 2:8-9). Upon being saved, God then begins a sanctification process in the life of the believer; a process in which the believer has a part to play.
Upon being saved, it’s God’s plan that each believer become an active participant in the Body of Christ, His church. It’s here that God begins the sanctification process through the practicing of the 29 One Another commands. You might ask, “How so?” Let me explain.
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