469 Posts By Hans Kristensen

  • Books For Leaders: Necessary Endings

    neccesarry endingsOne of the things that so many leadership books don’t talk about is how to bring something to an end when it is poisonous or  dead. How do you take that person off that leadership position? How do you stop that ministry or program or event that is just not bearing fruit? How do you fire that person well? And how do you do all these things without it all blowing up in your face? If you have ever asked these questions you to need to buy Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud. In fact, if you are a leader you need to buy the book.

    In Necessary Endings Cloud shows you how to see if the thing needs to end, how to have the mental courage to end something and how to have the conversations that are needed to end something. Cloud shows you how to fire someone or demote someone well, how to shut down things well and how to do all these with as little relational fallout as possible.

    One of the most important chapters in the book is chapter seven which I entitled The Wise, the Foolish, and The Evil: Identifying Which Kinds of People Deserve Your Trust. This chapter is worth the price of the book alone. In it, Cloud shows you how to identify  wise, foolish and evil people and how then to deal with them. This is an invaluable skill to have as a leader.

    This is a very necessary book but it is also a very dangerous book. I say this because many times I have lent my copy of Necessary Endings out or I have recommended it to someone they have taken radical actions that have caused them short term stress but long-term relief. It is a book that will thrust you out into action and it is a book that all leaders needs read and digest.

    You can get the chapter on The Wise, the Foolish, and The Evil here

  • Why I Preach Grace In Every Sermon (And Maybe You Should Too)

    graceA while ago I preached at a friend’s church. After the service a guy came up to me and said “Man there was a lot of grace in that sermon!” I took that as a massive compliment. In fact I think there is no greater compliment! But I think it is so easy to forget about grace in our preaching. It is very easy to look for the killer application or the knockout illustration to bring everything back to the grace of God.

    Now don’t get me wrong I want my sermons to be challenging in their application, but the challenge needs to be rooted in the grace of God.  This is what Paul does all the time. For example in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Paul challenges the Corinthians to bring their sexual lives in line with biblical sexual ethics. How does he do this? By reminding them about the grace of God. The argument crescendos with these words:

    “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

    Why should we live in line with God’s sexual ethics? It is because of the grace of God, shown at the cross, which bought us at a price. We have been redeemed therefore we should live as redeemed people. For Paul, a life filled with awe at the grace of God is the foundation of a life of holiness. Therefore to not preach grace will mean that lives won’t be transformed. They may change but this change will be short lived. If you preach grace, the results may take longer but the results will last forever.

    If we do not preach grace we will invariably preach morality. We will preach “Do this because you should” which our people will hear as “Do this because God will love you!”. In doing so our people won’t grasp the gospel. To preach grace means that we will not burden our people with rules and regulations but encourage them to live lives of holiness in the grace of God and under the power of his Spirit..

    Is your preaching full of grace or lacking in it?

     

  • Books for Leaders: A Praying Life

    a praying lifeAt the start of this year I realized that my prayer life was terrible, If I believed that God exists and that he loves me and wants the best for and that I can access him through prayer why don’t I pray like I should or as much as I should? For that reason I decided I was going to read a bunch of books on prayer this year and the first book I read was A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul Miller. If your prayer life needs a jump start go out and buy this book and read it. It is an amazing book!

    After the introduction, the book has five sections. Section one is called “Learning to Pray Like a Little Child’ and is an extended reflection of the fatherhood of God and how this doctrine should impact our thinking and our practice of prayer. Section two is called “Learning to Trust Again” and is about overcoming our inherent cynicism towards prayer and the promises of God. Section three is entitled “Learning to Ask Your Father” is an extended reflection on the commands of Jesus to ask God in prayer. Section four is entitled “Living in Your Father’s Story” and covers topics like God’s love and unanswered prayer and seeing it all in God’ story. And the final section called “Praying in Real Life” is a practical section that covers ordering your prayer life systematically.

    This is a beautifully written book where the most beautiful aspect is Miller telling stories of his autistic daughter Kim and how she has helped him understand God inviting us to call him father and also how we should pray.

    How good is this book? Well when I read it I wanted to put it down and pray to my heavenly father. This is a book on prayer that will inspire you to pray. Fancy that!

    Any Christian will profit from reading A Praying Life. Go out and buy it!

