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Christianity as Craft

We are learning about the YES Journey.  Christianity is a road trip and the Holy Spirit is our Traveling Partner and Guide.

With situated learning, all of life is the classroom and everyone is learning from everyone.  I am no scholar on these things, but have found “Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation” (Lave & Wenger 1991) insightful. Several of today’s ideas are found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_practice

Enjoy this week’s message outline.

“Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation” (Lave & Wenger 1991)

As I go on the Y.E.S. Journey, I grow by Yielding, Engaging, and Sacrificing.  Going on the Y.E.S. Journey I am crafting my life into being and doing as Jesus is and does and in the process, I grow toward my full potential.

Craftsmen are uniquely prepared for their craftsmanship. For example, the emphasis is not upon cognitive processes, but on learning through interactions between individuals, cultural tools and social communities.

Concepts for Learning the Craft of Christianity

  1. Situated learning – At its simplest, situated learning is learning that takes place in the same context in which it is applied.
  2. Communities of practice – At its simplest, learning as social participation.
    1. Domain – the general domain of knowledge that creates common ground, inspires, gives meaning.
    2. Community –the social fabric for the domain of knowledge
    3. Practice – the specific focus around which the community develops, shares and maintains its core of knowledge.
  3. Master – a person who has mastered the craft
  4. Apprentice – a person who is learning in the community of practice
  5. Journeyman – a person now ready to journey with the craft

The craft of Christianity requires learning as a craftsman would.

1 Corinthians 3:10 shows the Apostle Paul’s understanding of Christianity as craft.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

The word Paul selected for “skilled master builder” (arxitéktōn) is a combination word.  The first word (arxi) has the meaning of firstTéktōn, the second word, has the meaning of craftsman.

Today, Pentecost Sunday, is the celebration of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

He, the Spirit, is THE Chief Artisan and Master Craftsman. Genesis 1:2

The Spirit, having created situated learning, is the Master Craftsman in “Communities of Practice” for every domain.  John 14:26

The Chief Artisan and Master Craftsman (Spirit) travels the entire YES Journey with me. John 14:16

Pentecost Sunday Personal Downloads

  • Holy Spirit, may I be your apprentice?
  • What spiritual domain holds my current interest and need?
  • Am I in a Community of Practice for my interest and need?
  • Consider participating in an MCA Summer Connect Group as a Community of Practice.
Posted on 3rd June 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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We grow best as we go into all the world

Complete Christian Character is a series of messages investigating Jesus’ prolific Sermon on the Mount.  Matthew 5-7

Complete Christian Character is designed to assist us in bringing Jesus’ primary teaching, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” into daily living.  Matthew 5:48..”

The type of perfection to which Jesus refers includes having complete Christian character.

Complete Christian character is anchored and best reflected in being “poor in spirit.”  Mt. 5:3

The essence of being poor in spirit is total surrender; the yielding of everything to God.

MCA Church’s ministry strategy is W.I.N.S.

W             Win to Christ

I                Involve in relationship

N              Nurture in growth and development

S               Send into service

Our slogan for the Gray’s Matrix is, “I’m moving up and over, by faith.”

Truly, moving up and over requires moving up and out.  Mark 16:15

The pilgrimage to Complete Christian Character is a road trip.

Christian growth and development are nurtured best in me when I dance with an:

  • Upward experience with God          Isaiah 6:3
  • Inward experience with my self      Isaiah 6:5
  • Outward experience with others    Isaiah 6:8

 

Notice, in verse 9, the grand finale of the Isaiah 6:1-8 experience, “He said, “Go and tell this people.””

 

Posted on 28th May 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Traveling with the Apostle Paul

Life improvement through the teaching of the Bible is a huge part of Christian growth and maturation.  Dr. Perkin provide morning manna every Sunday in the Live auditorium beginning at 10:30 AM.

Today’s lesson is a continuation of the traveling ministries of the Apostle Paul in Corinth and Ephesus.

Bon Voyage!

Pauls Journeys Acts Part 2-5

Posted on 21st May 2017 in Uncategorized, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Y.E.S. Journey – Up and Over (Gray’s Matrix)

Examination and evaluation of my inner person enables me to wisely select my spiritual growth and development plan.

Wisdom may be the key concept of the entire Old Testament and is essential for my life today.  Proverbs 3:13-18

Upon consideration of the Gray’s Matrix, my prayer is, “Lord, help me wisely move up and over!”

