As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ—the logos of God—we rejoice in God’s promise to us given in Isaiah 55:10-13. That Scripture, faithfully preached and interpreted, will accomplish all God desires according to God’s own purposes. The fruitful return of Scripture, faithfully delivered, is a pledge we cling to at CBE. Promoting the biblical foundations of gift-based ministry is accompanied by God’s promise and therefore God’s power.
We see this in so many ways here at CBE! As churches, denominations, and Christian organizations take time to study the teaching of Scripture on gender, the power of God leads hearts and minds to truth and to change. The Spirit of God is active as we read the text. Because of this, we encourage groups to courageously study God’s Word, trusting confidently that God always answers those who honestly seek.
The great evangelist Charles Simeon (1759-1836) often said to himself as he climbed the stairs of his pulpit to preach, “I believe in the Holy Spirit, I believe in the Holy Spirit, I believe in the Holy Spirit!” His words were both a prayer and a reminder that preaching God’s Word was accompanied by the promise of God’s Spirit to quicken hearts and minds, as stated in verses like Isaiah 55:10-13.
As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus, who is the Living Word of God, we remember that the message of biblical equality is a message of freedom, truth, joy, and most importantly, it is accompanied by the power and faithfulness of God. Will you join me in the joyful and powerful work of biblical equality by leading many groups to this truth?
We need your help as the year closes out. Please remember CBE in your prayers and as you consider a year-end gift. Please do give generously, so we can continue to answer those who ask for biblical resources on gender. Thank you.