I’d like to introduce Brian Hardin, founder & creator of the Daily Audio Bible. Brian appeared at the Nashville Gathering this last November and shared his journey as he created the Daily Audio Bible. To date, the response has been explosive with over 40 Million downloads of the Daily Audio Bible.
In Matthew 4:19 Jesus called his disciples to follow and promised them that He would “make them fishers of men.” The Greek word for make, poieō, has some interesting implications. This word can refer to authorship, production, construction, formation, fashion, commerce, and even performance. In the same way that John the Baptist “prepared”—poieō the way for the Lord, so was Jesus planning to prepare these seemingly earthy men for works of God.
Jesus’ choice of words here is that of an artist. He wasn’t just planning to speak with a word and see things happen at his command, rather his call to disciple making is much more organic. He is promising here to take the shreds of humanities garments and turn it into robes of righteousness like that of a fashion designer. He’s vowing to collect the scatter lumber of humanities’ disheveled forests and build them into homes like a construction worker, and an interior designer. He claims here in Matthew that he will take normal people who are like clay and form like a potter. Like money is to an entrepreneur, and like performance in the hands of a gifted actor, Jesus is going to turn us into a sculpture, a play, and a treasure for the ages.
What does Art have to do with Mission?
As the source of the cosmos, Jesus claims here to make people, the greatest commodity in his kingdom, into fishermen. This is how Jesus views his mission on earth. It’s not a dry skill he undertakes, its an art. So why does this matter? It matters in how we see and do everything—it helps us interpret the very approach and nature of Christ’s ministry. He specializes in gathering dust, adding water and making it into clay, and forming it into beautiful pottery. He delights in taking what has been devalued and ascribed to have little or no purpose, what is antique, and he likes to refinish it, repurpose it and redeem it.
When we see anything “beautiful,” from a building to a movie, to poetry, to a thoughtfully crafted and shaped street corner, we are viewing God’s method for making disciples. He takes normal, everyday elements that are all too often overlooked and despised in and of themselves, and it combines them to make them beautiful TOGETHER.
The Church? Jesus’ Art…
In Ephesians 2:14 Paul picks this same word up when he’s talking about Jesus bringing the whole world together—both Jews and Gentile—to worship him when he says, “for he (Jesus) himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” This means, that today, when we see a gathering of Christ’s body—Jew, Gentile, Slave, Free, Weak, Strong, Rich, Poor, Every Creed, Every tongue etc.—we are taking a look at the result of God’s discipleship finesse. His ART!
His mission is to shape us into a Christ-Honoring people together through the gospel, and our worship is to respond as a people in joining in with him into this same mission. Will you?
Dave Yauk is first a foremost a follower of Jesus. He is Husband to Katie, and Father to 4 wonderful children (Naomi, Jesse, Levi, and Analise). Dave’s primary passion is to seek after Gods Glory in all things, and in his contribution you’ll find he holds a passion for Theology and all things Beautiful as seen in the Creator, Creativity, Character and Culture. Dave has been privileged to do ministry in over 17 countries. This has been his primary means of education and learning as a follower of Jesus. However, Dave has also had the honor of getting a B.A. from Colorado Christian University in Organizational Management and Christian Leadership, a Master’s in Divinity from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from I.W.S. Dave owns the Garden City Project (an online collaborative marketplace for Christian artists and innovators), Finale School of Music, and teaches online guitar for Jamplay.com. He is also a Professor of Theology, Worship and Missiology at Visible Music College and Grand Canyon University.
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As we begin the year, I would like to feature the work of Clyde Tabor, the Director of the Visual Story Network, which is a coalition of 275 organizations and 2400 media leaders in 85 nations working to expand a worldwide movement of visual story so everyone has the opportunity to encounter Jesus and His kingdom. Since the VSN launch in 2007, more than 150 projects, products and partnerships have been established reaching an estimated 2.4 million people. Find out more about Clyde and VSN here: http://www.visualstorynetwork.org/
7 Ways to Be More Effective Today
Here are the daily best-practices that have helped me the most.
1. Identify Your Big Three. At the beginning of the day, identify the three most important things you need to accomplish if today is to be a success. Make these the first (and if necessary only) things you accomplish today.
2. Big rocks first. Whatever is most important, do that first. Never start with small stuff, because it is guaranteed to become bigger than you intended. Small rocks grow at an astonishing rate.
3. Do the hardest thinking first. Use your freshest brain for the hardest work. Thinking, problem-solving, and strategic visioning are best done in the first half of the day.
4. Cluster. As you put items in your calendar, cluster things that go together. Put strategic thinking items together, phone calls together, emails, etc.
5. Don’t take unscheduled calls. Unless you have a lot of free time, let unscheduled calls go to voicemail. If it is important, they will leave a message and you can retrieve it soon thereafter.
6. Do emails last. I use the last 30 to 60 minutes of my day for emails. I scan them quickly throughout the day to see if there are any burning fires that must be addressed. But I don’t get sucked into email-jail until the very last part of the day. This will keep you from having small email discussions that squelch your productivity.
7. Use water. I am amazed by how often water is a creative catalyst. Shaving and showering are when most of my creative ideas come. Drinking lots of it is good for your brain too (true).
This week, I reflect on how thankful I am for all the ministry that God has called our over 300 staff members to. Judy Felts is one among many artists using her gifts and talents to bring the world to Christ.
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