Archive for September, 2012

Sep 6

Ambassador Training III – Character of an Ambassador Starts Sunday (Sep 9)

2012 | by Clint | Category: Local,Training

The question is not whether you are an ambassador for Christ or not. 2 Corinthians 5:20 makes it clear that we all are ambassadors. The real question is: are you prepared and equipped for the job?

This fall, starting September 9th at 10:45AM in the West Wing, we will be discussing the Character of an Ambassador.  Does your life, attitude, and heart line up with the message that you proclaim?

What does it mean to represent a king and a kingdom in a foreign land? It means to be on a mission with a message—the message of reconciliation. We are called as Christ’s ambassadors to get into people’s lives, love them, and tell them the message of the kingdom. This message is that, though we have sinned in rebellion against God, He has made a way to be reconciled through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Do you know this message? Do you love this message? Do you speak this message? Do you know folks that need to hear this message? Do you need help presenting this message to them?  Ambassador Training is designed to explore the following elements of being an ambassador for Christ:

Ambassador I: Knowledge – Do you know the message of reconciliation? Can you articulate it clearly and concisely? (Next Offering TBA)

Ambassador II: Wisdom – Do you know how to thoughtfully and winsomely manage conversations in order to communicate the message of reconciliation? This section will focus on shedding light, rather than heat, as we use simple and gracious ways to expose faulty thinking as well as talk about how to respond when you just do not know the answer to someone’s question. This section also deals with tools an ambassador can use to help communicate the message. (Next Offering TBA)

Ambassador III: Character – Do you live a lifestyle and display a manner that affirms your message or undermines it? (Next Offering Begins on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM)

These classes do not have to be taken in order.  If you’d like to attend, email or just show up this Sunday in the West Wing at 10:45AM.

Sep 5

Want to serve Redemption? Pray with and for Them as They Plan.

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Local,Redemption Church

Pastor Carlos wrote last week on Redemption Church’s blog:

Praying is a vital thing for the Christian life, as well as for the life and health of any church. At Redemption, we believe that God has called us to the mission of making disciples and planting churches in New Mexico and beyond. This mission requires prayer. Without prayer, and without God going before us, we have no chance of staying on mission or seeing our mission prosper. That being said, we are, and by God’s grace will always be, a praying church. We work to saturate our Sunday morning gatherings in prayer before, during, and after. We also seek to pray together in our community groups as we do life together. There is no question that praying is a vital thing for Redemption Church.

What about planning? Planning can seem “unspiritual”. Aren’t we supposed to just “be faithful”, and see what God does? The answer is yes, and no. We, as a church, are called to be faithful to our Savior and King Jesus. We rest and find our authority in His Word alone. We believe that we must proclaim the gospel every chance we get. Part of our faithfulness to Jesus, however, is found in our planning. We believe that plans saturated by prayer are powerful things used by God to further His Kingdom and to see more disciples made, all for His Glory.

We see prayer-saturated plans in the 1st chapter of Nehemiah. Nehemiah learns of the devastation of Jerusalem, and is broken over what has happened. As the king’s cupbearer, he is in a position to do something about it. He prays that God would give him the chance to help his city. The moment comes and when the Persian king asks what he wants, Nehemiah’s plans are ready to be implemented. In the few months that Nehemiah was praying, he was also faithfully planning and trusting for a future God-given opportunity.

We want to model Nehemiah’s faith at Redemption. We are constantly praying to God that He would allow us to be a church where we see many people meet Jesus, where we celebrate many baptisms, and where we are able to “seek the welfare of the city”. In addition to these prayers, we are also making plans to illustrate how that would come about. This planning includes our membership process, how our leadership is structured, and what it means to be a church-planting church. We want to be ready for the moments God opens a door that we are praying towards.

Last week Redemption held their first Elder Led Prayer Night, where they sought to share the heart, vision, and mission of Redemption, and to bathe it in prayer from God’s people.  We can support by praying for wisdom as they move forward with the mission to reach more and more people for Christ.  And may God use us to do the same in our lives and neighborhoods.

Sep 3

SNAP Really is a Partnership to Reach the Unreached

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Global,North Africa (SNAP),Video

DSC will be sending, Lord willing, a church-based church planting team to reach the unreached peoples of North Africa.

Our Sunrise North Africa Partnership is just that, a partnership.  We believe strongly that Christ’s bride, the church, and especially local outposts of the church, must be an integrated part of reaching the unreached.  But we are not naive to believe that we have the expertise and experience to go at this alone.

For this reason, we are thankful to God for organizations like PIONEERS.  PIONEERS is eager to come along side the local church as we seek to raise up and send our our own to reach the unreached.

Here is a short introductory video about PIONEERS, expressing their heart for the unreached peoples of the world.  Please thank God with us for them. And please pray that God will use this partnership to thrust us as a church into the middle of His heart for all peoples.