Peyton and Andrea Jones share on evangelism, using your spiritual gifts, and some awesome stories this week. Note – There was only one session this week, so the audio is longer than other messages in previous weeks.
Upcoming Trips and Ways to Serve
Haiti Medical Mission Trip – contact Julie Gibbs for more details
Vietnam Mission Trip – contact Bruce Nguyen for more details
Vietnam Trip info meeting – March 24th, 9:00 Refuge CCHB Mini-Chapel
Neighborhood Easter Outreach – after services, Sunday March 25th. contact Chase Acuna for more details
From accidentally planting a church in a Starbucks in Europe, to baptizing members of the Mexican mafia in Long Beach Harbor, Jones has been on the frontlines of today’s missional movement and has lived to tell the tale. In Reaching the Unreached, he teaches church planters, pastors, and church leaders how to convert pew jockeys into missionaries and awake the sleeping giant of Christ’s church, one person at a time.
Coleman, Robert. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Ada, MI: Revell Publishing. 2010.
For more than forty years this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. Instead of drawing on the latest popular fad or the newest selling technique, Dr. Robert E. Coleman looks to the Bible to find the answer to the question: What was Christ’s strategy for evangelism? This convenient, portable format has an updated look for a new generation of readers.
Sadly, most believers and churches are known for talent or intellect rather than supernatural power. What’s worse is that we’re okay with it. Could it be that we’ve forgotten the One who distinguishes us from every religion and cult in the world? Through scriptural support and compelling narrative, Francis Chan reminds us of the Holy Spirit as the Bible describes Him.
In Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, pastor Jim Cymbala shares the lessons he learned when the Spirit ignited his heart and began to move through his people. For anyone seeking to live at the center of God’s purposes, Cymbala has updated this well-loved book to show how God is still working in the Brooklyn Tabernacle years later.
This book sparked a revolution in our own ministry in Nairobi. I mark reading this book as one of the key points in our ministry – when I gave up trying to force my vision for the church, and instead trusted in the power of the Holy Spirit to direct our steps.
Cymbala, Jim. Spirit Rising:Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012.
You can have regular devotions, great preaching, a strong emphasis on the Bible, a great worship team, and a congregation that is trying, but if you aren’t vitally in touch with God’s Spirit, you are missing out on the life God has for you. The Holy Spirit, he points out, is God’s agent on earth. Yet he is the least understood, least preached about, and least discussed member of the Trinity. That is sad, because without him, our spiritual lives will always become dry, mechanical, and a struggle.
A great follow-up to Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire,Spirit Rising invited you to experience God in a fresh way.
Mandryk, Jason. Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2010.
Whether you are an intercessor praying behind the scenes for world change, a missionary abroad or simply curious about the world, Operation World will give you the information necessary to play a vital role in fulfilling the Great Commission by praying for the people of the world and the nations they belong to.
Pratt, Zane, and David Sills. Introduction to Global Missions. Nashvile: B&H Publishing Group, 2014.
Introduction to Global Missions provides a foundation for readers to consider their own missionary call, whether as a full-time field missionary or a church member on short-term projects. No matter their role, Great Commission Christians need a framework for doing missions well.
I used this as a source book for a missions class at the Calvary Chapel Bible College in Nairobi. It is written closer to a textbook style, but written in a way that it is not a diffuclt read.
Winter, Ralph D. and Steven C. Hawthorne. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader. 4th ed. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2009.
Writings from more than 150 mission scholars and practitioners portray the history and anticipate the potential of the global Christian movement. Every one of the 170 articles and sidebars offers practical wisdom enabling Christians to labor together in bold, Biblical hope to finish the task of seeing that Christ is named and followed among all the peoples of the earth.
This book is a great resource for anyone who wishes to understand more fully the growth of missions and issues facing missions around the world. Many articles we share during this course are found in this book.
It was so great to see all of you who made it out to week one of our 2018 Get Up and Go course. It was a great turnout, and I hope you remember the lesson of patience from the puzzles – because we have a few more great activities in store for you over the next few weeks.
Here are the audio files for you for the two sessions from week one. If you missed this week, make sure to listen to the audio before Sunday!
Session One – Jonathan Ferguson – Introduction and the Missionary Call
Here is a great sermon (audio and transcript) from John Piper about the life of George Mueller. An amazing man of faith, Mueller opened schools for children and adults to study the Bible, supported missionaries around the world, and opened five orphanages that cared for 10,024 children in his life – all without asking anyone for support.
If you are interested in learning more about individual countries of the world, the CIA World Factbook is a great resource to discover facts about geography, government, people groups, demographics and much more.