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Christ's Model for the 21st Century

Mark Finley
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Objectives:

 1. To share with each participant a practical model of whole-person care implementation using health evangelistic outreach similar to the Living Hope School of Evangelism model in Haymarket, Virginia.

2. Demonstrate how to effectively meet the unspoken needs (spiritual, mental, lifestyle, etc) of upper-middle class, relatively high income individuals and improve their quality of life.

3. To describe a broad based, Christ-like approach to medical practice modeled after the ministry of Christ in the New Testament.

4. To delineate a step by step process for local churches and medical practices to coordinate a ‘felt-needs’ ministry for patients and the larger community. 

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Mark Finley

Assistant to President for Evangelism at the General Conference

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  • October 27, 2017
    2:00 PM
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How can our churches become redemptive centers of Grace How can our churches become the transforming life changing centers that Christ wants them to be so before the end of the cost someone to do everything I can to take the principles that we're talking about in apply them now in scripture there is a lot that you may not be familiar with that I want to introduce you to it's called the Law of first mention the law of first mention what does that last say it's is that when you look at something in Scripture that is mentioned first usually that becomes the seminal embryonic seed that's going to grow and develop throughout scripture so the law of first mention simply says that you look for something that is mentioned first and then you watch that develop throughout Scripture let me give you some examples where is Sabbath mentioned first in the Bible where is that mention first Genesis chapter two the end it where it talks about God rested on the seventh day God bless the seventh day God sanctified it when you look at the Sabbath in the Ten Commandments it refers back to Genesis everything on Sabbath theology throughout scripture goes back to creation so that's the first mention the seed is planted in Genesis then it develops throughout Scripture where is marriage mentioned first in Genesis and you remember even when Jesus talks about divorce in Matthew nineteen he says it was said from the beginning and he takes you back to Genesis look at the Book of Daniel for example Daniel Chapter two The Great image outlines first Babylon me to Persia Greece Rome in the head of gold breasts and arms of so. Overthe eyes of brass legs of art but what do you have in Daniel seven you go back to Daniel to Daniel eight you go back to Daniel to Daniel eleven you go back to those early chapters if you look at the Book of Revelation it's the same way you have the seven churches that deal with seven epics of history but the seven seals in the seven trumpets are based on those so the law of first mentioned says Look where something is mentioned first find the seeds of that in Scripture and then see it developed now we're going to go to the Gospel of John. What are the first words that Jesus speaks in the Gospel of John here's the law of first mention one of the first words that Christ speaks in the Gospel of John now the first words that Jesus speaks. You've got to find it it's one of the first words that Jesus speaks now you may have an old ancient parchment like me and you may have a text on your i Phone but if you have your text on the i Phone I know you're not texting I know you're looking for the text All right so you're fighting for me the first words now if you have a red letter edition of the Bible it's going to be easier for you but one of the first words that Jesus speaks in the Gospel of John can you find the first words the cry speaks in the Gospel of John what are they. You know what do you see OK so the law of first mention says that you have an embryonic seed and that seed is going to grow and develop throughout the the book so the first words that Christ speaks in the Gospel of John are what do you seek so Jesus is always asking What are you seeking. He's always asking Tell me what your needs are Jesus never begins where he is he always begins where others are Jesus never begins with his agenda he always begins with their agenda he always wants to know what are you seeking what your heart longing What if a church was a center of redemptive grace in a community that was looking out to the needs of its community trying to see what the people in the community were seeking so that those needs could be met with the opportunity of opening to them to the Gospel we're going to share with you how our new congregation is doing just that but first we have to have the theological framework. In John chapter one Jesus says What are you seeking in John Chapter two three four and five he meets the four basic needs of humanity and in John chapter six they want to. Make him king and so let's look at the four basic needs of humanity that Christ Himself ministers to based on this principle in John chapter one now what is the principle we call it the law of what. The law you've got it the law of what the law of what first mention and how do we define the law of first mention when something is mentioned first in Scripture you look to where that is mentioned first and once you see where it's mentioned first you watch that develop throughout Scripture so here Jesus is saying what are you seeking what's in your