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Day 25

Crucial Conversations

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As part of a new approach to discipleship my church is embracing, we’ve been reading through a book by Dan Grider called “Crucial Conversations: Bridging the Awkward Spiritual Gap”.  On the back cover, the author explains how this book gives you the tools to bridge the awkward chasm and initiate conversations crucial to helping people take an initial step of faith.  Jesus initiated vibrant, crucial conversations with a broad range of people who thought differently than He did. (In the book) we study how He did it to help you engage in honest, open, crucial conversations without awkwardness. The Father will use these new skills you master to transform the relationships in your life (and the world around you).

I am enjoying the blend of theory (rethinking traditional church paradigms and ideas of “evangelism”) and practical help (through the use of simple illustrations, tips and sample questions) which leads to deeper dialogue with people God has placed in your life. If you ever struggle with how to get beyond superficial chitchat without turning the conversation into a sermon,  you should give this one a read.

 

 

 

A Better Way

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At a recent conference for medial workers, I had the opportunity to chat with some of the folks  from Crossworld, a mission agency focused on disciple-makers from all professions bringing God’s love to life in the world’s least-reached marketplaces. They shared with me a resource called “A Better Way”, which is available as a 160pg soft cover book or a free 24 page booklet. One of the concepts I really liked in it was the 925 Window.  Not sure what that is?  Read the book to find out.  Here’s a hint …  working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living.

First 30 Daze

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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.

SOAPs

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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?

God @ Work

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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.

TrueLife

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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.

3 Circles

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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.

Four Fields

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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.

Four Fields Of Kingdom Growth (PDF)

(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