Evanđelisti nevjere Rice Broocks

Ja sam duboko je izazvao neumornim naporima muškaraca i žena koji unaprijed uzrok “Novi ateizam” u prazne srcima postmoderne zapadnjake.

Priroda grozi vakuum pa u nedostatku vjere, nevjera ili ateizam postaje anti-uzrok. Misija ove ateist križara je osloboditi svijet (especially the young) of religious faith and “superstition.” They carry their message with zeal and with the confrontational style that rivals any fundamentalist preacher. Ukratko, they seek converts – people who will “repent” of religion and follow the secular path to freedom.

Caricatures of the worst aspects of religion make it easy to gain people’s attention. Lumping all religions together, it becomes one monstrous “straw man” that can easily scare the average listener more than hell itself. Tragically, they are gaining momentum, especially in the arena of the university campus and the media.

If this were a boxing match, the Church would be sitting on a stool in the corner of the ring, dazed and confused and doubting whether we were really “called” to this fight. What can we learn from their efforts?

Talking to Ourselves

First and foremost: We must start engaging our culture with the Gospel beyond the church walls and stop just talking to ourselves. The majority of the effort we exert as Believers is talking to fellow Christians about being better Christians.

“Missional Church” is a term we debate vs a real mission we do. We have deceived ourselves by not obeying the Word ( James1:22).

Most of the people in our churches have heard enough to be teachers themselves, but are defenseless against the basic arguments and accusations of the opposition.

The Gospel is the answer to the cries of the human heart, but the lack of zeal to proclaim it demonstrates our lack of faith in its power.

We can also see that if we don’t step up and speak a clear message, the enemies of the Gospel will gladly take our place.

History has shown that God will allow a Goliath to taunt His people, knowing that someone like David will be provoked into action.

May we be shaken out of our stupor, get off the stool and get back into the fight for this generation.

Foto lewishamdreamer.

Tko radi na evangelizacijsko? Steve Sjogren

Ne želim zvučati heretički, ali imam jednu primjedbu da bi. Moj prijatelj Fred bio plodan na vodećim ljudima s Kristom u prvih nekoliko godina svog kršćanskog života kao što je on izašao iz glazbene scene u Los Angelesu i pokazala nešto mi se da sam mislila da je zanimljiva. He noticed that the vast majority of people who come to Jesus weren’t so much led to the Lord by someone or by a church that was doing a bang up job of evangelism. He said his role was mostly to befriend folks, to share what God had done in his life then to invite them to church where they could sense the presence of God, pray a simple salvation prayer and the “Deal would be sealed” as he put it. You might call it Presence evangelism more than Informational based evangelism.

Hundreds of books have been written from the perspective that it’s the church’s responsibility to do the working of evangelism – and to a degree that’s right. It’s of course clear from Scripture that Believers play an important part in leading people to the Lord. Let’s not entirely change that equation. At the same time we need to recognize what God is doing as well – that a big percentage of people worldwide are being directly engaged by the Holy Spirit directly by various means other than linear means of evangelism.

If this is true what does it imply regarding our evangelism approaches? We need to be doing a lot of seed planting. We need to find some measure of satisfaction in the ministry of nudging many toward Christ whether they actually come to know Christ through us or not. As Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 3:6, it’s about planting, watering as well as harvesting. Before there is a harvest it’s necessary to diligently plant and water. Sometimes there is a lot of repeated planting and watering before a harvest comes about. My professor friend George Hunter agrees with me – on average in our day it takes a person about 12-20 revelatory connections for a person to be converted. In his words, “Steve, that’s a lot of toilets that need to be cleaned.”

I’m going to continue to proclaim the Gospel as clearly as possible to as many as possible. At the same time I recognize God is quietly, persistently up to something dynamic in the hearts of many we will perhaps never engage in conversation.

3 Zabavne jednostavan i jeftin odmor Outreaches by Steve sjogren

1. Kruh podijela

Svatko voli kruh! Pogotovo od onih high-end kruha prodavaonicama pretežno Bread Company negdje u nazivu ... Jeste li znali da možete organizirati primanje dan-stari kruh iz krušne specijaliziranim trgovinama za BESPLATNO? Također možete provjeriti s nacionalnim trgovinama lanca trgovine koje imaju in-house pekare. Razgovor na store manager i objasniti svoj koncept outreach. Recite nekoliko priče od ljudi koji pomažu i vjerojatno će uspostaviti svoje “kruh svagdašnji” veza. To će trajati samo jedan ili dva od tih veza za početak znatan službu u zajednici.

