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Salvation Academy

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (Hosea 4:6 KJV)

A modern carrier equips the planes and pilots with the latest training and most powerful equipment at hand. The modern Church should equip men and women, boys and girls, with the most potent Scriptural teaching available. We want saints to enter the fray with the best training possible.

As you plan for the growth of your church or ministry, plan the discipleship as well. Our churches should be academies of soul winners. Not content to be stuffy academics, staff and instructors alike ought to be veterans active in the battle for souls. The students should be eager to follow where their teachers lead.

Zeal alone is not enough. The modern world is increasingly complex. We should not scrimp on the training and education of the saints.

In this modern era, we teach ancient Truth. The Gospel has survived through centuries. The good news of Jesus Christ will continue, vital and strong, until He returns in power and glory. Seek fresh anointing, but remain true to the Old Story.

The best Bible teaching may not come from the newest doctrinal or pedagogical movements. Often, the tried and tested methods remain the best. What springs up overnight sometimes dies the same way.

Our goal is to create eager and educated saints who practice what they have learned. The focus should be on what works. Consistency with Scripture should always be the first measure of what we do and teach. After that, real-world effectiveness should test and temper our teaching and training.

Christians In The Real World

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35 KJV)

Academies teach knowledge, but they also teach skills. The Christian Church must never become a musty storehouse of thought and theory. We must always have a bias for action. Can you imagine Paul and Peter calmly debating an esoteric theological detail?

Even more than skills and knowledge, the Church should create and cultivate an attitude of humble righteousness, loving service and sincere care for the lost. We should excel at winning hearts and minds, despite background, history or persuasion. Unbelievers should easily detect the Christian saints in their midst, not by their words but by their actions.

The time is now. The Holy Spirit is available today. The potential harvest is the biggest in human history. Where and how are you gathering souls?

Landing Is Good, Launching Is Better

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. (Luke 14:23 KJV)

Landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier is a difficult, dangerous maneuver. A plane and pilot sitting on deck can not defend the carrier or advance the mission. While loading fuel and ordinance on the plane, the ship is more vulnerable to enemy fire.

Launching from the deck of a carrier is much easier than landing. In the air, the plane and pilot can protect the carrier. Only a plane in the air can carry out the mission.

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About the Author: Kirk Wesley Hunt, MBA, is a minister at Tucson Church International in Tucson Arizona. He is the author of Soldiers Of The Kingdom: Reclaiming the World for God (CadreMen Press, 2002) and Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals for Gospel Champions (CadreMen Press, 2015). He publishes a weekly devotional at: devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

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