Tuesday, December 04, 2007
12/4/2007, #71, 4th Quarter 2007
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And he said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" (Matthew 21:12-13)
Jesus, please overturn the tables of the moneychangers in the church in our generation. Please restore a life of prayer to your church.
A word received: I AM. Pray for repentance, pray for hearts that are cleansed by my Holy Spirit.
Then the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. (Matthew 21:14)
Father, please let every parish in this diocese be a temple where your son Jesus heals the blind and the lame.
Tuesday: 10, 11; Amos 3:1-11; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Matthew 21:12-22
Wednesday: 12, 13, 14; Amos 3:12-4:5; 2 Peter 3:1-10; Matthew 21:23-32
Notes from the Front Line
Sunday School lesson 13 has been posted on http://ChristChurchSundaySchool.blogspot.com/)
***** Thinking strategically about mission:
Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in 1951 with the mission to reach every college student in the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The mission remains critical to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
History of missions teaches us many things, but one of the key lessons is that to sway a nation with the Gospel, you must sway the influencers with the Gospel. Our responsibility isn’t just to the poor or the unlikely leader. We must also see Jesus transform those who are destined to occupy the halls of power in governments and economies around the world.
About one percent of the world’s population goes to a college or university, but the vast majority of influencers have received their diploma from an institution of higher learning. This means that there are highly concentrated cores of future leaders on the campuses around our homes. And these students increasingly represent the best and the brightest from countries in which we long to see the Gospel makes inroads.
And while statistics tell us the majority of people who know Jesus met him before they graduated from high school, social researcher Michael Lindsay has discovered that, “…an unusual number of “public leaders” who profess Christian faith did not grow up in churchgoing homes and came to faith after adolescence…” (Andy Crouch, CT, Nov 2007).
What’s the bottom line: The Kingdom of God has always advanced with a warfare mentality. If our strategy isn’t sound, our work to establish the Kingdom in our cities, nation, and the world, will be hindered. One thing we must do, along with ministering to the poor and destitute, is have tools in place to make disciples among the leaders of tomorrow. That is, we must have ministries that create disciples on the college campus.
This, in financial terms, is an investment that won’t have a big payoff for years, perhaps decades. But we must make the investment now, or face a poverty of leaders tomorrow.
David and Megan Sheehan and a team from Campus Crusade for Christ are involved in a strategic mission territory among us: reaching out to our universities and colleges. They attend Christ Church Schenectady. If you would like to support them you can send donations to Campus Crusade for Christ International, PO Box 628222, Orlando FL 32862-8222 with a note saying it is for account 0530380 David and Megan Sheehan. Their recent newsletter follows.
***** Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2007 12:02:40
From: Evans, Scott C
Subject: Holy Spirit Weekend
Got a nice note regarding our Holy Spirit Weekend at the Oratory two weeks ago - see below. To God alone the Glory of course, but many thanks to the entire team including Alpha Advisor Noel Dawes, the SLC Staff, Bishop Love, Bruce Newman from Grace Chapel, Gary and Dianne Roosa for leading worship, and all the intercessors who covered us so effectively in prayer: 27 participants from 4 different churches!
I was thinking we might share this email Tuesday as a testimony. We have an Alpha Training day scheduled for Saturday, 1/12/2008 at the Oratory, and a combined Holy Spirit Weekend at the CTK Chapel and Kings Inn scheduled for March 7-8, 2008. With prompt action a team could tap into these events and get a program running shortly after the new year!
The vision is to provide these common events for training and the alpha weekend retreat at the SLC to make it easy for groups or individuals to run Alpha in their churches, homes, work places, pubs - wherever they would choose to preach the kingdom and heal the sick through the awesome Alpha process. A brochure with dates that will work with the combined events this winter/spring is attached.
Any continued help you could provide to get this process for revival furthur off the ground would be much appreciated. Please refer folks to Noel or me with any questions.Thanks and blessings, -Scott