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Spreading the Gospel via House Churches



New Testament Church Proliferation Digest Sunday, January 20 2002 Vol 02 : 015
[NTCP] short report from Pastors Conference at TACF
Re: [NTCP] cell groups
[NTCP] A Sabbatical
Re: [NTCP] A Sabbatical
[NTCP] Re: Encouragement!
[NTCP] take these things to the throne

Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 12:08:10 EST
From: Steffasong
Subject: [NTCP] short report from Pastors Conference at TACF

Hi TC and all,

I was glad to see you write this. It encouraged me. You wrote:

>I have been on staff in Pentecostal churches for a decade and never expected
>God to call me into this type of situation. I and my wife have been
>"witnessing" more than we ever have in the past; just in the last couple of
>days I was able, by the preparation of the Spirit, to present the Good News to
>three Muslim students and a supervisor who takes his spirituality from the new
>Quantum physics. If any of them respond to the message, I know that any
>relationship with them will begin on the basis of simple friendship. If by
>God's grace a small group forms, I don't see a building, incorporation, or a
>parking lot in my future.

AMEN! I will pray for the Muslim students and eagerly look forward to hearing
the progress. Here's a story of what's happening at the university where I
teach. I posted it on the KoinoniaLife list, and thought you might enjoy
hearing the report as well.

I wrote:

The Spirit of God is moving at my place of employment. You see, I've been
working at a local university since July, and aside from teaching
communications, my duties include managing the student services effort there.
That means (among other things) to establish and foster student activities and
clubs. Of course there's the Hospitality Club and theInternational Club and the
Soccer team and Tennis,so why not the Gospel Club?:-)

So, I put out feelers for a Gospel Club the first week I was there, and there
was a positive response from the students. However, the students wanted to
sing, so they formed a "Gospel Ensemble." The students did a really good job
singing at the graduation (it's not a Christian University) and received
WONDERFUL feedback, however there was quite a backlash. The President of the
college told me that Ineeded to shut down the Gospel Club, and that the
students wouldn't be able to have a Gospel Ensemble because it was too....
discriminatory. I wrote him a lengthy & pointed letter about our freedom as
Americans, and our responsibility to teach the younger generation to walk in
that freedom, and guess what? GOD REALLY BLEST IT. The President sent it along
to the Chancellor of the college and my petition came back with a 'yes.' In the
meantime I kept putting up posters announcing BIBLE STUDY AND DISCUSSION, but
no one ever showed up.

The school day is so frightfully busy that it would be difficult to take a half
hour away from the 'desk', but I was always ready to do so if the Lord even
sent one student. A big part of my job is to facilitate the activities so I do
a lot of 'hands on' activities with the students. Anyway, ... Finally I
stopped preparing for the study and just reminded the Lord that if the students
DID show up for a Bible Study, He'd simply have to lead me and show me where
and how to begin. DID HE EVER! In the past few weeks, the Lord has been
sending people, and each Wednesday we've been gathering in whatever room is
available to share the Word together. Yesterday, we started up where we left
off, in Ephesians 1. We didn't get any further than verse 18. Last week we got
no further than verse 17! Both times it was amazing how the Lord met us. In
just a short thirty minutes the Lord's Presence filled our hearts and filled
the room, even through numerous interruptions. We were all pretty much in
seventh heaven. The thing I loved best about it was that

1) it is so much of the Lord's doing... so much just rising up from His Spirit
without anything but availability and willingness on my part, and

2) none of us had a clue about our church affiliation OR our doctrines, but we
all KNEW Jesus Christ and magnified His Name. Plus, there was no sense of age
difference (eventhough they are twenty year olds and I am ...uh,hem...), no
sense of race or ethnic difference (even though I was the only caucasion,
non-internationalperson) and no sense of gender prejudice.

These young people were just hungry for Jesus, and we fed and drank at HIS
FEET. It was not homechurch, but it IS the Body gathering, and MAN I'M LOVIN'
it. I count it as SUCH anincredible priviledge to be a part of these young
people's lives.

