Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Go into your community and all the world

Referencing Alan Kreider's The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, Paul Doerksen suggests the early Christians never did "outreach" at all, but "attracted people" to the faith by how they lived and cared for each other.
Added Gordon Matties, who formerly taught theology at CMU: "There is one main verb, an aorist active imperative, which is 'make disciples.' All the others are participles."
The context also helps us understand the verse better, he said, since it's clear from earlier texts in Matthew that the disciples will be harassed and will be forced to move.
"It's possible the 'going' isn't something they've chosen to do," he said. "It's something that is simply their way of life. So the translation 'as you go' makes sense, but it doesn't convey the passive very well. Perhaps it should be, 'as you're being made to go, make disciples," he said.
In his book The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries, sociologist Rodney Stark suggested the Christian church grew because of how its members cared for each other - especially during epidemics that ravaged the Roman world.
Said Stark: "To cities filled with
the homeless and the impoverished, Christianity offered charity as well
as hope. To cities filled with newcomers and strangers, Christianity offered an immediate basis for attachments. To cities filled with orphans and widows, Christianity provided a new and expanded sense of family. To cities torn by violent ethnic strife, Christianity offered a new basis for social solidarity. And to cities faced with epidemics, fires, and earthquakes, Christianity offered effective nursing services."
Maybe all Christians need to do
today is live in such a way others want to join them. After all, it seemed to work for the early church.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

All your wildest dreams will come true

The game of LIFE
To win the game you need to have the most money
Pastor John Neufeld 
Say hello to someone
Proverbs by Solomon. Is he a model or a cautionary tale?
Why don't the kids follow the parent's dreams? Their values are not our values. 
The king must not take many wives. He needs to make a copy of law and follow it all his life. 
He had more than 3 kids. Rehoboam did not follow Solomon. 
1. What are you teaching?
2. What are you modeling?
3,000 teens were interviewed twice and their parents by Smith and Denton 
Moralistic therapeutic deism (MTD) is a term that was first introduced in the 2005 book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by the sociologist Christian Smith[1] with Melinda Lundquist Denton.[2] The term is used to describe what they consider to be the common beliefs among U.S. youths.[3][4][5] The book is the result of the research project the National Study of Youth and Religion.[6]

1. God exists
2. God is not active in the world
3. God wants us to be nice
4. The goal in life is to be happy
5. Good people go to heaven

What does the Bible teach? 
9 priorities
1. Fear God
2. Honour God 
3. Discipline
4. Appreciate correction 
5. Pursue a godly wife
6. Learn self control
7. Tell the truth
8. Work hard
9. Show mercy to the poor

How we worship is a primary parenting responsibility. 
Men are not singing in church and the kids quit singing
What's more important to you. The kids will follow the example. 

Did you appreciate discipline? Disciple with care and love. I always got spanked 3 slaps and then we talked. Dad had boundaries. 

Godly wife is a crown. Did Solomon have many crowns or many rotten bones?
Find a follower of Jesus. 
Consider your choice. 

He who Lacks of Self control is like a city with the walls broken down. 

Tell the truth. David repented deeply and God restored him. Don't hide your brokenness. Joseph's descendents became slaves in Isreal. 

Proverbs is Wisdom and counsel. Not promises

Sunday, August 21, 2022

EasTview mission day

Team going to Thailand to see the work that we are doing with Dave and Louise. Being a witness and being present with them and the believers in Thailand and Burma. 
Johnny Beatrice Rick Julie....

Pastor John Neufeld
Need volunteers to help with movie night and also with helping the refugee family. Need life group leaders. No need to be passive. 

Dave Sinclair-Peters
Great to be here today. Thankful. We are both from Manitoba. Happy to be here in summer. 
This is so different from the worship spaces in SE Asia. 
"I make disciples who make disciples." Can you say that? When people do that, they grow in faith. Clusters of churches are getting together to form the Mennonite Brethren conference. We share resources with other churches. 
MBs are spread around the world making disciples who make disciples. 
Our kids are in Toronto. We have our first grandchild coming. Exciting. 
We recently went back to the country we worked in. After 2 years we have 12 churches. Tripled in size in 2 years. 
One pastor couple moved into a hostile village and kept loving them. In time they were able to share Jesus with them. Now they have a small group meeting in their house. 

I'm excited to be part of MB and Anabaptist group. 
If you didn't grow up in that ethnicity you are welcome at EasTview. 

We don't talk about the ethnic stuff to the believers in Thailand. 

A pastor is in jail because he's a Christian. What do we do? Jesus said do not resist an evil doer. I want to push back on Micro aggressors. How do we respond? Roll over? Jesus makes it incredibly difficult. The earliest Anabaptists were persecuted for adult baptism. Authorities started to round up the leaders and baptize them again by throwing them in the river to die. They chained up the women and eventually started killing them because they kept sharing Jesus. They didn't resist the evil doers. They were completely free to love the people who hated them. 
They were radical disciples of Jesus. Not passive. 
Love your enemies in a way that will blow your minds. You are a new creation. No need to fight back. 
We gladly give them love instead of hate. 
We lay hands on leaders. Jane became a Jesus follower. One day she woke up with extreme incapacitated pain. One day she prayed for healing and worshipped and praised God. 
In the morning she had no pain. She got up and walked. Every week they now go out to tell others of what Jesus has done. She has family anger to deal with.
Pray for boldness to love people and an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

EasTview service

Bruce and Lisa Enns 
General Director of 
They have 4 adult daughters not married
Parenting by suggesting

The world is coming to us. 
David and Louise will be here next weekend

God have us wisdom. Apply knowledge of how to live in this world. The wisdom of the world vs the wisdom of God
General statements of how things will generally work out
Job and Ecclesiastes fill in some details
That changes things a around us
I'm talking about money today. Proverbs teaches us. 13:11, 16:8, 21:26, 22:1
Greed is hard to see. Relationships matter. 
We don't think we're wealthy because we always look at others who are wealthier. We are in fact wealthy in the eyes of the world. Much of the world can't choose which clothes they will wear. $54,000 a year puts you in the top. $90,000 assets puts you in the top 10% of the world's wealth. 
Imagine a Costco cart full of stuff you don't need. 
Heart condition. That's what God is after. We have joyless prosperity. 
Incomplete joy. Timothy Keller 
Jesus talked about the kingdom of God. 
Parable of the seed and the sower. The deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word. 
Where your treasure is your heart will be also. 
Ezekiel says the leaders have set up idols in their hearts. 
Money is not evil. It's neural. Unless we get enslaved by it. 
Prov 4:23
We take the good things that God has given us and making them ultimate things. 
Matthew 6 you can't serve God and be enslaved to money
1. Settle the ownership, it belongs to God
2. Honest assessment. How has Greed crept in. 
3. How we handle money is a discipleship issue
4. Practice JGSP Giving Joyfully Generously Sacrificially Proportionally. Jesus calls us to go beyond the tithe. Start at the local church
5. Prov 3.  Set your heart on things above. Colossians 3:1-5
Put God back on the throne. Lord we give you thanks.