I don’t know if you have been following what is happening at Elevation Church, but I just have to share it. Pastor Steve and the church recently had two weeks of spontaneous baptisms where they baptized more than 1,000 people in two weeks! Check out Steve’s post about this on his blog at http://www.stevenfurtick.com/uncategorized/1000-2/. The Sunday following these two weeks of spontaneous baptism they kicked off their new series called The Gospel and had 600 people accept Jesus Christ during the weekend. 420 of these were adults. Elevation is a Baptist church in North Carolina, about 3 years old and had more than 4800 people in attendance last Sunday. They don’t even own a building. They are really showing us that Baptist churches can still reach people, but they have to change. One of Steve’s current reads is the book What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith. I think that many church leaders are afraid to change, because they fear backlash and have experienced failure at some point. I think that people will follow the vision of a leader who is sold out to the vision himself and have seen failure happen in many cases because leaders were afraid to take the steps necessary to make the vision a success. Steve embodies the Go Big or Go Home mentality. After listening to Steve and his church I have started meditating on this, "How much do you want to see lives changed? How much do you want it?" If my heart doesn’t hurt or bleed with this question then I will lack the passion I need to see it happen. So pray that God will give me the passion to go at it with everything that I have. Pray that God would put people in my path. Pray that God would push me out and into the paths of people.
As I was driving home today I noticed a guy skating behind the local movie theater. I turned around and pulled into the parking lot to talk with him and give him an invitation to Skate Church. I am telling you this not to say, "Hey look at me and how spiritual I can be," but to encourage you to pray that God would continue to give me the boldness and favor with the community so that I can share the Gospel with them. I was tired and hungry and ready to get home to watch television, but I felt the conviction that I had to turn the car around and go talk to this kid. I pray that God would give you this same conviction and passion about that I am finding.
I look forward to sharing more about this in future posts.
What is God doing in your life right now?