The 90 Diena Outreach Challenge Steve Šegrena

Baznīcas augiem nepieciešams atrast radošus veidus, kā savienot ar ne-ticēt kultūras ap tiem. Ja jūs lūgties par ne-vēl ticīgos parādās tie būs. Bet kā jūs vadīt tos attiecībās ar Kristu? Parasti ir process iesaistīts ved pie Kristus.

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.

Evaņģelizācija ir ne tikai attiecības ar 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. Tik daudz tā, ka daži tik tālu, kā sakot, ka attiecības ar citiem, būtu vienīgais motīvs, un nav slēptās darba kārtībā evaņģelizācijas.

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.

Pirmais Conversion Steve Šegrena

Mums ir tendence asociēt Cornelius "pārveidošanu aktiem 10 vienīgi ar viņa nāk pie Kristus, bet dažreiz Raksti dod daudz dažādas piemērus jēdziena konversijas. Šīs itāļu kohortā Apustuļu dzīve 10 is one such example.Cornelius was influenced by the Spirit of God for a time prior to his conversion to Christ (what I would call his second conversion) which was followed by his third conversion (the dramatic filling of the Spirit that happened at the preaching of Peter). Granted, his second and third conversions happened almost instantaneously, one after the other, but these two were distinct experiences. The question is, what led up to his two profound conversions? Lets focus on his first conversion.

He prayed regularly.
God put into Cornelius’ heart a hunger to draw near to seek him. Perhaps to a degree this invitation is given to all mankind. Sadly, few respond with a willingness to seek the Lord.

He probably connected with God through the only model he had seen – the prayers of the Jews who sought the Lord at various times of the day at his local temple. Though some of them no doubt merely went through the rote motions of prayer, Cornelius was sincere in his approach to seeking out God. God was able to get through to his hungry heart.

Cornelius was a Gentile so he was not allowed onto Temple grounds. Originally Jewish temples were to have an outer court that was to be dedicated to Gentile God fearers who were seeking to know the Lord. By the time of Jesus, nearly all temples had given up on these spaces in favor of turning these into stalls that sold sacrificial animals for pilgrims. It was this area at the Jerusalem temple where Jesus turned over tables and chased out the moneychangers and animals. Cornelius’ connection with God in prayer was a testimony of God’s willingness to draw near to anyone who is hungry to draw near to him.

As Cornelius prayed, God began to speak to him. Eventually God spoke clearly even to the point of sending an angel who spoke to him to call for Peter. He heard clear directions as to where Peter was located, what to ask Peter to do, and who to gather at his house. Cornelius had a deposit of faith for all of this to happen. When Peter arrived shortly thereafter, Cornelius’ nearest family and friends were there and ready to hear. He had told them about his angelic chat. Wouldn’t you come to hear Peter’s message if you heard from a reliable friend about the angel visitation?

As not-yet Believers pray regularly and sincerely for God to reveal himself they are likely to have an encounter with the God of the Bible before long. I have had numerous conversations with Seekers who have been in a responsive mode and inclined to seek after the Lord. My encouragement to them has been to open themselves up to hearing from God as he reveals himself. The problem with many God seekers is they are fearful of confining themselves to a single approach to God, or what they consider a too narrow approach to him. In so fearing they cut themselves off from what he may show them. Thus they are not entirely open hearted.

I have often encouraged them to give God a specific timeframe during which to reveal himself – for example, a 90-day period. Arī, to give God a few things to prove himself in what is measureable – usually three matters that can be clearly tracked and evaluated at the end of those three months. I have done this a number of times with God-fearers and seen God come through consistently manifesting/proving his reality to them. My own wife, Janie, came to Christ through such an arrangement. She prayed that God would show her himself as he really is by the end of the summer. She prayed that open ended prayer on Memorial Day weekend (the beginning of Summer). She promptly forgot about her prayer – something common with these situations. Jo galu galā, she was surprisingly converted on Labor Day weekend – the end of Summer. It wasn’t until a bit later that she remembered her “deal” with God. Such arrangements are best done with Christian friends who can keep track of the passing of time and can schedule a meeting at the end of the 90 days. Perhaps Cornelius made a deal with God along these lines and God revealed himself to this Italian leader.

