Next Steps After MissionsFest 2018

Multiply Series GFX_16x9 TitleIn response to our MissionsFest focused on multiplication with messages from me and Dr. Paul ‘Bobby’ Gupta, I mentioned four words that I think are helpful for us in applying what we have learned this past week.

  • Befriending: Become friends with those around us, inviting them into our lives and homes that they might come to know Christ. Also, become friends with our international partners and workers that they might have friends here at Eastbrook.
  • Praying: If it is true that God knows us closer than anyone else, then the most direct way to another person is through God in prayer. Even if we cannot go around the world, we can join in with God’s global work through prayer.
  • Giving: Eastbrook has a strong history of generosity toward local and global mission, and I want to encourage us to continue moving forward with that. However, let me stretch it just a bit further. What would it look like for us to sacrifice something of our lives here – a weekly latte, upgrading our broadband, buying  a new smartphone – so that we could give those funds toward the work in China, the Horn of Africa, or the Middle East?
  • Witnessing: As I talked about in my message this past weekend, we are called to be witnesses, but it is essential that we open our mouths to share with those we encounter about the grace and truth of God accessible to us in Jesus Christ. The arms of God are open wide, waiting to bring all humanity within His embrace, but He will not force Himself upon anyone. Let us be those who witness to God’s embrace by talking with others about Jesus.

Also, our mission team put together a list of next steps as a response, which I have slightly edited for online readership below.

  • Read a Book! Want to know how you can be involved in multiplying? We recommend you start with The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis and Kirby Heyborne. To hear how God is multiplying around the world in difficult contexts, we suggest Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus by Jerry Trousdale. Both available through Amazon digitally or in paperback.
  • Pray for Eastbrook’s global workers. Over the next month, use the prayer insert to pray for our international field workers. Pray for God to use each member of His Church to multiply disciples locally and globally.
  • Grow. Stop by the booth in the lobby to learn more about our upcoming class “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” which starts in January as well as upcoming Trinity Evangelical Divinity School classes. Visit www.perspectives.org or www.eastbrook.org/teds
  • Get Involved. It starts at your own dinner table. Invite a friend, neighbor, or co-worker over for dinner and watch God use relationships to multiply His Church! If you want to take the next step in connecting with what God is doing globally, join us for our Mission Engagement Class during second hour on Sundays.
  • Step Out. Did God stir something in your heart during this week and you feel you may be called to personally go to multiply disciples around the world or here at home? Don’t let that feeling fade. Connect with Pastor Dan or Pastor JC to explore where God is leading you.
  • Thanksgiving.  November 22nd is coming.  Invite an international student to your home to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Questions? Just ask! Sign up at the Missions Fest ministry booth in the Lobby this weekend or contact Laura.
  • Support. Eastbrook’s Missions Budget financially for 12 months and help fuel the ministry of multiplying around the world. Visit the Eastbrook website for more information on how you can financially support the Missions Budget. eastbrook.org/giving

Becoming a Multiplying Church

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If we are going to move toward Revelation 7:9-10 as the church of Jesus Christ, then we must pursue growth as disciples – both through developing new disciples and going deeper in life as existing disciples.

If we are going to become a Revelation 7 type of church, then we must reach out as a church and as individuals through evangelism (word), community outreach (deed), and more.

But if we are going to do grow disciples and if we are going to reach out, then we have to also intentionally pursue multiplication as a church. Some may say, ‘but what’s biblical about all that?’ It sounds very programmatic and organizational.

Let me say this about “intentionality.”  We are either intending to become something or we are sliding toward something. I would rather intend to become God’s best for us as a church than unintentionally slide toward something else.

Multiplying in ministry is actually one of the most biblical things we can do, so let’s turn back to the Bible to see how this concept plays out through the entire Scripture. Let me share some notes on multiplication from the lives of Moses, Jesus, and Paul.

Moses on Multiplication (Exodus 18)

  • The man of God redeemed from his wrongs
    • Birth (Exodus 2:1-14)
    • Early errors and murder (Exodus 2:11-15)
    • Purification in the desert (Exodus 2:16-25)
    • Calling at the burning bush (Exodus 3-4)
  • The work of God in the Exodus
    • The challenge to God’s people (Exodus 5)
    • The conflict with Pharaoh (Exodus 6-13)
    • The deliverance (Exodus 13:17f)
    • The Red Sea showdown (Exodus 14:5-31)
    • Provision of Manna (Exodus 16)
    • Defeat of Amalekites (Exodus 17)
    • The Sinai revelation (Exodus 19)
  • Advice from Jethro (Exodus 18)
    • Moses is exhausted (18:1-12)
    • Jethro’s advice (18:13-23)
    • Moses’ change of approach (18:24-27)
      • Capable men (18:25)
      • Leaders of groupings (18:25)
      • Task of leadership/shepherding (18:26)
      • Moses’ change of role (18:26)

