A New Book!

August 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

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I am very excited to announce the release of my newest book, New Testament Snapshots. It has been almost two years since the release of Leading into the 21st Century…and Beyond and with the move to Brazil last year, I got a little behind in my writing. New Testament Snapshots is only going to be released as an ebook and I know that you are going to love it!

The book focuses on ten people in the New Testament that we all have heard of if we have spent any time at all reading the Bible. At the same time, we know very little about these ten people and it seems that they are often shrouded in mystery. I believe that these ten people still have something very important to say to us. This book explores what their messages are.

New Testament Snapshots is a fantastic way to stimulate your own personal study of the Bible. I provide some discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help you dig a little deeper. This book is also an excellent study guide for small group study. Most of these stories were discussed in our own small group. Annie and I lead an incredible Connect Group here at C3 Church Curitiba, and we all learned so much as we looked at these New Testament Snapshots.

I have kept the book short and very readable. It is only about 75 pages long. So many people get intimidated trying to read a 200+ page manuscript. We all know that “leaders are readers,” and it is easy to feel guilty if we are not cultivating the reading habit. New Testament Snapshots is a great way to pick back up on that New Year’s Resolution that you made in January to read some good books this year.

This is the first book that I have published myself and it is only going to be available here. I would so appreciate it if you would forward this post to anyone that you think might be interested in reading a great book. We are keeping the price low so that everyone can afford it.

So, how can you get your copy? This link will take you to PayPal. Just drop the small sum of $3.97 in the account of ntsnapshotsbook@gmail.com and I will send a copy your way. Thanks so much for your support!

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“As Jesus was going down the road, he saw Matthew sitting at his tax-collection booth. “Come, be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.”

In his day, Jesus wasn’t the only Jewish teacher in the land. There were many other rabbis with disciples. There are, however, some notable differences in the way that Jesus did things. As leaders, what can we learn from Jesus’ relationship with his disciples?

3. Traditionally, the relationship between the rabbi and his followers was that of a master/student type. There was a clear delineation of power. The relationship that Jesus had with His disciples was much deeper. He called them “friends.” This unique relationship affected how Jesus’ disciples learned. Traditional rabbis taught their followers in a traditional way- lecture, memorization, study, etc. Jesus’ disciples learned by watching Him. They watched Jesus in everyday contact with real people in real situations. EXAMPLE- Jesus raising little girl from the dead and Peter raising Dorcas in Acts. Peter does what he saw Jesus do.

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE: People learn how to live and be successful by watching us. In the arena of service in the church, people learn more by watching than they do by us telling them.

4. The rabbinical schools eventually evolved into exclusive groups of disciples. The Pharisees, Sadducees and their disciples loved to flaunt their knowledge and used their positions to gain prestige and power over others. Jesus, however, called His followers to be servants, to endure persecution, and to be the salt and light of the world. Mark 9:33-37 Learning how to serve is a prerequisite for true Kingdom leadership and for true success in life. It is unlikely that any other rabbi would have ever considered washing his student’s feet. Jesus turned social norms upside down by kneeling on the floor and washing his follower’s feet.

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE: The higher up the leadership ladder we go only increases the amount that we are required to serve. Do you want to be a leader? Develop a servant’s heart. Leadership flows out of service.

5. The call of Jesus to His disciples went far beyond what the other rabbis expected of their disciples. Mark 8:34-38 The implication is strong that at some point, the disciples could expect to lose their lives in the service of Jesus. No other rabbi would ever teach this way. The cost of following Jesus was great, but the reward was even greater.

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE: Let’s not be afraid to challenge people. It’s easy as leaders to fall into the trap of catering to peoples’ comfort zones. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and people’s needs but don’t hesitate to call them “higher up and further in” as C. S. Lewis would say!

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“One day as Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, fishing with a net, for they were commercial fishermen. Jesus called out to them, “Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and went with him. A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat mending their nets. He called them, too, and immediately they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men and went with him.”

In his day, Jesus wasn’t the only Jewish teacher in the land. There were many other rabbis with disciples. There are, however, some notable differences in the way that Jesus did things. As leaders, what can we learn from Jesus’ relationship with his disciples?

1. Traditionally, the student picked his rabbi. The student would shop around until he found a teacher that he felt comfortable with. Jesus, however, went out and handpicked His followers. The disciples did not pick Jesus. He picked them. Isn’t it interesting the kind of people he chose as his followers? He could have picked some bright young religious students but instead, he chose people out of different segments of society: fishermen, a tax collector, a revolutionary, probably some farmers, etc.

