- We must distinguish between worldly success and kingdom , between the American dream and the vision.
- We cannot measure Christian success by , money and other symbols of ministry prosperity.
- While God does prosper people, determining whether material success is from the world or from God requires .
- One way to discern is by being clear about what biblical prosperity is; it is NOT prosperity for sake.
- “provision for ” (Myles Munroe).
- for your assignment.
- lavish supply for the
- Matthew 6:31-33
- We are all on assignment to complete a mission from another .
- This was the point of Superhero Sunday Month.
- We watched movie clips of superheroes so we could understand the ways that we are superheroes.
- You’re not from . You are from the one who sent you (John 17:16-18).
- The sender is responsible for the one who is sent spiritually and materially.
A sent one is
- an (II Corinthians 5:20)
- a (Matthew 9:37-38)
Jesus, the Educator
- The work of the church is as much as it is anything else.
- A disciple is a .
- A student’s success is measured by learning .
learning outcomes identify what the learner will know and be able to do by the end of a course or program. (Shirley Lesch, retired professor from George Brown College in Toronto, Canada).
Biblical Learning Outcomes (Acts 2:41-47):
- The crowd becomes a congregation (Acts 2:41-42).
- Devotion to the Word (Acts 2:42).
- Meals and gatherings in homes (Acts 2:42, Acts 2:46).
- Prayer (Acts 2:42).
- Awe (Acts 2:43).
- Signs and wonders (Acts 2:43).
- Generosity beyond tithing (Acts 2:44-45).
- Praise (Acts 2:47).
- Favor (Acts 2:47).
- People daily joining the church (Acts 2:47)
- If we don’t look at learning outcomes, we’ll confuse a crowd with a .
- You can amass a large group of people through attraction or through biblical .
- An attraction model depends on stage talent, high production values and expensive Christian professionals.
- A biblical multiplication model is not about attraction. It relies on the to draw people to God as God’s people labor in God’s field.
- A biblical multiplication model is cheap because it depends on the laity working for as God pays their ministry .
- Here’s the big idea: A sent one is also a . (Hebrews 5:12, Ephesians 4:11-13)
Summary of Key Principles (Bishop’s Blueprint)
- The Bible gives us general to live by and it provides the purpose for every church that God has ordained in the world.
- In that sense, every local church has the same .
- However, the Bible not only invites us to follow the instructions spelled out in Scripture, but also the instructions to us as spelled out by the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:2-3, Acts 16:6-10)
- People who are sent and follow the of the sender get the results the sender promised.
- The purpose of Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier is to help people live for purpose (not their own private ambition).
In effect, we
- teach people to do the will of the sender, not the will of the sent.
- help people transition from being casually Christian to Kingdom committed.
- raise up an ever-expanding core of committed followers of Christ to disciple and preach the gospel to people in every nation.
As sent ones we know that we are
- students (disciples)
As laborer’s in God’s field, our strategy is to
- Seek God
- Serve People
- Solve Problems
- Share the Gospel
We affirm the learning outcomes in the 5 I AMs:
- I am to bring the Word of God to the nations.
- I am to make Christ known to all men.
- I am to become a true worshipper of God.
- I am to fulfill God’s purposes in the earth.
- I am to have the God-kind of life.
Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2019