Missions: A Few Things from #SENT11

Missions: A Few Things from #SENT11

This past weekend I attended the SENT Missions Conference with the SBTC in Houston. I was a great time to discuss how we as Christians can spread the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.

I have included some of my notes from the break out sessions, I hope that you can discifer them and get some of the hard-hitting points from the conference.

Workshop 1 Splashing Your Way to Kingdom Effectiveness – Ken Hemphill 

●      SPLASH – Show People Love and Share Him

●      When people get around someone who is on fire for Jesus, they should be splashed with water of the Holy Spirit

●      My Story + His Story + the Holy Spirit

●      Why?

○    There are less than 4% of Christians that share their faith

○    We have made evangelism a program of the church – faith, EE, etc.

○    We have made it a memory game for our church members – tract, program, verses, etc.

○    We have set social barriers up at drive people away – don’t know how to approach people to start the conversation

○    A program is needed to learn how to gossip Jesus in a secular culture

●      Wk1 – Show > how Jesus shows the Gospel through drawing people in with strange things and demonstrating the Gospel 

●      Wk2 – People > how Jesus connected with people on their level 

●      Wk3 – Love > how Jesus demonstrated His Love with no strings attached

●      Wk4 – And > how Jesus made the transition from showing the gospel to share the Gospel

●      Wk5 – Share Him > learning how to articulate the meaning of a personal relationship with Christ (personal story + scripture + Holy Spirit)

●      Outline

○    L =Love – Romans 5:8

○    I =Isolated because of sin – Romans 3:23

○    F =Forgiveness  of sin – Romans 6:23

○    E =Everlasting Life – abundant life john 10:10

○    A = Acknowledge > B = Believe > C = Confess

●      www.splashinfo.com

●      Who do you believe Jesus to be? Who is Jesus personally to you? > let me tell you who Jesus is to me

Opening Session – Landon Reesor

●      Being SENT is who we are as Christians. Not what we do.

●      John 17:14-18 > the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

●      14- They are not of the world just as I am not of the world – we are now the people of God and not people of e world

●      14- I have given them the word and the word has hated them – there is a big difference between the world and us

●      15- I don’t want you to take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one

○    Why? Because we realize that the world does not really care for us and so we reject the world by building walls around us for protection

●      16- “In the world but not of the world” > you can never be of the world again! You have been changed!

○    “keep them from the evil one” >

●      17- “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” > for protection and preparation to live as missionaries

●      18- ” as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” > just as Christ was sent into the world, so we are sent into the world to share the good news of the gospel

●      19- “and for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth” >Think of what Jesus left behind

○    We must be people of grace before we become people of truth = put aside the differences in denominations and focus on the gospel

○    We all have the same call to leave and share the gospel

○    What is God asking you to leave behind in order to share the gospel?

○    the hard part is not the going to share the word but the leaving of those you love

○    God will not show you what is in front of you without you letting go of what is behind you

○    There is joy and peace on the other side of saying yes to God


Workshop 2 – Crisis Moments Response > Knowing how to respond to Crisis – Thomas Brewer

●      What will your response be when CRISIS hits your community?

●      Our response will either push people closer to God or push them away from God

●      Your physical response can do more than any word you could ever speak

●      While assisting in a crisis, be aware of your body language and words you speak > you don’t have to speak

●      Planning and Discussing our response to certain crisis situations

○    Personal Property Loss – you can show how much you care by your willingness to help

                                          ●    How you can help others?

                                          ●    Provide services for others around you – water, electricity, food, laundry

                                          ●    Standing alongside of them

○    Death –

                                          ●    Provide services – food, paper goods, toilet paper, long-term food items that can be frozen

                                          ●    Cleaning the house before their company comes over

                                          ●    Yard work before their company comes over

○    Grieving –

                                          ●    Usually hits 5-7 days after the occurrence

                                          ●    Don’t be afraid to approach them even though you may be feeling – helpless, awkward, etc.

                                          ●    God calls us to respond to crisis and He will not allow us to slip up

●      Don’t NOT use phrases like

○    It was Gods will

○    God needed another angel in heaven

○    Things will get back to normal

○    I know what you are going through

●      Large Scale National Disasters

○    Before we do missions far away, we must learn to do missions outside our local church

○    Go through the correct avenues – Do NOT try to get things done on your own!

○    Do NOT make a promise that you cannot keep!

