God isn't bland. The Church shouldn't be, either.
I Don’t Have What It Takes.

That’s the realization I’ve come two over the last few weeks as I uncovered some of the lies I’ve been buying into. It’s a hard, unpopular truth… one that you definitely don’t hear much of in our culture. It’s a truth I haven’t meditated on enough as a member of a church staff. It’s something we all need to be reminded of.

I’m a good web developer. I feel like I’m a great “idea person” that can throw out creative ideas at a moments notice and approach common problems from unusual angles. I know that God has gifted me in these ways so I can serve him and spread the good news about His son.

However, I spend most of my time foolishly trusting in these abilities to get stuff done for “the kingdom” instead of realizing that those gifts are a useless waste without The Holy Spirit.

Our pastor recently challenged our staff to read through David Platt’s “Radical” and Francis Chan’s “Forgotten God,” both of which have been a wake up call for how I’m living my life and working at my job. I hope you’ll spend some time in prayer to consider what you’re depending on to live out your life. I’ll leave you with this sobering (paraphrased) thought that our pastor recently challenged our staff with:

“If God withdrew his Holy Spirit from our church, how many of our services, programs and efforts would carry on as normal? Would we notice?”

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  1. Danny Bixby (Reply) on May 24th, 2010

    “If God withdrew his Holy Spirit from our church, how many of our services, programs and efforts would carry on as normal? Would we notice?”

    Ouch

  2. Duncan (Reply) on May 26th, 2010

    That Francis Chan is brilliant he confronts us with the hard truths about scripture! Makes you a little more aware of where programs fall behind the spirit of God.

  3. Matt Adams (Reply) on June 2nd, 2010

    I just picked up the radical book. Thus far the first chapter is even radical.

    I feel like such a cynic too. Love the marketing, and new media side of the church, but i often wonder what jesus would think of the new american church.


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