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  • All Hands On Deck!

    1. 1. ALL HANDS ON DECK! How our churches can become agents of hope
    2. 2. 4 Emergencies: The Human Situation: What Conventional View God created the world as perfect, but because our primal is the story that ancestors, Adam and Eve, did Emerging View God created the world as good, but human beings – as individuals, and as groups – have rebelled against God and we find not maintain the absolute filled the world with evil and injustice ourselves in? perfection demanded by God, like a terrible disease. God wants to save God has irrevocably determined humanity and heal it from its sickness, that the entire universe and all it but humanity is hopelessly lost and Planetary crisis (Prosperity) contains will be destroyed, and the souls of all human beings – except for those specifically exempted – will be forever punished for their imperfection in hell.1 confused, like sheep without a shepherd, wandering farther and farther into lostness and danger. Left to themselves, human beings will spiral downward in sickness and evil. Basic Since everyone is doomed to Since the human race is in such desperate Questions: What hell, Jesus seeks to answer these trouble, Jesus seeks to answer this questions did questions: how can individuals question: what must be done about the Jesus come to be saved from eternal mess we’re in? The mess refers both to Poverty crisis (Equity) answer? punishment in hell and instead the general human condition and its go to heaven after they die? How specific outworking among his can God help individuals be contemporaries: living under domination happy and successful until then? by the Roman empire, and divided into various competing sects. Jesus’ message: Jesus says, in essence, “If you Jesus says, in essence, “Other people and How did Jesus want to be among those groups – including your own religious respond to the specifically qualified to escape leaders - are leading you farther and crisis? being forever punished for your farther astray. I have been sent by God sins in hell, you must repent of with this good news – that God loves your individual sins and believe humanity, even in its lostness and sin. Peace-making crisis (Security) that my Father punished me on the cross so He won’t have to punish you in hell. Only if you believe this will you go to heaven when everyone else is banished to hell.”2 This is the God graciously invites everyone and anyone to question and reject what they have been told and instead follow a new path. Trust me and become my disciple, and you will be transformed, and you will participate in the transformation of the good news. world, which is possible, beginning right now.”3 This is the good news. Religious crisis (Spirituality) 1 Of course, there are many modern western non-religious ontologies and framing stories too, plus Eastern ontologies and framing stories – both religious and irreligious. 2 This reflects a Calvinistic Evangelical protestant version of the message. The popular Roman Catholic version might say, “You must believe in the teachings of the church and follow its instructions, especially those regarding sacraments.” The popular mainline or liberal Protestant
    3. 3. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Good News of the Kingdom of God
    4. 4. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ...
    5. 5. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you
    6. 6. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you
    7. 7. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you
    8. 8. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you
    9. 9. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you Accumulation - us (who cares about you?)
    10. 10. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you Accumulation - us (who cares about you?) Victimization - us in spite of you
    11. 11. Domination - us over you
    12. 12. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you
    13. 13. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you
    14. 14. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you
    15. 15. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you Accumulation - us (who cares about you?)
    16. 16. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you Accumulation - us (who cares about you?) Victimization - us in spite of you
    17. 17. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you Accumulation - us (who cares about you?) Victimization - us in spite of you The gospel (good story) of the kingdom:
    18. 18. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you Accumulation - us (who cares about you?) Victimization - us in spite of you The gospel (good story) of the kingdom: Some of us for all of us
    19. 19. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us
    20. 20. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ...
    21. 21. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love
    22. 22. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation
    23. 23. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion
    24. 24. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing
    25. 25. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice
    26. 26. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ... Domination - Service & Love Revolution - Forgiveness & Reconciliation Purification (Scapegoating) - Embrace & inclusion Isolation - Incarnation & Healing Accumulation - Self-giving & sacrifice Victimization - Empowerment & Mission
    27. 27. Does it seem like relatively few of our churches are focused on proclaiming this message - and training disciples to embody it and practice it in our world?
    28. 28. Does it seem like relatively few of our churches are focused on proclaiming this message - and training disciples to embody it and practice it in our world? Why might that be?