  • 7 Reasons Why Our Churches Don’t Evangelise

    5_things_that_brought_life_to_a_dying_church_670220584I want to pastor a church that sees a flood of people become Christians and be sent out to plant churches through out Sydney, Australia and the world. Therefore, I want to be part of, and lead, a church that is on the evangelistic front foot.  Now I think we have made strides to being that church but I still think we have a long way to go. When I look back on our very short history I don’t see a church that has always been on the evangelistic front foot so I need to what has held us back? What holds your church back from being evangelically on the front foot?

    1.Conflict

    Reflecting on Resolved’s history the times that we have been most evangelsitically dead is when there was significant conflict in the church and/or in the leadership of the church. Now conflict is unavoidable when you get people together who really care  and are passionate about something. But there is a type of conflict that just drains you as a leader and consumes your thoughts and your energy. As leaders we need to deal with this kind of conflict quickly so that we can get on withe job of leading churches that are evangelistically on the front foot.

    2. Leadership Lacking in Evangelistic Zeal

    There were times that the leadership at Resolved lacked evangelsitic zeal. This lack in the leadership started with me. Sometimes I had family issues going on, sometimes it was tensions at church, sometimes it was fatigue other times it was just because I had lost the vision of the gospel and the mission of the church wasn’t central. But whatever was going on I had lost my evangelistic zeal. How did I get it back? It is not brain surgery. It was through reading the Bible so that I would see  and be reminded of the fate of people without Jesus. It was praying for more evangelistic opportunities and praying for my friends that they would know Jesus. Finally it was reading books on evangelism so I would be inspired and equipped to evangelise. If you are lacking in evangelistic zeal what are you going to do to get that fire back?

    3. Lack of Vision

    It is very hard to lose sight of why you got into pastoral ministry. I know I have lost sight of the vision for my ministry I once had. The scary thing is that when I lose the vision of seeing people come to know Jesus I don’t communicate this vision to my church and therefore that church I lead won’t have a vision or it will have a deficient vision. If the church loses an evangelistic vision then we wont as a church evangelise. As leaders, we need a vision that captivates our hearts and motivates us. We need a vision that we want to tell everyone so that we will repeat it over and over again to our people. We need a vision that has evangelism at it’s core.

    4. Lack of Evangelistic Strategy

    It’s easy to have an evangelistic vision but if you don’t know what you are going to do your vision quickly becomes an irrelevant slogan. The mistake I made as a leader is not having a concrete evangelistic strategy that we could easily enact. Another  problem I have found with strategic thinking is that we critique it to death before implementing it. We should all heed the oft quoted slogan that an average strategy executed well beats a perfect strategy poorly executed every time. . A simple evangelistic strategy might be something like this

    Step 1: Training  to Tell the gospel and invite their friends to church/ evangelistic events

    Step 2: Putting on relaxed events  that are easy to invite friends to (e.g. a wine and cheese night or music night ) where someone explains the gospel simply

    Step 3: Putting on an evangelistic course where the gospel is explained in greater depth and questions can be asked and answered

    Step 4: Baptism and integration of new christians

    Step 5; Repeat

    5. Lack of Execution

    It is great to have a strategy but if we don’t do what we plan our planning is done in vain. We need to lead our people to execute our plans and then tweak them and execute then do all this again and again.  This requires hard work on our part.

    6. Lack of realism

    One of the downfalls of the Millennial generation, (which I call myself a part of) is that we expect great success straight away with very little effort and if we don’t get this success straight away we are downcast and a lot of the time we give up and we look for the next thing that we can do. As leaders, we need to lower expectations significantly. We need to talk in months and years for things to happen and not days and weeks so that our people will expect a long, hard, prayer filled, joyous evangelistic ministry. Also we need to communicate lower attendance expectation at our events. For example, at Resolved, we are running an evangelistic course we are calling Introducing Jesus. I talked to all the people from our church who were coming and asked them to invite some people and then I told them I going to be happy if we get one seeker who comes along and if we get three I am going to be over the moon! When we had six seekers come on our first night we were all ecstatic!  But what if I said we are going to get ten people to come to these event well then getting only six people would seem like a failure. We need to be realistic about the hard work that is required for our churches to be evangelsitically on the front foot. If we don’t despair will set in and we will not do evangelism.

    7. Lack of Prayer

    I don’t know how he does it but God works through prayer. I am convinced that if we don’t pray we shouldn’t expect great things. But if we do pray then it seems reasonable that God would work in our midst.

    What is the bottom line?

