Thursday, 19 December 2013

Learning to preach

I was just reviewing my notes from slingshot which is a short leadership training course held by Youth with a Mission (YWAM). These notes are a bit scattered and following the trail of someone's thoughts but i found it an incredible help when thinking about sharing my faith especially as I often find it difficult talking about jesus to non believers who might well want to have their own living relationship with the Lord.
Please let me know your thoughts to add love to get some advice on this . Thank you.
What would you imagine, what comes to mind, if I were to tell you that I spent today preaching?
These passages look similar but are different. Mark 16:15 says preach. Preach means communicate. Make it understandable, make it clear. Ask questions. Get clarification. Build bridges in your communication...seek out culturally sensitive ways to enter into conversation and bring the gospel. There’s no virtue in being ‘right’ and alienating people from the Kingdom of God. Seek to have integrity with your communication (don’t lie or trick), but seek God’s wisdom in the way you communicate. Rarely do you win people into the Kingdom through theological arguments. Know your audience. This relates to the apostolic calling in missions.
Keys to reaching the lost/preaching the gospel:
Listen to God
Ask questions and listen to the person you’re speaking to.
Be sensitive, allow the spirit to move and speak into the situation.
For example: When people say they don’t believe in God, ask them to describe the god they don’t believe in.
Go is a command. It is outward focused.
Ref. Celtic church in Ireland. Small buildings just used for storage of precious documents. The congregation and the pulpit and alter were outside.
The church is the only institution that is created to serve non-members.
We have a commission to communicate the message of the gospel to every person. This is do-able in every generation. We have failed to fulfil his calling.
→ Reaching the masses. A message for everyone. Monogenerational (has to happen in one generation (those alive at this time)). Has to be done with great urgency.
Matthew 28:18-20
Matthew 28:18-20 says disciple, not preach. Disciple is a verb in this context. “To shape, form, change, mould, transform.” Imagine a blacksmith moulding metal under great heat.
Much longer process than preaching. Takes a lifetime to be effective.
→ The command is to disciple every nation. Corporate. Going deep. Multigenerational (takes place over several generations, as a nation spans more than one generation). It’s strategic.
Day 3
Leadership. Leaders should be “blameless” - Titus 1 explains how.
God says ‘no’ and he says ‘yes’. Allow him to do both and trust him. Believe in his character and nature when the ‘no’ doesn’t make sense. The first thing that God highlights yes is to hospitality.
Hospitality = welcome/love the stranger in your midst. This applies especially to those who are different to you.
We need to work in our different giftings. When we ‘flow’ in our giftings, we won’t necessarily appreciate it, because it is so natural for us to do.
God has multi-generational purposes. Most organisations don’t survive beyond the third generation because of the disobedience of the second generation. There is a mandate on the second generation to be sacrificial (not being ‘known’ or famous). Being obedient to investing the clear values and foundations as laid out by the first generation and passing it on faithfully to the third generation, teaching them the things of the foundation.
Loren & Darlene – ‘Abraham/first Generation’
David Hamilton et al – ‘Isaac/second Generation’
Slingshot – ‘Jacob/third generation’
There are lots of apostles around but they haven’t built anything. It’s the building of the team and ministry that gives something its apostolic calling, where the apostle passes his calling/giftings on to the corporate.
“We have not achieved the great commission because we haven’t aimed high enough. I would suggest we set a 6 year goal → aim to reach the entire world. Repeat the next 6 years. Repeat the next 6 years.”
Reasons:
3 x 6 = 18, therefore we can reach a generation over 18 years
It takes average of three times of presenting the gospel for someone to respond.
To make this happen, we need to be more purposeful, bolder, more intentional. It is do-able.
376 non believers, for every Christian on earth in John’s time
Now: 5 non believers, for every Christian on earth.
It is a great time to be positioned to bring the gospel to this generation. That is why God is raising up a Jacob generation.
Christian Magna Carta. Important to know and learn. Know that it came with God and Loren in partnership. Intentionally not included finances – money is just a tool, it doesn’t bring fulfilment in and of itself.