heart what's in your mind what's deep down in the in your soul and what do you seek and then in John two three four and five Jesus meets the basic needs of humanity we're going to John the second chapter John Chapter two The need in John Chapter two is a social need. The host in a Galilean village runs out of unfermented wine Now let's look at that need on the third day there was a wedding in Kane of Galilee the mother Jesus was there both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding they ran out of wine the mother of Jesus said to him they have no wine Jesus said Woman What does that concern you my hour has not yet come now Jesus is concerned he eventually turns the water into wine he's concerned why would Jesus speak uncertainty in that village a man is a social need how many of have daughters and we have a daughter here how many of daughters All right let's suppose your daughter is going to get married and it used to have attended my class and you say I'm an invite pastor Finlay to the wedding and the wedding is. Five hundred miles from where I live I said a Pastor Ted Wilson president of the General Conference Pastor Wilson I need a writing companion why don't you come with me we're going on travel five hundred miles going to drive together way to go to my friend's wedding Pastor Wilson is a gracious man kind man he says Let's go so we drive together to the wedding we are famished when we get there absolutely famished we've been driving now five hundred miles it's taken us about ten hours to get there we didn't want to miss the wedding so as the result of that here we are at the wedding as we are standing in line now the wedding itself took about forty five minutes to what our as beautiful music but we could hardly get through it our stomachs were groaning and we're standing in a line and we're about the fifty third people back but fifty two people back of the woman in charge of the wedding the wedding coordinator whispers in my ear I'm so sorry Pastor Finlay we just ran out of vegetarian sandwiches and we don't have any beans and potato salad either and there is no more sparkling grape juice can you guys go down find some restaurant to go eat in how would you feel if it were your daughter's wedding and some church officials were standing in line and there was nothing more to eat you would hope that somebody could perform a miracle and multiply the beans and potato salad or at least the federal Terence there which is right sure. Jesus sands that this man was incredibly socially embarrassed and he met a social need I should mention to you some people say Well is there any proof in scripture that this was on from end to juice of the grape and it wasn't wine because a lot of people will say this is why I know this is just a little aside from the class but I want to show you the evidence very simply from scripture that this had to be the unfermented use of the grape notice John to verse one on the third day there was a wedding in Cain of Galilee every time in the Bible that you have the expression the third day destroyed this body and on the what third day I'll raise it up again as Jonah was in the belly of the way also the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three the third day every time it mentions the third day it's a pointer to the cross of Calvary Cana means wickedness so it's the center of wickedness then notice it says also that Jesus in His disciples are invited to the wedding and when they ran out of why in the Mother of Jesus so here you have a wedding Christ as United to his people you have Cain at the center of wickedness you have the third day express or you have the mother of Christ. They are Notice what Jesus says my hour has not yet come every time John uses the expression my hour every time without exception he's always talking about the cross. Look at just keep your finger there and turn over in your bible here to John Chapter seventeen there's John the seventeenth chapter and notice what Jesus says here. He says in John the seventeenth chapter he reverses that statement and notice what Christ says John seventeen and notice what he says for example in verse one Jesus spoke these words and lifted up his eyes to heaven and said The hour has come now what did he say in John to my hour has not yet come but what do you say in John Chapter seventeen my hour has come so every time you see the expression my hour my hour my hour it's always to the cross so when you look at John two you have key expressions that are key indicators that are pointing you to the cross of Calvary John Chapter two Kaina that was the center of wickedness John Chapter two on the third day destroyed this body third day I'll raise it up again John Chapter two my hour has not yet come John Chapter seventeen my hour has come John Chapter two his mother is there John chapter in the crucifixion story his mother is there so when you look at John Chapter two what are you saying the wine that Christ creates in John two has to be unfair mantid because fermentation is always a sign of sin and this represents the pure blood of Christ so what do we see taking place in the second chapter of the Gospel of John Jesus meets a social need but he uses that story and he changes the water of Judaism. With its legalism with its with its meticulous attention to legal istic external details into the grace of the gospel so that what that's why this couldn't have been fermented wine in John Chapter two because if it were it would distort the symbol of the pure untainted blood of Jesus Christ so we're looking at principles we're looking at a law called the Law of first mention this as