The horizontal axis depicts one’s openness to the Gospel and Christian teaching. It may be helpful to identify the openness numbers as follows:

+3        Fully open to the Gospel

+2        Mostly open to the Gospel

+1        Partially open to the Gospel

-1         Partially closed to the Gospel

-2         Mostly Closed to the Gospel

-3         Fully Closed to the Gospel

The vertical scale depicts one’s awareness and knowledge of the Gospel.  It may be helpful to identify one’s awareness and knowledge numbers as follows:

+6        Continuing in growth

+5        Aware of responsibilities

+4        Knowledge of God’s kingdom

+3        Knowledge of adoption

+2        Experience of God’s love

+1        Initial knowledge of Father God

 

-01       Aware of the costs of commitment to the Gospel

-02       Grasps implications of the Gospel

-03       Aware of personal need of the Gospel

-04       Aware of the basics of the Gospel

-05       Interested in Jesus

-06       Aware of Jesus

-07       Wonders if God can be known

-08       Vague awareness and belief in God

-09       God framework

-10       No God framework

The primary dance partners for moving up and over are the Holy Spirit, the Bible, Christians, and me.

Notice the Holy Spirit moving us up and over in John 16:8.

God communicating through the Bible moves us up and over.  2 Timothy 3:15-16

Christians help move us up and over.  Hebrews 10:23-25

I am in the up and over dance, in part because, the ministry of the Spirit, Bible, and Christians is translated into meaning by me.  2 Peter 1:3-9

Today, are you willing to examine and evaluate your Y.E.S. Journey progress and pray Acts 16:14? “The Lord opened her heart…”

By faith I’m moving up and over!

 

 

Posted on 20th May 2017 in Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Yield Your Song to the Lord

I (Kent) have become convinced of the following:

  • Singing produces a different effect than speaking
  • The tone (song) is at least as important as the words (speech)
  • The power is in singing the song that God is singing through you.
  • We often move into God’s song when the song others have written ends

Consider the following Bible concepts:

  • Psalm 33:3, Psalm 96:1, Psalm 98:1
  • Colossians 3:16
    • The word of Christ dwell in you richly
    • Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom
    • Singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
    • With thankfulness in your heart to God

Miriam’s Song    Ex. 15:21

Sing to the Lord,

He has triumphed gloriously;

The horse and his rider He has  thrown into the sea.

Hannah’s Song   1 Sam. 2:1-10

My heart exults in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord, there is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides you.

Mary’s Song  Luke 1:46-55

My soul magnifies the Lord, My spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

He has looked upon the humble estate of his servant.

Singing from the depths (1 Corinthians 2:10) of God’s work in your life is enhanced by:

  • No fear of performance
  • Regular examination and evaluation of your heart
  • Boldness to yield your song to the Lord

Imagine the day that God, Himself, releases His song over you! Zephaniah 3:17

Posted on 13th May 2017 in Mother, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Up and Over (Gray’s Matrix)

“The Y.E.S. Journey” is a process of seizing God’s desired future for my life. Your current position on “The Y.E.S. Journey” can be understood through the four soils (heart) in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower.  Matthew 13

The Path                Unresponsive, Hard packed, walked on- Evil One snatches away

Rocky Places         Superficial – Falls away in tough times

Thorns                   Double minded – Worldly cares and deceitfulness of riches choke

Good Soil              Hears and understands – Yields 100, 60, or 30 times

The condition of your heart (soil) determines the productivity of the seed.

The Y.E.S. Journey is eternally important.  Upon careful examination, personal evaluation of Y.E.S. Journey progress is possible.

  • See to it                                  Colossians 2:8
  • Do not conform                  Romans 12:2
  • Make the most                   Ephesians 5:16

With thoughtful examination and evaluation one is enabled to do as these three verses command.  2 Corinthians 13:5

  • Examine yourselves
  • Are you in the faith?
  • Test
  • Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

The Gray Matrix is helpful in beginning one’s personal Christian examination and evaluation.

YES Journey Graph

The horizontal axis depicts one’s openness to the Gospel and Christian teaching. It may be helpful to identify the openness numbers as follows:

+3             Fully open to the Gospel

+2             Mostly open to the Gospel

+1             Partially open to the Gospel

-1              Partially closed to the Gospel

-2              Mostly Closed to the Gospel

-3              Fully Closed to the Gospel

The vertical scale depicts one’s awareness and knowledge of the Gospel.

It may be helpful to identify one’s awareness and knowledge numbers as follows:

-01       Aware of the costs of commitment to the Gospel

-02       Grasps implications of the Gospel

-03       Aware of personal need of the Gospel

-04       Aware of the basics of the Gospel

-05       Interested in Jesus

-06       Aware of Jesus

-07       Wonders if God can be known

-08       Vague awareness and belief in God

-09       God framework

-10       No God framework

Today, are you willing to examine and evaluate your Y.E.S. Journey progress and pray Acts 16:14?

“The Lord opened her heart…”

By faith I’m moving up and over!

 

Posted on 9th May 2017 in Evangelism, Message Response, Missions, Uncategorized, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Paul’s Travels Part 3

Pruitt, Dave & SusanJoin us in studying the Apostle Paul’s travels with guest teacher, David Pruitt.  There is much to be learned from the early Christian’s obedience to Jesus’ words, “Go into all the world.”

If a map were made of your ministry travels, how many ports of call would you have on the map?

Follow the notes below.

Acts 15

Posted on 7th May 2017 in Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post