Saving First Baptist: Making hard decisions easy so God’s people can help their home church experience some healthy growth again. Saving First Baptist: 23rd Psalm Renovate 2015 We Love America The Church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the State, but rather the conscience of the State. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. - Martin Luther King, Jr. TWO WAR STORIES RD 23 Psalm Saving Private Ryan LIE DOWN Empathy fatigue vs. “Empathy energy” (1) The Lord [self-existent] is my Shepherd [my keeper-companion] (2) Makes me lie down LIE DOWN NIGHTLY 89% of people have chronic stress syndrome (University of Maryland study) LIE DOWN NIGHTLY • Jesus has a “red-eye” empathy for you • Your will be done– Matt. 26:42 • (1) He makes me to lie down [crouch down] in green pastures ENERGIZING EMPATHY! (2) Makes me lie down [crouch down] in green pastures LIE DOWN DAILY “70% of pastors stated they were burned out, and they battle depression beyond fatigue on a weekly and even a daily basis.” (Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul) LIE DOWN DAILY Jesus was the master of vacating stress JESUS: “DAILY STRESS VACATIONS” • • • • Matt 8 – The storm sleeper Matt 13 – The beach goer Matt 15 – The mountain topper John 4 – Starbucks by the well Come apart by yourself to a deserted place and rest awhile – Mark 6:31 LIE DOWN DAILY Passive fitness Muscular fitness Endurance fitness - Dr. Kenneth Cooper WORKOUT FOR THE SOUL (2) Leads me [Run with a sparkle] beside the still waters [of rest ] LIE DOWN WEEKLY (3) Restores [returns] my soul [to breathe] • When is your Sabbath? • When is your 1 in 7? • When is your Sunday? LIE DOWN WEEKLY • Is your Sunday on Monday? • Is your Sunday on Friday? Restore my soul (To self again) th 4 My Tour of Duty When the country is in chaos, everybody has a plan to fix it – but it takes a leader of real understanding to straighten things out. - Proverbs 28:2 MSG GET UP TO THE VALLEY & LEAD (3) Leads – panting run (4) Walk – “next step” behave (4) Valley – gorge (root: pride) (4) Shadow – grave/jail/desert (4) Evil – harm (4) Rod – authority (4) Staff - responsibility (4) Comfort – to sigh Get Up To The Valley Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil because (in Christ) I am the baddest warrior in the valley. (Tattoo on a U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan) GET UP TO THE TABLE & LOVE (5) Prepare – Set in a row (5) Enemies – Pressure people “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” - Martin Luther King Jr. But I say unto you love your enemies. - Matt. 5:44 GET UP TO THE TABLE & LOVE (5) Table (5) Enemy (5) Head (5) Cup (5) Overflow Acceptance Attack Authority At-one-ment Attitude TABLE FOR 5 • Lord of Hosts • You • Your Spouse • Faithful • The Enemy’s Empty Chair GET UP TO THE HOUSE & CELEBRATE (6) Dwell to sit down to judge/ to take the high ground/ to quiet (1,6) The Lord- self existent LIBERATING FORCE • Church Praise • Class Plants Saving First Baptist: Making hard decisions easy so God’s people can help their home church experience some healthy growth again.