New Testament Church Proliferation Digest


Spreading the Gospel via House Churches


August 22, 2001 Vol 01 : 065
 
NT Church Proliferation Digest Thursday, September 13 2001 Vol 01 : 065


[ntcp] Resources
[ntcp] Luke 10 Program


Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 09:50:44 -0400
From: Bruce P Gordon
Subject: [ntcp] Resources

Just a quick note about some material that
has really got me thinking:

George Patterson's material, mentioned
here recently, proved iteself in multiple
cultures. I have gone through it,
and it has two important virtues:
it is Simple and Biblical. Good stuff.

House2House magazine is packed
with different perspectives about
how NT princuples are being applied
worldwide. Check out the Web site @
www.house2house.tv

Robert Lund's site @ www.96theses2000.org
is another place simmering with good stuff
Bruce Gordon
South Windsor, CT


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Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 08:52:04 +0700
From: hudson@indosat.net.id
Subject: [ntcp] Luke 10 Program

This is an attachment to the 'Rapid Multiplication Model' from Wolfgang
Simson forwarded to this discussion group many
days ago. Wolfgang would like to see a network of HC training centers arise.
I don't know if he has a program set up, or exactly what he has in mind.
I do have this message to forward to you.

L U K E 10
An intense training module to prepare workers for the coming harvest and
persecution

VISION and GOAL: to provide training in order to plant at least 100
million new churches in this generation around the globe

As an answer to many prayers to "fling out workers into the harvest" (Mt.
9:38), many believers are getting ready to become directly involved in
bringing in God¥s huge harvest of tomorrow. They are not really interested in
harmless Christianity and mere membership in churches or organizations,
but carry the vision to be as radical and effective as the first group of
disciples in the early days of the Church. In Luke Chapter 10 Jesus comissions
his disciples and "72 others" for the very first time to carry out a
special mission: to find "houses of peace" and prepare the place for his coming.
This prophetic launching or "flinging out labourers into the harvest"
contains simple yet powerful principles and dynamics that have all too long
been overlooked and replaced by inadequate human wisdom, theoretical
orthodoxy, pastoral maintenance-mentality and hit-and-run evangelistic thinking.
Todays world is full of "houses of peace" that will have to be discovered and
filled with God¥s presence through the planting of networks of
housechurches.

The goal of "Luke 10" is to implant and transmit an apostolic and
prophetic virus: the spiritual genetical code of God¥s apostolic passion for the
lost, and the simple but profound ability to hear God¥s voice and do what
he says. It is designed both for brand-new believers as well as for older
Christians who want to be refocussed and equipped to be ardent, radical and
healthy disciples of Jesus, who will be prepared to plant networks of
housechurches that multiply rapidly like an epidemic movement, and so bring in
the harvest. Housechurches was the main apostolic thrust in the historical
beginnings of the church, and will again become God¥s main instrument in
the last days we are in.

The term "housechurches" stands for some of these values: organic,
relationship-based, biblical, flat-structured, networked, round-the-clock
radical discipleship, God¥s solution to father the fatherless and to provide a
spiritual home for the billions of people who are spiritually homeless. This
means that "housechurches" neither need to happen in churchbuildings or in real
houses, but will emerge as spiritual families whereever the "center of gravity"
of life happens to be. Housechurches can, therefore, happen in hotels, bars,
discos, McDonalds, the street, under a tree, schools, offices, businesses, and
yes, even in real houses, villas, appartments, nursing homes, a slum hut or a
mongolian tent. Wherever people live and spend most of their time, God want¥s
to move in and live amongst them, change their life, make them part of his
mission and send them out to disciple the nations. Back to apostolic teaching

There has been a dramatic and very effective absence of apostolic and prophetic
ministries in the past centuries. Although God has sent many apostles and
prophets at all times (Lk. 11:48), these "missionaries and visionaries" have
been routinely sidelined, persecuted or killed by the religious establishment.
Many times they have simply been ignored, downplayed, underfunded, or actively
persecuted through slander, jealosy and hatred, and had to go through
unimagineable loneliness, agony and suffering, participating in the very
mission of Jesus, while the church around them became complacent, selfcentered,
programme-based, institutionalized, fragmented into little empires and
denominations, and impotent to participate in God¥s apostolic purposes.

