Cookbook

 

 

Foundations for Transformation

BMC and the Harvest Movement Youth Center are 'on-mission' to arrest the cycles of generational poverty and raise up a new generation of indigenous urban leaders who know God and man.

 

 1. CONNECT:

The "Missional" church embraces an understanding of participating in the mission of God as a call for every individual Christian to leave his or her place of security and travel to where others are. Missions, then, is always a call away from personal interests and toward the interests of others.

We at BMC believe that no human relationship, ethnicity, nor evangelistic strategy can be exempt from the command of God that comes in the form of ‘neighbor.’

Connecting is giving attention and paying attention through the intentional and purposed application of our hearts to another human being.

Connecting is often cultivated when least convenient (may be an opportunity to make the greatest impact), and requires the sacrificing of goals, agenda, plans, deadlines, efficiency, and even reputation.

Scriptural Foundation

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”  Mark 16:15-16

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no greater commandment than these.”  Mark 12:30-31

Dilemma

Because of Total Depravity, our belief is that no man of his own volition will reach out to God, but we are to be God’s means of reaching out to man in the person of Jesus Christ through a living witness and His Word.

“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.”  Romans 8:7

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”  John 6:44a; 65b

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”  Ephesians 6:12

BMC Response

Commit to a lifestyle of initiating and cultivating genuine, long-term relationships with people outside of our normal circle of Christian involvement—in and across racial and class lines.

Model God’s grace by demonstrating faith, hope, and love, thus affirming the gospel (1 Corinthians 13).

Give a clear statement of the essential message of the gospel and use sustained exposure through proclamation and an ‘in-your-life’ witness.
 

  2. GROUND Biblically and Socially

Why Biblical Grounding?

Because the Scriptures are able to make people wise for salvation and rebuke, correct, and train for righteousness as much today as they did in the first century. 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Because from the Great Commission we are commanded to make disciples of all nations – teaching them to observe all that Jesus commanded us. Matthew 28:19-20

“No man is ever able to arrive at a true knowledge of himself until he has looked into the face of God and then come back to look at himself” -John Calvin

Why Social Grounding?

To be grounded socially is to know the social history of the society in which one lives, and to know how that history has shaped the present. Therefore our desire is to be literate about history as commonly presented in “American History” and through the voices of non-Euroamericans.

Scriptural Foundation

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.”  Hebrews 4:12-13

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:1-2

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”  1 John 5:4-5

3. PRAY for an Awakening:

Foundation

In the outworking of God’s purpose in our lives He calls us.

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”  Romans 8:30

“To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  2 Thessalonians 2:14

The gospel call is made effective in people’s hearts by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives new life in regeneration.

“…ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Luke 11:9

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26-27

“…you do not have because you do not ask.”  James 4:2

Our Commitment

We commit to ‘talking to God for men’ in the form of prayer.

“And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven…The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”   James 5:15-16c

Our commitment to tarrying for the souls of men, women, and children is timeless.

“…I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”  Luke 15:7

 4. DISCIPLE

Discipleship for a life of biblical responses with a view to the kingdom of God.

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes this world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”  1 John 5:4

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:2

“For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.”  1 Peter 2:20

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  1 Corinthians 10:13

“When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat.”  1 Corinthians 4:12b

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:21

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”  Romans 5:3-5