Practicing Greatness

Where do Jesus followers fit in a culture that celebrates greatness in odd ways with American idols, celebrity lifestyles and “reality” media?   I think we would find it unseemly to star in or watch shows titled: 

  • Christian Idol - Christians compete to show who is the most devout or Christ-like
  • Ozzy Goes to Church - watch the antics of the celebrity family the Osbournes as they church shop
  • Biggest Confessor - folks enter a program designed to help them get away from practicing the Seven Deadly Sins
  • Jesus Knows Best – seven single people live together in a house and their lives at work, at the clubs and at home are chronicled as they ask the question “WWJD?”  


What does it mean to practice greatness?  Is being great compatible with Christianity?  Jesus said the last are first and that we should be servants.  How can we authentically follow Jesus and lead others into the life he offers?  Jesus wants us to be great leaders.  Reggie McNeal writes in Practicing Greatness:

“We are desperate for great leaders in every sector of our society – in politics, the social sector, health care, education, the arts, sports, and community agencies, as well as at local, regional, and national levels.  We need leaders who distinguish themselves as great, mostly by the positive impact they have on the they people lead.

“We are even more desperate for great spiritual leaders.  The post-modern world is wildly spiritual…[people] are in a determined search for meaning and significance.”  (pg 5)

Following Jesus and being great leaders are not opposites.  This month on Sunday mornings, Pastor Dave will explore in his sermons the theme of “Practicing Greatness” inspired by the book of the same name.  As you might suspect, being great isn’t easy.  In fact it may indeed require work on our part as individuals: for example this week he explores digging in to find out who we are, why we do what we do, how we come across to others, what makes us tick and how is our physical, emotional and spiritual condition.   How is your self-awareness?  How well do you know yourself?  Tough stuff!  But, God promises to be with us on this journey and even more, promises to love us all the way down, through and up into greatness.  

We hope to see you Sunday as being great is something we all can support one another with. 

Peace and joy,


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