you look where something is mentioned first John chapter one Jesus says What are you seeking what's in your heart John Chapter Two Jesus meets a social neat John Chapter three The need is not social naked Demas comes to Christ by night he is a spiritual seeker in every society there are spiritual seekers in every society there are men and women whose hearts God has stirred up to know the gospel so nicotine is comes the spirit has been working on his heart you remember what Ellen White says about the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts the Apostles page one hundred nine many are on the verge of the kingdom waiting to be what gathered in US So Nick a Demas was like that he was a man where the Holy Spirit was stirring his heart he was a man that God was working powerfully in his life so Nica Demas comes to Christ does Jesus offer Nick a Demas an invitation to a natural lifestyle cooking school. Does Jesus say to make a demon somebody give you a hydrotherapy treatment where does Jesus begin with Make A Damus you must be born again with the spiritual outreach why that was nicotine is need and that's what he was seeking just in our local church that we are raising up now we started with the church in an old building my wife and I joined it it had twenty five to. Thirty people coming to church no young people in the church at all they had no youth Sabbath school the why shouldn't say that if somebody would come to Sabbath school with a young person they would have one and it had been a very small church for thirty years last Sabbath in church we've now built a new facility a center of Health a center of healing a center of a training center we're teaching all kinds of courses we teach church growth courses we bring pastors in for five to seven days I'm teaching a course now to elders on preaching and it's just a four session course for teach elders how to prepare a sermon elders can come in on a Friday night and they can stay with us to a Sunday we Merced them in the culture of of preaching. Just this last week I had Brazilian pastors with me because people are coming from all over the world now to our center and we had a group from Brazil with us learning principles of how to take a stagnant church and transform it last Sabbath we had two hundred fifty eight people in our church we have one hundred twenty members we had double our membership we looked around the church and all kind of people were sitting there that had come to our seminars just you know illustrating this nikka Demas point did Jesus know about Nikken Demas before nakedness came he didn't but Christ was open to this idea when Nica Demas came that nigga Demas needed spiritual help and Jesus said You must be born again the Holy Spirit was working and it could be Mrs Hart the other night I was teaching a seminar I teach a couple seminars now when I'm home every other week I have a small group we have our health programs and so this last year in an attempt to meet people's needs we were and like living to a healthy hundred. Natural lifestyle cooking stress management we run them out of our church we had five hundred people walk through the doors of our. Church last year just to our seminars alone two hundred fifty of those registered as non Adventists So when you have a little church you have two hundred fifty registering as non Adventist but we're constantly inviting them to seminars so I invited people who had come to our health programs to a small group at my home and to the problem is the group got so big that the neighbors got distress because we were blocking the street with cars so we had to switch it to the church we had about our highest was forty people in my house and they were sitting on the floor sitting on the stairs and we study the Book of Revelation with these groups phrase by phrase by phrase it where we've been going for a number of weeks around chapter eight this Monday night we've moved to the church about half of our group are not Seventh Day Adventists then on Tuesday nights typically we teach a seminar I always have some kind of seminar going when I'm not travelling for the General Conference and so now I have a seminar in a hotel it's an archaeology seminar actually we have about one hundred nine Adventists that come the other night I was at that in the seminar and I was a greeting people and Diana came out and I had not met her before and I said so glad to have you at the seminar How did you learn about it she said you know what I was went to the county fair at the City Fair called the Hay Market Day Fair and I saw this large booth that said Seventh Day Adventists Now we were talking about making this booth that was kind of like a tent and they said should we put the name Seventh-Day Adventists on it and I said definitely you put the name seventh they haven't us on because on White says that the name Adventist itself will attract some people so put it on don't hide it and Diana said you know I had begun studying the Bible Sabbath and I was so impressed as I studied the Sabbath on the Internet with. The Sabbath that and I went by that booth and I saw a Seventh Day Adventist and I thought those people keep the Sabbath I'm going to go by and talk to them so she went by and she put her name in for a cook book plant based diet natural lifestyle cooking and as the Lord would have it her name was pulled out she. My wife's cookbook and they gave her a copy of our advertising for our health for our archeology seminar and she came here is a seeker a woman we had no idea was out there seeking but God center to us. I was talking to another lady at the seminar or some of my staff was and