I want to personally encourage you to consider a challenge for 2018 to become a Jesus PED Partner. Here are the details.
I was fairly confident how Intentional Impact was going to challenge and encourage Christians in 2018. Then in a “middle-of-the-night” time with God on December 2nd He changed all that.
God was bringing together all these thoughts about PED’s and how that needed to be a major theme for Intentional Impact in 2018. The following paragraphs describe where He has been leading since that night.
Performance-enhancing drugs (PED’s) are consumed by many people for a wide variety of reasons. PEDs can be as common as the baking soda in your kitchen to the wide variety of steroids (some legal,some
illegal). Regardless of their use, the overall benefit of PED’s is to increase one’s strength and endurance.
Here are two ways that we Christians can use the concept of PED’s in 2018.
First, our spiritual performance-enhancing drug needs to be Jesus. He makes us more effective at living for Him. He gives us wisdom, insight, power, strength, endurance, patience, kindness, love, gentleness, peace and a whole host of other blessings.
Secondly, the letters P, E, and D outline a balanced approach to faithfulness in Jesus.
“P” represents pursuing Jesus. We must be pursing Him one-on-one regularly and learning from Him daily.
“E” represents engaging others with Jesus. Spiritually healthy Christians seize the opportunities that God provides to share love and truth with unbelievers and the unchurched.
“D” represents disciple. We must model and teach others to grow in Jesus; to look more like Him.
Our pursuing of Jesus, our engaging others with Jesus, and our discipling for Jesus must flow naturally and regularly out of lives. We cannot allow our busyness, timidity, ignorance, or selfishness to lead us into disobedience of the Great Commission and the two Great Commandments.
You may be strong in one or two of these three areas but may need encouragement to become stronger in other areas. The intent is to be equally strong in all three areas.
Being a Jesus PED Partner in 2018 means you will receive the following:
1. Every Tuesday in 2018 (52 times), you will receive from me by email an insight from the life of Jesus or His disciples from gospel of John. We will walk through this book together throughout the year. Each week we will examine a lesson on being a Jesus PED Partner. It will be practical and applicable.
2. During 2018, we will schedule two corporate times of prayer online.
3. During 2018, we will schedule two teaching/webinar times online
centered on being a Jesus PED Partner.
Whether this would be a personal study for you, a time with your accountability partner, your discipleship group, or your community small group, I would recommend the following five questions each week:
1. What did I do and learn from my one-on-one pursuit of Jesus last week?
2. With whom (unbelievers and/or unchurched) did I engage with last
3. Who did I help to look more like Jesus last week?
4. What did I apply from last week’s lesson?
5. What is my main take-away from this week’s lesson?
Because of the time to prepare fifty-two lessons, this will divert some of my time away from seminars and life coaching, which has the potential to slightly decrease Intentional Impact’s funding throughout the year. As a result, the board and I suggest that each Jesus PED Partner contribute $5.00 per month for what you will receive. If $5.00 is too much for you, then give whatever God leads you give. This is not a tax-deductible donation since you are receiving something in return for your giving.
Simply let me know at email@example.com you would like to be a Jesus PED Partner in 2018, and you will receive your first Jesus PED Partner email on January 2nd.
Hopefully every time we use “18” in 2018, you will be reminded of the logo which demonstrates a pursuing of Jesus (the “1” pointing up), and an equal emphasis of engaging others with Jesus, and discipling for Jesus (the “8”). In the same way that the “8” follows the “1”, our engaging of others and discipling must follow our pursuit of Jesus. This would appear to be consistent with Jesus’ words in John 15:5
“I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Each calendar year, a group of volunteers agree to be part of the Moses People team. The concept for “Moses People” comes from Exodus 17 when Moses stood on the hill to pray for Joshua and the Israelites fighting in the valley. It is clear from this passage that the Israelites won the battle that day because of what Moses did.
The Moses People team prays for Bonnie and me, especially when I travel. Before I leave on a trip or before an event, I will send the Moses People two to four specific prayer requests. After the trip or the event, I will send them what I saw God do in response to their prayers.
Each December, the members of the Moses People team indicate to me if they would like to continue for another year. If you would like to be a part of the Moses People team for the 2018 calendar year, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the team.
MY SCHEDULE – Please Pray
In the last couple months, God has provided opportunities to teach in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. Here is my scheduled for the next few months:
Jan 4th-8th Teaching, Impact All-Staff Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Jan 15th-16th Verve Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 19th-20th Verve Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 23rd-25th Seminar, Vernal Christian Church, Vernal, Utah
Feb 26th Teaching, Impact Campus Ministry, Salt Lake City
Mar 8th-9th ICOM Corporate Officers’ Meeting, Indianapolis, IN
Please pray with us that God would move supernaturally in these events.
Merry Christmas from Bonnie and me,,
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…
God continues to do immeasurably more this year. It has been exciting to see Him at His work. This year will be remembered as the year God showed how capable He is at doing immeasurably more.
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