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Day 25

(Extra)Ordinary

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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.

3D Gospel Conference

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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

Free “Engage” Curriculum

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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.

Simple Steps

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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.

APEST: Which are you?

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Today I wanted to pass along another tool I was introduced to by our friends at moredisciples.com.  If someone were to ask you, “APEST: Which are you?” how would you answer? Well, “APEST” is an acronym for the five gifts identified in Ephesians 4:11…

  • Apostles
  • Prophets
  • Evangelists
  • Shepherds
  • Teachers

Curious about how you should answer? Try this five-fold spiritual profile. It should clue you in.

Gone Fishing

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When I first started the journey to connect my faith and work, I was at a conference and heard a talk by Ruth Siemens.  Ruth had started a tentmaker organization called Global Opportunities (www.globalopps.org), and had authored several papers and books.

One paper that Ruth had written was about workplace evangelism and how to fish out seekers.  I still vividly remember her comparison of a fisherman’s strategy to that of a hunter-gatherer! Some things may have changed since the article was first penned in 1997, but you will still find many of the principles both relevant and important. The full article is about 25 pages long, but I think it’s well worth the read. It might spark some new ways of thinking for you, just as it did for me those many years ago.

 

click here for Workplace Evangelism PDF

Disciple Making Movements

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Want to learn how you can become part of the original viral social network? Our friends over at City Team have put together a great video that tells us just that. Have a look, and then ask God to show you what this would look like in the context of your workplace.

The Culture Test

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Here’s another tool from the folks over at honorshame.com. It’s called The Culture Test, and it’s a free, 5 minute assessment tool for learning your primary cultural type. Think of it as a personality assessment for your cultural.  You might ask, “Why is this important?” Well, it’s widely recognized that an awareness of basic culture types is essential for success in today’s globalized world. And, this is even more true when thinking about how to communicate the Gospel in the most effective, relevant way. The test is simple, can be used with groups, and there’s even a Group Discussion Guide you can download.

The 3D Gospel

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Awhile back I came across a great book that challenged my view of how I experienced the Gospel personally, as well as how I share it with others.  “The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Cultures” by Jayson Georges is a short, simple read with practical tips as well. In it, the author explains how most Westerners emphasize legal forgiveness of sins, but often don’t know how the Gospel connects to the rest of the world who seek honor or spiritual power. And, as my family read the book, we also recognized that even Westerners need to experience how the honor/shame and power/fear perspectives are part of the complete restoration Jesus wants to perform in all  of us.  As their website (www.honorshame.com/3dgospel) puts it, “In today’s globalized world, Christians need a three-dimensional gospel. Learn how the Bible speaks to cultures of guilt, shame, and fear, and enhance your cross-cultural ministry among the nations!” If you are sharing the Gospel in cross-cultural relationships, or you want to better understand how the Good News addresses shame and fear in your life, check out this great resource.