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE: We are always on the lookout for people that have leadership potential. This will often mean giving untried people a chance and giving responsibility to people to see how they handle it.

2. Traditionally, the Torah or Law was what stood at the center of the relationship between the rabbi and his disciples. Jesus made it clear to his disciples that he was at the center of their relationship. Instead of teaching them the Law, Jesus taught them about the Kingdom of God. He even reduced the Law down to its most basic components: Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself. In Mark, Jesus’ teaching to his disciples is also focused on preparing them for His death. 9:30-32 “The shadow of the cross falls ever more darkly” as the gospel continues. Much of Jesus’ ministry was to equip his followers so that they could keep going when he was gone.

LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE: We bring the Kingdom of God into every situation of our lives. We bring the Kingdom to the people that we pastor in church, at our jobs, and in our neighborhoods. God’s will is that His Kingdom be established on earth as it is in heaven.

To be continued…

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This month at C3 Church Curitiba, we are doing a sermon series called Real Men: Superheroes. The reality is that there is a superhero inside of all of us wanting to get out. I will be posting a few of the things that I have preached on and some of the insights that have come out of this series.

 

“Not everyone is meant to make a difference. But for me, the choice to lead an ordinary life is no longer an option…Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: “With great power comes great responsibility.” This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spiderman.” Peter Parker/Spiderman

If you are a fan of the Spiderman movies and/or comic books, you know that Peter Parker was just a teen-ager when he got bitten by the radioactive spider, giving him incredible super powers. The question was then, “What do I do with these new powers?” He had a chance to use those powers to prevent a criminal from escaping. He chose not to get involved and that same criminal ended up murdering Peter’s uncle.

It was then that Spiderman became a crime fighter. He began to prowl the city, using his super powers to prevent crime, apprehend criminals and protect the innocent. At the same time, he still experiences all the struggles of a normal teen-ager. He struggles to hold a job, pay his bills, and has to lie to those he is closest to.

The movies and the comic books portray Peter Parker trying to come to terms with his desire to lead a “normal” life and the realization that his super powers are a gift with which he can protect and serve others. This is a struggle that many Christians face as well. “Why can’t I just go to church on Sundays, pay my tithes, provide for my family and live a good life?”

If we are honest, however, we know that we were created for more. God has placed a call, a mission, a vision, within the DNA of each one of us. How many of us are willing to let God unlock that call? For a follower of Jesus, there is no such thing as an “ordinary” life.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” For those of us who are followers of Jesus, we have been given great power. How are you using that power? The power is given to help us serve others as we build God’s Kingdom here on earth. What part of you going to play?

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This month at C3 Church Curitiba, we are doing a sermon series called Real Men: Superheroes. The reality is that there is a superhero inside of all of us wanting to get out. I will be posting a few of the things that I have preached on and some of the insights that have come out of this series.

 

“How could you leave us like that? I moved on. So did the rest of us. The world doesn’t need a savior and neither do I.” Lois Lane to Superman in Superman Returns

If you saw Superman Returns, you remember Lois’ angry words towards someone that she had loved. The superhero had left and been gone for five years, evidently without telling anyone, and especially Lois, where he was going or even saying “goodbye.” When he returned, Superman had to face her anger. She had actually just won a Pulitzer Prize for her article, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman.”

Later, after Lois has had time to cool off and forgive Superman for leaving her and not explaining why he was leaving, they had a chance to talk again, this time as they were flying over the city. Actually, Superman was doing the flying and Lois was just holding on. Superman asks Lois what she hears.

“Nothing,” she replies.

“I hear everything,” says Superman. “You wrote that the world doesn’t need a savior, but every day I hear them crying for one.”

Superheroes have this uncanny ability to show up just as the world is about to be destroyed. That is why they are superheroes. It must be part of the job description. Superman talks about hearing people’s cries for a savior.

I wonder what would happen if Jesus’ followers could develop their hearing so that they could tune into the needs of those around them? We all get so caught up in living our own lives and focusing on ourselves that it is easy to lose sight of the lost and dying world around us. Jesus set such a great example for us by being able to really sense where people were hurting, lost, or confused. The Gospels are full of Jesus hearing people’s words but also being able to hear their hearts.

Would you be willing to pray and ask God to help you find one person this week who needs a touch from God? Would you be willing to help them connect with God?

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Pastor Dean Sweetman

Pastor Dean Sweetman

When Annie and I got back to Curitiba after being in the US for a month, we hit the ground running. Our first national conference was just a week away. Thankfully, we have such a great team here at C3 Church Curitiba that everything was well in hand.

