The Greatest Evil in America Today

2012 RightNow Conference


In this 32 minute session from the 2012 RightNow Conference, Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor of Watermark Community Church, talks about the greatest evil in America today and what pastors and church leaders must do about it. 

First, take a tour of Bubble Creek Canyon, a master-planned community where you can live in a Christian bubble and truly be set apart. 



That funny video is really a sad illustration of how we lose our effectiveness to be  salt and light to the world when we get in our "holy huddles." God cares deeply about the world, including issues of justice and mercy, and we are sent to be a reflection of him. Is the Church a source of Life or have we become ineffective and compromised?

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact the way you lead. 


Todd said, "that it's the job of the Church to prevent societal decay; to bring light into the darkness. And the greatest evil is an ineffective, compromised church." What did you think of that statement? Where does your church fit into that spectrum?
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Knowing that laws don't change hearts, but there are many issues of injustice in the world, what would you say the Church should be involved in? Are there any areas where you have produced a compromised version of God's intention on the way we should live? How are you leading people in your own church in this?
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When referring to Charles Manson's chilling reason for why people followed him, Todd said that kids are looking for love, meaning, purpose and integrity and not finding it in our churches and marriages. What are people finding in your church? What does your community see in your church? What are some ways you can improve?
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Todd talked about the one primary sin—rejection of God. All other sins are a symptom and a judgement of giving ourselves to an idol and not believing in the goodness and sovereignty of God. What do you think of that statement? How are you leading your people to become more like Christ? How are you modeling it?
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Todd proposed that leadership is the problem and the solution. Church leaders are called to shepherd. How are you shepherding people? How are you making disciples? What are some way you can improve?
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Todd referred to William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King as examples of how the Church should invade our culture and redeem the hearts of men on "polities" that are evil. How are you equipping and unleashing your people to invade the culture in winsome, loving and compelling ways for the gospel, that will transform hearts?
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Read Malachi 1:6–10 and Amos 5:21–23. These passages speak to the wickedness and shallowness of leaders. Are there any ways you are leading your people to intellectually and ritualistically go through the motions? Do you see any ways that you are "despising and disrespecting" God? What would you change?
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The goal is not for us to go through the Bible. The goal is for the Bible to go through us. How does Todd's message line up with your mission, vision and values as a church? Did he say anything that would cause you to refocus or rethink some of your mission?
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Go to your Body with all grace, truth, gentleness that God gave you. With a prophetic voice, call your people to a full and biblical Christianity.  Lead the change for a radical life for Jesus! 


In his session, Todd referred to J.D. Greear's talk from the 2012 RightNow Conference. You can find it in the RightNow Conference Leadership Event channel titled "Be a Sending Church featuring J.D. Greear" or click here.

For information about the upcoming RightNow Conference, go to RightNowConferences.org.