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1 . Session 1 The Church

2 .Signature on the universe

3 . Group Exercise 1. What is the Church? (Eg: Body of Christ - Eph 1:23) What is it not? What is it not? (Eg: A building – II Chron 7) 2. Who is the Church? (Eg: Those who remain in the vine – Jn 15:5) Who are not included in the Church? Who are not included in the Church? (Eg: False prophets – Mt 7:15) 3. What are biblical metaphors for the Church? (Eg: Resident aliens – I Pet 2:11)

4 . Compare - What is the Church? A unity of gender, class, ethnos – Gal 3:28, Eph 2:15 A place where God’s presence is – Eph 2:22 Eph 2:22 A living eschatology, future kingdom demonstrated now - Eph 3:10 Eph 3:10 A testimony of Jesus – Rev 19:10 Rev 19:10

5 . A people in continuity with OT – Acts 2:17-21 Acts 2:17-21 The people of God whether or not led by clergy Answer to the Lord’s prayer: provision, forgiveness, equity, protection – Mt 6:10 Incarnation of Body and Blood of Jesus – I Cor 11:23-26

6 . Only institution that has potential to nurture, teach, equip, and mobilize its people for mission from cradle to grave

7 . Compare - What is it not? Those who do not practice what they preach – Mat 23:3 Those who do not obey Jesus – Luke 6:46 Those who live according to sinful nature – Rom 8:13 Cowardly, unbelieving, vile, murders, sexually immoral, practice magic – Rev 21:8

8 . Constrained or limited by affiliation or denomination

9 . Compare: Who is the Church? Those who have repented (Mt 4:17), been saved (Jn 3:16), live consistent with repentance (Mt 3:8), are sanctified (Jn 17:17, and commissioned (Mt 28:19) Those who strive to be perfect (Mt 5:48) Those who do the Father’s will (Mt 7:21) Those who hear and practice (Mt 7:21

10 . Those who serve others (Mt 20:26) Those who love neighbors (Lk 10:28-37) Those who leave all for Jesus (Lk 14:16) Those who carry Christ’s cross (Lk 14:27) Those who receive the bread and cup (Lk 22:17) Those who serve Jesus (Jn 12:26)

11 . Those who obey (Jn 15:10) Those led by the Spirit (Rom 8:14) Son’s of God (Rm 8:14) Ambassadors of reconciliation (Rom 8:19) Those conformed to Christ’s image (Rm 8:29) Members of God’s household (Eph 2:19)

12 . Loved who are rebuked and disciplined (Rev 3:9) Those on who’s hearts the Law is written (2 Cor 3:1-3) Those who experience God’s lavish grace (Rom 8:9-17) Community of special grace (Abraham, Israel, Church

13 . Compare – Who are not included? Those who do not practice what they teach (Mt 23:3 Those who do not obey (Lk 6:46) Those who live according to sinful nature (Rm 8:13) Cowardly, unbelieving, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, practice magic arts (Rev 21:8)

14 . Compare: Metaphors Resident aliens (Gen 12:11) Colony of heaven Story of people’s journey toward a goal Model of the future

15 . Compare: Metaphors Adventurous colony in an unbelieving society Salt, light, living letter, ambassadors, priests, good neighbors, faithful servants, first fruit, living stones

16 .Characteristics Theology of adequacy vs abundance (Mt 20:13-15) Founded on the concept of the Kingdom of God (Acts 28:23-31) Values biblically dependent vs culturally dependent Confronts culture with the truth claims of Scripture Sees consequences of sin as “our” problem vs “their” problem Committed to long term journey/process

17 . Characteristics Cont. Demonstrates shalom which shows world its need for redemption Proclaims that God’s agenda is “most exciting game in town” Gives skills to name and respond to what is happening Life together allows ability to talk about God without apology People who acknowledge sin and their forgiveness resulting in ability to speak the truth in love

18 . Characteristics Cont. Don’t “vote” on truth Grooms people in courage an humility so they can act with authority Don’t distance themselves from the world but from the world in them Gathers for worship, fellowship, covenant and preparation for service Place where the ethics of the kingdom are lived out

19 .Models

20 . “The People of God” The Church YesterdayTodayForever Adam Patriarchs Israel Apostles & Historic Church Region Country 1 Country 2 Country 3 Country Nation City LC East Africa Kenyaa Uganda Tanzania Kenya LC Kenya LC Discipled Nations Redeemed Israel “Every Knee will Bow & Every Tongue Confess ” LC

21 . Relational Model of The Church God Kingdom of Heaven … Eternity The Church Community Outreach Intimacy

22 . How do we describe it in terms of… Time? Historic; Present; Future; Eschatological Place: Global; Regional; Sub-national; City/town; :Local (2 or more) Structure: Intentional/institutional; Informal Terms: Universal; Local; Para

23 .Notice Teaching is both corporate and individual However, focus is on the individual What are the implications?

