Lab #1 w/ Mark Batterson

  • 12:03 PM mynameisbrandon – And we are live!
  • 12:05 PM mynameisbrandon – Welcome…introduce yourself in a comment and let us know where you are from.
  • 12:06 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark Batterson is leading this session…he is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church in DC. He blogs and writes books.
  • 12:06 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark writes at
  • 12:06 PM mynameisbrandon – Skye Jethani is introducing Mark. Skye has written an amazing book called “The Divine Commodity.”
  • 12:07 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark has written a few books…”In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” and “Wild Goose Chase” and the forthcoming “Primal.”
  • 12:10 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark just had us pray with our hands palm down to symbolize letting things go…and then with hands palm up to symbolize receiving all that God has for us today.
  • 12:12 PM mynameisbrandon – There are ways of doing church that nobody has thought of yet.

  • 12:12 PM dadrowles – back from lunch, good choice on lab.
  • 12:13 PM mynameisbrandon – @dadrowles Welcome back!
  • 12:13 PM mynameisbrandon – We are known more for what we are against than what we are for in the church.
  • 12:14 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark has an interesting perspective on politics…as he serves in DC.
  • 12:15 PM mynameisbrandon – We have lots of watchers! If you want, jump in the conversation…post your comments!
  • 12:16 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark is getting warmed up…
  • 12:16 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark is not going to talk methodology…he is going to call us to look inside.
  • 12:16 PM mynameisbrandon – I Samuel 14:35
  • 12:18 PM mynameisbrandon – Samuel builds an altar for God.
    Mark says “altar building is one of our least practiced disciplines in the church.”
  • 12:18 PM mynameisbrandon – We need to build altars to celebrate meaningful spiritual moments in our lives.
  • 12:19 PM mynameisbrandon – An altar marks an experience of God so that you have something to go back to.
  • 12:19 PM mynameisbrandon – The only thing more dangerous than asking, “God, what do you want me to do with my life?” is NOT asking that question.
  • 12:21 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark felt called to ministry in a cow pasture. He went back years later and took pictures of that pasture to remind himself of his call and God’s moving in his life.
  • 12:21 PM mynameisbrandon – That’s an example of an altar that he made…to remember that time.
  • 12:23 PM mynameisbrandon – Later, in I Samuel 15…Samuel loses focus.
  • 12:23 PM mynameisbrandon – I Samuel 15:10-12…he builds a monument to himself.
  • 12:24 PM mynameisbrandon – In one chapter, Saul goes from building altars to God to building monuments to himself.What happened?
  • 12:24 PM mynameisbrandon – In our churches, are we building altars to God or building monuments to ourselves?
  • 12:26 PM mynameisbrandon – Who builds monuments to themselves? It’s those who think little of themselves. It’s those who are insecure.
  • 12:28 PM mynameisbrandon – I Samuel 15:18 — we are anointed by God and sent on a mission by Him. This is the foundation of Saul’s leadership. He loses this…and it goes badly for him. We must not lose this either.
  • 12:29 PM mynameisbrandon – A Question: if you had to describe yourself in 1 word, how would you do it?
    (I would love to hear your answers to this question!)
  • 12:30 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark described himself as “driven.” This is dangerous…because there is a fine line between “Thy Kingdom Come” and “My Kingdom Come.”
  • 12:32 PM mynameisbrandon – When you care more about the numbers at your church than the people in your church, that is when you are building a monument to yourself.
  • 12:35 PM mynameisbrandon – The great danger we face: it’s easy to get to the place where we (as ministers) are paid, professional Christians.
  • 12:36 PM mynameisbrandon – Pure Joy = doing ministry out of the overflow of what God is doing in your heart.
  • 12:38 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark: “There is nothing I hate more and appreciate more than when the Holy Spirit talks in His convicting voice.”
  • 12:40 PM Brian – @mynameisbrandon Ooh, that’s good!
  • 12:42 PM mynameisbrandon – Small known fact: Mark is a failed church planter. Prior to NCC, he attempted to plant a church in Chicago.
  • 12:42 PM mynameisbrandon – @Brian Yeah…what a statement!
  • 12:42 PM mynameisbrandon – If you learn a lesson from your failure, than you haven’t really failed.
  • 12:43 PM mynameisbrandon – If you are building monuments to yourself, it means you have a measure of pride. And the Bible says that God opposes the proud.How do you stay humble?

    You keep building altars to God…not monuments to yourself.

  • 12:47 PM mynameisbrandon – Mark just led us in a prayer on our knees to build an altar to God.
  • 12:47 PM mynameisbrandon – This session is wrapped up. Stay tuned to Twitter and the blog for the next session…starts in about 12 minutes.

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