012.1 Spiritual Warfare, pt. 1

Terry and Mark G. came back from Chicago Coffeefest. They sold some stuff.

Hotel employees don’t know about shuttles

Employing who we employ involves chaos

Song: “Nothing but the Blood” by Jars of Clay

How would you assess a neighborhood’s spiritual need or condition? Do you look at its prevalance of poverty, payday loans, and liquor stores? Do you see nice houses and an abundance of business and think it’s fine?

Many people thought we should be ministering in Ferguson. Most of these people were from outside the area. What happened in Ferguson was not in a vacuum, nor is it an isolated incident. This reaction is a fleshly result to how we’ve been trained. There is a difference between “Gospel presentation” and “Gospel application”. The focus was on presenting the Gospel to the “hurting people”, and not the corrupt authority structures.

There’s no kudos for ministering in the suburbs

World missions focus on raising up indigenous leaders who can continue the work. In America, a common practice is to hand out and leave.

The practice of bouncing youth mission trips around from site-to-site deprives on all fronts. It deprives the participants of knowing the depth of ministry. It deprives the hosting groups from building relationship, casting vision, and having trained help. It deprives the “mission field” of effective ministers. The focus seems to be on the particpant’s experience. This puts “experience” on a pedestal.

Welfare can be a trap. While it can alleviate, it doesn’t empower to overcome. It can be used, but it’s not the answer.

Spiritual warfare is not one-handed. The division in the church inhibits our ability to minister and fight.

There is a physical reality to spiritual warfare.

What if the spiritual problem of “poor areas” and places like Ferguson didn’t lie simply in those areas? What if it was the spiritual deprivation of the places around it?

“there are people so far down in the muck that when they open their eyes, all they get is dirt.”

This episode originally broadcast live on June 12, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

For more info:

www.discipledrivenchurch.org

www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com

www.sunministries.org

www.sunministries.blogspot.com

www.isaiah61initiative.org

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

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011.2 Sun Ministries, pt 5: Pastoring the Community and Narrow Gate (again)

Pastoring the community is a big idea. Very basically, it’s looking at your community as your mission field, and not for the purpose of attracting them to your worship gathering. Pastoring the community fights the small, self-focused gospel. A kingdom is way bigger than one person.

This model involves looking for satan’s grip in your community. How can we bring provision?

Pastoring the community is a geographical approach. This goes back to the covenant with Adam to steward the land, to the covenant with Israel concerning the promised land, and the promise that God will give us the land where our feet tread (Deuteronomy 11:24; Joshua 1:3).

God doesn’t show us everything all at once, but he shows us a little bit and sees if we will walk in it.

Do not have a heart of Jonah – walk humbly and be willing to partner with people not like your self, and don’t do it judgmentally.

Song – Derek Webb – T-Shirts http://derekwebb.com/track/872124/t-shirts-what-we-should-be-known-for

Jesus’ disciples are known by love (John 13:35), unity (John 17:17-21), and fruits (Matthew 7:16; Romans 8:23; Galatians 5:22).

Obstacles!

We have been in a process of walking away from programming ministry. You can’t shove Jesus down people’s throats. Behavior modification is not the goal. Our programming became burdensome. God shook us to remove things we misapplied, which was quite the learning experience.

Some people are not aware that they have obstacles, so we help them recognize that.

Song: Matt Jackson – You Love the World http://iammattjackson.com/ http://www.noisetrade.com/iammattjackson Used by permission

We utilize the Narrow Gate in two contexts. One is Spiritual Renewal – part of this is caring for people, sometimes in ways as small as giving them snacks. Most people are held back by repetitive patterns. The stronghold of poverty is more about want than it is about life needs. It is about perceived (or actual) limited choices. When your choices are limited, it leads you to unhealthy decisions.

White people are not saviors.

We’ve explored the beliefs of our employees in the past, and it revealed many doctrines of lies about who God is. This is another stronghold of the enemy, leading people to believe God is meaningless. This is directly related to ideas of authority. False beliefs about the Holy Spirit inhibits your intimacy with God – this is the gift Jesus came to give. The alternative to this is a life of pretense.

The other context of the Narrow Gate is the physical side. Most people we are ministering to have chaos on a regular basis which puts them in crisis mode. This inhibits their ability to be in relationship, make progress, show up to work, etc. “I can get Jesus from my grandma, are you going to give me a job?”

Song: Zach Winters – Give me Peace and Rest http://zachwintersmusic.com/ Stay tuned for a future episode where we interview Zach Winters.

This episode originally broadcast live on June 5, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

For more info:

www.discipledrivenchurch.org

www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com

www.sunministries.org

www.sunministries.blogspot.com

www.isaiah61initiative.org

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

011.1 Sun Ministries, pt 4: Leadership Center and Narrow Gate

Blackhawks won. Boo.

Jason messed with brick.

Isaiah 61:1-3 This is the work of Christ

Those verses address our engagement with God. The following is what happens after that transformation.

