October

OCTOBER
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?
H … is for Harvest Laborer. People are ready; do you see them?
H … is for Hello.  Using the prayer tool to build a network of influence inside and outside of the congregation.
H … is for Helper. Be a Paraclete – come alongside, mentor, help people to grow to the next stage.

Being a disciple maker.
Seeking and saving the lost.

In this quarter we will also deal with problems that come up in making disciples.

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02-Oct-2022 10.1 OCTOBER
Being a disciple maker.
Seeking and saving the lost.
10.2 John 4 … ripe for harvest.

Census attendance. Presser and Stinson:
10.3 Side Doors
10.4 Wilma – Prayer Tool Theater
10.5 Strachan Theorem

Wilma theater. Being known as “the bible lady.” Gladwell neighborhood.

09-Oct-2022 Homework- Week 1
16-Oct-2022 Homework- Week 2
23-Oct-2022 Homework- Week 3
30-Oct-2022 Homework- Week 4

1 Now when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John
2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples),
3 he left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
4 He had to pass through Samar’ia.
5 So he came to a city of Samar’ia, called Sy’char, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 There came a woman of Samar’ia to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
8 For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
27 Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, “What do you wish?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”
28 So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people,
29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
30 They went out of the city and were coming to him.
31 Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has any one brought him food?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.
36 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”
40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
41 And many more believed because of his word.
42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
43 After the two days he departed to Galilee.

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Strachan Theorem.

Reading #1. The Strachan Theorem: In the mid 1950s the Latin American Mission, worried about the failure of churches to grow, studied three diverse movements that were rapidly growing in their context: Communism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Pentecostals. With the message and values of each group so different, the commonalities would reveal what was causing growth. “Each had successfully mobilized their entire constituency in continuous outreach. Latin American Mission put their findings together in a concise statement, the so-called Strachan Theorem: the successful expansion of any movement is in direct proportion to its success in mobilizing and occupying its total membership in constant propagation of its beliefs.”

Reflection Question: Would it be better if everyone in your church was making disciples?

Reading #2. The Harvest Worker corner … is empty. No one hangs out here. Why?
Harvest workers are “fishing for people” as Jesus called it – they are out fishing. The transition to spiritual maturity involves moving from an exciting but comparatively shallow ministry in mission to many people to calm, deeply nurturing relationships with just a few people who have names. These people with names are our disciples.

2.1 When a person discovers their gifts, and becomes responsible in using it, serving God becomes somewhat like a career. Frequently you will find harvest workers busy in the other corners, helping people by using their gifts. Reflection Question: Which corner are you drawn to in order to use your gifts?

2.2 Harvest workers are sometimes busy developing “side doors” – entry points into activities into one of the Four Corners from the outside. Reflection Question: Why would this be an advantage? What would be a good side door for your church to open up?

2.3 Harvest workers are often outside in the community, using the Prayer Tool (This is the topic of Module 4.) to develop relationships of spiritual influence. At the right time, they will invite that person to come with them to church. (This is the topic of Module 5.) Reflection Question: Natural Church Development research indicates that the average Christian has 8.5 conversations in a typical week with a non-Christian. Who were yours in the past week?

2.4 Harvest workers are monitoring and mentoring their people as they transition from one room to the next. Reflection Question: What would be the sign that would tell you that someone is ready to graduate to the next room of the Four Cornered Room?

2.5 – Sadly, the main reason that this corner is empty is that people don’t move into it. They do not graduate from missional service into personal disciple making.

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John 4 … ripe for harvest. Census attendance. Presser and Stinson:

In order to examine the possibility that survey-based rates of church attendance
were inflated, Hadaway, Marler, and Chaves (1993) compared attendance
counts to survey self-reports among Protestants in one Ohio county, and
Catholics in eighteen dioceses. Evidence of substantial overreporting was found.
Among Protestants, 19.6 percent attended church worship in Ashtabula
County, Ohio during a typical week in 1992 — compared to the 35.8 percent
who said they attended. Among Catholics in 18 dioceses around the nation,
attendance counts suggested ah attendance tate of 28 percent — compared to
the national tate of 51 percent reported by the Gallup Organization. In a subsequent
report, Chaves and Cavendish (1994) adjusted the count-based tate of
Roman Catholic attendance at mass to 26.7 percent, using a larger number of
dioceses (48). From Testing the Attendance Gap in a Conservative Church by Penny Long Marler* Samford University and C. Kirk Hadaway United Church Board for Homeland Ministries   http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.878.6993&rep=rep1&type=pdf

 

 

 

 

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