Archive for October, 2009

Who is Like You – Tim Neufield from Starfield

Posted in Music on October 6, 2009 by BillyL

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hey guys
thought it’d be good to share new songs here on the YF blog before we actually sing them, so that you can learn them early if you’re keen!
this one is awesome – i love it! you might recognise some lyrics from Exodus.
keep running hard for the Lord!
billy
ps. lyrics in video don’t exactly match – video came from another chinese church – bahaha

Ministry Lessons from Jesus

Posted in Reflections on October 2, 2009 by iggz

Last night we had the privelege of Pastor Steve Chong, come up from Sydney to share with us a bit about ministry.  He’s got plenty of experience behind him leading a new church plant in Kogarah, Sydney called Kirkplace and also being RICE national director.  He took us a through a passage in Mark 6 showing us how Jesus Christ did ministry, and what we can learn from it. 

I thought i’d share with you the brief notes that I took.  I probably left a lot out, but I hope it’s helpful.

  1. Jesus Perseveres in Ministry
    Jesus was hated and despised even in his home town.  People didn’t listen to him.  There would have been times he just wanted to give up – but he persevered.  Likewise we should push on as well.  Even when tired or disheartened. 
    Ministry is not suppose to be easy – Jesus tells us to follow him is to take up your cross and suffer ( Mark 8 )
  2. There is an urgency in Ministry
    In Mark 6:6-13, Jesus tells his disciples to not take anything with them – but to just go!  Not only does this show complete dependance on God’s provision but a sense of urgency and haste for the mission of the gospel.   No one knows the day that Jesus will return – so let’s preach the word in light of this.
  3. Jesus had a strategy: Go and preach and call people to repent
    v12 showed Jesus’ simple strategy that the disciples followed – preach repentace.  you should NEVER GET TIRED OF THIS. keep this at the centre of your minstry strategy.
  4. Ministry is not about being liked
    Jesus himself was one of the least liked people to ever have lived. Even today he is despised by many.  Remember ministry is about pleasing God NOT men.
    The key to doing ministry is not about being liked (if it is  – Jesus fails) – the key is to be faithful
  5. The key to ministry is faithfulness
    it’s not about numbers, stats or results.  It’s about being faithful to God’s word. 
    Jesus started with 12 and ended with no-one…numbers wise he was a failure. But he was ALWAYS faithful
  6. Know when things aren’t working
    In light of point 5, that doesn’t mean the results shouldn’t be considered at all.  Recognise when a ministry has lost its effectiveness- even if you believe you are being faithful.  Know that God may have other plans to grow his kingdom.

Remember brothers and sisters – all for God’s glory.  Now get out there and do it!

“Ordinary” Evangelism

Posted in Evangelism on October 1, 2009 by mikeytai

I’ve been super encouraged by a chapter in the book of “Disciplines of a Godly Man” by R. Kent Hughes that was on the “discipline of witness”.

Hughes shares about Jesus’ disciple Andrew and how extraordinary this average guy is. He isn’t mentioned much in scripture, but there are records of his mission work and from what little we do know of him in scripture, we read that he was a humble, relational, and selfless disciple. (John 1:40-42 – He was the first to be called yet Peter his brother is repeatedly mentioned and a part of Jesus’ inner circle) However, we all know that nearly every city has a Church named after Saint Andrew, the Scots love him, and his influence has shaped the Christian world.

What Hughes stresses upon is that we can learn a lot from an average dude like Andrew. He labels it “Ordinary Andrew Evangelism” in which our ordinary relationships with people around us is the focus of our evangelism. He mentions a survey of Church attenders and finds that approx 1-2% came coz of a response to a visitation, 5-6% out of interest of a preacher, 2-3% were walkins, 4-5% reached from Sunday School, and a mega 75-90% through the influence of friends or relatives. How extraordinary is ordinary Andrew evangelism??

I will leave you a paragraph from his book:

“We must understand that we have a sovereign God who orders all of life, including our relationships, and that our friendships, as well as casual encounters, are not a list of social accidents. God has placed us in our particular families, neighbourhoods, and workplaces for a reason: He has put us next to people He wants us to influence for Christ. Everyone we encounter is an eternal soul of immense value whom we ought to regard with the same weight with which God regards them.”

So remember, ordinary relationships can lead to extraordinary evangelism. Invest in your relationships with people around you and pray that each one of them will come to know the Lord Christ 🙂