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Pastor John Nuzzo

November 2, 2010

Last week I was at a pastor’s gathering and had the opportunity to hear John Nuzzo speak. John pastors Victory Family Church in the Cranberry area (about 30 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh), he planted the church back in 1993 and has lead it to become one of the largest churches in the Pittsburgh area. Under John’s leadership the church has grown as the community has grown. I was able to take some notes and I thought I would share some of what John shared with the group. Most of what he talked about was taking a small church (0-150) to a much larger church (500 or larger)

 

  • Being prophetic doesn’t mean you get to be rude. Do what the Bible says and be kind.
  • The growth in his church is mainly from the demographic. (Cranberry is one of the only area’s in Pa that is continuing to grow)
  • “When you start a church you create your own problems.”
  • Unless God isn’t in the church plant you will die.
  • “Sometimes the enemy lives in your own skin.”
  • Wisdom is knowing what you don’t know.
  • Maturity is not how much of the Bible you know.
  • Maturity is who you take care of. It’s actually doing what the Bible says.

 

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  1. November 2, 2010 11:10 am

    Some good stuff there! I think the context though would help on some of those points, especially the one about bible knowledge not equating maturity. That point could be misleading and CAN (not meaning it absolutely will) tempt people to not pursue as much biblical understanding as possible. He probably just meant that just cause you know a good amount of the bible doesn’t mean that you obey it and live it out.

    Secondly, maturity is hard to ascribe to people who are biblically illiterate. We are all on a journey in our faith; some people are, as Matt Chandler puts it, “50 year old’s still swimming in the kiddie pool, when they should have matured into being able to at least swim in the deep end and maybe even be jumping off the high dive.” We must pursue knowledge of the bible because when we do we are pursuing the character, nature, and history of our number one Love. What could be a problem, some could say with more bible knowledge, is that much more is then expected of us (Luke 12:48, James 1:22-25, Romans 2:13).

    In closing, we must encourage people to know more of the God’s word and to follow what it says to follow and to refrain from what it says to refrain. By saying, “maturity is not measured by how much bible you know,” I don’t know if that necessarily encourages baby-christians to store up the Word of God in their hearts.

    • Benjamin Davis permalink*
      November 3, 2010 12:07 pm

      I think you are correct Chris, I should maybe apply some more context. I think its a given that Christians should try to understand the Bible.

      He was speaking to a group of pastors. Thanks for reading bro you have some great insights!

      Hope all is well!

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