The first couple of weeks of 2012 the Denver Evangelical Examiner focused on theology. The idea that evangelical churches could reflect on the Biblical motives of God’s plan; the Systematic approach of Jesus Christ and the outreach, filling and refilling of the power of the Holy Spirit is well needed in my town and yours these days. Theology is a three prong plug that needs an outlet and in this day of emergent churches and not so emergent churches, the balance of relevance needs to be brought in message, music and mission in the Mile High City and other urban areas.
The recent ruling by a school on discrimination law suits was heard by the Supreme Court yesterday. Though the parochial school won because of an agreement that every one of it’s teachers is also a minister and agrees to work out differences within. The idea that a Math teacher can’t take a Biblical, Systematic and Evangelical approach to Math is an issue that was not discussed. But I hope that Evangelical followers of Jesus Christ see themselves as Ministers of the Word in whatever they do. Ministry is our full time job and it is job one. Leadership is following the Christ Approach in a systematic way. I will be publishing examples of what this looks like in our town through examples and ideology. Leadership is taking a Christ-Like approach at work, at home, and in our community. Communications is another piece of Triology. The third prong is communicating the Word and Spirit in everyday life. In this column, in the office, getting the kids ready for school and having lunch with your spouse.
Integrity begins at home and intersects at work and in our town and in our neighborhood. Even when we are on the road. “Are you the same high level person in the three areas of your life?” That’s the integrated power of integrity. The “convergence” as my friend Pastor Steve Holt likes to tell his congregation at Mountain Springs.
Marriages are stronger when families are revolutionized by daily studies and teachable moments. Seek relationships that are based on loving God with all our heart, soul and mind, and loving our neighbors. Everything I try to write in this column is about ways to study, be in relationship with one-another and how to reach out in your community.
The message is Luke 4:18-19
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]
See how Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah and then lives that message? It is similar to the message he gives to his disciples that is known as the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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: 16-20.
But this message is for you and me. (Read my column “What part of “Go” don’t you understand?”)
I will go back to my friend Steve Holt again on Message (read three Bible Chapters a day), Music (sing two worship songs) and write down three things that God is speaking to you. (or calling you to do.) This could be my other theological- tri-again (How is God’s Word correcting you? How is Jesus Christ challenging you? and How is the Holy Spirit changing you?)
What is the message?, How is worship challenging you? How is the Spirit changing your mission?
I am in media and there are people I know and serve through media. When you practice convergence God gives an integrated approach to media in the creative (brainstorm with your congregation and leadership team), the production (it’s all about reads, listens and views.) and then it is getting the message out there through distribution. You never know how God will use great creative, compelling production and where it ends up through great distribution.
My friend Brett Bixler founded Mission Coffee Roasters. There is no doubt in my mind that he cares where the coffee winds up. His attitude as he moves to Colorado and starts up after success in Baltimore and Southern California is quality, service, and value. That is what time, talent and treasure is. It is understanding your call and what you spend your time on. It is understanding that Christ came to serve and not to be served and that is a talent in this soul-upending world. And then it is investment. God provides and we invest it in a place called the kingdom. We invest in people, churches and mission. Brett has a vision to roast great coffee, that is his talent. He spends his time making sure that his talent raises money for mission and church. He spend his money to reach out to others and to provide a great copy of coffee that supports missions. I call it “warming huts” where the message, the music and the mission come together. We have great potential to be ministers in all we do; we have a calling to raise up servant leaders in our community, and we have a mission to reach out and when we are rejected tri-tri- again!
Richard Beattie is the minister of leadership and communications for Triology3, Mission Coffee Roasters, and the media representative at Briargate Media for the East Coast, Canada and Eurpoe. He is also the National Prayer Examiner and The Denver Evangelical Examiner. He is the Pastor at Friendship Fellowship which meets in Denver at Washington Park Chapel (Ancient Paths Evangelical Free Church) and church planter of two new Friendship Fellowship Churches in Colorado Springs. To find out more please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.