July

JULY
Please join me in making disciples:
F is for following.
F is for fishing … learning how to fish.
F is for fellowship … gathering people together to love one another.
I … is for Interesting. What do people find interesting?
I … is for Ideas. The best ideas from directly from Jesus. The letters in red.
I … is for Instructions. Our task is to obey the instructions, the commands of Jesus, and teach them to others.
S … is for sanctifying. Go through the rite of passage, Going on to perfection.
S … is for serving. Job, Volunteer, and Neighborhood.
S … is for submitting to the setting. What is needed here?

The purpose of transition from right-handed church into left-handed church.
The 40 days in the desert – The Walk to Emmaus.

03-Jul-2022 7.1 JULY: The rite of passage.
The purpose of transition from right-handed church into left-handed church. The difference between the two.
Mission: Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission
(Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.
Reflection Question: Why does the church exist? If you could only check one, which would it be?
__ Choice #1: to meet my needs and the needs of my family. (89% of laity)
__ Choice #2: to seek and save the lost and set the oppressed free. (90% of clergy)
When is Choice #1 a healthy choice, in your opinion?

7.2 The rite of passage. The goal is transformation.
The 40 days in the desert – The Walk to Emmaus. The Mission Trip. The Mardi Gras trip.
The 70 sent out – The Mission Trip experience.
Robert Bly … the rite of passage is conducted by the grandparents.
They leave as children and return as adults.
A walk about … a disciplewalk …. a pilgrimage.
7.3 4. Wesley defined God operating in Grace using three terms.
7.4 5. Video: Cardboard Testimonies – before & after transformation. (We will view this in class.)
Use fellowship to do this – JUMP group – questions.

 

 

 

J. The Walk to Emmaus is a planned experience of Justifying grace and an organized rite of passage into spiritual adolescence. Reunion Groups are small groups where sponsors meet with pilgrims after a Walk to strengthen their discipleship in a mentoring relationship. When Emmaus is utilized as a discipleship system, the vitality of the community is measured “by the number of ongoing Reunions among the pilgrims.” The JUMP or Life Transformation Group would provide an excellent format for Reunion Groups that desire to work at a more challenging level of discipleship. The Prayer Tool would help pilgrims become sponsors and mentors of others and significantly enhance the recruitment of potential pilgrims. Walk to Emmaus Reunion groups can become a Discipleship System through use of these tools.

The 70 sent out – The Mission Trip experience.
Robert Bly … the rite of passage is conducted by the grandparents.
They leave as children and return as adults.
A walk about … a disciplewalk …. a pilgrimage.

3 kinds of grace. Assessment. The rite of passage is for spiritual teenagers.

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4. Wesley defined God operating in Grace using three terms. Rapidly growing churches raise their level of competence by working diligently in cooperation with God in all three kinds of grace. (A church tends to grow to their level of competence.)

Prevenient >>>>> Justifying >>>>> Sanctifying>>>

Prevenient Grace is God working to bring people to Christ; it’s about going and making disciples (Matthew 28:19). Prevenient grace prepares us to become disciples. (BEFORE)

Justifying Grace is God making a person a Christian (Romans 3:24, 5:1, 10:9-10).
It usually involves a change of heart and is often emotional. It is a time of transition.

Sanctifying Grace is God working to mature people in Christ; it’s about teaching disciples to observe all that Christ has commanded (Matthew 28:20). (AFTER)

5. Video: Cardboard Testimonies – before & after transformation. (We will view this in class.)
Cardboard Testimonies … Hillside Christian Church. 2,765,536 views. Uploaded May 22, 2008.
Life before and after Christ changed them. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvDDc5RB6FQ

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S = Service Corner Readings

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

STAGE 3: SERVE WITH ME IN A SMALL GROUP (A Team has a Target.)

THE FOUR CORNERED ROOM … the right hand side of the room is comfortable for us … it’s like using our right hand (if we are right handed). But things become challenging on the left side of the room … it’s like using our left hand. It feels awkward and uncomfortable for us to move away from the familiar, institutional ways of doing ministry and serve as Jesus did.

