A message which Brian Houston gave at the Hillsong Conference (2004 I think) was entitled ‘speaking from the high places’.
I am adopting some of it for my message this Sunday.
He asked the question, those of you who know me, have you ever heard me bad mouthing another Christian leader, have you heard me spreading gossip about another Pastor?
He then challenged us, as pastors, we are often the worst offenders when it comes to spreading bad news….in fact there are bad news churches.
Now of course Hillsong has its fair share of critics…but there is remarkably little criticism that comes from it….
This week I am speaking from Isaiah 52….how beautiful are the feet of him who brings… ‘good news’. I want to be known as someone who spreads good news….
“Now at this point, or at least up till this point, there had been watchmen, these watchmen would be on the walls, on the hills, at the high places…the high places, watching for the enemy, watching to protect, watching out of fear of attack. They were there to keep the nation safe. So the people could retreat into safety, go behind the walls protect themselves, that was their role, one borne out of fear and desperation.
But here in this passage the watchmens role is flipped on its head. It says here, The watchmen shout and sing with joy,”
see you Sunday for more….