Archive | August 2014

Mission Quotes

I’m collecting Mission Quotes and Verses.  Please add in some of your favorite missional statements.

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“Missions isn’t only for those who CROSS THE SEA, but for all who SEE THE CROSS” — Guess who?

“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him” — John 3:17

“The Lord did not tell us to build beautiful churches, but to evangelize the world” -– Oswald J. Smith

“God is a God of missions. He wills missions. He commands missions. He demands missions. He made missions possible through His Son. He made missions actual in sending the Holy Spirit.” – George W. Peters

“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” – John Stott

“A God-centered theology has to be a missionary theology” –– John Piper

“Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.” – John Piper

“The Bible is not the basis of missions; missions is the basis of the Bible” – Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission

“I will go down, if you hold the rope” William Carey

Please add some more…

More here: http://www.historymakers.info/stuff/inspirational-quotes.html

Working with Opinion Leaders and Innovators: Dave Travis

Thank you, Dave Travis, CEO of Leadership Network.   I, personally, have had the privilege to speak with this church leader sage on a few occasions.  Here’s an interesting read on describing the movers and shakers inside your organization.   Read on…

One of the best ways to introduce change in your network of churches is by working through opinion leaders. This view was popularized by Everett Rogers , best known for his categories of innovativeness (see graphic below). The second group on this continuum are the early adopters, a category that contains the most opinion leaders.

Opinion leaders are known for adopting an innovation at just the right time. They are not the actual innovators, but they adopt the new idea more quickly than others. Rogers emphasizes that opinion leaders have to be one or two steps ahead of their followers, but not miles ahead as the true innovators often are. Innovators jump many times from innovation to innovation, but early adopters work through the innovation to systematize and grow an idea.

Read the rest of the article and watch the interview at the Leadership Network website: Click Here

The Deity and Humanity of Jesus Christ

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Recently, I had to answer my belief statements in a doctrinal review as I prepared to teach at an established Seminary institution.   It was a +20 page concisely written statements of faith regarding key biblical truths.   And then I came to question #6: what did I believe in regarding Christ’s humanity.  That’s an easy one, right?  Believe it or not, early church Father’s needed about 3 different Council deliberations before we figured out this divine mystery.  I might as well share with you my attempt to muster up a brief and accurate (hopefully) answer which took our early church 4 centuries to get cleared up.  

“I believe in the complete deity (Col 2:9) and humanity of Jesus Christ (1 Tim 2:5), the incarnation of God (1 Tim 3:16).  He was, is, and forever is God (John 1:1, 3:13, 3:31, 8:58).  He is worthy of all our praise (Heb 1:6).  

Jesus became fully human (1 John 1:1), experiencing all physical and emotional qualities (Luke 2:52), yet without sin. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, he became man to reveal himself to his creation (John 1:18), to be an example (1 Peter 2:21), to live a life of perfect obedience, and ultimately to atone for our sins as a perfect sacrifice (Heb 10:4-5).  

Out of humility and love, he lowered himself taking the role of a servant as an ultimate expression of sacrifice and love (Phil 2:6-7).”

Did I miss anything?  Thank you to Derek Gentle in his systematic overview of Jesus’ Incarnation and the good ole SBC Baptist Faith and Message.

I love diagrams, yet, they never do justice 100% of the time.  But this may help you visual learners out there.

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