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Takeaways from Radicalis Day #1

Today was pretty awesome in a variety of ways. I woke up in southern California, had some quiet time and then hopped on a van with Andy Stanley and Jeff Henderson and headed over to Saddleback. Once there I heard three tremendous messages by Rick Warren, Andy, and Perry Noble. Here are some of the notes I wrote…

From Rick Warren’s First Message:

When God wants to make a mushroom, He does it in 6 hours. When He wants to make an oak tree, He takes 60 years. Which do you want to be?

We want better methods, but God wants better men.

The roots matter the most.

Who you are in private determines who you lead in public.

No roots, no fruits!

Every single problem in your life comes from not being rooted in God’s love.

You don’t get credit for starting the race.

Deep roots: 1) are not bothered by the heat, 2) are not worried by the drought, 3) have leaves that stay green, and 4) keep producing fruit.

Polka is the music of hell…

Your problem is not that you don’t love God enough. It’s that you don’t realize how much He loves you.

God is not mad at you, He’s mad about you.

Your greatest strength will be your greatest temptation.

From Perry Noble:

Radical devotion begins with an accurate view of Jesus, calls us to action, will impact me personally, and will lead to the supernatural.

If it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill.

If people aren’t leaving, you probably aren’t leading. (not sure if I agree on this one)

From Rick Warren’s Second Session:

The basis for radical preaching is the Great Commission.

The goal of radical preaching is obedience.

The result of radical preaching is a serving disciple.

You only believe in the parts of the Bible you do.

All behavior is based on a belief.

Behind every sin is a lie I’m believing.

Change begins in the mind.

Trying to change people’s behavior without changing their beliefs is useless.

I spent the afternoon in a several-hour meeting with some very interesting people. The Editors of two well-known magazines along with some Saddleback staff and I talked about how to use online publishing to reach out to Pastors. We talked about everything from the shifting of culture to the landscape of current Christian leadership. It was eye-opening and encouraging.

One of the neatest parts of the day was meeting Rick Warren. He loves people. He loves Pastors. He doesn’t actually know me from Adam, yet he hugged me and told me he loved me, and I wasn’t the only one. He exudes encouragement as well as vision. God has his hand on Rick’s ministry and I’ve so appreciated this week so far… and that’s just day #1!

Oh, I also ate Thai food and had Starbucks with some new-found friends – good stuff all the way around! Maybe tomorrow I’ll remember to start taking pictures!

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  1. "If people aren’t leaving, you probably aren’t leading. (not sure if I agree on this one)"

    I'm not sure I agree with that one either. Jesus scared off enough people to fill several mega-churches and even suggested that the twelve might want to leave. See John 6:66-68.
    .-= Timothy Fish´s last blog ..More On Book Videos =-.

    • Yes, I think making a statement like this, in the context in which Perry did, needs some context. If they leave because the gospel is offensive (or any biblical extension thereof), then I'm okay. But if they leave because I am leading, but not necessarily in a wise way, then I'm not okay. Just needed more context.

      • Kerrie Smith says:

        I’m not sure I agree with the statement either about if people are leaving, then you’re not leading. It depends on why the people leave. We have a choice if we want to hear the gospel or not. If we choose not to listen, then, it’s on our head, not the messenger’s head. If people are preaching the gospel, they’re doing their part.

        • You’re right, it’s more about why they leave than that they leave. Good point.

          • Kerrie Smith says:

            Oh, I forgot to mention something else, too. I was doing my Bible reading this morning in Exodus 32 about when the Israelites worshipped the golden calf and left God rather than stay with Him and worship Him. We do that sometimes, too, don’t we? Of course, we don’t have golden calves, but we leave simply because we forget about God and what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary. Not intentionally, of course. As long as we come back and realize what we’ve done. I’m thankful that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from unrighteousness. That’s one of my favorite verses in 1 John 1:9-10. I may have gotten off the mark a little, but I just happen to think about that, too. Oh, and forgive any mistakes I make. I always go back and proofread.

  2. Oh, this sounds like such a wonderful experience! “No roots, no fruits” I like that one :) I also like the quote about the mushroom and the oak tree – it brings me some perspective on why I need to keep being patient. Thanks so much for sharing this.
    On a related note:
    I realize all events are not amiable to picture taking, but please, if you can spare just a few, that would be great!
    .-= Kiesha @ Highly Favored´s last blog ..We are God’s masterpiece =-.

  3. “Change begins in the mind.”

    The shortest phrase looks like the smartest. I have nothing to say against this phrase.
    .-= iWoodpecker´s last blog ..Let This Girl Survive – A Lump of Ice Fell on Her Head Right From the Roof of Multi-Floored Building – on 5th February, 2010 =-.

  4. HELLO… how are you? i 'm gabriele from rome italy…Awesome thoughts …1 question…why polka is the music of hell?

    • Gabriele, I'm great. Thanks for asking. Rick jokingly said it when saying that God likes all kinds of music. He didn't mean it. I wondered how long it would be before someone asked that question.

      By the way, I flew in from Atlanta in a seat next to a Pastor Marco, from Italy. Very sweet-spirited man!

  5. Yes i know Marco…very good brother …he's the one taking purpose driven concept to italy…Are you still in california? I really liked the takeaways …God bless you

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