The Way of Discernment
- Practice Proverbs 4:23. Solomon went from being the wisest man on earth to history's biggest fool because he failed to heed his own counsel: "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life." Leaders must guard against parchedness and pollution, and bring to discernment purity.
- Practice Proverbs 17:22. "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Though discernment is serious business, it is no gloomy enterprise. Leaders must approach it with joy and expectancy.
We strive to incorporate these principles into our discernment process. Do we get it right all the time?
Of course not. Do we often reach decisions that "seem right to us and the Holy Spirit?" (Acts 15:28).
Mark Buchanan is pastor of New Life Community Church in Duncan, British Columbia.
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Mark is an associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, AB, and formerly was pastor of New Life Community Baptist Church in Duncan, BC.