). These notes are a bit scattered and following the trail of someone's thoughts but i found it an incredible help when thinking about sharing my faith especially as I often find it difficult talking about jesus to non believers who might well want to have their own living relationship with the Lord.
Please let me know your thoughts to add love to get some advice on this . Thank you.
What would you imagine, what comes to mind, if I were to tell you that I spent today preaching?
These passages look similar but are different. Mark 16:15 says preach. Preach means communicate. Make it understandable, make it clear. Ask questions. Get clarification. Build bridges in your communication...seek out culturally sensitive ways to enter into conversation and bring the gospel. There’s no virtue in being ‘right’ and alienating people from the Kingdom of God. Seek to have integrity with your communication (don’t lie or trick), but seek God’s wisdom in the way you communicate. Rarely do you win people into the Kingdom through theological arguments. Know your audience. This relates to the apostolic calling in missions.
Keys to reaching the lost/preaching the gospel:
Listen to God
Ask questions and listen to the person you’re speaking to.
Be sensitive, allow the spirit to move and speak into the situation.
For example: When people say they don’t believe in God, ask them to describe the god they don’t believe in.
Go is a command. It is outward focused.
Ref. Celtic church in Ireland. Small buildings just used for storage of precious documents. The congregation and the pulpit and alter were outside.
The church is the only institution that is created to serve non-members.
We have a commission to communicate the message of the gospel to every person. This is do-able in every generation. We have failed to fulfil his calling.
→ Reaching the masses. A message for everyone. Monogenerational (has to happen in one generation (those alive at this time)). Has to be done with great urgency.
Matthew 28:18-20
Matthew 28:18-20 says disciple, not preach. Disciple is a verb in this context. “To shape, form, change, mould, transform.” Imagine a blacksmith moulding metal under great heat.
Much longer process than preaching. Takes a lifetime to be effective.
→ The command is to disciple every nation. Corporate. Going deep. Multigenerational (takes place over several generations, as a nation spans more than one generation). It’s strategic.
Day 3
Leadership. Leaders should be “blameless” - Titus 1 explains how.
God says ‘no’ and he says ‘yes’. Allow him to do both and trust him. Believe in his character and nature when the ‘no’ doesn’t make sense. The first thing that God highlights yes is to hospitality.
Hospitality = welcome/love the stranger in your midst. This applies especially to those who are different to you.
We need to work in our different giftings. When we ‘flow’ in our giftings, we won’t necessarily appreciate it, because it is so natural for us to do.
God has multi-generational purposes. Most organisations don’t survive beyond the third generation because of the disobedience of the second generation. There is a mandate on the second generation to be sacrificial (not being ‘known’ or famous). Being obedient to investing the clear values and foundations as laid out by the first generation and passing it on faithfully to the third generation, teaching them the things of the foundation.
Loren & Darlene – ‘Abraham/first Generation’
David Hamilton et al – ‘Isaac/second Generation’
Slingshot – ‘Jacob/third generation’
There are lots of apostles around but they haven’t built anything. It’s the building of the team and ministry that gives something its apostolic calling, where the apostle passes his calling/giftings on to the corporate.
“We have not achieved the great commission because we haven’t aimed high enough. I would suggest we set a 6 year goal → aim to reach the entire world. Repeat the next 6 years. Repeat the next 6 years.”
Reasons:
3 x 6 = 18, therefore we can reach a generation over 18 years
It takes average of three times of presenting the gospel for someone to respond.
To make this happen, we need to be more purposeful, bolder, more intentional. It is do-able.
376 non believers, for every Christian on earth in John’s time
Now: 5 non believers, for every Christian on earth.
It is a great time to be positioned to bring the gospel to this generation. That is why God is raising up a Jacob generation.
Christian Magna Carta. Important to know and learn. Know that it came with God and Loren in partnership. Intentionally not included finances – money is just a tool, it doesn’t bring fulfilment in and of itself.

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