Hearing the Father’s voice.

September 25, 2007 at 8:05 am 3 comments

There are several dynamics that make Trinity Fellowship here in Sayre what it is.  For a few days I think I might try to describe them.  I know, writing about them won’t fully give you the flavor of why this place is so attractive but I will do my best.

Yesterday morning I was sitting in Andy’s office with several other people.  This is a regular occurance.  There is often something that is being talked about but more often then not the conversation rolls on a number of different subjects.  There are several young families and not so young families that came to Sayre for visits and were so captivated by the place, they moved here.  Some of these folks will be in the room with the other pastors and there will be a free flowing conversation about whatever. 

This is so rare.  No pastor, at least that I have ever heard of or seen, especially of large churches, is like Andy.  His door is always open, if there is a conversation going on and you walk by you are waved in and invited into the conversation.  When I was a pastor I guarded my privacy and time religiously as most of the other religious professionals I know.  But not here.

While there are some conversations in the office that are more private, it is rare. All are welcome but mostly these visits are with those of us who are here all the time.

Yesterday, there was some good stuff flowing around the room.  The subject had to do with a new fellowship in Arizona, started by a cowboy friend of some of the men in the room. The church had grown so fast they needed help and turned to Trinity for help.  I think some of the guys are going out there this week.  There are some very real problems and issues that need resolution and those were discussed.

But the real subject was the Father and specifically hearing the Father.  I was raised, educated and served in an environment where hearing the Father was seldom ever mentioned accept as He has spoken in the past and recorded in the Bible.  This is a very typical position for the dispensational/reformed traditions.  For sure the Bible is the test, it is the final Word but it is not the only word.  I am enjoying the freedom to listen and hear my Papa talk.

Andy is big on asking you regularly: What has the Father been saying to you?  What have you been hearing from the Father?  If you go and ask him what he thinks you should do about something he will ask: What is the Father telling you?  He seldom will say, here is what I think the Father is saying to me for you, though if you press and he has something he will share it with you. 

The point is; we can hear the Father for ourselves and if we ask Him for answers and direction He will give it.  Sometimes it is confirmed by Scripture but it isn’t required.  Scripture does not speak to every issue of life and the Father wants to share with us the answers and direction for every area.

So many pastors and churches are after the latest thing in church growth and church life.  I was.  If someone else was doing it and it was working I probably looked at it.  The whole Purpose Driven Life thing is a classic example.  Good stuff, no doubt.  A Word from the Father, for sure.  But I wonder if it was a Word for the world as much as it was a Word for the Family of the guy who wrote it.  Most things the Father tells one person or group is seldom something He wants to tell you.  He is pretty specific with His kids.

Here, they want to know what the Father is saying to Trinity, to this Family.  Living out of that Word has produced a Family that is clearly living out a vision for this place and this moment in time.  While there are many other ministries and churches that have affiliated with Trinity, the Word for this place is not the Word for them or there.  When there is a question or an issue the question is “what is the Father telling you about that?”

The more that question is asked and the answer expected the more the Father is heard.

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice and come to him.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t recognize his voice. (John 10)

Do you recognize the Voice”  What is the Father saying to you?

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Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Charismatic, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Family, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Miracles, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts.

Monday morning meanderings. Vol.13 Trinity Family Fellowship

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mousewords  |  September 28, 2007 at 2:35 am

    I’ve had so much experience with hearing the Father’s voice when I need guidance and ask Him for it. There’s no way to describe the comfort in feeling that closeness with Him!

    These days, He’s telling me, “Be yourself.”

    ~Christine

  • 2. amanda  |  September 26, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    wow, does this church put their teachings where we could hear them?

  • 3. Linda  |  September 25, 2007 at 8:41 am

    He is saying: follow Me; I will take care of you. I am faithful, I am stonrg, I am with you forever. Fear not.

    I’m glad to be in Sayre with the Trinity Fellowship family – even though I’m not there right this minute. God has lead us to Sayre; I look forward to seeing what He has for us to learn and to give while we celebrate life with the Father in that family.

    Thank you, dear husband, for listening to our Abba.

    Your wife, Linda

    PS – I think we have heard and listened to the Father for a really long time, we just didn’t always say “HE told us” something; we didn’t give credit where credit was due.

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