Category: Church Stuff
Ephesians tells all husbands to love their wife as Christ loves the church. Ephesians, though, doesn’t tell you to love your wife the same way I love mine. In fact, the Bible doesn’t tell me to love my wife the same way for my entire life. I don’t know about you, but if I loved my wife today and showed her that I love her the same way I did 20 years ago, she’d be done with me. She’s changed, I’ve changed, culture’s changed, and my way of loving her has changed.
I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders. Pastors and leaders from different places and different sized places.
Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the country, I hear desperation in their voices about their community. You see, I’ve come to realize that pastor and leaders are wired for their community and context. The best leaders, are leading where they are because of a great call from God… because they’ve heard God tell them to lead where they are.
There’s no way to manufacture a move of God. Yes, we follow God’s heart and the Spirit’s leading to plan, pray and prepare in faith that God will move though all we do, but only He can make the move.
At times, we may be tempted to “hype” things up to give the appearance that God is moving, (nothing wrong with passion and excitement) but how do we know it’s God? We see these 3 things:
Now we’re bringing it home!
Once we have the first 3 parts of this, this part is much less strenuous and complicated. Of course, we’ll bring over the thoughts and ideas from the sermon series outline. We’ll plug in the scriptures and ideas into this, but we’ll also get much more detailed.
Now we’re getting to the nitty gritty of this whole thing. In this step, you start to outline the individual teachings from the series. We’ve changed things up this year and are trying to stick to a 3 week (4 at times) sermon series. We’ve recognized that our culture doesn’t seem to hang on to series more than 3-4 weeks.