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Notes taken during Paul’s talk

June 9, 2009

Able Shepherd kindly took notes while Paul was speaking.

You’ll see his notes by clicking the “read more” link below.

Able, thanks so much!

I’ll include here Able’s prayer he adds at the end:

Father of all truth, I ask that you might bless Paul’s ministry and may he always be led by your Spirit. Help him to speak as an ambassador of Christ and may your risen and exalted Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, always be at the centre of all his endeavours.

Bless his ministry and I ask that the fruit of the Spirit may be in evidence in abundance. Help those he instructs to be wise and discerning and led to find those people of peace, that they may love the lost to life and in your mercy come to know you.

Help us in SL to be guided by the Holy Spirit that we may know unity and let your love be in evidence amongst us that people might know we are your disciples. Let us know a call to pray for one another and together.

I ask you to bless Paul’s family and may you always bring him home rejoicing.

Amen

A vision for online ministry and how it connects with the NT and church planting

We are all special if we are called by God.

Background
Paul Watson…parents called to leave US when he was 7 and went to Hong Kong. Brother was aged 3. Parents were due to work with chinese people’s in Malaysia – the Lord had other plans. After 4 months in Hong Kong, told to apply for visa for Malaysia because of time lag.

3 months later, granted a visa in Malaysia – fasted and last missionary visa granted to Malaysia. Father worked with underground / background believers. Some growth realised.

Government declared martial law and put family under house arrest and kicked them out of the country,

Travelled in and out, but felt called to take gospel to where it had never been before such as North India. 20 churches struggling to survive. Moved to Delhi and in India for 1 1/2 years and then Gulf War happened and was kicked out – not essential family

Moved to Singapore and Christian leaders were martyred….dilemma point for Paul’s father. Wanted God to remove his call…God had other plans.

Churches led by indigenous peoples – natural leaders of the community. Then sub saharan Africa – Ethiopia to Cote D’Ivoire

7,126 churches started by Africans.

Talking about online discipleship – God re out of France. 1 millionth person coming to Christ through their ministry. Who is God – one of the top sentences Googled. A huge opportunity. People out there searching for answers.

Training 11 missionaries in summer school for online ministry.

Principles established in RL have proved effective online. Were able to speak in to existing online culture and creation of own culture of church

Source of most of online strategy is Luke 10.

Process of engagement:

Going out in pairs. Can keep one another safe. Being accountable online. Always talk about us not going by ourselves.

Did we come out of the harvest?

Are we a product of Christ sending a labourer out into the harvest? So many of us bring inside outside workers, but workers should come from within the harvest and go back in. Outsiders to the online generation will not be sharing the gospel with those online. Pray that from these lost people surrounding in SL that he might raise people up from the harvest.

We need to pray ALL the time

and look at each person as being the next most capable person for the harvest. Christ – that you might do greater things even than I.

God ended up using unschooled men.

Lambs amongst wolves. We are to be vulnerable to the people around us

We walk in and serve and love. Only from a place of vulnerability can we do this. Washing one anothers feet.

Plurk – the way to have conversations in community. Paul begin talking with freelance journalists.

In community, and church planters group, people were giving practical helps.

What is your greatest need? A KEY question to ask people.

A need for $1000 dollars raised. If everyone gave $20 dollars the need would be met. It was raised and in that place of service mission unfolded in the community.

Do not carry a moneybag.

There are so many ways to get distracted online. FB, Twitter, MySpace etc. All hyped up.

We should not be distracted by these things.

Printing press God’s gift to mankind. Internet may be too. It is a tool…but dio we get so caught up in features we forget the tool itself?

We need to always be on the look out for opportunities. Financial needs or not, practical helps, welcoming.

Son of peace – crucial to strategy. We have a tendency to thrust the gospel down people’s throats but we should seek out people of peace. See Acts – and story of Cornelius.

God has prepared these people to receive his Gospel.

Most modern evangelistic methods inocculate people against the Gospel.

Move from a place of not knowing Christ to fall in love with Christ and be willing to die to for him

Sharing the Gospel should be relational not presentational.

Genesis 1 – what does this tell us about God?

Other communities sometimes see one to one evangelising as kidnapping. If an entire family comes to know Christ then that is not the case

Remain the same house…

Working for our wages is important.

Walk amongst non Christians and expect them to act like non Christians.

God can use non Christians to teach us things.

That is what a Christian is supposed to be

Be part of their culture as much as you can.

1 Chronicles 16

Give God the glory

The Kingdom of God has come near you and everyone is one step away from it. We are to show people that by acts ot service, vulnerability and loving people.

Humanitarian projects, basic hygiene, literacy clinics etc.

Don’t leave people completely and come back and resume search for a person of peace

http://www.cpmtr.org

Own personal blog…. http://www.reachingtheonlinegeneration.com

Strategy for any ministry should come out of God’s word

Faith is obedience to God’s Word regardless of the consequences of that obedience.

This has been very inspiring. Are there regular meetings like this in SL? Speak to SIM leaders and Wilfriend Ansome.

Are you non denominationalist? Southern Baptist, but not a big issue. Where it counts denominational lines blur very fast.

What’s the first thing we need to do with SL as a mission field? We have to go in and pray for one another on a regular basis and pray for a person of peace in non Christian sims to be identified.

What is SoA MC (your label here) – an organization? An organisation from Ozzy Shelman….seed of abraham motorcycle club

Do you think God has you in a season in your life where you are healing and work more in the background and not go out and witness do to healing? Analogy of football (soccer) team. Coach stays on sidelines. Try to practice what you preach and help encourage / coach others. Both / and thing.

SL is on the down side of the hype cycle but there are still lots of people here. Size of a large city but everyone needs Jesus.

Avoid meaningless / fruitless conversations

Counter the idea of are you a Christian by asking what they mean by a Christian.

Father of all truth, I ask that you might bless Paul’s ministry and may he always be led by your Spirit. Help him to speak as an ambassador of Christ and may your risen and exalted Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, always be at the centre of all his endeavours.

Bless his ministry and I ask that the fruit of the Spirit may be in evidence in abundance. Help those he instructs to be wise and discerning and led to find those people of peace, that they may love the lost to life and in your mercy come to know you.

Help us in SL to be guided by the Holy Spirit that we may know unity and let your love be in evidence amongst us that people might know we are your disciples. Let us know a call to pray for one another and together.

I ask you to bless Paul’s family and may you always bring him home rejoicing.

Amen

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