Exponential #2: Do You Know Your Person of Peace?

imagesIn Luke chapter 10 Jesus sends out His disciples to announce the Kingdom of God is at hand and when He does this, He said…

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ – Luke 10:2-11

One of the things we discussed at the Exponential Conference was the concept of a person of peace and how it can be a great way to bring Christ to others.

What is a Person of Peace?
A person of peace is a non-believer who you connect with.  You both enjoy each other’s company and serve each other (help each other out).  Also, though they do not believe in Jesus, they accept that you do and are open to hearing about Jesus.  Lastly, they are able to connect you with other people.  So, you enjoy being with them and they introduce you to several other people in their social circle. [Read more…]

Exponential #1: Go and Make Discples

john316This week I have the opportunity to attend the Exponential East conference here in Tampa.  Exponential is a 3-day, biannual conference (one West one East) which focuses on church planting.  So, it’s right up our alley.  I thought I’d blog about some of the sessions throughout the conference.  So, be looking for these blog posts throughout the next few days.

Session 1 – Igniting a Culture of Multiplication

Our first speaker focused on the Great Commission:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

He had some good points… [Read more…]

Gathering Discussion: Service

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John 13:12-15 “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”

1 John 3:16-18 “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Does the Bible Speak about service?

  • Nearly around 1500 references to service/servant/serving
  • Another 200+ uses of minister/ministry

Why do we serve others?

  • Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – We were created for it and God prepared them in advance.
  • 1 Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” – We have been given gifts and they are intended to be used to serve.
  • Acts 20:35 “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – We are blessed through it.
  • Galatians 5:13-14 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” – We are fulfilling the Law. Notice we do this out of freedom in Christ, not in order to obtain that freedom
  • John 13:12-15 “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” – It’s what Jesus did and what He told us to do?
  • 1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” – We are showing love to others…the Love of Christ.
  • 1 Samuel 12:24 “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” – God has already done so much for us. It is a response of thanksgiving.
  • 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.” – He Loved us (died for us) first.
  • Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – It glorifies God.
  • Isaiah 58:10 “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” – We can share the Gospel with others.

We do not serve others to get right with God

  • Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
  • Romans 3:21-25a “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”

Gathering Discussion: Daily Devotions

Scripture

  • Matthew 4:1-4 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””
  • Mark 1:35 “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.”
  • Luke 5:15-16 “But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”

Why do we do it?

  • Focus on our minds on Christ or being Christ-like
    • Transform our minds (Romans 12)
    • Sword of the Spirit
  • Communion with God
  • Ask for guidance
  • Learn about God and learn the Word of God
  • Grow in faith (faith comes from hearing)

How do we do devotions?

  • No set way
  • Prayer
  • Word
    • Topical
    • Read through a book of the Bible (a little or chapters)
    • Bible in a Year
  • Study (optional)
  • Prayer
    • Pray from heart
    • Pray pre-written prayer
    • Prayer journal
  • Individual or as a family
    • Deuteronomy 11:18-19 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
    • Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

When to do devotions?

No set time, but…

  • Morning tends to be best because you are starting your day, setting the tone, focusing your mind, etc.
    • If you don’t feel like you have time in the morning, just pray, maybe while driving to work and maybe listen to the Bible on your phone. Then find time later in the day (the earlier the better) for more dedicated time.
  • Bookend your day.

Conclusion

Read Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Vacation Bible School

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This year’s Vacation Bible School is July 20-24th from 9-12.snow squirrel

Red Letter Day 46: Wait Upon the Lord

2015 Lent Blog

Saturday, April 4

unnamed(25)Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
(John 11:1-6)

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Red Letter Day 45: I Am Thirsty

2015 Lent Blog

Friday April 3

CrucifixLater, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
(John 19:28)

This saying is one of the seven times we have scriptural accounts of Jesus speaking from the cross. This is the only one of the seven where Jesus speaks about himself. I love it because it reminds me again of the true humanity that Jesus has being a person like us. [Read more…]

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Red Letter Day 44: Not My Will But Thine

2015 Lent Blog

Thursday April 2

Gethsemane 05Jesus withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
(Luke 22: 41-42)

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Red Letter Day 43: Don’t Be Fooled

2015 Lent Blog

Wednesday April 1

unnamed(24)And Jesus told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, `What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, `This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
(Luke 12:16-21)

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