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T h e N a v i g a t o r s C o l l e g i a t e M i n i s t r y S t a f f i n Tr a i n i n g C u r r i c u l u m M o b i l i z i n g P e o p l e i n t o t h e N a t i o n a n d N a t i o n s T o a d v a n c e t h e G o s p e l o f J e s u s a n d H i s K i n g d o m i n t o t h e n a t i o n s, t h r o u g h s p i r i t u a l g e n e r a t i o n s o f l a b o r e r s l i v i n g a n d d i s c i p l i n g a m o n g t h e l o s t. T h e N a v i g a t o r s C o l l e g i a t e M i n i s t r y S t a f f i n Tr a i n i n g C u r r i c u l u m M o b i l i z i n g p e o p l e i n t o t h e N a t i o n a n d N a t i o n s C o l l e g i a t e Tr a i n i n g D i r e c t o r a n d P r o j e c t E d i t o r Lindy Black W r i t t e n b y Leon Keller Mark Stebbins Eddie Broussard S t u d y 1 A d a p t e d f r o m The Fundamentals of Navigator Ministry S t u d y 4 A d a p t e d f r o m The Biblical Art of Inviting by Doug Nuenke E d i t e d b y Lindy Black Ralph Ennis Debbie Schwartz Christine Weddle Mike Whitney Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973,1978,1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. The NIV and New International Version trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark required the permission of International Bible Society. version The Navigators All rights reserved. Do not reprint, duplicate, copy, or alter without written permission of the Navigators. M o b i l i z i n g P e o p l e i n t o t h e N a t i o n a n d N a t i o n s I n t r o d u c t i o n Our calling and our destiny lies not just on the campus, but with the nations of the world. The Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom is meant for everyone, everywhere. In this study, we will look at God s plans for the nations- both in our country and around the world. We will also explore our role in raising up laborers and sending them into the nations. O u t l i n e Prelude: Sur vey of Acts Exploring the book of Acts and how the Gospel grew into the Nations. Study 1: The Nations What are the origins of the nations? What is the role of the nations in God s plans for humanity? Study 2: Developing World Vision Among Students How can you reach the world through your campus? Study 3: The Nations within our Nation How do we cross the cultural and ethnic boundaries within America? Study 4: Mobilizing and Recruiting How did Jesus recruit? How do we go about inviting others to join our vision and mission? Study 5: The Results of Sending and Going What happens to a local ministry that is involved globally? Mobilizing 1 I n t r o d u c t i o n P r e l u d e : S u r v e y o f A c t s As a way to introduce both the Laying Foundations study and the Mobilizing People into the Nation and Nations study, we would like you to study the book of Acts. For this book, develop the following: An outline of the book A time line of the events in Acts A log of the geography (locations, cities, etc.) or a map of the world during the events of Acts A log of the principle characters (or groups of people) in the book of Acts. As you are studying, use the following questions to help guide your research: What vision and mission drove the followers of Christ? How did the apostles/ disciples begin their ministries? How did they lay foundations for that ministry? What examples of (spiritual) generations can you find? How did this contribute to the fulfillment of the Great Commission? How did the Gospel grow beyond ethnic boundaries? What obstacles to the Gospel existed? How was the Gospel communicated cross-culturally? How did God lead, call and direct His people? How were Jesus followers empowered in their ministries? How were communities and teams formed? What characterized them? What sorts of relational connections and natural relational networks existed? How did this aid (or deter) in the growth of the Gospel? Talk with your staff trainer about what kinds of Bible study methods to use as you read through Acts. Use your notes as a framework for reference and discussion on the Laying Foundations study and Mobilizing People into the Nation and the Nations study. Mobilizing 2 I n t r o d u c t i o n S t u d y 1 : T h e N a t i o n s Where did the nations originate? What is their final destiny? How does God view the nations? In this study, you will explore what the Scriptures teach on the nations. We ve presented two options. The first is described below, where you search the Scriptures on your own. On the next page is a second option that gives you a number of key passages to look up. O p t i o n 1 : T h e N a t i o n s ( o n y o u r o w n ) Using your Bible, concordance and other reference materials and software, do a Bible study on the nations (and look at race, ethnicity, peoples, and so forth). Focus your study on the origins of the nations, the Gospel and the nations, and God s plans for the nations. Define nations from the original Hebrew and Greek words used in