The immense vacuum created by the absence of apostolic teaching has led to an
overabundance of weak substitues, especially pastoral, theological and
evangelistic influences and teachings that where never inteneded by God to lay
foundations, but to built on them (Eph. 2:20). If walls are used as
foundations, the results is confusion, unstability as the result of a lack of a
sound foundation, seemingly unsolveable conflicts, and simply unpractical and
definitely unstrategic ideas and practices. This led to an overabundance of
non-apostolic and un-prophetic christian programmes, methods, churches and even
training methods, that reflected only a part of what God really intended to
communicate, and misplaced a huge amount of time and resources at any feet
except the apostle¥s (Acts 4:36).

However, as the early disciples "exposed themselves intently to apostolic
teaching" (Acts 2:42), and, just like their master, knew how to listen to
God¥s voice and do what he says, at this time in history, we are all
called back to this apostolic and prophetic dimension of discipleship, without
which there will be no real hope for a world without Christ. We live in a
time of one of the largest apostolic and propohetic reformations the worldhas
experienced, and the first step for those ministries will have to be to
"equip the saints for ministry" again (Eph. 4:11-13).

NATURE and VALUES
&Mac183; If people do not come to church, we need to bring the church to the
people - by the millions. "Luke 10" exists to prepare workers to catch that
apostolic and prophetic vision - and live it.
&Mac183; "Luke 10" consists of 10 modules of half-weekends which will last 2
&Mac189; to 3 months. This is to ensure that everyone can participate in this
training without leaving his work.
&Mac183; KISS: keep it simple and short. Much of todays academic training
"teaches a lot and let them practice a little". Jesus was doing the very
opposite: "Teach them a little, let them practice a lot." Most of the teachings of
Jesus where very simple, short but yet very powerful and lifechanging.
&Mac183; Kingdom, not empire: The nature of the training is regional or local,
and does not exist to promote any denominatonal or parachurch interests.
The training will therefore take on a local or regional flavour and express
the cultural values of the area.
&Mac183; The outcome (more housechurches) is built into the process, that is
why the traning is arranged in "temporary housechurches" (up to 12 members in
number) that form a spiritual family, eat together, share their lives and
learn together, being comitted to each other and the values of the Kingdom,
and help each other to capture and live out God¥s purposes for each
disciple.
&Mac183; The nature of "Luke 10" will not be to cover study-areas or provide
more academic training, but infecting disciples with a disciples lifestyle, a
virus, an apostolic DNA, and teaches mainly values, skills and
experiences, not topics and subjects.
&Mac183; Most of the training will be done by servants of Jesus who are
entrusted with one of the 5-fold ministry gifts (Eph. 4:11-13) and know they are
complementing, not competing with others.
&Mac183; Through a dynamic and participatory training style, sharing lifes and
questions and answers the training will strive to consist of "teacheable
moments" like a string of pearls following each other, and seek a quick
learning curve rather than the foreseeable boredom of participating in fixed
non-participatory programmes.
&Mac183; Multiplication is essential: in addition to participating in "Luke
10", every disciple is requested to pass on what he has learnt to at least
5-10 people each week, proving that he receives blessings in order to bless
others, and has captured the essence of 2.Tim 2:2.
&Mac183; There will be practical assignments and homework: rearrange life,
teach others (see above), as well as deeper study and backup through further
teaching through videos, tapes, books, articles etc.

