Monday, October 12, 2009

Catalyst Speaker: Chuck Swindoll, part 2

Three Important Observations to keep in mind as church leaders:

1. With every ministry, a special mercy is needed. In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul talks about this - it is only through God's mercy that "we have this ministry" - and that must always be true. It's never about us; we don't "preach ourselves" but only Jesus Christ. We are "jars of clay" (v. 7) - or "earthen vessels" to show that the power is God's, not ours.

2. In every ministry, the same things must be renounced and rejected:
  • Hiding shameful things
  • Doing deceitful things (wearing masks/playing games)
  • Corrupting truthful things
3. Through every ministry, a unique style should be pursued. Still,
  • It's not about me.
  • We declare Jesus Christ as Lord (it's all about Him).
  • We see ourselves as bondservants.
  • We never forget who we are... and who He is.
  • We fight temptation to be self-reliant, spectacular, or controlling.

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