(Greg Linscott Reporting)
Seeing Lives Transformed by the Gospel - Jeff Musgrave
Summary from the conference booklet: Jesus is the answer for transformed living, and discipleship is the method that He designed to accomplish getting men to Him. We often say, “This is about a relationship with God, not a religion,” but are we effectively introducing men to God and showing them how to live in a vibrant relationship with Him?
Summary of the workshop: The session was an parred down presentation of The Exchange, Musgrave’s discipleship ministry.
Musgrave argued that there is a circle of ministry that needs to take place in our churches. An individual, once saved, ought to be discipled and trained into ministry (Saved - Discipled - Trained into ministry). His remarks evidenced both his burden for evangelism (his used the term ‘soul-winning’) and his passion for training others to disciple.
Below is a summary outline of the content of the session, which is his the outline he uses to present the gospel to an unsaved person.
I. The Gift of the Exchange
A. God is a Divine Person (he is knowable)
Presentation of who God is and how he looks at sin. God is holy and cannot tolerate sin, just and cannot overlook sin, loving and has provided a gift to me (the sinner), and gracious, offering salvation as a gift.
B. The lost man has a need.
This need is internal; man also has internal evidence of God, who makes divine appointments for the unsaved.
C. I have a regenerated spirit.
When we are saved, we realize the futility of my self (using his alliterated points), the fulness of my savior, the finality of my surrender, the filling of the Spirit, and the fruitfulness of my service
II. The Process of the Exchange
A. The Model - Acts 11:19-26
Musgrave sees four elements of discipleship in this passage. Conversation—we reason with the lost; evangelization—we give them the gospel; the assimilation—the saved need to be brought into the fellowship, but slowly. we cannot expect them to grow immediately. We need to be willing to take the “food” to them. Finally, indoctrination, training them up in the faith.
B. The Method - II Timothy 2:1-2; 25-26