#Food4Thought: They’re Growing, We’re Not + How to Quickly Lose Your Influence

I came across a couple really thought provoking posts today that I wanted to pass on:

The first is “They’re growing. We’re not. It’s time to listen”  by Graham Hill. :

While many statistics show the church in the West is in multi-generational decline, the opposite is true almost everywhere else.

Non-Western cultures and churches aren’t the minority any more: they are the majority.

The churches of the Majority World (sometimes called the Developing World) have seen extraordinary and sustained growth for decades. Places such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, Oceania and the Caribbean, the Middle East and eastern Europe, First Nations and Indigenous communities. Finally, immigrant Christian communities are also going through a time of growth and revitalisation. Insights from churches in these cultures can help renew the worldwide church. They can invigorate our churches, as we learn from each other. And they have the power to invest Western mission, worship and discipleship strategies with new vibrancy.

In 2016, I founded The Global Church Project so that we can listen and learn from non-Western Christian churches and leaders. I travelled the globe to meet and do filmed interviews with many hundreds of non-Western church leaders. The hundreds of filmed interviews and podcasts at TheGlobalChurchProject.com is their voice.

You can read the entire post here. Continue reading →

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MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity #4

#4 – EMBRACING YOUR EVANGELISTIC STYLE (PART 2)

I       INTRODUCTION

A)    We are focusing on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY

B)    Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

C)    Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to to seek and save the lost as well

D)   We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity #3

#3 – EMBRACING YOUR EVANGELISTIC STYLE

I        INTRODUCTION

A)   We are focusing on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY

B)   Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

C)   Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to seek and save the lost as well

D)   We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity #2

A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY

I        INTRODUCTION

A)   We are continuing our focus on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY

B)   Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

C)   Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to seek and save the lost as well

D)   We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality

E)   Marine Law dictates that if someone is in distress you are bound by law to rescue them and if you don’t you are responsible for their demise. Continue reading →

General Booth’s Vision of the Lost

On Sunday at Toronto City Church as part of my message I read a large portion of General William Booth’s (Founder of the Salvation Army) “Vision of the Lost”. You can find it all over the internet but I still wanted to share it here. I believe it is a powerful picture and reminder of the importance of having a heart for people to come to know Jesus, and being prepared to do something about it:

On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all . . . millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles. Ignorant – willfully ignorant in many cases – and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity 01

JESUS MISSION, OUR COMMISSION

I       INTRODUCTION

A)    I want to talk to you about “Rescue Ship Christianity”

B)    READ: General Booth’s Vision

II     JESUS MISSION, OUR COMMISSION

A)    Let’s look at a number of verses that talk about the heart of Jesus for people Continue reading →

Call to Conscience – An Important Issue with Implications on Religous Freedom

This past Sunday at Toronto City Church we had a representative from Call to Conscience share with us about a campaign that is being organized to protect the rights of doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners to refrain from being involved in assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is now legal in our nation and in our province here in Ontario that government is setting things up so that everyone would be forced to participate whether they feel it violates their conscience or not.

I definitely have some strong feelings about assisted suicide but also do not approach the issue without compassion and understanding. That being said, regardless of where you stand regarding the issues I think that any rational person would agree that no one should be forced to participate in this if it violates their religious beliefs, conscience or personal morality. Continue reading →