Encarnação Alliance Grass Roots Trainers Program
God’s model for human relationships The incarnation
God as Trinity is the perfect model God is three persons in One..Tri-unity The three persons of the Godhead exist in perfect unity/harmony God created mankind in “Our” image, according to “Our” likeness. Genesis 1:26 Male and female, diversity in unity
God is three persons in unity! Father, Son and Holy Spirit Unity inspite of diversity Excellence in communication Context friendly Each person of the Godhead honours and respects each other They possess a spiritual and mental unity
In the beginning was the Word The Word was with God The Word was God The Word became flesh (Incarnate) The Word dwelt among us We beheld His (Jesus Christ’s) glory, full of grace and truth Gospel of John 1 verses 1, 14
Incarnation – Emmanuel – He dwelt among us Jesus Christ, even though He was the Son of God, was incarnate among us Jesus left Heaven to live among us on earth He was incarnated into the Jewish culture, and grew up as a Jewish man He made disciples of Jewish men He was moved with compassion for the poor and unjustly treated people
Jesus is the model “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God”. Colossians 3 v 16
Jesus the author of the human story! “Fixing our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Hebrews 12 v 2
Jesus the pattern “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His footsteps”. 1 Peter 2 v 21
Jesus as the incarnation A helpless infant A small town A humble family A refugee family A conquered land A large family Faced social stigma A non-conformist A learner of - language - culture - behavior - life skills - a trade - religious laws - scriptures
Jesus had a context Cultural context - personal culture influenced by the family we grew up in - shared culture influenced by the community he lived in Religious context - beliefs - values - way of life - traditions - perception of God - structure of the religious community
What about your context? Cultural context - Your family - interpersonal relationships operate in your family? - Your community authority lines, and human interactions? - Who are your own extended family? (inclusive) - Who are your inner circle of your own people? (exclusive) Religious context - what religion? - what view of God? - what values did they hold? - what traditions did they adhere too? - what leadership styles were used in the community? - In what way did you experience “salvation”? In Christ is there only one “saving” transformation or many “transformations”?
Your values and beliefs and context? Your values determine your vision and ministry - how do you value ministry to the poor? - how do you value your life and time? - how do you value human relationships? Your beliefs determine you mindset - Who is your God ? - What is your view of the cosmos? - What is your view of the purpose of humanity?
Your values - how do you utilize time? Are you event oriented? - concern for details of the event not the time - sticks at a problem until resolved - not tied to a schedule - completing the event is the reward Are you time oriented? - concern for punctuality - carefully allocate time - emphasis on dates and history - limit interaction according to time
Your values – how do you think ? Holistic thinking? - All circumstances considered - Security in extended family or associates opinions - information and experiences can be held in tension Jesus was holistic in his worldview Matt 12 v 1-8 Dichotomistic thinking? - decisions are either right or wrong - security from feeling right - information and experiences are systematically organized
Your values – how you handle unexpected events? Non-crisis orientation - ignores warnings of a crisis - focuses on actual experience - Delays taking action - distrusts expert advice Apostle Paul advised us to be prepared in and out of season in 2 Tim 4v2 Crisis orientation - anticipates crisis - emphasizes planning - seeks to resolves problems quickly - follows procedures - seeks expert advice
Your values – how you relate to people and tasks? Task Orientation - Focuses on tasks and principles - Finds satisfaction in the goals achieved - Seeks friends with similar goals - Accepts loneliness and social isolation for the sake of achievement Example of Paul in Acts 23 :11 Person Orientation - Focuses on persons and relationships - Finds satisfaction in interaction with others - Seeks friends who are group oriented - Sacrifices personal goals for group goals Example of the N.T believers and Barnabas in Acts 4 : 34-37, Ananias, Barnabas and the disciples in Acts 9 : 10 – 27.