○    Do NOT let anger or language of an individual keep you from showing God’s love and grace!

●      How would you want someone to respond to you when you are in crisis?

●      When do I share Christ?

○    Look for opportunities but meet their needs first

○    Don’t practice the bait and switch


Workshop3 Interfaith Evangelism – Bruno Molina

●      We need to understand what we understand in order to defend our faith (1Peter 3:15- be ready; 2Peter 2:1- guard against false teachers)

●      We are commanded to preach salvation to all other people (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8) > evangelism (Ephesians 4:15)

●      Doctrines of Islam

○    Founder: Muhammad AD570-632

○    Authority: Koran

○    God: One person, no trinity

○    Jesus Christ: great prophet who ascended directly into heaven without the work of the cross (followers have corrupted his message)

○    Human Problem: Sin, disobedience to the law of Allah

○    Solution: submission to the law will bring mercy from God (just as we choose to sin against God, we can choose to follow God)

○    Life After Death: Heaven for the good and hell for the bad

●      Doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses

○    Founder: Charles T. Russell 1879

○    Authority: the NWT bible

○    God: Jehovah, Jesus, Holy Spirit is an impersonal force

○    Jesus Christ: perfect human made by God

○    Human Problem: sin separates you from God

○    Solution: faith and works based on JW rules

○    Life after Death: 144k JW’s to rule with Christ. Others live in paradise on earth. Hell is the grave and an end to existence.

●      Doctrines of Mormonism

○    Founder: Joseph Smith 1805-1840

○    Authority: KJV bible with Smith’s changes, the church of LDS, BOM

○    God: heavenly father and mother

○    Jesus Christ: the first heavenly father and mothers billions of spirit children and members of the godhead

○    Basic Human Problem: Adams sin was necessary so that humans could pass through mortality and become a god

○    Solution: faith, baptism, good works, temple ceremonies, etc. are needed to become God’s

○    Life After Death: celestial – faithful will become a god, terrestrial – faithful non LDS, telestial – unfaithful, bad, go to hell

●      Doctrines of Subjectivism

○    Everything is subjective to their own lives

○    “There is no truth” – then why would I believe your statement?

○    7 Fatal Flaws of Objectivism

                                          ●    You cannot state wrong doing

                                          ●    You cannot sate evil

                                          ●    You cannot state praise

                                          ●    You cannot claim justice

                                          ●    You cannot improve your morality

                                          ●    You cannot have a meaningful moral discussion

                                          ●    You cannot tolerance if there is no moral truth

●      Witnessing to People of Other Faiths

○    Be educated, know what you are talking about

○    Develop a relationship

○    See how committed they are to their faith – tell me how that impacts your life?

○    Explain why the Bible is reliable and true

○    Explain terms clearly – ask questions to see what they understand terms to mean

○    Focus on basic issues such as God, Jesus, Salvation, Etc. – don’t get caught up in life’s issues

○    Share your testimony emphasizing God’s grace

○    Explain the plan of salvation

○    Pray sincerely, be patient and trust the Holy Spirit to lead you in your witnessing

Workshop4 5 Milestones of Missional Churches – Eric King

●      Awaken – Awakening of the leaders and congregation to God’s heart, that all people’s need to know Him. It cannot be manufactured or coerced but must be a heart change made by God through His people. (2Chronicles 7:14)

○    missions are to glorify God, not just evangelistic efforts

○    Genesis 12:1-3 = Abrahamic Covenant was given that all people’s will be blessed

○    Our pastors and leaders must have enough love for the people to hold them to more accountability to live missionaly daily

●      Explore – are you being strategic to engage the place where you are to be intentional in the purpose that God had given you?

○    Acts 1:8 – not a command but a model of missional growth > local to international

○    4 questions

                                          ●    Who are we called to reach?

                                          ●    Where are they located?

                                          ●    How can we reach them?

                                          ●    With can we partner with to get it done?

●      Equip – Develop a strategy to engage the people group you have been called to

●      Engage – Engage based on end vision for the ministry. What do you want it to look like at the end of your term with them?

●      Multiply – How can we spurn them to move the blessing beyond themselves in order to multiply?


