Metroplitan Church's Beyond the Walls outreach ministry is pleased to present "Advance the Kingdom" - a one-day evangelism seminar featuring speakers Dr. Carlton P. Byrd (Speaker/Director Breath of Life Television Mininstries and Senior Pastor, Oakwood University Church, Huntsville, AL), Dr. Patrick E. Vincent (Senior Pastor, Mt. Calvary SDA Church, Tampa, FL) and Dr. Abraham Jules (Senior Pastor, Mt. Vernon SDA Church, Mt. Vernon, NY). Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 22....
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Before every game, coaches and players go through a game plan. This is especially important if the they've never played the opposing team. To have a chance at winning, they need to know their opponent's strengths and weaknesses. They develop this knowledge by studying their opponents, by spending time looking at footage from several games, and developing an understanding of how the other team plays. They then adapt their game plan to counter what their opponents will bring. For example, if the opposing team has a strong running game, they know they need to focus on protecting the line, not sacking the quarterback, or preventing deep throws down the field. If the opposing team has strong perimeter shooters, they don't prepare to defend post plays....
For 2013, how about being intentional about reaching out to those in your circles who are un-churched? Jonathan Dodson from Outreach magazine shares 8 easy ways that we can be "missional" this year (in Metro terms, they would be 8 ways that we can connect to our community). Can we resolve to do one or two of these each month during 2013?...
2013 is just around the corner. When did that happen? Didn't we just start the book of Acts? Well - we've come to the end. We've seen Saul stone Stephen, encounter Christ on the road to Damascus and obtain a new identity - Paul, become a powerful orator for Christ, and set his sights determinedly towards Rome, despite beatings, arrests, and shipwrecks. We've joined a Secret Society; we've discovered a Convenient Season; we've learned what it is to be Duty Bound, and we're working on Be[ing] Ready. It's been a year of ups and downs, twists and turns, but with God's help, our two pastors have helped navigate us safely almost to the end of 2012.
In Mark 6:30 (NIV) following Jesus‚Äô feeding of the five thousand, it is recorded that ‚ÄúThe apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.‚ÄĚ This introduces an important reminder for the church today emphasized in this week‚Äôs lesson, ‚ÄúLet the Church Know‚ÄĚ
Reporting is a biblical principle. The foundation of this biblical principle was laid by Jesus during his earthly ministry, and practiced by his disciples and members of the early church as recorded throughout the book of Acts in this week‚Äôs study.
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 10: A Love Response
I've recently developed a desire to go out witnessing and evangelising, and asked myself, "What's my motivation? Why do I want to go and witness to other people?"
Growing up in a Christian home it was a given that there are things you do and don't do. For instance, you have to go to church; you must endeavor to keep all the commandments, especially the fourth one; you must not drink alcohol, smoke, or take drugs. These and many other do's and don'ts were taught to us. But "Why?"
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 9: Releasing into Ministry: (read Lesson 9)
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isa 6:8. This week focuses on releasing members into ministry and explores the following key areas.
- Shared Responsibility
- Risking for Success
- Matching the Laborers With the Harvest
- Spiritual Growth Through Ministry Involvement
I will present this week's Sabbath School summary using tweets from @metrosda. 1st up:
‚ÄĒ Metro Church (@metrosda) June 1, 2012Read more of Metro's Sabbath School tweet summary.
We've moved to the next phase of our AirBorn Flight Plan. ¬†Prior to this you should have completed the following tasks:
- identified the people you‚Äôd like to pray for over the next three months
- identified your prayer partners
- decided on a meeting place and time for your Prayer Cell (your weekly meeting with your prayer partners to fellowship and pray); you should now be meeting regularly on a weekly basis
[Thought questions for Equipping¬†for Evangelism and Witnessing May 23, 2012]
1. Good deeds. If all that is good is of God, what do you make of the statement in the quarterly that good deeds can be performed apart from Jesus Christ? Is that possible? What about equipping someone else for a witnessing or evangelistic program? Can you do that? By the grace of God?
2. Job preparation. What are some of the job requirements you can think of for a job as a soul-winner in the Adventist church? Is there such a job? If so, does the job require skills in salesmanship? persuasion? management? If you had to choose between a professional evangelist with lots of charm and an ordinary preacher with no platform talent at all, what would you look for in making your choice? Why? What do your church members need more‚Ä¶Training in one-on-one friendship and witnessing? or training and experience in group evangelism?
