Mike Fitzpatrick - June 26, 2022

Dealing With Resistance

Challenge The Status Quo

Somehow, we’ve taught people that church is the space where they come and cloister, a place of escape from the world. But that’s not the New Testament description. Jesus followers aren’t escaping the world; we’re engaging it and engagement isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes we’ll experience resistance from the outside, and many times resistance will come from within. The Rev Dr. Martin Luther King said it this way: if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. Are you willing to lose your life-as-you-know-it for the sake of God’s mission?

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Christianity swept crossed the Mediterranean Sea in the 1st century, because of Jesus ambassadors lead by none other than Paul of Tarsus. At first glance, Paul seemed like the right person for the job, disciplined, passionate, and ready to spread the good news. There was just one small problem: Paul hated Jesus followers and had made it his personal mission to eliminate them at all costs. So why would God deploy this terrorizer of Christians to spread Jesus’ kingdom far and wide. God’s always challenging the status quo—we have assumptions God’s going to bust them up. Perhaps it’s time to allow ourselves to be deployed by God to challenge the status quo!

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