    The bottom line is leadership. If we want to be leaders of churches that are evangelistically on the front foot we need to be healthy, prayerful leaders who have a great vision and are able to plan and execute an evangelistic strategy. If the church  or ministry you are leading is not evangelistically on the front foot my experience is that we need to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask hard questions of ourselves as to why we are not leading the kind of ministry that we want to lead.

  • A Christian Response to Having a New Prime Minister

    turnbullThis morning is a new morning, for some people it is morning of hope because we have a new Prime Minister and for others it is morning of despair. Despair in our government, the governmental system or even despair because of the views that our new Prime Minister holds.  But how should Christians think about what happened in Canberra? What does the Bible say that will help us make theological sense of all that has happened in the past twenty four hours? I think the Bible is clear on three things.

    The first thing we should know is that God is sovereign and he is in control of all that has transpired. In chapters four and five of Daniel there is an oft repeated phrase

    “the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes”  (Daniel 4:17, See also 4:25; 32; 5:21; ) 

    The book of Daniel is clear and so is the rest of the Bible. It is not primarily the politics of Canberra that was behind the leadership shift it was God in his sovereignty. It is he he uses the machinations of this world, political or otherwise, to give leadership to the people in power. Now will that mean that Malcolm Turbnbull will be a leader after God’s own heart?  No sometimes God gives us leaders that aren’t good leaders (like Manasseh in 2 Kings 21) and other times he gives us great leaders (like Josiah in 2 Kings 22-23) and all this comes out of his good sovereign purpose. This is all to say that God was not surprised by what happened last night. He is still sovereign, still in control, still ruling and still working his purposes out.

    Secondly, the Bible is clear that we should pray for our leaders. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 says this:

    I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior,  who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

    The point here is simple. Even if we do not like our politicians or their policies we are called to pray. What should we pray? We should pray that we may  “live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” In other words, pray that we may have government that allows us to live freely and well as Christians. So I hope that all Christians all over Australia are praying for Malcolm Turnbull. He has got a huge job ahead of him and he needs our prayers! But also pray for Tony Abbott. I, like most Aussies I know, didn’t click with him as a prime minister. But he is a man who has served our country to the best of his ability and I’m sure that he and his family are hurting now. Pray for him and his family that they would turn and trust in God in this time.

    The third and final thing is that this doesn’t really change anything for the church and Christians.  Our mission, no matter who is in power, is still the same. Our mission is to pray and preach the gospel so that we will see a flood of people become Christians and be sent out to plant loving and yet evangelsitically oriented churches through out Australia and the world. That is our mission, let’s not lose sight of that but lets work towards that goal and see what God accomplishes through us for his glory!

  • Is Evangelism Really Simple?

    EvangelismPeter Bolt, the head of New Testament at Moore Theological college, has just written a challenging blog on evangelism called Evangelism: The Simplicity of Changing the World. In it he is seeking to correct a view that evangelism is hard and that we need to be”Mapping conceptual worlds.”  and “Integrating lofty ideas into unseen mental frameworks.” He feels that he couldn’t do this kind of evangelism and I agree with him that I couldn’t either! Bolty (as I affectionately call him as a former student of his) then dips into different point in the book of Acts to show us what evangelism was like for the Apostles.

    Bolty  reminds us of the importance of evangelism in the last days and that he linchpin of our evangelism is the message of the resurrection and the proof of the resurrection. And he finishes his blog with these words:

    “For the rest of us, evangelism is not complex at all. The eyewitnesses have done the heavy lifting already. We simply repeat their word. As we read Acts we hear their message. As we believe, we speak (2 Cor 4:13). The gospel message in Acts works to change our hearts by faith (Acts 15:9). Out of the overflow of our heart, our mouth speaks (Matt 12:34). We simply say what they said. We simply say what the original eyewitnesses said they heard and saw. Forgiveness of sins can be ours, because a crucified man has risen from the dead. The world has been turned upside down forever.”

