Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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In this blog, I provide teaching and training on how to be fruitful and multiply.

As the Scripture says, "God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'" (Gen 1:28)

Some of the topics covered include multiplication, fullness, being a witness for Jesus, being a fisher of men, making disciples, the popularity of the gospel, and the importance of receiving the Holy Spirit to be a powerful witness for Christ.

Multiplication Being a Witness for Christ Give Me Children or I'll Die!
Multiplication Illustrations Evangelism only for the Healthy? Be a Star for Jesus
Fullness Popularity of the Gospel The Jesus Film Project
International Impact of Pentecost Here I Am, Send Me Now is the Day of Salvation
Fishers of Men - the 419 series Life Transformation Groups The Sin of Silence
Confrontational Evangelism Rescue Souls! What is That in Your hand?
Fruit in Every Season How to Start an LTG Serving Within Your Sphere
Share Jesus Without Fear How to Mark Up a Bible to Share Jesus Without Fear

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

You may also access my complete blog directory at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org. Partner with us online by giving to DMI.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Share Jesus Without Fear

I have studied many different approaches to evangelism, but in August 2000 the Lord led me to discover a simple, easy way to Share Jesus Without Fear as taught by an evangelist named Bill Fay. I’ve been practicing this for about 19 years now, and it has been used by the Lord to help me share comfortably with people without fear.

People have many offensive ways of sharing their faith.  The gospel is going to offend people, but we don’t have to be offensive in the way we share it. This is a non-threatening way of asking people simple diagnostic questions, in order to find out where God is at work around you, so you can join Him. It’s not a technique, but a way to partner with the Lord in ministering to the lost.  It’s something I cannot fail at, if I am simply obedient. It’s a way to share that emphasizes prayer, preparation, power, presence, and partnership. I'm talking about the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, and our partnership with Him. I have actually felt the power and presence of the Holy Spirit while sharing my faith this way. It doesn’t require you to commit to giving additional time each week to going out and doing evangelism. It’s a lifestyle of sharing with people, especially those closest to you, such as friends and family.



In addition to using this approach myself, I have also taught it to others including pastors, elders, and disciples of Christ in the US and abroad. When I taught this in our home church in New Hampshire here in the US, I spent four weeks with each of the three home groups that met together once each week. So it took me a total of twelve weeks to teach this to all three groups. During the four weeks I spent with each group, one person came to Christ through one of the people in that group, so that at the end of twelve weeks, three people had accepted Christ. They did so not as a direct result of my sharing with them, but through the people in the home groups that learned this approach and began to put it into practice. Praise the Lord!


I hope you will take the time to study this way of sharing the Lord by going through the presentation that I have created (with permission) based on the book called Share Jesus Without Fear by William Fay and Ralph Hodge. You won't regret it. Now here is the link to the presentation, which is not for duplication.

Resources: You can find more resources related to Share Jesus Without Fear online, such as the book, the workbook (which I highly recommend), the Share Jesus Without Fear New Testament (also available here), and the DVD Leader Kit. When I originally taught this it was on VHS video tape, and our church bought the leader materials for me to use in order to teach it, so I would recommend getting the DVD Kit if you can afford it.

Attribution notice: All material in the linked presentation is from Share Jesus Without Fear by William Fay and Ralph Hodge, copyright 1997 Lifeway Press, Nashville, TN. Duplicated and used by permission.
 
Author's note: You are invited to read How to Mark Up a Bible to Share Jesus Without FearRescue Souls!, Here I Am Send Me, Give Me Children or I'll Die!, The Sin of Silence, Confrontational Evangelism, and Being a Witness for Christ. You may find more articles about being fruitful and multiplying on the Home Page of this blog. You may also find my collection of blogs at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

How to Mark Up a Bible to Share Jesus Without Fear

If you have read my article called Share Jesus Without Fear and viewed my presentation by the same title based on the book by that name, then hopefully you are ready to take the next steps to putting it into practice. Here I would like to explain how to mark up your Bible in order to share Jesus without fear.

Preferably begin with a Bible that you have not highlighted, so the pages are clean and presentable. So you wouldn't want to use your regular study Bible that you've marked up already with highlighting and your handwritten notes inside. I suggest a pocket edition of the New Testament that you can easily carry with you in your pocket, purse, laptop bag, backpack, or glove compartment of your car. I have a black, leather copy of the official Share Jesus Without Fear New Testament, which is translated in the Holy Bible New International Version, but you can use any good, reliable translation of the Bible that common people can understand. I also recommend using a non-ink, yellow, wax highlighter, designed especially for highlighting Bibles, rather than the ink ones that can tend to bleed through the pages.

Here are the recommended steps:

1. Bookmark Romans 3:23 in your Bible, since this will be the first of seven Scripture verses you use. I suggest using the Bible's built-in ribbon marker to do this.

2. Highlight Romans 3:23.

3. On the page containing Romans 3:23, turn the Bible with the text upside down with the print facing up as if you were handing it to someone to read the verse. In the upper margin of the page, the margin closest to you, write "Rom 6:23" (without the quotation marks), which is the next verse that you will turn to after the person has read Romans 3:23. I suggest writing it in pencil not too big yet big enough to you can read it as you take the Bible back from the person after they've read Romans 3:23.

4. Highlight Romans 6:23.

5. On the page containing Romans 6:23, turn the Bible with the text upside down with the print facing up. In the upper margin of the page, write "Jn 3:3," which is the next verse that you will turn to after the person has read Romans 6:23.

6. Highlight John 3:3.

7. On the page containing John 3:3, turn the Bible with the text upside down with the print facing up. In the upper margin of the page, write "Jn 14:6," which is the next verse that you will turn to after the person has read John 3:3. Also draw the cross next to that verse to remind yourself to ask the person "Why did Jesus die on the cross?"

8. Highlight John 14:6.

9. On the page containing John 14:6, turn the Bible with the text upside down with the print facing up. In the upper margin of the page, write "Rom 10:9-11," which is the next verse that you will turn to after the person has read John 14:6.

10. Highlight Romans 10:9-11.

11. On the page containing Romans 10:9-11, turn the Bible with the text upside down with the print facing up. In the upper margin of the page, write "2 Co 5:15," which is the next verse that you will turn to after the person has read Romans 10:9-11.

12. Highlight 2 Corinthians 5:15.

13. On the page containing 2 Corinthians 5:15, turn the Bible with the text upside down with the print facing up. In the upper margin of the page, write "Rev 3:20," which is the next verse that you will turn to after the person has read 2 Corinthians 5:15.

14. Highlight Revelation 3:20.

Now you are reading to begin using your New Testament to Share Jesus Without Fear!

Resources: You can find more resources related to Share Jesus Without Fear online, such as the book, the workbook (which I highly recommend), the Share Jesus Without Fear New Testament (also available here), and the DVD Leader Kit. When I originally taught this it was on VHS video tape, and our church bought the leader materials for me to use in order to teach it, so I would recommend getting the DVD Kit if you can afford it.

Attribution notice: All material in the linked presentation is from Share Jesus Without Fear by William Fay and Ralph Hodge, copyright 1997 Lifeway Press, Nashville, TN. Duplicated and used by permission.The method of Bible marking is taken from the same book.
 
Author's note: You are invited to read Share Jesus Without Fear, Rescue Souls!, Here I Am Send Me, Give Me Children or I'll Die!, The Sin of Silence, Confrontational Evangelism, and Being a Witness for Christ. You may find more articles about being fruitful and multiplying on the Home Page of this blog. You may also find my collection of blogs at Writing for the Master.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Serving Within Your Sphere

Let's take a look at a verse from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor 10:13). Paul said, "We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you." While Paul did boast of what Christ was doing through his ministry, he boasted within certain limits, specifically to what he called, "the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us" (NIV). Let's take a moment to examine this phrase more closely.

The Greek word for sphere is kanon, which means rule or standard, by implication it means a boundary, that is, (figuratively) a sphere (of activity): - line, rule. From this word kanon we get the English word canon, as in the canon of Scripture, which refers to the limits set by the Church as to what is Scripture, so that everything outside those sixty-six books is not considered to be Scripture.

Now let's consider how various versions of the Bible translate this phrase in 2 Corinthians 10:13:

In the NASB it is "the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure..."

The 1978 NIV says, "the field God has assigned to us..."

In the ESV it is translated, "the area of influence God assigned to us..."

The GNB calls it, "the limits of the work which God has set for us..."

So Paul knew that there was a sphere that God apportioned to him as a measure, and that is the sphere he worked within. Everyone has a sphere and we all need to stay within our sphere and not overstep it. This is our specific area of activity and influence that the Lord has determined according to His own will and purpose. It includes the people whom our lives intersect with and touch, such as our children, parents, brothers, sisters, other relatives, neighbors, coworkers, friends, classmates, and people we meet in the market place or social networks, as well as people in far away lands that we either know or whom the Lord has enabled us to reach.

As God's fellow workers, let's work in the field God has assigned to us, rather than in someone else's field. Even within our own field, we each have specific duties, as the Lord has assigned to each his task (1 Cor 3:5b), such as planting the seed, watering, or reaping. One man plants the seed, another one waters, but God makes it grow, until the time comes for someone else to reap the harvest.

We should not try to go beyond the specific limits of the work which God has set for us. He will stretch us past what we thought we were capable of doing and even expand the reach of our territory so that it becomes enlarged beyond what it once was. He will do this, especially if we pray and ask Him to do so. If we are faithful with the little things, He will entrust us with much, even increasing the limits of the work which He has set for us. But we must first prove faithful in the little things. As Jesus said, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." (Lk 16:10, NIV).

So don't despise the day of small things, but be faithful to bloom where He has planted you. Don't try to be somebody else or have their ministry. Be who God has made you and called you to be. Use those gifts and talents that He has put into your hands. Serve the people the Lord has called you to serve. If that's a small flock of twenty-three people, then tend that flock diligently and faithfully. If it's a handful of people at your place of employment, then serve the Lord among them. Plant those seeds of the Word in the garden the Lord has given you to tend. Then in due time, as your garden produces good fruit, the Lord may give you a larger garden to tend.

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, where noted, copyright Lockman Foundation, used by permission. Other Scriptures from The Holy Bible NIV, coyyright Zondervan, used by permission. First image copyright Amy Kauffman, Amplifying Specks of Life. Second image copyright ClipArt extras, used according to Fair Use Act for educational and commentary purposes.

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like and Multiplication and Multiplication IllustrationsLife Transformation Groups, How to Start an LTG, Being a Witness for Christ, What's That in Your Hand, Multiplying Your Talents, and the other posts available through the Home Page of this blog.  If you would like to become a disciple who multiplies disciples, please prayerfully consider enrolling in Doulos Training School, our international, distance education ministry. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
_________________________________________________

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

Friday, September 23, 2016

How to Start an LTG

In my previous article, I explained Life Transformation Groups (LTG), which are an excellent way to make disciples that multiply, as Jesus did. Anyone in Christ can start an LTG. It's not difficult. That's one reason why it is so effective, because it is easily repeatable by disciples of all ages around the world. However, for those who are not sure how to start an LTG, please allow me to give you some simple steps.

1. Step One: Pray and ask the Lord whom you should invite to join you in an LTG. Wait on the Lord to answer you as you consider the people you know. Find another person who has a hunger for more of God in his or her life. The groups are not mixed-gender, so consider those of your own gender.

2. Step Two: Once you determine whom the Lord is leading you to invite, go to the person and invite them. For those who don't know how to do that, here is how I suggest you do it. Begin saying you believe the Lord is leading you to invite them to a "discipleship relationship." Be sure and smile as you open the topic. Explain that it involves reading lots of Scripture, praying for the lost, and meeting together once per week for an hour. Explain that neither of you will be the leader or teacher, but that you will be coequals. Explain that the group is limited to two or three people of the same gender, so it will always remain small, but new groups can be started as more people want to join. Explain that you would like them to read the article, Life Transformation Groups, and pray for a week or two about whether the Lord wants them to join you in one of these groups. Ask them to get back to you afterward and let you know if this is what the Lord wants them to do. Be sure and ask them to pray first about it, even if they seem sure immediately that this is what they want to do.

3. Step Three: After a couple weeks, if the person has not yet gotten back to you with a response to your invitation, ask them if they have a sense from the Lord yet whether or not this is what He would have them do. If they say they have not, tell them to pray about it for another week, but that you do need a response, so you know whether they will join you, because you would like to start as soon as possible.

If you receive a negative response from the person you invited, then thank them for praying about it, and move on to inviting someone else by following these same three steps. If you receive an affirmative response from the person you invited, then proceed to step four below.

By the way, you can invite a second person, following steps one to three above before you have received a response from this person. But do not invite more than two at a time, because the group is limited to three people. I recommend inviting one person at a time, and keeping it simple, but feel free to invite two at a time, if the Lord leads you that way. Starting off with just you and one other person in the group initially has many advantages to it, and you can always invite another person to join the group once you two get started. If you invite two people at once, you should probably wait for both to decide whether to join before you get started, unless one person is taking longer than three weeks to decide, and the second person has already indicated they would like to join you. The reason is that you need to move forward with starting the group, and if a person really wants to do this, they will not take very long to decide.

4. Step Four: Decide together with the person who has agreed to be your LTG partner which day of the week you will meet for at least an hour, as well as the time and place where you will meet. You do not have to meet at the same place every week. It can be in a home, church, office, or food court in a mall for example. The main thing is that it is conveniently accessible to all members of the group, and it affords enough privacy to speak confidentially to each other. Once you have decided when and where to meet, proceed to step five.

5. Step Five: Decide together with your new LTG partner which passage of the Bible to read before your first meeting. Pick a passage of 25 to 30 chapters in the New Testament initially, and I recommend staying in this part of the Bible for the first year. You could choose a book like Matthew, which is 28 chapters. Or you could choose to read Galatians five times for a total of thirty chapters. Each member of the LTG should individually and privately read the same passage of Scripture that you agreed upon together in step five. You do this throughout the week during your own personal devotions with God.

6. Step Six: Print out a copy of the five questions that will be used in your first meeting, as listed in the article Life Transformation Groups, or write them down. You may also order LTG cards from  Church Multiplication Associates (CMA). As you go through your week, you will make notes to yourself, so that you can answer the questions when you meet together for your LTG meeting.

7. Step Seven: Meet together for the first time at the appointed place and time. Begin with a word of prayer, and then decide who will go first in answering the five questions. Remind your partner that any sins you confess to each other in the group must remain confidential between the two of you. One person can then ask the other each of the five questions, while the other person answers them. Afterward, trade places and the other person now gets to answer the questions.

8. Step Eight: During your first meeting, ask your partner(s) to decide on two people they know that they would like you both to be praying for to come to Christ. I suggest you ask them to pick two people who are not in Christ and who would be strategically influential, if they came to Christ. They should be prepared to give you the names of these two people the next time you meet. Once they give you the two names, you should both write down the names. Likewise, you should give them the names of the two people you would like them to join you in praying for.

9. Step Nine: If everyone in the group has finished reading the agreed upon passage of Scripture, then do step five again before you end the meeting with prayer, so you know what to read before your next meeting. If any one person did not finish the reading, then everyone knows they must re-read the entire passage, even if they have already finished it.

These are the basic steps to starting an LTG, and once you have started one, you can invite a third group member, if you don't already have one.

Dealing with Issues
If your LTG partner is consistently not reading the Scripture passage you have agreed upon, or not coming to the meetings, or not submitting to the LTG process in any particular way, then you need to speak to them privately. I suggest you let them know that you would be glad to continue meeting with them for discipleship as long as they are willing to submit to the LTG process. But remind them that there are two criteria for being in an LTG: 1) a hunger for more of God in his or her life, and 2) a willingness to submit to the LTG process. Remind them that when you first asked them to pray about joining you in an LTG, they said they felt led by the Lord to join, but lately they do not seem to be submitting to the process. You might consider asking them to pray for two weeks about whether they still feel led to continue to meet with you for discipleship, and ask them to let you know. If after praying, they decide they no longer want to continue, then let them go, and you will need to find someone else. If they want to continue meeting, just be lovingly firm with them that you will be expecting them to submit to the process.

I hope this has helped you understand better how to get your LTG started and how to deal with issues that may arise.

Attribution: Life Transformation Groups by Neil Cole © 2000. For more information about Life Transformations Groups and other strategic resources visit Church Multiplication Associates (CMA). By the way, CMA has LTG cards containing the explanation of an LTG and the five questions, which you can order from them online. I recommend getting the blue cards with the five questions, rather than the red ones.Butterfly photo by my fifteen year old daughter H.R. Lacroix.

Author's Note: If you would like to become a disciple who makes disciples, please prayerfully consider enrolling in Doulos Training School, our international, distance education ministry. I also recommend reading Life Transformation Groups, The Difference Between a Disciple and a Believer, The Cost of Discipleship, and Multiplication. You are invited to visit the Home page of this blog, and also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." 
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org. Partner with us online by giving to DMI.