Mnogi od tih dućana nemaju pouzdan izvor za distribuciju njihov stari kruh. Ključ je biti dosljedan i pouzdan u branje gore svoj kruh. Morat ćete imati tim i kao raspored, tako da ne razočarati menadžera kruh trgovina. Kao dobre odnose s javnošću gesta, napisati pismo zahvale na store manager za njegove tvrtke darežljivosti prema zajednici (, a ne biti iznenađeni da vidite što uokviren i objavljena na zidu trgovine).

Ministarstvo je jednostavna i ravno naprijed. Kucanje na vratima kuća i stanova. Reći, “Bok, mi smo davanje daleko svježi, besplatni kvalitetan kruh. Možete li koristiti neke, ili znate nekoga u susjedstvu tko bi mogao koristiti neke?” Daj primaoca outreach karticu, a nude se moli za njih, kao što iz ruke kruh.

Kako pronaći ljude da daju kruh?

Hladno zovete (Samo kucati na vrata) u nižim prihodima susjedstvu i apartmana kompleksa utvrde prekid s ovim projektom. Ostanite daleko od najbližih naselja za doniranje trgovine.

Što vam je potrebno

2. Big Božićni domjenak

Ljudi u potrebi uvijek ne slave Božić ispravno, jer ne postoji Krist u središtu proslave mogućnosti. Možete sponzorirati događaj koji će biti zabavno i uzrokovati svi usredotočiti na Isusa.

Elementi ove proslave su igranje igara i pjevanje pjesama. Kao što pjeva božićne pjesme, pobrinite riječi su dostupni. Također je zabavno imati neke jeftine instrumente ritam igrati zajedno s.

Netko može dijeliti ono što je Božić o u vrlo pozitivnom i optimističnom način – jednostavno objašnjavajući, “Božić je važno za mene, jer…”

Dekoracije i osvježenje i ručak može biti jednostavni ili profinjeni, ovisno o sklonosti svoje grupe.

Za oko $1 po fotografiji, možete uzeti Polaroid slike djece s Djedom Božićnjakom etnički ispravan. Osmislite jednostavnu pozadinu i dobiti izbliza s kamerom. Postavite fotografiju na crvene ili zelene gradnje papira i dodati ime djeteta i godinu sa zlatnim ili srebrnim obilježavanja olovke.

Na kraju partije, dati male darove kao ljudi polaze – Možda Biblija ili predano knjiga. Razmislite daruju dekoracije, kao i.

Kako pronaći ljude koji će uživati ​​Christmas Party?

Pozovite one koji su već povezani s ministarstvom onima u potrebi. Daj letke ili pozivnica na prethodne događaje u susjedstvu, ili jednostavno prošetati po susjedstvu i distribuirati letke.

Što vam je potrebno:

  • objekt za domaćina stranku
  • Polaroid kamera i film
  • Izgradnja radu
  • ljepila u sticku
  • zlatne i srebrne obilježavanja olovke
  • osvježenje
  • outreach kartice

3. Zimski Survival Kits

Zima može biti teško na tijelu i duši. Opstanak kit je veliko ohrabrenje svima koji dobiva jedan.

Komplet sadrži paket od lica tkiva, Balzam za usne, grlo pastile, i outreach kartice.

U akciji

Naše crkve su imali veliki uspjeh s ovim projektom, kao što smo ga usmjerene na roditelje i poslovnih profesionalaca. Idemo u parkovima da roditelji često sa svojom djecom i nogostupa u centru grada kao poslovni profesionalci učiniti svoj put van na ručak. Kad one koje susrećemo primjetiti kako je lijepo kit, oni su jako zahvalni i obično završiti uspostavljanje razgovor s nama.

Gdje Idi

  • kampusa
  • Parkovi
  • susjedstvu
  • sportski događaji
  • u centru grada
  • Putnike
  • šoping centri

Što vam je potrebno

  • zip lock plastične vrećice
  • Balzam za usne
  • grlo pastile
  • pojedinačni paketi lica tkiva
  • outreach kartice

Zašto Outreach kartice

Kada se radi projekt, važno je imati sredstva za povezivanje s onima koje služe. Outreach kartica je posao veličine kartice možete ostaviti s onima koje su djelovali tako da oni mogu dobiti natrag u vas dirati ako oni žele. Ideja je ne ostvariti prodajni posao u kojem možete promovirati svoje crkve. Radije, je jednostavan način da napuste svoje ime Crkve, adresa, broj telefona i servis puta, tako da kada buduće treba ustati, one koje ste služili će imati način Ponovno s vama. Ideja je da bude dostupan bez davanja iz osobne adrese.

