Tag Archive | Movements

Movements (A Tweetstorm)

So a month or so back I went on a little Tweetstorm about how Christians use the word “movement.” Looking back, I think I probably should have blogged those thoughts. But that’s the beauty of Twitter, right? Regardless, for those who missed it, I thought I would post the tweets in succession so my readers can think through these same ideas. Let me know your thoughts!

Food For Thought: Summer’s Ending Edition

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

It’s painfully obvious that summer is almost over.  Now we await the cold of Fall and Winter.  The plus side is my office will become more usable and that may mean more time for blogging. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and let you know if that ever materializes.

Time for America to Turn Back to God

I was encouraged by this call to repentance from Bob Roberts Jr. It lacked the typical “time to take back America from the Godless” rhetoric, but still called America back to God in practical, essential ways.

Monuments: Destiny

God calls us to set up monuments to His work in our lives. In this post, Josh recounts the moments God has directed him in supernatural ways to work  and live among the poor of the Earth.

Teams That Build Movements

One of the things that I’ve been hearing from the Lord is that our inability to work as a team is a hindrance to creating disciple making movements.  Guy’s post is an excellent primer on what makes teams work.

It’s Not About Church Planting

I’m encouraged by the fact that more and more people are gaining this perspective.  Church planting is fruitless unless it is the result of new converts coming to Jesus.

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The Salvation Army – Lessons for Us

Lex Loizides, uber Christian historian from the New Frontiers tribe, made his conference session on the history of the Salvation Army available for download.  The Salvation Army has an amazing history that should provoke us all to live a missional lifestyle and Lex’s retelling of their story is a great way to “touch the bones” of this movement.

Photo Credit: Design Probes – Food for Thought by centralasian.

The Wayback Machine: June

Some things just get better with age. “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past. My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers whTho have never been to Pursuing Glory.

2009

The Ethiopia Trip

Weird, huh? I’m in Africa while you’re reading this and I was planning a trip to Africa (this time Ethiopia) two years ago.  This was the start of an amazing journey with lots of new friends and spiritual giants.  My time in Ethiopia changed my world.

Widows and the Church

The church of Jesus Christ has a particular obligation to care for widows.  It should be difficult to separate the true church with the care of widows, but sadly, it’s not.  This is one of my first “Notes from the Margin” posts where I’m wrestling through 1 Timothy and Paul’s prescription for the care of widows.

Have You Been A Part of One of These?

This post is a short meditation on the nature of movements.  This thought came because of the love the people in my sphere had shown me.  My hope is we all have a chance to be a part of something like this.

2008

Blogging: Osama Bin Laden Style

This post is me wrestling with my blogging style.  Should I be a blogger who writes about whatever is in my mind at the time? Or should I be a strategic blogger, waiting for content that is relevant and in the Lord’s timing?  I’m still wrestling with this idea to some degree.  After the death of Osama Bin Laden, this post seems a little dated and a little timeless all at the same time.

2007

Missions Trip

It seems like no matter how many things change, they still stay the same.  In 2007 I was planning my first trip to Uganda.  By the time you’ll read this, I will be there again.

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Notes From The Margins

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Books I’d Like To Read

Yesterday I discovered myself leafing through my copy of “Houses that Change the World” (Affiliate Link).  In my head I added it to an imaginary list of books I’ve been wanting to read or re-read for a long time.

So I thought I would share my list of “need to reads” and see if anyone else wanted to share theirs.

If I had all the time in the world to read, here’s what I’d be reading:

(Those are all affiliate links, by the way.)

So, just out of curiosity, what have you been hoping to read lately?

Photo Credit: Stack of books, Ballard, Seattle Washington by Wonderlane

The Wayback Machine: December

Some things just get better with age.  “The Wayback Machine” posts occur at the end of every month and reference the best posts of that month in years past.  My hope is to provide a good jumping on point for readers who have never been to Pursuing Glory.

2009

Primal by Mark Batterson

I received an early copy of Primal, a book by National Community Church pastor Mark Batterson.  This was a good read that took a look at loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

2008

Acts 29 and Movement Thinking

Jesus raises up movements that sweep large numbers of souls into the Kingdom of God.  In this post, I look at the nature of movements as unpacked by Mark Driscoll during an Acts 29 gathering.  It’s good food for thought if you’ve never though of Christianity as a movement.

Notes from the Margins

So I bought this new bible (Wide Margin ESV) and it inspired me to start a new feature where bloggers (in particular, me) talk about what we’re learning as we’re reading through the Bible.  I’ve done a few more like it, and I would love to see others join me.  If you’re interested, let me know.

Christmas Greetings, Dr. Seuss Style

I always love wishing someone a “Merry Christmas.” You really can’t do much better on a Christmas post than to challenge materialism, talk about the incarnation of Christ, and quote Dr. Seuss.  This post may set the standard for my Christmas greetings in the future.

2006

A New Addition to the Family

I was just a new blogger in 2006, but I also became a new dad!  This was the only blog of December 2006, but it announces the birth of my first child.  She’s just as special four years later as she was when I posted this.

