Tuesday, August 15, 2017

411 Training on Making Disciples

So here's my story...

I'm not exaggerating when I say that I've shared the Good News more in the last 5 months than I had in the previous 5 years.

I would hide behind thoughts like: "I'm in a ministry and church that share the Gospel." or "I need to wait for the right moment." (It never came) or "They'll hear it at this program/service." or "I don't know them well enough yet."

Those are all true to a certain extent, but none of them change the fact that Jesus tells his followers to Make Disciples everywhere they go.

In the last 5 months I've shared the Good News with dozens of people and initiated spiritual conversations with more.  What changed?

Simple this: Training and practice build confidence.

It started with a simple tool I found as I was putting together Camp's junior high program.  I learned it well enough to train it, and even more importantly, I implemented it in my own life. 

It's called the 411: 4 Questions on 1 piece of paper in 1 hour.
1) Why should we make disciples? (It's our identity.)
2) Who should we seek to disciple? (It starts with those around us.)
3) What do we say? (It starts with the Gospel.)
4) When do we do it? (We set some goals.)

You can Google "411 Making Disciples" and find the training for yourself.  It will be better if you do it with a group.  Let's try for better.

Let me know if you're interested.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ripe for harvest

In John 4 there's a story of Jesus meeting a stranger. He crosses paths with a woman he's never met before. Culturally, he should have kept his distance. Instead he initiates a discussion, and the second thing out of his mouth turned their conversation to spiritual things.

At the end of their five minute talk, she is so convinced that Jesus is the Savior that she goes and tells the entire town about Jesus.

Jesus leaves two days later. Remaining behind is an entire group of people that now believe Jesus is the Savior.

What if that wasn't just a story of what Jesus did? What if it was a guide for what followers of Jesus should do today?

Over the last couple of months I've been trained to engage and disciple people that are far from God. I've seen it work, even among total strangers. I'm convinced Jesus left an example for us to follow.

Would you like that training? It's a 3 meeting commitment, about an hour and a half each time.

Let me know.
You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. - John 4:35

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dusting off the blog...

I'm working on a re-launch of my blog.  That may happen in the next 2 weeks, 2 months (or 2 years!)

(Spoiler alert: It's not a blog about nothing anymore.)

Now's your chance to unsubscribe! :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Getting God's Word into our Home

I’m always on the lookout for different ways to make God’s Word a centerpiece in our home. When I’m at a friend’s house and I see a children’s Bible I’ve never read before, I sit down and flip through it to see if it’s any good (usually without asking!). I do the same thing for kids devotionals. I want to find great Bibles and great devotionals that help my kids get into God’s word. One of my recent finds is Seeds Family Worship (www.seedsfamilyworship.com). Seeds is a music ministry that puts the Bible to music. It's quickly becoming a favorite at our house.
     I know what you’re thinking (because I thought the same thing when my wife told me): Forcing a tune onto a Bible verse usually doesn’t work out. But when I gave Seeds a listen, I was pleasantly surprised! Far from being annoying, lame, or trying too hard, Seeds puts the Bible to music with creativity and quality.


     Besides being decent music, the main reason I was sold on Seeds Family Worship was that it helped our family memorize Scripture. Nothing gets stuck in your head like a good song lyric, and since Seeds’ lyrics are taken directly from the Bible, it’s a win-win! My three-year-old quoted Philippians 4:6-7 in it's entirety: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition present your requests to God.” 
     The Seeds Family Worship website has a blog with continuing encouragement to memorize God’s word, and inspiring parenting and family posts from time to time. I found one article about how to prioritize family relationships during the busy times that particularlly impacted me."When Time Is a Four Letter Word," written by Sarah Patrick, comes from the perspective of a family where the husband travels extensively for work. Even though my family situation is different, there are many good take-aways for all of us who find ourselves in a crazy, hectic schedule. I appreciated the reminders to put Jesus first, be friends, and communicate as much as possible.
I wrote this, my friend and co-worker Kyle Hill improved it, and it originally appeared on the COCUSA Blog.  You can find it and more cool posts about parenting at www.cocusa.org/blog