3 Benefits of #Community

Mobilize Ministries Intentional Discipleship Communities

 As Mobilize Ministries  expands, there’s more opportunity for you to be known: to thrive in Christ-centered community; to be equipped and mobilized in the Great Commission “right where YOU are”. Here are three attributes of a  Intentional Discipleship Community (IDC).  There are three IDCs all over the DFW and another one about to be launched    Also, here are three benefits of anyone living in intentional discipleship community

1. Mission – We encourage you in their God-given mission. This is the mission that Jesus empowers  all followers of Christ with:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20).  In other words, living and discipling among the lost, where you work, live and play. I often share it in this way: Inviting people to live life with you as you live life following Jesus among community.  Who encourages you in living out this mission in your life?
2. Intentionality – Jesus was intentional with everyone He met. The culture we live in bends towards individualism with a deep longing for community. Mobilize Ministries provide intentionality to a young professional,  encouraging him or her to live out their God-given purpose glorifying Jesus with their  God-given gifts, passions and experiences. Who are you being intentional with?  Here Paul is intentional with Timothy equipping Timothy to be intentional with those in his  sphere of influence: “And 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).
3. Purpose – God has given us all the purpose to know Christ and to make Him known. Yet
without encouragement and reminders of this purpose we can get sidetracked; even I do as a minister. In the Nav20s, we constantly remind each other of our purpose.  “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).  How are you striving to know Jesus more and make Him known and being reminded of this daily?
In what ways did this remind you of how you can serve people God has put in your life? (Comment on this blog)

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Originally posted 2016-06-27 07:55:04.

3 Ways The #Father Honors His Son

 
Marissa and I recently have been part of an incredible parenting class with our church.  ThisFullSizeRender week we learned that daughters have an innate need for security and sons, like men, have a need to be honored.  So I asked God to show me how to honor Oliver.  Then I asked God, “How did you honor your son, Jesus?”
I encouraged my friends and 20s to choose a character trait of God to explore more this year.  Since I’m a to be a dad, I chose God’s character trait of a father and asked God to show me His Father characteristics.   He answered my prayer and showed me in His Word three impacting ways God the Father honored His Son Jesus:
 1 The Father lets His Son know He is pleased with him.
     Notice that God did not tell His Son why He is pleased with Him,  nor did The Father share what actions Jesus did to please him.  Jesus’ Dad simply was pleased with Him because of who He is, His identity, being His Son:
“And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” – Mark 1:11
2 The Father gives His Son away for a God-given purpose.
     God did not smother nor was He over-protective of His Son, Jesus.  In fact, the Father honored His son by giving Him away! Not just for any reason but for His God-given purpose, to redeem humans back to Himself:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  – John 3:16
3 The Father lets His Son be involved in what He is doing.
     We’ve all heard of the dad who makes himself too busy to be with son.  And if his son tries to be involved with what his hero, his dad is doing,  the dad shrugs and tells his son to get out of the way.  But God, the Heavenly Father, never did this to his son but quite the opposite.  Because the Heavenly Father loved and honored Jesus, He let Jesus be involved in what the Father was doing:
 “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” – John 5:19
What a Heavenly Dad!  This spurs me on to honor my son, Oliver!  I’m going to continually let Oliver know I am please with “who” he is.  I’m not going to suffocate his destiny but release Him in His God-given purpose.  Oliver is my second ministry under my marriage.  I will strive to never do anything to make Oliver feel like he is in my way, rather I will welcome him to be part of my calling in life.
What other ways may we show boys honor?  Feel free to carry on the conversation.
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Originally posted 2016-06-17 03:00:24.

How may we #pray for you?

We’re so thankful for all of you who pray for us, read our blogs and touch our lives. We pray for you as well, but we would like to be able to pray for more specific things in your life. Please send us an email or comment on this post with anything that we can be praying for. We believe in the power of prayer!

The DFW Nav20s launched on November 2014 and  has grown to over 90 young professionals who are equipped to live and to disciple among the lost “right where they live, work, and play”.

Here are two powerful truths that we memorize in the topical memory system about prayer:

John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In our daily quiet times this week, let’s hide these two powerful truths in our hearts, believing that God can do more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We look forward to hearing from you about how we may be praying for you in Jesus name.

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Originally posted 2016-05-30 07:00:45.

4 Keystone Actions in #FollowingJesus

Do you know what is the BEST invitation of all time?  Jesus was the first to offer it: “Come, follow

John Marc, my friend who fishes for people very well will be one of the many equipper in this summer's DFW NAV20s Disciple-maker Training

John Marc, my friend who fishes for people very well will be one of the equippers in this summer’s DFW Nav20s Disciple-making Training

me…and I will send you out to fish for people.”  This is such a mobilizing invitation.  It’s not an invitation to consume that the culture around us continually offers.  But this is the invitation to invest, to invest in people.  Here are keystone actions in following Jesus.

1. CHRIST: Getting to Know God Through a Daily Quiet Time 
Jesus, above all is our first pursuit.  Can you believe we get to have time with him daily if we decide to put Him as the priority?  All of the following pursuits overflow out of our intimacy with Jesus.  Like any relationship, intimacy is created by having time with someone.  Ignite your quiet time with Jesus!
2. WORK: Where Work and Calling Meet
A forty hour work week is not common today. An average American spends 50-60 hours a week on the job.  God wants to redeem that time. We do too.  A follower of Jesus sees the work place as a way to honor Christ through excelling in work for Jesus and a way to be missional starting Gospel conversations among coworkers.
3. MISSION: Reading the Bible with Friends who Don’t Believe it 
A nine word life-changing question for a disciple of Christ to give and for a lost friend to receive is: Do you want to study the Bible with me?  You’ll be surprised who responds “YES”!  This Keystone action could ignite a lost friend to come to know Jesus and then be discipled!  Then this found friend in Christ is on his/her way to make disciples because you asked a simple question!
4.  COMMUNITY: Telling His Story by Telling Yours
A lot of you have heard me say before:
What a way to build Christ-centered community: sharing our testimonies, the Gospel in living color among one another.  I see this as the heart of Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to spur one another along in good deeds. Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.…”  Let’s develop this wonderful keystone habit of following Jesus!

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Originally posted 2016-05-18 06:55:11.