Relevant Magazine Sits Down With Hillsong Church Pastor Brian Houston

As the senior pastor at Hillsong Church, Brian Houston is a walking testament to the idea that ambitious goals and intentional purpose can lead to great achievement. In fact, each week, more than 100,000 people attend a Hillsong-affiliated church, making it one of the world’s largest and most influential churches. He’s literally one of the world’s biggest pastors.

In his new book, There Is More, Houston writes about how God breaks through the negativity of culture to deliver enriching, open-minded encouragement, so others can accomplish their own big dreams.

RELEVANT sat down with Houston to discuss how to overcome obstacles while chasing your own calling.

Could you articulate the difference between what we often hear in culture and what scripture teaches?

The contrast is pretty clear. The world around us is increasingly lacking hope, a future and direction. There’s a lot of pessimism about the future, whether it’s in political, natural or social fields. I think that gives the Church an amazing opportunity to point people to Jesus and point people to what God has for us. So as the world around us becomes more pessimistic, it tells us as Christians what can’t be done and why it shouldn’t be done and tries to put us in a box. But … God can’t be boxed.

Is there an area where you think the church isn’t thinking big enough right now?

One of the great tragedies of the Church is we tend to settle for less than our potential or God’s best. I feel we need to set ourselves higher and understand God has more for us. I’m certain that as long as we have life, God has us on an adventure, and like any adventure, it has its highs and lows, but Scripture says God can do anything, more than we can imagine.

It’s easy to be complacent and get comfortable, but sometimes we’re called to do something uncomfortable. How do we discern that?

There are so many forces designed to stop you from stepping into whatever it is God has called you to and designed you for. Comfort will never give you the fulfillment that living your life “called” will. God can bring you more if you stay resilient and refuse to draw back. God can open doors of possibility and opportunity you could never imagine.

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Source: Relevant Magazine

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