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RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS

RECAP: GREENHOUSE ENVIRONMENTS

Watch the highlights from the Spring 2018 Greenhouse Environments training intensive.

Back in February 2018, several church leaders met together for a Greenhouse Environments training intensive.  Greenhouse Environments is part of the Alliance Southeast's MIP (Multiplication Impact Process) that is the umbrella initiative that includes Gospel Footprint and Flywheel.

PRAY SHORTER PRAYERS

PRAY SHORTER PRAYERS

When Christians pray, we pray as those who have been freed from praying like the world. We pray as those who first have heard from our God in his word, who have embraced his gift of unsurpassed grace in the person of his Son, and who have no need to earn his favor with our repetition, posturing, and pretense.

Rather, we can ask simply, as children. We can ask profoundly, with new hearts trained on him, not just the things of earth. And we can ask with humble confidence knowing that our Father already knows our needs, and knows them even better than we do, and is even more committed than we are to meeting them in the deepest and most enduring ways.

QUIT LISTENING TO MISSIONAL EXPERTS

QUIT LISTENING TO MISSIONAL EXPERTS

My favorite book on the church and God’s mission is Total Church. I admire Steve Timmis and Tim Chester tremendously and I have learned so much from them. I can say the same for Alan Hirsch, Jeff Vanderstelt and many others that I would consider missional experts.

But eventually I had to stop listening to them.

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

When we focus on our identity in Christ (the “Up” relationship), the “In” and “Out” will be informed and formed by the gospel . . . the good news.  If our “In” and “Out” relationships are informed by our “Up” relationship then discipleship will flow out of that.

WHERE DO WE GET THE STRENGTH TO GO ALL-IN FOR JESUS

WHERE DO WE GET THE STRENGTH TO GO ALL-IN FOR JESUS

The only way to follow Jesus is with total and complete abandon. Those are the terms Jesus always gives: you’ve got to jump with all of your strength. The Christian life doesn’t work if you hedge your bets.  The problem is, taking huge risks requires huge confidence. Where do we get the strength to go all-in for Jesus?

HOW I STARTED PRAYING THE BIBLE

HOW I STARTED PRAYING THE BIBLE

A guest preacher was speaking at a series of meetings at our church. He was teaching on the prayers of the apostle Paul found in his New Testament letters, and encouraging us to pray these inspired prayers as our own.  Then, at one point he held up his Bible said, “Folks, when you pray, use the prayer book.”  In that moment I suddenly realized, “The entire Bible is a prayer book.

THE GREATEST THING YOU COULD DO TODAY

THE GREATEST THING YOU COULD DO TODAY

Distracted, obligatory, ordinary — I doubt any such words came across Moses’s mind as he ascended the mountain. But some three thousand years later, we rarely marvel that God permits imperfect humans into his presence.  How did the shocking become so ordinary to us? Is it even possible for our experiences with God to be that fascinating?

ADVICE FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF BIBLE READING

ADVICE FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF BIBLE READING

Most Christians are aware of the importance of personal reading of God’s word.  But just how should our daily Bible reading be done? Are there any guidelines for making the best used of our time and gaining the most from our reading of God’s word? Here, then, are five guidelines that have helped me much over many years of reading Scripture.

THREE WAYS TO HELP BIBLE BEGINNERS

THREE WAYS TO HELP BIBLE BEGINNERS

Sometimes the hardest part of discipleship is teaching people how to handle the Bible.  We know that the Holy Spirit will help us learn as we read, but we cannot ignore that it can be quite daunting and even intimidating.  You don't need a seminary degree to help your friend begin with the Bible; here are a few suggestions of how you can help Bible beginners get started.

FASTING FOR BEGINNERS

FASTING FOR BEGINNERS

Chances are you are among the massive majority of Christians who rarely or never fast. It’s not because we haven’t read our Bibles or sat under faithful preaching or heard about the power of fasting, or even that we don’t genuinely want to do it. We just never actually get around to putting down the fork.

A HUMBLE MISSIOLOGY

A HUMBLE MISSIOLOGY

We may be passionate in our mission, but we must always lead with humility.  This is a good article that helps remind us that we are simply holding treasure as frail jars of clay.  Knowledge gained can lead to arrogance. This is true in all areas of life, including missiological thought. A biblical missiology is a humble missiology. 

DON'T LET DISCIPLESHIP KEEP YOU FROM BEING A DISCIPLE

DON'T LET DISCIPLESHIP KEEP YOU FROM BEING A DISCIPLE

Discipleship requires disciple making.  But we cannot compromise our own walk with Jesus.  Discipleship must be an overflow from following after Jesus and learning from Him every day in a deep, personal relationship.  Looking Out always requires Looking Up.

HOW INVOLVED IS GOD IN YOUR LIFE?

HOW INVOLVED IS GOD IN YOUR LIFE?

We see through the story of Joseph that no matter what you are experiencing, sweet or bitter, good or evil, no matter how long it’s lasting, he has not left you alone. He is with you, he is working all things together for good, and he will be with you to the end.