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.

Topic: Surrender

  • 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?