Archive for August, 2011

Worship Stations

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
SOAP

Don't Eat the Soap

1.  Clothing

Purpose:  We want the people to determine the old self that they are to remove and the new self they are to put on.  This little activity helps them focus on the concept and then think of the bad behaviors associated with their old self and the good behaviors associated with their new self.

Set up:  We had a table with several button up shirts we purchases from the thrift store.  We made sure they were XL or XXL so that they would be easier to use.  The shirts were arranged on the table with the instruction sheets on the table and taped to the wall.

Instruction Sheet:  the instruction sheet contained this information.  Scripture in italics.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:22-24

We are told to “put off” and “put on.”  These words give us a picture of taking off some clothes and putting on some other clothes.  We are told to be “clothed in righteousness.”

Let’s put one of the shirts on.  Now let it represent all the sin you do.  Ask God to bring to mind those sins you regularly commit and which you struggle.  Now, confess this sin to God.  Take off the shirt.  This is how you are to treat those sins.  Take them off.

What does that look like in action?

Now, select another shirt.  Let it represent the righteousness of Christ.  Let it represent the life Christ wants you to life; a life of obedience to Him, a life of righteousness.  Now, put the shirt on.

What does that look like in action?

Make a commitment to Christ that you will live this life of obedience and act the way you are dressed.

2. Eat Soap

Purpose:  Many young believers use cuss words and inappropriate comments.  We want to help them move beyond this sin.

Set up:  We placed a nice silver tray on the table with soap.  (My plan was to have a bar of soap with teeth impressions, as if someone had taken a bite).  Instruction sheets were included on the table.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29

When I (Jim) was a kid, my mother made me eat soap on a few occasions.  This was her punishment for me because I said cuss words.  I didn’t really eat the soap, I just had to keep it in my mouth.  Yuk!   I know many people who had their mouth “washed out with soap” because of their language.

I think we sometimes need a little mouth “washing.”

Think about your language; the angry and hurtful comments, the cuss words, the slanders, and the “jokes.”   There is no liberty in cussing and no way to “laugh it off.”  Using this type of language is disobedience.  It is sin.  Will you repent and let Jesus “wash your mouth out” with his redemptive death on the cross?  Commit now to using good and wholesome words not foul and sinful words.

Don’t actually eat any soap.

3.  Encouragement

Purpose:  We wanted to give the people an alternative to using foul and improper language.  So we

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29

This is the positive side to the “Soap” station.  Go to someone (or several people) in the room and encourage them.

Encourage means to build them up.

Here are some suggestions;

List what you like about them

List what you know they do well

Tell them of a time they were a blessing to you

Tell them you love them.

Ask about their walk with Christ and let them know where they are doing well.

Prayers

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1. Love The Lord Your God with all your heart soul, mind and strength
Many times especially in the Christian realm were told if you want to love God than you must love with Him with your heart soul mind and strenght. However somehow no one really emphasised the word ” You” It wasn’t till my junior year of college I heard that message” You” love the Lord your God with all your heart soul mind and strenght Therefore leaving the Spring semester that was the message I heard God expressing that He wanted me and not the trival factors.

2. Acceptance of the fact God really loved me.
Therefore hearing that message I realized I hadn’t really heard it because of my past with broken relationships so this brought in blocks of shame and trust. And even though I had accepted Christ at early age I needed to to hear these two key points that I have spoken about because I believe that if I understand these two than I’m able to process these things as an individual.

3. If these God loves me and wants me , than whats the application?
Being able to process these these step was the next important thing which leads me to where God has been building that now that I’ve heard it how will I accept. So in the season I am in now being where I am this summer was actually what I needed though I didn’t see it because I was so use to busy routine that I forgot that it’s ok to be selfish. I’m not talking about the prideful selfish but accepting that God can take who I am molding it into something greater and thats enough. Therefore I decided to make goals.

4. So Translate Please
Therefore because I’m aware of these areas and applications need to take place it’s helped me to see that goals are more important than we realize. So for the first time my heart began to beat with a wake up call don’t just pencil it but pen it. And He did that by putting me in a host home where I saw one of girls leave her goals around to encourage herself.I needed that because I needed to be aware this is true for me also that I have the head knowledge as well but now I need to translate in to my life.

5. Take It Home
So because of these messages it’s taught me that sometimes the biggest message we need to hear is soul care. And to not get so caught up in the field. And therefore in these 5 points I’ve realized that I am somebody. Therefore that’s my prayer and it’s allowed me to see that if I want to care for others I have to love me than as I appreciate who God made me I’m able over flow what He puts in me.

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This summer, I came in with a lot of expectations. I expected certain things to happen based on past ministry experiences that I had and what I selfishly wanted to happen. Well, to put it quite bluntly, this summer didn’t go anything like I wanted or expected it to. These five things were my biggest expectations that just didn’t end up happening.

