Sync: Connecting Your Life to God’s Story Need: Meet the spiritual hunger of those under 40 where 3% are

Christians who reflect Christ (51% of this age group are unbelievers) while 9% of those over 40 are Christians who reflect Christ. Value Proposition: Create mentoring community to present Christ dynamically, interactively, contextually and holistically. Vision: Create ambassador and mentoring communities that present Christ credibly in all of culture Mission: Build resources that facilitate cross-generational mentoring to sync people in God’s story so they become like Christ in the world.
Sync website: www.syncwithgod.com Blog: www.markpomeroy.com (500+ posts explaining Genesis to Revelation with applications)

Core Competency: Design discipleship solutions that address biblical illiteracy and division between generations and people from different walks of life to transform the head, heart and hands of younger and older adults. Big Picture of the Bible (1st Sync Course) Promise to Abraham
Land, Descendants, Blessings Unconditionally receive promised land as God’s disciple to experience His favor

Promise to Moses
Land Discover your promised land within your cultural sphere to serve the least of these in obedience to God

Promise to David
Descendants Become kingdom-minded disciple within your promised land through the power of prayer

Promise of New Covenant
Blessings Rely on the Holy Spirit by serving in your promised land to influence society in your cultural sphere

Matthew
Be equipped by Christ through the New Covenant to model and mentor others with the gospel of the kingdom in serving the least of these and making disciples in your cultural sphere

Sync’s Learning Goals (Malachi):

Spiritual Intimacy in Full Counsel of God:
Encourage authentic and intimate relationship with God.

Unified Relationships with People from Different Walks of Life:
Equip families and churches in unified relationships of integrity.

Sacrificial Service to Give Generously of One’s Time, Talent and Treasure:
Empower disciples for sacrificial service to present Christ credibly in all of culture.

Inter-Generational Mentoring to Heal Heart Relationships:
Create mentoring community that helps younger & older adults live out God’s plan.

Summary of Sync Ambassador Training
The term, “ambassador” is a master disciplemaker who starts a disciplemaking movement in their part of the world. I believe there is one church in a city that meets in various locations. Paul wrote his letters to the church of Ephesus, Corinth, etc.

Plowing and Planting God’s Word (Ezekiel)
I. Plowing: Prepare the City for God’s Word (Ezek. 1-29) II. Planting: Select Ambassadors Who Practice and Teach God’s Word (Ezek. 30-48) The church at Antioch sent out equipped ambassadors (Acts 13:1-4), Paul sent Timothy to Ephesus as an ambassador (1 Tim. 1:3) and a network of ambassadors traveled with Paul from various cities (Acts 20:4). Thessalonica became a model city (1 Thess. 1:7-8). Paul left Timothy as an ambassador (disciplemaker) in Ephesus (1 Tim. 1:3). 2 Timothy reinforces the outcomes found in the outline of Zechariah below. We learn that Paul entrusted God’s word to reliable men (ambassadors) who taught others, endured hardship in obedience to God, and accurately handled the full counsel of God’s word to break the curse of sin and trap of the devil (2 Tim. 2:1-26; Acts 20:27). 2 Timothy reinforces the repeatable cycles of outcomes found in the outline of Zechariah below. The underlined outcomes below were derived from Paul telling Timothy that all Scripture was inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). All Scripture means Genesis to Revelation. Timothy was mentored by his mother, grandmother and Paul (2 Tim. 1:5; 2:2). Paul discipled Timothy through his letters (1 & 2 Timothy), prayers (2 Tim.1:3) and personal relationships of accountability (2 Tim. 1:4; 3:10-11; 4:9,13,21). As we build up the body of Christ internationally through God’s word and corporate prayer by a network of ambassadors, it will have personal “learner” and corporate “target group” outcomes. Notice how learner and target group outcomes alternate among the seven pairs (gather, send, network ambassadors who create a word-centered environment that launch ministries of justice and compassion, mentor young people, disciple the needy and make Christ Lord in one’s cultural sphere through accountable relationships).

The priorities below are derived from the book of Zechariah as an outcome of ambassador training to build up the body of Christ internationally as outlined in this document. I. Repeatable Cycles of Global Priorities with Learner & Target Group Implications from Zechariah. A. Teaching & Reproof: Gather ambassadors across racial and denominational lines to preserve unity in the body of Christ through repentance of sin
1. Return to God by rebuilding the scattered church through His ambassadors (Zech. 1) —learner 2. Trust God across national and denominational lines (Zech. 2)—target group

B. Correction: Send out ambassadors as master disciple-makers who entrust God’s word to others for living obedient lives
3. Walk in God's ways for spiritual influence (Zech. 3)—learner 4. Send ambassadors who share God's word throughout the world (Zech. 4)—target group

C. Training in Righteousness: Network ambassadors through unified prayer as they entrust God’s word to others in breaking the curse of sin
5. Break the curse of sin through God's word (Zech. 5)—learner 6. Network ambassadors in prayerful unity (Zech. 6)—target group

A word-centered & prayerful environment created by ambassadors launch the following ministries: D. Good Works: Launch ministries of justice & compassion to develop model cities
7. Show true justice and compassion to the needy (Zech. 7)—learner 8. Develop model cities so other nations seek God (Zech. 8)—target group

E. Mentor: Do inter-generational mentoring to transform young people and grow nations
9. Transform young people into spiritual jewels attracting others (Zech. 9)—learner 10. Grow nations in Christ with inter-generational mentoring (Zech. 10)—target group

F. Disciple: Encourage spiritually healthy families to disciple the needy
11. Equip spiritually healthy people to disciple the needy (Zech. 11)—learner 12. Encourage families to mourn their sin for powerful prayer (Zech. 12)—target group

G. Accountability: Make Christ Lord in one’s cultural sphere through accountable relationships
13. Design family and friend accountability for character development (Zech. 13)—learner 14. Worship God as king over every area of life for fruitfulness (Zech. 14)—target group

Summary of Sync Priorities
       Prepare the soil of your city by standing in the gap before God (Isaiah; Jeremiah; Ezek. 1-29) Plant God’s word by selecting ambassadors who serve and empower people (Ezek. 30-48) Network “trained ambassadors” (see below) in prayerful unity (Zech. 6) Show true justice and compassion to the needy (Zech. 7) Develop model cities so others seek God (Zech. 8) Use inter-generational mentoring to transform young people into spiritual jewels (Zech. 9-10) Equip spiritually healthy people to disciple others so God rules every area of life (Zech. 11-14)

Ambassador Training: A. Personal Preparation: Make Christ Your Leader by Practicing Spiritual Disciplines
Founded on God’s Word for Fruitfulness (Hosea)

B. City-Wide Preparation: Bring Life to Your City (Joel, Amos) C. Ministry Launch: Pursue High-Impact Ministry (Obadiah, Jonah) D. Ministry Strategies: Restore Godly Foundations to Defeat Sin (Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk) E. Ministry Priorities: Seek God and Participate in God’s Kingdom Purposes to Build the Church
Internationally (Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah)

F. Sync Goals: Spiritual Intimacy in Full Counsel of God, Unified Relationships with People in
Different Walks of Life; Sacrificial Service to Give Generously of One’s Time, Talent and Treasure, & Inter-Generational Mentoring to Heal Heart Relationships (Malachi)

to Find Prepared Hearts Who Will Respond to City & National Crisis
We are looking for prepared hearts that will respond to city- and nation-wide spiritual, economic, political and leadership crisis who desire to be prepared spiritually and learn disciple-making skills.

