OUTSIDER.001The “Reaching the Outsider” sermon series is one of the most important and fruitful series I’ve delivered in some time. You can listen via the links below or by subscribing to the Maximum Life Podcast.

 

Reaching the Outsider Sermon 1 – Phillip and the Ethiopian 

Reaching the Outsider Sermon 2 – The Conversion of Saul

Reaching the Outsider Sermon 3 – Eat the Alligator

Reaching the Outsider Sermon 4 – The Messy Gospel

Reaching the Outsider Sermon 5 – The First Missionary Journey

 

 

Devotional and Recipe

[DON’T MISS THE VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST]

Dining is, quite seriously, a religious experience in our home. A friend of mine quotes his father as saying,

“I do not eat, I dine”.

I know exactly what he means! The greats have always viewed meals as special! Henry David Thoreau said,

“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.”

Meals are special. History can be understood as a series of meals from the first bite of forbidden fruit (Genesis 3) to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19) with one major meal, the Last Supper, in between (Matthew 26). Jesus’s strongest critics focused on when he ate (Mark 2), how he ate (Mark 7), what he didn’t drink (Matthew 11), and whom he ate with (Mark 2). According to most biblical historians, practically every service in the early church involved a meal.

So, it is not surprising that the primary discipling of our families is expected to happen around the dinner table.

Deuteronomy 6:6–7 (ESV) And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

We have found that there is no better place to disciple our children than around the dinner table. That is why we make it a priority to have an evening meal together at least 4 nights a week.

The conversation often turns to what God is teaching us, what we are studying in the Scriptures, and how we are trying to influence others for the Gospel. Recently, my wife and I wondered if there was a way to use that evening meal time to keep the Great Commission (Matthew 28), the mission field, and the work of missionaries in front of our children and in our regular conversation. We have created a tool to help to that end – we call it Meals & Mission.

My wife (Julie) is an incredible cook. She specializes in ethnic cooking. Since we are already in the habit of cooking one or two ethnic meals a week, we wondered what it would look like if we were more intentional in the selection of the meals. Seeking to find recipes from around the world that will allow us to circle the globe in the course of a year is our goal. Simultaneously, I will write a short devotional (2-3 paragraphs) that will communicate the climate of the missionary endeavor in that part of the world, introduce a missionary family, and give a few ways we can pray for the spread of the Gospel there.

From there, the idea began to grow. We figured, if we are going to go to the trouble to produce this material, we might as well seek to share it with you – the readers of my blog. So here is what we are attempting to produce at least once a month:

  • A recipe from a particular mission field
  • A short video that will teach you how to cook the meal
  • A devotion that you can print and read to your family

This will be a major undertaking for our already busy schedule. SO WE NEED YOUR HELP. We would like for you to consider sending us a recipe for an ethnic meal complete with a list of ingredients and instructions. Be sure to tell us where in the world the meal originated and, if possible, which people group you wish to focus on. We will do the research needed for the devotional, but if you have thoughts or resources to be considered, include those as well. You can leave your recipes, meal ideas, and devotional thoughts in the comment section below.

2a8a8d5e-69c4-427a-ba22-3bbb9b9935c3Now that you understand the context of what we are trying to accomplish, let’s begin with Episode 1 – Russia.

Mentoring Part 4 – Meditation B

The 2015 I-65 Super Conference

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New Sermon Video – Ananias and Sapphira

This is one of the most enigmatic texts in the New Testament. This is the story of the first time Satan visited a Church and how God killed the couple who brought him.

Small Group Material

logoAt Capshaw we are in a study of the book of Acts. Following the lead of J.D. Greear and Summit Church, NC our entire small group ministry is studying the same material throughout the month of January for what we are calling our, “All In” series. This series is basically the first four sermons in the larger study of the book of Acts.

Since we have received so much freely, we would like to make what we have compiled available to any who could find it helpful.  Feel free to replace our logo with your church’s logo and use it as you see fit. All we ask is that you do not charge for the material.

Feel free to print the material or save it to your reading device.

Mentoring Video – Prayer

Mentoring Video – Scripture Memory

Honduras 2014 Mission Trip

Honduras is known as the murder capital of the world. But as is often the case – the light of the Gospel shines brightest against the darkest background. We are partnering with POI to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ available throughout the villages of Honduras. Plans are underway for a return trip to Honduras in 2015. Here are a few of the needs:

  • Teachers and workers for a Vacation Bible Club
  • People to serve a Pastor’s training conference
  • Willing workers to volunteer as needed

More info. coming soon!

PREVIEWPROMOWe will be conducting a preview service of VALLEYLIFE.CC on January 4th at 6:30PM on the Friendship Campus. Pastor Zach Terry will be preaching and the Capshaw Worship Team with Chris Moncrief will be leading worship. If you are interested in serving at the ValleyLife plant, please attend this service for further instructions. Anyone who is interested in this plant or just curious and would like to learn more – please attend. For more information email info@capshaw.org

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