What Does It Take to Be Great?

And I’m not asking, "What does it take to become great AT something.”


When you become great AT something you might be described as great—a great engineer or a great teacher or a great parent or a great athlete or musician.

But how do we become just plain great—not great AT but great, period.  

I have to admit, I’m more focused day-to-day on becoming great AT something (or, at least, being perceived as great at something) than I am on BEING great, period. 

When I was young, from upper elementary until early high school, I wanted to be great at football. More than that, I wanted to be great at quarterback. 

But I remember the day that dream died. I soon moved on to other things.

We’ve got a term for people who are pursuing greatNESS. We describe them as a person with “visions of grandeur.”

“That guy or that gal has vision of grandeur” is not a compliment!

But God actually wants us to pursue greatNESS—a state of being great.

Jesus taught on it. And the whole idea is introduced early on his story, even before his birth. 

The topic of greatness is introduced by an angel named Gabriel when he comes to tell Mary about the child Jesus that will be born to her.

Join us for another Advent service this weekend as we focus on the kind greatness God wants us to pursue, and how to achieve it.

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

This is Us

We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.

So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?

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Ever wondered how in the world you can impact China? Here is a group from Five Oaks serving a Traditional American Thanksgiving Meal to Chinese Students and their families at the Hospitality Center for Chinese on November 17. Adults and children alike had a great time, and there was good discussion around the topic of Thanksgiving and the gospel.