Clayton & Micah Chancey

Supporting the Church in East Africa

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Continued Sustenance

We’ve battled hard with discouragement this week, but we’ve also had friends come alongside and encourage us – for which we are very thankful. The Lord has also uplifted us through our own prayer and studies, especially Clayton’s study of 1 Kings 19. If even Elijah could grow lonely (v10) and weary (v4) in his ministry, then we know we are not beyond temptation. Yet it was the restoration (v7) and revelation (v11-12) of Yahweh that put Elijah back on the path of ministry. Pray that we would be laser-focused on Christ and His Word, and that we would gaze beyond the earthly, into the eternal.

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Chicken Feet

Thank you for praying for diligence in our studies! For us, the best time for concentrated study is before the sun comes up. So we’re trying! But keep praying for us, because neither of us are naturally morning people…

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I Bless the Rains…

… you know the rest. In celebration of the first rain here in Malawi, Clayton has been singing this incessantly all week.

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 3

God is the one who called us into fellowship with Christ (1 Cor 1:9), demonstrating His all-exceeding power by making fools out of the world through the Cross (1 Cor 1:18). Having been welcomed into the Church by the pure power of God, would we dare operate within the Church in our own power? May it never be! Our power is not our own (1 Cor 1:26-19), our spiritual understanding is not our own (1 Cor 2:16), and our ministerial success is not our own (1 Cor 3:6-7). More than that: we ourselves are not our own (1 Cor 6:19).

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 2

The Church is built by God. Scripture describes God as the architect (Isa 28:16, Matt 21:42-44, Rom 10:10-12), Christ as the cornerstone (Ps 118:22-23, Acts 4:11-12, Eph 2:20), believers as the building blocks (1 Pet 2:5-6, Eph 2:22), and the Church itself as God’s temple (2 Cor 6:16, Eph 2:21-22, Rev 3:12). Jesus promised in Matthew 16:18“I will build My Church.” Nothing in heaven or on earth can prevent the slow-moving, but inevitable progress of the Church that belongs to Jesus Christ (Dan 2:44, Matt 13:31-32, Rev 11:15). Self-important men are no exception.

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The Sin of Self-Importance, Part 1

The Church belongs to God. Scripture describes Him as planning it (Matt 25:34, Acts 15:14-18, Eph 3:4-7, Rev 13:8), purchasing it (Acts 20:28, Eph 1:7, 14, 1 Pet 1:18), building it (Matt 16:18, Acts 2:39, 47), preserving it (Jn 10:14-15, Eph 5:26-27), and indeed, owning it (2 Cor 4:5, Eph 1:22, Titus 2:14, 1 Pet 2:9). The Church – in both its universality and locality – exists to glorify Him (1 Cor 6:20, 10:31, 1 Pet 2:9-12, 4:11, Rev 15:2-4). That’s why division in the Church is so serious (Rom 16:17, 1 Cor 1:10, Eph 4:1-6, 1 Pet 3:8-9). That’s why humility in the Church is so important (Phil 2:5-13, 1 Pet 5:5-7). God does not share His glory with any man (Isa 42:8), and the Church – along with all the people, possessions, and programs within it – exists for God’s glory.

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The Flock & The Farm

If you’ve ever driven between Los Angeles and San Francisco, you probably remember the smell of Harris Ranch. A hundred thousand cows produce a unique stink. Lately, that image of a sprawling cattle farm has been stuck in my head. I’ve been thinking about the differences between a shepherd with his flock, and a farmer with his herd.

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Paul, Titus, and the Deceivers

As a missionary to Crete, Titus’ primary goal was to “appoint elders in every city” (Titus 1:5), but not just any elders – qualified elders. After Paul described the qualified elder in verses 5-9, he then revealed why such qualifications were necessary. False teachers posed a clear and present danger to the Cretan church, but they weren’t always easy to identify. So, in verses 10-16, Paul explains who they are and how to deal with them.

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Paul, Titus, and the Elder’s Qualifications (Part 3)

The overarching requirement for an elder is that he be “above reproach.” This unflinching requirement is measured in three consecutive areas of a man’s life. In Part 1, we looked the elder’s family. Part 2 dealt with an elder’s personal character. In Part 3, we examine Paul’s standards for an elder’s abilities.

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Paul, Titus, and the Elder’s Qualifications (Part 2)

In Part 1, we looked at Paul’s standards for an elder’s family life. In Part 2, we look at Paul’s standards for an elder’s personal character.

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