they said how did you learn about the seminar we used to watch pastor Finley in the country of Kuwait we were living in Kuwait he was on Trinity Broadcasting and we watched him for twenty years now we've moved to Northern Virginia saw his picture on the handbill and we want to now to come and hear the Word of God for pastors at least teaching nikka Demas was a spiritual seeker in your community God is already at work. God is already at work there are scores of people in your community where the Holy Spirit is working on their heart and every program you conduct gives God an opportunity to bring them but if you don't go knock on any door you're not going to find them if you don't give a Bible study you're not going to find them if you don't hold a health seminar you're not going to find them so God is longing to bring the people that he already is working with to your church so John one what seek ye what is the needed it what is Christ method Christ method is where is there a need John Chapter two The need is social John Chapter three The need is spiritual John chapter four the story of the woman at the whale Now if you look at John for it three and four you see the contrast John three a man Nick a Demas John for a woman at the well the Samaritan woman John three naked Demas is a Jew John for. She is a gentile John three nikka Demas is well respected in the community John for she's a woman of the ill repute John three Nic A Demas is a come seeking for Christ John for she stumbles across Christ vast contrast Jew gentile rich fairly poor. Respected not respected come seeking Christ now not seeking Christ at all you come in John four and you begin to look at this woman Jesus says to her I'm real thirsty can you get me something to drink. He detect something unusual about the woman she's come at noon no woman would come at noon in the blazing sun in Palestine you come early in the morning to gather your water where there's not that much sun and as Jesus talks to her he senses the broken n'est of her heart he senses the tear in her eye he senses the hurt in her soul Jesus comes to her and he senses are emotional needs and he said I know you're thirsty for genuine love I know that the people men that you've been with have used your body as a plaything and you haven't been respected and they have defiled you and abused you and disrespected you and Jesus begins to talk to her and he tells her about the water of life that will satisfy the thirst of her soul and in John four Jesus meets an emotional need John one what are you seeking John to. A social need John three a spiritual need John for an emotional need John five a physical need and if you look at John the fifth chapter you see Christ and this is Jesus medical missionary work you're immortal and White says in ministry of healing one. Forty three Christ method alone will bring true success in reaching the people Jesus mingled among men as one who desired their good he showed his sympathy to them he ministered to their needs then he bade them follow me no notice what Jesus did not do notice the statement does not say Jesus mingled among men as one who desire their good showed sympathy to them ministered to their needs period as I would assess know Christ method alone will bring true success in reaching the people Jesus mingled among men as want to desire their good so we mingle Jesus is very social he's out where people are he showed sympathy through to them he was caring about their needs when you were with Jesus you knew that he cared about you all of this intention was not focused upon himself he cared he ministered to their needs but it doesn't have a period there then he bade them follow me Jesus was not interested in having the woman touch the hem of his garment and then go away on helped one of the greatest problems that we have I believe in medical missionary work today is there are two number one we have the idea of bridging that you've got a bridge from the physical to the spiritual that never worked before and it won't work now you don't bridge from the from the physical to the spiritual because the bridge is too great and I have people ask me all the time how do you bridge and what you what my answer is we don't we don't we don't bridge we blend and there's a difference between blending and bridging bridging is this is physical over here it's spiritual I got to build this great bridge blending is you talk about the physical the mental the spiritual unashamedly in every single program and people right from the beginning with it's a cooking school stress management we're always constantly dealing with the physical the mental and the spiritual and we integrate so we do not bridge we blend we integrate every aspect of human behavior together that's one of the major problems the second major problem is this people run I see. Lated programs with no major strategy and George or Dean in his book The activity trap says that we do a lot and accomplish a little so we do a lot and accomplish a little so you know I have churches that say to me Pastor come help us but look we had a cooking school over here but totally unrelated to anything else it's not part of an integrated structure that I'm going to share with you so we do not bridge we blend we do not run isolated programs we run an integrated wholeness in every single thing that we do we're going to John Chapter five and we're looking there Jesus meets a physical need John Chapter five Verse one after this there was a feast of the Jews in Jesus went up. To Bethesda the Jesus went up to Jerusalem first to now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool which in