Thursday, 18 June 2009

Evangelists Summit: Phil Moore

Phil Moore is from the Coign Church Woking and really set the scene for the two days with what was essentially a fairly impassioned cry for people to not leave their devotional life underdeveloped while performing public roles.

He used the analogy of cannons asking the question: do we search for a bigger cannon (such as better preaching, bigger Alpha Course etc) or do we desire more gunpowder, e.g. the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we stay close to God.

I found this quite a challenge. It is so easy to just be busy "doing" for God not "being" with Him.

The challenge laid was that prioritising time with God was an act of humility, with a little quip that evangelist's especially are sometimes not known for their humility.

Isaiah 40 29: 31 was used alongside other verses to set the point up clearly
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
There were quotes from Evan Roberts and others highlighting the devotional aspect of the leaders of many of the great revivals.

Here are some particularly pithy quotes used:

"The secret of Christianity is Christianity in secret".

"Our job is not hard, it is impossible. Without the Holy Spirit we are at 0%. With the Holy Spirit we are at 100%."

DL Moody: "Every great move of God can be traced to a single kneeling figure"

John Wesley: "Give me 100 men who fear nothing but God and hate nothing but sin and I will change this land"

1 comment:

Jongudmund said...

Absolutely. It's so easy to be doing all the right things on the surface where it's visible to other people, but then have a 'disconnect' in your private life.

Maybe that's why a third of pastors have a problem with internet pornography (according to xxxchurch)

Doing it 'in your own strength' is such a subtle sin, and it's so easy for something else to creep in as a 'stress release' or source of support (e.g. a mistress).