message by rick warren

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Rev. Rick Warren

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TALENTS

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” – 1 Peter 4:10 NIV.

God has given you unique abilities, talents, and gifts. At SaddlebackChurch, we say they represent a person’s SHAPE — Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences.

This bundle of talents is the thing God has given you that makes you who you are and sets you apart from other people.

You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” – 1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV.

If you think your talents are simply for you to make a lot of money, retire, and die, you’ve missed the point of your life. God gave you talents to benefit others, not yourself. And God gave other people talents that benefit you.

We’re all a part of the body of Christ, and each part matters. There are no insignificant people in the family of God. You are shaped to serve God, and he is testing you to see how you are going to use the talents he gave you.

Whether you are a musician or an accountant, a teacher or a cook, God gave you those abilities to serve others. Today’s verse says, “Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” – 1 Peter 4:10 NIV.

You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” – 1 Corinthians 4:2 NIV. When God made you, he made an investment in you, and he expects a return on that investment.

Are you using what He’s given you for the benefit of others to make the world a better place? Or are you just using those talents to benefit yourself?

When God gives you a talent, he expects you to use it. It’s like a muscle. If you use it, it will grow. If you don’t, you’ll lose it. If you have a talent but are afraid to use it, or if you get lazy and don’t use it to benefit others, you’re going to lose it. Like the parable of the ten talents in Luke 19, if you don’t use what God has given you, he will take it away and give it to someone else who will.

But if you use your talents wisely, God will give you more. If you use your time wisely, God will give you more time. If you use your energy wisely, God will give you more energy. If you use your influence wisely, God will increase your influence. God will bless your level of faithfulness.

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markgreenwood

Mark Greenwood

EVANGELISM IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST PREACHING 

The average person influences 10,000 people during their lifetime, says Mark Greenwood, who urges us to take full advantage of every opportunity

Being on the REACH core team is an immense privilege. I am grateful to Elim who recognise, encourage and release me In my gifting. I genuinely feel more excited than ever about evangelism!

What is it that has kept the fire, not just alive, but glowing brighter than ever? I think it’s this I know what my passions are, and live by those, rather than the pressures which can cause if passions to be dampened.

One of the keys for me is that before I’m an evangelist, I’m a Christian! When it comes outreach, many people look evangelists and think, “It’s OK for you – you’re an evangelist!”

INFLUENCE

Butt the truth is that many people in ministry – including evangelists – find it hard to engage personal evangelism even if you’re good at public evangelism. I don’t rely on my calling and ministry to pretend I am fulfilling the Great Commission, and that the average person influences 10,000 people in the course of their life. I asked myself, “How do I want to influence 10,000?”

A number of my friends and I decided to put our testimony into a leaflet to help us be more active in personal evangelism. I have decided to give my testimony to those people I influence – I have committed to my 10,000!

As well as being a Christian… I am an evangelist! The ministry that trained me, OAC, always impressed upon me that evangelism is a ‘give-away ministry’. Whatever we learn, we pass it on.

This is why I’ve always enjoyed and been passionate about training and helping oth­ers to be more effective in evangelism.

I love hearing the stories coming back from people who have not only had their evange­lism passion re-ignited but their faith also.

I run ‘Boot Camp’ (school of personal evangelism) as well as training for church leaderships called ‘Creating An Evangelism Culture’. Another training event ‘Sharing Your Faith With Other Faiths’ helps people understand how we can effectively witness to those from other world religions or cults.

It’s a great feeling heading away from these events know­ing that you have ‘equipped the saints for ministry’. This is a key function of the evangelist but we can only effectively help others if we have done it ourselves.

STYLE

Of course there is the per­former in me! I’ve always been grateful to God for the ability to make people chuckle. I am passionate about being true to myself. I use humour a lot as I believe it helps me make connections.

My outreach events aim to change the perceptions that not-yet believers have of Christian­ity. Even if people aren’t ready to commit their lives to Christ, if they leave the events with a different opinion of Christianity, this is a really good thing,

I hope it doesn’t shock peo­ple who know me, but I’m actually a bit of a thinker! When I was growing up I wanted to be a lawyer. I never liked being stuck for an answer- in fact, my mum always accused me of wanting to have the last word. I always responded, “No I don’t.” Unfortunately this kind of answer proved her point!

There is good reason to believe in God and Christianity but I also think people need a reason to believe. It’s not about me having the superior last word but rather helping people think it through.

Paul reasoned with philosophers as well as preaching with a more direct approach, We need a multi-access approach to our evangelism. Some may well start the journey because their perceptions have changed, whilst others because they have the space to think with thinking people.

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meet the christian ministers

russarahwestfield

Rev. Russ and Sarah Westfield

Russ & Sarah Westfield have been married 22 years and have two amazing boys Jordan and Joseph and have always counted North Lincolnshire as home.

Russ is particularly committed to raising leaders who raise leaders. He believes that followers of Christ should be empowered to turn up the contrast and make a genuine difference to their world. At this time he wants to help new-Lifers feel confident to love the way Jesus loves and live the way Jesus lives.

Sarah is dedicated to helping church represent Jesus in the best way possible. In particular she is committed to helping women discover the gift they are and the gifts they have.

Together with all new-Lifers they believe in a Big God, building Big People and belonging to

A BIG CHURCH

New-Life has to be a family which believes in a God who is who He says He is and does what He says He does. Only by believing this will we become the people He says He wants. We must take joy in believing in a God who has created all things and continues to be creative in ways that surpass the logic and reasoning of mankind. To believe in the God who is revealed in every page of scripture brings a confidence for new-Lifers to live a value-filled life, develop a miracle-attracting faith and have an expectation of heavenly resource.

We must not reduce our view of God into a more convenient and palatable image. This will only produce impotent behaviour, simply a form of Godliness. New-Life will paint a picture of a big God with every sentence of each sermon, every syllable of each song and every plea in each prayer. His power & glory will never fail to be on display in cell, congregation and celebration.

BIG PEOPLE

The belief in a Big God will cause a deep longing to see people become all they can be. For them to live life large, to experience it to the full, to place body, soul and spirit into the service of God … to become Big People. We will be big enough to think small and aim for nothing less than making, maturing and mobilising disciples and continue to prioritise cells as the best place for these disciples to be raised and released. We will provide ways for Friends and Partners to discover a fulfilling outlet to contribute their time, talent and treasure and ensure they find encouragement and appreciation at every turn.

We will commit to growing people in love displayed through our values see them experience forgiveness, overcome weaknesses, resist the enemy and find freedom in God. We will join with the angels in celebrating every success and rejoice with everyone who is growing big on the inside.

BIG GOD

New-Life has to be a family which believes in a God who is who He says He is and does what He says He does. Only by believing this will we become the people He says He wants. We must take joy in believing in a God who has created all things and continues to be creative in ways that surpass the logic and reasoning of mankind. To believe in the God who is revealed in every page of scripture brings a confidence for new-Lifers to live a value-filled life, develop a miracle-attracting faith and have an expectation of heavenly resource.

We must not reduce our view of God into a more convenient and palatable image. This will only produce impotent behaviour, simply a form of Godliness. newLife will paint a picture of a big God with every sentence of each sermon, every syllable of each song and every plea in each prayer.

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