I’ve turned a corner in my life. I would call it a clarity corner. Maybe it’s a personal milestone of sorts but it is bringing precision to my thinking and direction to the next season of my life. There is one verb that best describes my “next” if that makes any sense.
Renovate: To restore to life, vigor, or activity.
I like to see dead things, or almost dead things, come to life. We live in a house built in 1966 and have spent the last 6 years renovating it. I serve as lead pastor of a church that is 130 years old and have spent the last 6 years renovating it. My greatest thrill in ministry is to see a person dead in their sin meet Christ and find new life. I love to see the Holy Spirit free people from sin and give them a fresh start. The kind of new life that radically transforms their outlook on life, their marriage, their parenting, their empowerment.
For a decade, I have been passionate about helping families walk with Jesus. I’ve discovered through the years, that home can be the most broken environment of our lives. I love it when families move from broken to healed, bound to free, lacking fervor to spiritual vitality.
In recent years through my experience at Bay Area Church, God has birthed in me a zeal to see dying churches experience spiritual renovation yielding the kind of power and fruit in their ministry context described in the book of Acts. After all, same Jesus, same Holy Spirit. He brings dry bones to life.
I’m not an innovator. I’m a renovator. If you follow my teaching or writing, expect a bent toward the renovation of the heart, the home, and the household of faith. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has.