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Irresistible Church

I’m reading a book by one of my favorite authors, Wayne Cordero entitled “The Irresistible Church.”  Cordero is quick to point out that the title of the book implies that a church can become irresistible to people, however, the book is more about becoming a church that’s irresistible to HEAVEN. It’s a book about a “church that heaven can’t help but be deeply involved with, a church where every activity, every plan, and every leadership decision clearly displays God’s heart–a church that He can’t help but bless and use for His eternal purposes.”

Irresistible is defined by Cordero as “alluring, magnetic, relentless in its persuasion.  It can’t be refused.  An incredible strong draw. A banquet that you can’t walk past without tasting its choices fare.”  What does a church that is irresistible look like:

  1. You grow spiritually at this church
  2. You witness a strong sense of mission
  3. You long to go to this church every week
  4. You want to invest in this church for the long haul
  5. You tell others about this church
  6. You relax at this church, knowing it’s a model of growth, not perfection
  7. You are delightfully challenged at this church

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Leadership Rule 4

The Person You Will Be in 5 Years is Greatly Determined by the People You Hang With, The Books You Read, and What You Watch on TV.

There are 3 main aspects to Wesleyan Theology:  1.  Prevenient Grace 2. Justifying Grace and 3 Sanctifying Grace. In very simple terms, Prevenient Grace is the grace that comes before.  God loves us even before we know/acknowledge there is a God.  This is the basis behind why Methodist baptize infants. We believe that God’s grace extends even to infants who have no idea about God.  Justifying Grace is when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior through His death and resurrection.  And Sanctifying Grace is the grace that God gives so that we can become more like Christ.  Through God’s Sanctifying Grace, we are able to move closer to Christian perfection.

All of that to say that in our life, we are always changing and in 5 years, we will be different than we are today.  No one stays the same.  Through the trials of life, the celebrations, the tragedy’s, we change.  Our goal as Christians is to become more like Christ and one of the tools that God has given us is other Christians.  In fact, the people who we hang out with are going to have an impact on our lives (either positive or negative).

My mom always told me about “Trouble Street” and people who are going to get in trouble hang out with each other on “Trouble Street.”  If I hung out on “Trouble Street”, then I too would get in trouble.  Even if I tried not to because the people I hang out with have an influence on me.  So, who you hang out with has an incredible impact on who you will be in 5 years.  I am part of and encourage others to be a part of an accountability group.  Being a part of a group like this will help you grow in the direction you choose to grow into.  If you choose to grow as a Christian, part of that growth is going to involve other Christians.  It’s really simple, if you want to become a better business man, you hang out with other successful businessmen; want to be the best crab fisherman, sign up to work on the Cornelia Marie (I’m watching Deadliest Catch right now); but if you want to grow as a Christian, you need to find a Christian mentor and learn from that person.

Almost as important as who you hang with is what you put into your mind.  I used to just use books you read, but a youth at Latham UMC (Melissa N.) suggested that I add what we watch on TV.  She was right, what we watch on TV has a huge impact and some of the garbage on TV is sad.  (I apologize if I mention you’re favorite show) Desperate Housewives, Rock of Love, The Real World, Dr. Drew, Jerry Springer, Intervention and countless others.  This stuff can’t be good to put in our minds.  Watch enough of it and it blurs our morality.  Things that are not OK become OK, things that are not ethical become something that we can turn our heads to.  It’s dangerous and scary.

I’ve always love to read and I believe with all my heart that it is so important to read.  Wesley was an avid reader.  Some of my favorite are books that improve yourself.  I love to read John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, Wayne Corderio, Zig Zigler, Bishop Willimon and others.  I have just been re-introduced to reading some fiction and I love to read Ernest Hemingway.

This rule is based on one thing:  We are growing (we can’t get away from it except through death) and we have a choice in the direction we grow.  That direction is dictated by those who we are friends with and the stuff we put into our mind.

Just think about it.

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Personal Goal

As I have been praying and working toward the appointment to a new church…I have been giving great thought to our vision and mission statement. If as discussed in my last blog we are to “make disciples” as the mission of the church; it leads the next thought to that of a personal one…how do I become a disciple of Christ. Is it more than just going to church on every Sunday of your life (although that is a part of spiritual growth); it is more than just saying that you are a disciple (I could say that I’m the President of the US but I cannot get my organist to play “Hail to the Chief” as I enter); and it is more than just believe that Christ is the Son of God (Scripture says that even the demons believe in this). So what do I do to become a disciple?

I have just attended a great conference in Orlando for New Church Planters and one of the gentlemen who spoke (Wayne Cordero) stated that you will hear a lot of people saying to read this and do that and that may be good advice, but for the foundation of Spiritual Growth…look to what Jesus did. Let me give you a couple of examples:

1. Solitude: (Un-distracted time with God) This was a holy habit for Jesus. Life is going to get hectic, it’s going to get overwhelming with work; raising children; marriage; finances; even the commute to and from work. Take some un-distracted time with God. Put away your cell phone; don’t check your e-mail; turn off the TV, radio, I-Pod, and text messaging and get away from other people so that you can spend some un-distracted time with God. Luke 6:12-13; Luke 22:39-43; Matthew 14:13; Matthew 14:22.

2. Sabbath: Most of us are heavily burdened with worries and a host of responsibilities. Jesus promises rest for their souls. (Matthew 11:28-29). Rest, inspiration and play are precious pathways that can renew our souls. We need to take time to rest.

3. Silence: Mother Theresa said “Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere–in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing…” and the Scripture tells us to “Be Still and Know I am God.

4. Prayer: There are many examples of Jesus praying. Mark 1:35 “In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” Spiritual growth into discipleship cannot and will not happen without prayer. A personal conversation with God in which one listens as much as one talks. Jesus had such a prayer life that it amazed his disciples (Jews who had probably prayed their whole life, yet they say something different in the prayers of Christ) they came to him and,said, Jesus, teach us to pray.

If your desire is Spiritual Growth and you want to be a Disciple…look to the Master. Find out what he did in his life and use those activities as the foundation of your growth. You can’t go wrong and it will make all the difference in your life.

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