Presentation on theme: "Being the church vs. GOING TO CHURCH"— Presentation transcript:
1Being the church vs. GOING TO CHURCH Salt Shaker Ministry: Week #1Being the church vs. GOING TO CHURCH
2Being the CHURCH vs. Going to CHURCH The comfort and security of theChristian Cul-de-sac;
3Being the CHURCH vs. Going to CHURCH The comfort and security of theChristian Cul-de-sac;The church needs a course correction:Attractional Church;Incarnational Church.
4Being the CHURCH vs. Going to CHURCH The comfort and security of theChristian Cul-de-sac;The church needs a course correction:Attractional Church;Incarnational Church.Pastor Bob…“I want a DO OVER!”
5Pastor bob…“I want a do over!” “For much of my ministry career, I have been a workaholic and a churchaholic. My life has been woefully out of balance. I only really knew the neighbors on either side and right across the street from me because there was little margin in my life to socialize, much less to be a possible witness for my Lord. In coming to The Villages and to Live Oaks Church, I have sensed God telling me that it’s time for a do-over. Our Lord is the God of second chances. He gives us opportunities to learn from past mistakes and to try again, trusting Him to help us do better. At The Villages, through golf groups and weekly driveway gatherings, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know the majority of the neighbors in my neighborhood of 87 homes. I have done prayer walks and have had open doors to pray for and with neighbors facing significant health issues. There have been fledgling spiritual conversations with a few and chances to plant seeds of the Gospel. My vision is to be both a Gospel gardener and God’s chaplain to my neighbors. God has given me an overflowing love for my neighbors as I pray for God to draw them one-by-one to Himself. I am eager to see how He continues to work in the hearts of these precious people.”
6Being the CHURCH vs. Going to CHURCH The comfort and security of theChristian Cul-de-sac;The church needs a course correction:Attractional Church;Incarnational Church.Pastor Bob…“I want a DO OVER!”;It is really a sin NOT to know your neighbors. Why ??
7Goals of salt shaker ministry INTENTIONAL lifestyle evangelism;AUTHENTIC relationships with neighbors, friends and relatives;A Harvest of Souls for the Kingdom of God;Spiritual Growth for ALL.I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.~ John 4:35
8Biblical foundationYou are the SALT of the earth…You are the LIGHT of the world…let your light shine (“and salt shake out”) before others,so that they (neighbors and friends) may see your good deeds and GLORIFY your Father in Heaven. ~ Matthew 5:13-14, 16
9We must interact with THE world Salt must interact with the World, to be effective;Found THE LIGHT in Jesus;SHINE the LIGHT through our daily lives.
10NOT AN EVANGELISTIC PROGRAM Salt Shaker is NOT an evangelistic program – it is a LIFESTYLE:The Villages:“Loving the Lifestyle”vs.Live Oaks:“Leveraging the Lifestyle…Having FUN with a PURPOSE.”
11One tool in our toolbox - prayer We can’t save anyone – work of the Holy Spirit;PRAYER is the KEY to success;Prayer often takes TIME to see results.OUR PART IN THE PROCESSBe AVAILABLE (for God to use)Be INTENTIONAL (in our daily life)Be EXPECTANT (that God will work through us)
12WE ARE SURROUNDED BY CHOICES We are surrounded by choices of activities everyday;Being INTENTIONAL means having fun with a purpose;Not just having faith…living your faith daily WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED;God has placed you strategically where you live (and have lived during your life).
13EACH NEW DAY GOD CAN USE US Mordecai to Esther, “Who knowsthat you have come FOR SUCHA TIME AS THIS.” ~ Esther 4:14Steven Barr, “You were BORNfor this.” ~ Ephesians 2:10GOD USES US TO IMPACT HIS KINGDOM:In our neighborhood;With our family and loved ones;On the golf course, pickleball court, softball field, social club, dog park, etc.
14THERE IS A DANGER IN DRIVE-BY COMPASSION The Parable of the Good Samaritan ~ Luke 10:25-31Lawyer asked, “Who IS my neighbor?” (passive voice)Two preachers passed by on the other side;Lowly Samaritan stopped to help the victim;Jesus asked: “Which one of the three WAS his neighbor?” (active voice)People in our area do not have a great deal of financial needs…but they have physical, emotional, and most importantly, SPIRITUAL NEEDS.The key again is PRAYER: Who needs help, Lord?
15Salt shaker prayerKeep this bookmarkin your Bibleand rememberto prayeveryday.
16The goal of authentic relationships Salt Shaker Ministry: Week #2The goal of authentic relationships
17Week one review Being the Church vs. Going to Church; Course Correction for the American church;Be…Available, Intentional, Expectant;Loving the Lifestyle vs. Leveraging the Lifestyle;Jesus Challenge: Be…SALT and LIGHT~ Matthew 5:13-14, 16
18Week one review Bloom where GOD planted YOU; Having FUN with a PURPOSE;Authentic Relationships / Authentic Compassion;One Tool in the Toolbox;Salt Shaker PRAYER.
