Jonathan Dodson returns in an interview with Stew, on the topic of Risk & Adventure in the Christian life. Jonathan sheds some light on the dangers of the gospel and some practical next steps for believers to begin engaging the world around them.
Expounding on Isaiah 58:1-14, Dr. Keller calls us to live lives of justice and mercy in the world today.
Check out this clip of JR Woodward during a breakout session from Exponential 2011: On the Verge. In this session he breaks down the skills and gifts of Apostle, Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet, and Teacher, and how these giftings affect the community dynamic.
Is the gospel dangerous? Absolutely. It demands your life, submission to King Jesus instead of submission to self. In fact, it will actually call us to die to ourselves, and for some to even risk their lives. But the logic of the gospel is not denial for denialâ€™s sake.
"I wonder if the reason why Jesus keeps this risk element in play is that it forces us to be reliant upon Him to intervene." Alex weighs in on the topic of Risk & Adventure in the life of the Christian. See what it has looked like for Alex to trust God in varying, risky situations.
Stew from Verge Network interviews Jo Saxton about how the gospel calls us to risk and adventure, as opposed to comfort and ease. She answers why the gospel is dangerous and what an adventurous faith has looked like in her life.
Jeff Vanderstelt, pastor and leader of SOMA Communities in Tacoma, WA, begins his talk with this phrase, "If you don't know the context in which you are doing ministry, then you are going to be pretty ineffective for ministry." He goes on to unpack the essence of leadership as knowledge, belief, and skill, and explains the biblical principle of making our leadership transferrable.
In this session, Dr. Tim Keller begins with two important biblical concepts: a) justification by faith alone and b) justice. He draws our attention to the overwhelming and destructive tendency of many to focus on one concept at the expense of the other.
In this session, Dr. Tim Keller talks about the importance of cities throughout history and the biblical call to reach our cities. Unlike any other place, the urban core is a broad collection of culture, innovation, and need. Here, Keller, gives a biblical theology of the city, how fast they change, and how urban churches should look. This talk encourages us with a redeemed perspective of the "why", "what", and "how" to reach our cities.
Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge), author of The Mission of God, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-1988) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001.
In this training session Jeff unpacks the Gospel and what it looks like to be fluent in the Gospel. In other words, the Gospel has to become second nature if we are to engage in the mission of God effectively.
Innovation is the implementation of missional imagination and to do mission as Jesus does it. The goal in this move is for each individual and church to "do it." The outcome of every Christ follower and church living sent lives on mission is a missional movement.
Imagination is key in order for God's people to see the mission as Jesus sees it. The goal in this move is for each individual and church to "see it." Once a follower or church is able to "see it" then a missional movement is possible.
The big point is this: Jesus loves children. In fact, He REALLY REALLY LOVES children! Love for children is very close to the Father's heart, and thus to the heart of Jesus. This means that for all of us, whether we're married or single, young or old, children should be a priority.
How can our children join us in the overall mission? How do we disciple them all week long? How do we make sure the mission is accessible for them? How do we insure they can participate? And, how do we help them reach their peers as well?
Not every group is going to experience leading the masses into a relationship with Jesus. Every group should be evangelistically effective at some level though. So, why is it that some groups are ineffective when it comes to being evangelistically missional?
Check out this video for Hugh Halter and Matt Smay's new book "And: The Gathered and Scattered Church." By all appearances, it looks like we are â€œdoingâ€ church better than we ever have. In the past thirty years the number of mega-churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500. In the past ten years the number of multi-site churches has increased from under 100 to over 2,000. By the numbers...
Leonce Crump and his Missional Community at Renovation Church talk about the joys and challenges of planting a church in a diverse neighborhood in Atlanta.