the Hebrew tongue is called Bethesda Now notice Beth as Beth in the Bible is scion of our house of Bethlehem Beth is sign of Lee Emma's bread so Jesus the Bread of Life was born in the house of the baker. Beth saida saida is fish Beth is sign of Jesus called Peter James and John to be fishers of men from a village that was called. The House of fish Beth as dead as the is Mercy Beth is House of mercy so Jesus goes to the most despicable place where there are scores and scores of people that are sick and lame and dying and as he comes in there Jesus takes that place finds the most difficult case the guy that's been there thirty eight years a guy that's been trampled on a guy that can never get to the waters with this superstition and Jesus heals him he takes the most despicable place and he makes it a place of mercy so G.. This is constantly John to me it's a social need John three meets a spiritual need John for meets an emotional need John five meets a physical need John six what happens they want to make him king. How do you take the ministry of Christ and apply it to a local church First Corinthians Chapter twelve First Corinthians the twelfth chapter How can we take the ministry of Christ and apply that to a local church. First Corinthians chapter twelve and we're looking at verse four five and six. The apostle Paul develops the body theology he takes the illustration of Christ and he says the church becomes the body of Christ in other words the church becomes the eyes of Christ the church becomes the hands of Christ the church becomes the feet of Christ in other words the church becomes the visible body of Christ First Corinthians Chapter twelve now there are Diversity's of gifts but the same spirit in there are Diversity's of ministries but the same award in the Diversity's of the activities but the same God who works all and all verse eleven but one in the same spirit works all these things distributing to each one individually as he will verse twelve for as the body is one and has many members but all the members of that one body being many are one's body so also is Christ in other words you have a body theology crew the church becomes the body of Christ and in that church in that body there are three things the Bible talks about it talks about one gifts talks about two ministries and it talks about three activities so we build a body theology that the church is the Body of Christ and the church has to reach out to meet the social spiritual. Emotional and physical needs of the community. So we raise the question how can we do that first gifts what are spiritual gifts spiritual gifts are divinely imparted qualities by Christ given to every member of the church for service. So a spiritual gift is a divinely imparted quality that Christ gives to every member of the church for service. What is a ministry a ministry is a creative outlet to meet the needs of the community that implements the gifts of the members So what is a ministry it's a creative outlet. To meet the needs of the community utilizing the gifts of the members what is an activity an activity is the is the specific function or the specific program in which the gifts of the members are utilized through their ministries Now maybe if I charted it this way it would be helpful for you. How do we organize church Jesus way the circle that I'm drawing here this circle represents everything outside the circle represents the community OK so the community is out here someplace. The community is composed of people with needs so right the word needs out here now there is a difference between a felt need and a eternal need a felt need is the need the person perceives that they have a felt need is I may feel that I have a need to lose weight I may feel I have a need to quit smoking I may feel I have a need to get on a better diet I have a need for a better relationship with my wife and family so I may have a certain felt need but in addition to the felt need I have I have eternal needs I have the need to know God the need for inner peace the need for purpose in my life so people recognize they have felt needs but they often don't recognize they have eternal needs one of the most significant passages in the Bible on this eternal need is a close they asked these three verse eleven and ecclesiastics three eleven says God has put eternity in their hearts so in every heart God has put eternity every person in your community has a longing for eternity. Now the community needs what might they be well they may be physical needs what might they be they may be social needs what might these needs be they might be emotional needs over in this corner here what might those need speak they may be spiritual needs. So that's the community now inside the Serco is the church. Don't judge me on my art police All right so inside the circle is the church I put across so you know that's the church so here's the church and here's the community. Within this church there are members. OK These are all members in this church. Now every single one of those members has been given gifts by God. You never try to organize a church around spiritual gifts. You always organize a church around ministries and the Spirit of God that imparts the gifts leads the people into the ministries if you try to organize around gifts you become frustrated because I had a pastor call me once that I just had a spiritual gifts test and I discovered my members have twenty eight twenty nine different spiritual gifts I have no clue how to organize it yours organize a church around ministries so here is a ministry Let's say that this ministry here is a health ministry. And there