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Process of the Gospel: "Their task is done..."

After working with a person or group to see their perceived needs successfully met, we are finally at the point where basic needs can be addressed. In meeting basic needs, you will be dealing with core answers that may solve many other related needs or problems, including, but not exclusively, one’s need for salvation. Meeting basic needs is where the “rubber meets the road;” where we finally sense we are making progress in our ministry that will last a lifetime.

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Process of the Gospel: “Build on what they have”

As you engage in relevant communication, people will begin to trust you enough to mention their concerns and perceived needs. It is very important to listen carefully at this point – typically people don’t talk about their needs easily, or it’s very surface level. A person may mention many needs they have, which may or may not be relevant, but we must have a discerning spirit to go beyond what is said to what they are actually dealing with. The person may have a problem with a spouse or a deep financial issue, but it may be expressed in a different or masked way.

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Process of the Gospel: “Eyeball to eyeball”

It’s not enough to love someone in ministry, you also have to like them, as we discussed last week. And this is especially true in order to relevantly communicate with them – to listen as well as speak. So where do we start? “Start with what they know,” says the old Chinese proverb. In order to do that, we must first relevantly communicate to learn what they already know.

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Process of the Gospel: “I love you…and I like you!”

The power of love speaks volumes in any time and place. Everyone wants to hear a good love story! Last week, we learned how the Telores’ love for the people of Kolhapur, India was intensive, powerful and even all-consuming. So, you might think the “I like you” ending for this title is really lame, but liking someone is a big part of loving them! For me, hearing “I like you” means I’m accepted, respected and cared about just as I am, not “in spite of” any glaring flaws (though there are plenty of those), but for my actual characteristics.

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Process of the Gospel: "Lord, give us eyes to see!"

“Lord, give us eyes to see!” How many times have we prayed for that? In last week’s blog, I said we would be talking about engaging in the steps of the Process of the Gospel. As we do this, I want to especially focus on the need to follow Christ’s example of humility, and even find ways of self-limitation in how we approach each step.

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Process of the Gospel: “We did it ourselves”

Today we are beginning a new blog series on the “Process of the Gospel.”

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Thanks for Reading!

Hello Blog Readers,

Thank you for reading our blog! We hope you've enjoyed these entries from Doug and Judy Hall, and have learned something helpful through Living System Ministry to apply to your church or ministry. We'll be taking a break for the next two weeks, and will pick up writing again in January. Check out our website then for a new blog entry!

We wish you all a MERRY (lively) CHRISTMAS and BLESSED (systemic) NEW YEAR!

Blessings,

The Living System Ministry Team

     
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