Mga Evangelists ng paniniwala sa pamamagitan ng Rice Broocks

Ako ng malalim hinamon sa pamamagitan ng ang hindi napapagod pagsisikap ng kalalakihan at kababaihan na isulong ang dahilan ng “bagong ateismo” sa mga walang laman na puso ng postmodern westerners.

Kalikasan abhors isang vacuum kaya sa kawalan ng pananampalataya, paniniwala o hindi paniniwala sa diyos ay nagiging ang anti-dahilan. Ang misyon ng mga ateista crusaders ay mapupuksa sa mundo (lalo na ang kabataan) ng relihiyon pananampalataya at “pamahiin.” Dalhin nila ang kanilang mga mensahe sa kasigasigan at sa confrontational estilo na rivals anumang pundamentalista pastor. Sa maikling salita, humingi sila-convert - mga tao na ay “magsisi” ng relihiyon at sundin ang mga ng seglar landas sa kalayaan.

Caricatures ng ang pinakamasama aspeto ng relihiyon ay madaling makakuha ng mga tao ng pansin. Ng pagbukol lahat ng mga relihiyon sa sama-sama, ito ay nagiging isang napakapangit “mahinhing tao” na madaling matakot ang average na tagapakinig higit pa kaysa sa impyerno mismo. Tragically, ang mga ito ay pagkakaroon ng momentum, lalo na sa arena ng campus unibersidad at ang media.

Kung ito ay isang boksing tugma, the Church would be sitting on a stool in the corner of the ring, dazed and confused and doubting whether we were really “tinatawag na” sa ito paglaban. Ano ang maaari naming matuto mula sa kanilang mga pagsisikap?

Pakikipag-usap sa ating sarili

Una at nangunguna sa lahat: 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 Iglesia" ay isang term namin debate vs isang tunay na misyon namin. We have deceived ourselves by not obeying the Word ( James1:22).

Karamihan ng mga tao sa aming mga simbahan ay narinig sapat na upang maging ang mga guro ng kanilang sarili, ngunit walang pagtatanggol laban sa mga pangunahing argumento at accusations ng ang pagsalungat.

Ang Ebanghelyo ay ang kasagutan sa cries ng puso ang tao, but the lack of zeal to proclaim it demonstrates our lack of faith in its power.

Maaari din namin makita na kung hindi namin hakbang up at magsalita ng isang malinaw na mensahe, the enemies of the Gospel will gladly take our place.

Kasaysayan ay ipinapakita na ang Diyos ay magpapahintulot sa isang Golayat sa pag-uyam Kanyang mga tao, knowing that someone like David will be provoked into action.

Maaari naming inalog sa aming kawalang-malay, get off the stool and get back into the fight for this generation.

Larawan ni lewishamdreamer.

Guerilla Love by Vince Antonucci

Elizabeth Morris is a woman from a small Kentucky town who, two days before Christmas in 1982, was sitting up one night waiting for her son Ted to come home from his job at the mall. He was in college but was home and working a temporary job over Christmas break to make some extra money for school. And he was late. At 10:40 p.m., Elizabeth got the telephone call that all parents fear. “Mrs. Morris, this is the hospital. Your son has been killed in an accident.”

A 24-year-old man named Tommy Pigage had been driving drunk – his blood alcohol level was 3 times the legal limit – and had crossed the highway’s center line & smashed head-on into Ted’s car. The drunk driver was only slightly injured, but 18-year-old Ted Morris was dead.

Elizabeth and her husband, Frank, were devastated. Ted was their only child. And their anger only escalated when, at the trial, their son’s killer, Tommy Pigage, was only given probation. Elizabeth says that day after day she would replay her mental videotape of that night like a horror movie. She wanted revenge. She would fantasize about driving down the road, seeing Tommy walking, and driving him into a tree, then watching him die slowly in agony. She actually spent a lot of her time tracking Tommy, hoping she could catch him violating his probation so he could be sent to prison.

There was only one problem. Elizabeth was a Christian. And as she brought her feelings to God, and prayed about all of it, she came to the realization that her heavenly Father had also lost His only Son. But on the cross Jesus had said, “Father, forgive them” about the soldiers who had tortured and crucified Him. And that in a very real sense she had put Jesus on the cross, her sins had, and yet God had forgiven her. And she realized that she had to forgive Tommy. She decided to and then offered forgiveness to the man who killed her only son.

