Thursday night's message was great. Perry dealt with "Hijacking Jesus." His main point was that the issue with the church today is that we're not showing the example of Jesus to the world and the world is judging Jesus based on our reflection of Him. When we reflect Him badly, the world feels justified to stay in their way of life regardless of how lost they may be. While we know the Bible tells us that many were offended because of Jesus, it is also undeniable, that many have become offended at Jesus because of those who bear His name. We're called as Christians to be Christ-like and imitators of Him in all aspects of our lives. Churches should be a representation of Christ and His treatment of one another. Perry reminded us that the church of Acts didn't seek to be relevant with culture. They sought to change the culture. May we be the same!
Friday morning I was part of our prayer commission's prayer service. I had to lead prayer from the platform for about 5 mins. I'd be lying to say I wasn't sitting waiting on my turn praying that God would help me not to screw this up. I felt sick to my stomach. It was such an honor to pray for our pastors, their families, and our churches. I believe God is going to move in every prayer that was prayed by our prayer commission that morning.
Perry spoke Friday morning on reviving the vision and dealt with the patriarch fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who all thought they were about to die, but events in their families gave them new vigor to live sometimes another 30 plus years. Perry spoke to us on how God will give us visions for our ministry, church, and life and instead of writing those things which haven't happened yet off as dead, let them become revived through seeing what God is doing currently. If God promised it, it will come to be. I was reminded of many things God has showed me in our time in Perry. Some of those things haven't happened yet. Some of those things we've done everything in our power to make headway, yet the door keeps closing. I felt those things being revived in my spirit. But Perry wasn't done. He told us that sometimes the reason what we are focusing on isn't happening is because we still haven't accomplished the first things God laid on our hearts to do. That hit me square between the eyes. I've got some work to do now for sure . . . .
Friday night was great as well as Perry preached on God remembering our prayers and giving and regardless of the time that has passed, God has never allowed a prayer to fall to the ground and He will do what we will ask if we ask in faith and do not doubt in adversity.
All in all, a great campmeeting. I feel revived and I'm excited to get back to the office on Monday morning to start getting some "old" stuff ready!