I follow… therefore I lead

Several weeks ago, God burdened my heart to start a small group. This was a few weeks before the announcement of the upcoming Community Group Fair (Sept 14th and 21st) at Crosspoint. I prayed, I sought counsel from my friends and Ryan who oversees small groups. There were two ideas: one was a weekly discussion on Sunday after a service of Pastor Pete’s message. I love that idea of going deeper on the message that God has appointed for this church to hear at this time.

The other was a book study on Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshear’s Vintage Jesus. It is what God ultimately led me to… so here is the description:

“Roughly two thousand years ago, Jesus was born in a dumpy, rural hick town, not unlike those today where guys change their own oil, think pro wrestling is real, and find women who chew tobacco sexy. Jesus’ mom was a poor, unwed teenage girl who was often mocked for claiming she conceived via the Holy Spirit. Most people thought she concocted the crazy story to cover the fact she was knocking boots with some guy. Jesus was adopted by a simple carpenter named Joseph and spent the first thirty years of His life in obscurity, swinging a hammer with His dad.” — Vintage Jesus, by Mark Driscoll

In Vintage Jesus, Mark Driscoll, one of America’s most influential young pastors, teams up with a seasoned theologian, Gerry Breshears, to lead you on a hilarious theological journey chasing Jesus through Scripture and pop culture. These two men will answer questions about who Jesus is, what His death accomplished, what He is doing today, and what will happen upon His return. Whether you are not sure about Christianity or you have been a believer for years, Vintage Jesus will teach you something new about the man at the center of our faith—Jesus.

Learn more about the book at relit.org/vintagejesus

The book ($14) and optional study guide ($10) are available on Amazon.com.

We will meet Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. and finish between 11:30 and noon. We will watch highlighted portions from the Mars Hill sermon series that is the basis for the book. This is a 12-week study.

If there is interest among group members, we can rotate who hosts (I will facilitate, regardless of location) so that any who want to share hospitality may do so (and spread the travel burden among the group).

Birthday Wish

Sunday was my birthday.

We had an all-worship service along with communion at church. There was time for personal reflection at the end of service and here is what I scribbled in my journal:

What is it about birthdays and New Year’s that cause us to face our live anew… to look at where we’ve been and where we want to go. What I what for my birthday isn’t more stuff…

I want a life worth of “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

I want a life filled with and marked by worship.

I want the life God has form me. Forgiveness, love, grace, gratitude, worship, giving, sacrifice, living by the Kingdom and living for the Kingdom.

Birthdays make me very idealistic and sappy… sort of.  Now… to the task of actually learning and living the life I wrote on that page.  I ask God for the strength and wisdom… for His grace that I may love others and show grace… never to forget the incalculable value of Jesus’ death on the cross.

Sync

I would post the video here but apparently I’m not sophisticated enough and can’t get vimeo to work with WordPress.

So here’s the link to Pastor Pete’s blog post about it. I will have a longer post on the subject soon.

I love my church

Cross Point is where God has called me. When I interviewed for a position in Denver a few months ago, that morning I realized I didn’t want to move from Nashville. Two reasons: my church and Dance World. It saddened me to think about leaving for something as insignificant as money.

They didn’t hire me anyway. The interview was awful.

When I read posts like this, it reminds me why I love Cross Point and I am grateful and thankful that God has called me to invest my life in a church:

On a serious note, I thought our time together assessing and discussing our giftedness and how we work together as a team was priceless. Jenni Catron is very gifted at leading these discussions. I also can’t tell you how much I appreciated the open dialogue we had during our Bible study on pride. This staff is committed to stewardship of this ministry instead of ownership.

Stewardship. Nothing is ours. It all belongs to God. We’ve just been privileged to take care of it for a while. I keep seeing and hearing it in alot of different places. That idea is part of the reason behind my own personal efforts to live a greener life (carrying my own bags to the store, recycling, using public transportation – though this one is motivated just as much out of gas being $4 a gallon as it is for taking one more car off the road!). These are my choices. I am not out to convince anyone else to follow the same thing. Just think about ways we as believers can be better stewards of ALL our resources.

edited to add: Didn’t mean to go kinda preachy there. But God has been teaching me and pressing on me about being a good steward. The way to get me to pay attention was to start by recycling and living more green. Now, we’ve moved onto finances and the amount of STUFF I have. Do I really need it? Honestly…