Speaker: Matt Guevara
Topic: We Are One: With God Himself

  • “We need each other. We must stand as one in unity.”
  • “You cannot open the pages of the New Testament, without realizing how men and women can refer to God as ‘Father'”
  • “There are over 200 places in New Testament where God is called ‘Father'”
  • “When you know God as ‘Father,’ you will experience true oneness with God.”
  • Three things that enslave us, especially in the children’s ministry community:
    • We become slaves to isolation.
      • “Real courage is not becoming ‘skilled hiders,’ but becoming brave and walking in to the light.”
      • “God STILL wants you…right now!”
    • We become slaves to works.
      • “Ministry is not about what we do, but about partnering with the One Who parted the seas.”
      • “Busyness and works make us believe that we are worth God’s adoption…God knows you are unworthy, yet He chose us and predestined us for adoption.”
    • We become slaves to fear.
      • “Fear tells us we cannot do something, but Jesus tells us, ‘Don’t be anxious.'”
      • “You are loved. You are free. You are a child of God.”
      • “To be able to come to God, addressing Him as Father, is the beginning of transparent oneness with God the Father.”

Speaker: Bob Goff
Topic: We Are One: Oneness Defined

  • “What is getting in the way of people seeing you are one?”
  • “How you’ll know that God is really into you…Jesus.”
  • “The message of the Gospel is simple. Love everybody always…and start with people who creep you out.”
  • “God makes people. People make issues. But, people aren’t issues.”
  • “People who are comfortable don’t need Christ. People who are desperate need Christ.”
  • “If we are going to be one, we must be more charitable.”
  • “Voices carry. Humble voices carry further.”
  • “God wanted to be with us so badly, He jumped out of Heaven.”
  • “What’s keeping you from seeing the people who are lonely.”
  • “What I love about you is that you’re sitting at the ‘kids’ table,’ and that’s exactly where Jesus would be.”
  • “Tell people who they are turning in to…the image of Christ.”
  • “The way you ‘remain in love’ (John 15:9) is to love people extravagantly.”
  • “Fear is a punk.”
  • “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be Jesus?”
  • “Quit playing it safe with the way you love people.”
  • “Castles have moats to keep people out. Kingdoms have bridges to let people in.”
  • “We need to stop inviting people to church if we’re not going to welcome them when they show up.”

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.