Friday, June 16, 2006

How to Change this World



I listened to a session from the “Reform and Resurge” conference for pastors put on last month by Mars Hill Church in Seattle. The title of the session was “Beyond Brokeness: How Jacked Up Punks Will Change the World” He talked about how messed up we all are, and the amazing fact that God is using us to change this world, to bring healing, to restore it. He talked about how the gospel is more than personal piety and getting people in church, it is about the kingdom of God. This kingdom is being established through ‘jacked-up punks.’ The speaker, Anthony Bradley, gives this compelling vision of the kingdom based on Isaiah 61:1-4. Christ binds up the brokenhearted, he brings liberty to the captives, he gives oil of gladness instead of mourning- we are now oaks of righteousness- our new identity is for His glory.(vs. 1-3) Then verse 4-

“The shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”

The work of Christ does not stop at the cross and with our personal salvation- his mission and now our mission is to redeem the entire creation and rule it in all his justice, love, and beauty.

It was an inspiring message for me, as my faith lately has been more of a head thing than a heart thing. I have been living out of my former identity, instead of my real one- I’m an oak of righteousness, the planting of the Lord. If you want to listen to it, get it here.

Listen to this message, and some others on the same topic. Check out Bryan’s message from a previous post, as well as Mark Driscoll’s sermon from last week titled “Missional Ministry.”

posted by matt

1 comment:

mark lloyd said...

You might want to update the link to Bryan's message to go directly to his talk. Your current link goes to a page with numerous talks. You have to scroll down a bit to find Bryan's message.

The direct link is:
http://www.mapleridge.net/grow/messages/2006/06/right-path.mp3