Some days I find myself wondering, “How can God use a regular person like me?” This past week I heard a “regular guy” named Lee Wood share his God-story. Lee, a former street dude with lots of energy and “self-diagnosed ADD … squirrel”, is a riot to listen to. God has worked through Lee and his team to launch a disciple making movement in the heart of Tampa, Florida. (click here to read Lee’s story). As Lee shared with us, it struck me how often God uses unlikely instruments to accomplish His work. It made me think of Samuel anointing David as the next king (1Samuel 16:7) … man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart. So, take heart. However God has wired you, He wants to use your unique gifting, talents and passions to help fulfill the Great Commission. Ask Him to show you, and He will.
I asked a long time BAM practitioner in Southeast Asia what lessons he had learned over the years. He said that Nehemiah has always served as a great example that he tries to pattern his work after. Nehemiah held a position outside of the religious hierarchy, but was motivated by his faith and sensitive to God’s leading. He learned of a need, then dropped to his knees. He prayed and planned. He assessed the situation and acted in practical ways. He persevered through adversity, and God’s presence was ultimately manifested once again because of what Nehemiah accomplished. As I reflected on what he shared, I wondered how many of us are like Nehemiah, and are we seeking out other Nehemiah’s around us?
Many North American Christians use inviting people to their church as their primary tool for evangelism, and even that is a stretch for some. It’s as if we see our role as a Christ-follower to simply get people in the door and then let the “professionals” get the job done. But, what if we told our members to stop inviting people to church? In the video below, Joe Solomon proposes doing just that. Think it will work? Check it out.
Today I wanted to share with you a video by Andy Crouch. In it, we are challenged to think about God’s purposes, and our role. What does it mean to be fully human? What does that have to do with being a disciple? Check it out.
Hardly a day seems to pass that we don’t see something in the news about immigration or large groups of people moving across political borders. Whether by people seeking asylum, pursuing economic opportunities, fleeing persecution, or forcibly displaced by war or famine, nearly every country in Europe and North America is affected by this in some way. Although the issues are complex and the solutions often seem distant, I wonder if we might view things differently if our perspective shifted a little. What if this were more about an opportunity for the Kingdom, rather than a threat? Check out the video below and maybe it will give you some food for thought.
Ever wonder how ordinary people, using ordinary resources, can have an extraordinary impact for God’s Kingdom? That’s the heart behind Zume (Greek word for leaven), a new disciple making / training movement that launched February 14th. To learn more, go to their website at www.zumeproject.com and also check out the video below. Zume will change your life, and the world.
While watching some videos from the 2015 Finishing The Task conference (a meeting focused on how we can take the Gospel to the remaining unreached people groups of the world), I was struck by what Francis Chan shared at the start of his talk. It was a confession of sorts, and in it I heard my own voice as well. Listen to this clip, and ask God to reveal to you what attitudes or actions might need to change in your life.
As we seek to integrate our faith and work in a way that advances the Great Commission, the task can feel overwhelming at times. Do you ever experience the fear of failure? As you seek to become more intentional about your prayers and conversations in the arena God has placed you, I hope you are encouraged by this video from Curtis Sergeant.
A friend of mine recently told me about a book that he thought might peak the interest of Antioch Journey blog readers. His premise was this: If we’re going to be successful at engaging the whole church in Disciple Making Movement (DMM) principles, we’ll need to be more creative than ever before. For example, might this book (which seeks to weave DMM principles into a story-line) be a “novel” approach to convey the concepts of DMM to someone who might never have encountered them otherwise?
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What kind of person does it take to disciple people who will want to make disciples? What kind of character does it take to stand beside them? Start with prayer. Add in care. Then pour on a thick layer of training. To help you imagine what kind of person you might need to become, and to help you imagine those you want standing beside you, watch this video by trainer, Richard Williams.