Good News for the Post Modern Generation
February 15, 2009
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How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics show how to become a King and how your can help Release Kings.
for The Next Generation
Blue Like Jazz – I read Donald Miller’s best seller over the weekend. He has a great ministry to the post modern generation through the church. He’s developed some mentoring tools that emphasize video content that are very well done. As I read his book Don reminds us of two things.
*Although God is intellectually true, we all get saved for relational reasons of the heart. The process of salvation is both rational and emotional, but falling in love with the Lord, or feeling His love for us, or experiencing His presence cannot primarily be described as a rational experience. That’s why it’s important to love people before they get saved instead of judging them for all the Biblical values they violate.
*We believers struggle to share our faith. Most church-going Christians have never led another believer to the Lord. When we try to talk to people about the Lord we often feel like Amway salesmen and give up at the first sign of rejection.
As a pastor – I used to explain repentance as incomplete until we turn toward God and get on board with his plan. New believers often experience a season of struggling with sinful tendencies that can be very frustrating. I explained that when we learned to obey God and embrace His vision, our desire for sin would diminish. Most of what I offered for involvement in “turning toward” God was personal evangelism and roles building the church. I emphasized the need for obedience after the decision for salvation.
Here’s what I missed – There was no concept of finding your own heart’s desire. I would have been prone to assign such an idea to a carnal category. I’m ashamed to say we even called it an “independent spirit.” I actually encouraged people to ignore their heart’s desires and live by principle! We are saved for reasons of the heart and we mature for the same reasons of the heart.
Our relationship with God cannot primarily be defined by our intellectual awareness of the truth of His existence, or our adherence to the principles of the Bible, or even the memory of past encounters in God’s presence. We have to ask what is thrilling our heart about this love relationship. If we are primarily compliant servants, it’s natural that evangelism would be hard – our hearts are not engaged. Can you see why the next generation of unbelievers traditionally refers to “all the hypocrites in church?” Their perception is that we’re claiming to serve God but not really enjoying what we do. In many cases they are right! Anybody can tell the difference between religion and relationship!
Spiritual maturity can include sacrifice but it is not defined by our service or obedience. Really connecting with God for a lifetime means finding an expression for your own heart’s desire. That’s where you will find the will of God for your life. When you’re doing something you really enjoy and sense the pleasure of the Father and the presence of the Holy Spirit in your work – that’s worship! Connecting with your heart’s desire is the fuel that gives us vitality and life and enthusiasm. Engaging our heart is the first assignment in our relationship with the Lord.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 NKJV
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mark 12:30 NIV
When the passion of our heart is evident, people come to us and ask about Jesus. We are not just witnesses of truth; we are walking in the dynamic experience of a relationship. When we connect enthusiasm and vocational work, the result is usually financial blessing. When you enjoy what you’re doing you’ll apply yourself creatively and become very good at it. Now you have something of value other people want both naturally and spiritually. They are not only interested in what you do or make, they are interested in what makes you tick… why are you so excited? Think about it… an enthusiastic Christian with wealth and a vision. Almost sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it?
It’s marketplace ministry and you’re invited.
There are some great graphics on the web we use in conferences to contrast the King / servant distinction.
John and Sue
PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at