Reading Reflection: THE MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM (Robert E. Coleman)

Pak Johan is one of the pastors and my personal mentors in church. His life has been emanating the God-given vision of discipleship and I find it very refreshing to read his thoughts and reflections on arguably one of his most favourite books.

It is my pleasure to share them here!

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Membaca buku yang pernah dibaca pada waktu lampau terasa seperti mengunjungi teman lama. Menelusuri kembali kalimat-kalimat yang merentang pemikiran dan mengubahkan pandangan seperti mempercakapkan perjalanan yang sudah dilalui sejak terakhir kali bertemu. Setidaknya itu yang saya rasakan ketika membaca ulang The Master Plan of Evangelism (Robert E. Coleman).

Buku ini pernah menjadi bacaan wajib bagi semua siswa yang sedang dimuridkan dan memuridkan pada masa kuliah dulu. Buku ini pernah saya wajibkan untuk dibaca bagi semua pembimbing kelompok pemuridan Kambium waktu masih melayani di Gloria mula-mula. Sekarang, setelah bertahun-tahun menjalani dan menggerakkan pemuridan, saya disegarkan lagi oleh kebenaran yang bernas di dalamnya. Senang membaca lagi, sambil mengumpulkan banyak mutiara hikmat yang dulu tercecer waktu membacanya, karena waktu itu masih sangat minim wawasan dan pengalaman dalam pemuridan. Senang mencocokan catatan perjalanan saya sendiri dengan catatan Coleman tentang prinsip-prinsip dalam pelayanan pemuridan sebagaimana yang dilihatnya dalam pelayanan Yesus, teladan sempurna.

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Dawning

My beloved lady,

do you remember

our first meeting?

A fated encounter

when we exchanged our gazes? I looked

into your eyes and saw your warm smile.

As if struck by lightning, I know since then

that the light of

day has filled a

dark void in me;

a new dawning.

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“A Place to Represent Jakarta”
6-9 November 2013

After succeeding in hosting ALIGHT 2011, the awaited trinually performing arts is here. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome ALIGHT 2013 (Art and Literature Grand Home Town)! ALIGHT is a talent development event in arts and literature that is packed with the concept of friendship and kinship.

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SMAK IPEKA PLUIT PRESENTS :
ALIGHT 2013
“A Place to Represent Jakarta”
6-9 November 2013

Setelah sukses menyelenggarakan ALIGHT 2011, akhirnya pensi 3 tahunan SMAK IPEKA PLUIT hadir kembali, yaitu ALIGHT 2013 (Art and Literature Grand Home Town). ALIGHT adalah sebuah ajang pengembangan bakat dalam bidang seni dan sastra yang dikemas dalam konsep persahabatan dan kekeluargaan.

Tahun ini, ALIGHT mengangkat tema ibu kota kita yaitu Jakarta yang diberi nama PRJ “A Place to Represent Jakarta”. Dimana ALIGHT 2013 akan menjadi tempat untuk menggambarkan kondisi Jakarta dan kebudayaanya.

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Terima Kasih 🙂

Faith Honors Whom It Trusts

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God. (Romans 4:20)

I long for God to be glorified in our pursuit of holiness and love. But God is not glorified unless our pursuit is empowered by faith in his promises.

And the God who revealed himself most fully in Jesus Christ, who was crucified for our sins and raised for our justification (Romans 4:25), is most glorified when we embrace his promises with joyful firmness because they are bought by the blood of his Son.

God is honored when we are humbled for our feebleness and failure, and when he is trusted for future grace (Romans 4:20). So unless we learn how to live by faith in future grace, we may perform remarkable religious rigors, but not for God’s glory.

He is glorified when the power to be holy comes from humble faith in future grace.

Martin Luther said, “[Faith] honors him whom it trusts with the most reverent and highest regard, since it considers him truthful and trustworthy.” The trusted Giver gets the glory.

My great desire is that we learn how to live for God’s honor. And that means living by faith in future grace, which, in turn, means battling unbelief in all the ways it rears its head.

 

*from John Piper’s Solid Joys devotional for 23 June 2013 edition.*

What Makes Jesus Rejoice

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Luke 10:21–22)

This verse is one of the only two places in the Gospels where Jesus is said to rejoice. The seventy disciples have just returned from their preaching tours and reported their success to Jesus.

Luke writes in verse 21: In that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes: yes, Father, for thus it was well–pleasing before you.”

Notice that all three members of the Trinity are rejoicing here: Jesus is rejoicing; but it says he is rejoicing in the Holy Spirit. I take that to mean that the Holy Spirit is filling him and moving him to rejoice. Then at the end of the verse it describes the pleasure of God the Father. The NIV translates it: “Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”

Now what is it that has the whole Trinity rejoicing together in this place? It is the free electing love of God to hide things from the intellectual elite and to reveal them to babes. “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes.”

And what is it that the Father hides from some and reveals to others? Luke 10:22 gives the answer: “No one knows who the Son is except the Father.” So what God the Father must reveal is the true spiritual identity of the Son.

When the seventy disciples return from their evangelistic mission and give their report to Jesus, he and the Holy Spirit rejoice that God the Father has chosen, according to his own good pleasure, to reveal the Son to babes and to hide him from the wise.

The point of this is not that there are only certain classes of people who are chosen by God. The point is that God is free to choose the least likely candidates for his grace.

God contradicts what human merit might dictate. He hides from the wise and reveals to the most helpless and unaccomplished.

When Jesus sees the Father freely enlightening and saving people whose only hope is free grace, he exults in the Holy Spirit and takes pleasure in his Father’s election.

Facing A Foretaste of Heaven

If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1–2)

Jesus Christ is refreshing. Flight from him into Christless leisure makes the soul parched.

At first it may feel like freedom and fun to skimp on prayer and neglect the Word. But then we pay: shallowness, powerlessness, vulnerability to sin, preoccupation with trifles, superficial relationships, and a frightening loss of interest in worship and the things of the Spirit.

Don’t let summer make your soul shrivel. God made summer as a foretaste of heaven, not a substitute.

If the mailman brings you a love letter from your fiancé, don’t fall in love with the mailman. Don’t fall in love with the video preview, and find yourself unable to love the coming reality.

Jesus Christ is the refreshing center of summer. He is pre–eminent in all things (Colossians 1:18), including vacations and picnics and softball and long walks and cookouts. He invites us this summer: “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy–laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

Do we want it? That is the question. Christ gives himself to us in proportion to how much we want his refreshment. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

Peter’s word to us about this is: “Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). Repentance is not just turning away from sin, but also turning toward the Lord with hearts open and expectant and submissive.

What sort of summer mindset is this? It is the mindset of Colossians 3:1–2, “If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

It is God’s earth! It is a video preview to the reality of what the eternal summer will be like when “The city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21:23).

The summer sun is a mere pointer to the sun that will be. The glory of God. Summer is for seeing and showing that. Do you want to have eyes to see? Lord, let us see the light beyond the light.

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/summer-mindset