Pastor Dean Sweetman was our special guest speaker for the conference. Pastor Dean and his lovely wife, Jill, are the senior pastors of C3 Church Atlanta, Ga, and North Hollywood, Ca, with a total of five campuses. They are also the regional overseers for South America.

The conference itself was incredible. C3 Santos brought a large group down and Pastors Fabio and Dani led the first meeting o the conference. Fabio was also Pastor Dean’s translator for the evening. Pastors Ronald and Chris led the service on the second day and Pastor Ronald translated for Dean.

The worship was incredible, the preaching was powerful, and the Presence of God was almost tangible. Many people were touched and impacted. One of the things that we were hoping to see was a large number of visitors who were interested in seeing what C3 Church was all about. We were excited to see so many visitors in all three meetings!

While Pastor Dean was here, Dean, Pastor Ronald, and I were able to sit down and discuss some strategy and make some plans for the next year. One of the things that we are moving forward with is a plan for a second campus of C3 Curitiba. We are looking towards planting the new campus in the western part of the city in 2015. Please pray for the team as we continue to push forward and take new ground.

If you would like to see more pictures from the C3 Brazil Conference, just click here. Pastor Dean also preached in our regular Sunday night service. Click here for pics from that as well.

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“Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1 NLT)

Who are we trying to please?

We can live a life in which we try to please others. People-pleasing is never easy. Which people should we be pleasing? Obviously, we can’t please everyone so how do we decide who to try and make happy? If we spend our lives always trying to please other people, we will find ourselves frustrated and exhausted.

We can live a life in which we try to please ourselves. This is the category that most of us fall into. We all naturally want to look out for ourselves and those closest to us. There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to take care of ourselves and our families. The problem is that too many stop there and only live for themselves. 

We can live a life that is pleasing to God. This is the hardest but most rewarding way to live. When we live a life in which we are seeking God’s will and values for our lives, everything just seems to fall into place. God has placed in the DNA of all of us a mission that only we can fulfill. God has a plan for our lives that is bigger and more incredible than we could ever imagine. We will never know or experience that plan unless we decide that we are going “to live in a way that pleases God.”

What is one life shift you need to make?

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What Do You Have?

October 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

Wine, loaves of bread and fresh fish in an old basket

But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” (Matthew 14:17)

This story has to be one of the most famous in the Bible. Jesus feeds this huge crowd with five loaves of bread and two fish. I love the fact that before Jesus performs the miracle, He asks the disciples what they have. Notice, He does not ask them what they don’t have.

Thank God that He does not look at our lack of:

1. Money

2. Education

3. Bible knowledge

4. Experience

Thank God that He does not look at the size of our church or mailing list. He doesn’t look at the fact that we did not grow up in a Christian home. God does not care about the things that we do not have. He does, however, want us to look at what we do have.

It may not be a lot.

It may not be the best.

It may not be the newest.

When we put what we do have in God’s hands, He is able to do miracles. Miracles almost always involve God’s super and our natural working together. Paul told the Ephesian Christians that God’s resources were “glorious” and “unlimited.” The one thing that we all been given is a measure of is faith. Jesus said that we could move mountains with it, see the sick healed with it, and see our prayers answered through faith.

What do you have that God wants to use to help others?

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The word “conversion” only appears once in the New Testament at Acts 15:3. There, Paul and Barnabas were describing the conversion of the Gentiles, or non-Jews, who had become Christians. Even though the actual word only appears once, it is clear, however, that conversion is a central theme in the New Testament.

It might be a good idea to define the word itself before exploring the New Testament further. Dictionary.com defines conversion as “a change of attitude, emotion, or viewpoint from one of indifference, disbelief, or antagonism to one of acceptance, faith, or enthusiastic support, especially such a change in a person’s religion.” This definition lines up with the New Testament’s theology of soteriology, or salvation.

It might be also be appropriate to start off by asking the question, “What did Jesus have to say about conversion and the process of salvation?” Jesus’ first sermon, according to Mark, was “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) The word “repent” seems to fit nicely with the concept of conversion. “Repent” is defined as “to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change ones life for the better; be penitent.” John the Baptist also preached a message of repentance before Jesus started his public ministry.

Repentance seems to be an integral part of the conversion process. The first step involves sorrow or remorse for one’s sins. The second step involves the person being willing to change their behavior and even change the course of their life. Jesus understood that before a person could accept his lordship over their life, they had to be willing to change directions. A ship can only have one captain and a person’s life can only have one master.

