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An Invitation from Mark Powers to YOU!

Going Full Circle Book Beloved Blog Readers –  Please accept my personal invitation to join me during May and June online for my Missional University course “GROWING WORSHIPING DISCIPLES ON MISSION”.  Go here and scroll down for an application, intro video, course outlines with syllabus, etc: http://missional.university/index.php/swlDeadline to enroll for May/June is APRIL 18.   The countdown has begun!

In this class we will study my book “GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship That Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions”, then enjoy lively e-classroom discussions, and create a practical notebook of resources to help you grow disciples and take them on mission in your community and beyond.  I would truly love to have my blog readers join me for this course!  AND… the class is totally online and accessible 24/7 whenever it suits your schedule.

Please pray about it and consider it.  Cost is $285 plus a $30 tech fee.  Comparative costs for other online courses can be found on the above webpage link.  This price is 60-80% of other comparable online classes of this quality.  And you can count this course toward a Worship Leadership Certificate offered by Missional University when you take six courses from our course offerings over a two year period.  This is a GREAT deal!

If you have questions or would like to apply for scholarship help, please e-mail me personally at mpworshipwise@gmail.com.  Are you stuck on a treadmill of just making it from one Sunday to the next?  THERE MUST BE MORE… and there is.  Follow God’s call to *make disciples who make disciples*.  YOU CAN DO IT!  Enroll now for my course and I’ll show you how step-by-step.  — Mark Powers

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Worship Team Meditation, Easter Week 2016: I Stand Amazed

cross01 I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene,

and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned unclean.

How marvelous, how wonderful, and my song shall ever be:

How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me.

Jesus had sent his disciples on mission. They had returned to recount gloriously of the miracles they had performed and lives they had touched in Jesus’ name. What an amazing privilege was theirs to be in Jesus’ presence every day and see his love touching lives. And when Jesus asked Peter his opinion of who Jesus is, Peter replied, “You are the Messiah of God.” Jesus didn’t deny it. What must the disciples have thought? These Jewish men, looking for a conquering messiah to restore the kingdom of Israel to power and sovereignty, must have thought: “Our time has come. Surely God will vindicate his chosen nation now and we will rule with him, sitting at his right hand.

He took my sins and my sorrows,

He made them His very own.

He bore my burden to Calvary and suffered and died alone.

How marvelous, how wonderful, and my song shall ever be:

How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me.

Immediately after Peter’s confession, Jesus drastically reoriented the disciples’ thinking. First, he foretold his own crucifixion. Then he gave them two commands: deny yourself and take up the cross. What must the disciples have thought? A shudder of fear must have chilled them as they heard Jesus’ reference to the cross—the Roman instrument of torture and slow death reserved for the worst criminals. If my Savior is to bear rejection and death for others, then I as his disciple must follow the same path of service. In one sentence, Christ redefined what it means to follow him. The essence of kingdom living is now self-denial and service, not power or coercion. Take up the cross and follow Christ in self-sacrifice!

When with the ransomed in glory, His face I at last shall see,

Twill be my song through the ages to sing of His love for me.

How marvelous, how wonderful, and my song shall ever be:

How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me!

Gabriel, “I Stand Amazed in the Presence,” Public Domain.

NOTE: – During May and June, I will be teaching an online course based on my book GOING FULL CIRCLE.  The course runs 7 weeks – totally online – and is called “Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission”.  Please join me for this! Cost is $285 plus a $30 tech fee. Go here and scroll down for lots of info and videos about our School of Worship Leadership at Missional University: http://missional.university/index.php/swl.   — Mark Powers


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Missional Thinking 101 for Worshipers: Jesus, Your Savior!

3Crosses And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life,

and this life is in his Son.

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,

so that you may know that you have eternal life.

1 John 5:11–13, NIV

From time to time, both personally and with evangelistic teams, I have had the privilege of hitting the streets to talk to people about Christ. Street witnessing is evangelism, a part of the larger whole of missions, and very valuable in planting gospel seeds in lives. We often use a simple evangelistic tract made to look like a million dollar bill (http://www.livingwaters.com/store/tracts). Printed on the back of the million dollar bill is a concise presentation of the gospel. “Have you gotten your million dollar bill today?” we ask as someone approaches. Some will say, “I’m not interested,” and walk on, but most are intrigued and will say, “Wow, is that real? Can I have it?”

“Yes,” is the reply, “but you have to answer the million-dollar question. The question is this: ‘If you die tonight, how will you convince God to let you into heaven?’”

The great majority of people will answer, “Well, I am trying my best to live a good life and do right. I hope God will let me in.”

If this is your response, you are dead wrong. It’s my joy to reply: “You and I would have to be perfect to EARN a place in a perfect heaven. Are you perfect? But here’s the good news: God offers us eternal life as a FREE GIFT through Jesus Christ. God sent his son to die in our place and pay the debt of our sin. In response we give him our heart and life by confessing our sin and accepting Jesus as the master of our life. Then we must trust and obey him in everything. For the rest of our life, Jesus works his way from the inside out to help us live according to God’s plan for us. Then when we get to heaven, God sees Jesus in our heart and says ,”That’s my child. Come on in and live with me forever.” 

The Scripture from 1 John gives us the one and only key to spiritual life: Jesus! Far too many people in our churches and out on the streets just don’t understand. They somehow think that the power to reach up to God depends on their own effort. No matter how much you try, attempting to live good enough to earn heaven is a dead-end street.

If you have never opened your life to Christ, please do it now! Stop right here and ask Christ to come into your heart as your eternal King, Lord, and Savior. E-mail me at markpowers@scbaptist.org if I can help you make that leap of faith into Christ!  — Mark Powers

P.S. – During May and June, I will be teaching an online course based on my book GOING FULL CIRCLE.  The course runs 7 weeks – totally online – and is called “Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission”.  Please join me for this! Cost is $285 plus a $30 tech fee. Go here and scroll down for lots of info and videos about our School of Worship Leadership at Missional University: http://missional.university/index.php/swl.

 


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Missional Thinking 101 for Worshipers: Our Missional Eyes

cross sun full      For God so loved the world

that He gave His only begotten Son.

John 3:16a, KJV

If God were to walk the streets of our cities and towns, what would be his perspective? God would walk our streets with a broken heart looking into each face that did not know him. Relationship with people is the reason God created the earth and placed us on this planet. And God made relationship possible by sending Jesus to die for our sin and conquer spiritual death forever.

So if God walked our streets knowing that he has already made every provision for relationship, his heart would break for those who remain separated from him. Those outside of relationship with God in Christ are dead people walking—fully alive physically, yet dead spiritually. And his heart breaks for each one. Our missional eyes are opened when we understand that our friends, neighbors, and co-workers are spiritually dead without Christ. Can you see them? Will you look? Our hearts, too, must break for them.

In the past 20 years, the evangelical community began to look at the world differently. Focus shifted to evangelizing people groups rather than nations. The Basic Training for Mission Teams manual tells us: “Of the thousands of people groups worldwide, about 4,992 people groups live in the Last Frontier—the part of the world with little or no access to the gospel. That translates to 1.6 billion people who currently have virtually no chance of hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.”2

As we can readily see, God is on mission to win both those nearby and those in remote areas of the world. He is calling us to join him in all those places. When Isaiah saw God and heard his call, he replied: “Here am I, send me.” How will YOU reply?

Mark Powers

2. Rankin and Tadlock, Basic Training for Mission Teams, 51.