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Sermon April 29 2012

Sermon April 29 2012

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Sermon April 29, 2012
Sermon April 29, 2012

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Published by: Chain of Lakes Church on May 02, 2012
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Before I begin the sermon I want to share with you an experiment that I’d like to try, andI’d like to see if you would do this experiment with me.How many of you would be willing to do a Bible Study in your home in your pajamas thatis an outreach?Yesterday six of us were at a leadership workshop in Golden Valley. One of the ideas weexplored is how ministry is different in 2012 because we are in a digital age. I want to try andigital experiment. I had this idea before the workshop, and the workshop confirmed that this wasan idea worth tryingI would like us to do a Bible Study on Facebook for the next four weeks.This is how it works.For the next four weeks weeks I’m going to encourage us to read one chapter of Luke eachday. Reading a chapter of Luke each day has nothing to do with Facebook. Luke is my favoritegospel. I believe that Luke is the easiest gospel to understand. It’s a marvelous story of how Lukesaw Jesus. Luke saw Jesus as someone who went out of his way to share the extravagant love of God with the outcasts of society. Many people throughout history have come to know God and toknow God at a deeper level through their reading of Luke.I’d like a group of us—preferably the entire congregation—to read Luke.Reading Luke has nothing to do with the digital age. That’s powerful by itself. Here iswhere it gets digital.As part of this experiment I’m going to share the reading and the devotional questions onthe Chain of Lakes Facebook page. What will happen is each day I will post a chapter of Luke onthe Facebook page and I will post the devotional reading. At the end of the devotional reading is a
 
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simple question. Your task is to read the chapter, read the devotion, and post a response to thequestion on our Facebook page.SLIDEWe have a Facebook page—it looks like this. I think we’re up to about 110 peoplewho have liked the page. What this means is we have 110 people who see Chain of Lakeswhenever something is posted on the page. A lot of these 110 people are folks who live in thenorth Metro and are not part of Chain of Lakes. When they see activity on our page they will become even more aware of Chain of LakesSLIDEThis is the reading for tomorrow. Ive already posted it.The experiment is to see if we can get some conversation going on the devotion. Let’s taketomorrow’s reading for example. In the first chapter of Luke Mary, the mother of Jesus, shared a prayer of praise. It’s called the Magnificat. I asked people to share a quality of God for which you praise God. That’s all you have to do.Besides generating conversation our Facebook posts will get attention from everyone’sFacebook page. When you make a comment all of your Facebook friends will come into contactwith Chain of Lakes. You are practicing evangelism by writing a post.I understand that not everyone uses Facebook and some people believe that Facebook is a big waste of time. I told Hannah that I wished she would spend as much time reading as she doeson Facebook. Facebook is only a tool to share our message.One of the Core Values is Relevance. Jesus successfully communicated his message byusing examples and symbols of first century culture. We will be open to using examples andsymbols of our culture to communicate Jesus’ message.
 
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Who thinks they could participate in this experiment? Read a chapter from Luke, read thedevotion, share a response to a question. Preferably do this each day, but if you miss a day weunderstand. The activity we generate will create a buzz.

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