Sync: Follow Isaiah

From Forsaking to Meeting God: People forsake the Lord when they are prideful, idolize
work and trust man's accomplishments. People meet the Lord when they defend the cause of the needy, repent of sin and teach God's word to walk in His paths:
1. Forsake the Lord when you are ignorant, guilty and evil 2. Seek justice for the needy and God will hear your prayers 3. Come to God and defend the needy so you will prosper in the land 4. Repent of sin so God removes impurities and a city is redeemed with faithfulness and

righteousness
5. Teach God's word so people learn how to walk in His paths while He judges nations and settles

disputes
6. Humble pride of accomplishments to not idolize work 7. Stop trusting and worshiping man's accomplishments that disappear (Is. 1-2

Repent to Prevent Implosion of Society: If His people repent of sin, pride and injustice
toward the poor, God washes away sin. His glory and protection also come to prevent the implosion of society. If we do not repent, we enter into the point of no return in #3 - #6 below. 1. God removes resources and overthrows leadership because His peoples’ sin causes implosion 2. God judges pride and injustice toward the poor by killing its men in spiritual battle If His people repent of sin, pride and injustice toward the poor, God washes away sin and returns His glory and protection If people do not repent, God will do the following: 3. God commands desolation for His people if they shed innocent blood and are unrighteous 4. God brings fruitlessness to His people if they disregard Him, disrespect His works and lack understanding of His word 5. God burns in anger if His people do not trust His working and timing while calling evil good and good evil 6. God empowers nations to be the means of judgment against His people (Is. 3-5)

Preparation to Receive God’s Word: To be in position to receive the Word, #1-#6 below
have to be in place first: 1. Consider God's holiness to reveal personal and community sin 2. Experience forgiveness of sin and hear God's call as an ambassador of reconciliation 3. Trust God's protection, stay calm and do not fear when people seek evil 4. Trust God's presence instead of testing His patience by exercising faith in humankind 5. Reject faith in humankind to prevent your land from being devastated 6. Reject human strategies by regarding God's holiness and presence 7. Disciples receive God's word so they can consult and speak of the Lord as signs and wonders in the land (Is. 6-9)

II. Respond to City-Wide Crisis (Is. 10-21) How to Possess and Regain Territory Lost to the Evil One: Ed Silvoso's defined
stronghold as "a mindset impregnated with hopelessness that causes the believer to accept as unchangeable something that he/she knows is contrary to the will of God." 1. Judge idolatry, injustice, pride, self-confidence and independent spirit 2. Return to God and rely on the Mighty One to remove burdens 3. Receive godly wisdom to decide correctly about the poor 4. Raise the Lord’s banner and fight spiritually to fill the earth with His knowledge to transform and possess every cultural sphere for His glory 5. Praise and trust God for salvation to share His deeds with the world (Is. 10-12)

How God Responds to Political Tyranny, Economic Depression and Leadership Crisis: Pray for Christ quickening the cause of righteousness by destroying
wickedness in the following ways. 1. God destroys ungodly plots and humbles prideful people 2. God shortens and halts the future of the wicked 3. God stops bondage from the evil one so you experience peace and rest 4. God removes burdens and provides refuge for the afflicted 5. People lose wealth and their lives overnight during judgment 6. Christ seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness by destroying wickedness 7. God laments over excessive pride causing political tyranny, economic depression and leadership crisis (Is. 13-16)

How to Respond to Economic, Political and Moral Devastation: When people
trust in idols, devastation occurs in a country. The economy tanks and people lose jobs. Trusting in something besides God brings deception to leaders causing a nation to go astray: 1. Devastate cities by forgetting God your Savior 2. Worship and bring gifts to God and receive His glory 3. Lose heart and trust idols to spur economic downturn and job reductions 4. Deceive, distort and disable leaders through God’s intervention cause countries to go astray 5. Worship God sacrificially from fear causes healing and witness to the world 6. Trust in something besides God leads to defeat and shame 7. Hear God reveal how false gods will be shattered in times of destruction and anguish 8. Demonstrate Christ's love by providing basic necessities to those who lost jobs (Is. 17-21)

III. Prepare Spiritually (Is. 22-43) Praising God Develops Your Character and Ministry: God matures you spiritually
as He opens a door of ministry that no one can shut. Depend on God to develop your character as you trust Him for open doors and provision for ministry: 1. Depend on God so He does not destroy and enslave His people 2. Repent of your sin so you experience forgiveness and not waste time in pleasure 3. Trust God to open doors of kingdom ministry and authority that no one can shut 4. Support kingdom ministries by God redirecting profits and earnings 5. Praise God's power to reign over the earth by destroying kings and cursing the disobedient 6. Praise God's faithfulness in working wonders to provide refuge for the needy in their distress 7. Praise God's abundant provision for complete emotional and spiritual healing (Is. 22-25)

How to Live Rightly: Slow down your life as you trust, long, pray, feed, return and listen to God
so you can live life rightly: 1. Trust in God as your anchor for perfect peace and salvation 2. Long for God's majestic name and obey heartily His laws 3. Allow God to do His works for the extension of His glory 4. Pray and feed on God's word for protection from spiritual enemies 5. Pray against idolatry and false gods to prepare for corporate worship of God 6. Return to God as source of strength for internal stability and discernment 7. Trust in Christ as tested and precious cornerstone for rest, justice, righteousness and truth 8. Listen to God's word for wisdom and counsel in right living (Is. 26-28)

Impact and Lifestyle of True Worship: True worship can be summarized as
acknowledging God's holiness and greatness to gain understanding and learn instruction. It begins with repentance of sin and trusts in the Holy Spirit for strength: 1. Summarized: False worship consists of following man's rules without heart behind them 2. Summarized: True worship acknowledges God's holiness and greatness to gain understanding and learn instruction 3. Initiation: True worship repents of sin for salvation and trusts in the Holy Spirit for strength 4. Personal Impact: True worship waits on Him in prayer and meditates on God's word for the healing of wounds 5. Corporate Impact: True worship praises God as chief weapon of spiritual warfare to defeat evil 6. Internal Impact: True worship relies on the truth of God's word for deliverance from evil strongholds 7. External Impact: True worship explains God's truth fluently and clearly to satisfy spiritual hunger and thirst 8. Lifestyle: True worship seeks God desperately until the Holy Spirit works peace, confidence and freedom (Is. 29-32)

Moving Away from “Political Correctness” About Jesus: Steps in moving away
from political correctness about Jesus to fully embracing Him in your life: 1. Allow Christ be foundation for strength, salvation, wisdom & knowledge in times of distress 2. Glory in the beauty and mighty power of Christ who provides bread and forgives sin 3. Accept God's judgment of sin to break strongholds and uphold His cause 4. Rejoice in Christ opening blind eyes and unstopping deaf ears so you can drink from streams in the desert and walk in the way of holiness with eternal joy 5. Choose to depend on Christ causing people to make fun of you instead of accepting short-term benefits for personal gain 6. Receive God's deliverance from evil forces instead of making peace with them (Is. 33-36)

How to Wait Upon God for Eternal Reward: How to wait upon God for strength and
eternal reward to accomplish His purpose: 1. Ask godly people for counsel and prayer when the world, flesh and devil oppose God's will 2. Pray fervently for deliverance from evil forces that bears abundant fruit so everyone knows God is Lord 3. Journal when God answers prayer in unmistakable ways to remind your children and others about God's love, power and faithfulness 4. Do not store up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal 5. Store up treasures in heaven like people and the word of God 6. Glorify God's power, greatness and ability to shepherd so you don't trust in people (Is. 37-40)

