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The Doors of the Church Are Open. Rev. Tyrone D. Gordon St. Luke “ Community ” United Methodist Church Dallas, Texas. --Dr. Zan W. Holmes. “ There is a difference between growing and swelling . ”. What is holistic Evangelism?.

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The Doors of the Church Are Open

Rev. Tyrone D. Gordon

St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church

Dallas, Texas

West Virginia Annual Conference

Commission Possible II


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--Dr. Zan W. Holmes

“There is a difference between growing and swelling.”

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What is holistic Evangelism?

--It’s about moving persons from mere church membership to committed Christian discipleship

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What is it really about?

  • It’s about raising disciples . . .

  • It’s about bring them in and moving them out . . .

  • It’s about producing prophetic disciples

    • Who are about going out and bring change and transformation to a world gone mad!

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Working Definition of Evangelism

According to Gordon—

“Holistic evangelism is the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through Word and deed!”

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Our Membership Vows

I will be loyal to the United Methodist Church by upholding it with our prayers, presence, gifts and service-- Membership producing – Old Membership Vows

I will be loyal to Christ, through the Church by upholding it with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness--Disciple Making – New Membership Vowss

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The Great Expectation!

[18] Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

--Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

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Teaching

Reaching

Training & Deploying

A Cyclical View of Evangelism-Discipleship

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What Are We Really Dealing With?

This is NotLine Fishing! This is Net Fishing!

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The Art of Disciple-Making

  • In order to “make” disciples, we have to go and get them!

  • In order to “make” disciples, we have to capture their minds, hearts, trust and respect

  • In order to “make” disciples, we must resist the temptation to choose which fish we want to catch

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The Worship Experience

--and the preaching moment must comfort, confront, challenge and invite persons to come to Jesus.

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Teach Them!

Good preaching, inspiring and celebratory worship can draw folks; but teaching will grow people.

Churches cannot grow disciples if opportunities to learn what the traits of a disciple are not being taught.

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Christian Education in the Mix

The role of Christian Education does not simply impart information, but gives inspiration to go beyond the walls of the Sanctuary. “The Word became flesh and dealt among us.”

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Train Them

The primary ministry of the staff—both clergy and laity is to equip and empower the saints for ministry.

Great care should be given to how we train, not only new members, but also existing members and leadership team.

We invest time and energy in raising and developing Spiritual Leaders.

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There is a difference between church work and the work of the church.

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The work of the church mainly is to proclaim the church.

Jesus Christ, invite others into relationship

with him; and send them out into the world

to bring spiritual, social, political and

economic change and transformation to all of

our communities.

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Deploy Them! the church.

  • Other disciples make the greatest impact upon the world, particularly in the lives of others.

  • We must move from “in-reach to outreach.”

  • We must move from being a “come to” church to a being a “go out and do” church.

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The Great Songwriter Challenges the church.

“If you’ve got good religion, you ought to show some sign.”

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The Heart of the Community the church.

  • When folks in the community see that the church has the community at heart—the community will hold that church to heart.

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Act 1:8 the church.

[8] What you'll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world."

(Msg translation)

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What Happens When. . . the church.

  • The people are deployed?

  • The people are released?

  • The people of God themselves are transformed?

  • The people of God take seriously the command to bear fruit for the upbuilding of the Kingdom?

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And the final word . . . the church.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

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