• Difference Makers by Gregg Matte

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Have you ever wondered if you were made for more?

What is our purpose in this life? Can we really make a difference? Pastor and author Gregg Matte believes we can.

You were made for more than watching. You have a history-changing, difference-making, life-giving, Spirit-empowered legacy to leave. As Jesus works deeply in you and clearly through you, you will be a difference maker.

The first step to being a difference maker is having a difference made in you. Once God has made the gospel difference in your life, you will be ready to go in His name and play your part in changing the world. Are you ready to jump in?

Are you ready to make the Difference Maker Declaration?

author q&a

What inspired you to write Difference Makers?

As a leader, I knew that making the  greatest impact in this area would not come through my gifts or personality, but instead would happen by mobilizing thousands.  We believed that if our church would release that God-given desire to make a difference in individuals and their circles of influence—look out world!  As a result, the difference maker declaration became our rally cry.

Who did you write it for?

The person who feels like the only difference makers have a high profile position or dynamic personality. Instead, they will discover God wants to use them.  Every believer has an opportunity to live beyond themselves and make a difference for eternity.

What does it mean to be a “difference maker”? Why do believers seem to struggle so much with our purpose and whether we can actually make a difference?

A difference maker is someone living with purpose and impact who realizes they were made for more than watching.  They were made to be a part of God’s work. We struggle with this because we think this is for someone more gifted.  We doubt ourselves and therefore limit ourselves. I hope this book helps reframe our perspective to jump into the action and trust Jesus to work through us.

This book was heavily influenced by your experience and your church’s experience when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston (approximately 13 million people were affected, nearly 135,000 homes damaged or destroyed in the historic flooding, and up to a million cars were wrecked). Talk about what God taught you as it relates to being a difference maker through that hurricane?

Harvey rocked our city and church.  We had over 700 members and 23 staff members flooded.  BUT, I had been teaching on how to be a difference maker.  God prepared us to go into over 1,000 homes to help clean up.  He taught me we need everyone, and we need to be active. There was no waiting around; a sense of urgency gripped us to help our neighbor in need.  The same is true with relational and spiritual needs around us; it’s time to make a difference. What a joy to be able to!

How can people practically make a difference after reading the book?

The book, Bible study and accompanying CD will be a catalyst for someone to step up and step out.  I hope churches see more volunteers and neighborhoods see more caring and praying people reaching out, and we all catch a vision that God can use even us.

Your church has released a music album in conjunction with the book. What inspired this?

We work as a team at our church and love to connect the dots between worship through song and worship through teaching.  Our musicians were inspired to use their gifts to make a difference, too. To create these songs, key leaders on our worship staff and I spent a day at our church’s retreat center, and I went through each chapter of the book.  I shared the thrust of the chapter, illustrations I used, my heart and my hopes. Chapter by chapter they took notes, asked questions and then prayed and pondered. After a lot of work these songs materialized. It was incredible to see my gift of teaching stoke their gifts of songwriting to create a companion piece for the book and Bible study.  See, we are all difference makers in our own ways.

How do you hope readers are changed after they finish Difference Makers?

I hope they discover the joy of stepping out in faith to make a difference.  It isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it.

Download the Difference Makers Declaration

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Read the first chapter of Difference Makers

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Difference Makers: a 6-Session Bible Study from Gregg Matte

When you look at the needs in the world around you, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. But you were created for more than watching. You have a history-changing, difference-making, life-giving, Spirit-empowered legacy to leave. This Bible study will motivate and equip you to get off the sidelines and into the thick of ministry with Jesus. As He works through you, you will learn to pray, go, and give of yourself to make an eternal difference.

Learn more about the Bible study here and find the Difference Makers album from First Worship on Spotify.

the author

Gregg Matte is the senior pastor of First Baptist Houston and the founder of Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University, one of the largest college Bible studies in the nation. Gregg holds a marketing degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including Unstoppable Gospel. Gregg has been married to his wife, Kelly, since 1997, and they have a son and daughter, Greyson and Valerie.

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