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The Apostolic Pattern (Why Are Multiplying Churches Necessary? Part 3)

This is Part 3 in the Series “Why Are Multiplying Churches Necessary?” It would be helpful to read Part 1 and Part 2.

“Jesus lives on in an apostolic mission that advances by church multiplication.” – Wolfgang Simson

If you’re familiar with the New Testament, you know Luke wrote the Gospel of Luke as a historical account of Jesus before, during, and immediately after the cross.  What some don’t realize is the book of Acts is Luke’s historical account of the resurrected Jesus’ activity as He leads and guides the church into the very activities that characterized His ministry on Earth (cf. John 14:12-14, Acts 1:1-3).  The heart of the matter is this: Jesus’ post resurrection ministry was lived out through the church in the book of Acts in the form of a multiplying church movement.

Let’s look at some quick facts.  The Church Jesus left was insubstantial compared to the crowds who had followed Him before His death.  Paul speaks of Christ appearing to 500 people after His resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  Since this is the highest number of post-resurrection numbers spoken of and Paul refers to these men as brothers, my assumption is they were the lump some of Jesus’ followers.  Yet, by the early third century, this relatively obscure band of five hundred had become somewhere between 5 and 10% of the Roman Empire and up to 30% of some major cities.

The book of Acts records the harvest in language that should both stun us and move us to action.  When Peter preaches at Pentecost in Acts Chapter 2, a massive harvest of 3,000 new believers come to the Lord.  Luke describes it this way: and there were added that day about three thousand souls  (Acts 2:41). This continued on for a season in the life of the early church (Acts 2:47, 5:14) and the results were significant growth that all of us would love to have.

However, eventually the church began to feel the burden of it’s growth.  The result was a decision to multiply leadership beyond the apostles to the men we refer to as deacons in Acts 6.  When this multiplication of ministry happened, a small but significant shift occurs in Luke’s story.  Instead of the church having new members added to them, the church begins to multiply (Acts 6:7). The church didn’t just multiply one time.  It multiplied several times (Acts 9:31, 12:24)

This is more than just semantics.  The shift in language represents the fact that instead of just a few people doing much of the work, many people were embracing the mission of God. See, addition works like this: 2+2+2+2+2+2=12.  Multiplication works like this: 2x2x2x2x2x2=64.  The more multiplication you have happening the bigger the results. This is why Paul would tell Timothy to take what he had taught him and teach it to faithful men who would teach it to other faithful men (2 Timothy 2:2).  It was a God-sized idea to expand the Kingdom.

And you couldn’t stop this multiplying church.  Its multiplication made it hard to know where it started or ended. Before you knew it, this little group of Jesus followers became a multitude that had no visible leader.  You could kill one of the leaders, but another would rise in its place.  It’s why human’s hate viruses: they multiply out of control. This is what allowed the first century church to reach an unprecedented amount of people in such a short period of time.

Beloved we find ourselves in a season of history where we must recapture the spirit of evangelism and multiplication that gripped the early church.  This isn’t a call to return to only first century practices, but to capture those elements that made them vital and caused the Gospel to spread like a virus throughout earth.  Jesus is worthy of His name going forth and redeeming many in this hour.  May we, like them, be consumed for His name’s sake and see the church multiply in the Earth.

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Food For Thought: A New Move of the Spirit Edition

Every week here at Pursuing Glory I try to bring together the best posts I’ve found that will equip the end-times church to operate in her God-ordained destiny.  These are the best blogs, articles, books and other resources related to our purpose here at this site.  Feel free to visit, comment, and make use of the resources found at each site.

I’m super excited for this week’s Food For Thought.  I found a blog by Kevin Matthews who we’ve featured here before that I feel captures the essence of what we’re working towards here at Pursuing Glory.  I don’t know that I’ve seen a prophecy like this anywhere before and its accuracy is amazing.  You can read more about the man gave the prophecy here.  The spirit of the prophecy, I believe, is the aim of all the posts featured here and what we contend for here at Pursuing Glory.

A New Move of the Spirit Kevin and Lorna’s Daily Devotional features a prophecy by Smith Wigglesworth about a move of the Spirit after the charismatic movement and the church planting movements. It describes exactly what we’re believing for.

Tim Keller on Movements Steve Addison @ Movements That Change The World does a nice job of condensing a post by Tim Keller on the nature of movements. Any serious movement should wrestle with his thoughts.

Thursday is for Thinkers: Rice Brooks on the Evangelist and the Missional Church Missional guy and evangelism guru Ed Stetzer hosts a guest post on his blog by Rice Brooks about the necessity of evangelists to the missional church.  Much needed wisdom at Ed Stetzer’s blog.

Why Simple Churches Don’t Work #7 Ross spends a post looking at how lack of apostolic ministry hinders house churches.  This issue needs addressing.  You can see this and other hindrances at thejesusvirus.

Why compliments help in planting a simple/organic/house church Felicity Dale looks at the Luke 10 principle of pronouncing peace on houses you enter.  This is an often missed part evangelism in the West. More at SimplyChurch.

It’s Not Rocket Science Katie @ Backseat Driver looks at the centrality of family to our definition of church and explores how it can transform our congregational life.

Photo Credit: Design Probes – Food for Thought by centralasian.