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Why are we knocking on doors?

Churches and individual Christians are uniting and working together, each one adopting a street or streets and focusing on sharing the good news of Christ's redemption to every household and to give an opportunity for all believers to intentionally make disciples and become disciples.  Disciples are simply students and obedient followers of Jesus Christ.

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  Mark 16:15

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Matthew 28:19

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven". Matthew 6:10

Why:  Why should we obey God's will instead of just doing our own thing?  It's very simple.  God wants us to do so because God is the perfect Father and He knows what is best for His children.  He cares about what we do and why we do it; yes, He even cares about how and what we think. 

How:  God wants us to obey Him; to behave as dear children- obediently obeying our Father in heaven but the BIG problem is that obeying God is no small task, it's one that everyone has constantly failed at, so how is that supposed to happen?  The answer is not so obvious, but there is a way for man to be right with God and to obey Him. 

IMPORTANT!  God has interacted with man in amazing ways and He has given us a unified collection of inspired writings spanning thousands of years that record those interactions.  In this Bible, He even gave us instructions as to how we can have the power to actually obey Him and of course most importantly, He tells us in great detail how we can be forgiven when we inevitably disobey. 

This network and all of true Christianity is about spreading the good news of how God Himself came to earth as a man to be the sacrifice, to take the punishment we deserve for our sins so that we can be reconciled to the Father and live with Him forever.  

If you do not understand or believe this part, the network will make no sense at all.  For a better understanding of the Christian viewpoint, please check out the Online Summit first and come back to read about the network later.

Dear Christian,
   It is simply time we start obeying what is written in those precious inspired writings...

Relevant "Christian" Cultural Note:  Without facade, apology, shame or excuses we "lay all of our cards on the table."  Some who appear to be "in the Church" today have hidden the message of Christ behind vague general spirituality and mysticism for so long that if they once knew the truth, they seem to have forgotten it.  These who hide the offense of the cross behind more palatable philosophy often excuse and embrace their Christ-less false religion because of hypocrisy and shallowness in "the Church".  If they only fully understood the good news they might not be so ashamed of it.

For it is clear from God's revealed Word that the problems and hypocrisy "in the Church" do not stem from "too much Christ" but rather, not enough Christ; they stem from those who profess Christ but never really knew Him!  Our lives and this website are dedicated to the fact that the only "cards" that any of us hold that have any value at all are those that bear the face of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  It is Him we boldly proclaim and serve.

CAUTION- The following admonishments are strong and to the point; many are not "easily swallowed" and must be "chewed thoroughly".  They are listed here to show the goals and ideals that we believe faithful followers of Christ must embrace but it is not expected that they can be instantly embraced and followed, they require a lifetime of fellowship and discipleship and even then, as the Apostle Paul said of himself, we will still just be "pressing on" without having attained perfection- until we meet Him face to face and are changed to be like Him.   But nevertheless these following challenges are a taste of the high calling that God extends to us who are IN Christ Jesus.  We welcome you to arise, forget those things that are behind and press on with us to that high goal in Him.

The Obedience of Faith can change a nation

It should be clear by the loss of our nation's Christian values that "whatever" the church has been doing lately it has not been enough; the status quo was not working.  But now, together, we are doing something about it! 

YES, God can transform, first us, and then even use us to turn our culture away from the self destruction it seems "hell bent" on pursuing!  Many people see the situation as hopeless, or at least act like it is... But by the authority of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I declare "it is not hopeless!"

Many times throughout history, deep darkness covering a land has been shattered by the light of the gospel, it is no different now, the same gospel that awakened our nation in the past can awaken us now. 

"Grass Roots"

It seems that how we reach our neighbor today must change if we are to see this new awakening; for to a great extent, our culture has turned a deaf ear to the paid clergy of our land; for good and bad reasons many people no longer trust them as much as in bygone eras.   So now it is up to you- the "rank and file" Christian, the man in the pew, not the pulpit... it is up to you to see God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Of course it will be accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit, but He must work through you- dear follower of Jesus Christ.  This is Biblical after all; the "pulpit" was only meant to inspire the believer to do the "work of ministry" so that all the parts of the body work together to accomplish the work as in 1 Corinthians 14 and Ephesians 4. 

Our goal is that the Spirit of God would use the tools and communication available through this simple web site to track our progress and allow us to work together in our neighborhoods to create and build relationships; so that God would use neighbors, filled with His Spirit, to share the good news and disciple their neighbors.

It is time that we, "the church", awaken from sleep and become salt and light in a crooked and perverse generation; that Christians of every denomination and flavor would join together, loving each other and our neighbors, obeying the Word of God- through the demonstration and power of the Spirit- showing the world that Jesus is Lord, declaring that all should follow Him; and demonstrating by our love and unity that we are indeed His disciples.

