“The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.”
Crew Church is a learning community. It doesn’t take you long to discover that. We place high value on a life of constantly submitting ourselves to the Bible in order to be instructed, rebuked, and trained to live a life in obedience to Jesus, our God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Through the reading and teaching of the Bible we spend more time hearing from God than any other in our worship gatherings. Through the week we regularly read books together in our gospel communities. There are several one on one mentoring relationships that flow out of working through books.
We are certainly challenged in the Scriptures to be people who are being constantly informed by the Word of God through reading, studying, and teaching (1 Timothy 4:13). We see the earliest Christians devoting themselves to the teaching of the OT and apostles (Acts 2:42). Throughout the history of the church, wherever the people of God have established churches and have begun to advance the gospel, it will lead to the establishment of schools and the increase of literacy. Reading and listening and learning is essential to the gospel of Jesus Christ being communicated to our lives and through our lives to the Tri State.
Well, not only are we a learning community, but God is using some among us to transition us into a writing community. It gives me great joy as one of your pastors to introduce you to the next book release from a Crew Church covenant member. Phil Simpson has written A Life of Gospel Peace: A Biography of Jeremiah Burroughs. The life and writings of this great preacher and lover of Jesus have had a deep influence on Phil’s life. Having read sermons and books by Burroughs, Phil wanted to read a biography of his life. Well, there wasn’t one. So Phil went ahead and wrote it himself! Over the course of several years of research, the church universal now has the first biography on this Puritan preacher. Is that great or what?!
I would say that biography is some of the most enjoyable reading. Biography allows us to be inspired to great things for God. It encourages us in the difference that one person can make in life. It rebukes us in the areas of growth we have to go and pushes us to repent and depend further on the grace of God in Christ. In my conversations with pastors and missionaries, I would guess that more often than not it was biography that sparked them to consider the calling they now enjoy.
I can’t encourage you enough to add this volume to the Crew section of your bookshelf, right next to Greg Lucas’ Wrestling with an Angel. Thanks Phil Simpson for adding your contribution to the library of God’s people.