Wisdom, Action, Revival (Week 13)

Hi there! It’s been a while! For three weeks I haven’t posted on here despite two meetings. I apologize.

Tonight was incredible. The nine of us worshiped for a bit and dived head first into scripture. I taught on Matthew 7:21-23 and Luke 14:25-35 (Look them up! They’re incredibly convicting!). We discussed the verses and how there are many Christians who don’t live like Jesus did. They probably think that they are on their way to Heaven, but they’re also probably that will call “Lord, Lord” and not be saved.

The passage in Luke was extremely convicting as well – read it! We discussed how our Gospel community was only a half-built tower: we definitely laid the foundation but we had a lot of height to cover, unanimously agreeing that Sunday nights cannot be the end to our journey. We all know that the mission is not to have a successful Bible study every week, but to spread the glory and love of God.

These two pictures were shown to me once and it completely ruined my perception of Christianity:

The booming church: the staple of American Christianity. This is what many people believe God came for: church!

The starving. How can the first picture make sense when looking at this one? Jesus came to serve, no to establish wealthy churches.

We were all so convicted and amazed at the differences between Jesus’ Christianity and America’s¬†Christianity. The two pictures next to each other just didn’t make any sense, only prayer did.

We prayed intensely for eight minutes about wisdom, action, and revival and came up with a couple ideas we could begin initiating to encourage one another and further progress the tower of our group. A lunch period devoted to prayer, random conversations about Jesus at school, and possibly an assembly aimed at sharing the Gospel through promoting causes were all proposed and discussed. Good things are coming – we can all feel it!

It’s really nice to know that these eight people are willing to do some crazy things to share the good news. It’s wonderful having people on the same page! I can’t wait for our gatherings before Christmas break and for the second semester as we go hardcore all the way.

Good night and God bless.


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About Garrett Oden

Garrett Oden is a manager and trainer at Yellow House Coffee in Lubbock, Texas. When he's not slinging espresso, he's writing for CBG and beyond, dating his wife, and reading everything I can get my hands on.

3 responses to “Wisdom, Action, Revival (Week 13)”

  1. theWomanAtTheWell says :

    I will be praying over your little group, although 8 people is a lot… some in the Bible had fewer. Faith is what increases your borders, faith in the message you bring to others. I can see that faith in just you, I can only imagine how all of you together are going to impact your community! Go get ’em, I’ll be supporting you with praise and prayer for your vision to change the reality of the photos you showed above. It’s not about church, it’s about the healing hand of God. May God bless you and your group in your efforts.-WATW

  2. Rachel Barker says :

    Garrett, tonight was awesome. You’re blogs encourage me and I’m so proud of your boldness in following through with this and just leaving it at the half way mark! Love you and can’t wait to see gods plans revealed through us. Whether there is 30 people or 9 people each week God seems to speak so loudly to me, and tonight happened to be on of my favorite bible study groups because of gods presence and his light shining through all of us! Keep doing what you’re doing:)

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