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ALL HANDS ON DECK!
How our
churches
can become
agents of
hope
All Hands On Deck!
All Hands On Deck!
All Hands On Deck!
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
Heat



Solar Energy
                               Prosperity

               Resources
                                                   Waste
                            Equity      Security

                           Societal Machine
        The Ecosystem


                           Good News of the
                           Kingdom of God
All Hands On Deck!
Some stories are self-defeating and
suicidal ...
Some stories are self-defeating and
suicidal ...
  Domination - us over you
Some stories are self-defeating and
suicidal ...
  Domination - us over you
  Revolution - us instead of you
Some stories are self-defeating and
suicidal ...
  Domination - us over you
  Revolution - us instead of you
  Purification/Scapegoating - us without you
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
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?)
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
All Hands On Deck!
Domination - us over you
Domination - us over you
Revolution - us instead of you
Domination - us over you
Revolution - us instead of you
Purification/Scapegoating - us without you
Domination - us over you
Revolution - us instead of you
Purification/Scapegoating - us without you
Isolation - us away from you
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?)
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
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:
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
All Hands On Deck!
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
      framing story … Good news of the
Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us
Jesus proclaimed a radically different
      framing story … Good news of the
Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us

Instead of ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
All Hands On Deck!
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?
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?
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
Heaven

         Self (soul)

            church
                 world
Heaven


world



        church


             self
Heaven (God’s will)


world



        church


             self
Two gospels …
One of evacuation (warehouse,
institutional maintenance)

     One of transformation (mission,
          community of practice …)
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.
OK ...
               but how?


How do we train people in
               this way?
   How does the process
                  work?
The process advances when ...


1. We believe the gospel of the
              kingdom of God.




     2. We accept the disciple-
  forming mission as our own.
Text
                     Text
                      Text
                       Text




Two kinds of formation: teaching about and
training to...
All Hands On Deck!
All Hands On Deck!
a story about a phone call
…how do people learn to play in the way
of the master?
practice
  makes
possible
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.”
Are you a practicing guitar student?


Are you a practicing dentist or doctor?


Are you a practicing lawyer?


        Are you a practicing Christian
                             disciple?
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 …
Disciple.
This term appears 261 times in
 the New Testament!



     3 versus 261
A disciple is a learner …
      an apprentice …
 one who imitates a master-
          teacher

and practices his way.
What we call “Christianity”
   was originally called

     the way      ..
A new way of life, a
  new way of love.
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.
Spiritual formation:
The development, through
  practice, of people who
   “be,” think, feel, work,
   relate, serve, and play

   … in the way of Jesus.
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.
Beyond your ability:

           Playing guitar

                  Typing

     Running a marathon

       Speaking Chinese
Beyond your ability:

        Being patient and self-
                    controlled

      Being kind and forgiving

               Loving enemies

       Living in the way of
                     Jesus
Practice makes

possible …
     but
We cannot transform
	 	 ourselves.



 Apart from Christ, we
      can do nothing.
Work out your salvation …




For it is God who works
      in you … (Philippians 2:12-13)
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.
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.
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.
All Hands On Deck!
ALL HANDS ON DECK!
How our
churches
can become
agents of
hope
Philippians 2:1-11
Let this attitude be in us,
Let this attitude be in us,
   The attitude of Jesus.

Amen.
Christ being in very nature God
Did not count equality with God


 
 Something to be grasped
But he emptied himself,
By taking the very nature of a
servant
Being made in human form

   And being found in appearance
   as a man
He humbled himself.
He became obedient to death,
Even death upon a cross

   Therefore God exalted
   him to the highest place
God gave him the highest name
of all
So that at Jesus’ name

    All knees should bow

   All tongues confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord
   To the glory of God the
   Father

Who works in us to desire
  And do God’s good pleasure.
Let this attitude be in us
Let this attitude be in us.
   The attitude of Jesus

Amen.
All Hands On Deck!

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All Hands On Deck!

  • 1. ALL HANDS ON DECK! How our churches can become agents of hope
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Heat Solar Energy Prosperity Resources Waste Equity Security Societal Machine The Ecosystem Good News of the Kingdom of God
  • 8. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ...
  • 9. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you
  • 10. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you
  • 11. Some stories are self-defeating and suicidal ... Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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?)
  • 14. 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
  • 16. Domination - us over you
  • 17. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you
  • 18. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you
  • 19. Domination - us over you Revolution - us instead of you Purification/Scapegoating - us without you Isolation - us away from you
  • 20. 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?)
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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:
  • 23. 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
  • 25. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us
  • 26. Jesus proclaimed a radically different framing story … Good news of the Kingdom of God: some of us for all of us Instead of ...
  • 27. 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
  • 28. 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
  • 29. 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
  • 30. 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
  • 31. 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
  • 32. 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
  • 34. 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?
  • 35. 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?
  • 36. 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
  • 37. Heaven Self (soul) church world
  • 38. Heaven world church self
  • 40. Two gospels … One of evacuation (warehouse, institutional maintenance) One of transformation (mission, community of practice …)
  • 41. 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.
  • 42. OK ... but how? How do we train people in this way? How does the process work?
  • 43. The process advances when ... 1. We believe the gospel of the kingdom of God. 2. We accept the disciple- forming mission as our own.
  • 44. Text Text Text Text Two kinds of formation: teaching about and training to...
  • 47. a story about a phone call
  • 48. …how do people learn to play in the way of the master?
  • 50. 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.”
  • 51. Are you a practicing guitar student? Are you a practicing dentist or doctor? Are you a practicing lawyer? Are you a practicing Christian disciple?
  • 52. 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 …
  • 53. Disciple. This term appears 261 times in the New Testament! 3 versus 261
  • 54. A disciple is a learner … an apprentice … one who imitates a master- teacher and practices his way.
  • 55. What we call “Christianity” was originally called the way .. A new way of life, a new way of love.
  • 56. 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.
  • 57. Spiritual formation: The development, through practice, of people who “be,” think, feel, work, relate, serve, and play … in the way of Jesus.
  • 58. 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.
  • 59. Beyond your ability: Playing guitar Typing Running a marathon Speaking Chinese
  • 60. Beyond your ability: Being patient and self- controlled Being kind and forgiving Loving enemies Living in the way of Jesus
  • 62. We cannot transform ourselves. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing.
  • 63. Work out your salvation … For it is God who works in you … (Philippians 2:12-13)
  • 64. 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.
  • 65. 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.
  • 66. 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.
  • 68. ALL HANDS ON DECK! How our churches can become agents of hope
  • 70. Let this attitude be in us, Let this attitude be in us, The attitude of Jesus. Amen.
  • 71. Christ being in very nature God Did not count equality with God Something to be grasped But he emptied himself,
  • 72. By taking the very nature of a servant Being made in human form And being found in appearance as a man He humbled himself.
  • 73. He became obedient to death, Even death upon a cross Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
  • 74. God gave him the highest name of all So that at Jesus’ name All knees should bow All tongues confess
  • 75. That Jesus Christ is Lord To the glory of God the Father Who works in us to desire And do God’s good pleasure.
  • 76. Let this attitude be in us Let this attitude be in us. The attitude of Jesus Amen.