Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Week 6, Part 2: Analytical People in Your OIKOS

Many of us have analytical or scientifically oriented people in our OIKOS. And they can be very challenging to reach with the Gospel. This week we discuss some strategies for faith conversations with people like this.


Key Themes:
  • How can we talk to analytical people about God?
  • Practical steps to conversation and outreach
  • What's the difference between the natural mind (Rom. 8) and the transformed mind (Rom. 12:1–2)?   

Further Conversation (in-class handouts):

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Week 5, Part 1: Listening to the Holy Spirit in Ministry Contexts

This week, we spent some more time talking about the importance of hearing from the Holy Spirit in ministry situations. 


Key Themes:
  • Brief review of key themes of the class 
  • How were people "saved" in the book of Acts (early church)?
  • Listening to the Holy Spirit: application in ministry situations, obstacles (fear, pride)   

Ministry Application:
  • OIKOS reports
  • Robert gives a report about his experience praying for several people last week at Mercy Gate
  • Tom Fischer ministers to "Manny" at his "cardboard box church"

Activation:
  • Gospel presentation practice

    Week 5, Part 2: Catholics in Your OIKOS

    Many of us have Roman Catholics or Orthodox people in our OIKOS. This week we discuss some strategies for faith conversations with members of these other two branches of Christianity.  


    Key Themes:
    • Are Catholics Christians?
    • Practical steps to conversation and outreach
    • What's the difference between Catholics/Orthodox and Protestants?   

    Further Conversation:
    • Further thoughts on the question: What's the difference between Catholics/Orthodox and Protestants?



      Wednesday, June 15, 2016

      Week 4: I Am the Temple of the Holy Spirit

      We are continuing our series on reaching our OIKOS. This week's conversation includes a potpourri of topics as we explore many different angles for bringing the presence of God everywhere we go



      Key Themes:
      • Quick review of the class' key themes
      • Some quick thoughts about unbelieving children 
      • Discussion of 1 Cor. 1–3; building your "spirit" 
       
      In-Class Activation:
      • Repentance and strengthening your "spirit"
      • Listening to the Holy Spirit 

        Ministry Applications:
        • OIKOS reports
        • Gospel presentation reports

        At-Home Activation:
        • Step 1: Keep working on your Gospel presentation this week. Prepare a 30-second version and a 2-minute version. Be sure to practice out loud. Do this multiple times. It will probably be helpful to sit down and make some bullet points to remember. Be prepared to share your presentation with the class.
        Here are some major points to include in your presentation:
          • What is our problem?
          • What is God's solution to the problem?
          • What do we get from God?
          • What do we give to Him?
        Try to keep the “churchy” language (like sin, salvation) to a minimum. Try to use everyday words that people actually use today.

        • Step 2: Option 1: Check in with two people from your OIKOS to see how they’re doing. (Remember, you have two weeks for this.) If the person lives out of the area, consider setting up a phone call or video chat. I like to video chat so I can actually see the person’s face.
        The goal of the conversation is to check in with what the main issue is in their life right now that needs ministry.
          • Is it a health need?
          • Is it a physical need (job, better housing, food)?
          • Is it a troubled marriage?
          • Is it a child who has drifted away from the faith?
          • Do they have an intellectual obstacle to faith?
          • Are they immature and not growing in their faith?
          • Tune into what you see as the target for how you’re going to pray for them. Take time at the end of the conversation to pray with them.
        Tune into what you see as the target for how you’re going to pray for them. Then commit to praying for one or two of them each day for the remainder of the class. Make your requests to the Lord very specific. No generic “Please bless so-and-so prayers.”

        • Step 2: Option 2: Push yourself in a marketplace ministry situation. What could you do the next two weeks to bring the presence of God to two unbelievers who aren’t currently on your list?
        Ask Holy Spirit to highlight someone for you this week and step out in faith to bless them in Jesus’ name. Here are some ideas.
          • Sit with a different co-worker during lunch.
          • Strike up a conversation with the UPS person that you see every day.
          • Do a Holy Spirit “drive-by” at the grocery store, gas station, etc.
          • Give someone a word of encouragement from the Holy Spirit.
        After your conversation, reflect on the following questions:
          • What was hard about it? What scared you the most going into the situation? During the situation?
          • What did you learn from this experience?
          • Be prepared to encourage the class by sharing your experience and what you learned.
        Remember, stand in your identity in Jesus. You have been given power and authority to reach the lost. Trust in the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit to meet you in your efforts.

