October 2008 was my first Catalyst Conference experience. I went with my lovely wife to listen to leaders and pastors with 12,000 other people.
At this time, I am a college pastor. Teaching the Bible on Wednesday nights and taking them on occasional retreats. We were big on Jesus and low on budget, but we loved college kids.
Catalyst was then and has become my birthday gift from my wife. It is awesome.
OK back to the reason for this blog post:
2008. My wife and I are sitting in the arena and on that Thursday, I heard Steven Furtick for the first time.
He had on jeans and a red t-shirt and spiked hair and he loves Jesus. He said something in his message that still resonates with me three years later. It might be a little different than the way he said it but basically my take away was this:
Every sermon I preach should be preached as if it were the last sermon I ever preached.
This is what I call the CATALYST Moment. You might call it the A-ha moment or the eureka moment. It is that moment when a thought enters into your mind, takes you captive and you can’t break free from it. You try to shake it, you wrestle with it, you try to forget it and to no avail.
The CATALYST Moment forces you to act. You must make a decision. You must change the status quo. You must change.
Change…in some circles, that word could be taken as profanity. Change? Did you really just say that? Yes.
You must change. The CATALYST Moment starts to stir inside you like a fire in your bones. You know that things cannot stay the same. Change has to happen. You must change.
The CATALYST Moment changes us. You can’t stop thinking about it. It haunts you in your dreams. You submit to it.
You begin to think like a leader. You begin to actually think that people can be true disciples of Jesus. You see that these disciples can become the hands and feet of Jesus. You see visions of people that you have led – planting churches, digging wells for people to have clean water, helping to translate the Bible into other languages so people will have a chance to hear the gospel, helping fight diseases, adopting children, feeding the hungry all while sharing the gospel of Jesus with them.
You cannot experience a CATALYST Moment and remain the same. It is not possible.
God has made us agents of reconciliation. Change agents. We can not just sit idle while the world continues to spiral with greed, suffering, and injustice.
Your calling might be to start a non-profit, a business, become a missionary, adopt a child, give to a cause, help rescue a girl that has been sex trafficked. My calling is to be a pastor.
Six months ago. My wife and I started FaithPoint Community Church in our home. I know that I am to train men, develop pastors and leaders, plant churches and send missionaries all while sharing the gospel.
We can’t stay the same.
We can’t remain idle.
We must put it all on the table.
We must be bold.
Safe is dangerous to our mission. God didn’t call us to be safe.
We love Jesus.
We want to see the world change.
We are agents of change.
WE ARE CATALYST!