Just as your physical eye cannot see all the spectrums of light, you cannot see, without faith, all the possibilities of God! So why settle just for what you can see? Why not live for so much more? The mystery is that there is more to life than what we can see. There are more...
I don't know if you've ever felt the 'lost-ness' of hell in your life - I mean really felt it? Well the truth is, some of you are there right now and inside your heart of hearts, there is pain, there is regret, there is loneliness and there is anger. Sometimes there are wounds so deep, we...
Our purpose as a church is not to be comfortable. It's not to keep me employed or to make you happy. Our purpose as a church is to creatively reveal something that is world changing and epic-- it is the love of the Father! A love that is the answer to all of the brokenness in this badly broken...
What do you have? There's a whole lot of us here who say "I've got nothing." I just want to say you're so wrong! God has given you His heart, you have the greatness of the image of the creator inside of you! With purpose, He designed you! He created you and called you to give yourself and to...
Just as your physical eye cannot see all the spectrums of light, you cannot see, without faith, all the possibilities of God! So why settle just for what you can see? Why not live for so much more?
Right before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus said something so radical and life changing, that He literally meant for it to impact the world and change every life on planet Earth. And to change those lives, Jesus said - I want to use you!
Jesus sent 'us' into the world so that men and women, boys and girls would know that there is hope! That they do not have to live 'now' in the lost-ness of hell. So Jesus raised up a group of people called the church, and He did not collect the church to be a few sanctified saints who were so cold and judgmental to the world that we would be rejected and unattractive! He called us to go and be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), and when the world around you is very dark, just a little light makes all the difference!
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Guys, what I want us to know is that I believe with all of my heart, and I'm committing my whole life to this truth, that we really can change our world - if we'll go living Jesus!
Our purpose as a church is not to be comfortable. It's not to keep me employed or to make you happy. Our purpose as a church is to creatively reveal something that is world changing and epic-- it is the love of the Father! A love that is the answer to all of the brokenness in this badly broken world. It is a love that we do not need to leave to the imagination. It is a love that has been given a name, it is a love that had a face. It's a love that had hands and feet. It's a love that touched life and changed it!
And so, we creatively reveal the love of the Father, through the life of the Son, but we don't do that in our own power or our own abilities, it's all in the power of the Holy Spirit! So if we are saved, if we have entered into the life of Christ, then we are sent out by Christ into the world! Every Christ follower is one who is sent, that's our call!
Guys, I'm just telling you, we have so badly distorted discipleship in the modern church, it's not even funny. We've taken people into classrooms, sat them down, and filled their brain with theories and facts that somehow don't seem to be 'dropping' the 18 inches from the 'head to the heart.'
Jesus never led anybody into a classroom.
He led needy people out into a broken world that they might redeem it. Because in this world, everything is broken and everything needs to be redeemed!
We've made knowledge the currency of the Kingdom when faith is always the currency! We have made 'learning more' the quest when it's knowing Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him that is the quest. It's a person, not some body of knowledge or doctrines! It all has to do with faith and believing. Not a doctrine of knowledge, but a person! A being! To understand that we're embracing a heart more than we're embracing some orthodoxy! Guys, if we're saved, then we are sent out into the world to save in the authority of Jesus Christ!
What it means to be saved is to trade a terminal life for an eternal one. It means to acknowledge that in this world, we will never be finally happy, finally complete, that in this world we will never be finally appreciated or loved! There will always be tension, always be pain, always be a level of brokenness in our life, but in the midst of it all, there is a savior who's love will overcome and He will lead you to win the war of your heart and your soul so that you will "struggle" successfully and you will then be sent out "by love" into a broken world to lead others to trade their terminal lives for an eternal one as well!
So go and make disciples, and don't just do it with people that look like you, and live where you live. Go out of your way, bump into other people and as you do, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything (Matthew 28:19).
Don't walk away from them if they are new in the faith. You teach them and you do life with them until they get it. And when they do, then they can share it with somebody else. That's the call of Jesus Christ! -Dr. Drew Shofner
What do you have? There's a whole lot of us here who say "I've got nothing." I just want to say you're so wrong! God has given you His heart, you have the greatness of the image of the creator inside of you! With purpose, He designed you! He created you and called you to give yourself and to pour yourself out into the world in a way that would reveal His power and greatness and that would reveal in your life; Nothing is impossible with God!
In all that you lack, that focus will take you into depression, into captivity and passivity and into nothingness! But when you shift your focus and you look at what you do have, then the answer is "God, I will give everything to you, the God who has given everything for me!" How dare you live a small life! How dare you look at everything God has given you and say this is not enough!
God is good, and He has loved you with an everlasting love! You are a unique expression of the creativity and the image of God on earth; how dare you live a small, shrinking back, self-hating life? Whatever I've got I'm giving it to God, I don't compare myself to other people! How dare you believe that God cannot overcome our obstacles! How dare you believe that God isn't enough for you and that we cannot change the world! - Dr. Drew Shofner