The 2013 Pepperdine Bible Lectures have come and gone. Or have they? Yeah, that’s the question. Is the question of whether or not we are listening. So are we listening?
The theme this year was the book of Revelation. The book was read as a message originally written to churches in the late first century facing the challenges of living faithfully amidst the threat of persecution and the temptation to assimilate into the Roman culture. Everyone of the keynotes delivered as a message that both encouraged and challenged us and just so that we would have the right interpretation but so that we might have the right response to it’s prophetic word. Thanks to Mike Cope and staff as well as to all the participants from around the world for making it a a great time or renewal and vision. If you are interested, you can access many of the keynotes and classes for free on here.
The best keynote came from David Clayton and it’s not because he is any better of a preacher than the other keynote speakers and class teachers but because of the unique challenge he brings. I don’t know David and only met him for the first time this year but I know that he is a church planter of the Ethos Church in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The Ethos Church, as I understand it, began as a small church meeting in a bar and now has grown to over 2,000 members.
Any ways, I think this gives David a stronger platform to speak from that many of us ministers have (including myself). What I love is that the mission of Ethos Church is to “love God, love people, and awaken a movement” and it is that awakening a movement which gives David the strong platform to speak form because of the mission he is pursuing with the rest of the Ethos Church. So here is the four prayers he challenged the Churches of Christ to begin praying which I plan to blog on but I wanted to share them with you right now. So here they are:
- Pray that God will help us become a movement desperate for Jesus again.
- Prayer that God will help us trust his plans even when our circumstances don’t make sense.
- Pray that God will give us the courage to sacrifice our lives for the sake of his mission.
- Pray that God will make us true worshipers who worship him in spirit and truth.
So I say, let’s listen to this challenge and begin praying that this for our churches.