Thursday, May 22, 2008

Session #7: Perry Noble

Perry is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church ( in Anderson, South Carolina. NewSpring's story is unique. In only seven years, the church has grown to 7,500 people gathering in a rural county of only 175,000 people. Perry is one of the most gifted communicators and teachers in the country. Don't let his redneck persona fool you—his biblical wisdom and leadership insights exceed his years. And just when you think the story is all about generating a good laugh, Perry unloads a new dose of truth and life application intended specifically for you. Perry wants his daughter, Charisse, to cheer for Clemson while his wife, Lucretia, hopes she'll love the Seminoles. You can read all of Perry's unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at

Mark 3:13-19

Understand our calling
Understand what is important - sometimes we can be so focused on ministry that we forget what is important.

Four things He called them for
1. That they might be with Jesus...being with Jesus is the first and foremost priority Passion comes from spending time with Jesus...14a
2. That He might send them out to preach: called to preach the good news about Jesus Christ; not politics, not social justice...14b
3. That they might have authority...15a...they had
authority over demons. Never apologize or be afraid to walk in the authority God has given you;
4. Protect yourself from temptation. Judas didn't finish because he fell to temptation. Satan wants to sift you like wheat.