But … check this out. She didn’t just forgive him. She and her husband actually began to build a relationship with their son’s killer. And after some time they led Tommy Pigage to Christ. Because of their influence, in part because of their compassion, because of their forgiveness, because of their guerrilla love, he decided to follow Jesus and become a Christian.

That’s what I like to call guerrilla love. People have misconceptions of Christians – that we’re judgmental, holier-than-thou, isolated, homophobic, hate-filled, and too political. And we need to tell those people about Jesus. But why would they listen to someone they feel that way about? And why would they want to become like someone they feel that way about? And so we have to destroy their stereotypes. And we do it by ambushing people with the love of God. Compassionate connection must come first.

We need to tell people about Jesus, but compassionate connection comes first. We lead with love. We ambush people with the grace of God. We attack the misconceptions people have of Christians – that we’re judgmental, holier-than-thou, isolated, homophobic, hate-filled, and too political. No one who believes that about us will listen to what we have to say, so we destroy those stereotypes, and we do it with love.

A guerrilla love ambush could be buying someone’s dinner, giving your garbage man cookies, throwing a block party, inviting the unpopular person at work to lunch, doing yard-work for your neighbor, or … forgiving your son’s killer.

We’re taught in 1 Peter 3:15-16 that we’re to live in such a way that it forces people to ask questions. Questions like “Why are you like this?” “What’s so different about you?” “Why do you have the hope you do?” “Why do you love the way you love?” Repeated love ambushes destroy misconceptions, and force people to ask questions and, when they do, we get to tell them about the reason we love, about the one who inspires and gives us the power to love, we get to tell them about Jesus. And the grace we’ve shown will have already overcome their resistance. They’ll want to listen to us, and they’ll be open to becoming like us.

And that, well, that’s guerrilla.

 


 

Vince Antonucci became a Christian out of a completely non-Christian background and ever since his passion has been reaching the “lostest of the lost.” He was the founding Pastor of Forefront Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a church where 72% of the people who attend were previously unchurched non-Christians. Vince recently moved to Las Vegas where he started a new church, Verve, in the heart of Sin City, just off the Vegas Strip. Vince is the author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt (2008), at Guerrilla Lovers (2010).

Sino ba ang paggawa Ang Evangelizing? sa pamamagitan ng Steve Sjogren

Hindi ko nais na tunog erehe ngunit mayroon akong isang observation upang gawing. Aking mga kaibigan Fred noon ay masagana ang ani sa mga tao na humahantong sa Kristo sa ilang unang mga taon ng kanyang buhay Kristiyano bilang siya ay dumating sa labas ng musika tagpo sa Los Angeles at tulis ng isang bagay out sa akin naisip ko na noon ay kawili-wiling. 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.

Motivating the Start-Up by Doug Murren

One of the best ways to build morale in an early work is recording milestones. This can be done ahead of time or after. But every church has milestones they can see ahead or have added to their success. I think there are several categories that could be looked at: financial, staffing, locations, impact on people’s lives measured by conversions, and missional progress.

One milestone may be a major gift that started you in a new level of ministry. Or a milestone may be the first person that receives Christ. Or your first baptism. Celebrating these steps of progress builds morale. And morale is the most valued asset of any church. So build it step by step.

Parties are great to celebrate milestones through as well. Have some cake and coffee after a service celebrating a milestone. Keep a record of successful events and report and review them regularly in newsletter form.

One Tuesday afternoon I asked God for an African American keyboardist, for the owner of the lot next to us to sell even though he had obstinately refused many times and for someone to head up the construction of an addition we were planning.

I told my partner in the ministry God was going to answer that day. That afternoon a talented African American keyboardist came into our offices and said she felt she was supposed to see if we needed a keyboardist. And our neighbor called me over to talk under his large cedar tree. He said he was ready to sell. And to top the day off a builder, new to the church, who had just retired, asked if he could help on our addition project. It was a great day. I talked about those milestones for years and still do.

Stories are the backbone of every great church. Stop and make a list of milestones that you will pass by faith. Share them with your leaders and watch them grow from seeds in your heart.

