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.
Reflection Question: In this parable, who (literally) are the lost?
11.2 Reading #2. Five Harvest Principles
11.3 Reading #3. The Smoking Section: Neil Cole has a saying:
11.4 Farm or forage. 4 fields?
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Reading #1. The challenge is noticing the lost: how do we bring new people into the room?
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance (Luke 15:1-7).
Reflection Question: In this parable, who (literally) are the lost? Anyone who is …
Reading #2. Five Harvest Principles: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:36).
#1. It begins with compassion … compassion for people who are harassed and helpless.
#2. Ripe fruit is picked one at a time.
#3. This requires a focus on individuals because not all fruit ripens simultaneously.
#4. Fruit does not volunteer; you have to go get it.
#5. Ripe fruit is ready to be picked. When it’s ripe, it will come loose into your hand.
Reflection Question: Have you known people who were ripe and ready to become Christian?
Who do you know who is harassed and helpless? Or having a bad day?
Reading #3. The Smoking Section: Neil Cole has a saying: “If you want to reach this world for Christ, you have to sit in the smoking section.” … When Cole, 42, landed in Long Beach from Alta Loma, his initial brainstorm was to birth a coffee shop–à la the Jesus Movement–in a storefront he had rented on busy Cherry Avenue. He said God had told him: “Why don’t you just go to the coffeehouse where the lost people are already?”
“Instead of trying to convert them from the coffeehouse they really love to our coffeehouse so that we could then convert them to Christ, we just went and hung out at the coffeehouse where they were already at,” Cole recounts.
Reflection Question: where do unchurched people already gather in your community?
Is your missional strategy two-step – convert them to your building first, and then to Jesus?
“Jesus With An Iced Latte” by Steven Lawson. From Charisma & Christian Life magazine, April, 2004. Copyright 2010 Strang Communications; all rights reserved. Used with permission.
Farm or forage. 4 fields?
Reading #2. There are two basic Harvest Worker Strategies:
HUNTER-GATHERER: Let’s go outside and see what we can find that’s ripe.
FARMER: Let’s manage the environment so that a harvest can happen. Let’s take care of the soil, sow the seed, weed and feed, then reap … The Goal is this: Farm Your Neighborhood.
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