“In-N-Out” Bible Study

Get more out of your hamburger with this incredible “In-N-Out” Bible Study!

http://heartafterchrist.org/in-n-out-bible-study/

How Religiously Unaffiliated Is Your City?

More Americans than ever are choosing to forgo formal religious attachments—the religiously unaffiliated make up 22 percent of the U.S. population overall—but the American Values Atlas shows that the religious landscape varies considerably state by state. Recently, we took look at the top three religious traditions in each state—but what about America’s cities?

http://publicreligion.org/2015/03/how-religiously-unaffiliated-is-your-city/#.VQe4pi1XI06.facebook

Be a part of Impact Convention 2015

Pastor Mike Shipman encourages you to attend the CMTA Impact Convention May 2, 2015

Be a part of this great training opportunity- May 1 & 2, Pasadena Convention Center!

http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=5Olv8ClxS4I&u=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DnHJw_QpIZsM%26feature%3Dshare

BE A PART OF THE Divergent BLOG!

Youth leaders, join and post to our BLOG!

By you writing a post for our blog, we can do three very important things:

1. We can provide youth and youth leaders with high-quality training content year-round.
2. We can provide a platform to expand your ministry reach to readers around the world.
3. We can expose people to your insights, which could drive more people to your future sessions at CMTA and Divergent.

We are asking every presenter from last year and at this year’s conference to help us accomplish this goal by writing a brief (300-600 word) summary of your assigned conference topic on the document template provided.

Also any leadership training materials we will make pages for.

BE A PART OF THE Divergent BLOG

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IMPACT Student Conference May 2, 2015

DIVERGENT- Not Conformed! IMPACT Student Conference

cmta divergSaturday, May 2, 2015

Pasadena Convention Center

Does your Church have Love or Relevance at its Core?

 church loveThe principal factor that grows our churches and glorifies the Lord is not chasing a numbers paradigm or the latest trend. Rather, it is all about how we love with the impacting Gospel of our Lord that is preached uncompromised with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Then we bring it with the conviction of the true Truth of God’s Word, and the clarity of the reverence and relevance of our Lord moving in our lives. These are the precious items we bring to build our church in God’s Way!

Love is. The primary Greek word is Agape, which means “self-giving” and “sacrificial,” that is more concerned with others than self. It was used in Classic Greek literature to refer to someone who was generously favored by a god. It conveys the idea of a person giving all his or her love, or favor, to someone else rather than to self. It is a love that is not earned; in contrast, it is relational and given freely. The word “Love” also refers to parents giving all of their love for their child.

In the New Testament, agape love was used to make a similar point, as God gives to each of us all of His love.

Real love goes deeper and further, as a deep adoration that is bestowed without expectations of a response from the other. Agape love is also the most common word used both as a noun and a verb in the New Testament. The greatest example of agape love is what our Lord Jesus Christ did when He died for our sins.

Consequently, God’s agape love gave us His forbearance and rescue from the punishment that we deserved. Rather than receiving what we should have, we received His favor without earning it.

(Deut. 6:5; Joshua 24:14 -15; Isa. 44:9-20; Mark 12:28-31; John 3:16; 21:16; Matt. 22:34-40; John 3:16; 13:1, 34-35; 14:1; 15:9; Rom. 1:31; 5:8-10; 8; 12:10; 13:11-14; 1 Cor. 7:32-35; 13; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5 Gal. 5:5; Eph. 2:4-7; Phil. 2:2; Col. 1:1-6; 3:5, 12-14; 1 Thess. 1:3; 2:8; 3:6; 12; 4:9-10; 5:8-13; 2 Tim. 3:3; Heb. 10:24; 1 John 4:7-12).

All men will know that you are my disciples. When we love one another, we prove and exhibit Christ!

This is our “mark,” the prime characteristic that makes us friendly and connectable to others, and how we are to be known-by what Christ does with us and calls us to. We are to love one another-period! No strings attached! This is the mold for the form that we use to display God’s love to the world (John 13:34-35; 15:13-17; 2 Cor. 5:20; Gal. 5:22; 1 John 2:10; 3:14-16)!

How do we know if this is working? This is exhibited in the form of the example from Whom our Lord is being lived out in the leaders lives. Then we can examine our practice with this question, “do you use people, or do you serve them?” Remember, Jesus was God, who came to this earth to love and to serve (John 13-14; 18:15-27)!

Thus, we do not aim at our people with numbers or manipulate them to whatever the latest business model or schema, we present the Gospel of God’s true Truth in love by teaching it and by living it out. Then we grow our churches, God’s Way.

What is real love? How is it shown by the fruits of it, like humility and service?

Churches that are healthy are making disciples for the transformation of the whole person, both faith and personal life.

Unhealthy churches tend not to be interested in making disciples and thus its people experience little or no renovation of faith in their church or personal life.

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