6 Easter (Ascension Day) First Psalm: Psalm 8; Psalm 47 Psalm 8 (Listen) How Majestic Is Your Name To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.1 A Psalm of David. 8 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings2 and crowned him with glory and honor.6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Footnotes  8:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term  8:5 Or than God; Septuagint than the angels (ESV) Psalm 47 (Listen) God Is King over All the Earth To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. 47 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!2 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah 5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!1 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted! Footnotes  47:7 Hebrew maskil (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalm 24; Psalm 96 Psalm 24 (Listen) The King of Glory A Psalm of David. 24 The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,1 the world and those who dwell therein,2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.2 Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah Footnotes  24:1 Or and all that fills it  24:6 Septuagint, Syriac, and two Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text who seek your face, Jacob (ESV) Psalm 96 (Listen) Worship in the Splendor of Holiness 96 Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;1 tremble before him, all the earth! 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.” 11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy13 before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness. Footnotes  96:9 Or in holy attire (ESV) Old Testament: Daniel 7:9–14 Daniel 7:9–14 (Listen) The Ancient of Days Reigns 9 “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. 11 “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. The Son of Man Is Given Dominion 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. (ESV) New Testament: Hebrews 2:5–18 Hebrews 2:5–18 (Listen) The Founder of Salvation 5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,18 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.2 That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,3 12 saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.” 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Footnotes  2:7 Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands  2:11 Greek all are of one  2:11 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters (ESV) Gospel: Matthew 28:16–20 Matthew 28:16–20 (Listen) The Great Commission 16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in1 the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Footnotes  28:19 Or into (ESV)
The Great Commission cannot be fulfilled apart from teaching. Today, Burk Parsons identifies what it is that Jesus has commanded His people to teach as we strive to make disciples. Get 'The Great Commission' DVD Series with Burk Parsons for Your Gift of Any Amount: https://gift.renewingyourmind.org/2181/the-great-commission Don't forget to make RenewingYourMind.org your home for daily in-depth Bible study and Christian resources.
The church has a mission to fulfill: to go and make disciples of all nations. Today, Burk Parsons examines what it means to fulfill the great commandment at the heart of Jesus' Great Commission, being disciples who make disciples of Christ. Get 'The Great Commission' DVD Series with Burk Parsons for Your Gift of Any Amount: https://gift.renewingyourmind.org/2181/the-great-commission Don't forget to make RenewingYourMind.org your home for daily in-depth Bible study and Christian resources.
What is the great commission? How should we view evangelism? What is the gift of righteousness in Romans 5:17? What version(s) of the Bible are good for study? To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1258/29
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The Lord Jesus Christ reigns as King over heaven and earth. Will we be faithful in serving Him and making disciples in His name? Today, Burk Parsons explains that Christ's sovereign authority motivates us in obeying the Great Commission. Get 'The Great Commission' DVD Series with Burk Parsons for Your Gift of Any Amount: https://gift.renewingyourmind.org/2181/the-great-commission Don't forget to make RenewingYourMind.org your home for daily in-depth Bible study and Christian resources.
Why has Jesus called His church to make disciples of all nations? Today, Burk Parsons identifies the ultimate purpose of the Great Commission: that people around the world may know and worship the Lord. Get 'The Great Commission' DVD Series with Burk Parsons for Your Gift of Any Amount: https://gift.renewingyourmind.org/2181/the-great-commission Don't forget to make RenewingYourMind.org your home for daily in-depth Bible study and Christian resources.
Right now, we are standing on the shores of history watching the tidal waves of great glory, great harvest, and great trouble coming to the earth. Jesus' teaching in John 13-17, at the last supper, was to prepare His disciples to walk in mature joy, supernatural peace, and enduring love in their most troubling hour. Just as Jesus used this to prepare the disciples for the three days of darkness and trouble, so the last supper is meant to prepare the end-time church for the events leading up to the last three and a half years of great glory and trouble. When we sit with Jesus at the table and engage in this dialogue, the result will be joy, peace, and enduring love.