Ako trebate outreach kartice za odmor projekte, preporučamo onima na našim stranicama sestre, na KindnessResources.com.

Christmas Outreach Card

The 90 Dan Outreach Challenge Steve Sjogren

Crkva biljke trebaju pronaći kreativne načine za povezivanje s ne-vjernika kulture oko njih. Ako molite za još-ne Vjernici su se pojavljivati ​​hoće. No, kako ih dovesti u odnos s Kristom? Obično je proces koji se vodi ih na Krista.

When my wife Janie was seeking to know who the Lord really was, she asked God to reveal himself at the beginning of the summer. On June 1st she prayed an open ended prayer: “Show me who you really are by the end of the summer.” She promptly forgot about her prayer but God was at work arranging her circumstances. Some months later she ended up at a wedding (for a couple who weren’t even engaged in June) thousands of miles away. That was Labor Day weekend – the end of summer! She took a several hour car trip with a couple of turned on Believers who enthusiastically shared the Gospel with her. She became convinced that Jesus was Lord and that she had misunderstood him. On the Saturday before Labor Day weekend, marking the end of summer, she was converted to Christ!

True to answering her prayer, God moved by the end of summer. God loves a challenge! He takes the prayers of not-yet Believers seriously.

Making deals with God

Consider this:

Make deals with the not-yet believer. It’s a daring stand off. Either God will move specifically or nothing will happen. I’ve seen God move time after time in these situations. He loves to prove himself to Seekers.

Choose 3 things they need to see God move in their life to prove himself. Choose things that are measureable, for example jobs and finances. Stay away from romantic situations – those are too subjective. Pray in agreement for those things to happen.

I recommend you give it 90 days to see God show up. Come together at the end of those 3 months to compare notes.

In my experience the person in question will often have either forgotten about the prayer or will be convinced God didn’t answer their prayer, but when you look at the specifics it is usually clear that God clearly did move.

At that time bring them back to the original agreement – that they would open their hearts to Christ. Bring them around to the notion that God is madly in love with them! Pray together. Start their relationship with Christ.

Evangelizacija nije samo odnos prema Rice Broocks

Or “You don’t have to know a drowning person to save their life.”

There has been enormous emphasis placed on the need for relationship with people as the prerequisite for evangelism. Toliko, tako da su neki idu tako daleko da govore da odnos s drugima trebao biti jedini motiv, a ne skriveni planovi evangelizacije.

Relationship-Relationship-Relationship…This seems to be the word of the hour. I spoke to church planters who had not succeeded in their efforts to launch a ministry. As I dug deeper it became apparent that they made a lot of friends and very few disciples. In fact they admitted, they rarely got to the Gospel. “We focused on building relationships first.”

So here’s the question: how soon should the Gospel be introduced in a relationship with someone?

Looking at the ministry of Jesus, many times He spoke directly to people in their first encounter.

  • The woman at the well
  • Nicodemus
  • Legion – He cast the devil out of him during their first meeting. Jesus called people to follow Him with no relationship at all. (It doesn’t appear that He even had introduced Himself fully yet.)

Paul had a similar pattern in his witness.

He preached immediately after his salvation.

He was beaten and suffered as a result.

He confronted strangers in Athens, in Macedonia, in much of what was recorded in Acts.

I believe that the Gospel comes sooner in biblical examples of witness not later. For me, the Gospel has actually produced authentic, lasting relationships with others.

Things to remember:

Preaching the Gospel takes boldness.

The Spirit must fill us with His passion and power. If we are honest, our reluctance to preach the Gospel may just be a case of being a man pleaser or being ashamed of the Gospel.

Preaching produces persecution.

It’s much easier to say nothing. If the Apostles would have only done community service or waited on tables they would not have been persecuted as severely. If they hated Him they will hate us. We are an aroma of life to the saved and an aroma of death to those who are perishing.

Preaching the Gospel produces faith.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. No preaching means no faith. In order for them to believe they are going to have to hear the Gospel.

I certainly believe building relationships is important.

Many times it takes a number of hearings of the Gospel to be saved. I also believe there is wisdom in knowing when we should speak to people about Christ and how we can maximize the impact of our witness.

Someone recently told me “We must earn the right to be heard.” As I pondered this statement, something didn’t sit right with me. As much as I tried to understand what he really meant I couldn’t help but think that according to the Scripture, Jesus earned that right for me as well. We preach in the authority and righteousness He earned through His life and death.