Preparation for Intercessory Prayer: Waiting on God prepares the reception of godly
counsel so your works become fruitful trusting the Holy Spirit to open blind eyes, free captives and release those in darkness: 1. Wait on God without fear as His tool to defeat spiritual forces of wickedness 2. Listen to godly people so your works become fruitful 3. Trust the Holy Spirit to open blind eyes, free captives and release those in darkness 4. Proclaim God's praise everywhere and follow His leadership along unfamiliar paths to turn darkness into light 5. Obey God's law to remove blindness and deafness 6. Become God's witness so the world understands that He is Lord and Savior 7. Follow God's pathway through mighty waters & in the desert since He provides all your needs 8. Call upon God passionately & purposefully as He blots & remembers sin no more (Is. 41-43)

IV. Learn Disciplemaking Skills (Is. 44-66) How to Transform and Multiply Disciples: Ask God to transform and multiply disciples
among yourself, family members and friends through the following process: 1. God reveals His glory by revealing the worthlessness of idols 2. God removes obstacles and opens doors in providing financial resources so world can be saved 3. God enables His disciples to seek Him for righteousness and strength 4. God works through His people to set captives free from sin 5. God exposes and destroys wrong thinking and self-sufficiency 6. God tests and refines His people in the furnace of affliction for His name's sake 7. God leads His people in the right way to experience peace and multiply disciples (Is. 44-48) How to Equip the Church to Proclaim Christ: How to equip the church in proclaiming Christ: 1. Equip the church by communicating God's word so it can be a polished instrument in presenting Christ to the world 2. Trust Mighty God to free captives & reveal light so sons and daughters are redeemed from Satan's power 3. Light a fire and walk in it fully by listening and obeying God's word amid persecution 4. Put God's word in your heart to prevent fear and be a light in bringing salvation to unbelievers 5. Demonstrate God's reign in redeeming people from the chains of sin so the earth sees a practical example of salvation and peace 6. Proclaim the death & resurrection of Christ to bear sin and justify anyone who believes in Him 7. Strengthen the infrastructure and foundation of your ministry so disciples transform nations (Is. 49-54)

How to Experience Blessings in Your City: To experience blessings in your city, first
seek God's thoughts and ways, pray for all nations with other believers, be humble to experience His promises, meet needs of the poor, practice biblical truth through Spirit-led intercession and confession of sin, and receive back children, material riches and favor to possess the land forever: 1. Seek God's thoughts and ways to bear spiritual fruit 2. Pray for all nations with other believers 3. Be humble to experience His promises, revival and peace 4. Meet needs of the poor by raising up foundations, repairing broken walls and restoring dwellings 5. Practice biblical truth through Spirit-led intercession and confession of sin 6. Receive back children, material riches and favor from former enemies 7. Experience pride, joy, prosperity, salvation and praise from the Lord to possess the land forever in His time (Is. 55-60)

Transformation Through Preaching and Prayer: Preaching to the poor and intense
prayer transform lives and cities: 1. Preach good news to heal the captives and restore ruined cities 2. Delight in God because He plants righteousness in His people everywhere 3. Pray intensely day and night until your city displays salvation and glory 4. Praise God's name so the Savior redeems His holy people 5. Ask God's help and support during distress remembering His power in former days 6. Lay hold of God in prayer so He transforms your life and city (Is. 61-64)

Mourn Over Your City: To prepare for this work, preach good news to heal captives and pray
intensely day and night laying hold of God’s name to transform your family, church and city: 1. Let God continually reveal Himself to you since He judges those who forsake Him 2. Seek God's blessing in all practical areas of life to transform every cultural sphere 3. Respond to God's word with a humble heart 4. Mourn over your city until you love her like a nursing child 5. Receive peace, wealth and comfort when God reveals Himself and judges your enemies 6. Make disciples in all nations by proclaiming His glory and equipping disciplemakers 7. Consider the eternal outcome of those who rebel against God (Is. 65-66)

Sync: Follow Jeremiah to Pray and Choose Right Ambassadors
After we find prepared hearts who desire to be prepared spiritually and learn disciple-making skills in response to crisis learned in Isaiah, we begin praying for, choosing and equipping Spirit-filled ambassadors who will rebuild cities and nations. In Jeremiah, we learn to pray for and find qualified ambassadors who have the ministry vision to disciple nations, ministry mission to change culture and ministry values to rebuild cities so they can go forth in action-oriented obedience.

I. Pray for & Find Qualified Ambassadors (Jer. 1-13) Pray for Ambassadors: Communicate a biblical worldview, drink from rivers of living water
(Christ), pray for ambassadors after God's heart, fast on behalf of biblical illiterate people, search for honest and truthful people and teach nations to walk according to God's word: 1. Communicate a biblical worldview to build up nations in God's truth and destroy falsehood 2. Drink from springs of living water to receive God's glory and obtain help in trouble 3. Pray for ambassadors after God's heart to lead people with knowledge and understanding 4. Fast on behalf of biblical illiterate people without understanding and wisdom to worship God in truth and righteousness 5. Search for honest and truthful people who fear God so He can forgive their cities 6. Teach nations to walk according to God's word so they find rest for their souls in contrast to those who reject Him (Jer. 1-6)

Find Qualified Ambassadors: Consider the following qualifications for ambassadors who
disciple the nations: 1. Deal justly with the poor to see progress in your city 2. Repent of sin and know God's word as the first step to heal wounds 3. Appreciate God's ways instead of trusting the deception of man's wisdom, strength and riches 4. Call upon a wise and powerful God to heal your wounds and discover His purpose 5. Trust God for protection from persecution while discipling nations in His word 6. Care for nations in complicated situations so they can fellowship with God's people 7. Be humble and glorify God so you can praise and honor Him (Jer. 7-13)

We are looking for ambassadors with the following ministry vision, mission and vision to disciple and rebuild cities and nations.

II. Proper Ministry Vision, Mission and Values to Disciple & Rebuild Cities and Nations Ministry Vision to Disciple Nations: Confess your sins, hope in God and put confidence
in God's word as your joy and delight so it burns in your heart to warn the church of the devastating consequences when it forsakes Him: 1. Confess your sins and hope in God to experience healing during wars, famine and plagues 2. Allow God's word be your joy and delight when disobedient believers persecute you 3. Make God your strength and refuge so you can teach nations to know His power too 4. Place confidence in God's word to heal deceitful hearts and desolate cities 5. Continue teaching God's word and call people to confess sin reminding nations of the outcome when people disobey Him 6. Warn the church of devastating consequences if it forsakes God, sheds innocent blood and adds to His word 7. Share God's word that burns in your heart and trust Him to fight against your persecutors (Jer. 14-20)

Ministry Mission to Change Culture: When you do justice, defend the needy, equip
ambassadors, communicate God's word, plant His word in receptive disciples, stop following false gods and warn people of God's judgment, you turn from evil ways to stop God's wrath that ruins cultural spheres. In contrast, you prove personal knowledge of God by living securely and bearing spiritual fruit: 1. Do justice by rescuing the oppressed to stop God's wrath 2. Defend the cause of the poor and needy to prove you know God 3. Disciple others, including new ambassadors, to care and teach God's word so His people live securely 4. Communicate the fire and hammer of God's word to turn people from their evil ways 5. Plant His word in those pursuing a heart relationship to God so they can bear spiritual fruit 6. Stop following false gods that cause ruin in various cultural spheres 7. Warn people of God's judgment beginning with the church and spreading to all nations (Jer. 21-25)