    If I have read him right, (and I am happy to be corrected if I haven’t) Bolty gives the impression that all I have to do is proclaim that Jesus has risen from the dead or a simple gospel message and that is evangelism. Now on one level he is true, if we go around telling people about the resurrection of Jesus that is technically evangelism. But there is a huge issue with this. If I go up to someone in the Suburb of Newtown (where my Church Resolved is located and where Bolty lives and teaches) and I say to them “Jesus has risen from the dead therefore you have to repent and believe the gospel!” I think Bolty is implying that I should go home thinking I have done good evangelism. But if the person I spoke to is a typical Newtowner I might as well have spoken Klingon to them because the gospel I have just proclaimed assumes a Christian worldview and in telling them the gospel I have assumed they understand what the Resurrection is, what repentance is and why I need to repent, what belief is, and what the gospel is. Only if they have a Christian worldview will this presentation of the gospel make sense!  I think Bolty’s blog comes from a right place in trying to demystify evangelism but ultimately to one who leads an aggressively evangelistic church and who seek to evangelize as much as he can it comes across a little naive. It makes me ask the question “Has Bolty really tried to evangelize in the simple way he is commending here?”  I hope that he does evangelize and I pray that he has seen many people come to knows Jesus and he will see many more saved through his gospel proclamation. But, I think if Bolty just evangelizes in the way he says we should do I am not sure that the message of the gospel would communicate.

    Why is this so? Well I think Colin S Smith gives us the reason and also shows us the problem in Bolty’s thinking about evangelism

    In the past, a great deal of effective evangelism has been done by teaching key Scripture verses about sin, grace, and salvation. Christian preachers have been able to assume the basic building blocks of a Christian world view. Even when people chose not to believe in God, it was the Christian God they chose not to believe in! Evangelism was rather like hanging washing on a clothesline that was already in place…. The problem in trying to reach postmodern people is that there is no clothesline. So when we try to hang our texts, they fall to the ground in a messy heap.

    “The great challenge before the preacher is to put up the clothesline. Our task is to present the big story and to persuade postmodern people that it is true. In pursuing this, we have much to learn from our friends in northern Thailand and India. They know that it is not enough to present disconnected truths about peace or fulfillment or family life. We will certainly speak about all of these things, but we must find ways of connecting them clearly to the person and work of Jesus Christ.”
    —Colin S. Smith, “Keeping Christ Central in Preaching” in Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns, 112

    What we have to do as Christians is to help people see the Christian worldview. So in my evangelism I may only talk about an aspect of the Christian worldview and then another the next time we meet and so on and over time the people I am trying to evangelize hopefully will understand why the resurrection is of critical importance, why they need to repent and what the gospel is.

    Is evangelism really that hard? As Bolty has pointed out, it isn’t. But is at easy as telling people that Jesus rose from the dead? No it isn’t. What we need to know is that evangelism will be a longer and slower task nowadays and will require many more chats about specific aspects of the gospel. Gone are the days when we can utter a simple gospel message and people will get it. But these are exciting times because people are hungry for more than this world has to offer. And so I know I speak for Bolty when I say we want more evangelism to be done in these last days so that many people would come to know Jesus. But we need to also proclaim the message in ways that are culturally appropriate. Just like Jesus and Paul did.

     

     

  • Books for Leaders: Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

    tim-keller-preachingIf you have ever heard Tim Keller preach I am sure you have come away thinking “How does he do that?” Well the great news is that Keller has now written a book called Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism that is both theologically informed and extremely practical. To cut to the chase, this book is a must read for anyone who preaches.

    In the prologue, Keller asks the question what makes a sermon good or great? He helps us see that the difference between a bad and a good sermon is the skill of the preacher in exegeting  and applying a text and delivering the content. While the difference between a good and a great sermon is up to the power of the Holy Spirit. But he says good preaching will do two things preach Christ and preach to the cultural heart.

    Just like Tim Keller’s sermons the rest of the book is divided up into three parts (or points):

    1. Serving the Word
    2. Reaching the People
    3. In Demonstration of the Spirit and of Power

    The first section has three chapters:

    1. Preaching the Word
    2. Preaching the gospel Every Time
    3. Preaching Christ from all of Scripture

    If you are committed to reformed theology, biblical theology and expositional preaching there is really nothing that is groundbreaking in these chapters. He basically says we should preach from biblical texts which set the shape and the content of the sermon and in expositing these texts we point to the hero of every text, Jesus.

    The second section, Reaching the People, is really where the gold is in this book. In this section Keller tries to not only persuade us of the importance of preaching to our culture and to the hearts of our people but Keller also shows us how it is done. Keller says that contextualized preaching (or preaching to our culture) uses every day language that also uses culturally relevant sources and authorities to persuade people of the relevance and the truth of the theology of the Bible. In chapter 5 Keller gives us so many examples of how we could confront the beliefs of our culture in ways that are accessible and relevant to the people we are trying to reach and their lives. This is a chapter I have and will continue to go back to in my sermon preparation. In Chapter 6 Keller talks about preaching to the heart he say that “Preaching cannot be simply accurate and sound. It must capture the listeners interests and imaginations; it must penetrate their hearts.” (page 157). To do this we must preach affectionately, imaginatively, wondrously, memorably, christocentrically and practically, In this chapter Keller gives us pointer in how to do preach in these ways.

