I’m A Desperate Man!

“I’m a desperate man!”

Those were the opening words of Ed Stetzer as he preached the Friday night sermon at Verge 2010 in Austin.

In his message, “Making Disciples”, based on I Peter 4:9-11, Stetzer says that too many churches in America preach and teach a knowledge-based discipleship instead of an obedience-based discipleship.

Stetzer made the powerful point that knowledge-based discipleship creates “puffed up gnostics”, while obedience-based discipleship leads to mission-shaped disciples.

Ed also made the statement that if church leadership does not empower, give “permission” to, and release the people of God for the work of the ministry, the work of the Kingdom will be hindered.

The points of the sermon were:

  1. All believers have gifts
  2. God intends every believer to use their gifts
  3. The use of gifts is empowered by God
  4. We exercise our gifts to bring glory to God.

Listen to the message and get desperate!

(Part 2 of the message coming soon.)

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  1. […] posts on the VERGE 2010 conference can be read and viewed here, here, here, here, and here. You can also read my posts on The Tangible Kingdom and The TK Primer here, here, […]


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