Gavin is the Director of Mission at the Evangelical Alliance and has a burning passion to see the Gospel reach every person in the UK. He was formerly the National Director of Youth for Christ, is an ordained evangelist and regular public speaker, and has authored four books. Gavin is married to Anne and they have 2 children; Amelie and Daniel. Here, the NH Media Team brings you a summary of what he had to on Tuesday 9 August.
Gamechangers is about how we might transform the world in our time. I’ve had enough of all the negativity. The landscape needs to be changed. Secularisation has started to eat away at itself and in the midst of that people are looking for a different narrative. Sometimes we feel like we stand by and let culture become what it is but we can change and shape it. We are going to look at the story of Moses alongside five points to help with this idea.
Encounter – Moses has walked this terrain of the desert for so many years, it’s his everyday. I believe the Lord wants to meet us in the normal, in the everyday.
Exodus 3:3, “So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
This encounter is about a transformation in Moses’ life. The bush should have burned up in a matter of seconds but there was a difference brought about by God. Can you think of a time in your life when something similar has happened? He changes everything in our lives. As we encounter Him, real things happen. We realise how much God loves us. We find a hunger for God and we start to see other people differently.
Enlist – What has God for us to do? When I think of Moses, I think of a great, mighty, strong man but the reality is, if we look more deeply we see a man riddled with insecurities and questions about whether he would be able to achieve what has been set out for him. Who am I? Why me? Moses was rescued by God, his life was saved from death, all of the young boys were meant to be put to death, but not Moses.
Exodus 3:13, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
There is such realness in this. Moses is imaging what the future may be because he is afraid of what could happen if he says yes to God. The words “what if” can keep us rooted in the one place. God says my love is so great and my promises are so great that I want you do it anyway. I will be with you through it. The Lord says time and again I am with you, I will go with you, I will give you favour. We can push this reassurance away, we need the courage and confidence to step out and do it anyway.
Moses carries a staff, a normal staff that he would have been used to having with him on a daily basis. It became the staff of God. God has put something in our hands, every single one of us. It might be something you have been carrying for years but if you surrender it to God it can become something amazing, God will use what you have.
Moses pleaded with God to send someone else instead of him. God was so gracious and sent Aaron with him then taught both of them what to say. God knows what we need and God provides what we need. He will change the world through us. Moses had all these doubts but he stepped over them. The doubts are what make him human and what helps us relate.
Everyone – It takes a body to change a culture. All people matter, all roles are vital. God thinks you are wonderful and He has given you specific talents. The people you can reach and influence you have is unique to you. The church in our land is dependent on bigmouths. The biggest ill in our church is comparison, which is a horrible sin. You get your identity in Christ by looking upwards not sideways.
God needs you; He doesn’t need a second-rate version of someone else. It’s good to learn from other people but you must be grateful for who you are and accept that first.
There was a really significant song that we used to sing in church when I was growing up about butterflies.
“If I was a fuzzy, wuzzy bear I’d thank you, Lord, for my fuzzy wuzzy hair……..I just thank you Father for making me me”.
Equip – We really have to hear the voice of the Lord speaking to us. Who else are we listening to? I’ve found it hard not to be influenced more by people’s voices rather than the Lord. I’ve had to pray to ask Him to help me figure out which voice was His.
In Numbers chapter 13 and 14 Moses is leading the Israelites to the Promised Land. This should be a life-changing time, but it isn’t.
Spies go into assess what is going on and ten of them come back with a dire account of what they saw,
Numbers 13:28, “But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there”.
Numbers 13:33, “We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
But Caleb and Joshua saw something different,
Numbers 13:30, “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it”.
Numbers 14:6-9, “Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
When we open our hearts to God’s word it often isn’t what we thought it would look like.
Empower – Moses doesn’t take the Promised Land, Joshua does. We have got to dream more for the next generation. We have to help them not to make the same mistakes we did; hold their hand and work with them. The church has to go against society and use the wisdom of age then match this with the enthusiasm of youth. We didn’t choose what we have. We were given what we have by God so we need to choose how to use these things. We have to listen to the Spirit of God over the roar of the crowd.
The Kingdom of God is a family business. All of us win when we work together for God. Impossible is nothing with God.