THREE REASONS I NEED TO RETAKE THE CLASSES
Someone may have thought (not you, but some other person), “I love the campaign and the energy but this business about taking all the classes again… I’ve already taken them. Why should take them again? I mean, come on we’re all busy right?”
There are three reasons why I sincerely believe that this is a commitment worth investing in.
1. WE ALL NEED REFRESHERS.
Can you repeat the main points of last Sunday’s message? No? Then you certainly can’t remember all the material from the base CLASSes. We packed into the base CLASSes the most important habits that every Christian needs to know in order to grow. However, it’s hard to retain what’s slipped out of your brain!
The Apostle Peter told us that we need regular reminders in order to remain renewed:
“So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away…Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live.” (2 Peter 1:10–13, NLT)
Vince Lombardi was arguably the greatest football coach of all time. He left behind a legacy rich in leadership and excellence. Vince Lombardi is famously known for beginning training camp every year by holding up a football and after a long, deliberate pause, he would say, “Gentlemen, this is a football.” He knew what so many others forget. That getting back to the basics was what made champions. As Christians, we often drift off course in our spiritual life for the same reason. We forget the basics. We neglect the fundamentals. We look for quick fixes or new methods or “deeper” teachings, thinking that must be the key to reigniting my spiritual life when the truth is, most of us just need to be reminded of the centuries old basics that have been making disciples for 2,000 years.
2. TONS OF NEW MATERIAL!
God’s Word has given us all the tools we need to do everything He wants. Paul said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17, NIV)
As culture changes, so do the problems facing the faithful. Because of this, in 2013 I added new material vital for your spiritual journey to each of the base CLASSes. I want you to be thoroughly equipped to accomplish all that God has for you.
3. I DON’T WANT YOU TO GET LEFT BEHIND.
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19, NLT)
God is taking Oak Ridge into a brand new frontier of influence. I cannot overestimate the exponential impact of the opportunities that are opening up to us.
As God mobilizes every member into ministry and mission He is going to use YOU to change the world.
Just like surfing, if you want to fly high you have to catch the wave when it goes by. As this wave of God’s Spirit is moving through our church, I want you to “HANG TEN!”
So, what do you say? Ready to change the world with me?
Run the bases.
Do the habits.
Change the world.