is a team in my church that focuses on health ministry this last year we had ten to twelve people in our church that focused on health ministry and in our health ministry team we need some people that are good with database that can help us with the recordkeeping in our Health Ministry people team we need some people that are pretty good never ties and they can help us with that and so in our health ministry we might reach out to meet the physical needs of that community but everybody in the health ministry team understands that our goal with the people out here is to help them physically mentally spiritually going to talk to you how we have blended ministry so that maybe my health ministry team over here we might have a family life team that is focusing on the. Family life issues in the commune. Ety and to helping single mothers and helping coming up with all kinds of program we might that have a women's ministry men's ministry that helps to reach out to the community we also all together are focusing on the spiritual needs just this last weekend we were training nine De Lay Bible workers Friday night all day Sabbath all day Sunday and so you know we may have led Bible workers that are reaching out to the spiritual Here we make conduct seminars that we do a lot of seminar work and so we may be conducting seminars on prophecy or seminars on great doctrines of the Bible and we have our lay teams working with us there may be social needs where we're reaching out to the community to help that community with whether it's medical testing that they need whether it's. Could be a lot of the social programs we do might be in the area of concerts could be running a film series at the church could be meeting in some communities that are underprivileged communities they could be meeting the social needs of people more the economic needs and helping with food programs here is a principle. We call it the narrow few principle and what is the narrow few principle say it says the fewer outreaches you have to the community the fewer people you're going to reach OK so the fewer outreaches you have to the community the fewer people you're going to reach and we work on a basic rule of thumb and that's this is what our rule of thumb is how what whatever the active membership of our church is whatever the active membership of the church is we want to be in contact with at least that membership number of non Adventist every year at least that I like in small churches to do twice so for example if the average attendance in our given congregation is one hundred forty two. Hundred fifty we want three hundred names of non Seventh Day Adventists walking into our programs that given year that might mean we can get some in our health programs like our vegetarian cooking school or a stress management or our Health Expo A Tonight in our church we start pale horse with Sean been stripped next month in our church or next week in our church continuing archaeology in November in a hotel that's in a hotel in November in a hotel my wife is doing something we call health and wellness it largely focuses on weight management but it's heavily with laden with vegetarianism and motivation. In December we run something we call Bethlehem and beyond where we combine physical mental spiritual health and a lot of things with children we take them to Jerusalem with our. With our programs with graphics and T.V. talks about my wife a vegetarian diet the fewer outreaches you have to the community the fewer people you're going to reach the fewer it contacts you make the fewer you are going to reach if all you have going into your community are spiritual programs you're going to miss this whole half of the community a whole three fourths of the community you could get so we are constantly thinking how do we reach the physical needs the social needs the spiritual needs and the emotional needs of that community now you might be asking what did I mean that we don't do bridging we do blending probably it would be more accurate to say that we do we do both bridging and blending but what do I mean by blending and how do we do that how can you have people coming to a cooking school and they've come for a cooking school what do you do do you just get up and give a devotional before the cooking school we don't do that so we don't get up and say Now we have worship in there we're going to cooking rather. We do it this way let's suppose. My wife's making homemade bread and I'll just give you a few little hints and she's got the bread out like this she's making it and then she might say to me Well Mark tell us a little bit about the value of vitamin B. So I took a little bit about five am in an vitamin B. complex in the diet and as I'm talking about thiamine of vitamin B. complex I tell an experience about Ray Williams and Ray Williams nine hundred forty eight was the man who really let out in the reinforcement with vitamin B. as the result of the grain being depleted of vitamin B. and I tell a story about how he worked with a group of women and how this group of women he depleted their diet of diam in they signed a release form and after six months they became so angry at one another they couldn't possibly work together and then I say something like this I simply smile and say well you know I'm not suggesting that if you eat my wife's whole grain bread that is filled with an environment B. You're never going to get another argument maybe you know that that takes a real spiritual faith to help in that area and you know remember Jesus said He said mentioned live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds of the mouth of God What