Thom Rainer: Shepherding the Shepherd 2013 – Plenary 2
Thom Rainer has served as president of LifeWay Christian Resources since 2006. He spoke on “Reigniting Hope and Vision in a Struggling Church” and “How to be a Leader Who Reaches the Unchurched.” A native of Alabama, Rainer previously served as dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
The Audio of the message can be heard here.
Notes and Quotes
– One of the great works of Satan is to take our focus off of building the house of God.
 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the LORD.”  Then the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet,  “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?  Now, therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.  You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
(Haggai 1:2-6 ESV)
– If we are not in Prayer, we have no prayer.
– As servants of God get busier the first two things to go are prayer and scripture reading.
 Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the LORD.
(Haggai 1:8 ESV)
(v. 8) Great Commission
– God first tells leaders to get serious about the House of the Lord.
 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the LORD.
(Haggai 1:12 ESV)
(v.12) Revival starts to take place
Application: When times are at their lowest invest your time into the building the House of the Lord.