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How Many Churches Did the Apostle Paul Start? - ChurchPlanting.com

Below is an excerpt of an article on “the missionary challenge” in the Apostle Paul’s life. It was written by John Piper 35 years ago. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, Paul is a great role model to learn from.

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If you were to ask Paul, “Well, if it is Christ that accomplishes everything in your missionary life and gets all the glory, what do you do?” he would answer, “I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

I trust his sovereign grace to conquer the greed and fear and vanity of my heart.

I trust his sovereign grace to give me hope when I am depressed and friendship when I am lonely and spiritual power in the face of satanic forces and words of truth and wisdom when I need to preach.

I trust his sovereign grace to give me love when I am hated and peace when I am surrounded by turmoil and perseverance when I feel like quitting and want to go home.

And I trust him to give me just enough health and protection to do the work he called me to do, as long as he has called me to do it, and just enough sickness and danger to keep me deep and earnest and real in my prayers.

When you step out in faith like this on the way to the frontiers, it is not you who step but Jesus Christ. And forty years from now when you write your last missionary letter you will know exactly why Paul said, “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me–to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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From Ferguson and Shaw’s book, “Golden Rule Leadership”. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, one of the goals on your mind may be to make an impact for the Kingdom. And the question that naturally follows is, “How?”

This book is great for the aspiring leader of men and women’s hearts. Applying principles from Jesus’ example and teaching to our leadership today.

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We need to be honest about the nature of and differences in our gifts, as described in Romans 12:3-8. Leadership is a gift of God, as are the other gifts that are mentioned. Gifts are just that — gifts. We do not earn them nor deserve them, nor are we superior because we have them. If we rely on them in a prideful manner, gifts become obstacles to our own growth and to seeing our need for others. For example, I have a reasonably good intellect (although my mind’s computer is definitely slowing down with age!) Why? From a divine perspective, it is because of God’s gift. But from a human perspective, it is principally because of my gene pool. I could just as easily been born with a low IQ or with significant learning disabilities. The fact that I have good learning capabilities has nothing to do with my value at all. If 1 Corinthians 12 teaches anything, it is that in the family of God, no one is inferior and no one is superior.

What an important lesson to learn as disciples. The younger we can straighten this our not just in our minds, but deeply in our hearts, then we can began to view people in a way closer to Christ, with a humility that God gives and that makes us available to treat others better than ourselves.

If you are thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, consider picking up a copy of Golden Rule Leadership. The mission may have to wait in some ways while the Coronavirus is at large, but our heart preparation should continue!

Great Images: The Anatomy of a Great Message

You don’t have to be a preacher or full time minister to get some solid takeaways from this infographic. How can we share the gospel with friends in our daily conversations?

Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Proverbs 13:3 “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life, he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

There are several scriptures, particularly in Proverbs that warn us of the power of the tongue. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, consider the importance of learning how to better deliver the gospel message. Of course, we want to rely on the Spirit’s guidance, but we also want to prepare, a knife is easier to wield when it is sharp!

The Anatomy of a Great Sermon [Infographic]

Saturday Zoom-In

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Would you go bald for bucks? How about support those doing so?

Below you can see a zoom call between 8 brothers who offered their hair for the cause.

8 of the guys who offered to shave their heads for the fundraisers connect on zoom.



Over the last month, as a part of a campaign which is part of the Loaves and Fishes COVID19 relief by HOPE worldwide, 27 people shaved their heads right down to the skin to help generate awareness and fundraise for relief efforts against COVID-19. One of the latest to do so was Nadine Templer, the International Volunteer Programs Officer for Hope even participated at the $20,000 mark!

You can watch her video here!

You can check out the details and learn how you can contribute here: https://nyacfundraisers.causevox.com/BaldforBucks…

Featured Article: The Sanctifying Grace of Inefficiency

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This article, by Susan Narjala, is a great read for those who are feeling inefficient, ineffective, or insecure at this time. If you are thinking about taking the OYC, consider that it won’t be about your resumè as much as your faith, love and willingness to try.

If you’re in a season that seems “wasteful” because of the current pandemic, or because of where you live, or chronic illness, or crying babies, or elderly parents who need your help, or whatever other reason you can’t “get it all done,” then perhaps this is the training ground that God has readied for you.

John Piper unpacks God’s view of human efficiency, saying, “God almost never takes the shortest route between point A and point B. The reason is that such efficiency — the efficiency of speed and directness — is not what he’s about. His purpose is to sanctify the traveler, not speed him between A and B. Frustrating human efficiency is one of God’s primary (I say primary, not secondary) means of sanctifying grace.”

What we’re reading today

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From Ferguson and Shaw’s book, “Golden Rule Leadership”. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, one of the goals on your mind may be to make an impact for the Kingdom. And the question that naturally follows is, “How?”

This book is great for the aspiring leader of men and women’s hearts. Applying principles from Jesus’ example and teaching to our leadership today.

9781577821328: Golden Rule Leadership: Building a Spirit of Team ...

Pouring our lives into people as we bring them to Chris is one of life’s most fulfilling tasks, replete with rejoicing. Watching them fall away brings us to the other end of the emotional scale. Building wisely is one of the greatest needs in set before us. If we build unwisely, according to Paul, what we build will not survive. A number of different words might be employed to describe wise building, but “balance” is one of the best…

The key leadership consideration in winning others to Christ is in seeing the difference between “getting baptisms” and making disciples. At one end of the spectrum is the call to win as many as possible (1 Corinthians 9:19), and at the other end is Jesus’ charge to make disciples (Matthew 28:19).

Saturday Zoom-In

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Admittedly, this is another kind of “Zoom”-in. Join the NYAC Hope Worldwide crew as they conclude and celebrate the efforts of a great fundraising campaign called “Bald for Bucks”. The campaign raised over $50,000 all going towards support communities in need during this COVID-19 period.

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You are invited to the Bald for Bucks Bash!God has done amazing things throughout the course of this fundraiser, and we want to celebrate!
We are hosting a virtual event SATURDAY, June 6th at 12pm EST to conclude Bald for Bucks. There will be times of sharing and reflection, including from disciples that have received the B4B funds. All Monks, donors, and friends are invited. This is not a Zoom meeting that you want to miss, and we hope to see you there!”
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Purity and the Mission

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It’s like playing in an intense basketball game. I get tunnel vision. Winning is all I think about. My mind does not wander one bit. In the same way, when my wife and I are intensely pursuing God’s cause and kingdom, our minds don’t wander toward sin. Soldiers stay focused when they are in battle. “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him” (2 Timothy 2:4). It’s when we relax, when we forget we are actually on a mission, that trouble comes.

-Francis Chan, “I Would Rather Die” (Sept. 2, 2017)

Read the full article here.