do you have next to me to demonstrate for us so you see it's not this idea so people in that audience a dental file with me they a den if I with my wife as godly spiritual people we're not preaching them a sermon during a health program like if I'm teaching stress management I tell a wonderful little story about and you can often share spiritual principles with stories and so I tell a little story about a lamb that was being shocked and shocked and shocked and finally this lamb was shocked so much that it had a heart attack died and the researchers with seeing how much stress a lamb could take and so they put this flame in a pen and they put about ten feeding stations in and the lamb would go eat it if the station be shy. Doc go eat another feeding station be shucked who did another feeding station be shocked pretty soon that poor lamb they shot at every feeding station and the lamb just quiver and quivered and quiver and had a heart attack they took that lambs twin and put it in the pen one difference they put the mother in there the lamb get shocked he looks up runs to mother she says something in his ear now this is where the research broke down because they couldn't interpret lamb language so they don't know what they'll have said his ear so anyway she the lamp that was shocked runs back to the pen where it was shocked because it's just given these little she eats they shot going to get it looks up at Mother goes by the look Mother lamb will expect and it keeps eating where you run in the great stresses of your life you have in place to run to the have a social support system father mother sister brother for many of us the research indicates that those who have God as their support system do a lot better in handling stress let me share with you some studies about stress and think and how Going to church how reading the Bible how praying helps reduce anxiety and stress so you see we are not what we don't have the old idea that I'm going to do a cooking school and then some magic thing is going to take place and these people are going to come to church just because I develop relationships we from the very first night are trying to sow seeds in their life now here's something that we have found quite amazing if I mailing to my community a spiritual brochure so let's suppose you want to get a group out to a seminar on The Book of Daniel let's suppose you want to get a group out to a cooking school let's suppose you want to get an audience it costs me about five thousand dollars per seminar to get a group of fifty people out that would be about fifty nine and Venice and what tends to happen is this and I'll give you some numbers. It's about five thousand dollars in most of my health seminars so I can get about fifty visitors out and here's how the cost breaks down. For every one thousand brochures that we mail. We get to people. Now you say Pastor I've heard better statistics than that. How can I put it you may have heard better statistics than that but I would question them that may happen occasionally but I've charted this for twenty years the most you're going to get is about two people per thousand what does that mean means I've got a mail about twenty five thousand brochures. To get to people out I mean to get fifty people out. I get a mail about twenty five thousand to get fifty people out what does that cost me cost me about two hundred twenty five dollars a thousand cost me about one hundred fifty dollars a thousand for postage two hundred sixty because about fifty dollars a thousand to mail in about ten dollars With thousand and twelve to label so I'm spending that money now here is that amazing thing for you. Here's what our goal is we are willing to make those investments over a two to three year period why this year I had two hundred fifty visitors. Walk through the door of our church two hundred fifty based on a process we just kept mailing and mailing making investments getting some money from the conference our own sacrificial giving our school helps Now what do I know. If I know how to mine that database I get twenty five percent response from the database. Rather than to a thousand I'm getting twenty five percent response out of my database so what does that mean five years if we do this for five years we will have in our database twelve to thirteen hundred none administering. And every year we mail to our database or e-mail it four times that four times will produce two fifty to three hundred visitors with little or no expense every single year so the strategy is to constantly reach out to your community constantly develop interest in the in your community develop a systematic database in which you reach that community and pretty soon pretty soon every program you run is going to be filled every single one now how do we how do we blend spiritual and how do we get people from the spiritual probe from the health programs into our spiritual Well first the personal contacts make a difference first is personal contacts we train our team and we train a team of workers to make personal contacts with everybody coming through our health seminars we want to know their name we want to know their interest secondly for us health seminars are not something we do occasionally but there is something we do systematically you can count on it that every year we're going to be running stress management you can count on it that every year we're going to run a nutrition class you can count on it that we're going to be running wellness classes so systematically people come to your programs they want to invite your friends if you do it the same time every year so every. Every March