Archive for August 2009

The Harvest Is Plentiful

August 28, 2009

The Harvest is Plentiful

I recently read an article about Church Planting Movements in East Asia. The article is entitled “An Emerging Urban Network”.

The article is the report of an assessment that was done on a CPM that was happening in a major East Asian urban area. After the assessment had been presented, that author listed several concepts that he considers to be transferable to other geographic areas and contexts.

One concept pertains to evangelism and speaks to the CPM characteristic of abundant evangelism. The concept is expressed as an equation that I thought was neat.

“A changed life + a three-minute personal testimony + an invitation to receive Christ as Savior = a great harvest”

If I have accepted Christ as Savior, my life has been radically changed.

If I have been changed, I have a story to tell: what my life was like before I knew Christ as Savior and Lord, how I came to know Him as Savior and Lord, and how my life has been changed and impacted by Christ since I became a Christian.

The question is: Am I sharing my testimony and my Savior with other people on a daily basis?

Jesus said that the spiritual harvest was plentiful. He prayed that His Father would send laborers into the fields that are ripe unto harvest.

Let’s obey His command to “Go and make disciples of the nations”, share the Gospel and our testimonies on a daily basis, and be used of the Lord to bring a “great harvest” into His Kingdom.

Another Way To Look At CPMs

August 26, 2009

I was cleaning off my desk the other day (a formidable task) and found a note that I made some time again when reading ab0ut church planting movements. There are no references to the book or article that I was reading so I can’t give the reference or credit to the author.

The note lists seven characteristics of CPMs. They are similar to CPM characteristics reported by David Garrison in his book but are stated just a little differently. Repetition, and stating the same thing in a different way, helps me learn. So I thought I would share these characteristics with you.

The characteristics of CPMs recorded in my note are :

  1. Prayer for God’s strategy
  2. Look for where God is at work
  3. Evangelize every person
  4. Disciple all believers
  5. Start and grow indigenous churches
  6. Equip leaders to minister
  7. Send out missionaries

The note continues by describing CPMs as being biblical, contextual and reproducible movements of God.

I end this post with the same thought that I ended an earlier post on church planting movements: If we are truly committed to reaching people for Christ and saturating our communities with Authentic Faith Communities, we must begin implementing the essentials of CPMs that we find around the world.

Some may ask, “Do you really think CPMs as described in Garrison’s book or the article referenced above can occur in the United States or any other Western nation?”

My answer: “Absolutely!”

Look for where the Lord is at work around you, in your community, and join Him there. Pray that He will involve you in a work that only He can make happen and that only He can get credit for.

We must ask ourselves, “How many people will I share the Gospel with today?”

Disciple new believers to look to the Word of God as their authority for life and ministry.

Intentionally start reproducing churches.

Initiate small fellowships that will meet in natural settings.

Equip and release unpaid professionals to serve and lead in ministry.

Remember that the resources are in the harvest.

Obedience is “success”.

Give God all the glory.

Faith’s Expectations

August 21, 2009

Faith’s Expectations

Ship’s captain to Robert Morrison (first Protestant missionary to China) on the voyage to China (September 1807): “Do you really expect to make an impression on the idolatry of the great Chinese empire?”

Morrison’s response: “No, Sir. But I expect God will.”

Lord, increase my faith.

The “Nations” Are Coming

August 17, 2009

New international students will be enrolling for the fall semester at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas beginning tomorrow, Tuesday August 18, through Friday the 21st. I will be volunteering at new student check-in this year. I have done this some in the past but it has been awhile.

Working at check-in is a great way to not only serve the University but to meet many new students. Contacts made during check-in have proven to be the beginning of wonderful relationships that provide opportunities to serve students and share Christ.

Please pray for me this week, that I will be alert for and sensitive to the divine appointments with students that the Lord has appointed for me during the check-in week.

Thanks.

~ Reach Students, Disciple the Nations ~

Catching Up On Tangiblethoughts

August 5, 2009

My posting has been sparse over the last number of weeks due to my work schedule on the construction site this summer. Working 8 1/2 to 10 hours a day, six days a week, on the clean-up crew leaves me pretty fatigued by the end of the day. After I get home, take a shower and eat, I have about enough energy to check my emails before I’m ready to get into bed and read myself to sleep.

I am planning to make my last day on the job August 13. After that I plan to catch up on my reading and posting on Missional Renaissance by McNeal and Back to Jerusalem (a book about Chinese Christians and their missionary zeal to reach the 10/40 Window nations and peoples with the Gospel of Christ) by Paul Hattaway.

I’m scheduled to volunteer at new international student check-in at Texas A&M University later in the month. Volunteering at check-in has always allowed me the opportunity to meet alot of new, incoming students from around the world. It’s a great place to begin a relationship with students. Many, if not most, of those relationships will include the sharing of Christ. I’ll be posting on that event and relationships made.

Public school starts its fall semester on August 24. I will then return to my school year job as a long-term substitute teacher and detention hall overseer. 

Other posts will come, I am sure. But for now I just wanted to touch base with you.

~ Blessings ~