God Uses People

2015 RightNow Conference

Does God use only special people to do His work in the world? Eric Metaxas, author and radio show host, says no. In this 45-minute session from the 2015 RightNow Conference, Eric walks through the miraculous work that God can accomplish through individuals who commit to follow Him in their everyday lives. 

Eric is the author of several books including BonhoefferAmazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, and Seven Women.

People matter. As evangelicals we can often fixate on the saved-or-not-saved dichotomy or on the nuances of our favorite theological positions. But Eric pointed out that God created people to be the building blocks of the universe—He cares for humanity, and He became human. We should care, too. 

In the first part of his message, Eric outlined the importance of the incarnate gospel. God cares about humans, and the gospel aims to redeem whole people—it's not just a ticket to heaven.

Eric highlighted the evangelical tendency to value theological correctness over people. Have you experienced this discrepancy? If so, how and where? If not, why not?
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Eric pointed out that God hasn't called us to salvation just to bask in His creation. Instead, God calls us to advance His kingdom in the world. In your ministry setting, how do you engage with people—believers and nonbelievers—holistically?
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John 1:14-18 (ESV)

14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.15( John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)16For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How does Jesus' incarnation show us the nature and character of God?
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How does Jesus' model of holistic outreach influence what the church should do at large? How about your ministry specifically?
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As ministry leaders, we must be about the business of equipping our people to do the work of ministry. God uses the people of the church wherever they are—at work, at home, at school—to advance His kingdom in the world. 

Eric told the story of William Wilberforce as an example of what God can do through someone who views people holistically and believes that God can use them in their daily work. He also mentioned Susanna Wesley—a housewife and mother whose sons changed brought the gospel to whole continents. 

What impacted you the most from stories of William Wilberforce and Susanna Wesley? Why?
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As a ministry leader do you—or your ministry—prepare believers to live out their faith at work, at home, or at school? If so, how? If not, what could you propose in order to start?
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William Wilberforce was a politician and Susanna Wesley was a housewife. But God used them both to transform the world. Who, specifically, could you disciple to do their work well for the sake of the gospel?
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What is one thing you can do this week to equip the people in your ministry setting to live out their faith in their everyday lives?
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People matter to God—they should matter to us, even more than correct theology. Jesus became human to show us who God is, and then entrusted His people with the task of showing the world who Jesus is. He has given ministry leaders the responsibility of equipping God's people to impact their world.

This week, prepare your people to live out their faith. Because people matter.

For more information on the RightNow Conference or to find out how to attend next year's event, visit rightnowconference.org.