Unleashing Caged Christians

2009 RightNow Conference

Believe it or not, there are lots of “rich young rulers” in our churches who have fallen into the trap of following all the rules, but still clinging to their own agenda. In this 45 minute session from the 2009 RightNow Conference, Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor of National Community Church, talks about how he surveyed the church and discovered that a lot of people are really trying hard but are still missing what it means to live by faith in Jesus Christ.

As you watch, take notes and write down thoughts about how this message can impact your ministry.

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Is there anything in our church or ministry that communicates a protected life of a zoo, rather than a faith journey that’s unpredictable? What in our ministry and message challenges people to live dangerously for Christ? What in our ministry and message allows people to stay in a protected environment?
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Referencing the rich young ruler, Mark Batterson made the statement that there are Christians who feel they have everything figured out, yet something is missing. They follow the rules, but still cling to their own agenda. How does our ministry lead people to be fully devoted to the risk of following Christ? Are there any other ways we can equip and launch people to impact their communities and our world?
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Mark said, “Your greatest assets will become your greatest liabilities if you don’t use them for God’s purposes.” Is there something specific about our city that affects how we carry out the mission of our church? How are we using what God has given us in people and possessions to reach our community for Christ? How are we using what God has given us in people and possessions to reach our world for Christ?
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Realizing that the rich young ruler found his identity in his possessions, where do you see people in our ministry finding their identity? How do we communicate and equip people on finding their identity and worth in Christ? Do you find any struggles in your own life in where you find your identity? Is there anything you are holding on to that you need to let go of?
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Are there any non-verbal messages in our ministry that communicate excess or waste as it relates to money and possessions? What can we do to communicate more clearly the heart of the mission of our church and make sure we’re not communicating a consumer-driven message? How can we challenge those we lead with the truths directly found in Scripture that deal with money and possessions? As we talk about stewardship, how are we leading by example?
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Jesus didn’t die on the cross to keep us safe. He wants to unleash us from our “Christian cages” and risk more by giving our lives away for the kingdom.  

Have you given your agenda away by becoming fully committed to the adventure of following Christ?

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