Look forward as well to milestones that await you. It could be hiring your first staff person or getting your first meeting place. Or setting up your first board. Or maybe your first public meeting. Whatever it is mark it, celebrate it, record it, and communicate it.

3 Masaya Madali at murang mga Holiday Outreaches ni Steve Sjogren

1. Bread Giveaway

Everybody likes bread! Lalo na mula sa mga high-end na tinapay tindahan na may Tinapay ng Kumpanya sa isang lugar sa pangalan ... Alam ba ninyo na maaari mong ayusin upang makatanggap ng mga araw-lumang tinapay mula sa specialty tinapay tindahan para sa LIBRE? Maaari mo ring tingnan sa pambansang chain grocery store na may in-house Panederya. Talk to the store manager and explain your outreach concept. Tell a few stories of the people you are helping and you will likely establish your “daily bread” connection. It will only take one or two of these connections to begin a substantial ministry in your community.

Many of these stores do not have a reliable source to distribute their old bread to. The key is to be consistent and reliable in picking up their bread. You will need to have a team and as schedule so you don’t disappoint the bread store managers. As a good public relations gesture, write a letter of thanks to the store manager for his company’s generosity to the community (and don’t be surprised to see it framed and posted on the wall of the store).

The ministry is simple and straight forward. Knock on the doors of the houses and apartments. Say, “Hi, we’re giving away fresh, free high-quality bread. Could you use some, or do you know anyone in the neighborhood who could use some?” Give recipients an outreach card and offer to pray for them as you hand out the bread.

How Do You Find People To Give Bread To?

Cold calling (just knocking on doors) in lower-income neighborhoods and apartments complexes works fine with this project. Stay away from neighborhoods closest to the donating store.

What You’ll Need

2. Big Christmas Party

People in need don’t always celebrate Christmas properly because there aren’t Christ-centered celebration opportunities. You can sponsor an event that will be fun and cause everyone to focus on Jesus.

The elements of this celebration include playing games and singing songs. As you sing Christmas carols, make sure the words are available. It’s also fun to have a few inexpensive rhythm instruments to play along with.

Someone can share what Christmas is about in a very positive and upbeat way – simply explaining, “Christmas is important to me because…”

Decorations and refreshments and a meal can be simple or elaborate, depending on the inclination of your group.

For about $1 per photo, you can take Polaroid pictures of kids with an ethnically correct Santa. Design a simple backdrop and get up-close with the camera. Mount the photo on red or green construction paper and add the child’s name and year with a gold or silver marking pen.

At the conclusion of the party, give away small gifts as people depart – perhaps a Bible or devotional book. Consider giving away the decorations as well.

How Do You Find People Who Would Enjoy A Christmas Party?

Invite those who are already connected with your ministry to those in need. Give out fliers or invitations at previous events in the neighborhood, or simply walk around the neighborhood and distribute fliers.

What You’ll Need:

  • facility to host the party
  • Polaroid camera and film
  • construction paper
  • glue sticks
  • gold and silver marking pens
  • refreshments
  • outreach cards

3. Winter Survival Kits

Winter can be hard on the body and the soul. A survival kit is great encouragement to everyone who receives one.

The kit contains a packet of facial tissue, lip balm, throat lozenges, and an outreach card.

In Action

Our churches have had great success with this project as we have aimed it at parents and business professionals. We go to parks that parents frequent with their children and downtown sidewalks as business professionals make their way out to lunch. When those we meet notice how nice the kit is, they are very grateful and usually end up striking a conversation with us.

Where To Go

  • campuses
  • parke
  • kapitbahayan
  • kaganapang pampalakasan
  • downtown
  • commuters
  • shopping centers

What You’ll Need

  • zip lock plastic bags
  • lip balm
  • throat lozenges
  • individual packets of facial tissue
  • outreach cards

Why Outreach Cards

When doing a project, it is important to have a means to connect with those you serve. An outreach card is a business-sized card you can leave with those you have served so they can get back in touch you if they desire. The idea isn’t to accomplish a sales job where you promote your church. Rather, it is a simple way to leave your church’s name, address, phone number and service times so that when future needs arise, those you’ve served will have a way of reconnecting with you. The idea is to be available without giving out personal addresses.

If you need outreach cards for your holiday projects, we highly recommend those on our sister site at KindnessResources.com.

Christmas Outreach Card