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 7: Corporate Evangelism & Witnessing: (read Lesson 7)
Key Text: ‚ÄúThe things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also‚ÄĚ (2 Tim. 2:2, NKJV).
1. Why is it that churches that are so busy fighting among themselves rarely do outreach?
2. What assurance can we gain from Psalm 37 in relation to the success of witnessing and evangelism activities?
3. How do we know when our planning is led by the Holy Spirit rather than by merely human preparation?
4. This week‚Äôs study addresses ‚Äúcorporate unity‚ÄĚ in the Church. What does this mean‚ÄĒand not mean‚ÄĒin every day terms?
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 6: Personal Evangelism & Witnessing: (read Lesson 6)
¬†Evangelism and witnessing are essentially two sides of the same coin. ¬†They both serve the same purpose of presenting the good news of salvation to others and encouraging them to accept Jesus as their Savior. ¬†They both are essential to church growth. They differ primarily in duration. Evangelism is generally a planned series of meetings in which sequential lessons are presented, while witnessing is often a spontaneous opportunity to share with others one‚Äôs personal testimony of the good news of salvation. Evangelism seeks a wider audience, while witnessing focuses on the individual, sharing with him Jesus‚Äô love for us, the ultimate sacrifice He made for us, and His imminent return to take us home with Him. ¬†Both the evangelist and the witness are ambassadors for Christ, personally representing Him as they carry His message to the world. While both of these endeavors are necessary for church growth, personal witnessing, doubtless, contributes to both the growth of the church and the growth of the individual.
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 5: Spiritual Gifts for Evangelism and Witnessing¬†(read Lesson 5)
Sequential evangelism is a step by step approach to sharing the gospel that was taught and practiced by Jesus during His ministry on earth. In the adult Sabbath School lesson five titled ‚ÄúSequential Evangelism and Witnessing", we are reminded of four basic steps used by Jesus during his earthly ministry. ¬†These fundamental steps remain valid today.
- Meet the needs of people where they are.
In the Parable of the Sheep and Goats, Jesus taught that first step in evangelism is to meet the people where they are (Matt. 25: 31-40). ¬†It is important that as individuals and as a church, we seek to meet the physical needs of the community we serve with love and kindness, for in doing so the process of evangelism is initialized.
Sphere of Influence
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 3: Spiritual Gifts for Evangelism and Witnessing¬†(read Lesson 3)
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‚ÄúAnd He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ‚ÄĚ¬†(Ephesians 4:11-12, NKJV).
Two things that stood out in my study were firstly, gifts are given and secondly, they are given by a specific being: ¬†the Holy Spirit. Apparently, gifts are not something that we are born with - they are not talents, right? Interesting! So we can actually have talented church leaders who may not have received the gift for that ministry. I always wondered how a once presumptuous sinner like myself (emphasis on ‚Äúpresumptuous‚ÄĚ) could have still led out in church appointed positions. Reminds me about that sermon Pastor Johns preached on¬†Bar-Jesus¬†- "Behind Enemy Lines".¬†
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 2: Every Member Ministry¬†(read Lesson 2)
A CNBC Originals documentary, ‚ÄúCruise Inc.: Big Money on the High Seas‚ÄĚ (2009), took us inside the $30 billion cruise industry. The cruise ship documented was the Norwegian Pearl, a 15-story tall, 965 ft long, 93,000 ton ‚Äúmoney making machine‚ÄĚ. They called it a ‚Äúfloating city‚ÄĚ that employs 1100 crew members to cater to 2200 passengers eating 12,000 meals per day. One could only imagine that all hands are always on deck to serve and entertain the passengers.
Imagine Peter the disciple being alive today and swearing (before he was saved, of course) at the cruise industry. He‚Äôd probably be thinking - what sense does it make for a multi-million dollar sea vessel to be burning through millions of dollars just to entertain? ¬†They don‚Äôt even catch any fish!!
Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 1: Defining Evangelism and Witnessing (read Lesson 1)
So it‚Äôs your first ‚Äúreal‚ÄĚ job and you are really excited or at least thankful - maybe about the benefits you‚Äôll be offered or the location or prestige of the company. For some, it may be what you will be doing that is most important and exciting. But for most, you are probably just glad to be getting a paycheck. But what does your job really entail? What is your job description?