by Mark Ellis
What has God placed you on this earth to do? What is your purpose? What drives you? What are you living for?
You may be driven to please certain people in your life. I was driven for many years by the need for approval from my parents. You may be driven by fear of failure or anger about the way someone treated you.
Some are driven by guilt and allow memories to control them. Some are driven by the desire to get rich, and pierce themselves with many griefs.
As Rick Warren says, “There are other negative forces that can drive your life, but they all lead to the same dead end. Thankfully, as a Christian, even if you are a product of your past, you don’t have to be a prisoner of your past.”
The wonderful thing is that God specializes in giving His children second and third chances — multiple chances to begin anew, to make a fresh start with Him.
There’s a reason that Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life” has sold more than 30 million copies. People are looking for greater meaning and purpose in their lives.
By Jerry Wiles
president emeritus, Living Water International
When considering what we call our Lord’s Great Commission, to communicate the Good News to the ends of the earth and make disciples of all people groups, it would be important to determine what message and methods are totally reproducible and transferable to the various regions and people groups.
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After having trained more than 3,000 people in 16 countries over the past 20 months, Living Water International continues to receive very encouraging feedback. LWI’s basic Orality Training Workshop: An Introduction to Contextual Bible Storying consists of a two-day, bilingual, five-story training. The emphasis is on teaching a little, that people practice a lot, and use immediately.
This approach is not intended to be comprehensive in any way, but to give a sample, a taste of what oral disciple making methods can look like. It is what you might call an easy-on ramp to the orality super highway. It’s a simple jump-start to get people on the journey of following Jesus’ example of sharing the Gospel and making disciples. An important aspect is to making sure that the stories and questions are biblical, understandable and reproducible.
The majority of the unreached and unengaged people groups of the world are oral learners, either by necessity or by preference. In fact, according to the International Orality Network, 70% of the world’s population (4.35 billion people) are considered oral learners. That is, those who can’t, don’t or won’t read, or prefer to learn and communicate by means other than print-based or written instruction. Also, 2700 languages still have no written script and 2252 languages still have no Scripture translated into their heart language. Continue reading