He gave generously go the Poor.
God impressed upon Cornelius’ heart a value for caring for the Needy. He was a generous man or at least he became a generous man. In a sense, he was initially converted in his pocketbook. God calls us to generously give to matters that are his values. As we draw near to God, his values become our values.

One of the first matters God impresses upon us is the need to treat people differently.

Near the top of the list of his values is the Poor and how we treat them. As we draw near to the Poor we draw near to God. In turn, as we draw near to God, God gives us the desire to draw near to the Poor. This is the pattern of Scripture and the testimony of church history.

As he drew near to God, the Father began to sensitize Cornelius’ heart to the things that were kingdom values. In other words, the matters that were important to God became important to Cornelius. It is probable that Cornelius had little exposure to God’s word considering that he was not allowed onto Temple grounds. Perhaps he heard occasional verses quoted by passing Jews. It’s difficult to know. In any case, Cornelius’ conversion is a testimony to the sovereign ability of the Holy Spirit to call sincere people into relationship with the Father.

Let’s bring many to the Lord. At the same time, let’s pray that God intervenes directly in the lives of those around us like our friend Cornelius. Once he initiates the first conversion, it will be a short time until the second and third conversions take place.

Nelietojiet Go Underground On Halloween ar Marty Boller

Esmu bijis ierosmes kalpa evaņģelizācijas daudzus gadus. Mūsu Vineyard baznīca Cedar Rapids, Iowa ir 13 gadus vecs, un mēs esam vienmēr ir bijusi sirds par to outreaches veida ka Steve Šegrena vispirms vērsta uz mūsu uzmanību Vīna dārzu ģimenē atpakaļ vēlu 1980. Over the years we’ve done free food giveaways, hosted farmer’s markets, distributed free flowers on Mother’s Day, raked neighborhood leaves in the fall, and given away free goodies at Christmas parades.

As I write this short report, our church is gearing up for our seventh annual Trunk-N-Treat Halloween event. On October 31st, we turn our large parking lot into a Halloween spectacular that draws in hundreds and hundreds of families from around our city. We line up our cars at the end of our parking lot, making a huge U-shaped loop. For two hours on Halloween night, from 5 PM to 7 PM, we give away candy and treats from the trunks of our cars, giving parents a safe and protected place to do their Trick-or-Treating. 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.

Talk Up Evaņģēliju Steve Sjögren

Esmu dzirdējis daudz spekulāciju par izdvest sabrukuma spontāno evaņģelizācijas sarunas, piemēram, verbalizing Evaņģēliju ar svešiniekiem. Es saprotu apsvērumus šo prognosticators, bet es nepiekrītu tiem. Tā ir taisnība, ka cilvēki ir vairāk izolētas nekā jebkad agrāk, jo tie ala arvien dziļāk savās self-made digitālo pasauli, bet tur ir arī otra puse šo digitālo monētas. Tas ir arī taisnība, ka emocionāls vakuums tiek radīts, kad cilvēki liedz sev iespēju saņemt ievērojamu cilvēku kontaktu un lielāka atklātība ir izveidots savienojumiem ar citiem - jā, pat svešiniekiem. Tā kā cilvēki ap jums venture tālāk savos digitālo trušu caurumiem tajā pašā laikā viņi aug arvien atvērti cilvēki saskaras.

Lūk, ko es domāju: cilvēki lonelier tagad, nekā tas bija tikai pirms dažiem gadiem, pirms digitālajā pasaulē, kas avansa maksājumus tā ir. Tie tagad ir atvērts, lai sarunas ar svešiniekiem, jo ​​viņi vienreiz bija. Pazīstams cikls ir izveidots. Kāds bija taisnība pirms dažiem gadu desmitiem - cilvēki, kas darbojas draudzīgs kopējo svešiniekiem un ir atvērta saruna par Evaņģēliju - ir taisnība atkal. Tas ir ne tikai laba ziņa - tas revolucionāro visiem, kas mīl Jēzu un vēlas paplašināt Dieva. Tas ir pārsteidzošs laika, lai būtu dzīvs šajā pasaulē. Tas būs ilgstoša tendence visā pasaulē. Galu galā, mobilajos telefonos ir visur - tā ir izolācija un ietekme, kas iet ar to.