we do will do this something I vegetarian cooking school every April May something in the area of stress management so the same time every year October issue of the fall we have another system of programs that we're doing now we call health and wellness so personal contacts systematize three is our database because we get those names on our database we're inviting them to concerts at the church who are selectively inviting them to various other activities but probably the most stair or two other things that we love one is we've gone to a health coaching program and we love it. Let me tell you about health coaching how it works. You see what I have for time here OK I've got four minutes perfect. OK here's what we do during a health program I will stand up and I'll say to the people coming to the program. You've been coming to our natural lifestyle cooking program and I know that you've been blessed but you may go home you say how do I prepare this food or you may say I have a broader interests than in nutrition I really am very interested in getting out a better exercise program or I really want to lose some weight we are here to help you you've gone through five nights of our health program. You've gone through five nights a vegetarian cooking but we're really here to help you and we've got three health coaches that we've trained and we have three health coaches that we've trained we're training more now and usually we charge sixty dollars an hour for our health coaches but I'm going to give you them free for the next twelve weeks and people say what yes because we want to pay back to the community we want our community to be the healthiest community in America and this is the way it works our health coach will sit down with you and you'll watch a video on good health and it's the video produced by life and health network here and it's the video on the eight. The natural laws of health a new start so they sit down and watch that then we have a booklet in which you set your own goals you might set a goal saying I want to drink more water I want to set a goal and getting on a better diet I want to set a goal on losing weight one of our health coaches will be there with you they'll meet with you on a weekly basis for the next three months and they will be with you they'll help you in any way possible so if you want to have a personal health coach we usually charts sixty dollars an hour there's no charge for you at all for twelve weeks and we will try to do everything we can to get you want to better health program what do you think happens at the end of my talk like that people flock to our health coaches and what happens when our health coaches are walking they walk with the people they eat with the people they say why are you doing this and what do we say because we have an interest like Jesus did in the community the last thing we do and then I have others coming for the next class is every health class we pass out something called Yours for the asking. Yours for the asking is a form and that form is it has about eight things on it where people can check I would like to attend your stress management I would like to attend your natural life style cooking I would like to it and always on it we put no more this is very important no more than seven things if you put fifteen things on you put too many on it two out of the seven a spiritual one is to join a small group and one is to take personal bible studies we don't frame it that way we say personal studies and great doctors of the Bible twenty five percent of the people coming to our health programs are going to check something spiritual twenty five percent So rather than the idea of oh I'm going to hold a cooking school here once a year hope something happens and maybe it will bridge into an evangelist meeting it's not bridging it is what blending every. Thing is blended together in an approach where we openly talk about physical mental spiritual social All together I need to have you for seven days that's why we brought a brochure Hey Philip on the back chair I got a number of stuff for them I'll just give it out to them we've got some brochures couple of things that I want to tell you about what we you can add amend they go what do I have back there I have a preaching brochure. OK if you go by there's a booth that's a living hope both in the room if you want to know when we teach classes for pastors or lay people you can just go buy Incidentally you know what the best thing of our classes are we don't charge anything you come for a week we don't charge you anything you just got to get there pay for your meals which we serve you at eight dollars a meal tremendous meals help you to find a hotel at great prices but we charge nothing for our classes God is given too much for me to charge to it so I give it away but to brochures on the way back out number one we're teaching a course in about two weeks on lay preaching if you want to come in on a Friday night stay with the Sabbath and Sunday on the way preaching our facility is in for Ginia it's beautiful this time of year and there's no charge for the course Philip will give it to you Secondly. A lot of people say to me you do a lot of tours I'm leading a tour with hope channel on the footsteps of Paul if you have any interest in it you can see the brochure it's this summer and we have a great time Sorry couldn't have questions got. This media was brought to you by audio a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about the universe or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave a visit to W.W.. Or.

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