Notes from Verge’13

Because I cannot stop chewing on the things I heard last weekend – I’m typing up my notes, and posting him them here so I can go back and read them as needed.   Without further ado: Verge 2013.


Three things to keep in mind at all times:

1) What is God saying to you?

2) What are you going to do about it?

3) Who are you going to share it with?



Matthew 4:18-22   As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.

What does it mean to know Christ?  To be a disciple?

In Matthew 4 Christ said, Follow Me.  Who are we following? We should be following Jesus. But who is Jesus?

Jesus is: Savior, messiah, son of David, son of Abraham, the center of history, fully human, fully divine, sovereign over the wise, shepherd of the weak, ending exile, loves his fiercest enemies, savior-King, righteous judge, filled with the Spirit, loved by the Father, the New Adam who didn’t cave to temptations, the true Israel, the light of the world, the hope for all nations. .

We act like he is worthy of nominal adherence and mild church association.  Instead he deserves total abandonment and supreme adoration.

Mack truck illustration: (If I came here late and told you I’m so sorry I’m late, but I was hit by a mack truck on the way over here, and I picked myself off the road and got here as soon as I could, you would know I was lying because IF YOU GET HIT BY A MACK TRUCK YOU LOOK DIFFERENT.

Everything changes when you follow this King.  We:

1)   Live with radical abandonment for His glory. Abandoning the world, comfort, family, friends, and safety.  We trade comfort for uncertainty.  “The followers of Christ don’t always know where they are going – but they always know WHO they are with.”  Deny yourself. Preserve yourself? NO. Slay yourself! “Because self is no longer our God, safety is no longer our priority.”  WE have a treasure hidden in a field worth selling everything for.

2)   LIVE with joyful dependence on His Grace.  Jesus initiates the relationship!  Gopd Chose Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, The disciples.  Adoption begins with the parents’ initiative not the children’s invitation.  God pursues US.  Ephesians 1   “Nothing in this Christian life is born our of our merit, it is born of His mercy.”

3)   LIVE with faithful adherence to His person.  He did not say ‘come follow the rules,’ He said ‘follow me.’  He is not part of your life. He is your life.

4)   LIVE with urgent obedience to His mission.  Be fishers of men!  “One of the reasons we have this spectator mentality and are sitting on the sidelines is because we have misunderstood what it means to be a disciple.”  “It’s impossible to know this Christ and believe this gospel and be silent!”

“The consequences of casual Christianity in this world are tragic. Eternal hell for others.



Paul resolved to know nothing so he wouldn’t empty the cross of it’s power. Know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.

The Power of the Holy Spirit.  We can pull off a pretty good service even if the Spirit doesn’t show up. Something is wrong with that.

You’re Christian? Where’s the fruit?

It’s not about mega-church vs home-church.  There are things that are non-negotiable. It is wrong when the church does not love each other.  “

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

There are divisions among you – caused by lifting up men. Don’t market Christ by lifting up PEOPLE.



Luke 10:5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.”  Who are your people of peace?  When was the last time we testified to what God did? Don’t get caught up with people who don’t want to know. Look for the open doors.

Do we have a life worth imitating? 1 Corinthians 4 (Where Paul says, “Therefore I urge you to imitate me.”) – vulnerability.

Are our lives accessible?  People need more than information. They need a living example.



This generation listens with their eyes – they will only believe if they see something different.  If you live the Kingdom, He will draw people to Him.  The kingdom is not a matter of words but of power.  Jesus gave us keys – not keys to show people their sin – keys to the Kingdom! People will want to know the hope that is in you.  Share it with gentleness and patience.



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