Community is Messy

I recently received a complimentary copy of Heather Zempel’s (discipleship pastor at National Community ChurchCommunity is Messy from IVP.  A must read. 

In the chapter titled “Leading Yourself Well,” Zempel writes, “Pre-decisions are the most important decisions we ever make.  They are the decisions we make ahead of time that provide guardrails and make game-time decisions easier and more resolute… Solid pre-decisions include things like deciding ahead of time that you don’t have a price.  Deciding ahead of time that what God thinks of you is more important than what people think of you.  Deciding that offending the Holy Spirit is far worse than offending people” (77-78).

Here are some questions to help us think through our character:

  • How well do I treat people who can’t do anything for me? 
  • Am I the same person in the spotlight, around friends and alone?  
  • Do I quickly and voluntarily admit when I’ve made mistakes and take responsibility for them? 
  • Do I have an uncompromising moral compass for decisions, or do I allow circumstances to determine my choices?  
  • When I have something to say about people, do I talk to them or about them? (79). 

More details on the book can be read here.

Community is Messy

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