Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thoughts from Bishop J. W. Macklin

I was privileged to hear Bishop J.W. Macklin of the Church of God in Christ preach at the Sunday Morning service of the Pentecostal Church of God's General Convention. I thought I'd share some tidbits.

  • Macklin's father once advised a group of aspiring preachers, "Stop trying to preach things nobody else has preached - if nobody else has preached it, there's probably a reason."
  • Nothing changes until something changes.
  • Rubber bands are useless until put under tension.
  • Be careful that you don't pass your church on the way to your church.
  • We cannot influence the world around us if we insulate ourselves from the world around us.
  • Stop allowing what-your-church-has to dictate what your church does.
  • The size of a church is not square feet nor attendance, but vision.
  • Four Things We Must Do:
    1. Receive the Power
    2. Walk the Walk
    3. Speak the Word
    4. Expect the Unexpected

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