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Living Invitations Part 13 Ministry Chat

July 20, 20170 Comments

Our Online Ministry Training ministry chat continues with the thirteenth installment in our Living Invitations Series. This week we will focus deeper on our mission. We will be using 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 as the foundation for this discussion. As we talk about being ambassadors, we want to look at the message we are to deliver. We are the bearers of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul shares the gospel with us in 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 (NIV)
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

As a follower of Christ, this is the message of reconciliation that we are to offer to the world. It is the message we are looking to share by being living invitations. Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose on the third day. He also appeared to hundreds of people who were living witnesses that the resurrection took place. This is the message by which people are saved!

Living Invitations Part 12 Ministry Chat

July 11, 20170 Comments

One of the things we try and do every week as part of our online ministry training is post a ministry chat on the upcoming weekend message. This week we will be talking about the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son. The church has a tendency to become like the older brother and we need to be vigilant to keep from going there. One of my favorite teachings on the subject is Jesus teaching in Matthew Chapter 20 about the workers in the Vineyard. It is easy to understand how unfair it feels to the people who labored all day in the sun and yet we are called to rejoice in the goodness of the landowner. Reading this parable helps me to evaluate how well I am doing in the whole older brother syndrome.

Living Invitations Part 11 Ministry Chat

July 4, 20170 Comments

We do ministry chats as part of our online ministry training. This ministry chat is a look at the message coming up at our weekend celebrations this week. We are continuing in our Living Invitations series and we just wrapped up a little sub-series on the armor of God. We are going to get back on our topic of Kingdom hospitality this week by talking about grace as the foundation for hospitality. We will be using the parable of the prodigal son to highlight the amazing grace of the Father in welcoming us home.

Living Invitations Part 10 Ministry Chat

June 29, 20170 Comments

Online Ministry Training is pleased to present another Ministry Chat on the Living Invitation series. This weekend we will be talking about prayer. Although it is not a visible piece of the armor of God, it is an important piece. Paul encourages us to pray in the spirit, which means to pray with the help of the Spirit. I think there is a good illustration about this in Matthew Chapter 26. Jesus takes Peter and James and John with Him to the garden to pray. The disciples fall asleep. Jesus says to them. “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”.

Matthew 26:36-41 (NIV)
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

We need to learn to ask the Spirit to help us in our prayers just as we talked last week about asking Him to illuminate the Word to us when we read the Bible.

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