RightNow Conference 2012 – Tim Ross and Matt Carter
Tim Ross is an associate pastor at Gateway Church, a multi-campus, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Tim speaks both nationally and internationally strengthening believers with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- Ambition comes from the heart of man, it does not come from God.
- God does not give ambition, he gives you a burden.
- Are you making a list of things to do for God that He never wanted you to do?
- Be moved by a burden, not by your ambition.
- Good things are one “O” too many from being a God thing.
- It is not only dying to self, but dying to what you want to do.
- Not my will be done, but your will be done.
Matt Carter serves as the Pastor of Preaching & Vision at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, which has grown from a core team of 15 to over 7000 attending each Sunday since the church began in 2002.
How the Gospel Impacts Community
- Religion says, “I obey God so that I might be accepted.” The Gospel says, “I’m accepted, therefore I obey.”
- The Gospel is good news of a battle that’s already been won.
- Religious centered communities respond to sin by running from God and the church.
- Gospel centered communities respond to sin with sorrow, not guilt and shame.
- To a religious centered person, Christianity is a burden.
How to know if your people are walking in Religion or the Freedom of the Gospel:
- Are people confessing and repenting and being restored from their sin? The religious community runs from sin and church when they sin because they fear the wrath of the church.
- For the people in your church does following Christ feel like a burden?
- What is the motivation for my people’s obedience? A gospel-centered repents and obeys because of the unimaginable kindness the Lord displayed on the cross.
- What is the spiritual temperature of the worship of your church?