I’m at the Orange Conference this week and I’m blogging notes while I’m here. Here are my notes from the first main session.
- If you could pray for one thing for the next generation, what would it be?
- Jesus prayed for unity
- How can the next generation believe there’s a God who loves them when we can’t love one another?
- Can you imagine what would happen if we stopped seeing the church across the street as competition, and instead saw them as co-workers on mission?
- A united church is a powerful church, a culture changing church.
- Unity is not uniformity
- Unity is setting our differences aside to make a difference
- What would make us better? What would make this world better? Free? Healed? Reconciled? It’s the Kingdom. Now.
- Jesus drags the kingdom of God from the future into the present.
- The thing to do is to grab the kingdom of God and start living that future now.
- Wake up! Jesus is knocking. We’re better together if we live the future now.
- It’s not what you build that matters. It’s what happens in you. It’s what happens to you.
- How we work together will change how a generation sees God.
- In the story of Nehemiah, they named what was broken.
- When any church ignores what’s broken in their community, they forfeit their right to have influence with their community.
- We can’t ignore what is broken.
- In the story of Nehemiah, he leveraged what he had.
- Nehemiah said he was cupbearer to the king. This wasn’t in his job description.
- We can’t expect to build anything without it costing us something.
- Nehemiah went and saw for himself.
- If you want to be the leader you want to be in this generation, you have to go and see for yourself sometimes.
- Proximity changes perspective.
- Nehemiah called people to do something they didn’t know how to do.
- Do something you don’t know how to do.
- Nehemiah made an assumption that he had everything he needed in the town in order to rebuild the town.
- Keep working together, regardless.
- Expect to see God, but not the God you expected.
- Keep doing what seems impossible and you’ll do more than you ever expected.