In fact if a person’s eternal soul is at stake then we should have some sense of urgency in our efforts. Remember, you don’t have to know a drowning person to save their life.

Nemojte ići ispod zemlje na Halloween Marty Boller

Ja sam bio zagovornik sluge evangelizacije dugi niz godina. Naš vinograd crkva u Cedar Rapids, Iowa je 13 godina i uvijek smo imali srce za tip outreaches da je Steve Sjogren prvi put doveo u našu pozornost u vinogradu obitelji vratio u kasnim 1980-ih. Tijekom godina smo učinili besplatna hrana pokloni, Hosted seljak i tržišta, distribuira besplatno cvijeće na Majčin dan, zaradio susjedstvu ostavlja u jesen, i dati daleko besplatno Goodies na božićne parade.

Dok pišem ovaj kratki izvještaj, naša Crkva se priprema za naš sedmi godišnji Trunk-N-poslastica Halloween događanja. 31. listopada, skrećemo naš veliki parking u Halloween Spectacular koja privlači stotine i stotine obitelji iz cijelog našeg grada. Mi se postroje svoje automobile na kraju našeg parkirališta, čineći ogromnu U-petljom. Za dva sata na Halloween noć, iz 5 PM se 7 PM, ćemo dati slatkiše i slastice iz debla našim automobilima, daje roditeljima sigurno i zaštićeno mjesto da rade svoj trik-ili-liječenje. At the end of the “U” each participant gets a free hot dog and drink, and a warm greeting from our welcoming team.

Over the years, I’ve had well-meaning Christians question me on why we are cooperating with such a dark holiday as Halloween. I tell them that while I personally hate Halloween (and I’m guessing that so does Jesus), I believe that Jesus wants us Christ-followers to be out there with the masses, loving ‘the hell’ out of those who come our way. Oh yeah, I know, I might be trafficking with evil, but as I see it, God’s love is so much stronger than the powers of darkness.

So my encouragement to you this October 31st? Don’t go underground on Halloween, hiding behind your locked doors or hunkering down in your church buildings. May I suggest that you and your church go ‘public’, moving beyond the typical Hallelujah evening for “Christians only”. Try something risky. Take a step into the darkness with the loving light of God. Try hob-knobbing with some of the pagans this year, letting the love of Christ be evident. And while the time might be too short for you and your church to pull off a full-fledged Trunk-N-Treat, try doing what our youth group has done in past years. We call it a Reverse Trick-or-Treat. We arm our youth group and families with bags of candy and on the night before Halloween, we send them out into neighborhoods, knocking on doors and ringing doorbells. When the folks answer the door, we offer them free candy! Without a doubt our teams come back with many reports of surprised faces and blessed neighbors! I’ve been so thrilled year after year when parents from our neighborhood express their appreciation to me that a local church would provide such a great blessing for them during the Halloween season. As I see it, it’s a perfect opportunity for our churches to bring the light of God into the darkness of the season, for His Name’s sake.

Kristalna katedrala - BTW, Kako je tvoja definicija Going? Steve Sjogren

Koje pouke možemo izvući iz propasti Kristalnoj katedrali?

Bez obzira što mislite o toj zajednici, znam da je u jednom trenutku bilo je uspješan modela na američkom krajoliku crkve. To je nevjerojatna, Mjesto trend-postavljanje koji je super kreativni.

Stvari se polako mijenjati, međutim. Uglavnom katedrala prestali se definiraju za javnost, na lokalnoj i nacionalnoj razini. Iz nekog razloga njezini čelnici pretpostavlja da javnost zna sve o ovom mjestu. To je uobičajena, ali loša pretpostavka. Oni su zaboravljeni.

Crkva biljke obično napraviti dobar posao od sebe definira da se njihove zajednice u početnoj fazi. To je imperativ da nova crkva pojasniti zašto oni postoje i kako su različiti u svojoj zajednici. Nisam previše zabrinut za nova postrojenja, ali ja sam vrlo zabrinut sljedećoj fazi većina biljaka proći. To je lako zaboraviti one početne lekcije naučene i pasti u obrascu unutra usmjeren na novac, postrojenja, osoblje - i zaboraviti ono što nas je do tog trenutka inicijalne zamah. Zatim BOOM! Mi zaglaviti u ciklusu irrelevancy.

Ako to ne učinimo redovito, Jasno se definira da se naše zajednice - preko snažnih djela darežljivosti, ljubav i usluga - one oko nas neće imati pojma da uopće postoje. Uskoro ćemo imati nikakvih briga o našim objektima, Novac i osoblja, jer neće biti nikoga dolaze!

