It’s Wednesday afternoon, the middle of Evangelism week, and a relatively cool day in Toowoomba. I figured it’s time for an update on what I’ve been learning recently and also I think writing will help me process. I learned a few days ago that scribing my notes helps me get a lot more of them on a page. I’ll post some pictures of those and you can read more of those because there’s no way I’ll be able to type it all out. Hopefully you’ll be able to make sense of it.
I’ll begin with this week, as it’s still prominent and I’ve hardly had time to process yet. We had speaker, YWAM Adelaide bass director, and father, Andre Agostini, teaching on the topic of Evangelism.
I think we were all intrigued immediately when he began teaching on evangelism by teaching on identity. He told his testimony with realness and in rawness. God is the center of his life and Andre genuinely only teaches what he lives. So, in a way, this week has been a sort of second part of identity week. I appreciated that because how can you free others if you’re not free yourself?
Andre gave practical tips;
Look people in the eye. Get on their level. Say “This is who I was, but this is what God has done with and for me and I’m here now.” Be honest. Don’t overshare information. Listen. Follow the Holy Spirit.
All good stuff. But, as I said, a majority of what we were taught was on identity. I learned a lot as far as trusting and believing what God says about myself. If these things are true for me, they’re true for everyone else. So when I make that head-to-heart journey and it becomes a heart knowledge rather than just words, I see people as they truly are.
Here’s some snippets of what I’ve learned these past three days:
Truth doesn’t become truth when you believe in it. It’s simply true. It doesn’t take any kind effort or opinion from you to be fact. This applies to people, God, and the world.
The gospel of salvation asks, “Have you gotten to heaven?” while the gospel of kingdom asks, “Has heaven got to you?”
Jesus could not afford to see someone in need and not give them everything he is.
(In regards to praising/worshipping/giving glory to God) Jesus says “Yes it’s all about me but I’m all about you.” It’s relationship. Every time.
If God lives in you, sin does not. We are not sinners. (Expect a long post about this) We have the ability to sin, yes. And it’s likely we sin every day. But when you accept the Holy Spirit into your heart and your every day, he doesn’t take vacations. Where there is light, there is no darkness. And God is light, itself. So while we live in a broken world and will be tempted to sin, it is ultimately God in us who moves and has his being in us. We are not defined by sin, we are not sinners. We are temples and saints.
Love does not empower anyone to stay in pain.
It’s not a it has receiving Him into our life. It’s about Him receiving us into His life. It’s not by our works, but his.
Maturity is knowing that when you can’t see God, He’s still there.
past tense: conformed; past participle: conformed
1 comply with rules, standards, or laws.”the kitchen does not conform to hygiene regulations”
3 comply with, abide by, obey, observe, follow, keep to, hold to, adhere to
◦ (of a person) behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards.”the pressure to conform”
past tense: transformed; past participle: transformed
make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of.”lasers have transformed cardiac surgery”
3 change, alter, modify, convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transmute
change (a mathematical entity) by transformation
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. We have the mind of God.
People develop a picture of God through you. You carry His name. “They will know you’re mine by the way you love one another.”
You cannot isolate. If you feed yourself anger towards one person, the seed of the fruit of anger will manifest in all areas of your life. Eat and drink Christ.
Don’t look for opportunities to love. Let love be your way of life. Be the manifestation of love. Love never wastes an opportunity.
Be intimate with truth.
An encounter will push you forward in faith. Put value on encounters. But they will not sustain you. That’s what relationship is for.
Sanctification is the process of discovering the nature which is already mine.
When you wake up, have faith that you will manifest love today.
Fear is idolatry of self. Expose lies which get in the way and deal with them.
Christ is in you, the hope of glory.
It’s all Him. Literally none of it is you. Glory is His and He will be known. Yet He is so in love with you that He loves you to the point of death and beyond.
Evangelism is a response of love.
Sanctification is stepping into maturity and identity.
He doesn’t tell you to “Go succeed.” He says, “Go.”
Make your faith mature. Be diligent.
Sin is contrary to who you are.
Go with a heart of thanksgiving.
He calls you to excellence.
Your standard is Jesus.