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As part of our Live Sent Weekend, we heard a powerful sermon from Pastor J.D. Greear from the Summit Church. He spoke from the book of Acts and showed that Jesus’ plan for reaching the world is not gathering people to follow one anointed man, but raising up ordinary people in the power of the Spirit. This was shown through Stephen’s testimony that got him stoned. Jesus wants to use people like us. Christians who want to see the world changed have four convictions.
1. God wants to use me. If we consider ourselves just to be an ordinary Christian, we need to understand that God intends to use us. We are Jesus’ plan A.
2. The Holy Spirit fills me (John 16:7). All Christians have the power of the Spirit in them. But it’s when we have knowledge of that power that a difference is made. God can accomplish more through one believer cooperating with the Holy Spirit than with a large group of extremely talented people.
3. As Jesus was to me, so I will be to others. Just as with Stephen’s example of forgiving his stoners with his dying breath, imitating what Christ had done for him, we are to follow Jesus with all of our lives. Jesus’ display of love was to sacrifice himself for our salvation. If he did this for us, it seems to make sense that we ought to sacrifice ourselves for the salvation of others.
4. Jesus is worth it. The only thing that will give us the conviction to go all the way for the Great Commission is believing deep in our souls that Jesus is worth it. To be obedient to Jesus is costly, and it will require great sacrifice. When we are called to make a hard sacrifice that seems nearly impossibly, it is only knowing that Jesus is worth it that we will have the strength to push forward.
The following sermon series expands on some of the themes that Pastor J.D. talked about.
Books from Pastor J.D.
“Jesus gave his disciples the audacious promise that it was to their advantage he go back to heaven because the Holy Spirit could then come to live inside of them. How many of us consider our connection to the Holy Spirit so strong and so real that we would call his presence in us better than Jesus beside us? While many books about the Holy Spirit get stuck in secondary questions that divide believers, The God Factor focuses on a central, truth that unites us: God wants to be vitally present in and through his people. This truth, though central, is sadly neglected. This generation of Christians—mission-driven but burned out, weary, and longing for joy—desperately needs to recover the dynamic presence of God. And the good news is that God wants us to have exactly that.”
“When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, he revealed that the key for reaching the world with the gospel is found in sending, not gathering. Though many churches focus time and energy on attracting people and counting numbers, the real mission of the church isn’t how many people you can gather. It’s about training up disciples and then sending them out. The true measure of success for a church should be its sending capacity, not its seating capacity. In Gaining By Losing, J.D. Greear unpacks ten plumb lines that you can use to reorient your church’s priorities around God’s mission to reach a lost world. The good news is that you don’t need to choose between gathering or sending. Effective churches can, and must, do both.”
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-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)