February 24, 2014
Update from Iowa! Today we formally presented our Vision & Mission to our church! It was awesome to see the Body of Christ excited. As a church body, we don't a formally have an OUT ministry (yet) but the neat thing is we were able to SHOW the believers HOW they, personally are living the OUT, generationally! If you could have seen their faces of JOY. The fact that they are actually following Jesus' commands is amazing and something they thought was for 'Pastors or the educated', only. The Lord is awesome and I don't say that lightly. We have baptism coming up on the 2nd of March. Many are signing up out of obedience to Jesus! Continue to pray for Joseph May and I and the Church at Light of the Lakes! Joseph and Tamika Arnold's Place, IA
We held our first multiplication training summit in Atlanta, GA. We focused on those who have their own groups and want to see them multiply. It was an awesome time of learning and fellowship. Everyone walked away with at least two major applications to implement in their personal lives or ministries. Here's the messages and powerpoints from the summit.
Hey guys. Thank you so much for everything this weekend. It was such a memorable experience and enjoyable as well. I hope you all made it home safely. Please send me a way to talk to Adam, Stephen, and Chris. I would love to guide and coach people following the path of God and his will. I saw some great tools but still unclear to the website. Thanks so much.
Worker at the Calvin Retreat Center
5 Generations of Disciple-Makers
From left to right: Cecil discipled Chuck discipled Jim discipled Chris discipled Tyler. Tyler surrendered his life to Jesus Christ 8 weeks ago and has his own group in which he is now discipling others.
17 Baptized in Charlotte, NC
Jeff baptizes his brother, Joshua in Texas
Here's a pic of our Bible Study group at Zaxby's. I have been amazed by what God is doing, especially in the lives of Carlos and Heidi. Recently Carlos told Taylor Henry and I that they were both so grateful that we come out to help them learn to follow Jesus. This picture is of Carlos practicing sharing about the two Kingdoms - the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Darkness (the world).
Jesus-Up-In-Out Group started!
San Antonio, TX
House Church in Ft Leonard Wood, MO
Iron on Iron from the Summit
How the Bible Transforms Nations
It was exciting to see what the women are doing to advance Jesus' kingdom and make disciples! Audrey is having an impact on the gals in her sorority. She has been bold and taken several risks to go against the traditional views of ministry and is making headway in making disciples among these women.
Chris started following Jesus a year ago in Afghanistan. He got a little discipling from Jake at Ft Campbell and then met Jim at Ft Benning. He started attending the church with Jim and friends. One night when they discussed baptism he requested to be baptized immediately in the bathtub! Eight weeks ago he met and helped Tyler make Jesus Lord of his life and he baptized him shortly afterwards. Tyler, 8 weeks old in the Lord, is now discipling folks in his own group that he leads in Denver. Thank You Jesus! (Notice one of Chris' groups on his Gen Map didn't survive. He didn't quit! Perseverance!)
Persistence pays off. Justin has taken his church through the 7 Commands at least twice. Because he is patient and persistent in "teaching them to obey all" Jesus has commanded (Mat 28.18-20) they are seeing some radical life transformation. Lesson Learned: These are not lessons to get smarter, they are commands to learn how to obey. Keep working at them until it becomes part of your life. (Notice how healthy the church is: 2 Far from God people attending, 11 baptisms, 2 A-Teams, they are functioning as a church, and 5 people ready to start their own group)