Leading in a Diverse Church--Lesson 1: Framework for Unity (w/Student Responses)
Leading in aDiverse Church Session 1
High Priestly Prayer: John 17:20-23“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those whowill believe in Me through their word; 21 that they allmay be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;that they also may be one in Us, that the world maybelieve that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which Yougave Me I have given them, that they may be one justas We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that theymay be made perfect in one, and that the world mayknow that You have sent Me, and have loved them asYou have loved Me” (KJV).
Course OutlineS1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 Unity Leading Grounding Ministry Setting the SupportingFramework Across Cultures in Love Table Mosaic Communities, Parts 1 & 2
Lesson’s Big Ideas• God’s intent is to give access to the message of salvation for the ‘called’ from every culture and generation• Scripture mandates a heterogeneous, multicultural faith community• It is the role of a leader to bring unity to transform church culture and make room for grace for people from all tribes, nations and tongues
Understanding Biblical Mandate for Unity: John 17:20-23What do you know about why the Body needs to beone for a unified church?Student responses:• One mind and one accord: Same message• Like-mindedness and in agreement—Carry the same message• Regardless of background, we’re all married to Christ• One mind, edifying each other
Orthodoxy Orthopraxy (RIGHT MEANING) (RIGHT PRACTICE)“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;21THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE, AS YOU, FATHER, ARE IN ME, AND I IN YOU” (17:21a) Vision of Purpose and Class response Knowledge (P1) Using intentionally diverse teams: That believers may be joined minister to others with multicultural together in “one fold and one teams so people see oneness of shepherd” with “unity of purpose the Body. and knowledge through Jesus” (17:21a)“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may beone in Us,THAT THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE THAT YOU SENT ME” (17:21b) Bearing of Witness (P2) Class response That believers abide in the one Witnessing to people from different Shepherd and as one fold to bear background, ethnicity, creed, etc.: unified witness in one accord to the Go outside your own circle. (Build identity of Jesus as the Sent One new bridges—Also witness to (17:21b) people who do not look like you.)
Orthodoxy Orthopraxy (RIGHT MEANING) (RIGHT PRACTICE)“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them,THAT THEY MAY BE ONE JUST AS WE ARE ONE: (17:22) Reflection of God’s Glory (P3) Class response That they may be kept in solidarity Showing solidarity as one through as one fold, transformed into His fellowship: New member dinners likeness to reflect His glory (17:22) shows the diversity present, serving different foods, meet and greets with regions and Soul Patrol“I in them, and You in Me;THAT THEY MAY BE MADE PERFECT IN ONE, AND THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOWTHAT YOU HAVE SENT ME, AND HAVE LOVED THEM AS YOU HAVE LOVED ME” (17:23). Perfection of One in Him (P4) Class response That they may be made complete Breaking barriers by coming and full as one, believers together as a diverse one: VIP, collectively abiding in Christ and prayer room, hospital, grieving Him dwelling within every believer people, baptisms, & weddings (17:23) (Learn different customs. Mix w/people outside church)
Petitionary PrayerUnifying the Body on Your Knees: Prayer of Petition“My house shall be called a house of prayer” (Matt 21:13 NKJV).Petitionary Prayer DefinitionGod is your source. Make your petitions known to him.A petitionary prayer is a request or supplication, one “supportedby evidence and facts based on the known will of God by theWord of God” (Savelle, 2011; cf., Eph 6:10-18).
Steps for Petitionary PrayerStep 1. Depend on God as your source. Pray with an expectant faith.Step 2. Pray in the name of Jesus, your power source.Step 3. Pray the Word itself. When you pray the Word back to God, it shows Him that you are in agreement with His will. (Ephesians 6:17-18 (KJV) says, “take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”)Step 4. Read and study the selected Scripture passage. Know what the passage means. Circle the key words and look up their meaning.Step 5. Pray the Word as a petition for the needs of the saved souls and unsaved souls for reconciliation with God and each other in Christ (Savelle, 2011).
Class Examples of Petitionary Prayer To be added.
Unity Does Not Mean Uniformity 60-60-30-30 Paired DiscussionPastor Tony Evans, in his book Oneness Embraced, says that“Unity is not uniformity, nor is it sameness. Each person isunique in personhood and yet at the same time one in essence,unity reflects a oneness that does not negate individuality. Unitydoes not mean everyone needs to be like everyone else” (2011).• What is the meaning of “unity if not uniformity, nor is it sameness?”• How does Evans’ quote relate to John 17:21b?
Quick Self-Assessment: Leadership Action Skills for Unity1=Undeveloped, 2=Emerging, 3=Proficient 4=Highly 1 2 3 4DevelopedElement 1: “M” Intentionally Ministers to the MultitudesElement 2: “O” Views Others with OpennessElement 3: “S” Adapts the Method, Keeping the MeSSageElement 4: “A” Focuses on the Call to the AllElement 5: “I” Shows Inclusion and ImpartialityElement 6: “C” Uses Value Communication
Quick Self-Assessment: Leadership Action Skills for Unity DebriefWhat surprised you about your pre assessment?
ClosingWhat impressed you as most important from our discussion?
Want to know more about unity?Read these articles from Jan Paron• Seeking the M.O.S.A.I.C. Church: Bridging the Gap Leadership Framework for Unity, http://specs12.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/seeking-the-m-o-s-a-i- c-church-bridging-the-gap-leadership-model-for-unity/• Seeking the M.O.S.A.I.C. Church: Understanding New Covenant Unity, Pt. 1 http://specs12.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/seeking-the-m-o-s-a-i-c- church-understanding-new-covenant-unity/ Pt. 2 http://specs12.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/seeking-the-m-o-s-a-i-c- church-understanding-new-testament-unity-pt-2/• Seeking the M.O.S.A.I.C. Church: Bridging the Gap Leadership Framework for Unity, http://specs12.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/seeking-the-m- o-s-a-i-c-church-bridging-the-gap-leadership-model-for-unity/
ReferencesEvans, T. (2011). Oneness embraced through the eyes of Tony Evans. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.Paron, J. (2012). M.O.S.A.I.C. Church Series Pt 1. Introduction. Alsip, IL: PerSpectives 12.Savelle, J. (2011). Prayer of petition: Breaking through the impossible. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light.