Dr. David Doran

Staying Focused When Mud Flies

Thinking about some folks getting hammered recently, I was reminded of Nehemiah’s steadfast leadership in the face of much struggle and opposition. Nehemiah 6 records how he faced three serious challenges, yet remained focused on his purpose and ministry.

Although we live in a day that focuses almost exclusively on the believer’s personal relationship with God, we cannot forget that every genuine believer has been saved and placed into the Body of Christ. It may seem radical, but I would like to suggest that service to God in the local assembly is every believer’s primary obligation in life. Clearly, we have other responsibilities entrusted to us by God (family, civic, vocational), but my contention is that the centrality of the local assembly in God’s program gives it the place of priority.