4 Parts | By: Ed Young
Gestures – Week 1
“Here is the Church”
(Norman, OK launch)
August 5, 2018
Pastor Ed Young
The way we communicate varies greatly from person to person, place to place, and message to message. But some things, like gestures, translate beyond language and demographics. In this historic message in the life of Fellowship Church, Pastor Ed Young teaches us a series of simple hand motions that communicate the power and purpose of the local church. When we understand what these gestures mean in and for our lives, we discover just how much God wants to use our lives to tell His story!
[Pastor Clark Mitchell introduces Pastor Ed Young as the new pastor, and the launch of Fellowship Norman]
Wow it's great to be here at Journey Church. And I want to tell you something. Clark and Robin and their family have done an absolute magnificent job over the last 17 years. And the amazing thing about this is we are the church. And we're simply blending churches. Clark will continue to do, I believe he and Robin both, incredible things for God. Because at Fellowship Church, Clark is going to help us with church development internationally, and also nationally, and some other projects that Clark and I have talked about. And who even knows what these projects are Clark. But Clark, I want to honor you and thank you for this time. And welcome Journey Church into the Fellowship family! Pastor Clark Mitchell!
Please be seated. My name is Ed Young and I'm pastor of Fellowship Church and we have a new name. It's called Fellowship Norman. That's the new name of the church.
As I said, you know, Clark and I will be teaming up to do a lot of exciting things together. But I'm telling you what, the future is so, so bright right here in this incredible location.
Now, you might be saying, “Well, what is Fellowship Church? Who is Fellowship Church? Where have you been? Where are you? Where are we going?” Well I'm glad you're thinking those questions. [VIDEO RECAP OF FELLOWSHIP CHURCH]
I want all of us to stand to our feet here in all of our different environments, and I want us to give the Mitchell family a crazy round of applause and a standing ovation. For the sacrifice, for the vision, for the leadership, for the creativity, for the innovation. And now for this amazing partnership. Please be seated.
I love to watch people talk. Because 93% of all communication is nonverbal. We just involved ourselves in a nonverbal vibe. Clapping, the standing ovation, honoring a great soldier of God. Gestures.
So often gestures say things that I just can't say. As I've been walking around this beautiful complex, I've watched people talk. And I've been checking out your gestures. Some are like. I saw a few like… Others were like… A few were like… And on the freeway, I saw some gestures that I can't do from this stage. Gestures.
Motions have meanings. They really do. Our God made us in his image. Thus, we have this desire to communicate, do we not? And one of the ways we communicate is through gestures. So, I thought we would study over the next couple of weeks here at Fellowship Church, I thought we would study gestures. Because gestures have a deep and profound meaning. What I might think is just, “Yeah peace man.” Or what I might think as no big deal, “Bye,” but those are packed with meaning.
So gestures mean something. Our motions have meaning. Say that with me. Our motions have meaning, yeah. And just watch over the next several weeks. Just watch people's gestures. You know. Gestures, gestures. Our motions have meaning.
Gestures – Week 2
August 12, 2018
It’s perhaps the most used and recognized gesture in the world. ✌️ But could it be that this simple hand gesture holds more power and meaning than we often give it? In this message, Pastor Ed Young unpacks peace from God’s point of view and helps us see that there is much more to it than we may know. But when we gain the proper perspective on peace, it becomes something that can transform every area of our lives!
[Ed walks on stage holding up the “Peace!” sign.] There we go, it took awhile. Whenever I flash the peace sign please, show me some love and flash the peace sign back. Peace, peace!
The peace sign has got to be the most common gesture in the world today, the peace sign. I've been talking about gestures lately, and I've discovered that 93% of communication is non-verbal. Just watch people as they exit all of our locations, as they make their way to the parking lot, watch the gestures they use. Maybe watch the gestures of people on the freeway when you cut them off, the gestures.
You know, we're all about gestures. We talk so much with gestures. I thought today we would talk about the peace sign, peace.
When I say peace, when I flash the peace sign, what do you think about? What goes through your mind?
ILLUS: As I've told you before, my first encounter with the peace sign happened when I was in the second grade at Taylors Elementary School. We were in the cafeteria eating food with about, I don't know, a hundred or so kids. We were misbehaving, even though the teachers were telling us “Shh, shh!” We were flinging English peas with our spoons at one another, laughing and pulling the girl's hair, all that stuff. It was sort of mayhem in the cafeteria at Taylors Elementary.
