Final Notes on Verge ’13

JEFF VANDERSTELT

On Reproduction: If your metrics is church size or attendance, then you don’t have reproduction at the heart.  What matters is how many are being sent out.  Trees don’t produce trees – trees produce fruit that produces seed that produces trees.

Disciple-making is not complex it is simple: Come. Follow Me.

Keep it transferable. The kingdom is like yeast. It is not only meant for white middle class literate Americans.  It is for the whole world. You shouldn’t need a curriculum to make disciples.   If it can’t be given through your life then it’s not transferable.  You shouldn’t have to give them a book about it.  As you disciple you are an example for what it means to be a disciple-maker; you are already teaching discipleship.

See regeneration as the Spirit’s commission. See yourself as releasing a culture.  People should be leaving your church to make disciples.  Your church should have a back door.  Don’t measure how many are staying, measure how many are going.

JOHN PERKINS

He said, “If I be lifted up…”  We have to lift him up, for there is no other name by which men must be saved.  If we join churches or movements for any other reason than to lift up Christ, it’s the wrong reason. It’s Jesus doing the saving.

The question is not “Do you want to be saved?”  That is not biblical. The question is “What must I do to be saved?!”  They want it. They ask for it.

Too often we give a selfish message, instead of being concerned about the Kingdom.  Jesus isn’t for your own prosperity. Our sloppiness and laziness is hindering His good work.  Our work is to witness of His love, leaving the results to God. We have to understand our calling. Leadership is a call of God – it is a sacred trust, and discipleship is passing on that trust to others. 

We have this treasure – this power… Galatians 5:23 etc love, joy, peace, produced through discipleship.  We’ve made Christianity our therapy center: What can He do for us?  Stop being a victim. You can’t be a victim in the Kingdom. If you have salvation, you belong to God.  You say, “If only they hadn’t treated me this way…” Stop!

If you belong to God, you ought to be a little courageous!

What are we waiting for? This is our mission, to put first things first.  Ephesians 4 – the main purpose of the church is to equip the saints.  It is not about people fulfilling the church’s destiny. Can you imagine a church that equips people? Listen to people. Don’t just vomit your thoughts on them.  What is on their heart? It’s not about offering classes; it is about life together… the daily routines of a community and family.

 

MATT SMAY

Revelation 2  “These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. [remove His presence!] But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolatians, which I also hate.”

In other words: To the church who pursues ministry greater than they pursue Jesus, it is good that you are defending sound doctrine, that you have perseverance, and that you hate the fact that the Nicolatians have bent so far to reach the culture that they are no longer salt and light, BUT ….YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE!

Remember from where you have fallen and repent. If you love your mission more than you love your Savior, your Savior will have no part in your mission.

Matthew 7:21-23 (“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’”)  There is an enormous difference between doing stuff for Jesus, knowing about Him –  and KNOWING Him.  –Matthew 26:21-22 — Judas knew about Jesus, but must have not really KNOWN him. Nobody could tell who was going to betray Jesus. Judas must not really looked as evil as the painters portray him. Judas had preached and prayed and healed with the rest of them. It was not obvious to the disciples who Jesus was talking about here. Think about that. It is deep in the heart that we find whether we do or don’t know Him.

Philippians 3:7-9 “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.”

Trust in the blood of Jesus.  Surpassing value.  Gain Christ.  What one thing could you never afford to lose? Judas gave up Jesus. A disciple will give up everything for Him. Who are you leading them towards? Let us be a generation of pastors known for how well we knew Jesus.

“If you add anything to Jesus as a requirement for being happy, that’s your real king.” Tim Keller

 

 

That’s a wrap!

 

 

 

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