¶126 of the 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church states it clearly: “Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.” Just as Jesus was sent, now we are also sent to serve
(John 20:21).

As lambs become sheep, they enter a time of adolescence. Usually there is a life changing rite of passage involved. Adolescents discover and improve their gifts while considering a life career that utilizes their talents. So do missional Christians. Adolescents remain in their nurturing families but bond with a peer group to serve together.

Reading #1: Moving into the left handed side usually involves a Rite of Passage.
People typically cross from the right hand side to the left hand side of the four cornered room because of a dramatic, life changing Rite of Passage experience which disconnects us from “the way we have always done it before” and fills us with new excitement and enthusiasm.

In a Rite of Passage, there is detachment and separation from the normal, a new set of priorities and a new peer group, characterized by a high commitment to a clear purpose. Facing hardship together creates a powerful, tight group bond. Children leave home to experience a rite of passage and return as adults ready to assume adult responsibilities in the community. The rite of passage begins when Jesus says “Follow Me” and leads us away from ordinary life.

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Reflection Question: What discipleship “rites of passage” are familiar to you? Four examples:
Mission trips to foreign countries? The Walk to Emmaus?
“No Greater Love” Mardi Gras trip? Academy for Spiritual Formation?

Reading #2: Moving to the left hand side of the room means discovering and using our gifts.
Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.”

Reflection Question: Why does the church exist? If you could only check one, which would it be?
__ Choice #1: to meet my needs and the needs of my family. (89% of laity)
__ Choice #2: to seek and save the lost and set the oppressed free. (90% of clergy)

When is Choice #1 a healthy choice, in your opinion?

Mark 8:34 And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.

 

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Reading #3. The Bishop’s Mistake: Bishop Kenneth Carder, who leads the church’s Mississippi Area, shared with members of the Board of Discipleship the story of a once-prominent, 100-year-old United Methodist Church in his state. The church had dwindled in size from 1,000 to 17 members, despite its location in a neighborhood full of people and in a town with a population of 50,000. Now it was closing. Noting that the church used official United Methodist resources, rituals and curriculum, had won an award for evangelism and was Methodist to the core, the bishop wondered why it was closing and what it had missed. The answer, he said, was that the church was in a neighborhood in transition and had not reached out to the people around it.

Reflection Question: Consider the last statement … is the Bishop wrong? If so, what is the Bishop’s Mistake?

Reflection Question: As we move around the four cornered room, what do we need to leave behind in order to follow Jesus?

 

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Reading #1. A Review of Five Basic Principles
#1. If the research of missiologist Donald MacGavran and sociologist Rodney Stark is correct, the gospel spreads from person to person ONLY through social networks of caring relationships. Your social network is a micro-mission field; your neighbor is your mission.

#2. If the research of Robert Putnam is correct, we are living in a century that is destroying those social networks, and the church with it. In order to make disciples it is absolutely essential that we understand our own human networks, how to rebuild them, extend them and increase the positive influence we have with the people around us; the Prayer Tool helps us.

#3. The plan is very simple: Obey this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mat 22:39)

#4. Improving institutions is ineffective compared to loving your neighbor. If the research of the Diffusion of Innovations is correct, adoption of an innovation across the chasm happens because of the influence of a trusted peer. The value of innovation for church growth is deceptive.

Reflection Question: What if 84% of the unchurched are not interested in innovation?
Innovative Minority 16% – Pragmatic Majority (84%)
Reflection Question: What if the primary reason the gospel doesn’t penetrate into 84% of a population is because very few of them have a close, peer relationship of trust with anyone who is a serious follower of Jesus Christ and where honest and regular dialogue happens?

#5. Ministry that does not create a relationship (i.e. that does not “build up the body of Christ” – Ephesians 4:12) is a poor method for making disciples.

Reflection Question: As you Serve, do your peer relationships, trust & influence increase?

 

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