D.C. Pastor Prepares Chapelgoers for "Amazing"
By Amanda Morad
November 29, 2012
As the senior pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and the author of six books, Regent University doctoral student Mark Batterson brought inspiration to chapelgoers on Wednesday, Nov. 28, by sharing his story.
National Community Church was recognized as one of the Most Innovative and Most Influential Churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2008. This distinction, Batterson said, came from years of prayer before the church even began. "There are ways of doing church that no one's ever thought of before," he explained. "People often reach a point where they start living out of memory instead of imagination."
But God has more in mind for the Church, Batterson contended. Citing Joshua 1:2, in which God instructs His people to "get ready" to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land, Batterson recognized that taking a leap of faith isn't always easy, but it's necessary to move into God's plan.
"If we aren't obedient to the revelation God's given us, we may not get any more revelation," he explained. "We have to take the first step before we receive the second step."
Moving further into the book of Joshua to chapter 3, Batterson quoted Joshua: "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you."
"Amazing is God's job," Batterson said. "When we try to do God's job, it doesn't turn out well. ... Our job is to consecrate ourselves.
"Consecration is all of you for all of Him," he added. "It's a recognition that your time, talent and treasure don't belong to you. You don't even belong to you when you've bowed your knee to the Cross."
Consecration begins in prayer, Batterson said. "That's where revival starts. ... Prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do."
Using the example of the Israelites crossing the Jordan and then marching around Jericho to fulfill God's promises, Batterson concluded the service encouraging the audience that, even though the process of consecration is often difficult and humbling, "it always ends in amazing."
Batterson spent the afternoon defending his dissertation to complete a Doctor of Ministry degree in the School of Divinity.
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