Ministry Values to Rebuild Cities: The church is God's plan for building healthy cities.
Instead of taking personal responsibility, God's people often rely on government and non-profit organizations to solve problems in the city. Jeremiah encouraged an expanded role for the church in the city by speaking God’s whole truth (for us it is Genesis to Revelation) in order to seek its peace and prosperity. Only a healthy and obedient church motivated by God's love and repentance bring healing to a city effectively. The law written on the hearts of believers through the New Covenant empowers people to rebuild the city's ruins: 1. Speak everything God commands so the church obeys Him 2. Speak truth without lying to obey God even when it is not politically correct 3. Seek the peace and prosperity of the city where you live knowing God has a hopeful future 4. Rebuild your city as God heals wounds and restores the church to health 5. Allow God's love and repentance of sin motivate the church in healing various parts of your city to bring hope, favor and abundance 6. Rely on God's law written on your heart and mind through the New Covenant (Jer. 26-31) Once these correct ambassadors are found, we send them forth in action-oriented obedience simultaneously as they are being equipped

III. Go Forth in Action-Oriented Obedience Dynamics of Obedience: God waits for our obedience before He acts. Israel took the first step
in the water before God parted the Red Sea. The widow used up all her oil before God multiplied it as provision for Elisha and her sons. The little boy provided his five loaves and two fish before Christ fed the 5,000. Jeremiah obeyed God even when it was unpopular. Sometimes God asks you do something that is makes no sense from a human perspective. Let's see the dynamics of obedience that encouraged Jeremiah to live obediently: 1. Know that nothing is too hard for God if you obey Him 2. Call upon God for healing, peace, rebuilding, cleansing, forgiveness and prosperity 3. Turn from your wicked ways and do not follow other gods 4. Consider consequences of disobedience resulting in disaster so no disciples are made 5. Experience persecution when you obey God's word 6. Resist short-term fear of mistreatment and experience long-term well-being by obeying God 7. Trust in God by ministering to obedient servants (Jer. 32-39)

Maintaining the Right Perspective about Yourself: To maintain the right perspective
about yourself, do the next thing; obey God's word at every point; refuse seeking greater things for yourself; realize that discipline by God and fathers lead to healing; do Lord's work heartily and reject pride; and beware of boasting in accomplishments, riches, comfort and self-confidence: 1. Serve the city by doing the next thing during times of instability and sinfulness 2. Obey God's word at every point so things go well for you 3. Refuse seeking greater things for yourself that disobey God's word leading to death and destruction 4. Realize that discipline by God and fathers lead to healing, opportunities, peace and security 5. Do the Lord's work heartily and reject pride in your own works 6. Beware of boasting in accomplishments, riches, comfort and self-confidence (Jer. 40-49)

Encouragements to Trusting and Obeying God: God encourages you to trust and obey
Him by binding yourself to His covenant, rest in Him who defends your cause, trust in His power and wisdom, remember how He defends your cause and beware of consequences in disobeying God: 1. Bind yourself to God's covenant to prevent shame, wounds and defeat 2. Rest in God who defends your cause and defeats spiritual enemies 3. Trust in God's power and wisdom to destroy Satanic kingdoms 4. Remember how God defends your cause so you don't exhaust your strength 5. Beware of consequences in disobeying God that result in spiritual and physical death (Jer. 5052)

Sync: Follow Ezekiel in Plowing and Planting God’s Word
Action-oriented obedience learned in Jeremiah expresses itself by plowing the soil and preparing your community for God’s word in Ezekiel. Stand in the gap before God by using His word to confront sin, spreading God’s glory and holiness in your city, and developing a biblical worldview so people can see Christ. Plant God’s word by selecting ambassadors among faithful disciples who practice and teach God’s word.

Communicating Content (Mentoring)

Disciplemaking Content (Application)

Business Model (Equip Ambassadors) Healthy Healthy Community Context UserDriven Community Context Blended Technology (User-friendly interface) Healthy Community Context

1. Disciplemaking Content – What you need to know, delivered in a way that meets your lifestyle, learning style, yet doesn’t dumb down content, but draws out application of the Gospel in everyday life. Sync curriculum plus daily spiritual disciplines at peoples’ finger tips. 2. Communicating Content – Best Practice in teaching, mentoring, coaching, leadership and communication 3. Business Model – Equip ambassadors networked in a community that crosses denominational lines where lives are transformed through living out the Gospel. People in a given community would financially support an ambassador through annual subscription. 4. User-Driven Technology – Website, desktop, laptop, iPad, mobile, and off-line small groups that incorporate user-friendly interface (final design after getting user feedback). 5. Healthy Community Context – Follow Ezekiel model by plowing (stand in the gap before God) in your city and planting (equip ambassadors who practice and teach God’s word) so spiritual fruit flourishes and remains.

I. Plowing: Prepare the City for God’s Word Ezek. 1-29
Confront injustice, pray against strongholds of sin and do not trust in prosperity, wisdom, skill, wealth, beauty and people. Develop a biblical worldview by speaking against false teaching, help the poor and needy, refuse trusting in human strategies, get a new heart and be broken over a community's sin. Listen for God's word and see His glory so you are empowered to confront sin.

1. Use His Word to Confront Sin (Ezek. 1-6):
       Hear God's word and see His glory when the Holy Spirit reveals it (Ezek. 1) Listen to the Spirit and speak God's words whether people listen or not (Ezek. 2:1-3:15) Warn people of their sin so they are rescued without you being accountable for their blood (Ezek. 3:16-21) Open your mouth when God speaks and be silent when He desires (Ezek. 3:22-27). Obey God to not waste away in anxiety, despair and slavery (Ezek 4) Use object lessons to warn people of the deadly consequences of sin or idols through famine or plagues (Ezek. 5) Prophesy God's word against lust of idols because people will loathe themselves knowing He is Lord (Ezek. 6) Reject idols and pride, see God's glory, grieve over evil, speak God's word, trust God for new heart and communicate object lessons to motivate obedience.

2. Spread God’s Glory and Holiness in Your City (Ezek. 7-12)
       Reject confidence in money, idols and pride instead of God's word as they cause despair, famine and plague (Ezek. 7) See God's glory to discern jealousy, idolatry, religiosity and immorality by church leaders and the congregation (Ezek. 8) Grieve over evil and injustice to receive protection from God (Ezek. 9) Spread God's glory and holiness in your city (Ezek. 10) Speak God's word to counteract worldly advice (Ezek. 11:1-15) Trust God for new heart that empowers obedience to His word (Ezek. 11:16-25) Communicate object lessons to motivate obedience showing how God fulfills His word when great needs are present (Ezek. 12)

Speak against false teaching, repent of idols, help the poor and needy, refuse trusting in human strategies, get a new heart, serve and obey God so the world can see Him, and be broken over a community's sin.