the Bible. Summarize your findings and pick out your best 5-10 passages on building your convictions on the nations. Mobilizing 3 O p t i o n 2 : T h e N a t i o n s ( w i t h s e l e c t e d p a s s a g e s ) Use the following passages to study the nations. Record your observations. Genesis 1:27 Jeremiah 1:5 Acts 17:26-28 Genesis 10:1 11:9 Daniel 7:13-14 Romans 1:5 Exodus 19:3-6 Haggai 2:7 Romans 11:1,11-15,25 Deuteronomy 32:8 Zechariah 2:11 Romans 15:8-12 Job 12:23 Matthew 12:18-21 Romans 15:17-19 Psalm 2:1-12 Matthew 24:14 Galatians 3:14 Psalm 67:1-7 Matthew 28: Peter 2:9-10 Psalm 86:9 Luke 24:45-48 Revelation 5:9-10 Isaiah 49:6 Acts 1:8 Revelation 21:3-4 Additional Verses Genesis 15:12-18 Isaiah 11:10 Amos 9:7 Acts 28:28-29 Genesis 17:5 Isaiah 14:26-27 Habakkuk 2:14 Romans 4:18 Leviticus 18:1-5, Isaiah 19:24-25 Malachi 1:11 Romans 9:23-25 Deuteronomy 7:1-2, 6-8 Isaiah 42:1 Matthew 13:14-15 Romans 10:12 Deuteronomy 9:26 Isaiah 45:1 Matthew 24:30-31 Romans 16:25-27 Deuteronomy 12:29-30 Isaiah 51:4-5 Matthew 25:32 Galatians 3:7-9 Deuteronomy 26:18-19 Isaiah 54:3 Luke 2:30-32 Galatians 3:28 Judges 2:20-23 Isaiah 55:5 John 3:16 Revelation 2:26 1 Kings 8:59-60 Isaiah 61:4-6 Acts 2:1-12 Revelation 7:9 Psalm 72:17-19 Ezekiel 36:22-23 Acts 10:34-35 Revelation 14:6 Psalm 96:1-10 Daniel 4:17 Acts 14:16 Revelation 21:24-26 Psalm 117:1-2 Hosea 2:23 Acts 15:7-9 Revelation 22:1-2 Mobilizing 4 F o r T h o u g h t a n d D i s c u s s i o n Answer the following questions using your findings on the nations. What is the origin of nations? Explain. How do the nations play into God s redemption story? What is God s heart for the nations? What are some roots of ethnocentrism? What do the Scriptures say about race and ethnicity? Why did the Lord choose an individual, Abraham (and the nation of Israel)? What is the final destiny of the nations? What is the Gospel s relationship to the nations? Mobilizing 5 T h i n k i n g i t T h r o u g h Write out a summary of what you believe about the nations. How much of your personal identity and value is in your ethnic/ cultural/ national background? How do you feel about your ethnic identity? How has studying the Nations changed or shaped your understanding of the Lord and His nature? Mobilizing 6 I n t r o d u c t i o n Your view of advancing the Gospel into the nations will directly influence the way those in your ministry view their role in advancing the Gospel. Think of developing world vision as an epic journey. This journey is something you and those whom you are ministering among are on. L o o k i n g a t O u r G l o b a l D e s t i n a t i o n What do the following verses say about our (corporate/ communal) ultimate destination? Habakkuk 2:14 S t u d y 2 : D e v e l o p i n g W o r l d V i s i o n Matthew 24:14 Revelation 7:9,10 A s s e s s i n g Yo u r C u r r e n t G l o b a l Po s i t i o n i n g Write a paragraph about where you are and what you believe about your role in the Great Commission. Mobilizing 7 F r o m C u r r e n t Po s i t i o n t o G l o b a l D e s t i n a t i o n To reach your global destination from your current global position, let s consider how we might be able to incorporate the following actions into our lives and ministries: Entry level of Engagement: E m b r a c i n g P r a y i n g G i v i n g Mobility level of Engagement: G o i n g S e n d i n g T a k i n g Sustainability level of Engagement: P r o m o t i n g P a r t n e r i n g F o u n d i n g Mobilizing 8 Embracing Globalization begins with us embracing God s heart for the ethnos. Where are you in embracing the nations? Matthew 9:35-36 John 3:16 2 Peter 3:9 Acts 1:8 Praying Embracing God s heart through prayer builds our vision for the world. How are the nations and ethnic groups voiced in your prayers? Matthew 9:37-38 Mobilizing 9 Giving Where we give resources speaks to where our hearts are in our global destiny. Matthew 6:19-21 Romans 15:23-28 How does your giving reflect your heart s response to the love and goodness of God? How do your giving and attitude regarding possessions reflect God s heart for the Nations? Entry level of Engagement: E m b r a c i n g P r a y i n g G i v i n g How can you help your student friends grow in the areas of embracing the nations, praying for the nations and giving so that the Kingdom of Jesus may advance into the nations? Mobilizing 10 Going Going is to be a natural response to fulfilling the Great Commission What are you doing or what have you done to advance the Gospel into another nation? Mark 16:15 Matthew 28:18-20 Sending Releasing and launching members of our community into the harvest field is essential. How are you designing your ministry and posturing yourself to be able to send students into the nations? Acts 13:2-3 Mobilizing 11 Taking We follow Jesus model in bringing others with us. Who would you like to be with you in an opportunity to minister to the nations? How could this happen? Mark 3: Timothy 4:11 Mobility level of