        Wednesday, June 8, 2016

        Week 3: Mapping Your OIKOS

        We are continuing our series on reaching our OIKOS. Last week, we looked at the demonstration of the Kingdom of God. Now we're turning our attention to the proclamation aspect of the Gospel



        Key Themes:
        • The Gospel according to the apostles
        • body, soul and spirit; building your "spirit man" 
         
        In-Class Activation:
        • Gospel presentations, 30-seconds, 2-minutes

          Ministry Applications:
          • Todd White prays with a man "doing the trash"
          • Krista prays for a homeless man at the gas station
          • Tom Loud prays with Bobby, a young man in a parking garage

          At-Home Activation:
          • Step 1: One of the most basic evangelism skills a Christian needs is the ability to explain the Gospel accurately and succinctly. Practice saying the Gospel aloud this week. Do this multiple times. Prepare a 30-second version and a 2-minute version. It will probably be helpful to sit down and make some bullet points to remember. Be prepared to share your presentation with the class.
          • Here are some major points to include in your presentation:
            • What is salvation?
            • Why do people need salvation?
            • What do people need to be saved?
            • How can people be saved?

          • Step 2: Check in with one person in your OIKOS to see how they’re doing. If the person lives out of the area, consider setting up a phone call or video chat. (I like to video chat so I can actually see the person’s face.)
          The goal of the conversation is to check in with what the main issue is in their life right now that needs ministry.
            • Is it a health need?
            • Is it a physical need (job, better housing, food)?
            • Is it a troubled marriage?
            • Is it a child who has drifted away from the faith?
            • Do they have an intellectual obstacle to faith?
            • Are they immature and not growing in their faith?
            • Tune into what you see as the target for how you’re going to pray for them. Take time at the end of the conversation to pray with them.
          Commit to praying for one or two of them each day for the remainder of the class.

          Wednesday, June 1, 2016

          Week 2: Evangelism, Jesus Style

          We are continuing our series on reaching our OIKOS. This week, we're looking at the concept of the Kingdom of God in Jesus' ministry and how that forms the foundation for our evangelism today



          Key Themes:
          • The Gospel according to Jesus 
          • Jesus' proclamation and demonstration of the Kingdom of God 
           
          Activations:
          • Identity declarations

            Ministry Application:
            • Stories of Marketplace Ministry (Holy Spirit drive-bys): 
              • My adventure in traffic school
              • Robert prays in the doctor's office
              • Laura ministers to a woman on the street

            At-Home Activation:
            • Step 1: Go over your OIKOS card again this week. Pray for one or two of the people on your card each day this week. Make your requests to the Lord very specific. No generic “Please bless so-and-so prayers.” Here are a few ideas.
              • Ask God to send harvest workers in their past to present the Gospel. (Luke 10)
              • Ask God to prepare the person’s heart for a strategic conversation with you about spiritual things.
              • Ask God for an idea for how you can reach out to this person in a new way.

            • Step 2: Push yourself in a marketplace ministry situation. What can you do this week to reach out to an unbeliever who isn’t currently on your list? Maybe sit with a different co-worker during lunch? Or strike up a conversation with the UPS person that you see every day? Or do a Holy Spirit drive-by at the grocery store? Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight someone for you this week and step out in faith to bless them in Jesus’ name.
            After your conversation, reflect on the following questions.
              • What was hard about it? What scared you the most going into the situation? During the situation?
              • What did you learn from this experience?
              • Be prepared to encourage the class by sharing your experience and what you learned.
            Remember, stand in your identity in Jesus. You have been given power and authority to reach the lost. Trust in the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit to meet you in your efforts.


            • Step 3: Identity exercise
              • Read through Romans 6–8. You can spread this out over 2 or 3 days.
              • On a blank sheet of paper, make two columns. Label the column on the left, "Who I Was" and label the column on the right, "Who I Am." Then, fill in both columns based on the identity statements in Romans 6–8.
              • If you’re artistic, I’d be head-over-heals excited if you were to draw a picture with your interpretation of what Romans 6–8 is teaching you about your identity in Jesus.