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Our calling to share our faith is rooted in the biblical story of Jesus' ascension into heaven. It was on that day that Jesus gave his disciples the command we refer to as the “Great Commission,” to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). But as we study this important event, we learn that Jesus is not asking us to do anything he has not equipped us to do. He's calling us to share our witness. To tell the truth about what we've seen, what we've heard, and what we've experienced. And he does not leave us alone to figure out how to do this. As we study the biblical accounts of Ascension Day, we'll see that he promises the Holy Spirit, who will give us the power to share our faith and through our ordinary, daily testimony, he will multiply his disciples and increase his kingdom.
A new MP3 sermon from Frontline Fellowship is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Putting the Greatness Back into the Great Commission Subtitle: Mpumalanga Mission 2022 Speaker: Peter Hammond Broadcaster: Frontline Fellowship Event: Teaching Date: 5/19/2022 Length: 60 min.
John Samvura, Regional Director of GCC East Africa, joins a conversation with GCC's Director of International Ministries Corey Schmatjen. This episode of Launch is another audio track from an interview done in February 2022. Link to John Samvura interiew in Vimeo. Episode Transcript Marty Duren: Welcome to Launch, The GCC Podcast. I'm your host, Marty Duren, director of communications for the Great Commission Collective. We're a global network of churches partnering together to plant churches and strengthen leaders. On today's episode of Launch, you're going to hear GCC's director of International Ministries, Corey Schmatjen in conversation with John Samvura from Africa. John Samvura is a church planter. He is originally from Congo, but he is currently living in Rwanda. In addition to being a church planter, he is GCC's regional director in East Africa. This conversation was recorded via video at the lead conference in February, 2022. This is the audio track from that video, which you can see on our Vimeo channel. It will be linked in the show notes today. Corey: Well, welcome. My name is Corey Schmatjen and I serve with the Great Commission Collective as the director of International Ministries. And today I have with me, John Samvura. John is a church planter and our regional director of the Great Commission Collective in East Africa. John is from the Congo, but lives in Rwanda. And John, it is such a joy to have you here today. John: Thank you so much. . Corey: I was just reminiscing about our time together when we first met over one year ago in Rwanda providentially, got COVID, you know the story well? But yet God allowed us to really get to know one another over that time, get to know you, your wife Zawadi, your son, Jayden. And it was such a joy. And during that time, got to know you on more personal level and realize that, wow, the church planting runs the family. There is a legacy there, and maybe you start off just sharing a little bit about your history, particularly the legacy of your father in church planting in East Africa. John: Thank you so much, Corey. As you said, I was born in the Congo, raised in Rwanda, several other countries, and I'm Rwandan actually. I'm from Rwanda. That's where I am a Rwanda national. I live in Rwanda and work in East Africa, as you've said. My father Andres Samvura, was a pastor and a church planter in Rwanda, in Congo, and I grew up seeing him work, and by God's grace, he began the movement of the Church of the Nazarene. So wherever you see the Churches of the Nazarenes in Rwanda and influenced the churches of the Nazarenes in Congo, the Eastern part of Congo as well. And then now, a lot of churches that were well planted during his time, they're still there and they're still growing. And... Corey: How many churches? Cause, I mean, I know it's a lot. John: Yeah, it is a lot. Now they will get to about 300 churches like local churches, if you were to count local churches. But I have seen many of those churches actually begun in our living room. And as a child, we would move, plan the church, my father was involved in a training assessment and in making sure that things are happening and I saw the hand of God in doing that. And I really believe that God loves the church and the transformation of the world. God works through the church. I have high value for the church and I've seen the church being used to transform real lives and real communities over my lifetime. Corey: Now I remember hearing your story that you didn't necessarily want to be a church planter, but God moved on your heart and changed your heart to follow in the footsteps. So to speak of your father. John: Actually, I would say, God really grabbed me. I grew up trying not to be not only a church planter, but also not to be a pastor. In where I come from, you are likely going to do what your parents do. I tried not to because one of the reasons is we were moving a lot. And the more I made friends, we move. Whenever I had... I wanted to have my kids have real friends stay in a place. I don't mind moving, but I didn't mind moving even that