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Bringing Glory To God

Written by Joe Schlosser on .

"How do you know if what you do brings 'glory' to God? I'm trying to completely understand 'righteousness' and 'glory to God'. I've always wondered these things. Thank you."

This was a great question we received on one of our video sites from Lori K.

The answer I believe lies in our relationship with Jesus first and foremost. For it is through that relationship that we have access to God the Father. God our Father created us in His image. He is deeply involved in our lives and yearns for that personal relationship with each and everyone of us. I believe He has created each of us for a special purpose and gifted each of us to accomplish that purpose.

Matthew 6:33 states that if we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, then all else will be given to us.

When have you felt the most alive? What were you doing? I believe it is in those moments of doing what we love to do that we find our "being" revealed. For me it is when I get the chance to help other believers discover what they were truly created to be doing - I call it when my "doing" and "being" come together and work as one. Or being able to use my gifts as a graphic artist and marketing person to help advance God's kingdom. The "being " is who you are - your values, the person you are when no one is looking. The "doing" is what you love to do , that which makes you the happiest, feeling fulfilled.

 



Bringing glory to God I believe means doing things that are in sync with the Father's love for us. Through that loving others with the unconditional love Jesus talks about and allowing the Fruit of the Spirit to be released through us.

When do you know if something is from the Lord through the Holy Spirit? There are simple filters I use to test everything -

1. Does it align with God's Word the Bible? If it goes against what God says in the Bible then it probably is not from the Lord.
2. Do other believers witness to it? Do you have others saying " This is perfect for you!" or " I agree with where you're going or what you are doing."
3. Does it exalt Jesus Christ now and in the future?
4. Does it bear fruit?

If you can answer "yes" to the above questions, then you can be pretty sure it is from the Lord and would bring glory to Him.

Are you bringing "glory to God" through what you are doing?  We would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.  Leave your comments below so we can continue the conversation.

 

 

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Great Example of Participation: TheDigitalAge

Written by Ben Cheek on .

Just discovered a new band today: The Digital Age (TDA for short).  They're a remix of some of the members of the David Crowder band who reformed in 2012.  They just released a music video for their song Captured which you can watch below.  It's a great example of using a strategy of participation to build ownership with people.  They put out a call for people to post video singing to the song on YouTube and recieved more than 2000 responses which they mashed into a pretty awesome video.  The cool thing is what people learned about the values and ethos of the band while they were promoting the release of a new song and album to thousands on social networks.

If you're interested in learning more about how you can build participation, consider checking out our resources page for some upcoming webinars and workshops on the topic.  We promise to stir up some good ideas!

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What Does the Next Generation Want? Your Help Starting Something

Written by Ben Cheek on .

I'm Gen X, but like an older brother, many leaders ask me what's going on with the generation of our youth: the generation often called Gen Y or the Millennials.  Leaders know that unless this generation is reached, there won't be a future for many of the things we've been working hard to build.  They also know that most of our efforts to connect to the Millennials are failing:

While 89% of millennials grew up in a "religious" home,  only 75% are connected to any religion now.  Even of those 75%, less than three-in-ten go church once a week.  On the business side, unemployment and under-employment is extreme with Gen Y: hovering around 12% with only 43.6% employed in a full-time job and 53% are either jobless and under-employed for their education.  According to many researchers, the modest improvement in employment figures for this age group actually has to do more with how many are dropping out of the workforce all-together, rather than young people finding jobs.  Neither Wall Street nor Main Street is successfully engaging Gen Y.

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Confront Your Systems

Written by Ben Cheek on .

“If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. [Matthew 19:21]

The Gospel is a call to personal reformation.  But it goes far beyond that.  Jesus asks us not only to confront ourselves internally -- giving over our inner values, ethics, and allegiances -- but he also asks us to confront and transform our systems.  It is not enough to commit to be a better person and join the religious activities of the church.  Discipleship means we join Jesus on the revolution that is transforming all the world into the Kingdom -- bringing all things in heaven and on earth together in the unity of Christ [Eph 1:7-10].

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The Seasons of Vision Casting

Written by Ben Cheek on .

4seasons treeAs we've launched dozens of projects -- businesses, organizations, products, services, churches, schools, and websites -- we've learned a few things about what to do and what not to do.  One of the most important things to consider when casting the vision for something new: timing.  It's common sense that it takes people a while to comprehend vision for a new direction or a new offering, but there is an additional factor beyond how long it takes for people to get on board.  You also have to consider the seasons of the organization and audience.

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Josh Schilling on Success and the Word in Business

Written by Joe Schlosser on .

Just found a great interview of multi-millionaire businessman Josh Schilling by Pastor Dennis Rouse of Victory World Church in Atlanta on following God's call and living out the mission in the work place.  Pastor Dennis points out the critical need for these types of conversations:

"One of the big disconnects in the church is between the business community and the church community and how do you blend those together."

As guys called by God to be entrepreneurs with a passion for helping entrepreneurs and leaders to realize their call in and out of the church, we couldn't agree more.  With church and marketplace clients, we spend a lot of time bridging the space between the two worlds, and we see both the artificial separation of the two and how much we have in common in Christ that can lead to exciting things.

Click the picture to watch or listen or download on the VWC website:

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By the way, interviewing business leaders and entrepreneurs is a great idea for pastors to consider for Sunday morning.  It engages members deeply, is amazingly relevant, and helps people stretch their imagination for some of the incredible things God is doing right now.

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