    In the last section on preaching in the Spirit’s power Keller says that our listeners will have a sense of the Spirit working through us.The point of this chapter is that the preacher’s power comes from his life that is in concert with the theology he preaches. This is refreshing and confronting point. It is refreshing because our world puts so much emphasis on our gifts and it is confronting because it makes me look at my life and see whether my life is in accord with my doctrine.

    In the appendix Keller takes us through how he prepares an expository sermon.

    This is a great book for anyone who preaches. There is loads here to chew on, to be challenged by, to be encouraged by and to apply. If you are a paid leader in ministry this is a must read.

    Pick up a copy  of Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism today!

     

  • Why Don’t Christians go to Church as Much as We Used To?

    bored-in-church1I have often read that the average committed Christian of twenty years ago would go to church three to four times a month whereas now the average committed christian goes to church only two to three times a month. Maybe you are one of these people who only goes once every few weeks or maybe only once a month. I dare say there are some weeks when you or the kids are sick. Then there are time when there is that family thing you have to go to or it will cause world war three in your clan. Throw in your yearly vacation and you look back on your year and you find you have only gone to church a few times a month and some times only once a month.

    But then there are some of us who just couldn’t be bothered to go to church sometimes. You really don’t wan’t to hear another sermon, speak to the same people and then go home without having felt really anything. It is sometimes so much easier to just stay at home isn’t it?

    What has happened? One factor is that less families go to church and the culture is less christian than it was twenty years ago so more families and community groups are meeting on Sundays. Another factor could be that we are generally over worked and over stimulated and so we seek  as much space as we can to rest and so church can get relegated to an optional extra because we need that rest. For some of us I am sure these are factors. But I think what is the biggest factor is our worldview. If you were born from 1970 onwards you have been part of a generation who has had, compared to previous generations, the best of everything, the best toys, the best clothes, the best entertainment, the best technology etc. This has all been on tap and ready to go. Add tot his we have had people telling us that it is all about us. At school we were told that we were precious little snowflakes that were unique and special.  Advertising tells us that we are worth it and we need to get all we can because life is all about self actualization.  This worldview breeds two things things in us. Firstly, it breeds an attitude where we judge things based on short term feelings not long long term outcomes. Generally people today do things for the instant gratification that we receive not for the impact that it will have in the future. So when Sunday rolls around and we have to decide between going to church (which we all acknowledge that regular church attendance will be beneficial in the long term) and doing something that will give me instant gratification we often choose what is easy and quick.  The second thing our culture breeds in us is a me first attitude. I want to know what I can get out of the thing I am participating and this reward must instantly recognizable and discernible. So if I haven’t received an instantly recognizable and discernible reward from going to church, if church hasn’t “done anything” for me lately, if the sermon or the music or something else in the service hasn’t gripped me, I will find it so much easier to not go because I don’t feel like I am growing.

    If my analysis is right then what is the solution to this problem? There are a brace of solutions but surely my generation must start by having a bigger vision of church. What we don’t realize God is going to do more in us and through us in church that we can ever imagine and this work may not be readily seen or felt but God is working. As you sing in church you are reminding everyone of the faith they have in Jesus so they are encouraged and also you are proclaiming the gospel to the non christian that comes into church As you choose to serve others you are proclaiming to yourself that your life is not about you but others. As you hear from the preacher you are reminded of what is real and what is not, what is significant and what is not. You are being reminded of who you are and that God will not let you go and that you are loved beyond measure. As you are reminded about these things you will go out into your work week with more confidence, more steadfastness. And you will be resolute for when the trials of this world come. As you participate in church you don’t know what God is going to do through you. Maybe it was just saying hello to the newcomer that encouraged them to come back next week and hear once again about Jesus’ love for them which in turn helped them put their faith in Jesus.  Or maybe it was asking that member of your church how they were going that made them feel loved and cared for once again and that was a key to them staying at church and staying in the faith.

    Is this hyperbole? No it isn’t because these things were the small seemingly significant things that God uses to keep me in the church and in the faith every week. They are the things that he has used and will keep using until he comes back to do bring people into his church, to encourage to bring them to faith.

    If you take a Sunday off you are missing out on the eternally significant work that God is going to do in you and through. When your heart rejoices in what God is going to do as you go to church how could you stay away?