19Have you ever played with lego’s? Goal is to build things by connecting the pieces;CONNECT with other people (authentically);Prayer is important in identifying potential LEGO friends.LEGO towers of connection…multi-layer connectionsHow well do your knowyour neighbors?Let’s do a little exercise.
20Heavenly connections Capacity is crucial; Finite number of connection points (allow Holy Spirit to connect);You will have lots of friends, but fewer connections (depth);
21The power of common interests Neighborhood;Region of Country (can be multiple places in our world today);Hobbies, sports, activities.What are theCONNECTION POINTSin The Villages oryour community?Let’s make a list.
23SEASON LIGHT AND SALT WITH GRACE Salt and Light work bestwhen seasonedwith GRACE;Colossians 4:4-6 is a primer on healthy relationships:Pray persistently (vs. 4);Act wisely (vs. 5);Talk gracefully (vs. 6).
24People who are lost don’t act saved Don’t expect them to! (God has a lot of work to do yet);Let them BE who they ARE! And be who YOU are (with grace);Love them like they are (let God do the changing);Pray for them, and with them – when you can.
25Friends are not projects Authentic friendship vs. my assignment from God;Remember…you have common interests;Pray for their salvation, BUT…leave the conversion to God;Tell your story! Lookfor natural opportunities.
26Friends for lifeWhat if my friend wants nothing to do with God or the church?Hard answer – Love them anyway;Perhaps God has placed you where you need to be so that your relationship with them, allows you to impact the lives of others;DEATH BED conversions DO OCCUR sometimes.Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,faithful in prayer.~ Romans 12:12
27What thoughts would you like to share regarding our mission? DISCUSSIONWhat thoughts wouldyou like to shareregarding our mission?
28Creating ON RAMPS to the Highway to Heaven Salt Shaker Ministry: Week #3Creating ON RAMPS to the Highway to Heaven
29Week two reviewJesus’ challenge to Believers: BE Salt and Light ~ Sermon on the MountPastor Bob’s DO OVER;Goals: Intentional Lifestyle and Authentic Relationships;Loving the Lifestyle vs. Leveraging the Lifestyle = Having FUN with a PURPOSE;One tool in the toolbox = PRAYEROur part = BE Available, BE Intentional,BE Expectant.
30Week two review Bloom WHERE you are PLANTED! LEGO’s are fun! Power of common interests…lots of friends, fewer connections;SALT + LIGHT, Plus GRACE ~ Colossians 4:4-6Friends, not Projects;Look for natural opportunities to tell your story.
34MOVING Out of the Christian cul-de-sac Going into the world:In the past we expected non-believers to come to us (the church);Jesus’ model in scripture is to GO TO THEM(the people).Therefore, GO and MAKEDICIPLES of all nations…~ Matthew 28:18
35The comfort and safety of the cul-de-sac Loving theHoly Huddle:People act and think like us;Easier to actand think likea Christian.
36EARLY CHURCH IN JERUSALEM “Everyday they continued to meet togetherIN THE TEMPLE COURTS. They broke bread together and ate together with glad and sincere hearts” ~ Acts 2:46“One day Peter and John were GOING DOWN TO THE TEMPLE at the time of prayer.” ~ Acts 3:1
37Jesus’ mission assignment “But the Pharisee’s and the teachers of the law complained, “why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? Jesus answered them, “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”~ Luke 5:30-32What is OUR mission assignment?
38Jesus’ invitation to seekers was come and see Key to come and see today is ON RAMPS:Church opportunities for ON RAMPS and then…;Personal opportunities for ON RAMPS;Allows seeking with little risk and at the seeker’s own pace.God reveals the best ON RAMPS through prayer…ON RAMPS that lead to Eternal Life (Highway to Heaven).Let’s identify potential ON RAMPS at Live Oaks.How about personal ON RAMPS you can provide?
39Welcome to god match.com Moving from an evangelistic outreach to a MOVEMENT of God;“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders (non-believers). Make the most of every opportunity.” ~ Colossians 4:5Complexity of timing (sharing not shoving).
40Let’s do an exercise in “telling your story.” Crisis of credibilityPeople want to know you care before they allow you to share;Power of grace in a relationship;“Fess-up when you mess-up.”Let’s do an exercise in“telling your story.”
41Telling your story Easy Outline Everyone has a story of their relationship with Jesus;Damascus Road or Emmaus Road?No story…no faith? (Religion is NOT Relationship)Elevator Speech = told in simple manner in short period of time.Easy OutlineMy life before Jesus;The point I grasped what Jesus did for me on Calvary;My life since accepting the “finished work” of Jesus.
42A planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Isaiah 61:3 says“They will be calledOaks of Righteousness,A planting of the Lord for thedisplay of His splendor.”
43What does a planting of the lord look like? A Salt Shaker adding beautiful flavor to life!A LEGO connecting two people in a Good Match!A Light reflecting THE LIGHT of the World!An Oak standing firm in all of life’s circumstances!A DISPLAY OF GOD’S SPLENDOR in your mission field/community.
44What is the desired results for us? Hearing seven wonderful words:“Well done, my goodand faithful servant.”
45Which tree do you want to reflect your life? In conclusionWhich tree do you want to reflect your life?Or