Growing up, I was very fortunate to have parents who took me to church every Sunday and made certain that I was in a Sunday school class being taught the Bible. When you feel like having fellowship the least, is often when you need it the most. I am honored to be invited by the President to give the benediction at the upcoming inaugural on January 21. And I want to be the guy who preaches myself happy. If the Lord is God follow Him; but if baal, follow him.
Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ. Four things I want you to think about when it comes to pioneering. It kind of felt good. Keep feeling the need for being important. I grew up in New Zealand, New Zealand was pioneered, it was discovered by a Dutch explorer, for all our Amsterdam campus, a Dutch explorer called Able Tasman. God gave us a brain to think. Joe Carter, editor for The Gospel Coalition offers.
And ahh I had completely run out of emotional energy, I had nothing left and thank God for Bobbie because Bobbie is an absolute God send, all the time. So, whatever we do or wherever we go, we find that God is inviting us to leverage our passions for one greater purpose. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. It's time to get out of the kiddie pool. A light shone among them, and it revealed a risen Savior. When we recognize the battle is not ours but His, and get down on our knees in prayer and surrender, we find peace in the presence of an almighty God.
True story and that week he brought nine of his friends to church and all nine of them committed to Jesus. Not that critics are out to get him. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Opinion is the currency of crowds and a church should be built on Godly counsel whereas a crowd, often, is built on opinion. What does it mean to be built?.
Some of my ideals have changed dramatically just by being more seasoned in life, and less judgmental of other people, and less idealistic about how everything should be. Though the President and I do not agree on every issue, we have fashioned a friendship around common goals and ideals, most notably, ending slavery in all its forms. We merely followed the path of the original one. There was a crisis in Australia, which a lot of people know about where a guy put on a sickness and he wrote songs. Second, opinion is opposed, counsel is invited. And so, I would really encourage everybody here to understand the importance of having the right value. If the Christian does not experience these blessings, must we assume that he or she is outside the will of God? Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world.
I want to keep that pioneer again sprit, so I stay on the edge. Unfortunately in 1991, through a failed extortion attempt, he was murdered, he lost his life, but he was a pioneer. I think there are keys to sanctified opinion and Godly counsel, and one of those things is value yourself and value others, cause I already mentioned Romans chapter 12, verse 3, that talks about the person who thinks more highly of themself, and I think the person who thinks more highly of themself tends to get filled with their own opinion, but the person who thinks so lowly of themselves, they are insecure. I attended the Passion Conference in 2012 and 2013 as a leader with a group of students. So what are you soaking in? Maybe they will have a simulcast on Lifeway.
Opinions change, counsel stands, I mentioned. We wonder at this point if reconciliation seriously took place at all. I want to be on your right or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. Lives anchored in these three truths are lives that shine with the beauty of Jesus! And I knew all this already. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Though each of our passions are different, each of them have been specifically fitted for us by God.
Third, opinion judges, counsel guides. As a pastor, my mission is to love people, and lead them well, while lifting up the name of Jesus above anything else. All he could offer people at Hillsong Conference was his worldly wisdom. I remember so many times thinking. I got much, much better as I got older but that would be my natural, my natural way. True worship is a life and lifestyle that reflects the glory of our Creator. There are times in life when our circumstances defy simply explanations.
It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. They were astonished by his magic, he was a sorcerer, a wizard. The original pioneer whose name is God, who pioneered the heavens and the earth. I talked to him about this, he had just come back from overseas. And then wonderfully it all turns around when we realise by just sowing our lives together in the work of Christ, we can see the kingdom of God established.