time. I didn't want to be a pastor at that time because I thought I could do something else. I wanted to do much better. My brother who is actually one of our pastors as well in our network was to be the pastor. He went to do theology, I chose to do business information technology. I didn't want to be a pastor. I tried not, but God grabbed me and you can't run away from God, Corey. You really can't run away from God on my ordination service, I said, "I didn't want to be a pastor," and many people like, "How didn't you want to be a..." But because many of the pastors knew me, they knew how God really brought me and used different... Even as I was trying to run away, He was pursuing me. And He shaping me to this day. Now, I don't think I need something more than what I'm doing. I am so passionate about serving the church and seeing churches planted, not just any church, but Christ centered churches, Bible preaching churches. I am going to do this for as long as I'm still alive and breathing, I want to see to be part of what God is doing. This is God's doing. And I believe that this gospel of the Kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the entire world as the testimony to the nations. And then the end will come. I am pursuing this, Corey. Corey: Wait, your heart is evident for church planting. I went to the States for some training. You surrendered to God, His call upon your life. Got some training, came back planted Harvest Mahoko. But your vision, as you mentioned, is so much greater than just planting a single church. You are helping facilitate and lead a church planting network in indigenous church planting network in East Africa. With that said, what would you say to the person who would say, "But John, there are so many churches in Africa. Sub-Sahara Africa, hasn't Africa been evangelized. Why do we need more churches?" John: You know what Corey, I am passionate about church planting. And we are not pursuing just any church. We are... As I told you, I am from Rwanda. And Rwanda is known for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. And statistically, that country was over 80% Christian, but that was more of a movement. It lacked depth. It lacked personal convictions. It goes back to the history where the king became a Catholic and proclaimed the whole country as a Christian nation. And so what says the king, everybody goes. So it lacked the personal change, the personal transformation that a Christian life should be all about. And so we are pursuing making disciples and disciples who are Christ-like, who will walk with Christ, who will seek to glorify Him in all areas of life. By God's grace, we are planting and revitalizing churches in Rwanda. We have a Harvest Mahoko, as you said. It's growing really well. We have Kabare we have in several places in Rwanda, the churches that are really doing well. Now we also have ministries happening in Congo. We have churches in Masisi and Rutshuru, and we already have ready core groups in the city of Goma. And this city of Goma is a very influential city. That is where we have over 20,000 UN staff, and we want to be part of what God is doing. God is calling a people to Himself. Now, Uganda, we have Ernest Hategeka there with Christian Life Bible Church. And there, we are seeing God happen, doing amazing things in Uganda. And we have churches there and we want to plant more and revitalize the existing churches so they can be all about Christ and about His word. When you go to Kenya, we have core groups ready with Andy Ogeto in Kikuyu, we have Ken, we have a Muturi in Nyeri, I can't wait to see what God is going to do in East Africa. And you know what? Burundi as well. And I'm looking at getting to South Sudan because with all this region is known for a lot of, the Great Lakes region with a lot of wars and conflicts. And I believe Christ came so He can reconcile as to Himself and to His father, but also to one another. And we can have a family of Christ. I believe this is the right time for church planting, for church revitalization, not only Rwanda, in Africa alone, but throughout all the nations as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come. Corey: I love what you said, "You know our mission, well, planting churches and strengthening leaders." So what I hear is, we want to plant healthy local churches with strong leadership and strong elders and pluralities that can multiply and churches could be formed that are gospel centered and strong and have depth. And I know that is your heart, you're doing that. In just a recap. I mean, all these countries. So Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, also Tanzania as well, Burundi. Yeah. John: Yeah, yes, and Burundi as well. In the Dar es Salaam, we have a very ready core group with the Florian Camara leading it. And we have visited different parts of Tanzania. The land is ready for Harvest and I can't wait to just be part of what God is doing because God has been working in those countries and He will continue to work. And we just want to be part of that. And it is His mission. We will do the great commission and we want to do it within the Spirit of the great Commandment. Yeah. Corey: Well, John, as you look at forming and growing