Answering the Call to Join a Weird Team! - Sunday 9/5
by L.Strickland | September 9, 2010
If you were not here this morning, please find time to watch the video. Pastor Randy’s sermon was packed with valuable information and in my opinion, should affect the way we all look at our gifts, ministries and our call to serve! ‘It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up’ Ephesians 4:12 (NIV).
Pastor Randy presented us with parts four and five of his eleven part series. Part four is: Train the called; do not call the trained. When Jesus called his disciples, He first spent the night in prayer (praying humbly before proceeding boldly) and then called on the twelve men. There was no vote, nomination or committee. Jesus simply called them and then He trained them.
“In the church”, said Pastor Randy, “we don’t make a leader – God makes a leader, we humans recognize and train for that calling”. He said that everybody has a calling and that God will show you where He wants you. “Your calling may be just a deep-rooted sense of ‘have to’ in your gut…if there’s something in your gut – it’s there from God. It’s the beginning of a calling, and it starts with a real passion. A calling from God will never come without a passion”, he said. He also shared a few things to remember when you do find it: 1) Get it done. What are you waiting for? 2) You don’t need the ‘okay’ to do your ministry. 3) Don’t expect others to be as excited about it as you are. It took a while, but I finally realized that it’s not so much about what I do as it’s what God has planned through what I do.
Birth and bathe your desire in prayer, God will do the rest. The Bible tells us to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart! Wow. Is it really that simple? Yes, it really is. Enjoy your walk with Jesus – have fun with it. Let Him call you; He gave someone in the church the ability to train you. So, I ask…are you sitting by the phone waiting for your call, or are you on your knees looking for your calling? Choose the knees – you will be glad you did!
Part five of this series is entitled: Weird Teams are the Best Teams. Pastor said that weird teams are the best teams because they are fun, not boring, and they complement each other. Look at the twelve different men that Jesus picked for His team! Get a weird team of people together, who are really different, who can balance out their weaknesses and strengths, and you’ve got a great weird team! Look around at the New Beginnings family and you’ll notice a weird team – but then look at who we have at the center of that team – it’s Jesus. Pastor said you may ask ‘how does this team work?’ His answer is: “When Jesus is in the center, you get a weird team...if you’re Christ-oriented and not cause-oriented, you get kingdom or community, not similarity. If you’re Christ-oriented, people who disagree on things can come together – that’s real community. In other words, we are much more concerned about what Christ wants, not what we want”.
This morning we were invited to become a part of the weird team…there’s always room for one more! I love this church and our ‘weird team’. It is a real place to come home to.