Another idea that was present in Jesus’ message was that of believing the gospel. The word “gospel” comes from the Greek word “evangelion.” The word is often translated as “good news.” It was actually a common Greek word that the Christian writers adopted. The good news that was often being referred to was “a message of victory or other political or personal news that caused joy.” This would be the kind of news that an emperor might pass on to their subjects. If the king’s wife gave birth to a son, for example, the good news would be that there was now an heir to the throne. When Jesus said “believe in the gospel,” he was, in essence, saying that there was a new king in the world who asked his followers for wholehearted obedience.

The Gospels also portray another important part of the conversion process. That was the idea of following Jesus or becoming a disciple. Jesus called a number of people to follow him during his earthly ministry. Jesus designated twelve of these men as apostles. There were many other followers as well. Luke 10:1-3 describes Jesus sending out seventy-two of his followers in pairs to preach his message and heal the sick.

By way of contrast, there were others that Jesus called who refused to follow him. One example is found in Mark 10:17-22. The story is often called the story of “The Rich Young Ruler.” This man approached Jesus asking what he had to do to get eternal life. They then had a discussion about obeying the Ten Commandments. The young man insisted that he had always kept the commands. Even though the man’s question centered on eternal life, Jesus made it clear that he was more concerned with the man becoming a disciple.

Jesus understood that the man’s problem had to do with idolatry. His money was his god. Jesus told him, “You lack only one thing,” he told him. “Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Clearly, Jesus put his finger on what was keeping the man from being converted. At Jesus’ statement, the man’s face fell and he went away very sad. He could not bear to part with his many possessions. This story illustrates the principle that God will not allow us to have other gods in our lives, whether they be actual idols or our wealth.

The Gospel of John’s theme throughout the entire book is that of belief versus unbelief. In every encounter that Jesus had with people in John, the goal was to lead them to faith. John unabashedly said that this was the reason that he wrote his book: “Jesus’ disciples saw him do many other miraculous signs besides the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life.” (John 20:30-31)

John saw faith as an integral part of the conversion process. In perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16, John makes clear that it is those who believe, or have faith, in Jesus that will experience eternal life. The Greek word for believe, “pisteuo,” means “to have faith in something or someone.” Believing in Jesus is not just intellectual consent. It is putting ones trust in him.

John further illustrates this idea of having faith in or believing in Jesus by showing people respond in this way after seeing Jesus perform a miracle. John 11:45, for example, states that many people believed in Jesus after seeing him raise Lazarus from the dead. The signs or miracles that Jesus performed led many people to have faith in him.

Moving from the gospels to Paul’s letters, the reader will find a more defined theology of conversion. Paul is usually considered the first great theologian of the early Church. His letters to the Galatians and the Romans specifically discuss conversion, even though Paul uses other terms to describe that concept.

For example, in Romans 5:1-2, Paul says that because of a person’s faith, they are now brought into a relationship of peace with God. Paul describes this as being “made right in God’s sight.” Other translations use the word “justified.” Theologians often describe justification as the trigger that leads to a person’s conversion.

Paul also draws heavily from the Hebrew Scriptures as he writes about justification and conversion. In both Galatians and Romans, the patriarch Abraham is held up as an example of someone whose faith led to their conversion or salvation experience with God. In Galatians 3:6, for example, Paul quotes from Genesis where it said, “Abraham believed God, so God declared him righteous because of his faith.”

Abraham is often referred to as “The Father of Faith.” His life was a life of faith. There was a moment, though, in which Abraham accepted, believed, and internalized the promises that God had made to him. At that moment, Abraham was made right with God.

In conclusion, conversion in the New Testament seems to involve several components. Repentance, accepting the message of the gospel, discipleship, faith, and a willingness to surrender one’s will to God’s will are all part of the conversion process. Thankfully, God has made a way through Christ that one can be converted and changed by his Holy Spirit.

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While every individual Christian is going to express their faith and live it out differently, there are some sound practices and principles that every believer should participate in. This article will outline four of these practices. These activities, and others, are often referred to as spiritual “disciplines.” They are designed to help us grow in our faith, become mature Christians, but most importantly, to help us connect with God on a regular basis.

1. Reading and Meditating in the Scriptures. The Bible is God’s gift to us. The Bible is the Word of God and provides direction, comfort, instruction, and even rebuke. As the Scriptures become a part of our life, they will begin to affect the way that we think and view life. Even Jesus found His identity in the Bible. For those who might not have developed a habit of reading the Bible daily, a good personal challenge might be to read one chapter a day. There are many devotional and Bible study resources available to help one get more out of their Bible.