3. Develop a Biblical Worldview so World Can See Christ (Ezek. 13-21)
       Speak against false teaching that ensnare the righteous and encourage the wicked (Ezek. 13) Transform mindsets by repenting of idols in your heart (Ezek. 14-15) Use your fame and beauty for humility, concern and helping the poor and needy (Ezek. 16) Refuse trusting in human strategies that fail in spiritual warfare (Ezek. 17) Repent, turn from sin, and get a new heart and spirit (Ezek. 18) Serve and obey God so the world can see Him (Ezek. 19-20) Be broken over a community's sin since God exalts the lowly & humbles the exalted (Ezek. 21)

Confront injustice; stop sexual sin, pray against strongholds of sin; eliminate malice of heart and revenge; and refuse trusting in prosperity, intellectualism, skill, wealth, beauty and people.

4. Stand In the Gap before God (Ezek. 22-29)
       Stand in the gap before God to confront injustice (Ezek. 22) Stop strongholds of sexual sin by confronting it (Ezek. 23) Identify and pray against strongholds of sin (Ezek. 24) Eliminate malice of heart and revenge to prevent God's judgment (Ezek. 25) Refuse trusting in prosperity that destroy society (Ezek. 26-27) Refuse pride in intellectualism, skill, wealth and beauty to prevent destruction (Ezek. 28) Refuse making people your source of confidence instead of God (Ezek. 29)

II. Planting: Select Ambassadors Among Faithful Disciples Who Practice and Teach God’s Word Ezek. 30-48
Teach God’s word as you surrender and confess sins daily to God, apply His word, rely on the Holy Spirit, make disciples, pray with others across racial and denominational lines and select ambassadors among faithful disciples.

Warn people to turn from sin, minister spiritually to the needy, provide accurate and clear biblical teaching, and rescue people from slavery to sin and false teaching.

5. Serve Others by Seeking Their Spiritual Welfare (Ezek. 30-34)
       Prepare for Christ's coming again when He breaks pride and complacency (Ezek. 30) Humble yourself before God when he breaks your pride (Ezek. 31-32) Warn people so they turn away from sin and live without trusting in their righteousness (Ezek. 33:1-20) Practice God's word without lip service and seeking unjust gain (Ezek. 33:31-33) Strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bind up the injured, bring back the strays and search for the lost so God's sheep can feed in a rich pasture (Ezek. 34:1-16) Provide accurate and clear biblical teaching so believers can grow spiritually (Ezek. 34:17-24) Rescue people from slavery to sin and false teaching to bear spiritual fruit and live in safety (Ezek. 34:25-31)

Allow new heart motivate obedience, speak God's word to them, preserve the unity of the Spirit, trust His sovereignty to defeat spiritual enemies, and cleanse land of sin to display His glory.

6. Empower People So They Seek Spiritual Welfare of Others (Ezek. 35-39)
       Reap death when you harbor hatred and boast against God (Ezek. 35) Receive a new heart of flesh and spirit that motivates obedience, multiplies disciples and rebuilds cities (Ezek. 36) Speak God's word to awaken the body of Christ to life through the Holy Spirit (Ezek. 37:1-14) Preserve the unity of the Spirit by obeying God's word and becoming His dwelling place (Ezek. 37:15-28) Trust God's sovereignty to defeat spiritual enemies and show His greatness and holiness to the world (Ezek. 38) Cleanse the land of sin to display God's glory to the world so His people know He is Lord (Ezek. 39:1-24) Trust God to free you from the shame of sin through the Holy Spirit and show His holiness to the world (Ezek. 39:25-29)

Rely on the Holy Spirit, pray with others across racial and denominational lines, surrender and confess sins daily to God, apply God's word, teach God's word and make disciples.

7. Select Ambassadors Who Practice and Teach God’s Word (Ezek. 40-48)
       Follow God's word in organizing how the body of Christ prays together (Ezek. 40:1-47) Experience God's glory as you pray together in the body of Christ (Ezek. 40:48-43:5) Follow God's word to form a pure, surrendered and intimate relationship with Him among His people (Ezek. 43:6-27) Choose spiritual leaders who practice and teach God's word to others (Ezek. 44) Surrender and confess your sins daily to God so you can prepare spiritual people (Ezek. 45-46) Bear fruit-bearing disciples that heal people in all nations through the Holy Spirit (Ezek. 47) Let Christ have first place in the life of the church and city (Ezek. 48) A systematic “Ambassador Equipping Process” in the 12 Minor Prophets begins in the book of Hosea, titled “Personal Preparation.”

Ambassador Training: Personal Preparation
I. Make Christ Your Leader
Speak tenderly to restore intimacy with God, love His people sacrificially to seek redemption in Christ's blood, follow God's word to gain knowledge & understanding, admit guilt and seek Him for revival, expose your sin in crying to Him for healing and seek God's approval for your actions to prevent futility

1. Unite as Sons of the Living God (Hosea 1)       Speak Tenderly to Restore Righteousness, Love and Intimacy with God (Hosea 2) Love God's People Sacrificially So They Seek Redemption in Christ's Blood (Hosea 3) Follow God's Word to Gain Knowledge, Understanding and Glory from Him (Hosea 4) Admit Guilt and Seek God for Healing and Revival (Hosea 5-6) Expose Your Sin So You Cry Out to God for Healing (Hosea 7) Seek God's Approval for Your Actions to Prevent Futility (Hosea 8)

II. Practice Spiritual Disciplines Founded On God's Word for Fruitfulness
Sow righteousness and seek the Lord; repent, remove the yoke and feed on His word for complete healing; stop trusting in wealth but listen to His word through His designated spokesmen; acknowledge God who cares, feeds and redeems you from death; and walk in God's ways with discernment to bear spiritual fruit

2. Lay Foundation in God's Word (Hosea 9)      Sow righteousness and seek the Lord (Hosea 10) Repent and remove the yoke for complete healing through His Word (Hosea 11) Stop trusting in wealth but listen to Word-oriented spokesmen (Hosea 12) Acknowledge God who cares, feeds and redeems You (Hosea 13) Walk in God's ways with discernment to bear spiritual fruit (Hosea 14)

Answer the following questions to determine if you are experiencing fruitfulness in your life: 1. Is God's word the foundation of your life? 2. Are you sowing righteousness and seeking the Lord? 3. Are you repenting of sin so you can remove the yoke from your life? 4. Are you feeding on God's word for complete healing? 5. Have you stopped trusting in wealth? 6. Are you listening to His word through designated spokesmen 7. Do you acknowledge God in all circumstances of life knowing He cares, feeds and redeems you from futility? 8. Do you walk in God's ways with wisdom and discernment?

Ambassador Training: City-Wide Awakening
III. Bring Life to Your City
Return body of Christ to a loving God who removes the world's scorn; receive provision to restore life; expect Him to pour out His Spirit through prophesies, dreams and visions bringing deliverance, judgment, freedom and life in your city among those who pray.

3. Declare a Sacred Assembly to Mourn and Cry Out to God
       Declare a sacred assembly for everyone to mourn & cry out to God since economy was destroyed (Joel 1) Sound the alarm to pray before destruction comes upon your land (Joel 2:1-11) Return to a loving God with weeping, fasting & prayer to stop world's scorn of the church (Joel 2:12-17) Praise God for His generous provision to restore life and remove shame (Joel 2:18-27) Expect God to pour out His Spirit through prophesies, dreams and visions bringing deliverance among those who call upon Him (Joel 2:28-32) Expect God to judge the nations so He could free His people from the world system (Joel 3:1-8) Trust God as a refuge and stronghold to bring life to your city (Joel 3:9-21)

Answer following questions to determine if you are laying the proper groundwork in your city: 1. Will you sound the alarm for a sacred assembly in your city? 2. Are you mourning, fasting and calling upon a loving God? 3. Do you desire to see God stop the world's scorn of the church? 4. Are you calling upon God for provision to restore life and remove shame in your life and the church? 5. Are you calling upon God to pour out His Spirit through increased prophesies, dreams and visions? 6. Are you calling upon God to bring deliverance and life into your city?