this church planting network in the Great Lakes, East Africa region, what are some of the greatest challenges that you face? And number two, how can we pray for you in that endeavor? John: Yeah. We are praying, first of all, that you stand with us in prayers so that God will raise men who are committed and ready to move and to be used by God, and God is raising them, and thank you for praying. And we want to come to pray. The Bible says that the harvest is plentiful, but they harvest as a few that we asked the Lord of the harvest to bring more harvesters to His field. And we are praying and standing and looking and we want to steward out very well those opportunities. And also we are praying that we will get churches, individuals to stand with us. Many of these churches, they just need resourcing to be able to get their leaders trained and equipped well, and also resource to have places of worship to begin with, and we are planting strategically. We want to resource the churches that will multiply and be able to grow on their own. So we are looking at people to stand with us so we can be able to bring together these pastors at least once a year, so we can bring them together for more retraining, strategizing together, praying together, and also being more sharpened and equipped. We are praying that God will help bring people who will stand with us in these countries. In Rwanda, we want to build the churches lands available, and we are looking at resources to put up the buildings. In Uganda as well. Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is ready. The land is available. The core group is ready. We are praying that God will bring forth people to stand with us. So we can launch those churches in Kenya as well. Andy Ogeto in Kikuyu, Ken and Muturi. We are praying that God will bring forth a people who want to go out and with our resources to go and be part of what is God is doing. You may not be able to go physically as Corey, you are coming, but people can stand with us and resource us to go on the field. And we are looking at great harvest and God is in this. And it is His church. It is His mission and ours is to glorify Him and just be part of what He is doing. Corey: Well thank you John. Having been in an Africa, I do believe God is on the move and using you in significant ways. It is an honor to have you here with us. We'll be praying for you, and can't wait to see how God grows our partnership with you in the years to come. So thank you so much. John: You're most welcome, Corey. Thank you so much. Corey: Well, for more information about the Great Commission Collective, you can see gccollective.org, all that we are doing both North America and abroad and fulfilling the Great Commission. 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By Adhering to Jesus' “Great Commission” -- “go . . . and make disciples”, You Are Following Jesus MESSAGE SUMMARY: God said told all Jesus Followers to “go and make disciples” not to “make decisions”. In other words, we are to bring the Gospel to others with whom we have or with whom we develop a personal relationship. Therefore, we are to leave the “conversion” or the “decision” of others to become a Christian up to the Holy Spirit. Our job, as Jesus Followers, is to “go and make disciples”. In Jesus' last instructions to His Apostles and to you, before His Ascension to Heaven from Earth, is in Mathew 28:16-20 -- Jesus' Great Commission: “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”. A disciple is a student, a follower, a learner. Making a disciple is not about classes. Making a disciple it about investing yourself in the life of another person – discipling is having a personal relationship with another person so that they see the life of Christ in you. Have you been discipled, or have you made a disciple? Not “going and making disciples” is your “great omission” as a Christian. TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, in order to be with you, I need you to show me how to “create a desert” in the midst of my full, active life. Cleanse me from the pressures, illusions, and pretenses that confront me today so that my life may serve as a gift to those around me. Amen. Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 26). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, My life is about Christ. (Philippians 1:21). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”. (Philippians 4:14). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mathew 28:16-20; Mathew 9:36-38; Mathew 10:16-33; Psalms 115:1-18. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “The Resurrection Part 3: Jesus Gives Us His Great Commission Just Before His Ascension”, at our Website: https://awordfromthelord.org/listen/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB
In the Great Commission, we were given direction from Jesus to go and make disciples. That means our heart is not just to help people to find Jesus but to help them follow him. In fact, those were the simple words Jesus utilized when he challenged people to change the direction of their lives toward him. He said the two words, “follow me.“ Join us for this brand new series as we put a focus on growing in Christ and becoming more like him.
