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.
Originally posted 2016-05-30 07:00:45.
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 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
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
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!
Originally posted 2016-05-18 06:55:11.
No time in human history has had as many suggestions as there are in today’s culture. We have a plethora of suggestions to choose from when we type a problem to be solved into Google. There is such a high need for disciples of Jesus to advance God’s Kingdom. I wonder if we can find these disciples if we Google, “Where do I find disciples of Christ?” I’m sure we can find a lot of opinions and suggestions. However, Jesus answers this clearly and His answer is more than just one of thousands of suggestions. Jesus answers with a command:
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
“Go therefore and make disciples” is not a mediocre suggestion like we receive thousands of when we type a question into a search engine. Jesus gives you and me this great mission by commanding, not suggesting, His followers “make disciples”.
“Make disciples ” is not just a suggestion but a command, an overflow of Jesus’ intimate love for us after He died for you and me on the cross!!! This commandment is the Great Commission! Why is it so great?! God, Himself, is inviting you and me to join Him in His great mission to help others know Christ and to make Him known…to be disciples and make disciples.
- What is holding you back from making a disciple?
- Who do you feel led to intentionally meet with to disciple?
- When are you going to ask your key person to start this journey with you?
Originally posted 2016-03-23 07:00:10.
What if you impact your circumstances more than they impact you. Today, in a culture of comfort, reading a letter to encourage others from a jail cell speaks for itself. It’s time for a mind shift. Here are a few ways that Philippians should change your life perspective:
Putting life into a purposeful perspective. Paul writes “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 4:21).” Paul knows that if he is living, his soul purpose is to glorify Christ.
Putting self into a smaller perspective. In a Youtube rockstar culture, it is so freeing to think smaller of self like Jesus did so we can love each other well. “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant (Philippians 2:5-7).”
Putting life in a forward-thinking perspective. The Good News of Jesus is that He frees us out of dwelling on the past into a Christ-centered future. “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).”
Putting our minds in a Christ-centered limitless perspective. It’s natural to live being swayed and limited by circumstances, but the Good News is that Jesus saved us into His Kingdom. Like His Kingdom, we now cannot be shaken by circumstances, because, like Paul, we live in the truth of being able to do all things through Christ who gives us strength. “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:11-13).”
How has Christ changed your perspective? How do you impact your circumstances rather than let circumstances impact you? Let’s continue the conversation by leaving a comment.
Originally posted 2015-11-11 07:30:25.