Francis Chan, “Transformation Challenge” (#Exponential 2010)

Francis Chan is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, where he has been serving for the past 15 years. Francis spends much of his time speaking to high school and college students and is the author of Crazy Love and Forgotten God.

Francis just recently announced that he is leaving Cornerstone Church for only God knows what. He know that God calling him to other things, and his message to us was to be completely open to whatever God might be calling us to.

You can watch Francis’ most recent message at Cornerstone where he talks about his departure here. The most moving part of the message is when his wife, Lisa, comes up about halfway through to talk about her journey. Francis played this clip during his message at Exponential.

You can view a recent interview with Francis, which includes some thoughts he has on his departure from Cornerstone, by the Catalyst Leader vodcast here.

Here are my notes from Francis Chan’s message at Exponential:

Gospel of Luke – “deny yourself and follow me”

“What kind of leaders would we be if we heard the voice of the Lord and didn’t obey?” – Lisa Chan

We need to be after hearing the voice of the Lord saying “well done, good and faithful servant”

“Am I going to do whatever he wants right now? Am I going to follow after His will right now?”

Am I driven more by just hearing those words from God – “well done” – or by looking successful from others b/c of your church, your writings, your accomplishments

“Are we in the positions we’re in because we’re called… or because it’s comfortable.”

What about having the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings? – can you imagine how close you would feel if you were enduring the suffering with Christ – that fellowship

Matthew 10:34-35 “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword…”

Mark 8:34 “let him deny himself and follow me…what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul…”

John 15:18 “if the world hates you, know that the world hated me before you”

Acts 5:41

Romans 8 “suffer with Him if we should also be glorified with Him…”

1 Cor 4

2 Cor 1:5 “we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings…”

Gal 6:12 – avoiding suffering

Eph 6 – “our struggle is not against flesh and blood…”

Phil 1:29 “not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake”

Col 1:24

Where’s the Christ-likeness… the emptying of myself…the suffering…where’s the servant side?

Not a weird pursuit of martyrdom, but a desire to join in with Christ’s sufferings whatever or wherever we go

Story of Korean missionaries:

  • Imprisoned with the Taliban
  • Arguing over who would be killed first because of authority
  • Experiencing the suffering of Christ
  • Returned: “don’t you wish we were still there?”

There’s something about experiencing the Holy Spirit in dangerous places:

  • Stephen’s sermons and getting stoned (Acts 5)
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace with an angel from the Lord (Daniel)

This isn’t a pastor thing, this is a Christian, follower of Christ thing

“Are you really at peace with Him…are you really totally surrendered to Him?”

“Forget whatever anyone else in America is doing…I just want to be real for You.”

[This is part of a series of note-posts from the Exponential 2010 conference.]

6 thoughts on “Francis Chan, “Transformation Challenge” (#Exponential 2010)

  1. Glad you posted this Matt. I was in Chan’s session as well and you filled in some of my blanks. =)
    I love Chan’s honesty, his challenge to stop and listen to what God is asking us to do. It was listening to Chan last year at Exponential that spurred me along to step down from a comfortable ministry position. I feel more alive now, anticipating daily what God wants me to do.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Marybeth. I am glad that my notes were a help.

      I was joking with a friend of mine about how many people would have resigned their positions after hearing Francis speak. It was so challenging and provocative.

      I’d love to hear more about your journey since Exponential 2009. What are you doing now?

      • I stepped down as Connect Director end of Sep ’09 (after sm grp push). Began actively looking for what was next around Jan this year. Many doors opened and closed. Now have accepted a PT, volunteer staff position with which I love. Also have some options for promoting conferences via Social Media.

        Just love having the freedom to let the Holy Spirit have His way. This year watching Chan, I was glad to know that freedom, thx to last year’s challenge.

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