PRACTICAL ISSUES
WHO: participants can be new believers to mature Christians, who are ready
to participate in the complete course, have a good Christian reputation by
others and who are willing not only to learn but to learn how to teach
others.
TIME: 10 half-weekends starting with dinner Friday 7 PM until 10 PM, and
Saturday from breakfast until after lunch (2 PM). This whole process will
take between 2 &Mac189; and 3 months and will be finished with a time of personal
evaluation and assignment for future ministry.
SIZE: Participants are grouped into a number of up to 7 temporary
"housechurches" of about 12 people, who participate in the training together.
WHERE: "Luke 10" is locally organized by elders/deacons in cooperation
with a regional or national 5-fold ministry-team. Most of the teaching will
happen through the 5-fold ministry and/or those disciples who have gone
through "Luke 10" themselves. The teaching can happen in a classroom, church,
hostel, seminar-room or simply a big house, depending on the total size of
all "housechurches" involved. Participants are encouraged to stay in the
homes of participants from the region, or the homes of local believers.
COST: We suggest a cost of 10% of the monthly net income of each
participant for the 3 months of the course, teaching to share a solid and fair
amount for each participant with those who are teaching (Lk 10:7) and allowing
also those who cannot afford other programmes to participate with ease. A
student on pocket money of 50$ a month would pay 3 x 5 $ 15 $, an
employee on 5.000 $ a month would contribute 1.500 $.

10 Key Elements of "Luke 10"

1. Apostolic conversion
Conversion must again be experienced not as a mere agreement on
theological doctrines or happen in simple "pray after me"-prayers and
raise-your-hands-moments, but as a radical and profound change of allegiance and ownership
from Self to Jesus. God has gone out of his way not just to touch and
bless us, but to literally and radically deliver us from sin and evil, a
hellbound, self-centered life that brings glory to the flesh, not to God. From
the very first moments of our lives as disciples, holyness, selfdenial,
humility, servanthood and the carrying of the cross must become our hallmarks.
After a lifechanging encounter with Jesus, we need to be ready to sell
everything for the pearl of great price, and remain or become radical in our
comittment to our Lord. The result is a changed life, not a changed set of
religious opinion; people dead to themselves and their ambitons, but ready to
be comissioned into Gods plan and dream. Without a deep conversion,
discipleship and church will become a shallow religious process. A radical start,
however, will provide the right first step for radical, lifelong
discipleship.

2. Baptism
Baptism typically happened at the same day a person converted to follow Jesus.
The only exeChurch Plantingtions in the NT are Paul - who took three days after
his conversion - and the robber crucified with Jesus, who simply could not get
baptised for a very obvious reason. Baptism functions as a first step of
obvious obedience to our new Lord, a radical initiation into a new life and a
clear symbol to be dead to our own self through the cross of Jesus. As new
disciples we need to learn to say like the Ethiopian man: "Here is water",
(Acts 8.38) and be prepared to baptize many others as part of the Great
Comission.

3. Filled with the Holy Spirit
Peter answered at the day of Pentecost: "Repent and be baptized, every one
of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and
you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit". All this obviously happened
the same day. As a new disciple comes out of the water of baptism, he needs
to be filled with the Holy Spirit right away. There is no need to live
only 5 minutes in the power of the old Self. The Holy Spirit teaches us,
reminds us, gives peace, convicts of guilt and sin (John 14-16), and also
empowers us to selfless no-name service, to do the works of the father without
glory to our own name. Beyond that, he fills us with love, and enables us to
minister in the supernatural power-dimension of himself, so that we can see
and interpret dreams and visions, heal the sick, cast out demons, or even
raise the dead and do whatever God wants us to do.

4. Incorporation into the church
Acts 2:47: "That day 3.000 where added to their number". A disciple does
not live and truly enjoy an individualistic lifestyle, but becomes "added",
a part of the family of God, the church. Either he joins an existing or
emerging church in someone elses house (or life), or opens his own house to
let Jesus live there from now on. Sharing life, a communal lifestyle,
becoming and being part of God¥s family and be a covenant person restores the
church dimension in us and prepares us to become churchplanters. Many
Christians have tried unsuccessfully to be disciples in an out-of-body-experience
(without the church, the body of Christ), and need to learn to reconcile
and become a significant part of a local body of believers. As we learn to be
converted to Jesus, the head of the church, converted to each other, the
church, we stop being an "I", and start becoming a "we", part of a vessel
which God can comission to be converted to the world in ministry and service.

