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Session 8 – Making Disciples versus Baptizing Goats – Conrad Mbewe

Acts 16:11-15

11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis,
12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days.
13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.
14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.
15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

ESV

The engine that drives the mission enterprise is the desire to find those who would worship the one true God. Should we be seeking out true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, or just finding people to join to bolster up the numbers? What are the motives to bring in the crowds? In order to make a living? In order to gain a reputation? If we don’t bring them in we may lose them?

1. What are the kind of people who need to be converted before being welcome into the body of Christ?

a. Every kind of people

i. The godless people

ii. The socially good and religious – Lydia falls into this category.

1. Lydia was a Gentile who was aligned with the Jewish tradition – “a worshipper of God”. But she was still dead in her sins.

2. It is possible for an individual to be near the kingdom but still be outside.

2. There is only one way to salvation. The Lord is the one who must bring them in. “the Lord opened her heart…” It is the supernatural work of God.

a. All are born into this world spiritually dead.

b. And no matter how religious a person may be, if they are unconverted they are spiritually dead.

c. Keeping the dead in the church building and “Christianizing” them does not make them any less spiritually dead.

d. It is only the work of God, not man, to open the eyes of the spiritually dead.

3. Conversion brings about a powerful change in a person’s life

a. Obedience to Christ – she was baptized

i. We have a church full of people who cannot come under the banner of “Jesus is Lord”

b. Others should know salvation – and the rest of her household

c. Love for others – she urged us to stay with her

d. Love for God – faithful to, or believing, in, God

So what do we do with the goats? Preach the gospel to them. God himself will convert the goats. But we have compromised in this area in order to get more and more people on the church rolls – by calling them sheep when they are goats. How can you worship one that you do not know?

 
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Confessions of a “Gas Guzzler”

I’m a “gas guzzler” and proud of it.

There that feels much better now.

I’m also not “enlightened”.

Biggest Gas Guzzlers

Typically the bigger the autos and the higher their performance, the more gas they’re going to need. That’s not considered a good thing in these enlightened times, on a planet with a finite supply of fossil fuels.  {Emphasis added.}

See I drive a Chevy Express 12 Passenger Van, along with a lot of other folks I know.  My average gas mileage is 15 miles per gallon which can be painful at times, especially when gas prices go up.  However, our family of seven doesn’t fit in a Toyota Prius.

But the supposedly “enlightened” are not too smart.  They seemed to have hopped on the “green” bandwagon without really thinking the issue through.

So for the fun of it here goes ….

Here are some facts:

I drive seven people at a rate of 15 miles per gallon.

Many, many cars I pass when driving only have one person in them.

After searching all over the net I found the average gas mileage of the average auto in the USA is 20 miles per gallon.

So for that rate of one person driving, the average auto gets 20 miles per gallon per person per auto.   Or to makeup a new unit of measure 20 people miles per gallon. ( 1 person times 20 miles per gallon.)

I, on the other hand, get 15 miles per gallon per auto per 7 people.

That comes out to an equivalent comparison of 105 people miles per gallon.  (7 people times 15 miles per gallon.)

But add to that I can transport up to 12 people which I often do because it is more fun for families to travel together and of course cheaper.  So that can translate to up to 180 people miles per gallon.  (12 times 15 miles per gallon.)

Granted some people do transport more than just one person.  But the average American family of two children and two adults in the average car translates into just 80 people miles per gallon.  (4 times 20 miles per gallon.)   But really in the average American family how many ride together regularly?  Both parents work and drive separate cars and once the teen is old enough they drive separate also.  The children are driven extra miles to school or daycare so the parent can drive to work.  Divorce throws an extra kink in the matter also because so many families are affected.

One Chevy express can cut down on the traffic and the cost of road repairs.  One van verses up to 7 – 12 different cars.  One van causing wear on the road verses 7 to 12 cars.

Throw in the pollution reduction of running one engine verses seven engines.

Just think what a 15 passenger Express can do with a family of fifteen!  (225 people miles per gallon.)

So here is the real “green” solution.

Everyone needs a large family.  Large families are more efficient than small families.  That is just a fact accept it. 🙂

Everyone needs a large van to transport that large family.  Until you fill yours up transport another family also.

Everyone needs to be family integrated and attend a family integrated church that way everyone can drive together and not have so many separate activities.

Everyone can homeschool that way they can stay home most of the time.  No transporting children to school and daycare.  I try to have one errand day which is used for music and shopping, compare that to transporting children to school and back five days a week.

Limit outside activities for the children.  Children don’t need an activity every day of the week.  We try to stick to one extra curricular activity.

Divorce is very anti “green” so no divorce.  No explanation should be necessary.

Wives working affects the “green” line so SAHM are much more “green.”

Now if they would just make Chevy Expresses Green instead of the standard white I could truly be “green”. 🙂

Update:  Can you believe I forgot to add in that I can haul five people and two llamas! See Here and Here.  Plus we regularly haul chickens, goats, dogs, cats and whatever is the next farm adventure. 🙂  All without a trailer.

Hopefully no feelings were hurt in the production of this post.

Brought to you by the soapbox in the “green” white Express.

 


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