My friend Rudy Ross is an avid reader of C. S. Lewis. Rudy often refers to Lewis’ concept of separate rooms and a lobby.
Imagine a conference center with a big lobby and adjoining breakout rooms.
Everyone attends the conference because they have a common interest. They go to the breakout rooms to home in on specialized information.
Unfortunately, people who should unite around the common interest of serving our Savior have accentuated their differences with fellow servants of the Lord.
They bypassed the lobby and congregated in separate rooms based on their differences from others.
Churches are divided and isolated because of competition, doctrine, practices, and politics.
C. S. Lewis appealed to the church to leave our differences behind and find a common ground to best serve the cause of Christ.
We are to come out of our separate rooms and join together in the lobby.
What if instead of going off to our separate rooms where we feel comfortable with like-minded individuals, we met in the lobby to nourish one another?
This is what Paul encouraged Timothy to happen in Ephesus.
If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed (1 Timothy 4.6).
Without proper food, people take on the following characteristics.
— Reduced appetite.
— Lack of interest in food and drink.
— Feeling tired all the time.
— Feeling weaker.
— Getting ill often and taking a long time to recover.
— Wounds taking a long time to heal.
— Poor concentration.
— Feeling cold most of the time.
Without words of faith and sound teaching, the spiritual lives of Christians resemble the physically malnourished.
Words of the Faith and Sound Teaching
Paul gave Timothy a short-hand version of the gospel message, which is the “words of the faith.”
He [Jesus] was revealed in flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3.16)
When Christian leaders stick to the simple but powerful message of the gospel, we will nourish each other and present the world as excellent witnesses.
What can we do?
A week ago, Scott Stoner brought his ministry to the homeless to 40 Highway. A combined effort of Maywood Baptist and Church of the Four Corners reached several homeless people with food, hot showers, and hope.
Two men decided to check into recovery houses, as a result of the work.
Everyone involved was nourished by the actions of Scott and his friends because they left their breakout rooms and joined each other in the lobby.
Please join me in supporting this kind of work. Please choose to speak well of all Christians, whether you agree with them or not.
Please strive to nourish everyone through the simple message of the gospel.
Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
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