1. THE BIGGEST CHANGE GOD WANTS ISN’T THROUGH ME, BUT IN ME!
The theme was laser-focused this year.;”A Community of Change Makers.” And by Ned every single presenter nailed this theme. The overarching message was clear, “The biggest change God want’s isn’t though me, but in me. No way is this exhaustive, but here’s some places this principle showed up…
- Andy Stanley ”Great leaders change.” ”Great leaders fix broken things.” ”Great leaders don’t blame (to avoid changing).” ”Who are you?” ”What breaks your heart?”
- Christine Caine- ”Christians want to change the world but not themselves.” ”Until you build a strong core, you will damage those that are following you.”
- Tim Keller- ”Understand the magnitude of YOUR sin problem.” ”Understand how sin can’t be overcome.” ”Understand why it can’t be overcome.” “The identity and structure of your heart has to change.”
- Matt Chandler- ”Suffering is a part of this.”
2. THAT LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE SHOWS UP FIRST AND FOREMOST IN MY FAMILY!
Nobody explicitly said this, except maybe for the Holy Spirit to me specifically. The arena of my life where Godly, humble, servant leadership has the biggest impact is in the life of Deidre, Mac, Park and Em. God wants to create a change in me that allows him to work through me in the lives of those closest to me; my family. Leadership beyond that is important, But God first and foremost made me a husband and dad.Read More
… not just have read them, but KNOW them.
- Basic knowledge of synoptics (Matthew Mark and Luke are very similar) , John = Four distinct stories of Jesus life, death and resurrection
- Acts = Beginning of the movement
- John 13,14,15, 16 = Jesus washes the disciples feet, Jesus is the way, The Vine and Branches, The Holy Spirit, Jesus prays
- Luke 15 = The Lost Son
- James 2 = Faith with no works
- Matthew 5-7 Sermon on the mount
- Colossians 1 = Jesus is the Image of God
- Ephesians 1-2 = Chosen and Saved
- Philippians 2 = Jesus’ humility and example
- I Corinthians 13 = Love
- I Corinthian 15 = Resurrection
- Galatians 5 = Fruit of the Spirit and the Law
- Ephesians 6 = Roles in family
- Romans Road = 3:10, 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9,10
- Torah = Pentateuch = First Five books written by Moses = Law and Early Patriarchs
- Poetics: Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
- Psalms 1, 51, 84, 119, 139
- Proverbs 3, 31
- Historical Book: Joshua, Judges, Samuels, Kings, Chronicles, Captivity and Rebuilding
- Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel
- Big Minors: Daniel, Jonah, Hosea
Jesus said a lot of stuff that was super hard to hear. Convicting, indicting stuff! You don’t even have to read the New Testament very long to find some of it.
But here’s the one that kills me. It’s grabbed a splinter in my mind lately. Probably because I’ve seen it play out over and over and over.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is small that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13,14
As a dude that tries to lead people to walk wisely, this verse stinks. But good grief, it’s so true and bums me out to the nth degree.
But fighting for those that enter the narrow gate is worth being a little bummed.Read More
Responsibility is a conserved attribute. It never really disappears. It just changes hands.
When you were in school you probably learned the law of conservation; stuff and energy can never be created or destroyed. Responsibility in a lot of ways is like water. Water never really goes away, it just changes form; from a liquid to a gas and sometimes to a solid. We are drinking and using the same water that’s been around for ages and ages. Water is a conserved commodity.
Responsibility is the same way. It doesn’t really go away. It just changes hands. My irresponsibility becomes somebody else’s responsibility.
If I neglect to do my laundry, I’ve dropped my responsibility. But if my laundry gets done, somebody picked up my responsibility. Or even if my laundry doesn’t get done, the results and effect of that dropped responsibility shows up in my social interactions… “What is up with Dennis’ hygiene lately?”
Responsibility is a CONSERVED ATTRIBUTE! This truth is what makes Jesus beautiful.
My irresponsibility, that dropped responsibility in being separated from God by wanting to be my own god, was conserved by Jesus. I dropped the responsibility to connect with my maker and he picked it up. Check out First John 2:1-2
He took responsibility for me!Read More