4. Return to God through Hardships
       Understand God's wrath when people lack love toward others (Amos 1:1-2:3) Understand God's judgment when His people disobey His word, follow false gods, deny justice to the needy and stifle prophesy (Amos 2:4-16) Understand God reveals plans to stop injustice and destroy materialism (Amos 3:1-15) Return to God when He speaks through famine, economic hardships and plagues (Amos 4) Seek God by telling the truth and practicing justice like a ever-flowing river (Amos 5) Deny complacency, consumerism and comfort to grieve over sin (Amos 6:1-7) Hate pride, not speaking about God, injustice/unrighteousness causing oppression/death(Amos 6:8-14)

5. Make God’s Word Primary in Rebuilding Lives
      Ask God to forgive sin and study His word as preparation for destroying idolatry (Amos 7:1-9) Obey God's word and speak truth humbly to confront sin (Amos 7:10-17) Stop focusing on excessive profits that cheat the poor (Amos 8:1-6) Use God's word to direct and provide spiritual nourishment for young people (Amos 8:7-14) Exalt the Lord Almighty who deals harshly with evil (Amos 9:1-10) Plant God's word to restore brokenness and rebuild lives (Amos 9:11-15)

Ambassador Training: Ministry Launch
IV. Pursue High-Impact Ministry
Renounce pride, get involved when the world attacks Christians, refuse to look down or boast when your brother suffers, and wait for God's holiness to possess and rule in His assigned territory

6. Check Your Attitudes to Enable Ministry across Racial and Denominational Lines
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Renounce pride that deceives, destroys, entraps and gives false security (Obadiah 1-7) Get involved when the world attacks Christians to prevent shame and destruction (Obadiah 811 Refuse looking down, boasting or taking advantage of your brother during trouble (Obadiah 12-14 Wait for God's holiness to purify and possess territory for His glory (Obadiah 15-18) Let God rule in His assigned territory to you (Obadiah 19-21)

Consider your workplace and/or neighborhood as territory God has assigned to you. How does God want to use you to see His rule in your workplace or neighborhood?

7. Prayer Walk and Proclaim God’s Message        Beware falling asleep and hitting bottom spiritually by fleeing God (Jonah 1:1-11) Consider the miracles of God's sovereignty to bring people to Christ (Jonah 1:12-17) Call for help in distress to receive life and deliverance (Jonah 2:1-7) Offer thanksgiving to receive God's grace, salvation and deliverance (Jonah 2:8-10) Prayer walk and proclaim God's revealed message in His assigned territory (Jonah 3:1-10) Reject personal comfort to focus on God's grace that overlooks sending calamity (Jonah 4:1-8) Stop focusing on rights to show God's concern over peoples' eternal destiny (Jonah 4:9-11)

The personal prerequisites in pursuing a high impact ministry are to show concern over peoples' eternal destiny while avoiding the following hindrances: 1. Beware of falling asleep spiritually 2. Reject personal comfort 3. Stop focusing on rights The divine prerequisites in pursuing a high impact ministry so people can know Christ and be delivered from sin are as follows: 1. Consider the miracles of God's sovereignty 2. Call for help in distress 3. Offer thanksgiving Like Jonah, consider prayer walking in your workplace and/or neighborhood, care for those around you and share the gospel as God opens up opportunities.

Ambassador Training: Ministry Strategies
V. Restore Godly Foundations to Defeat Sin
Because sin wounds people, confront coveting, injustice, falsehood and profiteering by teaching God's word and restoring His kingship and provision. Trust God to shepherd the church so she acts justly, loves mercy and walks humbly with Him in spiritual maturity praying confidently that sin is defeated.

8. Teach God’s Word to Restore His Kingship        Know that sin wounds people and destroys godly foundations (Micah 1) Follow Christ's leadership in hating coveting, defrauding and stealing others' possessions (Micah 2) Be filled with the Holy Spirit to confront injustice, falsehood and profiteering in ministry (Micah 3) Teach God's word to restore His kingship, strength and provision (Micah 4) Trust God to shepherd the body of Christ and destroy spiritual enemies (Micah 5) Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God for satisfaction and success (Micah 6) Pray with total confidence in God to defeat sin (Micah 7)

9. Pray to See Your Wounds Healed       Trust God's goodness as a refuge who cares for you in times of trouble (Nahum 1:1-8) Trust God's sovereignty to bring the right people to proclaim good news and peace to break the yoke of sin (Nahum 1:9-15) Trust God's power to restore health and defeat spiritual enemies (Nahum 2:1-13) Trust God's truth to defeat lust for control (Nahum 3:1-11) Strengthen your spiritual defenses through prayer to defeat materialism (Nahum 3:12-17) Pray God's goodness, sovereignty, power and truth to heal your wounds (Nahum 3:18-19)

10. Rejoice in God to Rise Above Trouble        Why does God seem uninvolved during strife and injustice? (Hab. 1:1-4) Know God does amazing and unbelievable things even using ungodly people to accomplish His purpose (Hab. 1:5-11) Why was a holy God silent when the wicked destroyed the righteous? (Hab. 1:12-2:1) Wait for the truth to live by faith, not pride and greed (Hab. 2:2-8) Wait for God's glory to cover the earth instead of settling for injustice, futile labor and idolatry (Hab. 2:9-20) Pray God makes Himself known in defeating wickedness & delivering His people (Hab. 3:1-15) Rejoice in God to have strength to rise above trouble (Hab. 3:16-19)

Ambassador Training: Ministry Priorities (Part 1)
VI. Avoid a Carefree Lifestyle By Seeking God
God’s sovereignty spurs Him into action, His holiness protects prodigals from wrath, His love destroys those who harm them, His righteousness leads to godly lifestyle, His truth purifies their lips to call on Him and His power rescues them to walk with Him

11. Rescue Prodigals
      Know God hates complacency, idolatry, violence and deceit (Zeph. 1:1-13) Seek God in humility and righteousness for protection from His wrath (Zeph. 1:14-2:3) Receive His inheritance after He destroys every god that insulted and threatened you (Zeph. 2:4-12) Avoid a carefree lifestyle leads to ruin and scoffing (Zeph. 2:13-15) Wait on God in truth without fear for purified lips to call on His name (Zeph. 3:1-13) Take delight in mighty God who rescues prodigals so they walk with Him (Zeph. 3:14-20)

VII. Participate in God’s Kingdom Purposes
Participate in God's kingdom purpose in the world, whether it's arts & entertainment, business, education, family, government, media and religion. Be strong and steward God's resources by turning to Him and meditating on His word.

