Posted tagged ‘Church Planting’

Seven Basic Commands Of Jesus

July 28, 2013

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:

  1. Change your mind and believe in Me. (Mark 1:14,15; John 14:1-7)
  2. Baptize new believers. (Matthew 28:18-20)
  3. Love God, neighbor, one another, and your enemies. (Mark 12:30,31; John 15:9-14; Matthew 5:43-48)
  4. Pray to God using My name. (John14:10-14; 16:23,24)
  5. Celebrate My death. (Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
  6. Give generously. (Matthew 5:38-42; Luke 6:37,38)
  7. 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.

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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.

Missions Ministry Search

March 6, 2009

I would like to share a prayer request with those of you who visit my blog on a regular basis, as well as you who may have just dropped by for the first time.

My wife and I are prayerfully seeking the Lord’s will and leadership regarding a return to full-time vocational ministry. I believe the Lord would have me serve as a minister of missions on the staff of a local church.

The Lord has given me a passion for and a desire to return to a ministry that focuses on and is engaged in the strategizing and start of new churches, cross-cultural ministry, outreach and small groups.

May I ask you to please pray with and for us as we ask the Lord to very clearly reveal His perfect will and leadership as we desire and seek to serve and glorify Him in missions ministry.

Welcome to Tangible Thoughts

August 22, 2008

Welcome to the tangiblethoughts blog site. This blog is a continuation, if you will, of a blog that I started earlier this summer under the title of internationalbiblefellowship. That blog began as a web journal to record my thoughts on a ministry to international students enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas that I have been involved in since 1997. After only a few posts on the subject of international student ministry, I found myself writing more about church planting and missional issues than my original subject so I have decided to make this adjustment. I am going to try and bring some posts over from the internationalbiblefellowsip blog and place them on this new site, so please bear with me.

I have to admit that there were other names for this new blog that I wanted to use but they were already in use. One that I was especially interested in was “by the way….” This new title, tangiblethoughts, was then chosen for reasons that will be subtlety hinted at when I bring over a post that I have written about a book that I am currently reading.

The word “tangible” means “1. capable of being touched; material or substantial; 2. real or actual, rather than imaginary or visionary; 3. definite; not vague or elusive.”  (The Random House College Dictionary)

Therefore, the thoughts that I will share in this journal are “real” to me. They pertain to and are about church planting, missional living and ministry in my family and neighborhood, and simple church, to name just a few. As much as I think about these subjects, it is my prayer that I will live out my life as a Christ-follower in such a way that lives and communities that I am a part of will be tangibly impacted and transformed by and for Christ.