On mission for Jesus

Jesus is sending 70 of his followers to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom.

I will speak on this theme of ‘Jesus sending us out’ in ICF Rotterdam Noord April 7th 2024.

Come to join this worship service and hear about God’s purposes for this world and your life.

You can find information about the location and time here

 

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.

Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.

Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.

Woe to Unrepentant Cities“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.

“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Luke 10:1-16 ESV Bible translation

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Short encounters with greater impact

Sunday Service December 17

Sunday, December the 17th I am speaking on the topic of ‘short encounters with greater impact’ at ICF Rotterdam Noord.

See link for more information here.

Youth with a mission! YWAM

A message worthwhile to communicate!

This week I was with the SOKE* students of YWAM (youth with a mission).

Our topic was about communicating the message of Jesus to those outside of the Christian faith.

One of the students made the drawing you see in this post.

She expressed in this way part of the training which was about discovering God with our friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

It is easy to be with young people who are open to learning. Ten young people took the time to invest in their relationship with God and missions. It was inspiring to both have class sessions and a short mini-outreach at one of the campuses nearby.

We went to one campus and had good conversations about the meaning of life and God with many students. We even had some students who were willing to meet again and talk further.

Topics we talked about included

  • Why make the effort and speak about our faith with others?
  • How do we communicate in a way that is open, friendly, respectful, and clear?
  • Trusting God to use our small efforts to speak to people.
  • How to handle difficult questions and much more.

 

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*SOKE stands for School of Kingdom Empowerment

Living from God’s perspective

Living from God’s perspective is essential for living a life with purpose and joy

In a talk I gave lately I used a passage a prisoner of Rome wrote two millenia ago. In this passage he tells us how he was able to live a life with purpose and joy even in this unusual situation.

You can find the talk here but go to minute 27:25

The passage is in the Bible. You can find it in the letter of the apostle Paul to the Philippians chapter four, section four to seven.

I talked about the following: Identity. Guidance. Perspective. Focus.

You can also find it at the ICF Delft website here

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. — Paul the prisoner

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Training day for students

Spirit lifted, community rooted

Join the StudentLife Lift-Off on Saturday the 28th of October. A day full of inspiration, meeting each other and sharing testimonies. All meant to help you develop a lifestyle of sharing the gospel.

The theme of this day is Lifted by the Spirit, rooted in community. The book of Acts tells us how the church was born through Christians sharing the gospel of Jesus. This would be impossible if it wasn’t for the Holy Spirit being poured out over them: the Christians let the Spirit lead them in everything they do.

The Spirit creates a loving community for the people to be able to keep sharing the gospel. It is this community, where people share everything with each other and live abundantly, that is so incredibly attractive to people.

The Lift-Off will take place in Delft and it starts at 9.30am and ends at 4.15pm

A rough outline of the day:

  • Welcome and opening game
  • Service
  • Workshops (round 1)
  • Lunch
  • Workshops (round 2)
  • Closing remarks + “borrel”
  • (for those who want to: eating together at your own expense)

Fill out the form at this link and claim a place at the Lift-Off. See you soon!