Jun 15 2017
Vineyard Mombasa’s ongoing vision for realness in the church is an icebreaker ministry. We are called to cut a path through religiosity and hope others will catch the trend and follow.
Speakers notes follow –
Icebreakers Go First
Matthew 23.5-11, 25-26
Pharisaism a Modern Problem
Synonyms: Hypocrisy, pretense, double-dealing, falsity, fraud, insincerity, lip service, display, sanctimoniousness – show of moral superiority
Special titles, names, clothes, seats …
Pastors Toilet – most important seats? Have their own!
Apostle Ruth Deborah … – love to be greeted with respect and called Rabbi?
Sanctimoniousness can become complete delusion –
Pastor instructs all to eat grass – walks on them – self importance
Starts with false emotion in prayer, false shaking, pushing, claiming healed, telling you to sow – small lies become big
Sinners & Righteous people – invite – religious language by living in church
Religious Subculture – suits, long dresses,’praise the Lord’ – no braids, tattoos, tights, open shoulders, bars, clubs, drink, nonChristian music, science – avoid unsaved
Unbeliever put off – weird, can’t relate – church called: false, fake, brain washed, con – God is grieved! Jesus grieved!
‘By your traditions you nullify the word of God’
So thats the problem – Pharisaism & its religious subculture
The Calling (Luke 4.16-21)
God calls when problems is at a peak – Israel in Egypt, Canaan
Moses go! Gideon go!
Vineyard International calling – involves being real – Wimber on authenticity
Coming to Mombasa – hit by religiosity – knew why I was called – Vineyard needed
Pioneer Ministry – first to cut anti-religious, non-legalist path
Have to be thick-skinned – diff to others, look odd – but they’re odd!
Icebreaker – pic from Vineyard pastor
Goes ahead-cuts path – breaks hard ground – ocean cruisers follow once its safe – crew can’t be looking for comfort (encouragement) – looking far adventure – go where others won’t – be criticized for it – spoken about – good & bad
Breaking ground excites me- I think you too – you talk of shorts – that was a small sign – be yourself – be real
Pioneers/ Icebreakers not traditional – tradition is about copying -pioneers break tradition -get ready!
Jesus broke with tradition ‘By your traditions you nullify the word of God’
Small – can we cut new ground? Especially for others? Icebreakers are small – and tough – designed to cut. Big churches built for comfort – struggle to pioneer
Pioneering churches not big on numbers – but influence – Gideon reduced to 300 – David removed Saul’s armour.
We’re being followed – copied? – So what, churches are supposed to follow!
Disciples tried to stop others delivering in Jesus name (our calling), Jesus said ‘Don’t stop them – they’re for us’
Real message isn’t ours, its Gods – but rejoice that God used you to sow the message
We’re Effective – people feel it – people talk of it – churches are following – people move to NBI can’t find same
Vee – ‘Been under a table’ – true, time to come out – and we’re ready to! Its ingrained in us. We’re equipped. Been speaking and living it since 2003 – we are ready to go extravert! But it mean stretching ourselves.
I have ideas on going public, but I’m open to ideas too – but revolutionary ideas
Bar outreach, bar band, ministry to prostitutes, etc
Vineyard Pub – Brazil (Pic)
2001-2003 saw ripe harvest in bars, but church not active there!
Leaflet, card, shirts – pic
Number on bus – its where we’re going – how does your calling, gifting fit in? Lets talk .
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