1. There would be a lot of tangible results.
I knew that I would be working at an ice cream shop where I would be talking to people all the time. I expected that people would come up and be eager to ask me for advice or ask me about Jesus, even though Jim warned us that the people in Council Bluffs weren’t too open to hearing about Jesus without bringing it up themselves. After the first few weeks without any deep conversations, I became frustrated. Why weren’t people asking me questions?! The point wasn’t just to give out ice cream, but that was all that I seemed to be doing. After watching Jim in action and observing how he related to people, I realized that I am not a very open person.. I’m quite shy and reserved until I get to know someone and that makes people not want to open up to me so quickly. As I go back home and talk with nonbelievers, I will keep this in mind and work on trying to be more personable.

2.  I would be constantly sharing the gospel.
I thought I would have more people who would be willing to talk about Jesus with me. Many people in Council Bluffs don’t care to hear that they are sinners and that they need help. Most other ministry experiences I’ve had have measured success by how many people heard the gospel and how many responded. Well I’ve learned here that sharing the gospel is important but when you push it on people, they don’t listen to you, so it’s almost shared in vain. Loving on people first and genuinely being their friend will bring about so many more opportunities to share the gospel than just making them listen to it when they’re not ready to hear it.

3.  Our group would work perfectly together.
I didn’t have any contact with the girls I would be working with this summer before I arrived here. Even after the first week, we didn’t know very much about each other. As the summer progressed, it became easier for me to pick out the things that I liked and disliked about people and hold that against them. I think maybe some of the other girls may have done the same thing. We weren’t working very well as a team because we didn’t really know what each other was going through or thinking about or struggling with. We sat down a couple times and tried to grow closer together and open up about how we were feeling, but our group just didn’t have the chemistry that I was expecting. I’ve learned that it is very hard to work in a group without this chemistry but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. Everyone just has to try a little harder.

4. I would be constantly uplifted with biblical truths.
This expectation sounds as if I was not shown or given any biblical truths while I was here this summer, which is far from true. I heard biblical truths at least twice a week from Jim’s teachings and was given Bible verses by my roommate, April. This expectation was crushed because I was not uplifted by these biblical truths, not because of the lack of encouragement around me. I wanted to rely on others to keep up my spiritual life without taking care of it on my own. I didn’t take charge of my own life but instead expected others to prompt me to do so or hold me accountable.

5. There would be very little or no problems.
I don’t know where this expectation came from because nothing ever works out exactly the way we want it to. I guess this goes along with our group not working perfectly together, Shannon having to be sent home early, Jim’s car overheating often. There were just more obstacles than I wanted to face this summer.

This summer was not at all what I expected it to be. I feel like it was a challenge for me emotionally and spiritually. But I’ve learned so much from this experience. I feel like I’ve seen more of what real ministry entails. It’s not always pretty. There are going to be some things that don’t go the way you want them to. And having experienced them early, I’ll have a better understanding of how to deal with obstacles in the future. I’m glad that I was able to spend my summer with Sojourn and I’m leaving with more than I came in with.

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Everyone loves originality. People are naturally attracted to new ideas and fresh methods of achieving an age-old goal. For Christ-followers, this translates into discovering innovative methods of evangelizing. God has given us all different talents, different visions, and different people that we best relate/minister to.

This summer, I’ve had the tremendous blessing of experiencing ministry in an unconventional setting. A church in the mall … giving out free ice cream to anyone who asks. How often does that happen?

My time at Sojourn Church has been refreshing in that it’s cemented certain ministry truths and methods within me that, at times, seem to buck against traditional “churchy” evangelism. Let me share a few with you.

1. Numbers don’t matter.

Okay, not everyone gets extremely hung up on numbers. (i.e. How many people were in church on Sunday, how many people have accepted Christ this year, etc.) But too often it does become a misleading gauge of success. Minimal decisions for Christ don’t necessarily constitute failure in ministry, nor do phenomenal attendance numbers equal real spiritual growth. One truly sincere decision to follow Christ is more valuable in God’s eyes than a thousand fakers.

2. Let them ask you – it’s fun.

We sometimes get the idea that in order to evangelize we need to knock on doors and comb the streets, passing out Gospel tracts to every random person we see. While tracts can be quite handy in their own proper setting, they’re not very profitable in everyday conversations. If you simply live out the qualities that Jesus promises to produce in all His followers (love, joy, peace, patience …), you’re sure to get questions on why you live the way you do. Just live honestly in your faith and someone will eventually ask you what’s up.

3. Listen.

Everyone needs a listening ear. Especially if they’re going through some rough stuff in their life. Don’t try to fix them constantly. Let them talk, ask them questions about themselves, and be available to hear their story.

4. Don’t push.

Nobody likes pressure. If an unbeliever feels that we’re “pushing our religion” on them, they’ll shut down. We should be bold and open with our faith, but it should also come across naturally. Don’t deliberately shine the Light in its full force on those who may need to gradually break out of their darkness.

5. Be their friend.

In the end, it all comes down to building relationships. Gain an unbeliever’s trust. Show them that you genuinely care about them and what’s going on in their life. Be gentle, be kind, be patient, be the fun buddy that they know they can go to. Let God create a friendship that may help lead someone on the narrow road to Heaven.

So there ya have it. Just a few things one should never forget when it comes to ministering to the lost.