Leadership Seminar (hosting Shane Willard)
Also there is a six disc series called "Reality.TV", six CDs on how to live out of the real you. How many of us have
been guilty of li ving out of an image that we've created, that we don't really like; but we live out of it to impress people
we don't like? [Laughter] And so we live out of this image that we don't really enjoy ourself, because we think that
other people want us to be that, but then at the end of the day we don't like them either, and it messes us up. So this
is six discs on Conviction, and how the Holy Spirit is not convicting you necessarily of sin; He's convicting you of
righteousness. He's convincing you to be who you say you are.
Then it talks about Moses and the life of Moses. If you go and read Moses' life, it is a counselling session gone very
wrong, [laughter] There's this one place in Moses' life, where he said that a bush talked to him. [Laughs] That's a
counselling session gone very wrong! His mother abandoned him in a river with alligators. Can you imagine that, a
counselling office 20 years later, [makes crying sound] [laughter] See this is Moses' whole life! He gets taken from his
mum's breast, and was taken to the home of Pharaoh, raised in a foreign home with a different God. There's this one
place where he, premeditated, murdered a guy. I look this way and that, and see no one; I killed the man, and hid him
in the sand. The problem was, the next day the sand shifted, and he had this leg sticking up out of the sand -
counselling session gone very...
Then the next thing you know there's a burning b ush talking to him, which is another counselling session gone very
wrong. In Exodus 4, Moses is obeying God, and he's going back to Pharaoh to say something like: let my people go,
something like that, and it says that at a stopping place on the way there, God tried to kill him, that God tried to kill
him - which is another bad day. [Laughter] Can you imagine that? There was this one day, God tried to kill me? This
is bad; and it says that in that moment, Moses' wife freaks out, and she holds down his first born son, who'd have
been like 17 years old. She holds down his first born son, and she circumcises his first born son; and she takes his
bloody foreskin, and rubs Moses' feet with it - which is like Jerry Springer stuff on speed! Can you imagine that? Yo u
never hear from that boy again. Can you imagine that? You'd be like [boo hoo hoo] [laughter] See there was this time
where God showed up, and tried to kill dad; and mum freaked out, and she circumcised me... [Laughter] Could you
Like you never hear from that boy ever again, ever again. Can you imagine family dinner the next night? They're
setting the table, and he's like: mum, put the knife away! Mum! [Laughter] And the picture you get in this story is:
you've got God trying to kill a man; and a crazed woman with a bloody knife, and a foreskin, walking around looking
for people to rub with it. It's kind of like R-rated, weird Jerry Springer stuff. That was the life of Moses, and so this
series examines all of that... So who doesn't have this one that wants it? Yeah, good, lady right there, come on up.
[hands out free copy] The rest of you please come buy it. It allows me to go all over the world, and it's a really cool
trade, that you sow something like that into your own life, and then it's a trade that lets me go to the world. It's pretty
cool, because how many of you would agree that like last night's services, they need to go to the world? They don't
need to be in one place. The only way that can happen is if people like you, God speaks to people like you, and then
people like you obey God, and they say: we want to partner with you, and help you go all over the world. That's the
only way that can happen, because otherwise who pays the plane bill, and that sort of thing?
Shane Willard: Being a Good Neighbor (4 of 6)
Wed 23 Apr 2008 « Back to Top
Luke 12:13 is the only time that Jesus' actually proclaims: God is going to kill you. It's not any of the sins you would
think. It's not adultery, fornication, burning your children in fire, idolatry. Its greed! Jesu s is not impressed b y what kind
of car you drive, house you live in, or anything you possess; but with how much compassionate, gracious, slow to
anger, abounding-in-love, character is present in your homes.
Let's turn to the Book of Luke, Luke, Chapter 12. We've been talking all night about demonstrating, and then
announcing; demonstrating and then announcing. Luke 12:13, an interesting story happens, and this is the only time
in Jesus' whole ministry, that I can find, that somebody does something so heinous, that God kills him; that Jesus'
actually proclaims: God is going to kill you. It's not any of the sins you would think. It's not adultery, it's not fornicati on,
it's not burning your children in fire, it's not idolatry. Its greed; and so I want us to examine this, because we're going
to be a group of people who want to bring heaven to earth, and not just go to heaven one day. In Verse 13 it says,