This Weekend @ Revolution || Finding Freedom

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This past week at Revolution Church was incredible as we looked at The Image of ChristmasIf you missed it, you can listen to it here. This week, we are continuing our series Image is Everything and looking at Ephesians 6:5 – 9 and talking about freedom. Here’s what’s happening:

  • The implications of what it means to be a Christian reaches into every aspect of life.  This brings a great deal of freedom and responsibility.  There is freedom because we know he is ultimately in control and nothing can happen to us that is outside of his Will. There is also great responsibility because we now know that we serve a Holy and perfect God who sees nothing as as trivial.  If you have put your trust in Jesus, you are one of his own, and there is not relationship or circumstance where we’re not called to live in light of His Lordship.
  • We also announced the series that is coming up next at Revolution: on January 13th, we are kicking off a brand new series on the book of Ecclesiastes called Meaning.
  • There’s still time to give to our Christmas Offering recently and I’m really excited about the response so far. For more information on what it is going to and how you can be involved, go here.
  • If you haven’t “Liked” the Revolution Fan Page on Facebook, do so now. It is one of the ways we communicate and pass on resources for sermons and other ways to help serve you in your spiritual growth.

This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).

Remember, we meet at 8300 E. Speedway Blvd. at 10am.

Growth is Hard

Revolution is growing. I’ll be honest, I have always dreamed, talked and prayed that Revolution would be a church that would affect the lives of those around Tucson. And God has answerd that prayer. But, it would be a lot easier if we didn’t grow. Because, growth hurts. Growth is hard.

Growth means change. We need to make room for new people, the leadership base expands, roles change, relationships change. Not everybody likes change and sometimes, people feel left behind when change happens. And that hurts.

Growth means more responsibility. God is entrusting more and more people to Revolution. All of the guests that walk through our front door are gifts from God, entrusted to us as a church. We are held accountable to our part in their journey back to God.

Growth is expensive. We need to hire and expand to be prepared for growth. I’ve said this before, “I believe God sends people to churches that are ready to receive them and do something with them.”

Growth is much harder than the status quo. It is easy to be a church that sits on the sidelines and complains about how secular the world is and how everybody is going to hell and we need to sit back and wait for the rapture. But, God calls us and expects His church to grow and He empowers (with the help of the Holy Spirit) the church to grow (Matthew 16:18).

So, I/we will keep changing, accepting the responsibility and paying the price to reach as many people as possible.

Raise Them Up

One of the difficulties that many leaders run into is a lack of leaders. You rarely hear a church say, “We have too many leaders.” While it is true that there often is a shortage of volunters in a church, I wonder if the leaders help to make the problem happen.

In most churches, there is a capable team of leaders at the top, but they all have the same problem. They know how they got raised up into leadership, they just don’t know how to raise other people up.

This happens for a variety of reasons:

What if someone can’t do something as well as I can. There is a strong possibility that at first, it will not have the same quality. There is also a strong possibility that it might be better. I’ve had several mentors tell me, “If someone can do something 70 – 80% as well as you, let them do it.” When I no longer do something I am not gifted to do, not only do I allow someone else to use their gifts, but it allows me to do things that I can’t give away, things I don’t want to give away, things that fire me up to do.

It is easier if I just do it. This goes with the first one. At first it will be easier if you do it, but then you cut down the amount of people who can be involved, but you also keep yourself from getting better at other things and spending time on those things.

Do I trust this person enough to hand this off. This is a personal fear that you will have to get past. Start small, don’t hand a new leader an entire team unless you think they can handle it. Put them on the team, then give them more responsibility as they prove themselves.

I will have to keep this person accountable if I hand this off. This is a lazy leadership excuse.

There are some loose ends I have to tie up before I can train someone. When in life, ministry, work or leadership are all the loose ends tied up. This is just an excuse.

What if they don’t want to do it. Let them say no then. This also comes from a leader who has not cast a vision that is compelling. When someone knows that what they do is important, that it adds value, they will put up chairs, pick up trash, anything to be a part of the vision that is going somewhere and helping people.

They are too busy. If they are too busy, let them tell you, don’t just assume they are too busy or don’t want to do it. If they don’t want to do it, let them say no, but by not asking them, by not giving them the opportunity to say no, you are also not giving them the opportunity to say yes.

All of these are often true, but they are also deceptive lies.

Think about your life as a leader, at some point someone tapped you on the shoulder and raised you up as a leader. You are leading because someone gave you responsibility and let you use your gifts. As a leader, we get to do this, we don’t have to, we get to.