I was proud of my initial reaction. I don’t think I hesitated more than few seconds before I asked the surgeon, “What do we need to do?” in a tone that implied – I’m ready, let’s get busy. And the bravado lasted all the way through the end-of-the-season soccer party I was hosting later that evening.
That’s when the mental assault began.
If Paul had planted perfect churches, we might have the mistaken notion that the power for healthy churches died with the apostles, and that the best we can do now is to try to get back to the model of those early churches. In reality, however, the “power” for healthy churches and healthy Christians is just as alive today as He was in the first century. As Paul himself put it: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”