To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Oct 18, 2017 by Pastor Wes Hilliard


We are called to live prophetically!   That means we are to live as witnesses proclaiming God’s truth and grace, justice and mercy through our lives.  Samuel was a prophetic leader for the nation of Israel.  Paul was a prophetic leader to the Roman world of his day.  Five hundred years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle, launching the age of the Reformation.  Luther studied the Word of God and rediscovered the truth that SALVATION was by God’s GRACE through FAITH in Jesus Christ, not through the sacraments or good works.  He prophetically challenged the un-Biblical practices of the Church and called them to give the Word of God back to the people in their own language.

Nearly 280 years ago, John Wesley began a prophetic life emphasizing the importance of the NEW BIRTH through the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.   He called the people of God to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world.  It was a holiness of heart and life that worked itself out through evangelism and acts of social justice – feeding the poor, caring for the orphan, healing the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and clothing those without.

Fifty years ago, God raised up Martin Luther King, Jr. to prophetically lift up the LORD’s vision of life, liberty and justice for all in America regardless of skin color.   He painted the picture of the dream the LORD had given him:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." ... I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

... I have a dream that one day ... the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. ... With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.  ... This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.

We too are called to live prophetically in this River Valley!  We are called to proclaim God’s dream of salvation, freedom, justice and faith, hope, love and joy!  It is time, Heritage Church, for us to live into our prophetic calling!


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