Būsim gudri šajos veidos, un pāriet uz iespējām pirms mums.

Power Of Atbilstība Steve Bowen

ar·pēdējais·uz·cy

The steadfast adherence to the same principles, vai iestatīt kursu, uzturas kursu dienā un dienu out, nedēļa un nedēļas, un gadu un gadu out.

Es esmu atgādināja par filmu Galaxy Quest. Kapteinis, kurš parasti bija nepatikšanas paziņoja, “Nekad neuztic, nekad atmest.”

For a decade a simple sign was on my desk which declared,”Never give up. It’s aways too soon to give up.”

Consistency doesn’t give up. It sets it’s course and stays true to it’s principles.

Consistency is the common thread woven into the life of those who are called to change their world for Jesus.

David Wilkerson living in NY was always there…going out into the community, talking with people, encouraging seekers, and taking risks.

Floyd McClung living in Amsterdam and Afghanistan was out day by day, having conversations with people along the Hippy Trail, breaking down barriers, building bridges and loving people into a relationship with Jesus.

Billy Graham really didn’t ever change… His message was simple, direct to the point month by month year by year. “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.”

Loren Cunningham mobilized the youth of many generations into their world encouraging young people to pray, to go, to believe, to serve, and to care.

Steve Sjögren learned the art of serving his community by going, doing and serving. He lives out his values by serving others with small acts of kindness consistently.

Mike Pilivochi and Soul Survivor in the U.K. serve, worship and share the good news, impacting thousands in Manchester, and London with Soul in the City.

How do you know when serving is beginning to impact a community?

1. People you serve begin to define your church in a positive manner.

Hint: we are all already defined by our community, both positively and negatively.

The good news, we have a major part to play in creating a positive image.

If you want to know how your community defines your church go out into your community and ask.

A sample question: When you hear the name of our church (say name of church) what comes to your mind?

A few years ago living in Florida I went out into our community. I asked. I found out we were known as the church that no longer existed. We were the church that had a nasty in-house disagreement and had split and died.

Slowly, but surely the tide turned. The church is now know as a major caring force and is respected in the community with 6 satellite locations. How did they change? They began to identify who they were and who they were call to be. They also discovered their mission and began pursue their mission and to serve others.

Oh, you’re that pretty good church that serves the community!

A couple of years ago I lost my phone. I went to my phone provider with an old phone to activate. When I went to the desk I was asked, “What business name is your phone under?” I said, “the Dayton Vineyard.” The lady standing next to me exclaimed: “Oh you’re that pretty good church that serves the community! I’ve heard about what you guys do.” I asked, “What have your heard?’ she then related examples of the positive things she and others have heard and seen us do. Humbly, but joyfully I replied, “Yep that’s us, we’re just pretty good.” I walked away encouraged. I thought, it really does work. What you sow is you reap.

How does happen? It’s simple, hard work. Sixteen years of hard work sowing, caring, praying, going, being out there in season and out of season.

We are consistent. Our consistency has given us favor and redefined ‘church’ to much of our community. Often people come to see what a pretty good church looks and feels like. Many become Christ followers as they hear our message and and observe our lifestyle.

2. You will discover you have favor with your community.

We know we need God’s favor to be upon our lives and upon what we do. So we seek to humble ourselves and ask Jesus to place His favor upon us as a church. He is the one who builds His Church. He is the only one who can bring the increase. He is the only one who opens doors and gives us favor with the people in our community. He is the one who gives us favor with mayors, school systems, park departments, and people of influence.

God’s favor is what empowered Daniel, Esther, Joseph and Jesus to impact the people within their sphere of influence. In fact the early church‘had the favor of all the people’ and Jesus ‘grew in favor with God and man.’

How do you gain favor with God and man?

You ask Jesus for His un-merited favor to increase upon you and your church.

You serve where you are, with what you have, while you can.

God honors faithfulness. As you faithfully serve others your heart will most probably lean toward loving what God loves. Having his heart for your community will also increase His favor upon your actions bringing you favor with the people you serve.