24 . Session 2 Strategy and Small Groups

25 . Individual Family Community Nation How a Nation is Discipled. Church

26 2B How do you understand the Church?. Church

27 . Transformation through the combined efforts of local churches in a community Church Local Church

28 . Local church and its members

29 . Local Church Strategy #1 – Disc. of Love Seed Projects Members represent the KINGDOM in Member’s Worlds Family Neighborhood Work/School (vocation) Play/Hobby (avocation)

30 . Local Church Strategy #2 – Sector focus Represent the Kingdom in their sectors Education Health Arts Sports Media Business Government Homemaking

31 . Local Church Sector Group Strategy #2 – Sector focus Connect members by sector

32 . Local Church Sector Group Local Church Strategy #2 – Sector focus Collaborate

33 . Local Church Sector Group Other Local Churches

34 12-Step Strategy 1. Vision Conference 2. Trainer of Trainers 3. Physical Seed Project 4. Disciplines of Love 5. Basics 1 6. Social Seed Project 7. Spiritual Seed Project 7. Spiritual Seed Project 8. Share w/other churches 8. Share w/other churches 9. Wisdom Seed Project 9. Wisdom Seed Project 10. Sector Project #1 11. Sector Project #2 12. Disciple another church

35 12-Step Strategy 1. Vision Conference 2. Trainer of Trainers 3. Physical Seed Project 4. Disciplines of Love 5. Basics 1 6. Social Seed Project  Envisioning/Training  App. – Seed Projects  Equipping Members  App. – Disc. of Love 7. Spiritual Seed Project 7. Spiritual Seed Project 8. Share w/other churches 8. Share w/other churches 9. Wisdom Seed Project 9. Wisdom Seed Project 10. Sector Project #1 11. Sector Project #2 12. Disciple another church  Quarterly sharing  App. - Sector Projects  Discipling other churches

36 9. Sectoral project with another local church Sectors or Spheres of Influence Spiritual family Church Arts/Communication performing arts visual arts internet radio/television newspapers, books Economics science/technology Business. agriculture environment Health and Education medicine, schools recreation, sports Government/Politics law, civics military, police

37 . The Key – Small Groups

38 .Questions 1. How many here are from churches that have small groups/cells 2. List three main purposes of small groups? 3. What is the end/primary goal/purpose of small groups?

39 .Activitiesfellowship,worship,study,sharing,accountability,prayer,healing, mutual support

40 . End Goal: Preparation of “priests” ….for you have been chosen by God himself-you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God's very own-all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. I Peter 2:9-10

41 . Preparation of Priests Equipping of Saints for the work of service Training of ambassadors Preparing Saints to represent the Kingdom in their worlds

42 . Sample Schedule 30 minFellowship 30 minTeaching 15 minTestimonies 15 minPeer Support 15 minPlanning Next Application 15 minSharing and Prayer

43 . Group Leader Intercession Personal application Between meeting contact

44 . Attendance and Application Record Member #1 __________________ Meeting 1Meeting 2Meeting 3Meeting 4Meeting XX Attend Apply Member #2____________________ Meeting 1Meeting 2Meeting 3Meeting 4Meeting XX Attend Apply Member #3____________________ Meeting 1Meeting 2Meeting 3Meeting 4Meeting XX Attend Apply

45 . Discipline of Love Plan and Journal Plan 1.Description of Need 2. Who 3. What I will do 4. When 5. Where Journal 1.What I did 2. What God taught me

46 . Discipline of Love Plan and Journal Plan 1.Description of Need My wife wants me to spend more time with her 2. Who Judy 3. What I will do Take a day off and spend it with her 4. When Friday, Oct 30 5. Where Sedona Journal 1.What I did Planned the day around the things she likes to do. We had a lot of time to talk about how my schedule can be arranged to be more supportive of her needs 2. What God taught me Judy should be a greater priority in my schedule

47 . Concern #1 Risk in thinking of Sectors as greater than or equal to the local church a. Diversion from God’s principal a. Diversion from God’s principal strategy strategy b. Repeat of 20 th Cent para-churchism b. Repeat of 20 th Cent para-churchism

48 .Response? Pastors/local church leaders understand and strongly advance sectoral activity within their churches Pastors/local church leaders understand and strongly advance sectoral activity within their churches

49 . Concern #2 Concern #2 Thinking “application” is enough a. Application must be a joyful a. Application must be a joyful response to God’s grace response to God’s grace b. Application is not optional b. Application is not optional c. Application must be specific c. Application must be specific d. Application must be accountable d. Application must be accountable

50 .SpecificCovenant


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