As I listened to the speakers at the Men’s Conference at Falls Creek last weekend, I understood why the name “Rewired” was chosen for the conference. The point was made that God “wires” each man (and woman) uniquely, and gives us our own strengths, weaknesses, spiritual gifts, and purpose, and He desires for us to use those gifts to serve God by serving others.
The conference challenged us to remember that we are constantly fighting spiritual battles in which we continually underestimate our enemy, our resources, and our potential. Our enemy, Satan, is real, and he knows our weaknesses. Our greatest resource is Jesus our Savior and Warrior King, who is fighting on our side. Our potential is realized only through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit – He is the source of our strength!
Perhaps the biggest take-away from the Men’s Conference for me was the reality that most church members are trapped in “cultural” Christianity. We go to Sunday School and worship services, study the Bible, pray, and sing songs of worship, but these “religious” activities end up being an end unto themselves. It’s like we are checking the boxes on an offering envelope in order to feel good about ourselves. God requires much more. He requires sacrifice and transformation! Church on Sundays should be a place where we prepare for spiritual battles, learn to deepen and share our faith, give our tithes and offerings, and worship in a way that transforms us to serve Jesus by serving others.
“I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 NLT
Preaching Sunday – On Sunday morning, May 5, my friend and former pastor, Reverend Bob Copeland will be preaching. Bob recently retired after serving many years as Director of Missions for Cimarron Baptist Association, OK. He is a former pastor of FBC Pawnee and Britton Baptist Church in OKC.