Stop Trying to Change People

2012 The Nines Conference


In this 4-minute session from the 2012 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, John Burke, Founder and Lead Pastor at Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas shares how God showed him his desire to change the people in his congregation reflected a lack of trust in Jesus Christ.


Which of John's points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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When we try to mold people to fit a certain form, we end up acting more like the Pharisees than the Jesus we claim to know and serve. God calls us trust Him with the lives He has placed in our midst. Our responsibility is faithfulness. Ask God to show you the areas of your life where you are trusting in yourself rather than depending upon Him to work in the lives of those around you. Take steps towards repentance and rest in His gracious care.


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