The “P” in Church Planting – Passion

As I think back to some of the most effective BAM people that I know, one word comes to mind:


Each of these people demonstrate passion in a number of areas in their lives. Do you have passion today?

Passion for Jesus

Perhaps the most important type of passion that one must have is a deep love of Jesus. Have you forsaken your first love? When I think of a passion for Jesus, my mind goes back to the days when I first fell in love with my wife. I wanted to spend every second with her! I wanted to do anything for her that would please her. I was always thinking about her.

Then I ask myself, is that how I feel about Jesus?

Do I love him like that? Is He the first thing on my mind when I wake up? Do I long for time with Him?

We need to make sure that we continue to ask the Lord to grow our passion for Jesus.

Passion for the lost

Another thing that marks an effective tentmaker is a passion for the lost. Does your heart break for those who don’t know Jesus? One thing that I have been praying for years is that God would give me a passion for sharing to the lost.

If we don’t love the lost, we will not want to share with them.

Do you love the lost?

Passion to proclaim

Even if your heart breaks for the lost but you don’t have a passion to proclaim, you will not be very effective. I believe that all of us are called to be salt and light to the world. We need to pray for a passion to proclaim to the dying around us.

Passion for prayer

The last passion I will touch on today is the passion for prayer. We need to ask the Lord to help us become people of prayer. An effective BAM person must be a person of prayer.

If we really believed that the real work takes place on our knees, we would pray more!

Do you really believe that prayer is effective? We all can grow in our passion for prayer.

Passion is key to an effective tentmaking life…keep pressing in to Jesus and asking for more passion.

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