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.
Prayer is an essential ingredient in the life of a disciple-making Believer. Are you looking for a practical tool to help strengthen and grow your prayer life? The following “prayer wheel” model will help you pray through a series of five-minute prayers. Try it out, then let us know what you think.
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.
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.
If you have not yet heard of IHS Global’s Saline Process, you’ve really been missing out. This biblically-based training equips Christian healthcare workers to be witnesses for Christ in their clinical settings. Participants learn principles and tools that can immediately be applied in their interactions with patients and colleagues. Designed around a transferable Training-of-Trainers (TOT) model, the content is targeted to the medical context but is actually applicable to any vocation. If you want to find out more, check out the IHS Global website or drop them a note.
Do you want to see how The Saline Process answered one doctor’s prayers about what to do, how to do it, and why God called him to a certain place? Take a look at the video below.
At the Antioch Journey, one of our goals is to link participants to resources and networks of like-minded people who want to serve God through their vocations. So today, we’d like to tell you about the Skybridge Community (www.skybridgecommunity.com). Launched in 2009 as part of The Upstream Collective, and now over 1000 members strong, Skybridge has helped thousands to “live and work globally, on purpose”. Through equipping, connecting and encouraging people who seek to integrate their work and mission, Skybridge engages workers cross culturally, whether in their home culture or living abroad. They function as sort of a loose, organic network with the following goals: to awaken professionals to possibilities; connect those professionals in community; equip them to live intentionally and make disciples, and engaging the lost (from neighbors to the nations). We’d definitely encourage you to go check them out!
One of our aims with The Antioch Journey is to connect people with some great tools out there that can help them grow, and grow God’s Kingdom through them.
Our friends over at Eternity Bible College are doing a great job of equipping disciple-makers in every vocation. Although the following video is sort of a “teaser” for their one-year program, the truths shared in it are relevant to all of us. Check it out: