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Spreading the Gospel via House Churches

 


New Testament Church Proliferation Digest Sunday, April 21 2002 Vol 02 : 074
[NTCP] Fw: NTCP "Gathering"
Re: [NTCP] Fw: NTCP "Gathering"
Re: [NTCP] BIBLICAL outreach strategy
Re: [NTCP] ntcp conference
Re: [NTCP] Fw: NTCP "Gathering"
[NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 11:05:04 -0500
From: "Dan Hubbell"
Subject: [NTCP] Fw: NTCP "Gathering"

Brother Link,

We are in the process of early planning for such a "gathering" in London,
England for this Fall of 2002. If you or the other brothers have another
location in mind, we are not too far along to join in with another location.

The "gathering" the Lord put on our heart would be held at the Foreign Mission
Club in the heart of London. It is an estate given for the use of missionaries
on furlough or in transit. They can accommodate about 70+ people and their
cost is very reasonable for "church planters" of about $40 per day including a
full breakfast. There are various reasonably priced eating places within
walking distance of the facility as well as shopping markets for those who
might want to eat in their room to save money. The facility also has meeting
rooms and casual parlors and sitting areas for fellowship.

We have checked into air fares from different parts of the world and London is
on of the cheaper destinations for most countries of the world. We have a
Christian travel agency here in Texas that can get tickets for anyone anywhere
in the world at discount prices. I got notice just last week of a round trip
ticket to London from the States for about $300.00 depending upon departure
city.

Link, I just thought that I would share this with you to lay before the Lord to
know His mind in this matter. Let me know what you think, OK?

Love in Jesus,

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

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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 07:49:15 +0100
From: "JosiasConradie"
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Fw: NTCP "Gathering"

Dear Dan

I would be very interested in attending a gathering in London - we are an hour
out of London in Uckfield, East Sussex. Please keep me up to date with dates,
etc. I attended a meeting of UK mission enablers and consultants from Monday to
Wednesday. House churches and different forms of being church are items high on
the agenda of UK churches.

Greetings in Christ

Sas Conradie

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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 15:13:48 +0200
From: "Deborah"
Subject: Re: [NTCP] BIBLICAL outreach strategy

Dear NTCP list members,

There is a biblical pattern to notice: 1. Throughout the Old Testament, God
narrowed His primary focus of world redemption to work through the Israelites
to that world. YHWH's blessing of Israel brought blessing to the nations. 2.
In the New Testament, Jesus, during His earthly ministry, narrowed His primary
focus to Israel (Matt 10:5-6; 15:26; Acts 3:26). Jesus, though not exclusive,
focused his mission strategy on the original recipients of God's covenant
blessing in order to prepare them for a global mission of international
blessing. 3. After Christ's resurrection and ascension, God continued to work
via Jews (the Apostles were all Jewish Christians, remember) to reach the world
(Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:6-8). The Gentiles still received the Father's blessing
through Israel. 4. Peter began with too narrow a focus-- something which I am
not advocating here. Nevertheless, the "Apostle to the Jews" was entrusted by
Christ with the "keys of the kingdom" to open salvation up to the Gentiles (Gal
2: 7,8; Matt 16: 17-19; Acts 10). Again, non-Jews first believed and
participated in God's blessing through the agency of a previously blessed Jew.
5. Following this same pattern, Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, made it a
part of his missionary strategy for theological, not merely historical,
personal or ethnic reasons, to always offer the gospel "first for the Jew" (Rom
1:16; Acts 13:46-14:1; Acts--the second half of the book, starting with chapter
13). In fact, he said that he "had to" (NIV) take the Gospel to the Jewish
people in proper biblical order. It was "necessary" (TEV, NASB, RSV, KJV, some
sample translations of a rather strong Greek word) that the new covenant be
offered to the scattered remnant of Israel first (as a matter of priority)
before he turned to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46). The blessing to the nations was
to proceed in a certain order. 6. And non-Jewish Christians (like most of us)
were specifically admonished by Paul to utilize the mercy which they had
received from God to show mercy to the Jewish people (Rom 11:28-32). It was
(is!) the Gentile believers' responsibility to share with them the good news.
Though God's mercy extended to both groups (Jews and Gentiles) through the
blessing of the gospel, the non-Jews in the body of Christ were to boomerang
that mercy back toward God's ancient people in knowing-obedience to the
Abrahamic covenant despite the fact that Jewish people in general were actively
opposing the gospel. Why? It was God's biblical method for bringing blessing
to the nations. Still is.

In every case Jews, receptive or unreceptive, were given the opportunity to
respond to God's will as a matter of priority. And some did respond. The
biblical pattern shows that the people of Israel (whether in their own land or
abroad, obedient or disobedient) were always distinguished as a holy people,
distinct from the nations of the world, in this scriptural mission strategy.
However, the Gentiles have reaped the benefits as a result. Through
sanctifying the Jewish people in their outreach efforts, the early Church was
able to launch an evangelistic campaign of global proportions. And by their
focusing on areas with large Jewish populations, the early missionaries
received God's blessing in accordance with the Abrahamic covenant-- blessings
which had repercussions for their international outreach. We would each do well
to emulate the biblical pattern of evangelism by always prioritizing the Jewish
people as we seek to lead people to eternal salvation through Christ. It will
bring about a blessing to the non-Jews in our own particular spheres of
influence, in accordance with the Abrahamic covenant:

"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your
name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and
whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed
through you" (Gen. 12:2, 3).

Michael
Jerusalem

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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 10:40:34 -0400
From: David Anderson
Subject: Re: [NTCP] ntcp conference

Not to lessen the glory of your own locality, but....

Our town of Bristol is centrally located. Big interstate highway going through.
Big airport. Big smiles on all faces.

Did I tell you that Bristol is the birthplace of country music? Did I mention
that we were just named an All American City?

Climate is pleasant. Natural resources abound. All calls to God are local.

David Anderson

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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 10:55:32 -0500
From: "Dan Hubbell"
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Fw: NTCP "Gathering"

Dear Josias,

Thank you for your response concerning the London "gathering" of equipping
servant leaders. I will inform you of the plans as they finalize. Please pray
both for the "gathering" and for those whom God wants to participate.

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

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Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 18:55:08 -0400
From: Richard Wright
Subject: [NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs

Hello all,

Please keep these needs before the Lord on a daily basis. As someone once
observed, "Things happen when we pray, that don't happen when we don't pray".

When the Lord answers your need, please be sure to let us know so that we can
all rejoice together!

Pray for:

19/03/02: I am working one on one this week in a bad area of town just 20
minutes or so from where I am staying in Denver. It is known for
prostitution,drug dealers,and other dangerous characters. Specifically I am
going to be prayer walking the motels on Colfax. I think a lot of them are
looking for something to find relief from their problems and many of them have
turned to church but the system chases them off instead of loving them. Keep me
in prayer as I do this. If God wills allow him to open doors. Pray that God
sends a strong partner in the faith to help encourage me. In what the Lord is
leading me to do. My health hasn't been the best the last few weeks and I could
use some prayer on that as well. a son in the faith,

David

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25/03/02: (Please read the whole post on this, to get the full picture of the
need Dick) I ask you to pray for my heart that it would not become hardened.
I am weary and don't have a desire to fighting to get him help when he keeps
rejecting my efforts to help. I would love for Tom to be healed. I struggle
with questions of why we ask for healing but don't get what we are believing
for. God's timing is not easy to understand. I feel the Lord telling me not to
give in to Tom's threats or manipulation, but to really wait on the Lord and
let him have his way with Tom. Please pray for: Josiah 17 years old and not
walking with the Lord rightly and not desiring to see Dad, hasn't been up to
see Dad. Jacob 16 (walking with the Lord and open to seeing Dad.) Saw Dad March
23rd Hannah 14 years old (walking with the Lord but not willing to see Dad. I
made her go see him March 9th.) Gabe 12 years old. (walking with the Lord and
willing to see Dad) Saw dad March 9th and March 23rd. Mike 21years old not
walking with the Lord Jesus and not very involved with us. Haven't seen him for
several months Tom (my beloved husband of 18 years) walking in sorrow in need
of prayers of the saints of the most high. Debb (Tom's wife of 18 years)
walking with the Lord Jesus (and being carried by the arms of my heavenly
Father) Please pray that God will give me wisdom, discernment, grace, and that
His hand would be upon me, that he will keep me from evil, and that I would not
harm anyone. Ysi Christ,

4/14/02: Dear Brothers & Sisters, Please continue to pray for us all as I had
requested. it has been eight weeks since we checked Tom in the the hospital,
but as of today we are back to square one.

Debbie~ - 25/03/02: From a victim of abuse Please pray for strength and
endurance. Pray for energy and the Holy Spirit's guidance and healing. Pray
that if God will's that this would all go away. Many say I must continue to
rest and God will give me new energy. But God is telling me to give my life
away every day and I will have a new one someday. I long for that. I wish I
could love better. I wish I had more to give. Thanks for the prayers and
encouragement.

A son in the faith, David

- Please help! My mother is old and not well. Her husband is older and had
to be put in a "home" for a couple of weeks. He has dementia and now wants to
come home and my mother cannot take care of him but will literally kill herself
trying. He gets up all through the night and takes things apart and takes money
out of her purse. They are broke. I am a single mother of two and have devoted
my life to the children I prayed for. We could move with her but she is not a
pleasant person to live with and I don't think I could live with her daily
criticism...she means well and loves her husband and I just don't know what to
do.

I am eagerly awaiting some reply. Any reply.

Darlene J. Dowling

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3/30/02: pray for our landfill school project, which will rescue 2000 children
from surviving off a landfill..