5×7 Gathering

●      Roy Mcclung

○    The Napkin Test – show your strategy on a napkin within 3-5 min

                                          ●    Starts in a relationship with Jesus – loving God

                                          ●    Go on mission out into the community with a partner – loving others

                                          ●    Move on mission to live for Him – making disciples

○    Missions is made of all 3 levels of missions and modeled by Jesus

●      Oksana Nelson

○    What is holding us back from going on mission?

●      Guest

○    How can we as Americans go about being prepared for sharing the Gospel without ever sharing the Gospel?

○    America is growing dark because we are alienating them with the gospel

○    We are happy as Americans to hide behind the walls of preparation

○    Because we are disobedient in sharing the Gospel, God is moving beyond our ways to share the Gospel

○    3 Steps of being a missionary

                                          ●    These people will not come to Christ until we come into their world and contextualize the Gospel for them

●      We must stop valuing time and money over people

                                          ●    We must assimilate with the culture to gain trust and share life with the people

                                          ●    We must give up our own culture

●      Enjoy their culture and give up your own

                                          ●    Pay the Price

●      Just as Christ paid the price on the cross we must pay the price as followers of Him

●      Bruno Molina – SBTC APOLOGETICS

○    We must Pray Furverantly – pray for salvation of the lost daily

○    We must Prepare Thoroughly – understand those you are witnessing to or the host culture, memorize scripture and be ready to share the Gospel

○    Promote the Gospel Enthusiastically – if you are not excited / happy about Jesus, neither will they be

○    Live Evangelistically – how can we help and serve the ones who are around you? Be intentional about opportunities to share the word

○    As ambassadors of Christ we must be dedicated to being evangelists

●      Caleb Cider

○    Outsourcing – good on short-term because of costs and ease but in the long-term we forget how to do things

○    Are we outsourcing the missions of our churches to missionaries so that we do not have to?

○    We as the church need to rediscover the skills at makes us missional

○    Missionaries feel forgotten on the field, like they are just competing for the churches attention

○    We need to change the way we talk about missions > not as a task or something to be solved > missions is not about solving something that can be outsourced

○    How do we get invested again in the work of missions?

○    Commissioning service right after Baptism > Commission them to teach the Gospel and Reach the Lost

○    This is not a chore but an identity > we are not Christian if we are not missionaries

○    We would not outsource our Worship of Jesus, so why are we outsourcing our Mission work?

Workshop5 Worship, Discipleship and the Glory of God – Matt Boswell

●      God has given us the cause of making disciples for Him

●      1Thessalonians 1:1-10

●      1Thessalonians 1:5 – 4 Marks of Effective Discipleship

○    Not only in word Root people in the word of God

                                          ●    Evangelical = proclaim the Word

                                          ●    We are theologians – we are to know God because we study Him because we love Him

○    But also in power – demonstrate the power of God through prayer

                                          ●    Prayer is needed for the work in the power of God

                                          ●    Raise the dead to life – salvation through evangelism

○    in the Holy Spiritonly through the Holy Spirit can people’s lives change

                                          ●    What does it mean to be lead by the Holy Spirit? Through the New Testament Jesus gives us a helper

                                          ●    It is the Holy Spirit at gives us the power to bring about the Gospel

○    And with full convictiondo we believe what we say? Do our lives reflect our beliefs?

                                          ●    Are you bowing before the glory of Christ? Are you focused on the Glory of Christ?

                                          ●    Passionate about what you believe! About leading people to Christ and making disciples!

                                          ●    What are you teaching?

                                          ●    How transparent are you to those around you? – to make disciples, we must stop playing games with sin

                                          ●    How are we modeling spirituality in our home? – we must show our family that our time with God matters and through that we will pass the torch of faith

●      If you can’t lead your family, how will you lead the church?

●      If you can’t teach your children, how will you teach Sunday school?

                                          ●    In isolation the worst decisions are made

●      1Thessalonians 1:6 – the next step

○    Became imitators of us and of the Lordfind a mentor and mentor another person

                                          ●    Is your walk with Christ worth imitating? Are you modeling a lifestyle for people, that is worth reproducing?

                                          ●    Who is speaking truth into your life?

○    Received the word in much afflictionour attention should be on the word of God

                                          ●    What comforts have been given up for your walk with Christ

●      1Thessalonians 9

○    Disciples turn from idols and push toward Jesus

Until there is complete regeneration in a place, there is no reason to leave that place to make disciples.

 If making disciples is the focus of God, why would leave when we could work where we are?

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