I returned home last night and had some fun with the family before having some great time talking with Jill about what God is teaching me and what I learned at the churchplanters conference.
Yesterday morning may have been the most convicting session of the conference but my least favorite. Its kind of like eating broccoli or spinach–you know its good for you but it just doesn’t taste good. Darrin Patrick is the pastor of The Journey in St. Louis, Missouri and he spoke on “The Spiritual Leader”.
He shared Mark 1:9-13 and
Colossians 2:6 and
He defined salvation as “Repenting and believing the gospel.” Pastors are good at talking about repenting but they are terrible repenters. Repentance is “turning from doing life our way and doing life God’s way.” This was a huge “OUCH” for me. I haven’t blogged about this but I had a significant experience with God in an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean while on my way to Africa around 3 weeks ago. I repented–I turned from doing some specific things in my own strength and I turned to walk down the path of God’s strength in those areas. It was LIBERATING! I will blog again on some of this later.
Darrin Patrick challenged us to identify “idols” in our life and repent from those idols. He defined idols as “anything in my life that occupies the place that belongs to God alone”. I had to repent of lifting up “myself” as an idol. I don’t worship myself for the most part but I do believe, at times, that I can accomplish things in my own strength that should be reserved for only the power of God. I have to repent from attempting in my power what ONLY GOD can do!
“It is easier to moralize or psychologize than to repent.” Darrin Patrick
When I live a life of repentance and turn to walk the way of Jesus rather than my own way, I can imagine God saying this over my life!
More on the sessions from Mark Batterson later.