The rebellion you should join.

I have been a part of the rebellion for 29 years. I was on the other side for 24 years. But let there be no doubt about my life that as I have air in my lungs, I am a part of the rebellion.
The rebellion of Jesus Christ against the forces of evil, suffering and hell is fueled by His death, burial and resurrection from the dead (1 Cor 15:3-4).

The way I joined this rebellion involves four things. First, I recognize God’s design on all people (Gen 1:27). He has His unique design, meaning there great purpose for every life. Second, repentance and faith is how I joined. I repented of my sins and placed my faith in Jesus (Mark 1:15). Third, my allegiance is with Him and His movement. I am committed to conquering hell (Matt 16:18). Finally, I’m looking for people who want to join His movement (Matt 28:19). Jesus dismantled hell everywhere He went. He dismantled hell as the blind see, the deaf hear, the lost are found and Satan retreats in people’s lives.

Jesus Christ died and rose for you. Have you received Him? Are you sick of hell beating you up? Want some payback on hell?

Join up (John 1:12)! There’s a movement. A different kingdom (Matt 6:33). Sinners are welcome and find grace because of God’s grace and our faith (Eph 2:8-9). Our lives change when Christ comes into our lives (2 Cor 5:17). The enemy comes bringing hell with him. Jesus comes bringing life (John 10:10).

What will you do? Want to join the rebellion against hell?
Design. The gospel. Repent and believe. Join up.

Disciple Making of Men

The recovery of one-on-one disciple making

  • Change your focus (reverse the inversion)
  • Change your calendar
  • Change your content

Making disciples who make disciples (the new buzzphrase) 

  • Disciple making must be relational
  • Disciple making must be intentional
  • Disciple making must be reproducible

The legend of Jon Burton (relational). 

  • Look to the young people (Cru, Billy Graham, Navigators, etc)
  • Dave and Rick Brittian
  • Test firing it myself.

The rise of Tim Ebert (intentional).

Follow up … most people don’t get the foundational follow up they needed and deserved when they crossed the line of faith.

We focus on the internals before focusing on the externals. While we don’t ignore the externals, we know that real change from the getting a man to look to God who changes the man from the inside.

The topics we use are these:

  1. Finding confidence in your relationship with God.
  2. Experiencing the love and forgiveness of God.
  3. Being filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
  4. Walking with God.

circles

The reach of Chris Navarro (reproducible).

  • Discipling the homeless and down and out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

OK. I was wrong about the SBC Pastors Conference.

sbcpc02Last year at the SBC in St. Louis I was wrong about the 2017 SBC Pastors Conference.

Pastor Dave Miller was elected President of the Pastors Conference. The format would change. The change was that smaller church pastors would preach expository messages through one book of the Bible. That book is Philippians. The Getty’s are doing the music.

I’m really excited for this Pastor’s Conference and thought I would go on record of saying I was wrong about it. I”m not sure what that really means. My attitude was kinda of mellow. there were reasons. While I am a SBC pastor, I don’t like it when we have to do everything SBC. When I heart church members say, “are they Southern Baptist?” like it has to be that for approval, my heart sinks. The reason is the kingdom is made up of more than the SBC. But really, this is not what the intent was, is of the Pastor’s Conference Team. They are just modeling something good. I’m excited.

sbc2017I hope you will consider going. It’s free. You just have to get there and pay your expenses. If you’re a pastor, your church will probably cover that for you. And everyone is invited, not just pastors. The Pastor’s Conference is a day and a half conference just before the SBC 2017 in Phoenix. Check it out!