America is chock full of people who like to consider themselves impactful leaders. But what are they stewards of? Thriving businesses? A unique long-term vision? The Great Commission? Or is it all just a multi-decade, ego-centric quest for being perceived as a leader? Join Kevin as we take a look at one of the most important truths gleaned from the Bible: leadership exists to serve stewardship! // Download this episode's Application & Action questions and PDF transcript at whitestone.org.
MCML Podcast E131: From Fear to Faith with Pastor AmitPastor Amit is one of the faithful servants of the Lord and a beloved partner of GHI in spreading the gospel in India. He shares about what he has experienced during this time of pandemic. Find out what keeps him motivated and encouraged and his dreams and prayers for this year. In this episode: People's fear during the pandemic in 2021 The verse that encouraged Pastor Amit during the difficult year What pastor Amit is claiming God for this 2022 Links:Get your copy today on Amazon and kevinwhite.usGet your copu of Audacious Generosity on AmazonCheck out Pastor Kevin's another podcast The Kevin White Show and Living The Dream PodcastSubscribe to a one-minute motivation series called Generously BlessedLet's get you published! Visit Spirit MediaJoin the Writer's Club__________________________ About Missions Changed My Life Podcast A weekly podcast for the missionary in all of us. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Changing the World is a daunting task, but when we go on an international mission trip God can use that to change our world forever. Fellow travelers share real-life stories of radical transformation as a result of going on a mission trip. Find yourself right in the middle of a missions team being transformed by God. Receive practical resources as God uses missions to change your life. More about Missions Changed My Life Podcast. About Kevin White Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin's newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin's why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has started and helped start hundreds of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is an expert in church leadership and business development. Kevin's shepherd's heart can be seen in his speaking and writing. He integrates Biblical principles and worship into everything he does. Kevin's strategy is to help people transform into the likeness of Jesus. Find more from Kevin White including his blog, podcast shows, YouTube Channel, and Generously Blessed 1MM One Minute Motivational Series at https://kevinwhite.us Website: kevinwhite.usInstagram: @kevinwhiteusFacebook: @kevinwhite.usaTwitter: @kevinwhiteusLinkedIn: @kevinwhiteusEmail Kevin Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India About Global Hope India Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to India and short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children's ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions. Global Hope India is a Christian charity that raises funds for India. 92% of every dollar given benefits gospel outreach projects in India such as church planting, orphan care, clean water projects, bibles, medical clinics, etc. Our partners in India serve the Baptist mission in India, Church of God in India as well as independent Christian churches. We do one thing - advance the gospel in India. We do it in one way - through the local church in India. Join us today by praying for India, giving to God's work in India and going virtually or in person to make disciples in India. Find out more information at https://globalhopeindia.org GHI Resources & Contact Info:Resource CenterGHI FacebookGHI Instagram: @globalhopeindiaGHI Twitter: @globalhopeindia
How do we approach discipleship with a biblical sound AND educationally sophisticated framework that leads to genuine transformation? This series of reflections comes from over 15 years worth of learnings through Peter Botross' studies and service in ministry environments. Through this series, we hope to equip you with transformational discipleship practices that are both biblically sound and educationally sophisticated. Be blessed in Jesus.
What is the Great Commission really? As ministers of the gospel are we just content to preach about evangelizing and missions, or do we take it to the next level and make witnessing to the lost our primary purpose for Christ?
MATTHEW 28: 11-20Are you aware of what your focus or mission is?Today, Jesus gives us, in his resurrected appearance to his followers, the mission of the church - what we exist for. Jesus comes to us in the midst of our hope and in the midst of our skepticism, and says, “Peace be with you. I know you, I love you, and I call you to myself.”