Vanessa

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4/01/02: I am looking for someone in Tulsa, OK to minister to a wife and
daughter. They are unchurched, have no friends, little finances, and the
husband walked out on them this weekend for another woman.

Mike S

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4/05/02: We are danger. It's a good time to pray for our land, and to
continually pray for the peace, health and safety of Israel and Jerusalem. We
know that bitter days are marked out by God for that city, but let us not be
found standing on the wrong side of this battle. Better to die a horrible death
on the Lord's side, than to become rich as a traitor.

In Jesus, Jim

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4/12/02: PLEASE PRAY FOR: 1) Lasting peace in this land. The boundary has been
crossed. Israel is at war with the Palestinian Authority, while also the
Lebanese border has become the staging ground for daily attacks by the Iranian
backed Hezbollah. And violence looks to be heating up more and more each day.
It behooves us all to pray (Psa. 122:6). The peace of Jerusalem affects the
peace of the whole world. Even so, come Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20)! 2) The future
of Jerusalem University College and the Millier family's related plans for
ministry here in Israel ... or possibly the Philippines. To Israel. My
nine-year-old daughter (Dawn) and I have tickets to fly out Apr. 26th to Manila
to meet with the elders of a central Filipino congregation who are interested
in our plans to train Christian Filipino in-house care-givers (to the elderly
and infirm in Israel) in modern and biblical Hebrew, and Jewish evangelism
skills. Pray that only God's will would be confirmed. 3) Serena (Jewish lady
involved with a New Age cult) to come to faith in her Messiah. We meet weekly
in her home for "peace talks" with a group of about fifteen Jews, Muslim Arabs,
"Christian" Arabs, and a few real born again believers-- Jew, Arab, other. She
is still regularly reading her Bible and she has some good Messianic teaching
materials on her shelves, I've noticed. Serena is so close to saving faith in
Yeshua (Jesus), but she hasn't quite put it all together to take that step. 4)
Shlomo (orthodox Jewish man I speak with weekly at the "peace talks") to come
to faith in Yeshua. As he studies the Messianic prophecies to prove me wrong,
pray that the Holy Spirit would catch hold of his heart. Remember Saul of
Tarsus started out as a man intent on disproving the case for Jesus ... and
became one of Jesus' strongest advocates. I can see evidence of spiritual
hunger and conviction in Shlomo. 5) Pray also for Miriam (orthodox Jewish
woman) as she does her own investigation in the book of Daniel. Remember Rob
(orthodox Jewish man) as he has expressed interest in the gospel. In fact, from
a recent conversation we had, I suspect he may be a closet believer. He has all
but come out and openly confessed faith in Jesus to me, ... though I have
prodded. Either way, pray for him. Also don't forget to mention Amy (Mainland
Chinese Buddhist) in your prayers. She is working as an in-house care-provider
in Jerusalem. She too is a seeker. 6) God's anointing on various teaching
opportunies including my Shabbat School class at NETIVYAH (our Jerusalem
congregation) in which I instruct Jewish and gentile children in Matthew's
Gospel. Also, I teach periodically, on a semi-scholarly level, at the Narkis
St. Congregation's "Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research" Bible study.
Likewise I am exploring the possibility of teaching at a local Bible Institute
(affiliated with a house church) which trains struggling Jewish, Arab, and
foreign (African, Filipino) pastors in biblical/theological topics-- for next
to nothing. Thanks, Michael
Jerusalem

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4/14/02: This is a neat story, and I encourage you to read it on:
alt.religion.christian.home-church

She is a new convert with quite a background.

Her name's Melissa, and she needs a lot of strength... old ways are hard to
change. Right now she's full of zeal, but soon she'll come down off cloud 9 and
be stuck with the mundane stuff: 5 kids, no husband, no education, and no work
experience (she's been a prostitute since she dropped out of high school 10
years ago). Terry

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4/13/02: Please pray for us, a coup d'etat has just taken place here, and
oligarchs are trying to pass it off as 'civic action' while keeeping our
president isolated and not allowing him to speak... this is the first president
ever in this country who cares for the people. Please talk to your reps, since
this coup is strongly supported by the US, since Venezuela is the US's only
safe provider of oil outside the middle east...
love, Vanessa

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4/16/02: Please pray for Japan.

I have become more and more concerned for the people of Japan. There is an
incredible emptiness of heart there.

Jim

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4/21/02: I have a request. I have a 72 year old neighbor that I have been
helping lately due to heart problems. She is having heart by-pass surgery on
Tuesday. Please pray for that this surgery will be without complications and
that she will recover very quickly. Also pray for her husband, he is disabled
and housebound, so he is not able to be with her. Thanks J.C.

Thanks for your faithful support.

- -- Richard Wright,
wright47(--AT--)sc.rr.com on 04/21/2002

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are
poisoned. - ---Herbert Hoover, 31st US President


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