Optimistic but Concerned

Fire in Our Bones – Part 1

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Tim Dilena joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast to discuss the reasons for concern and the reasons for hope in today’s church. He explains how God works through pastors and spiritual leaders to revive the church and bring it back to its moral foundation.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Pastor Tim Dilena discusses making the transition from being a local pastor to taking on the mantle from Carter Conlon and David Wilkerson of leading Times Square Church, a church with an international reach and impact.

  • Gary Wilkerson and Tim Dilena are both optimistic men but are gravely concerned about the trajectory of the modern Christian church.

  • God wants the church of Jesus Christ to repent, crush its religious idols, and come back to a place of exalting God.

  • When the church has made an unhealthy pendulum swing, it needs voices to speak up and help bring it back to a healthy place.

  • Modern legislation is legalizing and affirming sin, but Tim Dilena feels this will quickly bring people to a dead end, which God will use to draw them to salvation in Jesus Christ.

  • In the Book of Acts, the apostles never found favor with the government but with the people, and the church multiplied.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Revelation 2–3; Hosea 11:7; 1 Corinthians 10:23; 2 Kings 18:4; Numbers 21:6–9; John 3:14; Ephesians 6:10–17; 1 Corinthians 5:12–13; Acts 2:41, 47; 5:15; 6:7; 9:31

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

Podcast Episodes in this Series

About Tim Dilena

Tim Dilena is senior pastor of Times Square Church. He is the third senior pastor since the founding of the church by David Wilkerson in 1987.

Pastor Tim attended Baylor University, Wayne State University and Moody Bible Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Corporate Finance and has taken extended studies in apologetics at Oxford University in England.

He travels extensively with Gary Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz speaking at pastor conferences globally for World Challenge, the ministry founded by David Wilkerson, and sits on its board of directors.

Tim and his wife, Cindy, have four children, Christian, Anna, Grace and Lauryn.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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