5. Clean start
A new future starts with a clean and reconciled past. Too many Christians
are "wounded warriors", confused, bleeding and weak, and stay so for many
unproductive and selfcentered years, unable to be usefull for the tasks of
our Master. Many Christians will need to undergo a "washing machine"
experience to clear up the past, since many come from broken families and
relationships, occult involvement, religious confusion and bondage, a life in
sexual or financial immorality, and need to be cleaned through repentance,
bringing back stolen goods, reconciliation, healing, forgiveness, exorcism, the
breaking of generational curses, counselling, etc. Open wounds need to be
dressed, traumas healed, persecutors forgiven, wrong teachings overcome.
This happens through love, acceptance and forgiveness, deliverance ministry
and experiencing God¥s undeserving grace personally. Only then does it make
sense to truly begin working and lay

6. Apostolic Foundations
>From our spiritual birth on we become part of God¥s Mission, God¥s
apostolic agenada. It is His clear purpose to see all nations discipled.
Instead of living a life continuously asking God to solve our next problem, we
need to learn to become part of God¥s purposes; to do what He is blessing,
rather than ask Him to bless what we are doing (Matth. 6:33). We need to
catch his apostolic breath to be sent on a lifelong mission, to be blessed
in order to bless others. It must become part of our bone and marrow to be
utterly jealous for the purposes of God and His glory, so that Jesus can
truly continue His mission through us. The book of Matthew is Jesus¥s own
way of laying apostolic foundations in 5 teaching segments, starting with the
most famous sermon on earth, the sermon on the mount (chapter 5-7). This
part of the training will focus on "apostolic milk" (as in Hebr. 6:1-4), and
essentials like hearing God¥s voice and learning to obey, reading
God¥s word, prayer, and other foundational kingdom values.

7. Financial conversion
Since everyone born into this world becomes at least initially part of this
world¥s fallen and demonically empowered economic system and worldview run by
Mamon, people need to be literally delivered from the dominating financial
principles of materialism, greed, jealosy, coveting and making money their
false security or power-base. If anyone on earth, it will be the disciples of
Jesus who need to show to the world that God, not money is the determining
factor in life. Jesus gave us a crossroads: "You cannot serve God or money"
(Matth. 6:24). The early disciples had learnt to crucify the spirit of
materialism head on, sharing their lives and posessions with each other and
those in need, and learnt to go into the harvest "with no money in their belts"
(Matth. 10:9). Disciples will learn that "the resources are in the harvest,"
and discover how to break away from our dramatic limitation of trusting God
(but only as far as comforting money is in the bank). Financial conversion is a
willful breaking with the world¥s financial principles and embracing a New
Testament financial habit to experience that it is more blessed to give than to
receive. With a sound financial conversion the planting of millions of churches
will not remain handcuffed and financially restrained forever, because the
disciples have broken loose into financial liberty, not to fulfill their own
private dream any more, but becoming part of God¥s dream.

8. Gifts and callings
God is not sending out stereotypes, but equipps each one of us
individually to help us fulfill God¥s purposes through our lives. Disciples will
learn how to appreciate and value the different giftings and callings in each
other, how to function as a team and church with different gifts, and how
to use Gods tools to build his house for his glory. Through observation,
prayer, prophecy and testing each others fruits we will discover the passion,
spiritual gifts and callings for each one, and some may even be called and
prepared for itinerant equipping ministries (Eph. 4:11) in the future. Our
value as disciples is that we are loved children of God, sitting with Jesus
at the right hand of God in great authority, and that we are enabled and
empowered by the Holy Spirit through his gifts, passion and ministries to
make a significant and extremely valuable contribution in His Kingdom. It is
not the dramatic and public ministries that count, but the meek obedience
and sincerity of heart with the very talents that God has chosen to give us.
Every single disciple should hear that beautiful sentence one we stand
before God¥s great throne: "Well done, my faithful servant."

