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Being Intentional About Growth

November 21, 2011

What do you pursue in order to stimulate growth in your life?

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, estimates that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in something. If we are willing to put in that kind of time we can master our craft.

Over the past 18 years, I have spent a lot of time in a Bible School that journeys through all sixty-six books in only nine months. Every year, day after day; I have spent a significant amount of time in the Word of God.

Eighteen years on, I can see the difference. I can’t totally explain it, but when I am teaching things are different. Passages come back to my mind faster. I am able to draw on the depth of study to answer difficult questions. There is a well that God can dip into to bring things back in a timely fashion.

This is the second of a two-part post looking at Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Click here for the first post.

Francis Chan is challenging the church to not be lukewarm, which is great. He just goes a bit too far.

In the interview portion of the book, he says “salvation has nothing to do with performance. If we are truly saved , out actions are going to show it.”

But based on the standard of not being lukewarm (see first post), how do we know we really saved? When do we have assurance? Is salvation a fragile thing that one lukewarm action or motivation could derail?

The actual verse that speaks about being lukewarm comes from Revelation. Jesus is speaking to one of the seven churches the book was written to, the Laodicean church.

How Lukewarm is too Lukewarm?

November 14, 2011

Did he really say that?

I recently read Francis Chan‘s book entitled “Crazy Love“. He is a pastor and author that I admire and respect. His church gives away 55% of their money. He has walked away from fame and fortune to follow the plan of God. He has kept himself financially and morally clean.

 

The book,”Crazy Love”, is a challenge to the church’s commitment, calling them to be sold out. He especially focuses on the passage in James 2:17. “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

He challenges the reader in the following ways:
“Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants?”
“Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life?”
“Do you know that nothing  you do in this life will ever matter unless it is about loving God or loving people?”