Earlier this week I had the privilege of spending the morning with a motley posse of OAC evangelists. What’s more I even got to teach the Bible too! The theme they gave me was “The role of the evangelist in the local church” and I had 2 sessions in order to unpack that theme. The first session was more a theological framework for where evangelists fit into the local church. In the second session, however, I took a slightly different approach and chose to profile an evangelist from Scripture. The guy I picked was Philip who is the only chap in the whole of the Bible who’s actually called “the evangelist” (Acts 21v8). So I started to research Philip going all the way back to his first encounter with Jesus. What unfolded was a marathon investigation that truly blessed my socks off as I studied and that resulted in a 22 point sermon (that I managed to preach in under 45mins!! THAT’S A MIRACLE). The example of Philip the Evangelist seemed to encourage the men and women who were there on Tuesday, so I thought his example may encourage you too. So here are 22 things that Philip can teach us about the life, character and ministry of the evangelist:
The Good Book Company have been churning out quality gospel resources for ages now (but then I would say that seeing as I’m one of their authors). However, last week they sent me a copy of their latest resource and frankly – they really have hit the ball out of the park with it!
As the title suggests, Discovering Jesus Through Asian Eyes seeks to addresses 16 questions that many Asians ask about Christianity, the Bible and what it means to follow Jesus. Here’s the lowdown: (more…)
Really excited because today’s the day that Ignite Hope 2012 kicks off!
Ignite Hope is a youth-led initiative that runs from 4th-7th May. Essentially Ignite Hope is all about demonstrating and proclaiming hope to communities across South Wales in Cardiff, Newport, the valleys and the Vale.
What that’s going to look like on the ground is 800 young people putting the love of Jesus on display by dishing out an unfathomable amount of social action, acts of mercy, community outreach events and such like. But be in no doubt, the gospel is at the heart of it all, with Bible teaching sessions each morning and gospel preaching services in the mahoosive marquee located at the Hope village in Sophia Gardens. We are trusting that God is going to save mightily this weekend as many are exposed to the power of the gospel in both Word and deed.
You can find out more about Ignite Hope 2012 here.
I’m posting this to ask you to pray. My role this weekend is to teach all of the morning sessions at the Valley hub in Blackwood and also preaching the gospel at the main event in the marquee on Saturday evening. We’re also hoping to bring a couple of car-fulls of Trevethin Young People on the Monday evening too.
I’d be so grateful if you’d pray for all of this with us.
As you could probably imagine, an event like this is not cheap. If you would like to stand with Ignite and bless Ignite Hope financially, you can do so here. Your support would be gratefully received.
May God be glorified across South Wales this weekend!
On Tuesday I was privileged to join a host of Counties evangelists at their training day in Maidenhead. My reason for being there was to teach 2 sessions on the opportunities and dangers that social networking presents to evangelists and gospel ministers. It’s the first time that I’ve ever been asked to teach on this subject so it was a welcome challenge to get to grips with.
Both sessions were well received and I was asked at the end if I’d be willing to share my notes. Therefore I’ve posted the notes from session 2 below. Furthermore, I have also posted the audio of both sessions in their entirety (minus Q&A at the end). The audio quality is a bit sketchy cos I recorded it on my iPhone.
Hope you find it all helpful.
TWEET JESUS – SESSION 2
Opportunities to embrace
Connectivity to friends/family etc.
Finger on the Pulse of Culture
Dangers to acknowledge
Sabotage of Sabbath
Cultivation of Pride
Wasting time and life
Once its out there – it’s out there!
Make you content with shallow superficiality
Temptation to follow ungodly links
Easy to misinterpret
Replaces intimacy with God
Living in relationship with distant friends not local church
Tweeting in rage
Helpful Pointers & Questions
1. Don’t tweet it straight away – Stop. Think. Pray. – Why does this need to be tweeted?
2. Tweet more about the glory of God, the power of the gospel and the truth of scripture than about yourself?
– Who does this glorify?
3. Seek to edify and encourage others. – Who does this help?
4. Ask your wife/another trusted friend about tweet content and use of time – How am I doing with this?
5. Don’t tweet in anger/frustration – Will I regret this in the morning?
6. Take a day off each week and regular twitter sabbaticals – Can I stop?
7. Be wise in who you follow and who follows you – Is this person going to encourage me and others toward or away from Jesus?
8. Make prayer and scripture the book-ends of your day – Who’s voice is loudest in my life?
Scriptures to Consider
“You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
– Matthew 12v34
‘Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
– Psalm 119v37
“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.”
– Matthew 5v29-30
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”
– Ephesians 5v4
“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”
– Proverbs 10v19
“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.”
– Ecclesiastes 5v2-3
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
– 1Thessalonians 5v11
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”
– Proverbs 17v27-28
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
– Psalm 19v14
Just a buzzin’ little post this morning that once again flows from the humbling, joy-filled adventure that I enjoy as a dad!
I was driving my 2 eldest kids, Elen & Josiah, to school this morning and we were all singing along to a classic Hillsong Kids track “Let your light shine” at the top of our lungs! After the song finished, an excited Elen came out with this:
Another quick post to introduce you to Hill City’s latest outreach initiative – Beermats.
I’ve just taken delivery of 2000 customized beermats that have the Hill City Church logo on the one side, and the phrase “There must be more to life than this” on the other, complete with details of where and when the church meets, along with our web address and a description of oursleves as “A fresh expression of church that loves God, loves people and loves life.”
We intend to deliver these beermats, complete with a music CD, to every house in Trevethin in the hope that they will be used as what they are – beermats – by those who are sick of life as it is and hungry for life as it should be! I’d love to hear people testify in years to come that the turning point in their life came as they were drowning their sorrows one day when they took a second look at that random beermat that had been shoved through their letterbox…
Please pray for us that God would use these mats for His glory here in Trevethin!