3 Circles

Movement Pioneers know what to do on Monday morning

Ray Vaughn

Ray Vaughn

What does your Monday morning mission look like? 

This just came in from Ray Vaughn,

Dear friends and family

Yesterday we prayed for a young guy that was far from God.

He asked us to pray for a girl he had beat up on a weak ago.

He gave us the apartment number and we made our way over there. They came to their door the same time we did. We asked to pray for them and they invited us in.

We shared the 3 circles Gospel presentation with them and they all three received the Lord. They received their identity in Christ, and taught who to share with and what to say. They decided to meet together as church!!

Many times when the Gospel is shared with folks there is a positive reception but then the enemy comes in and steals away the seed.

Please pray for this fragile church start.

Ray

Discipling this group will be messy. Broken people are not put back together overnight. But why would you want to do anything else?

So is your Monday morning missional engagement as clear and real as this?

If it’s not, don’t keep trying harder. Something needs to be different. Get some basic training from someone who knows what to do on Monday morning. Find someone who has fresh stories of people far from God who are now learning to follow and obey Jesus.

The gospel works in Kisumu UPDATED

Trainees sharing the gospel in Kisumu

Trainees sharing the gospel in Kisumu

I’m in Kisumu, Kenya this week training 50 young Africans to multiply disciples and churches.

We took a long lunch and went out looking for people and houses of peace. Some of the brothers were invited back to visit the two young men and meet their families.

The wives were believers, but the husbands were far from God. Our trainees led the men to Christ using the 3Circles gospel presentation.

Tomorrow they will return to the home to begin the first lesson in discipleship — Repent and Believe: the Story of Zacchaeus.

UPDATE: The trainees are out again this lunchtime looking for houses of peace. Four houses have already opened up for a return visit — either to share the gospel or begin discipleship lessons. Tomorrow is our last day of training, but local workers will continue the discipleship.

Putting the gospel to work

I regularly get emails like these soon after our initial Following and Fishing training.

This one from a youth leader:

Unbelievable news, you challenged us to give it a go, and so on the car ride back from football, God gave me the chance to share the gospel with my best friend. So I gave the 3 Circle thing a bash and it really really helped me speak with clarity, and guess what after years of praying and chatting he was a green light and so driving along on the way back from Football he surrendered his life to Jesus ..... Unbelievable!!!! So delighted and amazed to see God working so powerfully, and awesome to be a part of it!!!

This one from a pastor:

Thank you so much for your equipping and encouragement last week. I met with four Muslim friends yesterday afternoon. After listening to an audio track of the creation story and having a Discovery Bible type discussion, we then explained the 3 Circles. When we asked them which circle described them best, three said they were with Jesus, pursuing God’s Plan. The fourth said he was in Brokenness but wanted to move to the Jesus circle.

We all stood as he prayed and gave his life to the Lord!

We asked one of the guys to re-teach the 3 Circles in their language. We encouraged them all to share the 3 Circles with a friend before we meet again.

They understand that our aim is for them to lead the gatherings in their own language within a few weeks. I’m hopeful that another two or three guys will join the group next time! It feels like quite a breakthrough, and the diagram was so helpful in bringing clarity to everyone’s place on the journey.

It’s just a beginning, but it is a beginning.

I remind people that the 3 Circles doesn’t “work”. The gospel “works.” The 3 Circles is a great way to present the gospel. God does the work through the Word and the Spirit. We partner.

The reason people aren’t coming to faith in Britain is that we aren’t sharing the gospel, and making disciples who learn to obey everything that Jesus commanded.

So, if you live in the UK, why not attend our last Following and Fishing training for 2015 in Manchester?