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 Jon Sapp, Challenge to the Congregation

1 Timothy 5:17-20. Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

  1. Love Garen well. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13. Esteem that God has led us and has led Garen as we step in the future. What God wants to do with us as the body of Christ in Emporia is to make much about Him. Garen has mission on his heart. He sees beyond here.

  2. Honor Garen. The next few months are important as we give Garen honor in the community and among ourselves. This is not the Twelfth Avenue that was, but the Twelfth Avenue that God is leading us into. We have a chance to honor our leader by listening and seeking the Lord’s face. Garen is going to make mistakes; it’s not going to be exactly the way it was. Let’s honor the Lord as we walk alongside Garen as God leads.

  3. Support Garen by listening, following his leadership and honoring him and his family. Treat Garen’s family life with respect as they transition. Listen, give him a chance. If you have a question or concern, go directly to Garen with your question. Ask and listen.

  4. Trust Garen. Don’t let rumor or negative report be spread through the community. When you hear it, encourage the person to talk to Garen. There’s a battle going on, spiritual warfare that threatens to steal, kill and destroy what God wants to do in this community. We are going into a season of vulnerability.