Thanks to reader Sharon O.
She’s a twenty something and Chinese (centre of the photo). She works as a legal secretary.
Immediately she began doing Discovery Bible study with her family who live in a remote village in the north of China. After three weeks her brother gave his life to Christ and Joy baptised him over the phone!
Her mum is a believer, so while Joy said, “I baptise you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” her mum poured the bucket of water.
Joy asked me, Did I do the right thing?”
I asked her, “What does the Bible say?”
“Steve there are no mobile phones in the Bible!”
So I said, “Joy, was your brother lost and is he now found? Was he dead and now he is alive?”
“Yes, she said.”
“You did the right thing.” I assured her.
There is no church in the village, so Joy is taking her mum, brother, his wife, and her nephew through basic discipleship using the Seven Commands of Christ.
Then she’s going to help them become the first church in their village.
Joy has translated the first four discipleship studies into Chinese for her family and made them available to others. There’s a Chinese-English version and a Chinese only version.
Reports like these keep coming in from around Australia.
This from James a MOVE coworker:
Yesterday as I was playing with Jed at the park I met a lady with a boy the same age. She and her husband are from China, and it just so happened that she has been looking for someone to read the Bible with! She doesn’t know Jesus yet, but her and her husband are coming over for tea on Sunday night. I invited ourselves over but she didn’t want to do that this time. Very excited
This came in overnight. . .
Had Lucy and David come over for dinner tonight and we did a Discovery Bible Study. It was a bit hard to engage both of them at the same time as David was chasing after their boy as we talked. They were both extremely responsive, Lucy gave her heart to the Lord, and I am pretty sure David will tonight when he goes home. Lucy is also going to start telling her friends and family about the peace she was feeling in heart once she had prayed! We’ll catch up with them again next week
James and Sarah are headed for Bangkok next year as MOVE workers. We know they’ll do well, because they are already doing in Australia what they need to do in Thailand.
Everywhere we train, and people implement, the gospel is getting out, people are coming to faith and are moving into discipleship. We’re not multiplying groups and churches yet, but we’re having lots of fun trying.
Isn’t this what we all signed up for?
Greenville: men are coming to Christ via T4T in 9 new Camo groups. Men who love the outdoors are conducting evangelistic/discipleship studies at hunting lodges, boat docks, and bait and tackle shops. One man who came to Christ believed this needed to occur in families, as well, and began to disciple his family.
Dallas: a man from the Middle East was asked “If God could do a miracle in your life, what is it and can I pray for you?” When he heard the prayer would be in Jesus? name, he realized the importance of the conversation because he had been reading the Koran for many years and was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. He wanted to know how he could follow Jesus. Since giving his life to Christ and being baptized, he has started a church that now has 6 new Muslim-background believers who have come to faith in Christ.
Cleveland: two evangelistic Bible studies using 7 Stories of Hope were started in two different tattoo shops, and a 1% biker hears the Gospel.
Charlotte: a group of Nepalese go out Gospeling on Saturdays and are leading people to Christ.
Boston: we recently held a T4T training with I am Second groups. Each morning, basics of the faith, were taught, like sharing your story and Jesus? story and how to lead a basic discipleship Bible study. During the week, the Gospel was presented 205 times; there were 67 professions of faith in Jesus Christ, and the local churches started 20 I am Second Bible studies. One lady in Charlestown was out exercising and was asked the “miracle question.” She shared that she had a difficult relationship with family. The team prayed for her, then shared the Gospel. When asked if she would like to respond, she said yes and explained how she had felt that a higher power had been leading her to that moment. After the team explained the Gospel to her, she gave her life to Christ. They began discipling her within 24 hours of her profession of faith, and one of the local Bostonian couples is now following up with her at her house discipling her.
Cleveland: A young man was asked the “miracle question,” and he explained that he was in a difficult financial crisis and felt very far from God. We shared the second story of Hope, the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector at the temple. We asked him with whom he identified in the story and why, and he shared the tax collector because he felt sin separated him from God. I shared the Gospel with him, and he asked for someone to come to his house to start a Bible study; he wanted to know how to follow Jesus.
Nashville: Evangelistic Bible studies have been started with some great friends from the Middle East! Pray the power of the Gospel brings them into the Kingdom.
You may be wondering how Jeff could be paid for having so much fun. Like many missionaries he raises his own support. If you’d like to get behind Jeff and his vision for reaching 50 US cities here’s where you go.
Really enjoying Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion. Great insights on the Christian faith in America. Plenty of implications for the rest of the Western world.
Here’s his Q&A with Christianity Today.
Is there any limit to how far Christian progressives can fall from Jesus’ teaching on sexuality?
What amazes me is not their fall, but the reluctance of those to uphold the teaching of Jesus, and the whole of Scripture, to resist them. We are damned by our silence. We are damned by our support of denominational structures and theological institutions that are unfaithful to a Biblical view of sexuality.
Every movement that accommodates itself to the spirit of the age is headed for decline and decay. No exceptions.
The second session by Dale Jones on sharing the gospel and multiplying disciples among Buddhists.
UPDATE: Download link fixed.
Recently I interviewed Gary Stump on how he had transitioned a traditional church plant into a disciple making movement.
Here’s an update on how things are going.
We currently have in excess of 120 groups containing more than 600 people.
We have groups to 5 generations. Some of these groups (a few) are forming
into churches–which has been the greatest challenge. But we do have one
3rd generation church! More people are hearing the gospel in our community
each day and we’re seeing many coming to Christ.
Thanks for asking and for all you do in serving our Lord! You’re a special
blessing to me.
By the way, Ying and Grace are coming to Onward this weekend. We have a lot
of training scheduled, but also have two meetings scheduled with over 150
key Christian leaders and business people to hear Ying cast vision for
reaching our community. Please be praying that some of these dynamic
Christian business leaders will get a vision for using T4T to reach our city
Onward in Christ’s love,
Make sure you listen to the interview. God is doing something very significant for all of us who want to see disciple making movements in Western world.
Pakistan, Kenya, Syria and Egypt—the violence continues against Christians.
According to Mollie Hemingway, after yet another bloody weekend, it’s time to speak frankly about who’s killing Christians and why.
I’ll be heading to England in November the Newforms Gathering, Nov 29-Dec 1.