Have you ever wanted to be more effective at living intentionally for the Gospel as you enter a new culture? Ever felt overwhelmed in the process, or at the prospect of doing so? Then, perhaps there’s a book for you. Larry & Susan McCrary from the Upstream Collective have written a book called “First 30 Daze”. This resource contains thirty topics that blend scripture verses, stories and practical ways to tackle the issues most folks face when first entering a new culture. Check it out. You might find it quite useful for where you are, or where God is taking you.
As we start a new year, I thought we’d kick it off by sharing with you a simple tool to help you grow as a disciple and a disciple maker. I’m borrowing this from our friends at www.moredisciples.com, who borrowed it from someone else, and it goes by the acronym “SOAPs.”
- S – Scripture: Choose 1 to 4 focus verses and write them out word for word.
- O – Own: Now paraphrase the focus verses in your own words.
- A – Apply: Ask God how He wants you to apply any truths in the focus verses in your life today
- P – Pray: Pray that the Lord will give you strength, courage and boldness to put these truths into practice today.
- s – Share: Share these focus verses and the lessons you’ve drawn from them with someone you meet today.
It’s easy and practical, but also deepens your time in Scripture in a great way. Why not commit to doing your SOAPs for the next 14 days, and see what God does?
From time to time I like to share other resources that might be helpful for your faith / work journey. If you have not seen them yet, I encourage you to check out the God @ Work materials that Ken Costa has put together. Ken has a couple of books on Amazon, a God @ Work website, and some great video resources. You can check out his Work Conversations video series online (longer videos) or through the God @ Work study plan on the YouVersion bible app. I hope you find some useful insights there.
During a recent sermon on the role we can all play for the Gospel, my pastor asked, “how many of us don’t share our faith because we are afraid we won’t be able to answer the questions people ask?” Hands went up everywhere. Sound familiar? It’s a common fear, to be sure. But is it necessary? One way around that fear is to simply learn to tell your story, and how it intersects God’s story. But to be honest, sometimes we need some help. My pastor’s solution was to point us to the free video answers to life’s questions found at truelife.org. It might not be your style, but for many it helps people engage in spiritual conversations and get over the hump to sharing the Gospel. There’s a wide variety of topics covered. Check it out sometime.
Are you looking for creative ways to share the Gospel? Have you tried the “3 Circles” approach? Check out the video below that walks us through this tool to turn any conversation about the brokenness in our world into a spiritual conversation with Jesus as the solution.
Have you heard of the “Four Fields” strategy, a practical approach to entering a community and establishing a cycle of gospel sowing and harvest? For a simple introduction, check out the video below by Chuck Wood. You can also click the following link for a more detailed PDF file.
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.
Have you ever considered that the Western church usually presents the Gospel in terms of forgiveness through the removal of guilt, but people in the Majority World tend to seek honor or spiritual power? If we are to be effective Kingdom ambassadors in today’s globalized world, Christians need to understand and communicate a three-dimensional gospel that speaks to all of these perspectives.
So, we wanted to let you know about an upcoming event that might help fit out your tool kit in new ways. Our friends at Eternity Bible College will be hosting a special evening conference with keynote speaker Jayson Georges. Jayson is the founding editor of www.HonorShame.com, and has also authored a solid resource on this subject, “The 3D Gospel: Ministering in Guilt, Shame and Fear Cultures”.
The conference will be held on May 13, 2017, from 5-9 pm in Simi Valley, CA. For more information or to register, check out www.eternitybiblecollege.com/3Dgospel
Some folks are trying to figure out how to do a Discovery Bible Study (DBS or three-thirds group), but are not sure how to get started and keep it going. If that’s you, you might want to try this free curriculum from CityTeam. Each bullet point links to a PDF file that you can download and save for your own use.
This isn’t a “classic” three-thirds group curriculum, in that there is a more finely-tuned plan, but it might be a great ‘bridge’ to a full three-thirds vision, especially if you’re trying to adapt an existing small group philosophy over to a full-on three-thirds process.
On Day 25 of the Antioch Journey, we shared a practical tool called the Discovery Bible Study (DBS). Not only is DBS a great way to get people into God’s word, but it is easily transferred from one generation to the next. In the following video, CityTeam trainer Dave Hunt describes the simple steps of the DBS process.