Friday, September 26, 2014

The Seven Stories of Hope

I have been reading this helpful book about Jesus movements.

One story in it tells is of a couple (Jeff Sundell and his wife) who were missionaries to Nepal with great impact. Once they returned home to the States, they then applied the same principles that they had learnt in Nepal to their new cultural setting. They asked the same five missionary questions:
  • How do I enter an unreached region and connect with people?
  • How do I share the gospel?
  • How do I make disciples who disciple others?
  • How do I form groups in the community that will reproduce?
  • How do I develop and multiply local leaders?
They started by prayer walking their new town in North Carolina and looked to connect with people who were far from God. 

When they met people they would ask this question:

'If God could do a miracle in your life today, what would it be?

They would then pray for them on the spot. 

This simple approach in the end birthed some new believers and eventually a new church. To make disciples, Jeff took people through 'The seven stories of hope' which asks four simple questions. The people he discipled then took others through the same material:

1. What does this teach us about God?
2. What does this teach us about humanity?
3. Is their a command to obey?
4. Is there an example to follow?

At the end of every study the leader asks

'How can you obey what we learned today?

When they next meet they ask

'How did you obey what you learned last week?'

As an aside, we used this material and approach in our 'Tuesday Gatherings' in my home at the birth of HT Barnes. It's easy, fun and powerful stuff. 

What Jesus started, Pages 55-57

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