Tomorrow evening we will get together for Week 7 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the seventh area on the map, Engaging God’s World: Mission.
During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map. After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward.
This little tidbit from struck me as amazingly, seriously and sort of humorously on target:
The weakness that many Christians encounter today is that of frustration. While the modern emphasis on efficiency has produced quick ways to do many things, there is no shortcut to effective evangelism. This may be the single biggest challenge that Western missionaries will face in the twenty-first century. They are not skilled at facing frustration, but if they are to be effective missionaries they will have to master that skill.
The church in the Western World is not very well in tune with the reality of the supernatural. Our regular assumptions cause us to associate supernatural activity with tabloid headlines, superstition or weirdos. Paul wouldn’t want it that way.
In this passage, Paul touches on relationships both inside and outside the church. He’ll show us that all of these relationships are important, but they are not all the same. In every relationship that we have we are to be either a witness or an encouragement.
Through the whole OT, especially the Psalms and the Prophets, we see that the nations would eventually worship the God of Israel. But though we get any number of hints about Jesus and God’s desire to reach all nations that they might praise Him, we are never clearly told how this would ever come about. In the NT we finally find this out. Jesus, after his death and resurrection, goes to back heaven, the Holy Spirit comes in His place, and God begins building His church.