Powers, wrestled with
Ephesians 6, structures that we struggle against:
Powerlessness: blindness, apathy, satisfaction, worldliness, things that neutralize power & activity.
Prisons: bondages that lock you in
Patterns of behavior that use you as fuel for cycles of relational damage, where people give and receive pain, preying on each other
Power structures, where people prey on others and multiply evil control, domination, oppression of many
Pervasive spiritual wickedness: cultural systems promoting long-term sustained evil behavior
Redemption & Resilience is about helping communities build spiritually healthy, redemptive disciplines, structures of justice, and pervasive spiritual holiness and righteousness.
Jesus never advocated military action. He was less concerned about political powers and more with spiritual powers.
The Zero Moment of Truth: important for recruiters
In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus issued a command to make disciples, “teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28 is itself one of these commands. To make a disciple is to teach them to obey the command to make disciples, in turn teaching them to obey… And thus is born an infinite loop that stretches throughout history.
Multiplication by personal decrease
People who draw big crowds to themselves, big attention on themselves, have little influence past the loss of their fame.
People who work on empowering their followers – “Generation Zero” – to follow their dreams leave legacies and empower visions. This requires the “death” of some fame and notice of themselves, and the raising up of others. But there is still attention from their followers.
People who work on empowering their followers to empower their followers – “Generation 1” – inspire multiplication. But almost immediately they are “lost in the shadows.” By actively turning the eyes of “Generation zero” away from the catalyst and toward “Generation 1,” the Catalyst is denying him or herself any attention.
People who work on empowering their followers to empower their followers to empower their followers – who inspire Generation Zero to, like the Catalyst, actively turn eyes away from them and on those who come after – are inspiring the same kind of “dying to self” that leads to much fruit, and eventually, to movements. This is disciple-making in the pattern of Jesus at its height.
How can you inspire and challenge those who listen to you to stop listening too much to you, and to stop asking others to listen too much to them?
Does the rapid growth of cities create strategic opportunities for world evangelization and the discipling of nations?
Globalcast asked the question:
— GlobalCAST Resources (@globalcast) November 5, 2014
1. I suspect it creates more challenges than opportunities
2. Large populations can be more difficult to reach while rural areas can be addressed in individual detail and churches built over time
3. Much of our ministry work is geared toward rural culture & families, while cities feature urbanism, different transmission methods
4. Lot of missionaries come from smaller towns, more conservative rural areas; megacities are a shock to them
5. Many cities require higher budgets because of more costly standards of living
6. Rapid growth of cities leads to rapid growth in crime & government controls & corruption
What do you think? Studies we should link to? Experiences you’ve had?
Peace is one of the fruits of the spirit. In these precarious times, lots of things are trying to rob us of our peace: wars, natural disasters, diseases, persecution, and the love of many for Christ growing cold. (Sounds like a Bible verse, doesn’t it?)
God does not need a peaceful nation or a prosperous economy to bless his children. He warned us men’s hearts would fail them because of fear.
As believers we should walk in the peace of God.
The world’s peace is an absence of calamity.
God’s peace has nothing to do with circumstances.
It is a quietness of heart, a calmness, a settledness of spirit:
Isaiah 6: promises a prince of peace
John 14: Jesus promises he will leave peace with us
Colossians 3:15: May the peace of God rule in our hearts (act as an “umpire”)
Phil 4:6-7: Be anxious for nothing
Isaiah 26:3: “Keep him in perfect peace who has trust in you.”
Fear leads to spiritual paralysis. Jesus’ peace is given to us. This is something we ought to pray for daily and seek to walk in.
Pew: Religious Composition by Country, in Numbers
Pew Research. Religious Composition by Country, in numbers. Bookmark this table.
We can’t judge who God will say “well done” to based on who we say “well done” to (or why).
The Long View, Nov 04, 2015
This week’s edition of the Long View features a note about finances, plus links to new events, new studies on generations, photos of the unreached, new resources, and more. View it online here. Subscribe to receive in your inbox at the top of this page.
God in a box
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