Crkva vodim u Oregonu je u Newberg za više 100 godine (Samo SW Portland). Dobro je poznato da kršćanima (18% grada) ali gotovo skriven od ostatka ljudi kojima je Bog tako ljubi da je poslao Isusa da pate i umiru.

Stvari se počinju mijenjati. Poduzeli smo služenju grad na razne načine. Mi ćemo vrata do vrata s hamburgera - špahtlom vjetrobrane na benzinskim postajama - čišćenje zahoda na javnim mjestima - i pomoću vrata su ti projekti stvoriti veze dijeliti Krista na bilo kojoj razini napadaja.

Da se vratim na početak - ako mi se prasak se posao sami definiraju služeći ćemo uskoro postati relevantni. Moramo napraviti dubok dojam na ljude oko nas u kamion načina. Načina na koje služe se uvelike razlikuju prema potrebama vaše zajednice. Bog će govoriti da ste vi molite poznatu biblijsku molitvu, "Ovdje smo. Pošalji nam!"On apsolutno voli odgovoriti da molitvu. Računati na njega. On će razgovarati s vama. Nećete biti zaboravljeni.

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Malo tko može dotaknuti Mnogi Steve Sjogren

To ne uzima veliku posadu čine ostaviti veliki trag.

Pobjeda u Božjem kraljevstvu uvijek je otišao na underdogs. Bog je gotovo uvijek pomazuje zanemariv skupine učiniti svoje ponude. Smatram to ohrabrujuće, jer sve što sam počeo bio mali - obično za dugo vremena, ako ne i zauvijek. What God builds usually starts (and typically stays) on the smallish side.

I used to say that it started small but then would grow large, but now I see that often numbers usually only grow fat. I now see that it is almost always the case that a radical but small fringe gets the Kingdom lifestyle and message. Why does it stay small? It’s all about the offensive cost of mercy. Jesus said “Many are called but few are chosen” (Matt. 18). The context of that verse could well be restated, “Many are called but few choose” the Kingdom. The Kingdom, as God defines it, is always something that is set up according to his parameters, not ours. Most don’t like that much, so they protest, they decide it’s not for them, and vote themselves out of it like the religious people in Matthew chapter 18 (yes, it was the religious people who decided not to participate in the Kingdom once they figured out how the mercy of God works as in this story).

This Jesus story is fresh with me today. A few of us went out mixing it up with dozens of lost people who, like those in Nineveh, didn’t know their left hand from their right. We did a $1 carwash. We washed people’s cars and paid them a dollar for the privilege of serving them. We stunned many. Numbers teared up. We teared up! I’m always amazed what can happen when a few, enthused, dedicated people move in a common direction and pour their hearts into something. Do something great with God. It only takes a few.

Megafon Evangelizam… Postoji li bolji način? Steve Sjogren

Jeste li ikad bili omeo nekoga da je bio uzbuđen zbog svoje vjere? Bio sam u Gradskom području New Yorka, a kad sam dobio od metro nadvožnjaka u Queensu na zvuk nekih španjolskih propovijedi pentekostalaca, koji su naizmjence propovijedanje (vikao je glasno točnije) u bullhorn. As one finished his turn he turned the mic over to the next with a high five and a chuckle. Those guys were having a good time at what they were doing, but clearly they were not connecting with the crowd. My ears were nearly bleeding! The crowd was trying to ignore them and everyone wished they would unplug themselves and go home. They were overly aggressive and not connecting with the passing crowds. I believe God will use any approach to sharing the Gospel we make available to him, but some approaches are awfully difficult for him to use!

Just below there another church was doing an outreach based on serving. They were washing cars, trucks – even a huge metro garbage truck pulled up to test the sincerity of the team’s faith! (Da, they passed the test and made it spick and span!) This was a study in contrasts. The group below the overpass was attracting a crowd, bit by bit, little by little, and making an impact one person at a time with no sound reinforcement other than to say, “We are showing Jesus’ love in a practical way…” (There were plenty of conversations that followed those introductory words.)

Before I became a Believer I met an occasional person who was downright excited about Christ – not many of them, but a few along the way. Those people got me thinking about the possibility of following Jesus. It began to occur to me that there was something out there that was worth giving my life for. Positive zeal is powerful and beautiful. Our zeal needs to be a lot like the oath doctors take upon graduation before they treat their first patient: “First, do no harm…!"