Jesus on Multiplication (Luke 5:1-11, 27-32; 6:12-16; 9:1-6; 10:1-20)

  • Luke 5:1-11, 27-32 – Jesus calls the first disciples
  • Luke 6:12-16 – Jesus chooses the 12 apostles
  • Luke 9:1-6 – Jesus sends out the 12 apostles to do what he did
  • Luke 10:1-20 – Jesus sends out 72 to do what the 12 did

Paul on Multiplication (Acts 20:4-5)

“He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas.” (Acts 20:4-5)

Paul’s apprentices:

  • Some we know nothing about: Pyrrhus; Secundus; Gaius; Trophimus
  • Aristarchus (Col 4:10; Philemon 24)
  • Tychicus (Col 4:7-9; Eph 6:21-22; Titus 3:12)
  • Epaphroditus (Phil 2:25-30)
  • Demas (Philemon 24)
  • Titus (letter)
  • Timothy (1 & 2 letter)
    • Acts 16:1-5 – beginnings with Paul
    • Acts 17:13-15 – teaching the faith
    • Timothy writing with Paul (2 Cor 1:1; Phil 1:1; Col 1:1; 1 & 2 Thess 1:1; Philemon)
    • Timothy described by Paul (Philemon 2:19-24)

Paul talks about this in a specific way in his words to the young pastor, Timothy. Timothy was one of Paul’s young leaders who had accompanied him on much of his mission work and he is now a young pastor in the city of Ephesus.

Paul writes:

“The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).

The Multiplication Principle (2 Timothy 2:2) 

Why we must multiply:

  • If we are healthy disciples, we multiply disciples
  • If we are healthy in our service, we multiply servants
  • If we are healthy in our ministry, we multiply ministers
  • Why?…our need (Moses)
  • Why?…development of the other (Paul)
  • Why?…the missions of the Master (Jesus)

When we must multiply:

  • Right away!
  • Share whatever God is teaching us with someone today

Who we must look for (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

  • Desire
  • Character
  • Capable
  • Mature
  • Available

So may we be a disciple-making church that is also a multiplying church. May we live toward the Revelation 7 vision of the church, which is also God’s dream for the church, where people from every tribe, tongue and nation are gathered around the throne of God.

Multiply: The ‘Factors’ of the ‘Product’ [MissionsFest 2018, week 2]

This weekend at Eastbrook Church I concluded our annual missions festival, Multiply: MissionsFest 2018, with my weekend message: “Multiply: The ‘Factors’ of the ‘Product.'” Our theme comes from the words of the prophet Habakkuk:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Last weekend, October 13/14, Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI) in Chennai, India, began the missions festival with a strong message on multiplication.

My message connected Habakkuk 2:14 with Acts 1:8, taking the metaphor of mathematical multiplication to ask: what factors are necessary for the product of the knowledge of God’s glory filling the earth?

You can view the message video below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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Multiply by Dr. Bobby Gupta [MissionsFest 2018, week 1]

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, we kicked-off our annual MissionsFest with special guest, Dr. Paul “Bobby” Gupta from Hindustan Bible Institute. Dr. Gupta’s message engaged with our theme verse from Habakkuk 2:14:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

He also leaned upon two other verses within Habakkuk (1:5 and 2:4) to paint a picture of God’s call to entirely follow God into the new things He is asking of us even as the world around us changes. The message was largely a call for the church to be a disciple-making community in every way.

You can view the message video below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Multiply: MissionsFest 2018

This weekend at Eastbrook Church we begin our annual missions festival Multiply: MissionsFest 2018. Our theme comes from the words of the prophet Habakkuk:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Let me invite you to join us in our weekend services and mid-week gatherings. There is a lot going on but here are the highlights:

October 13/14, weekend worship services – Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI) in Chennai, India.

October 16, 7-8:30 PM – “The Call: A Time to Praise and Intercede” – This evening of MissionsFest will take the place of our 2nd Tuesdays Worship/Prayer service for the month of October and will be an evening of hearing of God’s work in our world and asking Him to work in the Church. Join us for a time of worship, prayer, and listening.

October 17, 7-8:30 PM – “The Experience: Multiply In Your Neighborhood” – This family friendly, interactive evening that takes us through the journey of making disciples in our own neighborhoods. Join our mission leaders, field workers and guest speaker Dr. Gupta as we explore God’s plan for reaching the nations.

October 20/21, weekend worship services – We will finish out the missions festival with some of our international guests in worship services, and I will preach the closing message.

Access the full schedule via our web-site here.