Radicalis Session 1: Radical Devotion (Rick Warren)

Session 1 of Radicalis was started off by worship led by Phil Wickham  (which was awesome) and then Rick Warren preached on Radical Devotion. He started off by asking if we want to be a mushroom or an oak tree? An oak tree takes 60 years to grow.

Here are a few thoughts:

  • A healthy church takes time, just like an oak tree
  • For every book of servanthood, there is a thousand on leadership
  • Everyone wants to be a leader, no one wants to be a servant
  • God isn’t looking for servant leaders, he is looking for servants
  • There are 2 visible symptons of rootlessness today:  Christians are lethargic, Non – Christians don’t want what we offer
  • Most Christians are spiritual zombies, they are the walking dead, mindlessly going through the motions of church without even thinking about it
  • Most Americans have a horrible opinion of Christians
  • Meaning, we have not done a very good job of representing Christ
  • The word Radical comes the Latin “Radicalis” which literally means “from the root”
  • Radical does not mean excessive
  • What you are in private, determines who you lead in public
  • No roots, no fruits
  • All the main sessions are about building spiritual roots in different areas of your church
  • Colossians 2:6 – 7 (obedience and roots are the key words)
  • A radical is rooted in Christ, rooted in his word, rooted in his love
  • Healthy is the goal, not size
  • Being a strong, healthy church is the goal of every church
  • Ephesians 3:17 – 19
  • Too many churches and leaders have no power
  • Most people don’t have productive lives or ministry because they don’t have deep roots
  • You don’t get credit for starting the race, you get credit to ending it well
  • Jeremiah 17:7 – 8
  • When you have deep roots…you are not bothered by the heat, you can handle pressure
  • When you have deep roots…they are not worried by the drought, when things dry up in your life
  • You know if a person or a church has root when you see fruit
  • If you get the great commandment and the great commission right, you’ll do alright in life
  • Radical devotion is loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength
  • You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving
  • The world is looking for an authoritative message through a humble messenger
  • Authority comes from humility
  • 2 Kings 19:30
  • Colossians 2:7
  • You have not because you ask not
  • Matthew 22:34 – 40
  • Radical devotion is giving everything to God for Him to use you
  • It’s all worship
  • Music is not a synonym for worship
  • Your music says more about your culture than your theology
  • Worship is far more than music, it’s radical devotion
  • Hosea 6:6 (Love and know are the two most important things in life, especially when it comes to God)
  • God’s love is unconditional, it is not based on what you do, but based on who He is and what He’s done
  • Everything is rooted in God’s love for you
  • If you are going to have God’s power in your ministry, you have to fall in love with Jesus again
  • Revelation 2:2 – 5
  • People fall out of love because they stop doing what they did at first
  • We stop loving God because we replace God with idols in our lives
  • There are 3 idols (lust of the flesh – passions/feelings, lust of the eyes – possessions, pride of life – position)
  • The church’s problem is we hate the people of the world and love the values of the world
  • Sex, salary and status are pastor’s biggest temtpations
  • You will be tempted as a pastor to use the abilities God has given you to feed yourself and self worth
  • We are more likely to be tempted in our area of strength instead of our area of weakness

6 thoughts on “Radicalis Session 1: Radical Devotion (Rick Warren)

  1. Bro thank you for your notes. Can you post some more. I was watching the Radical yesterday for 5 hours. There are some people here who can use this precious knowlege for the kingdom.
    So can you please to post some more notes

  2. Thank you so much, Josh, for posting these notes. I haven’t been able to watch the conference much due to my slow streaming computer. 😉 I have been blessed by Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Ministry and it is an honor to be able to participate through you.

    May God continue to bless everything you put your hands to in Jesus’ name!

    Love and blessings,

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  4. Also heard that he said that because Jesus was indifferent, we should be indifferent. #1 Jesus was not indifferent. And yes, we should be involved in standing up for things that are morally right and stand against things that are morally wrong. I guess his comments reflect his flip-flopping about the homosexual marriage issue in California. Please listen very carefully.

    • I don’t remember him saying that, so I will take your advice about listening carefully. It is also good to make sure that you know what was said before passing judgment. If I didn’t hear something, I don’t believe it, unless my wife tells me. I’ve learned the hard way when it comes to hearsay and what might have been said.

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