Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Being friendly can make you a better disciple-maker ...

As I was sitting at the table, a young, skinny and bespectacled African-American boy stepped alongside me and just started talking.

"Do you like San Diego?" was his opening question that would serve as a greeting and as an opening barrage of many more questions to follow.

I learned he was 13 years old and was in town because his big brother was graduating this week in the Marine Corps. He was very proud of his big brother!

I learned he was from Dallas, and we talked about that place because I've lived in that area, also.

He wants to become an engineer.

Now, he pulled out a chair at my table and made himself comfortable without the slightest pause in his talking and inquiring.

He likes the Dallas area because there are a lot of celebrities there.

What did I think about Los Angeles?

What did I think about San Francisco?

And so came the volley of questions that made for an odd but pleasant conversation with a complete stranger.

I know the boy would have kept talking if he had not been interrupted by his grandmother, who returned from running out to get them some food. We introduced ourselves and I let her know her grandson had introduced himself, and we had been having a pleasant conversation. I mentioned she must be very proud of both her grandsons, and she beemed with a smile that didn't need her words of affirmation to my statement. She did explain her grandson-Marine had actually failed in his first three attempts to get accepted by the Corps, but he was determined to be a Marine and this week he would realize his dream.

It was so easy to get to know complete strangers!

In this case, I didn't have to do anything, it was a young teenager who started the conversation!

It was a good example of how open and inquisitive young people are. We adults tend to lose all interest in making connections with strangers simply because they're in the same room with us.

And the church suffers for that.

Young people tend to keep their heads up and on a swivel, searching out the world and people around them with imagination and curiosity. Adults more often keep their heads down and hope no one interrupts them from their self-centered focus on pursuing what's on their agenda for themselves.

You can't win the world for Christ that way.

Thirty years ago I learned a highly effective model for disciple-making that includes teaching disciples how to engage people so that connections can be made and opportunities for sharing the Gospel can be created and expanded. Learning how to do that, and being equipped to share the Gospel in an effective, comprehensive but concise way will create a multiplying factor to a disciples' efforts for making new disciples.

When you keep your head up to see the people around you, and purposely engage with them, you're off to a good start to being able to lead many people to Christ.

If you would like to learn more about how you can be equipped to be an effective disciple-maker, contact me at dr.scott@ScottFreeClinic.org.

Scotty

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In search of a doctoral candidate who is looking for a significant research project ...

I am currently consulting for the Chair of World Evangelism at Hope International University (HIU) on a variety of initiatives. One major project about to be green-lighted is conducting a significant two-year research project. We are currently looking for someone to take the lead for this project, which would be an ideal research project for a doctoral candidate.

The researcher would not have to be connected with HIU but would have to work with specific representatives from the university.

This is an exciting project! If you know of any potential candidates, please have them contact John Hendee, HIU's Chair of World Evangelism, at john.hendee@cox.net or they can contact me at dr.scott@ScottFreeClinic.org.

Thank you!

Scotty

In all honesty, who are your people?

When training people in how to be effective disciple-makers, I often hear people remark that most of their friends and most people they know are Christians.

It's a common issue: after becoming a Christian, instead of going into the world to make disciples, most retreat from the world to wallow in fellowship with others like them. Other Christians become their "people."

William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, understood how many Christians insulate themselves from the world, which means they can't reach it for Christ. It's a bad mistake he didn't want his children to make. One Sunday evening Booth was walking in London with his son, Bramwell, who was 12 or 13 years old at the time. Booth surprised his son by taking him into a saloon! The place was crowded with men and women, many of them bearing on their faces the marks of vice and crime; some were drunk. The fumes of alcohol and tobacco was thick in the air.

"Willie," Booth said to his son, "these are our people; these are the people I want you to live for and bring to Christ."

Years later, Bramwell Booth wrote, "The impression never left me."

It was the same kind of people that Jesus spent a lot of time with ...

"Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector's booth. 'Follow me and be my disciple,' Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples, 'Why do you eat and drink with such scum?' Jesus answered them, 'Healthy people don't need a doctor --- sick people do. I have come to call not those who think the are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent'," Luke 5:27-32.

If someone asked your children who your "people" are, what would they say? What kind of example of Christian ambassadorship are you setting for your children? In all honesty, who are your people?

Scotty

Monday, January 26, 2015

YOU and your CHURCH can learn to add HUNDREDS of NEW disciples every year ...

Open your calendar --- paper, digital, or otherwise --- and circle or highlight March 16, 2015.

Let's make that the day you as an individual, or your ministry, or your church begins to revolutionize your approach to making disciples so that every year you're adding at least hundreds of new disciples to the church.

I'll tell you why March 16 is important in a minute, but let me give you some context.

Over the past few decades there have been a few popular ways of sharing the Gospel that Christians have been exposed to, most of which really were not all that effective. And thinking that the "Romans Road" approach to sharing the Gospel is a comprehensive model for effective disciple-making is to rob non-Christians of a full hearing of the Gospel --- and it minimizes who you could reach for Christ.

There is a proven model for sharing the Gospel in both a comprehensive and concise way that has been so effective among a variety of cultures around the world that thousands have come to a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ by its use.

More than 35 years ago, John Hendee, while serving as Minister of Evangelism at Central Christian Church in Mesa, AZ, developed a complete model for evangelism that would soon be published by Standard Publishing. Scores of people learned and applied the model. In one year alone, 750 people were added to the congregation at Central, most through use of this disciple-making model. Since then, the model has been used by individual Christians, pastors and church leaders, church planters, missionaries, and implemented in churches all over as their model for disciple-making, and the result was always that of multiplying the number of new disciples being made, to the point that thousands have come to Christ through these efforts.

The model has been updated and revised, and is now called the "It's All About Relationship" model for effective disciple-making. John now serves as Chair of World Evangelism at Hope International University (HIU) in Fullerton, CA, where he has been teaching a successful online course called "Relational Evangelism" in equipping people to use this disciple-making model.

Now, the significance for the date.

On March 16, HIU will begin its first offering of training in the use of this disciple-making model through its Open Classroom platform. That means that individuals, or whole teams, or even entire churches, ministries, or organizations can take the course together at a greatly reduced cost of just $50 per person (if you have a guaranteed group over over 100 people, HIU will likely reduce the per person cost even more!). By being active participants in this course, in just eight weeks you (and your team or church, if doing this as a group) will be equipped in how to make disciples in the most effective way I have ever seen.

To invest further in your success at implementing this model, we are in the process of developing a disciple-maker coaching network to support you after you complete the course. We're also making available to you for FREE some quality materials for discipling Christians.

Instead of hoping you'll see some people come to Christ this year, why not equip the saints to become effective disciple-makers so that you can begin reaching the lost in the community around you by the hundreds?

We would welcome the opportunity to answer any of your questions and talk further with you about the possibility of you taking this course or the real value of using the "It's All About Relationship" disciple-making model personally, or in your ministry or church. You can contact John at john.hendee@cox.net or email me at dr.scott@ScottFreeClinic.org.

Make 2015 the year you became serious about winning the lost for Christ in a very bold and effective way, and make March 16 the day you start getting equipped to make that change happen!

Scotty

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Why do we do it?

Musicians are some of the most passionate people you will ever meet.

There was a sign posted in a music store that stated, "A jazz musician is someone who puts a $5,000 horn in a $500 car and drives $50 miles for a $5 gig."

What is it that compels musicians to invest all that they are and have into their art?

It's a love for their music.

The same motivation --- that of love --- is what compels Christians to invest all that they are and have in going to great lengths to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.

"Either way, Christ's love controls [or "compels"] us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them," 2 Corinthians 5:14-15.

Do you love Jesus Christ to the point that you live for Him? Is it love for Jesus that compels you to put everything that your are and have into introducing others to Him?

Scotty

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here are some opportunities related to disciple-making and discipleship you won't want to miss ...

For a few months now I've had the opportunity to consult for, and work with my friend, John Hendee, in his position as Chair of World Evangelism at Hope International University (HIU) in Fullerton, California.

John and I spent a couple of days at HIU this week, and we have some exciting things to share with you about an incredible training opportunity to help individuals become highly effective disciple-makers, to help churches transition into disciple-making churches, a new network you'll want to know about, and some FREE materials as well.

I talk about these things in the short video posted on the Scott Free Clinic website here http://go.shr.lc/1D0uKCS. Check it out and take advantage of the great offerings we'll be making available.

Dr. James Scott, Jr.
Founder & President,
Scott Free Clinic

A very concise question: How fruitful is your life?

A student once asked the advice of heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, regarding what he should do to make something of his life.

"Stay in college, get the knowledge. And stay there until you're through. If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you."

God wants to make something of you and me. He wants to transform us into the likeness of His Son. Jesus wants us to live productive lives that bring glory to God ...

"You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name," John 15:16.

Is your life bearing fruit that brings glory to God?

Scotty