2012 Exponential Notes: Avoiding Moral FailurePosted by Jonathan Williams
This post is the third in a series from my time at the Exponential Conference in Orlando, FL last month. I will post several others in this same category. I invite you to browse all of the notes that I took.
Exponential: Avoiding Moral Failure
Text: 2 Corinthians 11:3
What are some common claims of the deceived?
- There is always someone close that they get involved with (it’s not a stranger).
- There is always deceptions.
- There is always secrecy.
- There is always a lack of connection between spouses (They became business partners).
Who is suseptible to moral failures?
- Adventure-seeking, adrenaline junkies
- Visionary types
- ADHD types
- Competitive guys
- People who appear confident, but are a bit insecure
- People with narcissistic tendencies.
- People with more spiritual passion than they do Bible knowledge (Ignorance of the Bible).
- People with a lack of discernment, especially in themselves?
- All of us in the ministry world are susceptible!
How can we prevent moral failure?
- We have to recognize that this is a Jesus issue (Colossians 9:9-10).
- Question: Is Jesus enough? (Even if your church isn’t a numerical success?)
- We have to count the cost and embrace wisdom (Proverbs 5:1-9).
- We have to admit that something is broken.
Notes & Quotes
- You must intentionally prioritize your marriage over your ministry
- Book Recommendation: When Godly People to Ungodly Things by Beth Moore
- God did not call us to plant churches so that we can be worshipped.
- If I am not pointing people toward Jesus, chances are I am pointing people toward me.
- Many people are deceived into thinking that God is simply giving them a pass on their poor moral choices. If that’s you, you are being set up!
- If you are struggling with unconfessed sexual sin, please do not plant a church!