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Jan 23

Ambassadors for Christ (Part 2) – “We’d Rather Live as Mini-kings.”

2013 | by Clint | Category: Local,Training

Paul Tripp continues with post two of three on what it means to be an Ambassador for Christ: (you can find the original post here)

In the first post we dissected the Apostle Paul’s word choice in 2 Corinthians 5:20. He refers to us as Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador represents someone or something. Everything they do must be intentional. It’s not a part-time calling. It’s a lifestyle.

When we become ambassadors for Christ, our lives cease to be our own. We need to acknowledge that our lives belong to the King. But this is where we get ourselves into trouble. We don’t really want to live as ambassadors.

We’d rather live as mini-kings. We know what we like and the people we want to be with. We know the kind of house we’d like to own and the car we want to drive. Without even recognizing it, we quickly fall into a “my desire, my will, and my way lifestyle.”

If we’re honest, the central prayer of our hearts is “my kingdom come, my will be done.” This is why Christ said that to be his disciples, we must die to ourselves. No one can serve two masters. Ambassadors must die to their own kingship before they can properly represent the one true King.

Why does it seem that people, things, and situations are in our way? Why do we seldom go through a day without some experience of conflict? The answer is that we think of our lives as our own. We’re more committed to the purposes of our own kingdom than we are to God’s.  What about you this week? How are you doing as an ambassador for Christ?

Remember to register for CLARUS before the price goes up February 1st.

And DSC’s Ambassador Training is coming up too.  It starts February 3rd in the conference room at 10:45am (during the second service).  Sign up by emailing or just show up.

Jan 17

Ambassadors for Christ (Part 1) – “This isn’t a part-time calling. It’s a lifestyle.”

2013 | by Clint | Category: Local,Training

If you are in a Community Group here at DSC, then you’ve likely just finished or are close to finishing the “What Did You Expect?” curriculum written by Paul Tripp.  Paul will be joining us for Clarus 2013 in early March.  Get your tickets now before the price goes up February 1st.

Read below as Paul Tripp describes our identity as an Ambassador, and watch for sign ups for our Ambassador Training taught by Pastor Tim Ragsdale at a Kiosk in the foyer this Sunday.  The training will begin February 3rd in Conference Room during second service (10:45AM).

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I love the Apostle Paul’s word choice here – ambassador.

The job of an ambassador is to represent someone or something. Everything he does and says must intentionally represent a leader who isn’t physically present. His calling isn’t limited to forty hours a week, to certain state events, or to times of international crisis. He’s always the king’s representative.

In other words, the work of an ambassador is incarnational. His actions, character, and words embody the king who isn’t present. In the same way, Paul says that God has called us all to function as His ambassadors. Everything we say and do has import because of the King we represent.

This isn’t a part-time calling. It’s a lifestyle. We represent God’s purposes to the people He places in our lives. The primary issue is, “How can I best represent the King in this place, with this particular person?” This is much broader than a commitment to formal ministry occupying a portion of our schedule.

When we, as ambassadors, assume our responsibilities, our lives cease to be our own. We need to acknowledge that our lives belong to the King. Our lives don’t belong to us for our own fulfillment anymore.

Can you see where we get ourselves into trouble? Often we don’t really want to live as ambassadors. We want to live for ourselves. But I’ll discuss that in the next post.

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.