Suddenly though, we heard the screen door, that's right, there was a screen door that opened a hallway into the cafeteria. Suddenly we heard the screen door open, everyone looked, and to our shock and amazement the most intimidating principal in the history of public education walked through the door. I'm talking about Principal W. A. Woodruff. I wish we would use like initials when we talk about people in today's culture like we did back in the day. W. A., instead of calling me Ed Young, how about E.B. Young. Edwin Barry, just call me E.B., I like that, old school.
Well W. A. Woodruff man this guy was scary. At least six-four, 300 pounds, had a crew cut gray hair, these big, black horn-rimmed glasses. A scowl on his face like a middle linebacker for the Cowboys. Giant wingtips, and he always sported the short-sleeve dress shirt. Let's bring back the short-sleeve dress shirt, what do you say? Remember those? He had on a little black tie, and he was just looking at all the kids in the cafeteria misbehaving. A holy hush came over the cafeteria. Word got out, W. A. Woodruff was in the house.
Word on the street was he paddled kids. That's right, principals would paddle kids who misbehaved back in the day. I know that's a shocker, some of the kids are going, “What?!” Yeah, it was rumored he used a two-by-four, with nails some of my friends said, I don't know. He was a scary figure.
So a holy hush hit the cafeteria, I mean we were like, “Whoa! He's caught us in the midst of our misbehavior!” Everyone was quiet, even the teachers were scared.
There's always that crazy person in every group. Do you know what I'm saying to you? Even in the second grade, there was this crazy kid in our class and he had enough guts to say to Principal W. A. Woodruff, these words, "Hey Mr. Woodruff, peace, peace!"
Gestures – Week 3
The Middle Finger
August 26, 2018
In today’s world, vulgarity is everywhere. The pervasiveness of profanity is profound. But do we consider the choice of our words? Do we realize what we are really saying?
In this message, Ed Young reminds us of the power of our words. He shows us how God’s plan for language and behavior is far from what we see in the media or hear on the street. And we learn what it takes to use our words to build life into others, rather than using them to destroy or demean.
ILLUS: The twins were seven years old, and they were in Lisa's SUV. She was following a truck, pulling a trailer. The truck slammed on its brakes, Lisa slammed on her brakes and tapped the horn. Landra, one of the twins, said, "Mom, don't do that, don't honk the horn, because the guy in the truck might do that finger thing!" That's about all she knew, regarding the middle finger.
In anatomy, it's called digitus medius. Some call it the finger in isolation. Others say you're flipping the bird, or my friends from Australia say you're flicking someone off.
The middle finger. The ubiquitous middle finger. It's a cultural icon, is it not? I think if the truth were known, we probably flip people off millions of times a day.
How do you feel when someone flips you off? I feel violated, I feel vile. I feel vulgar, I feel anger. I want to chase the person down, and give him or her a piece of my mind.
It's so interesting that this profane and obscene gesture is so hip, it's so cool; yet our culture, we are pretty much into profanity. Profanity, though, has become so commonplace, it's lost its profaneness, you know what I'm saying? It's like man, that's just the way people talk. That's just the gestures we make.
The middle finger. If you think about the middle finger, in essence, there's almost a spiritual artery that runs from the middle finger all the way down to the middle of our lives, to the middle of our heart and our soul. This gesture, again, shows the depravity of man, almost more than any other gesture I can think about. Profanity.
I've been in a series on gestures. You might be saying “Well, man, this is my first time to attend Fellowship Church and you're talking about the middle finger?” Yeah, sort of, I am, but I'm talking about something much deeper than just the middle finger. I'm talking about what the middle finger represents in our land. What is it about? What does it mean? What is the essence of the middle finger? The definition is “intercourse yourself”. That's the definition of it.
The word profanity is a word that means irreverent, or irreligious. It's emptying something, it's decaffeinating something, it's being vile, vulgar. I guess we can be profane in, obviously gestures, and with what we say. We can be profane in how we dress, and we can be profane in the places we go. But today I want to limit my comments basically to language, just to gestures. I've been talking about gestures and I've been saying around here that 93% of communication is non-verbal, so gestures mean a lot. Our words mean a lot, too.
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