The Leadership Center recruits and trains missionaries to minister in urban settings. This usually involves being undone and redone, and coming face to face with ignorances. Most of our days start off with “I don’t know what I’m doing”

Urban Missions Training participants work in our neighborhood, in our businesses, next to missionaries and Narrow Gate participants.

We are come next to serious problems, like family members of our employees being murdered. This is overwhelming.

Song: Heath McNease – Til We Have Faces https://heathmcnease.bandcamp.com/track/til-we-have-faces

Our neighborhood has about 2000 unemployed people (just under 50%). Jason talked to WashU students about economic development. This requires addressing pain, compassion, sacrifice, ministry.

This vision requires different expectations about life, different understanding and expression of the Gospel, different way of functioning as a business and non-profit.

Doctrine is very important, but it should affect your actions. Align your practice with your theology.

Separate ourselves from the patterns of the world and the patterns of our forefathers to seek God’s design.

Song: Shaun Groves – Jesus https://soundcloud.com/shaungroves/jesus?in=shaungroves/sets/twilight

Living in Shared Resources – Sun Ministries missionaries are unpaid. This is not a commune. The environment is shared, items are shared, we supply needs from the same pot of money. We get this vision from Acts 2, and from the teachings of Jesus and the Gospel of the Kingdom. This actually inspires a greater sense of concern for your responsibilities, space, shared items, etc.

Additional music: “In This World” by Enter the Worship Circle. Used by permission of Ben Pasley of Enter the Worship Circle. http://www.entertheworshipcircle.com

This episode originally broadcast live on June 5, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

For more info:

www.discipledrivenchurch.org

www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com

www.sunministries.org

www.sunministries.blogspot.com

www.isaiah61initiative.org

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)

010.2 Sun Ministries, pt 3: Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61 – rebuilding ancient ruins

These devestations are in existance partly because of American public policy to concenrate poverty, largely poor black people.

If God built a new humanity which overcame divisions, should we not be continuing in that work?

Mark Sanford and Jason watched Selma. [https://youtu.be/x6t7vVTxaic] Large scale brutality. There were people fighting and dying for freedom they’re already supposed to have. We have all inherited this history of oppression and have a responsibility to undo it.

Today, the Gospel is largely self-centered. But the Gospel of the Kingdom is one of togetherness, which overcomes differences and knits a new humanity.

The state of most inner cities was primarily caused by racism.

Policing, politics, empowerment cannot wholly solve these problems and heal these wounds. The Gospel of the Kingdom goes beyond salvation, and creates a new humanity living a new life with a new set of values.

Are you walking in the privilege you’ve inherited?

Song: Derek Webb – I Repent

Whose Gospel did you believe?

Two gospels

  • John’s gospel addressed elemental things to prepare for what was coming. More personal, and this “personal savior”, sin-focused gospel became the driving force in modern American Christianity. John’s Gospel is not false, simply not full.
  • Jesus Gospel – The Gospel of the Kingdom. This is outwardly focused because what God is doing is so much bigger than you.

The Gospel does not mean all YOUR problems go away. Simply look at the people in the Bible. Our emphasis must be on the BRIDE of Christ. This is a much bigger picture, and cannot be self-focused.

We cannot force freedom of the Holy Spirit upon someone.

Jesus Gospel brings healing and reconciliation.

Jesus’ Gospel requires us to steward this world with humble service.

Sun Ministries Leadership Center

http://www.isaiah61initiative.org/Leadership.html

Not just a big big house with lots and lots of rooms.

The aspect of the ministry which relocates and trains missionaries. Facilitating a missionary movement to the inner cities of America, building faith communities from a position of reformations, utilizing the other tools in the ministry, the Opportunity Center and the Narrow Gate.

Isaiah 58 – The Gospel has been lost, and if you live the lifestyle of fasting, you will repair the path to the true Gospel.

Leadership Center also facilitates the Urban Missions Training http://www.isaiah61initiative.org/UrbanMissions.html

Those in the Urban Missions Training work in the ministry and engage in teaching, training, and testing.

If Jesus has not transformed you, it will be very hard to make disciples.

Pastoring the Community http://www.isaiah61initiative.org/Pastoring.html

How is satan holding this community down?

Engage in prayer, spiritual warfare, and utilizing resources to meet needs of the afflicted.

Utilizing existing services so we don’t have to recreate things and can build partnerships.

Being an ambassador of Christ.

Leadership Center also leads in the community to equip and organize.

Where you are not consecrated, you leave yourself at risk of being attacked and wounded by the enemy.

Caring for each other, our community, and doing it through service, and not for attention.

The Narrow Gate http://www.isaiah61initiative.org/NarrowGate.html

Taking people from oppressed/hopeless to homeownership, by walking with them through obstacles and need.

Helping people start businesses

This episode originally broadcast live on May 29, 2015 on KXEN 1010AM in St. Louis, MO

For more info:

www.discipledrivenchurch.org

www.discipledrivenchurch.blogspot.com

www.sunministries.org

www.sunministries.blogspot.com

www.isiah61initiative.org

Theme music: “The Resistance” by Josh Garrels (www.joshgarrels.com) licensed by Marmoset Music (www.marmosetmusic.com)