12. Steward God’s Resources
       Prioritize seeking God and see your needs me (Haggai 1:1-6) Prioritize building God's kingdom to assure spiritual and economic prosperity (Haggai 1:7-11) Obey and recognize God's presence who empowers you to build His kingdom (Haggai 1:12-15) Be strong and steward God's resources for His glory (Haggai 2:1-9) Turn to God instead of your trusting yourself that lead to corruption (Haggai 2:10-17) Meditate on God's word to receive blessing from Him (Haggai 2:18-19) Glory in God's choosing you to participate in His kingdom purpose (Haggai 2:20-23)

VIII. Build the Church Internationally
Send ambassadors who share God's word internationally to break the curse of sin so people walk in God's ways for spiritual influence. Trust God across national and denominational lines by networking ambassadors in prayerful unity to rebuild the scattered church in true justice & compassion

13. Send Ambassadors Who Communicate God’s Word
       Return to merciful God who rebuilds the scattered body of Christ according to His word (Zech 1) Trust God to work across national and denominational lines for His glory (Zech. 2) Walk in God's ways confessing your sins for spiritual influence in His kingdom (Zech. 3) Send Spirit-empowered ambassadors who share God's word to build up the body of Christ worldwide (Zech. 4) Break the curse of sin through the authority of God's word in every home and city (Zech. 5) Network ambassador in prayerful unity to build the body of Christ internationally (Zech. 6) Show true justice, mercy and compassion to the needy (Zech. 7)

Ambassador Training: Ministry Priorities (Part 2)
14. Equip Spiritually Healthy People to Disciple the Needy               Develop model cities so other nations seek God and His truth (Zech. 8) Transform young people into thriving spiritual jewels attracting others as you proclaim Christ (Zech. 9) Use inter-generational mentoring to grow nations in Christ (Zech. 10) Equip spiritually healthy people to disciple the needy with compassion and unity (Zech. 11) Encourage families to mourn their sin so God can pour out grace and intercession (Zech. 12) Design family and friend accountability for character development (Zech. 13) Worship God as king over every area of life for fruitfulness (Zech. 14) Surrender your heart to show God's greatness to unbeliever (Mal. 1) Teach whole Bible to turn people from sin and create desire for instruction (Mal. 2:1-9) Guard your spirit for unified marriage to bear godly offspring (Mal. 2:10-16) Participate with God to purify His people and hate oppression of others (Mal. 2:17-3:5) Give financially to God's kingdom and reap His blessing (Mal. 3:6-12) Expect God to write a scroll of remembrance by fearing Him (Mal. 3:13-18) Release God's healing for closer heart relationships between fathers and children (Mal. 4)

15. Develop Closer Relationships between Fathers and Children

Summary of Sync Vision:        Prepare the soil of your city by standing in the gap before God (Ezek. 1-29) Plant God’s word by selecting ambassadors who serve and empower people (Ezek. 30-48) Network ambassadors in prayerful unity (Zech. 6) Show true justice and compassion to the needy (Zech. 7) Develop model cities so others seek God (Zech. 8) Use inter-generational mentoring to transform young people into spiritual jewels (Zech. 9-10) Equip spiritually healthy people to disciple others so God rules every area of life (Zech. 11-14)

Sync’s Learning Outcomes (Malachi):
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Spiritual Intimacy in Full Counsel of God:
Encourage authentic and intimate relationship with God.

Unified Relationships with Diverse Socio-Economic Groups:
Equip families and churches in unified relationships of integrity.

Sacrificial Service to Give Generously of One’s Time, Talent and Treasure:
Empower disciples for sacrificial service to present Christ credibly in all of culture.

Inter-Generational Mentoring to Heal Heart Relationships:
Create mentoring community that helps younger & older adults live out God’s plan.

The style of church to support these ambassador training goals is what Paul explained in his letter to Corinth where he devoted himself to preaching the cross of Christ (1 Cor. 1:18;2:2) and teaching the word of God for 18 months (Acts 18:5,11)

Live With Purpose So You Receive Eternal Reward in a Church that Changes Lives (I Cor. 1-16)
People spend much time in training to be an expert in sports, business or particular hobby. They do it to win a championship, receive a pay raise/ greater position, or award. These rewards are temporary. God has a better idea. He wants you to gain an imperishable wreath like winning the Olympic games, except it impacts you throughout eternity. How can you live with purpose and discipline so you can receive this eternal reward? "The church is: a conspiracy of love for a dying world, a spy mission into enemy occupied territory ruled by the powers of evil; a prophet from God with the greatest news the world has ever heard, the most life changing and most revolutionary institution that has existed on earth" (Peter Kreeft). A church that changes lives becomes like its target audience they seek to reach with the gospel. They discipline themselves to live purposeful godly lives to win an eternal reward. They study the Old Testament to learn how to resist temptation and seek what is beneficial so others may be saved. They know the biblical roles of men and women, proclaim Christ's death through the Lord's table, understand that spiritual gifts are given for the common good, employ the greater gifts in unity under God's leadership, practice love to conform people into the image of Christ, teach God's word to prepare people for spiritual battle and execute Spirit-led, interactive small group sessions to strengthen the church. "I want the whole Christ for my Saviour, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field" (John Wesley). Preach the Cross of Christ to Weak, Lowly and Despised People (1 Cor. 1-2) When you preach the gospel of Christ crucified cross in the power of the Holy Spirit, you understand what He freely gives you. God reveals Himself when you preach the gospel:       Receive God’s grace and exercise spiritual gifts until Christ comes back again (1 Cor. 1:1-9) Sent by God to preach the gospel of the cross with power and unity (1 Cor. 1:10-17) Glory in crucified Christ wiser and stronger than man's wisdom and strength (1 Cor. 1:18-25) Associate with foolish and weak people to shame the wise and strong so no one can boast (1 Cor. 1:26-31) Experience the Spirit's power when you proclaim Jesus and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:1-5) Listen to God’s revelation through the Spirit so you may understand what He freely gives you (1 Cor. 2:6-15)

Assign Spiritual Fathers or Ambassadors to Mentor & Disciple Younger People (1 Cor. 3-4) Fathers in the faith plant or water the word. They allow the Holy Spirit to inspire their works as they become wise in Christ. They serve faithfully knowing God judges motives. They endure mistreatment and dishonor. They demonstrate a loving way of life to children. Here is the outcome of fathers doing their thing: glorify God, receive reward at judgment seat of Christ, indwell by Holy Spirit, praise from God, spectacle to men and angels and show love.       Assign fathers in the faith the task of planting or watering the seed for God’s glory (1 Cor. 3:1-9) Build good works upon the Holy Spirit to receive reward at the judgment seat of Christ (1 Cor. 3:10-15) Become wise in Christ instead of the world since the Holy Spirit indwells you (1 Cor. 3:16-23) Serve faithfully knowing God judges fathers’ motives with praise coming from Him (1 Cor. 4:15) Endure mistreatment and dishonor as a father being a spectacle to men and angels. (1 Cor. 4:613) Demonstrate a loving way of life as a father before children (1 Cor. 4:14-21)

Ask God to empower you in the following aspects of natural and spiritual fatherhood:
1. Plant or water the word so God gets the glory 2. Allow the Holy Spirit to inspire your works 3. Become wise in Christ instead of the world 4. Serve faithfully knowing God judges motives 5. Endure mistreatment and dishonor 6. Demonstrate a loving way of life to children

Confront Sin in Others to Resolve Conflicts in Family Relationships (1 Cor. 5-7)

 Confront sin in believers' lives with sincerity and truth(1 Cor. 5:1-8)  Disassociate with sinning believers, but let God judge unbelievers (1 Cor. 5:9-13)  Suffer unjustly to show the world your transformed life instead of suing believers (1 Cor. 6:1-11)  Flee sexual immorality because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:12-20)  Experience marital unity and reject passion toward someone else causing divorce (1 Cor. 7:1-11)  Pursue marital peace knowing you were bought with Christ's blood(1 Cor. 7:12-24)  Show undivided devotion to the Lord regardless of your marital status(1 Cor. 7:25-40)

