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"Mission Evangelization as a Strategy for Congregational Redevelopment/Revitalization" Dr. Larry Rankin Director of Mission & Outreach and Dr. Roger Swanson, Former Director Operation Evangelization Florida Conference, United Methodist Church Mission - Evangelization
Dr. Larry Rankin Director of Mission & Outreach and Dr. Roger Swanson, Former Director Operation Evangelization
Florida Conference, United Methodist Church
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness….
Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’”Matthew 9:35-38 (NRSV)
1. The Proclamation of the Good News
Mark 1:14-15 (NRSV)
2. The Delivery of the Good News
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSV)
3. The Acts of the Good News
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.” (Isaiah 61: 1-2a; & Luke 4:18-19)
“We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.” (1 Cor. 4:13).
4. The Transforming Power of the Good News
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect” Romans 12:1-2.
5. The Apostolic Motivation for the Good
News-- when Holy Spirit Birthed the
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles…
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people…
And day by day the Lord added to
their number those who were being
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Christian as a member when he/she has completed the
following criteria. At the moment of conversion, the new
person declares her/his intent to be a Christian, and
he/she is enrolled into a first discipleship class. She/he
is required to participate for three months. The class is
in charge of the laity of the local church, with supervision
by the pastor. The new Christian must show evidences
of her or his commitment by over a 90% attendance
record, and his or her expression in their action and
word by giving her or his Christian testimony.