Friday at conference was absolutely unbelievable. With the likes of Dr. Bernice King, Bob Goff, Doug Fields, Andy Stanley, Lecrae and more on the schedule, you had a feeling that the day was simply going to be amazing.
Friday's at #OC are stocked with heavy hitters who are bringing a message the world needs to here. This year was no different. Let's take a brief look at some of the message points that really stuck out and what we can do with them going forward.
Ryan Leak brought another great word to us at #OC17 this year. Ryan is a Pastor in the Dallas, Texas area that loves to ball and loves to keep his car clean. He shared something else with us, he loves to hand out Gatorade to the guys he's playing basketball with.
Ryan was very encouraging about some ways that we can be for our neighbor. Ryan has made it a steady practice that when he is at his local Starbucks or even the carwash, ask the simple question "Is there anything I can pray for you about?" The responses he's received from that have been life changing. Me and a couple of friends from the conference even put it into practice Friday night at dinner by asking our server if there was something that we could be praying for him about. Our server shared that just earlier in the day he had reconciled with his mother. Isn't God good?
Here's a couple of other quick quotes from Ryan: "If it’s the worst it’s ever been, then it’s the easiest to make things better." He was speaking about how different folks he had encountered would talk about the collective attitude of the country. His response was great and challenging. One last quote from Ryan: "There’s someone in your neighborhood with the weight of the world on their shoulders, and they need to know that God is on their side." We must get to know our neighbors if we are going to be for our neighbors.
Jeff Henderson, Pastor of Gwinnett Church, is a great leader and speaker. I absolutely love what his church is doing in Gwinnett County, Georgia. They are reaching folks who've never stepped foot into the church and even having folks who came to be agnostic claiming Gwinnett Church as theirs. Want to know their secret: they are simply For Gwinnett. They are for Gwinnett families, businesses, other churches, visitors, commuters.
Jeff shared a verse that really struck a cord with me. It was the beginning parts to John 3:16. "For God so loved Gwinnett. How impactful. How moving. How "For Their Neighbors". They are impacting drive thru lines with kindness simply because they are FOR Gwinnett.
I was so moved by that attitude and sense of selflessness. It reminds me of the church described in Acts 4. They were simply FOR each other. I've come home with the attitude that I want to be FOR Lee's Summit simply because Jesus is FOR Lee's Summit. Encourage your family and your church kids to be For Their Neighbors.
I would like to wrap up this post talking about Dr. Bernice King. Her father is the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King brought me to tears and several hundred if not thousands of others. I'm going to leave a couple of quotes here and be done. I can't do them any justice by elaborating because they are so in my face and quite divine. She spoke on racial reconciliation. Here's some quotes: We must connect with each other and our stories. What killed my father was not hate, it was indifference and apathy and absence of the people of God and the Spirit of God.
Friends, let's be #ForOurNeighbors!