Pioneering Movements in SE Asia [podcast]

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Steve and Amie are catalysts for a multiplying movement in SE Asia. Hear the lessons they learnt along the way. Be amazed at what God has done, and sobered by the price that was paid.

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Jeff Sundell — Multiplying Disciples 101 [video]

Here’s how Jeff Sundell trains people in multiplying disciples and churches.

Don’t waste your time just watching the videos.

You don’t know it until you are doing it. Practice all the skills with someone else and then go out and do something.

You don’t know it until you can teach someone else. Train someone and take them out with  you.

Paul’s No Place Left Vision: Nathan Shank [podcast]

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Nathan Shank explains what Paul meant when he said, “Now . . . there is no more place for me to work in these regions” (Rom 15:23). Nathan unpacks how Paul could say that his job was finished across the eastern half of the Roman Empire.

How can we cast vision, and trust God, for “no place left”?

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The State of American Theology: Free ebook

Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research have set out to determine what adult Americans believe in seven key doctrinal areas. The result is the new The Gospel Project eBook, The State of American Theology, a collection of research and thoughtful essay responses from renowned theologians, including:

  • Why Theological Study Is For Everyone by Jared Wilson
  • The Love of God by D. A. Carson?
  • Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by JD Greear
  • The Marks of the Church by Mark Dever
  • All Nations and Church Planting by Ed Stetzer
  • The Pillar of the Truth by Steve Timmis
  • Not So Fast by Trevin Wax
  • Soli Deo Gloria by John Piper
  • Bible Believing. Bible Obeying by Burk Parsons
  • What Should We Say? by Jonathan Akin?
  • Dealing with Doubt by Randy Alcorn?
  • Lust and Chastity by Thabiti Anyabwile
  • Ordinary Christian Work by Tim Challies
  • Christian Parenting by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  • Pain: God’s Megaphone by Alistair Begg
  • A Teachable Spirit by Justin Taylor?
  • The Blessings of Humility by Jerry Bridges
  • Sabbath Rest by Sinclair Ferguson
  • The Holy Love of God by R.C. Sproul
  • The Breath of God by Derek Thomas?
  • Bearers of God’s Image by Trillia Newbell?
  • The Biblical Evidence for Hell by Christopher Morgan
  • The New Heavens and New Earth by Dennis Johnson
  • What Is The Gospel? by Ray Ortlund
  • Preach the Gospel, and Since It’s Necessary, Use Words by Ed Stetzer
  • Only One Way by Bruce Ware?
  • And many more…

Download the book for a limited time (PDF)

via CrossPoints

We’re off!

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Michelle and I are heading off this week on a camping holiday in the English countryside.

Should be no problem, it’s summer.

Jeff Sundell — pioneering movements in the city and among ethnic groups [video]

Jeff Sundell talks about multiplying disciples and churches in the inner-city and ethnic groups.

It’s nice to be hearing the stories of people who are doing something. Even better, stories about new disciples who are doing something.

It’s not a movement unless it is being spread by insiders.

What on earth is ‘the work of the Lord’?

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I recently received an invitation to a conference at which one of the speakers described himself as someone who was,

“passionate about combining parish-based ministry and urban agriculture as platform for integrating personal discipleship, community, and eco-mission.”

How our understanding of mission has changed over the last hundred years. At least in the West.

Mission has become everything we do in the name of Christ. There are no priorities.

In 1 Cor 15:58, Paul concludes his great defence of the resurrection of believers by drawing the ethical implications. Given the resurrection, the Corinthians can and should devote themselves ‘to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord [their] labour is not in vain’. But what exactly does Paul mean by the phrase ‘the work of the Lord’? 

In Surprised by Hope, NT Wright represents a new generation of evangelicals who have broadened their understanding of mission. Regarding 1 Cor 15:58 he says,

What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbour as yourself—all these things will last into God’s future.

Paul Stephens agrees that 1 Cor 15:58, “brings new meaning to those whose toil is in so-called secular work: the arts, education, business and politics.”

But is that what Paul meant by “the work of the Lord”?

Not according to Peter Orr who argues that ‘the work of the Lord’ refers to what believers do to advance the gospel among unbelievers and to establish believers in the gospel.

In exhorting the Corinthians to abound in ‘the work of the Lord’, Paul is calling on them to give themselves to the specific work of proclaiming the gospel and building the church (i.e., evangelism and edification). Throughout this letter to the Corinthians, this is precisely what Paul has exhorted them to do (1 Cor 10:31–11:1; 14:12). What this looks like in practice will, of course, vary. It could mean risking their lives like Epaphroditus (Phil 2:30); it could be serving the needs of other believers like Stephanus (1 Cor 16:15); and it could be speaking the truth in love like the Ephesians (Eph 4:12).

But crucially the goal of this work is building the church, and it is this that the Corinthians are to prioritise. Because there is a resurrection and those who are ‘dead in Christ’ will be raised to bear glorious bodies like Christ, believers must give themselves to the work of calling men and women to faith in Christ and to the work of ensuring they remain in Christ.

You have one life to live. There is nothing more important than understanding and obeying Christ’s call to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything he has commanded. So, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Coming to a city near you….

I’ve heard some great things about these guys.

Hey, when are you coming to the UK?

UPDATE: Chris Clayman, Director of Global Gates Network asks, “What will it take to reach the unreached peoples in our cities?”

Searching for a house of peace in Leicester, UK [podcast]

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In this podcast you’ll hear reports from the Leicester Mission (July 6-11, 2015).

Our aim was to apply what Jesus taught his disciples to do in finding houses of peace. Fred Campbell unpacks a house of peace search. Nick Duffy (Manchester) and Russell Godward (Essex) talk about how they took the lessons they learnt in Leicester and applied them back home.

Find out more about the 3Circles gospel presentation which was mentioned in the podcast.

UPDATE: My report on the Mission Week including some of the nuts and bolts.

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The Lost History of Christianity 99c on Kindle

According to Phillip Jenkins, the particular shape of Christianity with which we are familiar is a radical departure from what was for well over a millennium the historical norm: another, earlier global Christianity once existed. 

For most of its history, Christianity was a tricontinental religion, with powerful representation in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and this was true into the fourteenth century.

Christianity became predominantly European not because this continent had any obvious affinity for that faith, but by default: Europe was the continent where it was not destroyed.

“The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia–and How It Died” (Philip Jenkins)

via Tim Challies

UPDATE

While you’re there, a well recommended study of the questions that Jesus asked is just $1.99.

“All That Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us by Guthrie, Stan (2010) Paperback” (Baker Books)