Some Takeaways from Rick…
Want to change culture? Start with art and music, not politics.
Marriage counseling in 2 words… GROW UP!
Preaching to felt needs is called Christlike preaching, based on Luke 4.
Become intense, and become intentional about radical compassion.
If we’re gonna have a heart like Jesus…
Care about what Jesus cares about… people He died for.
He cares about the world.
He cares about the church.
Be indifferent to what Jesus is indifferent to.
Get angry about what Jesus is angry about.
My job isn’t to save America, it’s to save Americans.
The way you see the crowd tells me a lot about your heart.
The more you fear God, the less you fear everything else.
Jesus never ran anywhere. He was never in a rush.
Never look at the crowd in the stands. Ignore criticism and compliments.
You have to decide in life, who are you trying to impress?
It’s not the accumulation in life that matters. Never confuse your valuables and your value as a person.
Power corrupts those who think they deserve it.
…and much, much more.
Mark Driscoll talked about the cross – plain and simple, raw and unedited. I felt as if I were watching The Passion all over again. His language was stark and vivid. The point?
We need churches that are cross-centered, not cause-centered.
Stay excited about the cross and your people will not be able to get around it.
And Ed Stetzer talked about culture and that the path to changing it is planting change-agent churches. I have a special place in my heart for church planters who face the loneliness, the discouragements, the criticisms and setbacks. I’ll never apologize for calling my own church to support church planters.
All-in-all, this conference has been a heaven-sent gift! I want to be radical, which doesn’t mean extreme, it simply means having roots in Christ, biblical theology, and a thorough understanding of church history (how we got here). What about you?