Multiply – The Global Church
Cam Liske – Multiply – The Global Church
On Sunday we talked about the Local Church during our Multiply series. I invited those in attendance on Sunday to answer six questions and then to hand in their answers at the end of the service. 47 people handed in their answers. If you did not have time to answer the questions during the sermon or perhaps you were not able to attend CLC on Sunday. Here are the questions. Feel free to answer them and email them to Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Would you say that your church is more inwardly focused or outwardly focused? Why do you say that?
- Would you say that the life of your church is characterized by love? Why or why not?
- What steps can you take to be an example of love in your church? Whether you are an official leader in your church or not, how can you lead others in being more loving?
- Take some time to think about your church and our unique cultural setting. What would it take for our church to be united, and for that unity to be displayed to the unbelieving world?
- Do you ever feel like a salesperson when sharing your faith? What steps can you take to change this?
- What would it mean for our church to live as a compelling community—a group of people who demonstrate love, unity, and hope in such a way that the unbelieving world is compelled to find out what is going on?
There were so many great and insightful answers to these questions on Sunday. It was a joy to read the responses this morning. I need to share an answer to question number six with you in this blog. It grabbed me and got my attention. It happened to be a response from one George Maxim, who is one of CLC’s Elders.
Here is his response to question #6
“I pray that our church would attract people who know him, those that do not know him, those that need him and especially those that don’t think they need him” – George Maxim
In that one sentence George summarized all that I believe God is calling CLC to become.
CLC – Reaching UP/Reaching IN/Reaching OUT
(sorry everyone, missed placing this in the enews yesterday)
This past Sunday Dr. Tony Campolo joined us and launched our church partnership with a community in west (and very rural) Nepal. To officially launch the partnership we needed as a church body to sponsor 10 children, as of Sunday we have sponsored 50 children from that community in Nepal! I am so excited and thankful for the response our church body has had.
If you would still like to sponsor a Nepalese child, I have a few packets that were left with me to share with those who may not have been here on Sunday or that may have needed some more time to think and pray about it. Please contact me if you are interested (email@example.com).
To listen to the sermon from Sunday (video will be available in the next 24 hours):
To read more about our partner community in Nepal:
Discipleship: Living Life to the Nth Degree
Tony Campolo – Living Life to the Nth Degree
As we continue in the Multiply series, we have decided to slow things down. As we have began to dive into this material, we have realized there is so much there that we shouldn’t rush through it. So instead of being done at the end of november, for the remainder of november we are spending time only in chapter 2. We will then take a break during December to spend some focused time on Advent and in January will return to Multiply material for chapters 3-5 over numerous weeks as we learn how to read and understand the Bible.
This week the focus was on Life In The Church.
The main idea of this week is how important it is to commit to a church. We are meant to do life in community, in a church. That is what Jesus intended when he gave us the call to make disciples. He didn’t intend for a once off – “make a convert and move on”, he intended us to make DISCIPLES and to live life as a body – in unity.
With this it REQUIRES us to “bearing one another’s burdens”.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:1–2)
But more than just bearing it, we need to not offer merely quick fixes but rather get down to the root of the problem. To truly care about the individual. To see them transformed and rooted in God.
Thankfully, we are not responsible for the transformation. If we are obedient to God, and live in community with each other, bearing one another’s burdens and bringing them before Christ, the Gospel message and the Holy Spirit WILL transform the person (and ourselves in the process).
I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezek. 36:26–27)
Church and discipleship is NOT optional. We are all called to minister to one another, all called to be ministered to, and all called to be part of the same body. To be effective in ministry and to be living out the gospel, EVERY member must do their part. You are unique and special, and in unique and special circumstances – and God made you that way for a reason. You are called to minister to those that God has placed around you.
This chapter in Multiply ends with this challenge:
Spend some time in prayer. Ask God to give you confidence in the Spirit’s power to use you in ministering to other people. Ask Him for the wisdom to know what to do and the discernment to recognize people who need help. Pray that God would use you and your church to continue His plan of redemption in your unique setting.