You can also view John Piper’s message from ASPIRE conference here.
Rick Warren, a fourth generation Baptist Pastor and Church Planter, whose great grandfather was a church planter sent to America by Charles Spurgeon to plant churches.
He speaks about how God smote him 8 years ago, while visiting a tent church in South Africa consisting of 50 adult members and 25 children who were all AIDS orphans that this tent church was raising by planting a vegetable garden next to the church tent and allowing them to sleep in the church tent at night. Warren speaks of the conviction God gave him and felt that, “this tent church in the bush of Africa cared and did more than Warren’s mega church in California.” He says, that God changedhis vision after that incident and has now gone on to plant churches in ‘ALL’ nations and to care for the orphans and the poor.
Isaiah 49 The Servant of the LORD
1Listen to me,(A) O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples(B) from afar.
(C) The LORD called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
2(D) He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
(E) in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.
3And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel,(F) in whom I will be glorified.”[a]
4(G) But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the LORD,
and my recompense with my God.”
5(H) And now the LORD says,
he(I) who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for(J) I am honored in the eyes of the LORD,
and my God has become my strength—
6he says:”It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
(K) I will make you(L) as a light for the nations,
that(M) my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.“