If your identity is found in Christ, then it matters less and less what people think of you.— Leonard Sweet
The most tempting Leonard Sweet quotes that will activate your desire to change
What you do is your history. What you set in motion is your legacy.
Your life is not your own: it belongs to God.
To "be yourself" is to be and do what God wants you to be and do, knowing that God created you for a mission and knows you and your mission better than you do.
The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.
God is a God of motion, of movement, and of mission.
.. Mission is not an activity of the church but an attribute of God. God is a missionary God, Jesus is a missionary Messiah, and the Spirit is a missionary Spirit. Missions is the family business.
The essence of leadership is relationship;
influencing people to achieve things together that can't be achieved alone.
Stagnation is death. If you don't change, you die. It's that simple. It's that scary.
Jesus invested everything he had in a team.
The Bible knows nothing about solo ministry, only team ministry.
What is the difference between a living thing and a dead thing? In the medical world, a clinical definition of death is a body that does not change. Change is life. Stagnation is death. If you don't change, you die. It's that simple. It's that scary.
Too many Christians want to change the world not because they love the world but because they hate the world
When I am engaging with people of other religious faiths, I find myself unable to commit to their conclusions or agree with their assessments. Yet at the same time I come away encouraged by spiritual truths found in their traditions, thrilled by new insights into my own faith, and more passionate than ever about being a disciple of Christ.
The true leader makes each team member twice the person they were before.
When a Japanese manufacturer was asked by his North American counterpart, What is the best language in which to do business?" the man responded: "My customer's language
One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or Kali, or Krishna
When Jesus got to the point when most people today are thinking of retirement, he goes - 'time to save the world!'
As a cosmion incarnating the cells of a new body, New Lights will function as transitional vessels through which transforming energy can renew the divine image in the world, moving postmoderns from one state of embodiment to another.
The Chains of conformity click in tiresomely monotonous unison.
The teachings of Jesus begin in story and end in symbol - they begin in parable and end in us. These are not Bible stories that we learn; these are our stories.
The church must provide postmoderns with an alternity of rituals by which they can turn and tune to one another and feel connected to the cosmos.
Can you imagine doing ministry the last five hundred years and getting away with ‘Sorry, I don’t do books’? Can you imagine doing ministry in the next five years and getting away with ‘Sorry, I don’t do Facebook’?
Followers of Jesus don’t so much see different things from anyone else as they see the same things differently.
Hirsch and Ford believe that we've 'demonstrated' enough.
It's now time for 'doing.' This book shows how to be missional 'Right Here, Right Now.'
The greater the amount of knowledge you accumulate, the bigger your island gets, but the greater the shoreline of the unknown becomes. In short, the more you know, the more you know you don’t know.
When I was learned, knowledge was everything. Now that I'm a learner, kindness is everything.
To imagine things other than they are is the essence of hope. It is also the stuff of revolution.
The "hole in the moral ozone" is really what's behind the hole in the ozone.
Two opposing gospels are fighting one another for the soul of our nation and, increasingly, the world: the gospel of consumption and the gospel of peace.
One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or Kali, or Krishna. A globalization of evangelism 'in connection' with others, and a globally 'in-formed' gospel, is capable of talking across the fence with Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim - people from other so called 'new' religious traditions ('new' only to us) - without assumption of superiority and power
God did His most magnificent work while Adam was asleep.
This episode contains and important insight: When man rests, God works.
Leadership is the art of the future.
I only want to write one thing over the doorpost to my heart and life: “Jesus Christ lives here.
The strength of the church is not the strength of its institutions but the authenticity of its witness.
Old Lights include the resurgent fundamentalists in every religion who put a freeze on history and fortify their adherents against the "new dark age" in which they are forced to live. "Back to the Bible," Old Lights shout; "back to the Koran," Old Lights thunder. But not everything Old Lights say is wrong. Much is right. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, the old adage reminds us.
Energy-fire experiences take us into ourselves only that we might reach outside of ourselves. Metanoia is a de-centering experience of connected-ness and community. It is not an exercise in reciting what Jesus has done for me lately. Energy-fire ecstasy, more a buzz than a binge, takes us out of ourselves, literally. That is the meaning of the word 'ecstatic.'
People who minister worldwide to protect and conserve the environment are of no lower status than those who minister to plant churches.
The time to save God's Dream is now. The people to save God's Dream are you.
No one "discovers" the future. The future is not a discovery. The future is not a destiny. The future is a decision, an intervention. Do nothing and we drift fatalistically into a future not driven by technology alone, but by other people's need, greed, and creed. The future is not some dim and distant region out there in time. The future is a reality that is coming to pass with each passing day, with each passing decision.