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More than you could ever dream of.

April 28, 2011

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Currently, Keely and I are enjoying the Ministry Workers’ Retreat for Fellowship Pacific Pastors and their wives fully sponsored by the great people at Baptist Housing. Nice evening of hanging out with old pastor friends of mine, singing and worshipping God together, enjoying a great meal and then hearing a great challenge and vision cast/sermon from David Horita, Regional Director of Fellowship Pacific.

Here are my brief notes & thoughts on the message:

God is powerful enough to do far more than you could ever dream of.

I loved the main passage, having just finished preaching through Ephesians with Converge Church.

Ephesians 3:13-21

[13] So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

[14] For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, [15] from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, [16] that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, [17] so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [18] may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, [19] and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

[20] Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, [21] to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Based on this passage, David Horita delivered 2 main Key Expectations:

  1. Expect that God can and will do more than we could ask or imagine. God is powerful to do it. How big can you imagine? God can and wants to do more than that.
  2. Expect that God alone is worthy, demands & will receive all the glory. Don’t stop expecting these things about God.

Finishing up with an inspiring quote from T.E. Lawrence:

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

Sadly, pastors (me included) can have a tendency to lose sight of the reality to which they’ve been called in making disciples and more seriously, the God who has called us.

A great challenge to pastors (me included) to dream “with open eyes.” God is WAY more powerful than we can even imagine. I was challenged to dream about the possibilities of what God could do in Campbell River through the family of Converge Church and pray to God with those dreams in mind, not just dreaming about them, but EXPECTING God to act.

The reality? I’ve been seeing God act all along in this church plant & I need to continue to dream about what God can and will do. There have been many times when I’ve felt much more like a spectator in church planting than a laborer watching God act. God is good. He will provide and will fulfill that which he’s promised….and he’s promised, based on those verses above, that he is powerful enough to do WAY more than I could ever dream of…I’ve got some pretty big dreams about Campbell River.

How bout you? What do you dream about God doing in you city?

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