Sunday Reflections (January 13, 2013): Church Leadership Summit, Impact, God’s Story of Redemption
Yes, I am giving my “Sunday Reflections” on a Monday. This past weekend was a busy one for me. But there is an old saying, “Better late than never.”
Church Leadership Summit
On Saturday, we hosted our first Church Leadership Summit, facilitated by our Senior Pastor, Dr. Karry D. Wesley. Throughout the years, various local pastors have approached him about coming to their churches to conduct leadership seminars and workshops. In an effort to better steward his time, he decided to hold one summit at Antioch rather than conducting numerous ones throughout the city. It was a good decision. We had over 400 pastors and leaders from 10 churches to register and attend. Pastor Wesley taught 3 sessions on various topics, the participants broke out into their respective church huddles to process the information shared, and we gave tours of the facility. The feedback was positive and constructive.
Impact Student Worship Service
Our Pastor of Students and Young Adults was out on vacation yesterday. And so I was tapped on the shoulder to preach in his absence. I absolutely love preaching and teaching God’s Word. In my current capacity, I mainly teach and preach to adults. But when I get the opportunity to preach to students, I always take it. I count it a privilege to be able to invest in the next generation.
I preached on Luke 14:25-33 and entitled the message, “It’s Going To Cost You.” I brought out three points:
Jesus says you and I cannot be his disciples if we do not:
a. Hate the people closest to us (father, mother, etc.) and our own lives
b. Embrace suffering (“whoever does not bear his own cross…”)
c. Forsake (renounce, say good-bye to) our possessions
It was a sobering but needed word. I concluded the sermon by saying, “Following Jesus is going to cost us, but Jesus is more than worth it, for He is our treasure and all else pales in comparison to him.” and showing John Piper’s Treasuring Him sermon jam on YouTube.
The Bible: God’s Story of Redemption
I was invited to come and teach this class at another church here in Dallas. In it, I endeavor to take people on a panoramic view of the Bible and show them how all 66 books tell of one true story: God’s Story of Redemption. It is basically an Old and New Testament survey all wrapped up in one class section. It is always a joy to see people light up when they begin to see the dots connected. The Bible’s historical accounts are not just a bunch of stories loosely thrown together, but have been divinely woven together by a redemptive thread into a magnificent tapestry displaying the glory and wonder of our God and Savior Jesus the Christ.
I look forward to the weeks to come as we continue journeying through the Old Testament and on into the New.