You learn to serve others with the attitude of Christ. (see Philippians Chapter 2.) The chapter defines true humility, embracing genuine love, developing a serving attitude, and serving others with a servant heart.

How do you learn to love like Jesus loves? By serving others.

In season and out of season…consistency is the key.

It’s consistently showering your community with good deeds done with the love Jesus gives. It’s living consistently with the favor and grace that God provides. It’s being out in the community in which we live, day in, day out. It’s being wise. It’s how you act toward every person who talks to you about the hope you have within you.

Paul sums it up this way…

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

No great secret why serving churches are energized, thriving, and growing. It’s simple: Someone is praying. Someone is serving. Someone is loving. Someone is caring. Someone is going out into the community and sharing Gods love… consistently.

Vai nav Pensijā… Tas attiecas! Dr. Gary saldinātu

Katru otrdienu mums grupa geezers spēlēt golfu kopā. Mums ir daudz konkurētspējīgu jautri un mēs dalās par to, ko Dievs dara, un caur mums. Jūs redzat, geezers mūsdienu pasaulē nav, piemēram, viņi pat pirms vienas paaudzes. Faktiski, viena no manām mīļākajām grāmatām ir tiesības, “Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace” by Mary Furlong. Although the author focuses on money, her ideas are on the cutting edge of a new zeitgeist that is taking the western world by storm and those understand it are benefitting enormously.

Unfortunately, only a few Christians even seem to be aware of what is going on culturally, spiritually and relationally and yet it may be the most important spiritual movement since Luther sang, “If I had a Hammer” and went to Wittenberg Castle. For example, how many of your “Outreach Oriented” folk has heard of “The Purpose Prize”? Recently five innovative men and women had received $100,000.00 Purpose Prize Awards for their “Social Innovation” and involvement in “Encore Careers”! I am hoping to be one of the next recipients.

These people are all over 55 and have refused to retire. Instead they decided to refire to use their time, wisdom, experience and money to do something great for the world.

http://www.encore.org/prize?utm_source=cv&utm_medium=email&utm_content=textlink&utm_campaign=endoct )

Compare that with what too often happens in the churches around the USA. I once sat next to a retiring Vice President of a multinational corporation while flying to Singapore. When he discovered my missionary intentions he share that he was a Believer who was teaching Sunday school every week. He was on his way to speak at a conference about using video teleconferencing to train managers around the world. I asked what he was going to do when he retired. “Play golf,” he said.

I urged him to consider working with a Christian organization to set up conferences for people like me. I could stay home and still teach around the world. He said, “I don’t think my Pastor would allow me to do that. I haven’t been to seminary or anything. I am just a layman. I’m pretty sure he will let me continue to teach Sunday school though.” YIKES” I thought! “Teach Sunday school when the Christian world desperately needs internationally trained leaders; with money?”

Cincinnati has over twenty thousand men and women retired from P&G, GE, Kroger, etc who have financial resources, time, broad experiences, creative minds and spiritual depth. How many Pastors but are equipping them to use their gifts, talents and ideas to reach the world? One of my Seasoned Believing friends has over 200 patents but his church has no idea how to unleash his creativity. Another is founder of a $100 million dollar company that every church, ministry and mission in America could use. The only time he is approached by his ministers is to donate on another building. One man is regularly asked to train non profits about ethics but is not asked to teach in his home church.

The old church paradigm of top down organizational bureaucracies with huge buildings is finished. Most leaders are still trying to build for past generations of pew sitters. Just think, they could be offering prizes to innovative entrepreneurs who change the world Monday through Saturday. “Seasoned Believers” don’t fit into anyone’s strategic plan unless it is to support the budget or hire a retired minister to take bus tours of the Creation Museum.

The leadership magazines talk about recruiting young people who are open to new ideas. In fact many youth are stuck in their own myopic friendships. We who have been innovators all our lives are ready to lead new ventures for the Kingdom. Treat us with respect and understanding and ask us to create our own ways of reaching out to those around us. Reward us by understanding that we know what is going on and the silver in our hair can be gold to any Pastor with the guts to turn us loose.

