A Little Controversial (Harrison)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
There was an interesting moment this weekend on stage, right at the end of the teaching, when Jared told the church about a song by a singer named Derek Webb.

This song had lyrics like, "Don’t teach me about politics and government, just tell me who to vote for. Don’t teach me about truth and beauty, just label my music. I want a new law."

It was fun to sing. It was fun to watch the Ah-haaaa moments spring up on the faces of people who had never quite taken that line of thought.

You see, Jared had just finished talking about how we are not saved by following rules and regulations, about how Paul made that very clear in Galatians 2, about how we need to simply make sure we are asking God to make us more like Jesus every day.

A bunch of people at Next Level this weekend had their eyes opened and began asking themselves, What is truly important? What does it really mean to be more like Jesus? What religious rules are keeping me from experiencing God? What does it mean to live the gospel in my life, not just the good?

Every so often, I think we do a good job of impacting people on both an emotional and intellectual level at the same time. This last weekend was one of those.

I hope you were there for it.

Just in case you weren't, listen to this last weekend's teaching by clicking here!

P.S. I will never forget when Derek Webb came to Liberty University when I was a student and got on stage in front of the entire student body and sang this song. The looks on people's faces when he sang, "Don't teach me about moderation and liberty, I prefer a shot of grape juice," was absolutely priceless. That was an interesting day on campus to be sure.

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