    29. 29. Our contemporary gospel is primarily INFORMATION ON HOW TO GO TO HEAVEN AFTER YOU DIE with a large footnote about increasing your personal happiness and success through God. with a small footnote about character development with a smaller footnote about spiritual experience with a smaller footnote about social/global transformation. 11
    30. 30. Heaven Self (soul) church world
    31. 31. Heaven world church self
    32. 32. Heaven (God’s will) world church self
    33. 33. Two gospels … One of evacuation (warehouse, institutional maintenance) One of transformation (mission, community of practice …)
    34. 34. The church is the unique disciple-forming community that recruits, trains and deploys people to be transformed and to join God as agents of transformation - to live by the new story of the kingdom of God.
    35. 35. OK ... but how? How do we train people in this way? How does the process work?
    36. 36. The process advances when ... 1. We believe the gospel of the kingdom of God. 2. We accept the disciple- forming mission as our own.
    37. 37. Text Text Text Text Two kinds of formation: teaching about and training to...
    38. 38. a story about a phone call
    39. 39. …how do people learn to play in the way of the master?
    40. 40. practice makes possible
    41. 41. 3. We see Christian faith as a way of life, and our churches as communities that help people practice the way of Jesus so they learn it “by heart.”
    42. 42. Are you a practicing guitar student? Are you a practicing dentist or doctor? Are you a practicing lawyer? Are you a practicing Christian disciple?
    43. 43. The term “Christian” only appears 3 times in the New Testament. It appears to have been a term of disparagement (Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, I Peter 4:15). The far more common term for someone who believes in and follows Jesus is …
    44. 44. Disciple. This term appears 261 times in the New Testament! 3 versus 261
    45. 45. A disciple is a learner … an apprentice … one who imitates a master- teacher and practices his way.
    46. 46. What we call “Christianity” was originally called the way .. A new way of life, a new way of love.
    47. 47. We learn information by study. We learn a way by practice. To follow Jesus, to learn his way, to experience transformation … we engage in practice - the practice of life in God’s kingdom.
    48. 48. Spiritual formation: The development, through practice, of people who “be,” think, feel, work, relate, serve, and play … in the way of Jesus.
    49. 49. Spiritual practices (or disciplines): Actions within our power which we do to train ourselves to do things currently beyond our power, and to become people we are currently incapable of being.
    50. 50. Beyond your ability: Playing guitar Typing Running a marathon Speaking Chinese
    51. 51. Beyond your ability: Being patient and self- controlled Being kind and forgiving Loving enemies Living in the way of Jesus
    52. 52. Practice makes possible … but
    53. 53. We cannot transform ourselves. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing.
    54. 54. Work out your salvation … For it is God who works in you … (Philippians 2:12-13)
    55. 55. The process advances when ... 1. We believe the gospel of the kingdom of God. 2. We accept the disciple-forming mission as our own. 3. We see the faith as a way, and the church as communities of practice.
    56. 56. The process advances when ... 1. We believe the gospel of the kingdom of God. 2. We accept the disciple-forming mission as our own. 3. We see the faith as a way, and the church as communities of practice. 4. We (re)discover the power of the Holy Spirit for formation and mission.
    57. 57. The process advances when ... 1. We believe the gospel of the kingdom of God. 2. We accept the disciple-forming mission as our own. 3. We see the faith as a way, and the church as communities of practice. 4. We (re)discover the power of the Holy Spirit for formation and mission. 5. We start now, and start small ... even with two or three.
    58. 58. ALL HANDS ON DECK! How our churches can become agents of hope
    59. 59. Philippians 2:1-11
    60. 60. Let this attitude be in us, Let this attitude be in us, The attitude of Jesus. Amen.
    61. 61. Christ being in very nature God Did not count equality with God Something to be grasped But he emptied himself,
    62. 62. By taking the very nature of a servant Being made in human form And being found in appearance as a man He humbled himself.
    63. 63. He became obedient to death, Even death upon a cross Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    64. 64. God gave him the highest name of all So that at Jesus’ name All knees should bow All tongues confess
    65. 65. That Jesus Christ is Lord To the glory of God the Father Who works in us to desire And do God’s good pleasure.
    66. 66. Let this attitude be in us Let this attitude be in us. The attitude of Jesus Amen.

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