Here is a secret about Steve Sjogren. As a Pastor he was not afraid to recruit older, wiser gray beards more experienced than he. Steve sought out strong men and women then promoted and affirmed them. As a result he looked like the hero. Be a genius. Recruit a bunch of Seasoned Believers but DO NOT hold their hands or suggest bus rides to visit a museum!

PS. Since originally writing this article in 2009, God gave some Seasoned Believers in SLS a chance to reach out to families with disabled kids. The churches have ignored them but they desperately want to learn how to have a relationship with God to help them through their struggles.

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Kas ir vārds? Randy Bohlender

Vēsture nestāsta mums, ja Rokas Shackleton bija īpaši reliģiozs cilvēks, bet, protams, viņš pravietoja, kad viņš nokristīja viņa kuģi izturības. Pat ja viņš saprot milzīgo izaicinājumu, viņš saskaras, cenšoties pirmo gājienu pāri Antartica, tik daudz noticis, ka viņš nebija iespējams, gaidīts.

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka ledus būtu agri rudenī 1914, atstājot tos Ieslodzījuma ledus, tālu no to vārtos janvāra 1915?
  • Ka pavasara kausējumā 1915 tas neatbrīvo viņu kuģi, bet tas paliek ātri līdz oktobrim?
  • Ka tad, kad ledus bija sāk novirzīt, nevis laužot bezmaksas, viņa kuģis varētu sasmalcināt, atstājot savus vīrus pamest kuģi, tikai nostāties uz ledus skatās uz leju caur atveri, kur kuģis, ko izmanto, lai būtu?

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka viņš un viņa vīri varētu pavadīt 497 dienas vai nu uz kuģa vai uz ledus gabals, pirms tie, kas kāju uz zemes vēlreiz?
  • Ka tad, kad viņi atrada savu ceļu uz zemi, tas būtu Elefanta, viens no visvairāk neviesmīlīgs vietām uz zemes.
  • Ka viņš būtu spiests sadalīt pusi, un daļa no viņiem būs atkal veikt to atvērtās laivām uz piecpadsmit dienu bura caur vētras, kas nogrimis 500 ton tvaikonis?
  • Ka viņa daļa partijas ietver Maknišs, galdnieks, ka viņš draudējis šaut nedisciplinētība, taču atzina, ka viņam būtu nepieciešams savas prasmes vēlāk.

Kā viņš ir zināms ...

  • Ka savu otro nosēšanās, viņi nokāpj uz salas, kas bijusi apdzīvota, bet atrast sev pretējā pusē vaļu nometnes, atdalītas ar ledāja nekad šķērso cilvēks?
  • Ka pēc kāpšanas ledāja ar nelielu vai nekādu kāpšanas iekārtas, viņiem būtu nepieciešams, lai slīdētu pa otru pusi caur biezu miglu, sēž lāpstām uz kamanās? Kad viņa vīri iebilda, Shackleton tiek kreditēts ar sakot: "Nu, mēs ļoti labi nevar iet atpakaļ ... ".

Jo galu galā, Shackleton strādāja, lai savāktu katru no viņa vīriem un atgriezās Anglijā, kam nav zaudēja dzīvību ceļā. Kā viņš varētu, iespējams, ir zināms, ka tad, kad viņš nosauca viņa kuģis Endurance?

Kā līderi, mēs nospraustu kursu mūsu iniciatīvām agrīnā ar simts ierobežotos lēmumiem, kas strādā kopā, lai izveidotu kultūru mūsu kalpošanu.

  • Vai jūs atcelt ietekmīgu jo līst lietus? Jūs atcelt to citu iemeslu dēļ.
  • Vai jūs droši pieeju svešiniekiem vai pakārt atpakaļ, gaida viņiem veikt pirmo soli? Jūs pakārt atpakaļ visu jūsu dzīvi.
  • Vai jums jārāda piemērs, zinot, tas būs grūtāk - un izdevīgāk - nekā gaidīts?

Ministrija - tik daudz, cik Shackleton Odyssey - nepieciešams retāk izturību. Tas pats attiecas uz tiem no jums, par adopcijas brauciena. Iet, jūs zināt, tur ir daudz uz to.

