Snippet: “What is so encouraging is that God is the one who is doing all of this work. Do we have eyes to see and ultimately do we care enough that we’re going to dig a hole through a person’s roof to get them to Jesus?”
Snippet: “People – both Christian and non-Christian – need to know that God is real. Not a superstition, but that He is real and that He is present. And for some people, they need a miracle to recognize this.”
Snippet: “Is the Gospel message good news to you? Because if it isn’t good news for you, it’s going to be hard to share as good news to others. And if it’s good news to you, then how can this be shared with your friends in a way that is contextualized and provocative?”
Snippet: “At that moment, instead of using your Get Out of Jail Free card and opting out of the moment of service and sacrifice, listen for the Holy Spirit. Because that might be the exact moment that someone is being set up to see the expensive and outrageous sacrifice of Jesus – to say yes to Him for the first time.”
Snippet: “Wherever you go, you might not know it, but God is at work in the people around you. It’s not your job to convince people about the truth of the Gospel. Rather, you are to partner with God and the work He’s already doing.”
Snippet: “So I’m running my best time for a 5-mile training run. I only have half a mile left to go. As I pass by a bridge, I see there is a guy standing there with a 12-pack of beer. And suddenly in my head pops the idea that I should go talk to him…”
Snippet: “We are aiming to be constantly in a state of growth, going through those cycles, giving up various parts of our life to Jesus. The whole point being that we will produce fruit that will last. THAT is what God expects of us.”
Snippet: “The invitation this morning is: What is your story? Where is God calling you to go and give that testimony, and how are you going to guide them to have their own direct experience with Jesus?”
The traditional strategy for church growth has been the Attractional Model. This is where the church is made as attractive as possible with great worship, teaching, programs, children’s ministry and facilities. The goal is to get people to come to church in order to be discipled or evangelized. This model works well with those that have some church background or are spiritually open. But what of the growing majority of people who would never step foot into a church building?
To “Church Without Walls”…
We at Outpour want to be one of the growing number of churches employing the Missional Model. Although Jesus did visit the Synagogues, the majority of his ministry was with the masses and “sinners”. In an increasingly secular and un-churched culture, we must be willing to be sent as missionaries to our neighborhoods, clubs, workplaces and families, taking church to smaller groups and individuals. We want to communicate that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on us to fulfill this very purpose.