There are 4 tangible action steps (probably more) to be mindful of that will help give us a Kingdom mindset. After receiving some positive feedback on a recent message, I thought I’d post a brief summary of the acronym used in my 4 points.
Message title: Be R.E.A.L.
Relational in every opportunity | Constantly looking for opportunities to connect with others while we go about our daily lives. Look, and be attentive of those around us and be sensitive to what they are going through. The body of Christ is the Church’s best evangelism plan.
Excited about the things of God | When we take notice of all the incredible ways God is moving in our lives, it should show. And when excitement shows in us, others will often enquire as to what it is. Bingo….there’s an open door to talk about how awesome Jesus has been to you.
Active in and out of the church | Two parts here: 1. Do something to support your church home. Get involved, serve, give, lead. 2. Do something with a Kingdom mindset outside of your church. This helps to keep us from being an inwardly focused church and looking at the bigger picture of God’s Church around us.
Love for the lost | Pray for God to give you a deep, heart-felt compassion for the lost and for their needs. Why? Because compassion drives action.
You can actually listen to the full message from October 26, 2014 HERE.
Is there anything you would add? Or, which of these I’ve listed tends to be the most difficult?
Please leave your comments below.
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Wow…1891 to 2007 is represented in this picture. Roughly 116 years between these two phones and the primary function remains the same…..communication. The rotary phone could make single phone calls. That’s it! It couldn’t take messages, offer call-waiting or conference calls, or utilize a contacts list for speed-dialing. The iPhone, however, can do all these…plus countless additional methods to send and receive information. Here’s the problem with the rotary phone today. It can’t be used with today’s technology! It has become obsolete. The need for making phone calls, however, still remains a need today.
How would you personally react to a friend of yours if they were insistent on keeping their rotary phone and refusing to move forward with technology? One might think they are ignorant, irrelevant, and/or disconnected from society. Ironically, many of our churches are like this person. Figuratively speaking, they are attempting to Tweet, Blog, and Facebook the vision of their church and the love of Jesus…using a rotary phone! These churches are becoming ‘ignorant, irrelevant, and/or disconnected from society.’ Now, can they still ‘DO‘ good works for the Kingdom? Absolutely! Many times, however, the topic turns to audience. Who and how many do you want to reach with the Gospel message?
I don’t recall who actually coined this statement, but I remember it from a conference a few years ago. Referring to the Gospel they said, “Its necessary to constantly change HOW we spread God’s Word, so long as the Word itself doesn’t change.” Jesus modeled this for us. He taught outside in public gatherings. He also used parables. He realized that if He only taught in the synagogues His audience would be limited.
In what ways is your church using Social Media to advance the Kingdom? Or…if you have been resistant to, what have been your reasons?