Links of the Week

  1. Michael Hyatt on How leadership at home affects the rest of your life
  2. 5 ways to move from selfish to a servant when you’re single
  3. Tony Morgan on the top 10 leadership mistakes
  4. 6 time management tips
  5. David Walker on What every worship leader wants their pastor to know. Makes me grateful for Paul and the relationship we have. 
  6. 3 common traits of youth who don’t leave the church
  7. Brian Tracy on How to influence people
  8. Top 7 church planting challenges
  9. Gloria Furman on What a pastor’s wife is supposed to be like. I did a series of blog posts on this topic and it is still my most read series ever. 

This Weekend @ Revolution: How Lives are Changed

This series
has been incredible as I have been preaching through who we are as a church, what defines us, where we are going and what our place in that is individually.

Last week, we started to introduce our Missional Communities and we will continue that this week by introducing three more. With more to come on October 15th & 22nd.

One of the goals of every church, whether they live it out or just state it is to share the gospel and change the world they live in. Our prayer and it is a big prayer is to see the city of Tucson changed by the power of the gospel. That will not happen simply by being a bigger church, putting on a great weekend service, having great leaders. One of the primary ways that happens is through our lives, getting dirty in the world around us.

By serving.

While people love to sit around and argue the gospel, faith, belief systems. What one can’t argue with is when someone who has been changed by the gospel serves those who have less than they do. When someone takes a vacation day to serve someone who doesn’t have a job. When a neighbor serves their fellow neighbors because there is a need.

This week, I will be preaching from Matthew 25:31 – 46 on the identity of being a servant. Our hope is that our church, our missional communities and our lives would be defined as people who do whatever needs doing, whenever it’s needed, and wherever it leads.

There are a few things coming up that I don’t want you to miss.

On October 22nd, we will be having one gathering at 5pm. We will be wrapping up our Uprising series and Jeff Vanderstelt will be with us. Jeff is the Pastor of Teaching and Vision at Soma Communities. Soma has been instrumental in our transition to Missional Communities and it will be great to have Jeff here to vision cast about where Revolution is headed. Soma is 8 years old and in that time God has multiplied their movement to include churches in San Francisco, Reno, Los Angeles, Boise, Austin, Phoenix and Philadelphia.

We are also having a child dedication on October 29th. This is an opportunity for parents to dedicate their children. This is about the parents and their desire to raise their children in a gospel centered way. It also gives us as a church family the opportunity to celebrate with these parents, pray for them and be a part of helping children find their way back to God. It is a special time. We will also be kicking off our new series Manifest on the book of Titus that night.

As I said, a ton of exciting things are happening that you don’t want to miss.

So, do whatever you have to do to be at Revolution this week (and bring someone with you, you never know how a simple invite can make an eternal difference). An easy way to invite someone is to send them an e-vite.

Remember, we meet at 4:15 & 6pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

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