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Mark Saundercock

Rediscovering Your Mojo


‘Mojo is defined as good luck, charm or skill that seems to come from something magical or supernatural.’

Remember when you first met Jesus? The sense of wonder, the awe, the WOW!

I remember when I did. I was standing in a large hall in Christchurch, New Zealand. Frank Houston, Pastor Brian Houston’s father, had just finished preaching and had an altar call for people to respond and come forward to get saved. As I stood at the back watching hundreds of people streaming to the front, I got a burning sensation that started in my stomach and started moving north. ‘What the…’ I thought as the sensation moved up through my chest and finally reached the top of my head, almost blowing it to smithereens like a scene out of the 70’s movie ‘Scanners’. Kaboom! [My wife Kerry will tell you that I’ve been having brain explosions ever since.]

God was letting me know that He was real and that I needed to get on Mary Murphy’s ‘Hot Tamale Train’.

And get on it I did! It’s been fun. It’s been challenging. It’s had its ups and its downs but I’m still on board.

Are you?

There’s a lot of stations that you can get off if you’d like to.

You get on at King’s Cross [literally] but to get to your final destination you have to pass through


Disappointment Station.

Dysfunction Junction. [I was raised there] and

Disillusion City…to name a few.

However you need to stay on board for the duration!

I’ve been lecturing in C3 College and too many former students have disembarked. Hopefully they will get back on, and soon!

For those of us who remain on board,


Are you just hanging in there?

Are you travelling Coach or are you in First Class?

How’s your attitude?

Have you still got that sense of excitement?

The glint in your eye?

In the words of that great theologian Dr Austin Powers,

‘Your MOJO Baby yeah!’

The Church at Ephesus were still on board but they had lost their Mojo, their


In Revelation 2:2-3 Jesus lists their accomplishments, their hard work, their perseverance, the purity of their lifestyle and doctrine.

But being correct and still on the Train were not good enough.

When the expert in the law asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus replied:

‘”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ’Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ [Matthew 22:36-40]

Back to the Church at Ephesus. Jesus tells them that, while they were getting some of the details right they had missed the core of Christianity [and as Stephen Covey tells us, ‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.’]

Jesus tells them that in spite of their stoicism and their correctness, ‘I have this against you: you have forsaken your first love.’

And that what is what changes the water into wine and gets you back on

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You fall in love with Jesus all over again!

It’s not a chore, it’s not simply duty and commitment. You become like Jacob, who although had to work for seven years to marry Rachel, ‘… they seemed like only a few days to him because of his LOVE for her.’ [Genesis 29:20]

And when you rediscover that first love you get your groove back, you rediscover your MOJO.

Jesus give the Ephesians 3 ways to hop back on board



Restore. [Revelation 2:5]

And then the MOJO, the wonder, the fun, the passion is back…

You’re back!

Dan Gorry


Dan was one of two people to win the very first scholarship to come to C3 College in 2004, moving down at the age of 17. He completed his Diploma and moved back to become C3 Currumbin’s youth pastor.

A few years later he began his Bachelors through Vision Online College, and then completed his Masters in Arts, specialising in Leadership through the Leadership Collective under Dr Richard Green. He is currently serving as the Lead Pastor at C3 Currumbin.

Already / Not Yet

One of my more passionate areas of Soteriology is helping people discover the joy in the ‘already/not yet’ of their Salvation. I feel this one area, if understood and personally applied, has a profound impact on how a believer ‘works out their salvation’. Luther calls it Simul justus et peccator; simultaneously righteous and sinner. So let’s have a look at what it could mean for us today. It is seen most clearly in Heb 10:14. ‘ For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.’

ALREADY. The moment someone puts their faith in Jesus’ finished work of the cross, they ARE justified, forgiven, a new creation, adopted, regenerated, atoned, etc. They ARE a child from this one moment. They cannot be loved or accepted any more than they are then. They are POSITIONALLY PERFECT.

NOT YET. Although their newly created heart hates sin (as they understand it put the God they love on the cross), they still must wage war on it. John Owen says ‘ Be killing sin, or it will be killing you’ . Let’s not limit sin to the actions of drunkenness, adultery, stealing, etc. Sin is, and has been since Gen 3, the desire to BE LIKE GOD . To sit on the throne of our own heart and do what we want when we want. We MUST fight this sin daily by laying down our lives and taking up our cross. This shows we are NOT PRACTICALLY PERFECT. This is our ‘not yet’.

Although John Wesley does push the idea of Christian Perfectionism, his disclaimer seems to align itself with the ‘already/not yet’ idea, when he clarifies, ‘I do not expect to be freed from actual mistakes, until this mortal puts on immortality. I believe this to be a natural consequence of the soul’s dwelling in flesh and blood.’ ( Wesley, John. A plain account of Christian perfection. Hendrickson Publishers, 2007. Pg 53).

So, may we rejoice in what Christ has already done in us that gives us a relationship with our Father NOW, while pushing into Him to allow His Spirit to continue to shape and sanctify us.

God bless,
Dan Gorry