Radical At a Snail’s PaceTaking Back Your Faith from the American DreamQuestions and Answers fromMission Frontiers 2010’sInterview with David Platt A Mission Mobilizer’s Dream Come True Where is it OK to be a fanatic? Thanks, Mom, for reading me A Home for A Bunny
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Kingdom Travel 101: An Open BookWe come to Christ; then we go for ChristMatthew 11:28, Matthew 28:18-20
1. What is the basic message of Christianity, as understood in USA Christianity? • God loves me. • God loves me enough to send His Son, Jesus, to die for me. Me. My. Mine. Thus, when I look for a church, job, life direction, home, it’s about me and mine. Is that biblical or an American Dream?
2. What are there two types of missions? Let 9children represent the world: 1 - Eats healthily 2 - Have food fights 3 - Won’t eat 3 - Live on garbage without any knowledge of nutrition Regular Missions go to the 6: Disciple where there is a church Frontier Missions go to the 3: Penetrate where there is no light THESE MISSIONS ARE VERY DIFFERENT
3. In which is your church involved? 90% of missionaries are Regular: Working with 2/3 of the world Where there is light 10% of missionaries are Frontier: Working with 1/3 of the world Where there is light THESE MISSIONS ARE VERY DIFFERENT
4. How does the United Nations intersect with Christ’s global mission? Its Declaration of Human Rights states: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change one’s religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest one’s religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. (One cannot rightfully sign this Declaration while insisting on the Sharia Law’s death penalty for leaving Islam)
5. What supernatural experiences is God commonly using to draw people? “Have you ever had a dream about a man in white?” God is using dreams, visions, and miracles in 2012. There is no “excluded middle” in God’s theology; there is no gap between the spiritual above and the secular below.
6. How can good-hearted helping actually hurt? If we provide outside resources without calling attention to the need for giving back to God, we may be doing our giving. But those on the other end maybecome permanent receivers, rather than givers themselves.
7. After developing a Christ-like generosity, what is our call? As we become radical in our giving, let us also become radical in our wisdom, and ask: “Will my giving turn those I seek to help into permanent receivers, or will it help them become (radical) givers and followers of Jesus?
8. Why is the phrase “So That” important in the book Radical? The message of biblical Christianity is ‘God loves me’ so that I might make Him—His ways, His salvation, His glory, and His greatness—known among all nations.
9. If our missionary calling is:To Make Disciples WhoCan Make Disciples HOW IS THE AMERICAN DREAM DOING AT THAT? 50% of our youth walk away at college. Few in the pew are biblically sound. Fewer in the pew share their faith with others. “Pray the prayer; Sit in the chair; Listen from there.” Contrast USA Spectator Churches with Chinese House Churches
Like the culture at large, our church culture in America is centered on entertainment, not on equipping people as effective disciple-makers. The pastor is the “performer,” and the people are the spectators.
Most churches think they can grow if only they have a gifted speaker who can draw a crowd on Sunday morning. They spend much of their energy, time, and money on perfecting the Sunday morning “show.” Disciple-making [on the other hand] takes place through intentional relationships where spiritual life and maturity can be passed on from one person to another.
10. Am I a fool? “I wonder at some points if I’m being irresponsible or unwise. But then I realize there is never going to come a day when I stand before God and He looks at me and says, ‘I wish you would have kept more for yourself.’ I’m confident that God will take care of me.” He Who Gives What He Cannot Keep To Keep What He Cannot Lose.
11. Are we using the Bible properly? “The Bible is not a guidebook for a lot of things folks are going through. It’s given to us for one purpose: To make us look more like Christ.”
12. Do we love the rich enough to tell them what they need to know? If we have clothes to wear, and food to eat, and a house or apartment to live in, and a reasonably reliable means of transportation, then we are in the top 15 percent of the world’s wealthy. “What’s wrong with having nice things?” Think China vs. USA
Inconceivable: USA “American Christians are unable to conceive of wealth as a potential danger, or obstacle to God’s blessing in our lives.” When we hoard and consume the resources God has entrusted to us for blessing and discipling the nations, and neglect the lost and the poor, we harm ourselves and hinder God’s purpose.” The Rich Young Ruler (Mk. 10:17–31): Jesus loves rich people enough to tell them the truth.
Inconceivable: 2012 “What if there really were billions of people on this planet who are headed to an eternal hell, and millions of them that haven’t even heard the name of Jesus? And what if there were unprecedented numbers of suffering people on this planet?”
Conceivable: God and Us “And what if God decided to give His people on this side unprecedented wealth to make a difference among the lost and the poor? What if that is exactly what He has done?”
Inconceivable: Radical Believing that our syncretism enables us to store up riches on earth to our own harm while neglecting the lost and the poor, Platt invites us to RADICAL change: As we explore what it means to be radically abandoned to Christ, I invite you simply to let your heart be gripped, maybe for the first time, by the biblical prospect that God has designed a radically global purpose for your life.
Inconceivable: Radical I invite you to throw aside gospel-less reasoning that might prevent you from accomplishing that purpose. I invite you to consider with me what it would mean for all of us to spend all of our lives for the sake of all of God’s glory in all of the world.
