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1 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 1 C. From Gossip to Gospel D. Planting Trees in the City A. Wholistic Ministry B. Round-up Weed Killer

2 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 2 Three Spheres of Ministry: Church Growth Buddhism Social Work A. Wholistic Ministry

3 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 3 An integrated approach to mission in the city: Communion Community Commission Communion Community + + The Acts Model A. Wholistic Ministry

4 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 4 B. Round-up Weed Killer Roundup Weed Killer Roundup Weed Killer

5 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 5 Psalms 1:1 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.” Sit... Walk... Stand... Sit... Walk... Stand... The very atmosphere of the city is hostile to positive Christian thought and behavior The very atmosphere of the city is hostile to positive Christian thought and behavior B. Round-up Weed Killer

6 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 6 “There are some who imagine that it is their duty to be church tinkers. It is agreeable to their natural feelings to be seeking spot and stain in others; they watch diligently for something to reprove, and they become narrower and narrower in their ideas, until they are ready to make one an offender for a word. B. Round-up Weed Killer

7 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 7 “In the Sabbath meetings, when all should be individually engaged in the worship of God, an accusing spirit is allowed to come in, and one bears testimony against another. This spirit is wholly unlike Christ, and leads to dissension and wrangling. God no more accepts such worship than he accepted Cain's offering. B. Round-up Weed Killer

8 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 8 “There is no more effectual hindrance to growth in grace than this disposition to criticize and condemn others. We have in our experience seen this accusing spirit gradually enter the hearts of church- members until it had leavened nearly the entire church, and the result was that little of real godliness or of the spirit of Christ remained” (HS ). B. Round-up Weed Killer

9 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 9 The Pastor and the “Old Guard” B. Round-up Weed Killer

10 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 10 Share some difficulties you had with negative people in the church. B. Round-up Weed Killer

11 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 11 Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Only the Word of God has the power to miraculously enter a person’s mind and changes it from one who delights in human gossip to one who delights in divine revelation. C. From Gossip to Gospel

12 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 12 2Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” C. From Gossip to Gospel “Souls that have borne the likeness of Satan have become transformed into the image of God. This change is in itself the miracle of miracles.”

13 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 13 “A change wrought by the Word, it is one of the deepest mysteries of the Word. We cannot understand it; we can only believe,” (AA 476). C. From Gossip to Gospel

14 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 14 D. Planting Trees in the City One large tree can provide oxygen for 4 people. Trees can significantly reduce pollution and saves energy. Studies show that hospital patients with window view of trees recovered significantly faster. One large tree can provide oxygen for 4 people. Trees can significantly reduce pollution and saves energy. Studies show that hospital patients with window view of trees recovered significantly faster. accessed June 9, 2004

15 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 15 Psalms 1:3 He is like a tree, planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. D. Planting Trees in the City

16 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 16 Planted by StreamBearing Fruit Prospers Everything KnowingLovingDoing CommunionCommunityCommission MaryMartha Take Root BelowBear Fruit AboveIsaiah 37:31 D. Planting Trees in the City

17 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 17 Take Root Below Joseph in Prison Moses in the Wilderness Jonah in Whale Jesus in Wilderness Joseph in Prison Moses in the Wilderness Jonah in Whale Jesus in Wilderness D. Planting Trees in the City

18 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 18 Matthew 7:20 “You shall know them by their fruits.” Bear Fruit Above D. Planting Trees in the City

19 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 19 1Corinthians 13:3 “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” Bear Fruit Above D. Planting Trees in the City

20 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 20 “The object of the Christian life is fruit bearing, the reproduction of Christ’s character in the believer that it may be reproduced in others” (COL 67). Bear Fruit Above D. Planting Trees in the City

21 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 21 Bear Fruit Above “When we live by faith on the Son of God, the fruits of the Spirit will be seen in our lives; not one will be missing” (DA 676). D. Planting Trees in the City

22 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 22 Whatever they do Prospers! 9T 189 “If we would humble ourselves before God, and be kind and courteous and tender-hearted and pitiful, there would be 100 conversions to the truth where now there is only 1.” D. Planting Trees in the City

23 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 23 “All things are possible with God, and by faith we may lay hold on His power. But faith is not sight; faith is not feeling; faith is not reality. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." To abide in faith is to put aside feeling and selfish desires, to walk humbly with the Lord, “All things are possible with God, and by faith we may lay hold on His power. But faith is not sight; faith is not feeling; faith is not reality. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." To abide in faith is to put aside feeling and selfish desires, to walk humbly with the Lord, D. Planting Trees in the City

24 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 24 “to appropriate His promises, and apply them to all occasions, believing that God will work out His own plans and purposes “in your heart and life by the sanctification of your character; it is to rely entirely, to trust implicitly, upon the faithfulness of God. D. Planting Trees in the City

25 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 25 “If this course is followed, others will see the special fruits of the Spirit manifested in the life and character (FE ). D. Planting Trees in the City

26 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 26 Psalms 1:4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Psalms 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. Psalms 1:6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalms 1:4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Psalms 1:5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. Psalms 1:6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. D. Planting Trees in the City

27 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, 2004 Urban Church Ministry AIIAS July, Urban Disciples 27 It should be obvious that growing fruit bearing Christians is a blessing to both the fellowship of the church and its witness. Take some time discussing in your groups how you are going to make this important element of growth a part of your strategy for urban ministry. It should be obvious that growing fruit bearing Christians is a blessing to both the fellowship of the church and its witness. Take some time discussing in your groups how you are going to make this important element of growth a part of your strategy for urban ministry. D. Planting Trees in the City


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