9. Discipling others
Being a disciple ourselves is one thing, making others to be disciples is
the next. Under the influence of Greek classroom-style teaching Christians
became the students of professors (or teaching pastors) mastering subjects.
Today we need to discover again the hebraic model of being disciples of
masters, who will help us to change our lives through their example. We need
to learn not only to disciple people one-on-one, but to disciple whole
groups, streets, gangs, villages, towns, cities, people groups and nations. In
Israel there are two great bodies of water: Lake Genezareth and the Dead
Sea. The key difference is that one has an inflow and an outflow (the river
Jordan), the other only an inflow. The Dead Sea receives and receives, with
not output, and has become a worldwide symbol of dying by receiving too
much blessing - and not giving it away. We will learn the difference between
christian fans and disciples, and prepare others to carry their cross, be
ready to bear disadvantage and sufferings for Jesus, to practice 2.Tim. 2:2.
We will also capture the prophetic heartbeat to lay down our lives for the
next generation by giving them our fatherly and motherly hearts, so that
they will be able to step into God¥s calling and purposes by standing on
the shoulders of those who will cherish them and pray for them to overtake
them left and right, to do "even greater things" and excel in serving our
Lord and His purposes.

10. Planting networks of churches
Jesus has instructed and comissioned his disciples to go and find "houses
of peace" that are open for the gospel of the Kingdom because God has
already prepared them. The disciples where to move in and to establish His
presence by shaing lives for a short while with those ready to receive the
Kingdom (Lk. 10:7). In the early days this became the main way of starting
churches, the family of God on earth, and it will again be so a the end of time:
workers will go out 2 by 2, and rather than inviting people to join their
church, they literally bring the church to the people by planting it into
households and groups that would be open for it. This segment will train
disciples how to do this in the many culturally appropriate ways necessary
today. The goal is to see "a shopping window of God in walking distance of
every person on the globe", to see a church emerge like a virus in every
possible and seemingly impossible pocket of people on earth, and to saturate our
villages, cities, regions, nations, language and age groups with churches
that from their very start will carry a genetical code within them: to
reproduce and plant more churches that in return will also plant churches,
until the world is full of them, and God¥s glory covers the earth like water
the sea.

Expected outcome of Luke 10
&Mac183; The goal of "Luke 10" is to provide a proliferating and regionally
accessible model of training for millions of disciples to participate in
God¥s apostolic purposes for our time and planet and plant quality churches
that disciple both neighborhoods and nations.
&Mac183; Multiplication: Not only will 50 train 250 or 500, but the corse will
repeat itself up to 4 times a year allowing people to join every 3 months.
&Mac183; Within the next 5 years, we expect this or a similar training to be
available in 100 nations.
&Mac183; It is a practical form of training the essentials of "missional
ecclesioloy", a practical (re-) laying of an apostolic and prophetic foundation
of the church (Eph. 2:20), in order to communicate a spiritual DNA that
prepares and "flings out workers for the harvest". The expected outcome is a
sound foundation and quality change in the churchplanters of the future.
&Mac183; "Luke 10" will serve as a quick launching process for new disciples to
participate in the havest.
&Mac183; A very practical outcome is the actual planting of churches as the
direct consequence of each training course. A minimum of 5 new churches per
course seems realistic.
&Mac183; Last, the practical recruting and comissioning of disciples into
churchplanting by identifying and assigning those who

1. need more time and cannot participate realistically at this time.
2. can be participating workers with someone who takes initiative
3. are initiators, those who take proactive steps and take others with
them
4. are already showing (or are emerging into) a Five-fold ministry

Those out of group 4 will be assigned to become disciples of people in
their region who are matured in the specific ministry they are obviously
called to themselves, enabling future apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists
and pastors to be discipled and trained on the job by those experientially
ahead of them, allowing for a steep learning curve and a quick propelling
of people into the ministries and calling God has issued for them.
Materials
Each participant is required to have read Wolfgang Simson "Houses that
change the world" and heard the tape series of Chris Daza: "Humility - Gods
key for revival".

If you are interested in setting up "Luke 10" in your area, contact
Wolfgang Simson.


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