2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference

In this 46-minute session from the 2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference, Aaron Ivey speaks about his own battle with comparison, sharing the vital need for those in ministry to have an identity shaped primarily by who they are in Christ. Aaron is Pastor of Worship at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX. He is also an accomplished songwriter and performing artist.

Aaron noted that the enemy uses comparison to tempt us in one of two directions, either so we think too highly of ourselves, or too little. Are you tempted to think more highly of yourself than you ought, or too little of yourself? How does comparing your ministry to the ministry of others play into this temptation?
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When do you find yourself most prone to discouragement in ministry? What do you think is the root cause of your discouragement?
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Have you ever been tempted to give up the ministry? What keeps you engaged? What encourages you to persevere?
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Aaron introduced the concept of kindred, or family. You are kindred of another by one of three means:
  1. By blood
  2. By marriage
  3. By adoption
In a very real sense, God has made you His kindred by all three means: through the cleansing blood of Christ, by your membership in the Church—the bride of Christ, and by being adopted as His son or daughter.

You are not primarily defined by what you do in ministry, but by your status as kindred of God. How does this reality impact how you view what you've been called to do?
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Who are the kindred souls the Lord has given you, those other believers who know you and are there to share your burdens?
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What is your responsibility in finding and fostering deep, kindred-type relationships?
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Our almost instinctive tendency to compare what the Lord is doing through our ministry with what He's doing through someone else must be battled with ferocity. Find hope and security in who you are as God's kindred, and trust what He has called you to do. Rely on those relationships the Lord has given you with other believers, finding ways to foster an ever-deepening kindred spirit with them.

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