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John PiperYour story and your identity should be about much more than you.

Session Three started with a Q&A with Jason Russell, with the emerging motif of story. Q&A’s are hard to sum up, but some key points were uncovered:

  1. Everyone has a story, and every story has the potential to transform another’s life.
  2. Especially when we are transparent and vulnerable; the world will try to tell us a different story.
  3. We need to share our stories, but we need to know our limits; while we can absolutely positively impact the world we cannot control it.
  4. Take care of one another, globally.
  5. Know in your own darkest moments that God has you.

Chris Seay bridged this Q&A nicely by saying that the disconnect in our identities comes about when we fight between who we are and who the world says we are; most of us are continuously fighting the battle of reality and faking a life according to the world’s expectations.

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Malcolm Gladwell

You are not an underdog.

Session two of Catalyst, featuring an opener by Leonce Crump and a session with Malcolm Gladwell, took what you know of the old David & Goliath and turns it upside down. Which means, of course, that what you think about your underdog status might not actually be true.

Crump set the tone with a reminder that when we place our identities in what we do, we will eventually find ourselves to be failures. We mess up, and when that is our identity, we learn a painful lesson. When we place our identities in Christ, we won’t be let down.

Gladwell, who recently released his book, David & Goliath, builds on where we place our identity to the potential power that can be found when it’s in God.

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Andy Stanley

There’s a little Lady Gaga in all of us: we live for the applause.

Catalyst kicked off on a strong start with a challenging session focused on the weight of being known by Chris Seay and Andy Stanley. While Seay reminded us that we still have a fear of being truly, vulnerably known, Stanley pointed out that we all want to be known for something or as somebody.

Need proof of this “appetite for the known?” Take a look at social media; it’s a platform for showcasing your somebody-status and by its nature feeds that appetite without ever satisfying it. We always want more: more followers, more likes, more connections, more recognition.

The same is true of our church leadership. We crave “knownness” through mediums like larger congregations, level of influence in the community, numbers of sermon podcasts downloaded, or speaking engagements booked. We can actually convince ourselves that one of these proofs of being known will satisfy us – but they won’t.

Stanley laid out the “Laws of Applause” – the progression of our hunger for recognition.

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