Sunday in the Bag

Yesterday, was a hard but very good day. Feeling like I was about to puke my guts out while unloading the trailer was my first sign. Luckily, I was able to hold it together.

Sunday’s celebration service at The Pursuit we looked at the true marks of a godly leader. We looked at 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 and you can find the audio here. The Big Idea for yesterday was “We become good news to South Florida when we lead as we serve like Jesus.”

This was a difficult message for me to preach because I talked about a couple of men who I considered godly leaders (I am where I am today because they pointed me to Jesus) but they hit the eject button on the church, one abandoned his wife and kids for another woman. Paul says, it’s not enough to aspire to be a leader but to be a faithful leader.

I found a prayer journal I kept while I was at Cincinnati Christian University where I wrote the names of 20 of my peers who were studying to become leaders in the church. I committed to pray for these guys for a time. While many are still growing and persevering almost half have dropped off the map.

I think what consumed my thoughts yesterday was how fragile all leaders (and all churches) really are. There is something deep inside all of us that loves to put people up on pedestals and when that leader proves what we should have known all along … they’re human and scarred by sin … we realize too much of our faith was anchored to them instead of Jesus.

Highlights of the day:

  1. We saw a beautiful display of grace take place during communion. Good place for it!
  2. Kids City is rocking and rolling. Recent first time guests are coming back because their kids had such a blast.
  3. We looked briefly into the future to when The Pursuit will transition from the current management team to a local eldership. I said, “If there are men who aspire to this position you need to know and live 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.” While saying that, I saw a bunch of people writing down those verses to study later. Love that! 
  4. We now have three chefs at The Pursuit … thank you Jesus!
  5. A great summer crowd showed up