Engagement: G o i n g S e n d i n g T a k i n g What steps could be taken so that your students go oversees, your campus ministry sends people to the nations, and you as a leader take others with you as you adavnce the Gospel of Jesus into the nations? Mobilizing 12 Promoting Raising the awareness and stirring the hearts of others to get involved in the harvest is necessary. How would you assess yourself as one who promotes missions? John 4:31-38 Partnering Participating in missions doesn t have to be a singular event. It can become a lifetime partnership with others. As a staff team, discuss what opportunities there are to form long-term partnerships globally. Philippians 4: Thessalonians 2& 3 Mobilizing 13 Founding We can participate in laying the foundations for a new ministry in another culture Are there any cultures or places where you sense God may have you help lay the foundations of a new ministry? Isaiah 58:12 Isaiah 61:1-4 Sustainability level of Engagement: P r o m o t i n g P a r t n e r i n g F o u n d i n g How can you trust God to become one who promotes our mission to the nations, one who partners with a nation, and one who helps lay foundations of the Gospel to a new nation or people group? What would help you move in this direction? Mobilizing 14 S t u d y 3 : T h e N a t i o n s w i t h i n o u r N a t i o n I n t r o d u c t i o n The global village is huge. Billions of people around the world are heading for a Christless eternity. Thousands of languages or dialects are without the Scriptures. In our own country the nations have come. The world is shrinking. So how do we bring the Gospel to the people groups that are right here, living among us? S e t t i n g t h e S t a g e Culture is an integrated system of beliefs (about God, or reality, or ultimate meaning), of values (about what is true, good, beautiful, and normative), of customs (how to behave, relate to others, talk, pray, dress, work, play, trade, farm, eat, etc.), and of institutions which express these beliefs, values and customs (governments, law courts, temples or churches, family, schools, hospitals, factories, shops, unions, clubs, etc.), which bind a society together and gives it a sense of identity, dignity, security, and continuity. Lusanne Committee on World Evangelism, A Definition of Culture in the Willowbank Report (LCWE, 1978) Ethnicity is derived from the Greek word ethnos, which literally means tribe, nation or people group. It connotes sharing the same habits or customs. Ethnicity is therefore a common cultural heritage that is maintained by a group of people that distinguishes them from others. Every person has an ethnicity, which is identified by language, social views, common history, rituals, characteristics, customs and beliefs. One s ethnicity is held in common with other members of one s group and may be reflected religiously, racially, geographically, culturally or nationally. From The Heart of Racial Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson. InterVarsity Press, pgs Race... refers to the belief that natural and separate divisions, akin to subspecies, exist within humankind. The commonly held definition of race is any of the different varieties or populations of human beings distinguished by physical traits such as hair, eyes, skin color, body shape, etc. The concept of race was a social concept used to systematically stigmatize certain people groups as inferior, thus justifying racial slavery, injustice and inequality. From The Heart of Racial Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson. InterVarsity Press, pg 161 Mobilizing 15 L i f e a s a n E t h n i c M i n o r i t y Do a study on Samaritans. Use a concordance or Bible software to look up and study as many passages on who the Samaritans were. Use other reference materials to learn about their origins, culture, and relationship to Jews. From your study and research, answer the following: What may it have been like to be a Samaritan in the time of Christ? What kinds of attitudes do you think Jesus followers had towards the Samaritans? How do you think Jesus challenged their thinking? How do you think the Gospel was communicated to the Samaritans? What would have been similar/ different from the way it was communicated to the Jews? What would have been similar/ different from the way it was communicated to other Gentiles? How did Jesus interact and relate with the Samaritan culture? What do you think it took for the church to move from its cultural conditioning to one of Kingdom values as it pertained to the Samaritans? Mobilizing 16 W h e n C u l t u r e, E t h n i c i t y, a n d t h e G o s p e l I n t e r s e c t Use your study of Acts. Focus on Acts 10 (how the Gospel grew and spread among the Gentiles) and Acts 15 (how the Apostles relate to the work among Gentiles), but draw from the rest of your study as well. How did the Gospel spread to the Gentiles? How did the Jewish Christians re-evaluate their