Tools & Trainings E-NewsletterIssue 43 July 12, 2010
|God is Moving |
God is moving, and it's not
just in China, India, Iran and other places.
He's moving here too -
in the United States.
Where, you ask?
The Scriptures tell us; "Do you
not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up
your eyes and look on the fields, that
they are white for harvest. John 4:35
The fields are there. The harvest is there.
The problem lays with us, and
our inability to recognize either one.
Or maybe we recognize
it, but choose passivity.
Either way, we're missing out on one of
the biggest blessings of our lives. To be used by His Hand. To see God change a life. To witness the supernatural
reaching Love that floods a broken and bruised life and changes it
encountered this dullness of perception, and apathy of involvement, in
the folks around Him. People doing all sorts of "religious activity" but
with little fruit or impact. People who should have, but did not see the activity of God. Or, they
saw it and remained aloof from it.
In John 5, Jesus found it
necessary to remind the Pharisee's, when they persecuted Him for healing
on the Sabbath (not a condoned religious activity), in verse 17 with;
"But He answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I
Myself am working."
He's saving the lives of those who have not known Him, but have
asked questions like; "Are you real God?" "Show me if you exist!" "Help me!" God
replies; "Here I AM!" when "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah
moving and Jesus has made it possible for us, you and me, to be the
instruments of that moving.....if we're
watching for it, if we are
willing, and if we make
ourselves available. The choice is ours.
by Katie Driver
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Dr. Wagner's Cart has been Pulling the Horse for Too
by Neil Cole
For years missional leaders have repeated the refrain articulated by
Dr. C. Peter Wagner that "The best means of evangelism under the sun
today is church planting." I myself have even quoted Dr. Wagner in
some of my earlier resources. This statement has become a banner for
church planting in the US for the past 20 years.
The reason given for this statement is that new churches tend to be
hungrier, evangelistically speaking, than their more established
sisters. The very survival of the new church depends upon her outreach
ability, so the people are more motivated to do evangelistic work.
Statistically this is proven to be true as well. New churches do win
more converts than long standing ones, but does that make the quote
In the past few years I have come to realize that Dr. Wagner got it
backwards. We need to make a shift in our missional understanding:
The best means of church
planting under the sun today is...