A Call to Holiness & Humility

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There is a range of opinions out there about Acts 29. Some think we are saving evangelicalism. Others think we are ushering in the downfall of western civilization. There are those encouraged by our churches. There are those who consider us to be juveniles and theology police.

While in my experience this sort of polarization exists with any organization, my hope is that we would be a people marked by a relentless pursuit of holiness and humility.

I pray that we would be men ferociously committed to loving God, men who gladly lay down any and all their liberties if it would serve the cause of Christ in greater ways, men who don’t seek conflict but aren’t afraid of it, and men who treasure Christ and the gospel above all.

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I pray that we would be men ferociously committed to loving
God ... men who treasure Christ and the gospel above all
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Though we’ve definitely had situations and circumstances that could have been handled differently, I’m encouraged to say that I’ve seen this hope lived out in our men and churches. To my knowledge, this network is filled with some of the most godly, sacrificial, mature men in the world.

For every story of someone handling what we believe to be biblically correct in a way that isn’t winsome or gracious or waving the flag of personal liberties instead of the gospel, I can point you to dozens and dozens who love Jesus deeply and are quietly training, coaching and planting churches that will train, coach and plant churches.

We will continue to have our flaws and blind spots like all networks do, but my deep and abiding hope is that regardless of what is said of us — even by our enemies — it will have to be said that we are men who deeply and desperately love the Kingdom of God and are walking in holiness and humility.

 

2 Comments

Billy Dechert

on Aug 26, 2013 :: 10:58 am

I love this post. The harsh reality is that as any organization, church, movement, non profit grows the more love and hatred is spewed in unhealthy proportions. As believers we should always be willing to take serious critique seriously but thank you for keeping the focus on the main issue, even as the commentary noise increases. Praying for people who love the Lord genuinely and many churches who plant many more churches.

Billy Dechert

on Aug 26, 2013 :: 11:06 am

I love this post. The harsh reality is that as any organization, church, movement, non profit grows the more love and hatred is spewed in unhealthy proportions. As believers we should always be willing to take serious critique seriously but thank you for keeping the focus on the main issue, even as the commentary noise increases. Praying for people who love the Lord genuinely and many churches who plant many more churches.

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Matt serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He has served in that role since December 2002 and describes his tenure at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas and Denton.

Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over 10 years where he spoke to thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid and Norah.

Recently, Matt was named president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the last 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to over 400 churches in the United States and networks of churches in multiple countries.

Matt speaks at conferences throughout the world and has written a book, The Explicit Gospel, published in April 2012, his second book Creature of the Word, will be released in October 2012.