Create Proper Infrastructure and Process for Effective Discipleship through Who-le Counsel of God (1 Cor. 8-10)        Exercise your freedom in Christ as long as action does not violate a biblical command (I Cor. 8:1-8) Restrict your freedom in Christ if an action causes a weaker brother to sin (1 Cor. 8:9-13) Refuse financial support if it hinders the spread of the gospel of Christ among those whom you minister (1 Cor. 9:1-18) Become like your target audience that you seek to reach with the gospel (1 Cor. 9:19-23) Discipline yourself to live godly with purpose so you win an eternal reward (1 Cor. 9:24-27) Study all of Scripture to learn how to resist various kinds of temptations through your relationship with Christ (1 Cor. 10:1-22) Seek what is beneficial and constructive for the glory of God so others may be saved (1 Cor. 10:23-33) Disciple Believers through Small Groups to Prepare for Spiritual Battle (1 Cor. 11-14)        Show the example of Christ in gender roles based on the order of creation (1 Cor. 11:1-16) Eat the Lord's Supper in a worthy manner to proclaim the Lord's death until He comes back (1 Cor. 11:17-34) Exercise various spiritual gifts for the common good according to His will (1 Cor. 12:1-11) Employ the greater gifts in unity under God's leadership while showing honor and concern toward with one another (1 Cor. 12:12-30) Practice love, patience and kindness in persevering faith until people are conformed into the image of Christ (1 Cor. 13:1-13) Teach God's word to strengthen, encourage and comfort the church in preparation for spiritual battle (1 Cor. 14:1-25) Execute orderly, Spirit-led, interactive, small group sessions with hymns, instruction, revelation and prophecy to strengthen the church (1 Cor. 14:26-40)

After people are empowered and equipped in a small group process through God’s word, send them out to preach the crucified and resurrected Christ as they minister the kingdom of God in the world.

Send Out People to Preach and Minister Kingdom of God in the World (1 Cor. 15-16)    

Preach the crucified and resurrected Christ for the forgiveness of sins according to the Scriptures as you are empowered by His grace (1 Cor. 15:1-11) Endure hardship in preaching the gospel because of the resurrection and knowing that God will destroy all evil authorities including death (1 Cor. 15:12-34) Give yourself fully to God's kingdom work because of Christ’s resurrection (1 Cor. 15:35-58) Support and engage in ministries that have open doors for effective work (1 Cor. 16:1-9) Involve families in gospel ministry opportunities of service, encouragement and giving (1 Cor. 16:10-24)

Are you giving yourself fully to preaching the crucified and resurrected Christ while serving, encouraging and giving generously to those engaged in gospel ministry?

Description of Rewards for Believers
Even though believers receive the gift of eternal life by grace through faith apart from works, they earn eternal rewards such as "gold, silver and costly stone." At the judgment seat of Christ, if their works are founded upon Jesus Christ, the fire of God's judgment will test and reveal the quality of their lives and service to God.
I Corinthians 3:10-15: By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

God's Word is the plumb line. "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any doubleedged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." (Heb. 4:12-13) In the last book of the Bible, the Word of God and testimony of Jesus Christ is the revelation of John to us (Revelation 1:2,9). Jesus, as judge, is walking in the middle of the lampstands, which symbolize the church. His eyes are like a blazing fire judging the church and each member within it.
Revelation 1:13-16: And among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Christ will also judge churches. Five of the seven churches (in Revelation 2-3) stagnated and tolerated things like worldliness and immorality. The churches in Philadelphia and Smyrna were the only two churches in Revelation 2-3 that had no rebuke because they were faithful, kept God's Word and did not deny Him in some area. They were instructed to continue persevering so their crown wouldn’t be taken away. Many believers have lost a sense of urgency in living godly lives. Their apathy causes them to not believe that Christ is coming back soon. The book of Revelation is clear that "the time is near" and "I am coming quickly" (Revelation 1:3; 3:11; 22:7,12,20). Apostle John exhorted each of the seven churches to avoid spiritual decline and measure its life by the standards of the Word of God. Even today, every church’s tendency is stagnation and tolerating worldliness and immorality. God is calling His church to repent and embrace His love, truth, will, power, passion and revelation. Promises are given to overcomers to eat from the tree of life, receive hidden manna, obtain authority over the nations and achieve special honor. Overcomers from the church of Laodicea sit on Christ’s throne when they worship Him, keep His Word and obey His name (Revelation 3:21).
Revelation 2:5-7: “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

Revelation 2:16-17: “Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” Revelation 2:26-27: “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations — 27 ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’…” Revelation 3:1c-3: “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” Revelation 3:8,11-12: “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.” Revelation 3:15-22: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
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whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me. 21To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

How can believers prepare themselves so they are ready for the judgment seat of Christ? Individuals will have an opportunity to reflect on their lives concerning 15 items that will be evaluated at the judgment seat of Christ so they can be overcomers. Look at the following checklist: Objective Standards for Determining Reward Describe your present condition for each point and list corrective action needed. (Adapted from message by Mark Hitchcock): 1. Run with perseverance the race God gave us to run (spiritual intimacy)
Hebrews 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

2. Control your fleshly appetites to do God’s will (spiritual intimacy)
1 Cor. 9:24-27: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

3. Look forward to the Second Coming of Christ (spiritual intimacy)
2 Timothy 4:8: Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

4. Be faithful to God’s word acknowledging Jesus Christ coming in the flesh (spiritual intimacy)
2 John 7-9: Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

5. Persevere with patience under trial (spiritual intimacy)
James 1:12: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

6. Love and serve God’s people (unified relationships)
Hebrews 6:10: God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

7. Rejoice when you received mistreatment, injustice and persecution (unified relationships)
Matthew 5:10-12: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

8. Be careful what you say knowing God will judge you (unified relationships)
Matthew 12:36: But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. James 3:1: Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

9. Shepherd others willingly and eagerly with a servant heart. (unified relationships)
I Peter 5:2-4: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

10. Be wise and make the most of your time (unified relationships)
Psalms 90:12: Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

11. Be faithful in investing your time, talent and treasure for greatest return (sacrificial service)
Matthew 25:19-26: “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ 21His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ 23His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 24Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you. 26His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?’ ”

12. Invest your money in ministries that serve God’s kingdom (sacrificial service)
Matthew 6:19-24: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."

13. Spend your energy and find your joy in ministering to others (sacrificial service)
I Thessalonians 2:19: For what is our hope, our joy or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

14. Be hospitable to strangers joyfully knowing that you may be entertaining angels (sacrificial service)
1 Peter 4:9: Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Hebrews 13:2: Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

15. Serve the Lord with all your heart through your vocation (sacrificial service)
Colossians 3:22-24: Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Reflect and Journal: a. For each of the above 15 items, summarize where you have held fast to the Word and not denied Christ. b. For each item, list specific situations where you need to obey or take corrective action (claim Revelation 3:19-21). Accountability and Preparation: 1. Sometime before the next study, meet with or call your partner. Share a prayer request concerning one or two of your most important corrective actions from these (15) questions. 2. Each of you take turns praying through Revelation 3:20 and ask God to make you a hot Christian and grace to accomplish the corrective actions mentioned above. 3. If possible, you and your partner register and attend together the next study: "The Big Picture"

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