The following is my notes from David Platt’s message at the Send North America Conference on July 31, 2012.
How do we finish up this great conference? I hope this will be an encouragement to you.
When I was in Cuba my view of ministry was flipped upside down. There is no programs or presentations. There are pockets of Christians who are sharing the gospel like wildfire. They kept it small, kept it simple and quiet. They are planting churches all across the island. One church had planted over 60 other churches. One of their church plants have planted 25 other churches. There is exponential growth.
One of these leaders was brought before the communist council and brought a big rock with him. They asked what the rock was about and he said if you make me stop talking about Jesus this rock will do it. The people thought he was crazy and let him go.
This is what this brother is like. So I asked him how he did it. How has he planted all these churches. I was ready for something great and had my notebook all ready and he said two three words, “We make disciples.”
It just made we wonder, what if we did not have all the money and resources that we have. What would happen? Would we be making disciples like many of our brothers and sisters are doing around the world? Continue reading
The following post is my notes from Johnny Hunt’s message at the Send North America Conference on July 31, 2012.
His Story Affects Our Relationships
I want to talk tonight from John 17 and about how when we are united God is glorified.
This message could be titled, “Lord, listen to your son praying.”
One thing we all know is that Jesus is God’s gift from the Father, but the bible also teaches that we are God’s gift to the son. Continue reading
The following are my notes from John Mark Clifton’s workshop on Church Revitalization.
Money does not grow a church or Warren Road Baptist Church would have never declined.
We call it legacy church planting. That is planting a new church in a declining or dying church.
800 SBC churches close each year and dying churches rob God of his glory.
85% of all SBC churches are in decline. Without new churches the SBC will be in critical decline.
This is not easy. It is the hardest thing I have done and harder than any other church plant I have done.
This ministry builds on the legacy of ministry in dying church. You need to learn the history of the church. When you do that it is so important for the older members.
The following are my notes from JD Greear’s talk at the Send North America Conference on July 31, 2012.
I do not feel like I deserve to be here. We kind of backed into church planting at the Summit. I did more of a revitalization than a church plant.
However, the gospel spreads through ordinary people. In Acts we see that it is ordinary people who share this message and spread it. As regular people are empowered to be apart of church planting it really starts to take off. Each church plant we have done we have we have been able to send 20-30 people as a team to different parts of the world.
Do what you do well and do it somewhere strategic for the glory of God.
I am grateful for NAMB and the leadership.
Here is my thesis for this talk: Effective sending is the result of seeing the promises of the gospel.
I want us to walk through one of the most mysterious places in all of Scripture. I want to go to Mark 14 and Christ in the garden before he went to die. I want to pull back the curtain on our Lord and savior for us today. I will not be giving practical wisdom or steps for us to do. I just want us to look at Christ and get a vision of his glory. Everything that I can say and do about Christ in this passage is going to fall so short. We should just tremble at this passage. Continue reading
The following are my notes from John Bisagno’s message at the Send North America Conference on July 31, 2012.
Let’s talk about balance today.
Only 1 out of 5 seminary students are still in the ministry 8 years later. We want you to make it.
If I could take all the lessons I have learned about persevering to the end and summarize it in one word it would be: BALANCE.
1. Balance Hard Work And Prayer
Jesus wants to work in his kingdom, not play and work. I need to work hard and need I pray hard. If you put him first then he puts you first. Early morning prayer is critical. I pray for one hour every day with no exceptions.
How do we connect with people from a different culture and language?
Learn The Right Perspective
Did you know that we are all ethnocentric? We focus on our own culture and think that it is the right way.
How did Jesus see the world? (John 4)
Did you ever wonder how this woman in John 4 knew that Jesus was a Jew? Maybe it was the way he smelled? Maybe it was his accent? Maybe it was the way he dressed?
In some culture sleeping on a mattress is not a norm. When we were at Vietnam we slept on the floor. The interesting thing about these people was that they were from America, but they kept this cultural distinctive.
Our culture teaches us what is right and wrong and we assume that is what should be right in their cultures. Continue reading
The following is my notes of the panel discussion at the Send North America Conference in Atlanta, GA. Here are the names of the panelists: James Dixon Jr., Carlos Navarro, Brian Galloway, Benny Wong, Aslam Mashim
What is the primary people group you are seeking to reach? What is the population of that people group in North America? What cities are they the most?
Dixon: I am reaching out to African Americans. There are over 40 million in the US. Washington D.C. and New York and cities in the south have a large population.
Navarro: We are reaching Mexicans and Texas is one of the largest populations next to California. There are 44 million mexicans in North America.