we praised God with rockin' worship
and opened up about the elephant in the room (ok, arena).
Moral authority is the PUBLIC alignment between our creed and our deed.
Lose integrity-lose influence.
We follow authenticity and moral authority.
3 areas of application:
Forgiveness-this is our message as Christians
the servant is not greater than the Master
we lose moral authority when we are angry/bitter
Family-if our family feels neglected, we have lost authority
loss of this priority is a source of much broken-ness
Finances-keep finances in order
Give, Save, Live on the rest
William Paul Young
Wrote a modern day parable
Need to not be afraid to question, bring issues to table
Trinity is our model of relationship with God-
selfless circle of relationship-not hierarchical
Jesus taught us that altho things appear bleak "Where are you Father?"
that we need to trust in what IS, "Into Your hands..."
Good is enemy of Great
Greatness is not a function of circumstance, luck
but of conscious choice, discipline
The great fall by over reaching-grow beyond the ability to have enough key people
The right WHO's lead to better WHAT's
Question is really not "what to do' but WHAT SHOULD WE STOP DOING?
Build a personal board of directors
Question, think-"white" space days for just thinking
This is not a job, it's a RESPONSIBILITY
Between the Promise and the Payoff if the Process.
Be faithful in the Process.
God is preparing you for what He's preparing for you.
Brenda Salter McNeil
We start where we are but we are not intended to stay there.
Must rely on God's power for this-God's power draws people.
Not meant for "Holy Huddles"
Positive deviants-who is doing it naturally-give them a platform
Start with your fans
Become a heretic-deep faith that rails against the status quo
Distinction between faith and religion
Faith-built into us
Religion-amplifies faith for a little but ends up controlling
rules, status quo
Heretic seeks out rules to break :)
From, by, for God
We can't make IT
Not a program or system
God, stretch me.
Renew, there's more in you!
God, heal me.
of addictions and idolatry
God, ruin me.
fasting, weeping, mourning-heart change
My heart needs to break for the things that break God's.
Together we have more
Create abundance by giving
Contagious compassion-observed reciprocity
If not you, then who?
If not now, then when?
Genesis 11:5-with oneness, nothing that they propose to do is impossible
5 main enemies of Unity
gossip-negative discussed with someone who can't solve the problem
unresolved disagreements-leader needs to loving deal with stuff, not ignore
lack of shared purpose
sanctioned incompetence-demoralizes those around it
Gospel-power is God's to move their heart, not ours
God's gospel and He works it
Most people are not bad, just lost
Present the Gospel in everything we do
God asks us to cultivate (taking what is good and keep it good)
and create culture
Culture is created together
Creative circle-about 3 people
Moves horizon of culture-suspension of impossible
3-12 add depth
3-12-120 bring breadth
What am I doing with my influence?
Jesus should be what we desire, not what happens in our life because of Him
Way to present Gospel? "Follow Jesus and it might end badly"
We need to set examples in speech, conduct, love, purity
How you feel about God reflect sin how you deal with money and people.
Can't contextualize so much that we don't mention Christ
Random thoughts on leadership-
"To reach people no one else is reaching, we must do things no one else is doing.~Craig Groeschel
"The Next Generation product almost never comes from the previous generation."~Focus, Al Reis
"What do I believe is impossible to do in my field...but if it could be done would fundamentally change my business?"~Future Edge/The Paradigm Book, Joel Barker
Success breeds complacency and complacency breeds failure.