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  Mark 16:15

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Matthew 28:19

In a "nutshell", to accomplish this great commission we all must:

  • Repent and believe, trust completely in Christ for your salvation and your daily survival.
  • Read and obey the simple, straightforward Word of God-- without compromise. 
  • This includes "redeeming the time because the days are evil", which means we must...
  • Quit living like the world, to do so reveals our lack of faith in Christ and calls our lives into question as to whether we even know Him!  Peter describes the state of a false Christian or Prophet and cautions us throughout 2 Peter chapter 2, summarizing at the end that to "feed on" and love the world is, to be blunt, to feed on vomit!  We must rather be filled with the Word and Spirit of God- not drunk with wine or with the wine of the harlot's fornication- entertainment!
  • Once convicted, repented and transformed, we must simply be hospitable; invite everyone for a meal.  When needed, even take in the stranger.
  • Share the Word and hope of God with your guests- invite them regularly, in other words: make disciples.
  • Share your faith with "every creature". Integrate your faith with all of your daily life, but do not rely on chance nor wait for them to come to you, but...
  • Go to the highways and byways and compel them to come to the great feast that is prepared.
  • Do not waste time repeatedly casting your pearls before swine- before those who are arrogant and believe they do not need God.   Spend your energy on those that are hungry.
  • Invite your brothers and sisters to pray together and go with you to the streets, or wherever the hungry souls are. 

I hear you: "That's a great list", most real Christians know that we should be doing all that- but how do we do it?

By God's grace and through much study and experimentation, the Lord has shown us simple, concrete Biblical principles and practices that allow the grace that is found through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus to work effectively in us.   All Christians have known the strategy of the war we are in, and we know who it is that leads us to victory, but how to function in the "day to day" tactics of the battle seems often to evade us. 

But first, to reiterate the importance of the source!

The underlying strength to follow the methods on this site lies in "walking in the Spirit", not "hop, skipping and jumping" in the Spirit, but consistently abiding, staying in the vine.  God is calling us all to constant dedication- to "pray without ceasing".  YES, if it's actually done, that is pretty radical but that kind of a radical committed lifestyle is what we've been reading in the Bible all these years!  It is what Christ describes as taking up your cross and following Him.  It is simply time to repent and obey the gospel.  Out of the spiritual life of Christ in you, the tactics become more clear, natural and easier to follow.  Those "tactics" are enumerated in the "bullet points" below the next section.

The key is consistency- at any and all times, in season and out of season...

We must be INSTANT in season and out, in other words, be ready to share your faith at any and ALL times!  We know we are supposed to minister and share our faith at times that are appropriate, times that are "in season" but God also calls us to do so when it is inappropriate or "out of season".  The message of Christ is so important that we must share it all the time!  The only time we shouldn't be sharing is when God tells us not to!  (Of course employees must work and do what they are paid to do- I'm not talking about preaching at work instead of working.  Employees can invite co-workers or customers to lunch or to your home, where you are then free to share the faith that is in you.)

As you meet humble listeners, seekers or devoted Christians throughout your daily life, travels, or in the neighborhood door to door- you simply care, share your faith and make disciples by inviting them to do the same things you are doing.

This is the simple Biblical way of realizing the coveted "multiplication" of discipleship we long for in the church. Through genuine hospitality each Christian essentially moves the "church" to the streets, neighborhood and everywhere they go; they open their home to the saints and the lost.

The goal is not to make "new home churches", it is to BE the church in the neighborhood, our work places, everywhere. It is to facilitate the breaking of bread and continuing steadfastly in the apostles doctrine because you have opened your life and your home to Christians and the lost. The goal is that the Kingdom of God and His righteousness becomes the focus of our lives instead of watching ungodly TV shows and other wastes of time.

You may be one of the many believers who are chomping at the bit to do something for Jesus Christ and this is a simple way to let the love of God flow out and stop the stagnation of "ever learning" and never giving or teaching!

The "How to"

We invite you to join us as we follow Christ...

We have found that it takes many different areas of effort to fulfill the great commission in our lives.  Each of the points below are simple and effective ministry outlets in season and out of season.

  • Biblical Hospitality is "Relational Evangelism" on steroids.  Opening your heart and your home to all who will come is the most important and simplest of all the things we can do to be like Christ.

  • Discipleship-  Through hospitality we must intentionally make disciples, starting by becoming a disciple of Christ ourselves.

  • Street adoption- Go door to door with the invitation to know Christ and follow Him using a straight forward questionnaire as a guideline to remember what's important.

  • Tracts- Whether handing out a single one to someone you don't have the time to talk to or leafleting parking lots or neighborhoods, this is always a quick way to reach many.  We have some powerful comprehensive tracts

  • Preach everywhere you are in every situation.    2 Timothy 4:2, 5 NKJV - Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. ... But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

  • Market Place Ministry Bring Christ with you to work

Leave the doubt, believe and act!

It's interesting to note that right before Jesus gave us this great commission, His disciples had been in somewhat of a self absorbed pity party that Jesus said had to stop.  Likewise, we too by His grace can leave our unbelief, hear His voice and obey the good shepherd.

Mark 16:14-20 NKJV - Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

Matthew 28:17-20 NKJV - When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

May the simple truth and love of God burst forth in your life, and may the blossoms that have adorned your life turn to fruit, that many may be saved.
 

Online Summit

This website has a fairly extensive  "Virtual Conversation" feature where we use a "flow chart" like conversation to answer common questions and roadblocks people may have about Christianity. 

We link to the Summit from many of our tracts and websites

This part of the site is laid out like a virtual conversation where ideas, questions and thoughts are presented in chunks and then links with some typical responses are in bright colors.  The idea is to simulate a conversation that follows your lead as you choose the vein of thought that is similar to your own.  This way you don't have to read the whole web site, only what is pertinent to you.

Choose your response:

What do you think is mankind's most important need?  

I'd like to meet the "Virtual Evangelist" at the Online Summit

 

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