values, convictions and practices to help see that the Gospel spread in its purity? What could have been the long-range impacts if the Council in Jerusalem had came to different conclusions? Mobilizing 17 P r i n c i p l e s o f I n t e r c u l t u r a l M i n i s t r y Here are seven principles of relating cross-culturally. Read through and discuss what these ideas mean to you personally and to your staff team. Note what questions emerge as you go through these. T h e P r i n c i p l e o f D i g n i t y T h e P r i n c i p l e o f E m p o w e r i n g T h e P r i n c i p l e o f T h i n k i n g a n d L i v i n g L i k e a M i s s i o n a r y T h e P r i n c i p l e o f U n d e r s t a n d i n g T h e P r i n c i p l e o f E m b r a c i n g T h e P r i n c i p l e o f E n g a g i n g T h e P r i n c i p l e o f Tr u s t Mobilizing 18 T h e P r i n c i p l e o f D i g n i t y Relating to others with dignity lies in the reality that each and everyone of us has been created in the image of God. When relating to others of a different ethnos or culture, our default approach tends toward viewing, judging and relating through the lens of our own world view. When we assume that our way of life, our cultural frame of mind, is the best (if not only) way of living, we fall into the trap of ethnocentrism. This only leads to devaluing others on the premise of who they are. Instead, when we choose dignity, we look at others through the world view of the Kingdom of God. This view looks at people as having an inherent worth (even if they are fallen). When we choose dignity, we understand and acknowledge our cultural prejudices, and yet suspend passing judgement on another person just because they are different. To cross the ethnic boundaries that divide our campuses and our country, we must be servants who show and model dignity for all peoples. Dignity: the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect. ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French dignete, from Latin dignitas, from dignus worthy. Value: the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance or preciousness of something. Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. (New Oxford American Dictionary) Ethnocentrism: This is an emotional attitude and belief system that maintains that one s own ethnic group, culture or race is superior to others. From The Heart of Racial Justice by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson. InterVarsity Press, pg164 For Thought and Discussion: What does relating to others with dignity look like in the Kingdom of God? What does a person s value and identity encompass? How did Jesus model relating to others with dignity and respect? How did He live it out and communicate it to others? How did He teach it? How does your community show (or not show) respect and dignity? What are some subtle ways in which your community may denigrate a person instead showing value towards an individual? Some Practical Expressions of Dignity: Communication- Entering into dialogue with someone, learning to speak each other s language. Understanding- Not just knowing about someone, but learning to see and feel from their point of view. Contribution- Valuing another s input and partnership. Acknowledging that they have something worthy of giving. Symbolic Acts- Tapping into the power of acts or events that are loaded with meaning for a people group because of their history. Empowering Acts- Providing the full range of what a person needs to succeed as a minority in a majority world. Intent and Effects- Realizing that something I do or say may have a very different impact than I intended. Mobilizing 19 T h e P r i n c i p l e o f E m p o w e r i n g Whenever two or more cultures meet, one will rise up and become the dominate culture. This may come from war, population growth, one people group being the natives and the other travelers, etc. However this comes to pass, there is a strong potential for a power struggle between cultures. The dominant culture, the one wielding the power, will be the one setting the tone, leading in decision making, creating the environments which others live in. Even with the best of intentions, there will exist various dynamics that are unconsciously determined. In ministry, this can be the subtle decisions we make worship styles, organizing parties, fun events and humor, means of communication, teaching styles. As ministers, we must make it one of our goals to bring empowerment to our brothers and sisters. One thing we can do is to help others recognize the inequalities that exist for minorities within the environments the dominant culture creates. Empowerment in Action Do you recall the story of Saul s conversion and how he connected up with the Apostles? When Saul, a member of the Pharisees (a dominant culture- religious and political power) tried to contact the Apostles (the sub-dominant culture), the reaction
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