Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Catalyst - Matt Chandler

I have prepared just some thoughts I took away from Matt's message at Catalyst, not an outline of his message. Sorry about that. One thing that struck me about his message is that twice Matt gave credit to something that Rob Bell said in his message. That told me that Matt is teachable and listened to the previous speaker's message. It also told me that he doesn't just "toe the company line" especially if you have ever listened to his buddy in Seattle's thoughts on Bell. I am sure that Matt probably has some issues with Bell's theology, but he did not let that distract him from filtering out some things that he could take away from a fellow pastor/teacher.

Matt used the text of Hebrews 11.39-12.3. He told us that God is at work (and has been at work through the faithful) and he has invited us to take part. Therefore, we should "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles." Matt feels that two important words for us have been hijacked, those are confession and repentance.
Every delay in obedience is a delay in the beckoning by God to deeper waters. We need to sense that we are uniquely created by God to do what we've been called to do.
Matt encouraged us to let confession and repentance be a continuing ethic in our lives and our ministries.

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