Weekend Celebration… Ed Stetzer & Building the Kingdom Together

We had a great weekend at C3. Even with the cold and rainy holiday weekend, we had a large attendance and God moved big time.  Our special guest was Ed Stetzer, President of Lifeway Research, Nashville, TN.  Ed has planted several churches in PA, NY, and GA.  He’s also written several books including “Comeback Churches” and “Compelled By Love”.  Ed spoke on the Keys to Kingdom Understanding from Matthew 16:13-20.  Here are 3 Keys…

  1. Jesus Is Messiah
  2. Peter’s Confession is the Foundation of the Church
  3. Kingdom Keys – Don’t focus on the good but on the God.

Several things that he shared spoke to me personally.  Here a few of my favorite quotes…

  • As we dream about the next ten years at C3, “Don’t rely on your stuff but on your Savior”
  • “Buildings are tools, not rules”  Don’t be limited to your building.  Don’t get distracted from the mission of sharing the gospel of Jesus.
  • “Don’t focus on the good, but on the God”
  • “Refocus everyday that Jesus is the Messiah!”

Ed spoke at C3 Saturday night and then spoke at The Summit in Durham Sunday morning, so we showed the video from Saturday night on Sunday.  It was awesome!  We were laughing Sunday night as we were watching him preach his 10th service (via video). With the use of technology Ed spoke live 3 times but 10 services were blessed with the teaching.  We must continue to think “outside the box” if we are going to reach this world with the love of Jesus!

I Corinthians 9:22-23, “… I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”(NIV)


(me and Ed Stetzer hanging out at the C3 Cafe)

This weekend we launch a brand new series called Box Office Christmas.  We will have a blast as we take a close look at the Christmas story and how Jesus can impact our lives this Christmas season. 

  • Marcy

    We missed this past weekend because we were out of town. We love the Live Feed at c3church.com! Looking forward to the new sermon series for Christmas. I wonder if you’ll be including my favorite Christmas Classic, “Die Hard”.