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