Planted in the Gospel

2011 RightNow Conference

Until we are transformed by the gospel, nothing we do will transform others. In this 48-minute session from the 2011 RightNow Conference, Eric Mason, Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, explores 2 Peter 1:1–9 to describe how God desires to shape us into effective and fruitful disciples.

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We saw a clip at the beginning of the video that illustrated God’s call for his people to be unleashed “from being brainwashed by culture, with the backbone to lead the church, with boldness to serve the world, for the Gospel.” How can we better equip and unleash those we lead to overcome their fears and failures to be God’s representatives on earth? Are we creating of programs that just touches on justice or service, but does not bring the message of the gospel or transformation?
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Eric Mason cautioned that nothing we do will transform others until we are transformed by the gospel. Are we working in our own strength? How do we show that we have been transformed? What can we change to lead and equip out of the transformation of our own lives?
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Using 2 Peter 1:1–9, Eric taught that an authentic faith would have the presence of several characteristics, including virtue and biblical knowledge—we now know and have the ability to commit to God’s standard. Are we conveying God’s expectations and standards? How are we equipping people to personally study the Bible? Are we modeling that in our own lives as leaders?
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Eric also challenged us to have self-control—the ability to use our passions to serve God and not ourselves. Are we creating programs in our church to make people consumers or are we equipping people to live out their purpose when they leave the building? How are we leading people to be other-centered rather than self-centered?
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Eric concluded with the characteristic of brotherly affection—how we treat other believers—and love—how we treat others once we grasp and are impacted by God’s love for us. How are we loving those we lead? How are the people we lead loving other believers? How are the people we lead loving the lost world? How can we do better?
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The gospel of Jesus Christ changes the life of the believer from the inside out. The challenge is to remain planted in the powerful message of the gospel. For as God transforms and shapes us through the practice of these virtues, we then become effective and fruitful.

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