    When you you realize what God is doing in church every time you go there, hanging with your mates, going to that family thing, watching TV or playing Xbox or whatever it may be that you would do instead of going to church looks positively boring.

  • Fear and The Journey of Leadership

    fear-1440347Fear is a constant companion in leadership – Andy Stanley

    I am convinced that the biggest hurdle to overcome in leadership, especially church leadership, is fear. We, who are in ministry, have many things to fear. We fear changing or shutting down a program or ministry because of the shock waves it will create. We fear rebuking someone who needs it because we are scared of how they will react. We are sacred of running an event that we know could make an impact because we are scared of how we will look if no one comes. We are sacred of the people we went to college with or the people in our denomination so we will not do anything outside of the lines in any way out of fear rather than conviction.

    And yet it seems like the people we most admire most are people of courage. Think about it, we don’t think that cowards make great leaders do we? Of course not. That is because courage is the thing that establishes a leader. Or to put it another way if you want to lead you have to be courageous.  There are no cowardly leaders.

    It is easy to think that being plagued by fear is just a ministry thing. but it holds back leaders in other professions too. For example, Doug Collins coached Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the late eighties and yet he never won a championship. Phil Jackson took over the coaching job and won six championships. What was the difference? Read what Johnny Bach who was  assistant coach to both of them said about their coaching and influence:

    Collins has many strengths, but his insecurity played out in a difficult way. On a certain level, he wanted to be loved by his players, particularly Jordan, which simply wasn’t possible. Jackson, on the other hand, showed little interest in that. “The most important things is that he never sought their love,” Bach said of Jackson, looking back. “there are many coaches who want to be loved, who have to be loved and go down in flames as a result of it. Pro athletes just aren’t going to do that. They aren’t going to give you that love if you seek it.”

    Roland Lazenby Michael Jordan: The Life, 374

    What was the difference between Jackson and Collins as coaches and leaders? Fear. Collins feared the consequences of not being loved by his team, especially Jordan whereas Jackson didn’t. And that lack of fear, not strategy or anything else was the decisive factor.

    A lack of courage is seen in the business world also. In the great book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan there are a number of times where the authors talk about the lack of emotional fortitude in some business leaders which shows up in their inability to say hard things and keep people accountable. In other words they too are scared of the consequences or scared of seeming like a jerk.

    Fear is a constant in leadership and courage is always needed in leadership. So how do you be courageous? How do you feel the fear and do the right thing anyway? I think there are two things that will help us be courageous:

    Firstly, we have to realise that whatever we are fearing (a conversation, a decision, a person) it is not as scary as God himself. The God of the Bible is so powerful that he created the world in an instant, he defeated death, and will come back and can singlehandedly destroy the armies of the world (Revelation 19). When our hearts rejoice that he is on our side and that we are safe in his love no matter the consequences we will not fear anyone or anything.  Your fear of the things of this world will only be quashed when you truly fear the creator of this world.

    The second thing to do is to prepare to confront our fears and attack them. Are you scared of having that conversation? Well write down what you are going to say and go and book in a time to say it. Are you scared to stake that risk but you think it is the right thing to do? Well prepare for it and take it! Every time I have confronted a fear, whether it be a person, a meeting, or something else, the fear itself has always been worse than the outcome of my actions.

    So what fear is holding you back in your ministry and leadership? Your God, the one who should be feared above all else, is the one who is calling you to be courageous in the face of your fears and lead.

    The ball is in your court!

    Step up and be courageous!

  • I Thank God for the Moore Mission Team!

    Resolved is in the thick of our first ever mission we are calling “The Life You’ve Always Wanted.” We already have run a Women’s brunch and a Jazz night which were both awesome. In this time we had the privilege of partnering with a Moore College mission team who have done great work in Newtown over the past week. They helped out with our two events, did walk up evangelism, brought people to church and promoted our church. We also had them preach at our last two Sunday services and our women’s brunch. Tamara, Tim and Ed did a great job in preaching for us and were more than willing to be coached in their preaching and preparation before the events. Lachlan Grice, a fourth year student, was the man with the plan, he had the vision, the plan and the strategy to turn a regional Moore College mission in Newtown from an idea into a reality. Lachlan showed great leadership in the lead up and through the week and I also saw his amazing dance skills which he is more than willing to give you a demo of!

    A massive thank you to the team from Moore College. Your passion, humility and gospel centerdness is inspiring!

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