13. What was the missionary’s question that birthed the book Radical? “What will it take to reach the lost?” It was not, “What can we spare to reach the lost?”
Radical’s Challenges to American Assumptions: 1. The affluence which sometimes accompanies faith is for our enjoyment rather than our stewardship, (to be spent according to needs, rather than according to our means) 2. God isn’t serious about judging sinners, especially rich Christians who close their hearts to the poor
Radical’s Challenges to American Assumptions: 3. Jesus wants us living safe, comfortable lives rather than following Him in serving the lost and the poor in ways that may be costly and risky from the world’s perspective
Radical’s Challenges to American Assumptions: 4. Saving faith can be present without the evidence of growing maturity and obedience 5. We can embrace God’s promises while excusing ourselves from His commands
Radical’s Challenges to American Assumptions: 6. Producing a Sunday morning show to draw crowds and building facilities is equivalent to making disciples 7. We can simultaneously live for both present blessings and future treasure
God, let me make a difference for You that is utterly disproportionate to who I am. Brainard-Platt LIVING WITH DIFFERENT ASSUMPTIONSTaking Back Your Faith From the American Dream A Radical Way of Living
Seven Claims To Be Tested • Joyis found in Generosity, not in materialism. 2. Meaning is found in Community, not in individualism. 3. The purpose of our lives transcends the Country and culture in which we live. GCC SRU Success
4. Ultimate Satisfactionis found not in making much of ourselves, but in making much of God. 5. Ultimately, Jesus is a Reward worth risking everything to know, experience, and enjoy. 6. Truth is found in Christ, not in Universalism. GCC SRU Success
7. Real Successis found in radical Sacrifice. It IS better to give than to receive. Acts 20:25 GCC SRU Success
Goals Of the Challenge • Come alive • Know the thrill of knowing what God is up to: • Locally • Around the world Shed the unworthy parts of the American Dream.
Five Components of the One YearRadical Challenge • Pray for the entire world. • Read through the entire Word. • Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose. • Spend your time cross culturally. • Commit your life to a multiplying community.
I. Prayer: Let’s not be Trafficking in unfelt truth --Chesterton 1. Quarry God’s word using diligently the hammer of prayer. 2. Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscles of omnipotence. 3. God has chosen to spin this globe on the axis of prayer.
1. Prayer: Let’s not be Trafficking in unfelt truth --Chesterton 4. Things happen when we pray that don’t happen when we don’t pray. 5. To an active mind, work is far easier than prayer. 6. For Christ, prayer was the battleground. Ministry was the taking of the spoils.
No Easy Road Dick Eastman 9. The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is pray. It is not the only thing, but is the chief thing. The great people of the earth today are the people who pray.
No Easy Road Dick Eastman I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; but I mean those people who take time to pray.
1. Best Practices: Prayer: Let’s not be Trafficking in unfelt truth --Chesterton Cell phoning P2P 12,633 Using Operation World’s daily e-Prayer Finding accountability partners Journaling Setting up weekly variation: MTWRFS
1. Prayer: Let’s not be Trafficking in unfelt truth --Chesterton Praying Scripture (Face to Face) Getting on our knees Hearing prayerful testimonies Streaming in the living room vs. kneeling at the throne
1. Prayer: Let’s not be Trafficking in unfelt truth --Chesterton Using sticky pad reminders; prayer maps Praying ABCs of God’s persons, names, attributes Knowing that talking to is easier than listening for God Praying 31 days of children’s character traits
1. Prayer: Let’s not be Trafficking in unfelt truth --Chesterton Praying meditative prayer on scripture to prepare the mind Filtering out our own voice Mixing it up Taking prayer walks Starting Good morning, God! Thank You for the upcoming day.
1. Prayer: Let’s not be Trafficking in unfelt truth --Chesterton Writing one radical prayer/month in my journal Writing down prayers to keep my mind from wondering: I hear God’s voice best as my pen moves across the paper Change the environment: If the bed’s right there and I’m right here, that’s bad Setting up cell phone song lists
II. Reading His words Why to Memorize? The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send, will remind you of everything that I have told you: How to Memorize? Navigator Cards Music
I Have Decided: Psalm 23:1-3. Katie Reilly G The Lord’s my Shepherd, I shall not be in want, C G The Lord’s my Shepherd, He makes me lie down, Lie in green pastures, the Lord He leads me, D G i. Beside quiet waters…He leads. ii. He restores my soul. iii. [Psalm 23:1-3.] Shepherding
THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS By John Bunyan
Studying Daily: Strategically Jesus, David, Solomon, Paul Yearly Bible plans With preaching schedule Inductively Expectantly: TRaCT (2 Tim 3:16) Varying translationsand languages
Making His words our Manna Plan for the day ahead, put the Bible on top of tomorrow’s books Write out main points Take a verse to use for the day Scatter through Psalms or Proverb till a song comes along Journal while reading Mix it up: Psalms, Proverbs, Paul, Jesus
Making His words our Manna Use questions: Command, Promise, Sin Usethe main point during the day Pray, journal , and share over what stood out Make songs Read a whole book as a unit, getting the bigger theme and thread Listen to whole audio book (e.g., of John)