Jūs nevarat iepriekš iedomāties, katru cīņu, kas būs piepildījušās. Beigās brauciena, jūs iekšēji zinu, tas bija tā vērts viss, pat tad, ja tas nepieciešams, gluži jūsu izturību.

Jūs varētu arī pierast pie domas, un sauc to, kas tas ir.

Kristāla katedrāle - BTW, Kā ir Jūsu definīcija Going? Steve Sjögren

Ko nodarbības mēs varam izdarīt no sabrukuma Crystal Cathedral?

Nav svarīgi, ko jūs domājat, ka šīs draudzes, zināt, ka vienā reizē tā bija plaukstoša modelis, uz amerikāņu ainavu baznīcu. Tas bija pārsteidzošs, modernā stilā, kas bija super radošs.

Lietas lēnām mainīts tomēr. Galvenokārt katedrāle apstājās sevi definēt sabiedrībai, gan vietējā, gan valsts mērogā. Kaut kāda iemesla dēļ viņas vadītāji pieņem, ka sabiedrība zināja visu par šo vietu. Tas bija kopīga, bet slikts pieņēmums. Viņi bija aizmirsuši.

Baznīcas augi parasti darīt labu darbu, nosakot paši savas kopienas savā sākotnējā fāzē. Tas ir svarīgi, ka jaunā baznīca noskaidrot, kāpēc tās pastāv un kā tie atšķiras savā kopienā. Es neesmu pārāk norūpējies par jaunām iekārtām, bet es esmu diezgan bažas par nākamo posmu lielākā daļa spēkstaciju iet cauri. Tas ir viegli aizmirst šos sākotnējos gūto pieredzi un nonākt uz iekšu modelis koncentrējas uz naudu, iekārtas, personāls - un aizmirst to, kas ieguva mums uz šo jautājumu sākotnējās impulsu. Tad BOOM! Mēs iestrēgt ciklā irrelevancy.

Ja mums nav regulāri, skaidri definēt sevi mūsu sabiedrībā - ar spēcīgu aktu augstsirdību, mīlestība un serviss - tiem, ap mums būs ne jausmas, ka mēs pat neeksistē. Mums drīz nav bažas par mūsu iespējām, naudu vai darbinieki, jo nebūs neviena, kas nāk!

Baznīca es vadu in Oregon ir bijis Newberg vairāk nekā 100 gadiem (tikai SW of Portland). Tas ir labi zināms, lai citiem kristiešiem (18% no pilsētas) bet praktiski nomaskētas ar pārējiem cilvēkiem, kuriem Dievs tā mīl, ka viņš sūtīja Jēzu ciest un mirt.

Lietas sāk mainīties. Mums ir veikušas, lai apkalpo pilsētu dažādos veidos. Mēs gatavojamies durvīm līdz durvīm ar hamburgeriem - squeegeeing aizsargstikli pie degvielas uzpildes stacijas - tīrīšanas tualetes publiskās vietās - un, izmantojot durvis šie projekti rada, savienojumiem dalīties ar Kristu tādā līmenī, kādā iekļaujas.

Lai saņemtu atpakaļ, kur sākām - ja mēs sprādziena līdz darbu definēt sevi, kalpojot mēs drīz kļūs būtiska. Mums ir nepieciešams veikt dziļu iespaidu uz tiem, ap mums truckload veidi. Veidi, jūs kalpojat, var ievērojami atšķirties atkarībā no jūsu kopienas vajadzībām. Dievs runā ar jums, jūs lūgties slaveno Bībeles lūgšanu, "Šeit mēs esam. Sūtiet mums!"Viņš absolūti mīl atbildēt uz šo lūgšanu. Rēķināties ar to. Viņš runās ar jums. Jums nebūs aizmirst.

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Tikai daži var pieskarties Daudzi Steve Šegrena

Tas neņem lielu apkalpi, lai padara atstāt lielu nospiedumu.

Uzvara Dieva valstībā vienmēr ir devusies uz underdogs. Dievs gandrīz vienmēr anoints miniscule grupu, lai darīt savu cenu. Es uzskatu, ka tas iepriecinoši, jo viss, kas man ir sākusies, ir bijis neliels - parasti uz ilgu laiku, ja ne uz visiem laikiem. 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.