Finish God 's Mission in Occasions of River The trade
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Although these are times of isolation and quarantine, we have been reminded that the gospel cannot be quarantined.
In fact, at this crucial time in history, we have responded to a multitude of people from around the world about the gospel. This can be one of the greatest evangelistic moments in recent history.
At the Luis Palau Association, where I have the privilege to serve, we have seen a significant change in online service, with thousands responding to the gospel every day. In fact, it was so dramatic that we hesitate to share data from our online service Hope with God, who has a Facebook page that has grown to nearly 20 million people.
Luis Palau, our founder, is best known for his citywide evangelism campaigns that have personally reached thousands and thousands for nearly six decades. In a few months, Luis, Andrew, and Wendy Palau have influenced several cities on many continents with the message of hope for Christ alone, and all without leaving Portland, Oregon.
We are in a time of change and the only certainty we have is based on the reliability of the gospel and the goodness of our God. We are at a time when God allows us to experience the unveiling of the great shortcomings of false idols that our culture reveres.
Perhaps by isolating ourselves from the ongoing idolatry of our church preferences, we can crystallize the importance of this cultural moment for an evangelization movement that we have never seen in our lives. This is likely to be the beginning of another paradigm shift in Christianity that is re-calibrating the ecclesiological instruments we historically have relied on too easily.
The apostle Paul is a good example of someone whose focus and determination to follow Christ into the unknown has changed the scorecard for Christianity among the Gentiles (Romans 11: 13-14).
Paul was a pioneer of true faith in Christ in an era of epic upheavals. The viral nature of Christianity rests (in part) on the fact that Paul has teamed up with others for the good of the gospel and has accomplished the mission that Christ has given him through relational connections.
Paul says in Romans 15: “My goal is to preach the gospel in which Christ was not mentioned so that I would not build on someone else's foundation but, as it is written, would see those to whom nothing was said about him and those who have not heard will understand. "
Paul defines his service track and reveals important truths that must be used for the effective (yet simple) spreading of the gospel and for the multiplication of gospel relationships that lead to deeper cultural and social penetration.
Let us examine these multilateral service partnerships, as described in Romans 15 and 16, respectively.
Paul's multilateral ministry plan
The apostle Paul firmly believed that the way Jesus modeled his ministry was the best way to spread the gospel in a globalized Roman Empire. Paul's passion for the gospel, love for the Gentiles, and ability to set up systems led to a variety of ways for believers to unite for the gospel.
His letters testify to Paul’s commitment to agile Christianity in the long run and trust that God will use believers to achieve this goal.
The following are four important principles derived from Paul's ministry. These form an important basis for a multiplication service in the age of the river.
First, the versatility of leadership.
Throughout the New Testament we read about Paul who connects with numerous people to establish the gospel throughout the Roman Empire.
Paul multiplied his service vision with the army of committed believers and used their skills, gifts and abilities for the good of the kingdom. Romans 15 (written on Paul & # 39; third mission trip around 57 AD) connects wonderfully with Ephesians 4 (written around 60 AD from Rome in prison), where Paul describes the variety of roles in verse 11, that God has given to equip the church.
These roles describe the versatility and diversity required by leaders and the need for multiple inputs without relying on a leader for all of these qualities. In Romans 15: 14-21, Paul describes his leadership and service in relation to the Missio Dei, while Paul legitimized the gift of the diverse body of Christ for the common task of reaching the world in Ephesians 4: 11-17.
Isn't this a good time to go beyond our service silos?
Second, team addiction.
The clergy 's monopoly of service will not rightly serve God' s mission; The mission of God encompasses all people of God, uses their full gift in Christ and takes them to places in the world where their gift and greatest need exist.
The risk of dismissing churches will only increase in a church culture that promotes the mentality that service is for paid professionals and a select few.
Paul always testifies a better way. Throughout the New Testament, Paul mentioned about 150 names of men and women who were part of his larger team. In Romans 16 alone, Paul mentions many individuals and families who have been a blessing and help in spreading the gospel. Paul's multiplication mentality ensured that he lived up to what he asked of Timothy (see 2 Timothy 2: 2).
Mission beds for a multiplication of ministerial service, not a monopoly of opportunity for a few.
It will take more than pastors to reach a world in need. Perhaps it was never God's intention that pastors and paid workers be the primary providers of the Gospel message.
The missionary renaissance of the past decade is an important turning point for effective service in our time of change. It would bring us a world of good to see our mission in this sense and eventually give up Christian practices.
Third, directionality filled with spirit.
I have no doubt that the apostle Paul relied on God's divine guidance in his ministry efforts, ascribing every success to the grace of God and the rich providence of God.
Paul proclaims in Romans 15: 22-23: "That is why I was often prevented from coming to you. But now I have no work to do in these regions …" Doesn't that sound too familiar during COVID -19?
Paul, like many of us, had goals and desires, plans to go to a particular place, or to visit our friends on duty around the world. There is nothing inherently wrong with these wishes and plans if they are rooted in our leadership track and if we fulfill the task that God has given us.
Paul writes about these principles earlier in Romans 12: 2, where he says: “Do not adapt to this age, but transform yourself through the renewal of your spirit so that you can see what God's good, joyful and perfect will is. ”
This often-quoted text precedes a section on spiritual gifts and serves as a helpful reminder that in our ministry renewal of the spirit will lead to a demanding heart. The many options, ways, and desires that exist in our hearts must always be subject to God's desire for glory and honor. May we finish well, honor God and not put aside everything he has in store, not even the difficult aspects.
Finally a strategic service context.
Paul's ministry, goals, and goals are not our own because they were led by God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring about knowledge of Jesus and a repentant heart.
One thing that strikes me in Paul’s ministry is that he lived up to his calling and kept it simple by keeping the course and doing what God instructed him to do by simply preaching the gospel, in which Christ was not known. To be honest, much of our service is limited to our comfort zone (which may currently extend to your farm's borders, I think).
I am broken from the many ways I missed myself because I focused too much on other things, too tired from serving in the Church, and too busy with tasks and duties that ended up on my lap.
The truth is that we always find time for what is important to us, and Paul teaches us as leaders that what is central to our lives is the reality that there are places where Christ is not is known. Like Paul, we need to consider the strategic importance of ministry in areas and among people in whom Christ is not known, and focus our efforts and resources on achieving and pioneering work for Christ and His Kingdom.
If there is ever time for innovation and change, it is now! Let us become innovators and early adapters, taking every opportunity we have to preach the gospel in these desperate days.
We need each other
How did Paul accomplish everything he did on duty and manage to grow strong? Paul saw himself as one of God's servants, not as a gift from God to humanity.
Paul served alongside others and worked for the cause of many creeds as they grew up in Christ to maturity. John Mark is one such example for us. As we saw above, the apostle Paul was led by the Holy Spirit and tried to keep the main thing central to his life and ministry. We can learn a lot from Paul about ministry and mission, but one thing is certain; Paul did not do it alone; he was intended to cultivate service relationships to increase the gospel for the glory of God and for the good of the Church.
That's exactly what the Luis Palau Association is all about. Through our global network of evangelists, we want to accelerate evangelism worldwide, and we'd love to talk to you about how we can change the scorecard in your city by setting up an evangelism team with our City Gospel Movement catalysts.
We look forward to getting in touch with you. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.