Gospel Urgency & Gospel Patience

Yesterday was a great day at Creekside. I got to preach about Livin’ Single, (not the tv show) and I got to play a bit of Pomplamoose’s cover of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” which is probably one of my favorite songs. I’m not even ashamed to admit that. Pomplamoose’s arrangement is amazing and totally creative. Love it!

Between services we had the opportunity to gather some of our group leaders and potential group leaders and start to talk about our fall goal of launching 40 groups.

I was reminded of something after the service that. I had to share.

We should live with a gospel urgency. We need as many people to hear the gospel as possible. The gospel has the power to transform lives and to transform the world. The church, every single christian, is tasked with Sharing the gospel, both in words and deeds.

But as we do this we need to balance gospel urgency with gospel patience. We need to be sure to do the work that God has called us to do. But we also need to trust God and his timing. Whether we are developing leaders or systems in the church we need to be mindful that Jesus took three years to train 12 guys. He took a long view at what these 12 guys could do and invested in a few instead of trying to gather masses of people and training them poorly.

I think too often I want things to just work and have everybody do them and the system to be perfected so I can move on to the next goal. That’s the urgency in my heart. But I need to be sure to model Gospel Patience, and not push people before they are ready or require that every e be at the same place so we can keep moving.

It’s a lot harder than it seems to balance Gospel Urgency with Gospel Patience but if we look at what Jesus did, it seemed to work really well.

What if churches didn’t add any new initiatives for a year and just developed what they had and built a system that could be expanded.

Just some thoughts. I had to get off my brain

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