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The Adventure Link: Staying Sharp: The Movement
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Sep 26, 2003, 09:35

The Adventure Link

Staying Sharp: The Movement


People should learn to take church seriously....and I am serious about this! I've been involved in the church for a long time and I know that people are called to different types and styles of ministry. There is the traditional, the contemporary, the innovative, and the niche ministries. Hopefully there is something that appeals to and meets the need of everyone. But we must realize that when we are a part of the family of God, the Body of Christ we are a part of something that is bigger than ourselves. We are a part of a movement that changes the world.


Each of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement. We should yearn to change the world. We should love unquenchably, dream unfalteringly, and work unceasingly.


We should close our ears to the manifold voices of compromise and perch ourselves on the branch of truth. We should champion the value of people, proclaim the forgiveness of God, and claim the promise of heaven.


And we should lead a life stirring enough to cause a movement.


Will we see a movement occur? Perhaps, and perhaps not. Movements never run their course in one generation. The great revivals and reformations that dot the history of humanity were never the work of just one person. Every movement is the sum of visionaries who have gone before, generations of uncompromised lives and nonnegotiated truths. Faithful men who have led forceful lives.


Undoubtedly there have been many with Luther’s wisdom or Paul’s oratory of whom we’ve heard nothing. Maybe an unknown butcher in Greece, a cobbler in France, a mechanic in Idaho. Men with godly lives that form a part of the foundation of a movement.


A movement comes of age when one life harvests the seeds planted by countless lives in previous generations. A movement occurs when one person, no greater or lesser than those who have gone before, lives a forceful life in the fullness of time. Never think that the great movements of Luther, Calvin, or Campbell were entirely of their own doing. They were simply forceful lives placed by God in a receptive crevice of history.


A true mark of the visionary is his willingness to lay down his life for those whom he’ll never see.



Will that movement come in our generation? I hope so. But even if it doesn’t, even if we never see it, it can occur. And we’ll be a part of it.


The adventure continues

Get to church this weekend, make it a a part of the movement to change the world!

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