Day 1 of Acts 29 Boot Camp was awesome. The LORD really taught me some stuff today. I am so thankful for Brian Loritts, Scott Thomas, Ray Ortlund, and James MacDonald. I would say that each of these men taught me at least one thing which I really needed to hear.
Brian Loritts really revealed that I need to have a balance between being tough and tender. Jesus delivered a message to John the Baptist and his disciples which was both tough and tender at the same time in Matthew 11:1-30. I really felt that he was talking to me and I enjoyed having to deal with my heart.
Scott Thomas delivered a message which was equally challenging to me about the church planter needing to really be focused on getting the vertical relationship’s right before the horizontal relationships. No matter how much the man may think that he is the one driving this there is no doubt that it is only God who is driving all that happens in the church.
Ray Orlund spoke about the marriage of the church planter and how that really affects the church. It is vital for the church planter to have a marriage which reflects Christ and the church. I am so thankful for that reminder and the encouragement for the church planter to get his marriage right.
James MacDonald had all of us eating out of his hand for the entire message. His reminder of how God is Sovereign was great to hear. I am so thankful for the encouragement from Acts 12 to pray, trust in the LORD, and expect the LORD to provide even when it seems impossible. I need to remember that when things are tough that the reminder of God is in control.