>>

As you can see TC, I am very much in agreement with you, and see the Lord
moving in similar ways.

Be encouraged brother! You and your wife will continue to be used by God for
His Kingdom purposes as you continue to hunger and thirst after Him as it is
clear that you do in your posts.

Blessings, in the Lamb,

Stephanie Bennett Horizon Creative Services & Consulting Marketing Solutions
for the 21st Century http://members.aol.com/steffasong/index.html steffasong


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Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 21:14:40 EST
From: JAMESRUTZ
Subject: Re: [NTCP] cell groups

David,

I adored your story about the nameless brother who inherited 600 billion
pounds' worth of stuff.

Two comments, though:

1. I can never figure out why such stories arrive at my desk without names.
Makes them appear apocryphal. If he's on the air every day, what is to be
gained by omitting his name?

2. The 600 billion pounds is a lot. In Yankee bucks, that's $862 billion. By
comparison, poor ol' Bill Gates is at a mere $60 billion. And John D.
Rockefeller, if his nest egg were converted to 2002 dollars, would have been
worth $200 billion, tops.

David, could I get you to send us a modified version of the story adjusted for
a little more beef? Thank you.

Cordially,

Jim Rutz
Colorado Springs


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Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 22:28:05 -0700
From: "David Cummings"
Subject: [NTCP] A Sabbatical

Every person goes through hard times in life. I am going through one of those.
I am walking through a valley of the shadow of death. I am struggling in my
walk with Christ and in my personal relationships with others. I am stepping
away from "house church discussions" and "house church planting" for as long as
it takes to get re focused and re energized. I have zeal. But that is not what
it always takes to make the soul clock tick. I am running low on Jesus energy
and need to spend more time developing personal heartfelt relationships here on
the homefront. Please keep me in prayers.

And I will return hopefully sooner rather than later.

God bless, David


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Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 00:36:55 EST
From: JAMESRUTZ
Subject: Re: [NTCP] A Sabbatical

Dear David,

If you pick this up, please know that I have prayed for you that God will
restore you 110%!

I was roughly where you are about five years ago. Diagnosed with cancer,
ministry at a dead end, income sinking, and so on. The Lord can bring you
back!

Love and prayers,

Jim Rutz
Colorado Springs


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Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 10:41:33 -0600
From: "Dan Hubbell"
Subject: [NTCP] Re: Encouragement!

David, I wanted to assure you of my prayers during this time of your
"Sabbatical". The Lord has led me to understand that it is in the "valley"
that we learn most about Him. For it is in the valley experience of life that
we are most conformed into His image. It is not so much about the "valley" as
it is how we respond to the "valley".

Romans 5:3-5 is one of many passages that sheds light on this: "We glory in
tribulations(thlipsis pressure, affliction)also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience(hupomone endurance, continuance); and patience,
experience(dokime-proof, testing); and experience, hope(elpis expectation,
confident trust, lean on): and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God
is shed abroad(kechuno to pour out)in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is
given unto us."

If we can be of further help or encouragement to you during this time, please
let us know.

Love in Him, Dan Hubbell His servant
>From "a hired house" in Winnsboro, Texas USA
http://www.churchrestoration.org


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Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 19:35:35 -0500
From: forwarded
Subject: [NTCP] take these things to the throne

Pray that Jay will find the employment he desires and needs.

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Pray for Link. He is in a very hostile environment to Christians and Americans.

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Pray for David Cummings, who wrote:

Every person goes through hard times in life. I am going through one of those.
I am walking through a valley of the shadow of death. I am struggling in my
walk with Christ and in my personal relationships with others. I am stepping
away from "house church discussions" and "house church planting" for as long as
it takes to get re focused and re energized. I have zeal. But that is not what
it always takes to make the soul clock tick. I am running low on Jesus energy
and need to spend more time developing personal heartfelt relationships here on
the homefront. Please keep me in prayers.

And I will return hopefully sooner rather than later.

God bless,
David


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