Your values – do you hide or expose your vulnerability? Hiding vulnerability - protecting self- image at all cost - emphasizes quality of performance - doesn’t take risks - withdraws to weaknesses - doesn’t accept criticism - vague answers to questions about personal life Example of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5: 1-11 Willing to expose vulnerability - unconcerned about failure - wants to complete an event - willing to take risks - readily admits weakness - talks freely about personal life Example of Paul in 2 Thess 3:7-11
Your values – do you respect people for their status or achievement? Status Focus - Personal identity is by credentials or birth and rank - Respect is given to people of high social status despite their failings - Sacrifice is made for higher rank - People associate only with their social equals Jesus rebukes status seeking in Luke 14 : Achievement Focus - Personal identity is according to achieve- ments - Respect is according to accomplishments - Sacrifice is to accomplish greater deeds - People associate with those equal accomplish- ments Jesus extols service in Matthew 20:
Jesus’ Priorities in Luke 4-9 Task or principle 1.No prophet is accepted in his hometown 4: He must preach in other towns 4:43 3.Refuses to see his mother and brothers 8: Who is the greatest? It is the least. 9:46-48 Clearly we do not have to choose between persons and tasks. In God’s wisdom we need to find a balance Persons 1.Healing the sick 4: The call of Simon 5: Healing the leper 5: Eating with sinners 5: Picking grain on the Sabbath 6:1-5 6.Forgiving the sinful woman 7:36-50 See also Colossians 3:12
Please complete the questionaire in the next session! Develop your personal profile Answer all 48 questions Rank your answers 1-7 Fill in the numbers for your answers on the analysis sheet Divide the addition of each line by 5 to calculate the answer to each line Each line has a value which corresponds with an axis on one of the graphs. Your score is the point up the axis of the appropriate value of the graph Plot the graphs Use the matrix form Measure your “Time” score for Time orientation up the vertical axis and the “Event” score along the horizontal axis. Put a point on the graph where the two scores intersect. Draw a line from 1 through the intersection point on the graph. If your line is to the left of the median axis then you are “Time Oriented”, if is to the right of the axis you are “Event Oriented”
Interpreting the Model of personal values graphs A missionary pastor will reflect Holistic thinking Noncrisis Orientation Person Orientation Achievement A balance of time and event orientation A pioneer Church planter among tribals Holistic thinking Crisis Orientation Person Orientation Status orientation Event Orientation
The administrator personality Interpreting the model of basic values Time oriented, needs to get things done Dichotomistic, either the accounts balance or they don’t Crisis Orientation, emphasizes planning Task Orientation, sets goals, sticks to principles Achievement Oriented, identity defined by achievements, sacrifices in order to do work
Becoming 150 percent persons Personal Values Choose Biblical values for your lifestyle Be people focused – God is Discipline your personal choices to conform with Christ- likeness and attitudes revealed in Scripture Be willing to expose your vulnerability and learn from others Cultural Systems Watch out – cultures have both good and bad qualities The world tries to squeeze us into its mold Biblical Christians will always find themselves facing some counter- cultural issues God made you in the culture your were born in for a special purpose – find that purpose
Glorify God in all aspects of your life Weaknesses are a doorway to God’s power 2 Cor. 12: 9 God resists the proud, (James 4:6) therefore humble your self under God and He will exalt you (Ps. 75:6) Celebrate the diversity of cultures personalities and gifts, in Christ’s Body 1 Cor. 12:14-27 Keep the gift of God in you alive & on fire 2 Tim. 1:6-7 Let no one despise you 1 Cor. 16:10-12 Earnestly desire the greater gifts 1 Cor. 12:31 There are a variety of gifts and ministries 1 Cor 12: 4-7 Glorify God in your relationships Eph. 5:25-32
Jesus cared for, taught, trained and empowered His disciples He selected a diverse small group of twelve He called them to total commitment to His cause He saw the potential in all His disciples regardless of their background Jesus had a trusted inner circle of disciples Jesus JohnJamesPeter
Jesus’ training methods? He taught them about the kingdom of God His teaching radically changed their values and beliefs He showed them how to minister in the power of the Spirit He demonstrated power encounter with Satan’s kingdom He empowered them to go out and do the same ministry as He was doing He evaluated and corrected what they were doing without discouraging them He reinforced their learning in His own ministry and in what He asked them to do
The value of training a small group? Quality interaction Opportunity to ask questions Meaningful relationships Facilitation and empowerment Values and beliefs are challenged and changed Learners practice the skills of ministry The facilitator can evaluate progress
Jesus had three years to train 12 disciples Why didn’t Jesus live longer and take more time to train His disciples? Why did He only train 12 men? How did Jesus think the Kingdom of God would spread across the whole world from only 12 men in a tiny nation? After the initial teaching and training His physical presence wasn’t essential to the ongoing learning because of the incarnate presence of the Holy Spirit in each disciples life 12 was the right sized group to train effectively He lived a model life with the 12 – the best example He made the god-forsaken into the God-fearing God takes the least and makes them the greatest
What is the key to the Kingdom coming on earth? Multiplication - Jesus Great Command was to make disciples - We are not disciples if we don’t make disciples - God’s creation command was to be fruitful and multiply - We are made to have children both physically and spiritually - We have been placed in families (natural and spiritual) to learn how to care for, and encourage, and train each other Prayer for God’s will to come to pass - God’s will is that all people on earth may be disciples of Christ. Rev 21:6-7, 1 Jn 2;14 - Jesus made this part of his model prayer Matt 6: The vision of the Book of Revelation and the end of this age is one of a kingdom of Priests (disciples) worshipping around the throne of The Lamb of God. Rev 5:8-10
We are not as good as Jesus at discipling.. Jesus discipled 12 men in three years and had 1 failure. By the time of the Upper Room incident these disciples had multiplied to 120 men and women. We should choose 4-8 persons and we may have one or two that do not make it. Don’t be discouraged. None of Jesus disciples were Christians when they started.
How will you multiply your disciples in the next three years? Choose 4-8 people who have a heart to serve God among the poor Choose 4-8 more every four months until you have 20 Plan to train 20 new urban poor workers in the next three years In three years plan to have 4-8 of these 20 become trainers of 20 more workers In your fourth year become a “shadow trainer” of these 20 trainers and mentor them in these goals
A lifetime vision- “beyond three years?” Develop a network of grass roots trainers and mentor them for the rest of your life so they become effective urban poor workers and church planters Develop an inheritance in the kingdom! Become a course writer and multiply your experience in urban poor training Utilize story-telling and the DVD to share your experience and multiply the kingdom among the poor Glorify God!
Develop God’s model of human relationships! Your life can reflect God’s model of human relationships and glorify God! Build a reproducing community of believers committed to extending God’s Kingdom among the urban poor Create a sustainable community of diversity (male/female, giftedness, age, views)
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