HOUSTON, TX - At this Easter Sunday celebration, Lakewood Church had something special in store for its audience. Along with the normal new praise choruses, drama, puppet ministry, and man-centered preaching, Pastor Osteen announced that Lakewood Church would begin using a new slogan.
Pastor Osteen proclaimed, "I have said time and again what a big fan I am of John Piper. He is just such a good preacher and teacher. I still don't know where he gets all of his material. Anyway, he has a pretty good slogan. Pastor John says, 'God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.' Now that's a pretty good slogan.
"Even though I have great respect for Pastor John, I think we at Lakewood can do better. After all, God has given us a little different vision here at Lakewood than they have at Bethlehem Baptist. We live in a different part of the country, so it makes sense that our vision, focus, and new slogan would be different from theirs. We must be relevant to our people.
"The bible tells us that God wants what's best for us. For example, Romans 8:28 says, 'That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good' (Message). Paul is telling us that God is pleased and thrilled with you when you are most honored and have the most success you can in this world. God just loves you so much that he wants for you what you want for you. He is happy when you are happy. He is overcome with joy when you are joyful.
"Solomon in the Proverbs tells us that God helps those who help themselves. Isaiah said that God helps us pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. Peter told us that if we believe it, we can do it. John promises us that God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives.
"Because of verses like these, we decided to take Pastor John's slogan and tweak it just a little bit. You'll see that the words are the same, but the ordering is somewhat different. Our new Lakewood slogan is, 'God is most satisfied in us when we are most glorified in him.'
(Loud applause lasting about 45 seconds)
"Next week we'll look at what we believe the chief end of man really is.