This past week was by far my most emotional and, yes, longest (46min) sermon yet. I debated on whether or not to share this here, but I have many friends and family members who pray for me and support our church financially, and I wanted you to have an "inside look" at what Jesus has been working on with me in the last week. So, at the risk of being self-promotional (which ironically is exactly along the lines of what the Spirit has been convicting me of), I wanted to share this with you all.
I feel like the Holy Spirit is gifting me with a "revival of the soul." Rev. Jack Miller described these moments in the Christian's life being "almost like a second conversion." Jesus used the teachings and moments of last week's MNA Church Planting & Renewal Conference in Nashville, as well as my own sermon preparation in Psalm 24 to wake me up (Rev. 3:1-3). This past week, Jesus has been showing me that I have inwardly made the church plant ministry of Christ Community Church about MY acceptance, MY church, MY success, MY kingdom, MY name, MY glory, MY fame, MY notoriety, MY resume, MY future and MY desirability.
To those who have supported me and prayed for me for the last 18 months, I want to first say that I'm sorry. Please forgive me for being more concerned about my kingdom than Jesus' Kingdom. But I also want to say thank you for praying for me, encouraging me and supporting me. Do not stop praying and giving to our Mission. I believe God is now answering your prayers in a dramatic fashion by bringing revival and renewal to our church and our community through new repentance and deeper faith. And I believe He's starting with me.
Continue to pray for us. Pray for me. This sermon is the honest confession and statement of what has happened to me in the last week, where my heart is today and where I want our church to be. Am I about Jesus' Kingdom or my own kingdom?
Love to you all in the Name of Jesus our King. Grace and Peace from God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
- Kent Suits