Renovare’ Conference Pt. 1

by Jonathan Bailey

 

Kori and I, along with Josh and Kim had the opportunity to travel to Houston and attend a Renovare’ conference. It was really great! We all got to say hi to Dallas Willard and got a group picture! We got some books signed and had a real fun time. I thought I would give you a few notable thoughts and ideas that were shared by the various speakers. I know some of you were wanting to attend but were not able so here are a few quotes etc.

Dallas Willard

First of all, Dallas is a master teacher. Compared to all of the other speakers he was by far the most engaging of them all, even though he was the oldest. He first wanted us to look at Genesis 1.26 and then Romans 5.17.

Genesis 1.26

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule…” 

Romans 5.17

“For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through One, Jesus Christ.”

He said, “We were meant to rule in this life right now through One, Jesus Christ! It was really powerful. 

One other statement was: “Behavior modification does not produce character transformation; character transformation produces behavior modification.”

 

John Ortberg

John is awesome because he is so genuine. Almost every time he mentioned the name Jesus he started weeping a little. He told us of a saying that Dallas told him a few years ago that really helped him as far as reading was concerned:

“Aim at depth not breadth. If you aim at breadth you will never get depth, but if you at aim at depth, then you will get a breadth of understanding that is far better.”

He was saying don’t just try to read as many books as you can, but read a few books at a time and then reread them. He said that He reads, The Spirit of the Disciplines every year. So I though that was great advice.

Also:

In Jesus day there were: strangers, admirers and followers. And now today in or 21st Century we have a new category in between admirers and followers called ‘users.’ People who are only concerned with using Jesus to get what they want and then once they have it, there done with Him.

 

I will post tomorrow some more info. I don’t want this post to get to long!

Seek the Kingdom,

Jon

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