Happy Chinese New Year – 2014. The Year of the Horse
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Tags: Church Planting, Discipleship, George patterson, Obedience, Seven Basic Commands of Jesus
The Lord gave Moses and the Nation of Israel the Ten Commandments. The Commandments revealed the holiness of God and provided the people with guidelines for their relationships with Holy God and one another.
Jewish rabbis wrote 613 laws to help the people keep the Ten Commandments. These commandments, while intended for good, only enslaved the people to the Law and provided a basis for people to judge people.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. During the course of His earthly ministry, Jesus gave more than 100 commands to His disciples.
George Patterson, veteran missionary and church planter coach, helps us understand the 100 commands of Christ by saying that seven summarize most of the others.
These seven are:
- Change your mind and believe in Me. (Mark 1:14,15; John 14:1-7)
- Baptize new believers. (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Love God, neighbor, one another, and your enemies. (Mark 12:30,31; John 15:9-14; Matthew 5:43-48)
- Pray to God using My name. (John14:10-14; 16:23,24)
- Celebrate My death. (Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
- Give generously. (Matthew 5:38-42; Luke 6:37,38)
- Make others My disciples. (Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 24:36-47)
Listen to George Patterson discuss the Seven Basic Commands of Jesus in this video.
Categories: Church Planting
Tags: Carol Davis, Church Planting Movements, Discipleship, Great Commission, Missions, Perspectives Course, Unengaged Unreached People Groups
“We are doing missions as if there are no priorities.”
(C. Davis, Perspectives Course speaker, Lesson 13 on Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches)
See my post on “The Great Imbalance”.
Categories: Bible, Uncategorized
Tags: Discipleship, Great Commission, Missionaries, Missions, Obedience, People Groups, Perspectives Course, Worship
“Only 24,000 missionaries out of the Global Evangelical Missionary-force of 253,000 are working within the estimated 8,000 unreached groups. That means that 9 times as many foreign missionaries work within reached people groups than those doing the more difficult work of establishing breakthroughs within unreached peoples.”
Or, to put it another way, 90% of all evangelical missionaries in the world today work with the 11.9% of the world’s population that are professing Christians, the 20.5% of the world’s population who are nominal Christians, and the 27.3% of the world’s population that are non-Christians within reached groups. Only 10% of the world’s evangelical missionaries work among the 40.3% of the world’s population who are non-Christian within unreached people groups. (Perspectives, A Reader, p.543)
In Matthew 24:14, the Lord Jesus Christ said -
“And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations (“people groups”) and then the end will come.”
If we say that we know Jesus as our Savior …
if we are serious about our faith in and commitment to Him as our Lord, and …
if we are going to be obedient to His will and command to carry the Gospel to all of the people groups of the world so that His Name might be known among them …
we must take a look at the numbers and percentages above, repent of our failure to obey Jesus’ command to disciple all nations (‘people groups”), deny ourselves, and commit ourselves afresh to His use for the fulfilling of the Great Commission, for His glory.
Then, and only then, will the end come.
Note: I posted this article a couple of days ago, but because of some formatting errors, I have re-written, editted, and re-posted it.
Tags: Crucifixion, Devotion, Easter, Forgiveness, Good Friday, Grace, Service, Worship
I had a very interesting conversation with a 92-year old man the other day.
My son and I were sitting in a doctor’s waiting room when an elderly gentleman, Mr. J. Reed, came into the room. He was accompanied by a care-giver from the assisted living apartments where he lives. The two of them sat across from my son and me.
I could tell that Mr. Reed was watching me as I read and made notes in a book that I had brought to the office with me. When I looked up from my reading, Mr. Reed asked me what I was reading. I showed him the cover of the book and said, “Perspectives”.
“Perspectives on what?”
“Perspectives On The World Christian Movement.”
“That’s a good thing. I’m a Christian”, Mr. Reed said, “but I didn’t start living seriously for Christ until I was in my thirties.”
Mr. Reed then made an amazing statement .
“Jesus died on the Cross for the forgiveness of my sins and He didn’t have to. I’ve never gotten over that.”
“I’ve never gotten over that.”
That statement took a hold of my heart. His words were spoken with tenderness. The tone of his voice was reflective in nature, as if he had been on Calvary’s mount the day when Jesus was crucified. It was as if he was remembering all that the death of Christ meant for him personally through faith - the forgiveness of his sins, relationship with the Father, abundant living, and the hope of glory.
The Spirit used Mr. J Reed’s testimony to speak to my heart, to cause me to reflect on my relationship with God through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am confident of my salvation through faith in Christ and His finished work on the Cross of Calvary. I have a personal relationship with God the Father, have been invited to join Him in His work on this earth, and know that I will live forever with Him in His glory.
But, the question is: Do I live in daily amazement and wonder of God’s love in Christ as it is demonstrated on the Cross. Can I say with Mr. Reed, “I have never gotten over that.”?
During this Easter season, let us ask the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts once again about what Christ’s death on the Cross means for and to us. Let us ask Him to stir within our hearts and lives a deeper love for Him and a deeper devotion and commitment to living lives of sacrifice and service for His glory.