“Jesus… friend of sinners.” Luke 7:34 - a friend isn't someone who hands out tracts and leaves, its someone who reclines at table all night, who is there for people, who is the person people will go to when everything goes wrong.
“We are ambassadors for Christ… we put no obstacles in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry…” 2 Corinthians 5:20, 6:3 - what obstacles block the way?
“To the Jews I became a Jew… I became all things to all people that by all means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:20-21 -- all, all, all... to save some... what preferences do you need to give up? What culture to adopt? Think about Hudson Taylor who immersed himself in the culture he was sent to.
“Being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8 - you, you, you... who do you love so much that you share your life and the gospel with them?
“Let the nations be glad…” Psalm 67:4 - the Bible is a missionary story for the joy of all peoples.
"LEAD [YOUR HALL GROUP THIS YEAR] BY BEING A MISSIONARY".
This is not just about caring for the few Christians in the Hall. You’ll do Bible study because the gospel is our heart-beat, and you can/should all join a gospel-centred church in this city – plenty to choose from: choose one!
“I will not believe that you have tasted the honey of the gospel if you are prepared to eat it alone.” Charles Spurgeon, Church planter and preacher, London -- you can say you love Jesus but do you want others to have him too?As a Hall Group Leader, be there for the Hall with your Group, for the next year.
“I’ve read almost every missional strategy. In the end, love people and be available.” Jon Tyson, Church planter, New York -- are you available, where people are?
“Where you are, be all there.” Jim Elliot, Missionary Martyr, Ecuador -- give up other friendships, other interests, to be there.
Reflect on these questions with your co-leader.
• Do you love your Hall? If you don’t like it, how can you learn to love it?
• Who do you love in your Hall? The Hall is a place/culture populated with people.
• What do the people in your Hall love? What’s their culture?
• To say ‘yes’ to loving your Hall, what would you need to say ‘no’ to? What things that currently fill your time? What people? What preferences?
• How can you change to be one of them to win them?
• When and where do you need to be to be present with them?
• What would change in your Hall Group’s life, if you were only trying to reach lost people in your Hall so they would become disciple-making disciples?
• How would the people of your Hall react if the Hall Group disappeared? (a) Throw a party? (b) Not even notice? (c) Mourn and grieve?
• What can you do to bless your Hall? Is there an easy idea you can try?
• What help do you think you need?FEEDBACK: Your reflections and questions and action plan.
With significant help from Donnie Griggs at Advance (mp3s).
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