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The “As-You-Go” God

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Random Thoughts about God’s Provision for Your Ministry

  • Your God-ordained ministry is God’s idea, not yours
  • Consequently, God is responsible for funding or resourcing His ministry through you
  • Remember Abraham. God told Abram (Abraham) to get up and go and THEN He would show him where to go and what to do.
  • We are encouraged to pray for “daily bread” in the Model Prayer (Matt. 6:11)
  • “We walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7): that means you’re going to find yourself in situations where you must step out on faith before you have everything you THINK you need

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August 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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The Missional God

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The next few posts will look at the “missional” God—in other words, how God Himself broke into communities to reveal Himself and transform the lives of the people. This quick survey will begin in the Old Testament and jaunt right through the New Testament until the very end.

A Working Definition

There are many definitions floating in the church world about what missional actually is. So much is the discussion that many worry that the term missional could become cliché (my own username makes use of the word!).

What Missional Does NOT Mean

  • Skinny white male in skinny black jeans with black rimmed glasses he doesn’t need doing nice things in Jesus’ name for the people around him
  • Dishing up organic, fair-trade food for the homeless
  • Removing all the crosses from your sanctuary
  • Having couches in your church sanctuary
  • Meeting in homes
  • Meeting at bar

You get the point. With the exception of an obvious few from the list above, there are some kingdom-minded activities that have good intentions.

But good intentions are not enough when eternity hangs in the balance for people.

For the purposes of this study, I will hearken to Alan Hirsch’s definition:

“A proper understanding of missional begins with recovering a missionary understanding of God. By his very nature God is a “sent one” who takes the initiative to redeem his creation. This doctrine, known as missio Dei—the sending of God—is causing many to redefine their understanding of the church. Because we are the “sent” people of God, the church is the instrument of God’s mission in the world” [1]

With this in mind, I will focus my discussion on God’s direct activity with the people He focused on as well as on God’s activity through the people He sends on His behalf.

 

Part 2: The Missional, Covenant-Keeping God

 

 

 

 

 

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1. http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/fall/17.20.html

 

 

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August 9, 2012 at 1:17 am

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The Cult of Personality and Penn State…and What Christians Can Learn

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There are a number of lessons we can learn from the tragic downfall of a lauded sports juggernaut like Penn State and the captain of its ship, the late Joe Paterno:

  1. The leader should never be bigger than a commitment to integrity and truth.
  2. Leaders must remember that they are accountable to others; there are no Lone Rangers.
  3. Greed and lust for power are two surefire killers of a great reputation.
  4. Look out for the vulnerable and God will champion the cause; look out for the oppressor and your doom is assured.

 

The sad part is, we have witnessed Christian leaders caught up in some of the same drama. How can we as Christian leaders protect ourselves from the foxes that spoiled the vine at Penn State?


 

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July 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm

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Time to Speak

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I have intentionally backed away from blogging because of my hectic schedule but I sense the need to get back to it and engage folks.  I hate wasted words but I pray that nothing I say here will be wasted.  Can’t wait.

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July 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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“I pray because I can’t help myself. I

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“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.”
― C.S. Lewis

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June 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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“All life is ministry.”~~Jeff Vanderst

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“All life is ministry.”~~Jeff Vanderstelt

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June 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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Whitney…RIP

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February 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

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