On this episode of Mission Minded we are joined by Christopher Flanders and Werner Mischke, authors of the book Honor, Shame, and The Gospel. Christians engaged in communicating the gospel navigate a challenging tension: faithfulness to God’s ancient, revealed Word—and relevance to the local, current social context. What if there was a lens or paradigm offering both? Understanding the Bible—particularly the gospel—through the ancient cultural “language” of honor-shame offers believers this double blessing. An honorific gospel offers new points of resonance with communities where shame and honor are critical values, including most unreached peoples. In Honor, Shame, and the Gospel, over a dozen practitioners and scholars from diverse contexts and fields add to the ongoing conversation around the theological and missiological implications of an honorific gospel. Eight illuminating case studies explore ways to make disciples in a diversity of social contexts—for example, East Asian rural, Middle Eastern refugee, African tribal, and Western secular urban. Honor, Shame, and the Gospel provides valuable resources to impact the ministry efforts of the church, locally and globally. Linked with its ancient honor-shame cultural roots, the gospel, paradoxically, is ever new—offering fresh wisdom to Christian leaders and optimism to the church for our quest to expand Christ’s kingdom and serve the worldwide mission of God. Show Notes: Purchase the book: https://missionbooks.org/products/honor-shame-and-the-gospel Mission Minded Podcast: In Matthew 28:18-20, we are commissioned by Christ to make disciples of all the nations. Living in light of this scriptural call can be challenging. Join the Mission Minded podcast and participate in discussions with mission-minded individuals that come from diverse backgrounds, working all over the world, to bring some of the challenges into the light. The ITEC team hosts special guests who tell stories, ask questions, and inspire us to use our God-given gifts to take the Gospel to our neighbors and the nations. Mission Minded Podcast is produced by ITEC. The goal of this podcast is to inspire conversations about Great Commission participation. The views, organizations, and individuals represented, interviewed, and discussed on the podcast do not necessarily represent an official position or formal partnerships with ITEC.
[* This is week #4 in our sermon series entitled 'Marks of a Healthy Church' in which we are using selected passages from God's Word to explore the "four ships" or "armada" of the church: Worship, Discipleship, Fellowship and Stewardship. Those four pillars support everything that characterizes a healthy, impactful and God-honoring church. * David Hayes got us started with a 2-week examination of the building blocks of the church by using key passages in Acts 2 and Acts 4 about the early church. This provided a great reminder that the church does not need to reinvent itself to align with the culture. Rather, we need to rely on God's Word to provide all that we need to function effectively in this increasingly chaotic, God-rejecting and Biblically-illiterate world in which we live. * Then last week, Pastor Bob took us back a step to consider the foundation of those 4 pillars, and of the church itself, as we looked at Jesus' vitally important question in Matthew 16, "Who do you say that I am?". For without a proper understanding of WHO Jesus is, and what He accomplished through the cross and His resurrection, the church has no basis for having any value or impact on the world today (see 1 Cor. 15:1-19) * And now, this morning, we want to take some time to focus on just one of those “ships” or "pillars", namely Discipleship. We'll start by looking at the nature of true discipleship, and then take a look at what I believe is one of the too often neglected disciplines of discipleship, namely how we deal with sin in the church. In other words, the discipline of church discipline. I'll then share a few thoughts about the power behind effective discipleship and church discipline, before wrapping things up by talking about how we can apply what we learn this morning in the context of Jesus' Great Commission of Matthew 28. * This message was presented on May 15, 2022 by Chuck Sabo.
The Great Commission has catalyzed tens of millions of Jesus followers to share their faith over the centuries. Christians have been compelled to share the good news of Jesus to family members, friends, and coworkers, to people in their communities and beyond, to other cities, states, nations, and continents. Countless vulnerable, exploited and abused children have been rescued, millions of hungry have been fed, desperately poor communities have been given resources, water wells have been dug, and education has been provided all in the name of Jesus and His command to “go”. Still, some Christians feel guilt around the idea of “going” (or not going, as it were). Others question some of the unintentional negative consequences of well-meaning Christians whose efforts caused complications or even harm to people in other parts of the world. What's did Jesus mean when He told His disciples to “go”? What do these words mean to us in 21st century Santa Barbara, California? Let's talk about the good news of the Great Commission.