2. Spending Time in Prayer. The Apostle Paul said that we should “pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) For Paul, prayer was like breathing. It should be that natural. Too often, our prayers have become formalized and prayer becomes more of a ritual than a natural expression of our love to a Heavenly Father. The model prayer that Jesus presented in the Sermon on the Mount starts off with the words, “Our father…” Jesus understood prayer as a child talking to their father. There are many resources available to help one enjoy a more rewarding prayer life.

3. Joining and Participating in a Local Church. Pastor Bill Hybels says, “The local church is the hope for the world.” We are designed to live in a community. God never intended for Christians to live life on their own. Our destinies are intertwined. We find encouragement, strength, and hope as we join our lives with other believers going in the same direction. Every Christian has gifts and talents that are meant to be used to serve others. One of the places where this service takes place is in a local church.

4. Making Disciples. Jesus’ last instructions before He left earth were to “go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19) This was the mission that Jesus left to His followers. There are many different ways to accomplish this task. Different churches will approach it in different ways. Our goal, however, should be the same. As disciples of Christ, we should be always looking for opportunities to create other disciples. There is no doubt that in some circles, well-meaning Christians have not used tact, kindness, or love in their approach to evangelism and discipleship. The task before the Church, however, is to constantly be looking for ways to make the message of Christ relevant to their generation.

There are other important spiritual disciplines which were not mentioned here. These are designed as a starting point for believers to consider. Participating in these important practices will likely have deep and meaningful results in the life of the Christian.

What other things do you consider important practices in your Christian life?

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Aristarchus of Thessalonica

Aristarchus of Thessalonica

This is a short excerpt from my new book, New Testament Snapshots. Aristarchus is one of those people in the New Testament that we don’t know a lot about. What we do see, however, is a man who knew the power of “being there.” He was always there when Paul needed him and his life is a great example for us.

One of  the times that Aristarchus is mentioned is Acts 20:4. Here Luke gives us a little more background on him. We learn that he is from Thessalonica. After the riot and uproar in Ephesus, Paul had left and gone to Macedonia, where Philippi and Thessalonica were located. He then continued on to Greece where Corinth was located. Luke tells us that several men were traveling with Paul, one of whom was Aristarchus.

It was during this time of travel that a plot against Paul’s life was discovered. This forced Paul and his team to alter their travel plans. They went back through Macedonia on their way back to Syria. This made the trip much longer but was evidently safer for them all.

Aristarchus is mentioned one more time in the book of Acts. As Paul was starting his ill-fated journey to Rome as a prisoner, Luke writes, “When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of an army officer named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment. And Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us.” (Acts 27:1-2)

Anyone who has read the book of Acts knows what a harrowing trip this was. The ship encountered a violent storm. The sailors were unable to control the ship and it was driven by the wind for almost two weeks. There was a real danger of everyone perishing at sea. The ship ended up being driven by the wind onto a reef off the coast of Malta. The ship sank and those on board had to swim to shore.

Paul also mentions Aristarchus in two of his letters. In Philemon, he is mentioned with Mark, Demas, and Luke, and identified as a “co-worker.” In Colossians, we find out that Aristarchus was also a fellow-prisoner with Paul. “Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings.” (Colossians 4:10)

Even though he stays in the background of the New Testament narrative, Aristarchus provides us with an incredible example of faithfulness and loyalty. His three mentions in Acts all involve severe hardship because of his relationship with Paul. The first was the riot in Ephesus. Undeterred, Aristarchus travels with Paul to Macedonia and Greece, where a plot was discovered on Paul’s life. It was probably understood that any of Paul’s companions would be in danger from this threat as well. When Paul was being transported to Rome as a prisoner, Aristarchus made that trip also, almost losing his life with everyone else on the ship.

Later on, we find out from Paul that Aristarchus was also a prisoner with him. From everything we have seen of his relationship with the apostle, it is not hard to speculate on why Aristarchus was arrested. He was likely taken into custody because of his relationship with Paul or because of the work that he was involved in with the apostle.

Aristarchus was one of those people that every leader wishes they had more of. He was someone who was not afraid of hardship. He was willing to be inconvenienced. He was faithful and loyal to the very end.

A historical tradition associated with Aristarchus was that he was martyred under Nero’s reign. Nero was the Emperor until 68 AD. If Aristarchus was put to death during Nero’s rein it was probably around the same time as the Apostle Paul’s death. Tradition tells us that Paul was beheaded in Rome in 67 AD. In life and in his death, Aristarchus never shrank back from suffering for his faith.

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