Missional Disciple – Vision 2014 – Acts 19:1-10

The Church in the first century turned the world upside down. Why? Because its members breathed God’s mission. Despite widespread persecution, the church continued to grow quickly. The Kingdom of God will always grow when the people of God possess God’s heartbeat to reach out to this world. This is still true today. God is a missional God. He has a divine mission to redeem this earth back unto Himself. God is totally committed to His mission and in fact, undertook the ultimate missionary venture of all time – becoming a man Jesus, like one of us.

Likewise, God is calling His Church to be a missional people. As a church that is committed to be all that God has called us to be, we must rise up to be a missional people. A time is coming when the Church will be a light to the world like never before! Even while the world will grow darker like never before.

So last year, our theme was Missional. We defined Missional to be simply Living God’s mission every day. But what we need to understand is that we can only really be missional if we are first disciples of Christ. So this year our theme will build upon last year’s theme and we shall call it Missional Disciples.

The Need For Missional Disciples (v1-2)

Just like Apostle Paul who lived a missional life, God has called all of us to be missional disciples. Matt 28:19 – 20 (NIV) 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  We are called to take responsibility for continuing with God’s mission on earth.  This is not a mission just for the exceptional people.  It is not a mission just for those with spare time and resources.  It is a mission for all who follow Christ.  You and I.

Yet how can we be effective as missional disciples unless we know God’s heartbeat ourselves?  Unless we know how to apply His principles?  Unless we are empowered by His Holy Spirit?  To be so, we need the right foundations!

The Foundations For Missional Disciple (v4-10)

Anchored by devotion (v4). We can only grow as missional disciples if we anchor ourselves through our devotion to God.  Just as Scripture promises in Psa 1:3 (NIV) “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”  My heart is to see hundreds even thousands of such missional disciples mature in our church through the years.  Disciples who are bearing fruit because they have anchored themselves, because they have devoted themselves unto God.

Built upon obedience (v4-5). Water baptism is the first significant step of obedience that all disciples of Christ take.  Obedience is a foundational orientation of a missional disciple.  Obedience is an attitude that God really seeks.  It is obedience, more than knowledge that God seeks in the Great Commission of Matt 28:20 (NIV) …and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  Are we willing to obey God all the way? To obey the commands of Scripture?  Starting with the basics?   To be water baptised?  To be Holy Spirit baptised?  To be committed to fellowship in church?

Continual spiritual development (v6-10). The 12 men and other disciples in Ephesus, continued to experience and grow in God because they continued in obedience. No wonder the church in Ephesus grew large and strong.  God challenges us all to grow (Heb 5:12 – 14).  The more we grow the more impact we will have as missional disciples.

The Challenge To Be A Missional Disciple

Will you rise up to the challenge this year to be a missional disciple?  Rise to the 3D (Devotion, Development and Deference) and 4H (Host, Help, Heal and Hope) challenge as summarised in the attached card below. Let us grow as disciples of Christ. Missional disciples. Commit to the 3Ds and the 4H over the next 12 months and sign up to be a Missional Disciple at http://bit.ly/500MDchallenge

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Adults - $179
Youth (13 - 17 years) - $159
Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $179

What's included in your Registration?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee each day
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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Adults / Youth / Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $124


Adults - $144
Youth (13 - 17 years) - $124
Family (2 adults plus kids under 4) - $144

What's included in your Registration?

  • A cup of freshly brew coffee each day
  • All meals provided (3 lunches & 2 dinners)
  • Refreshments
  • Special demographic sphere sessions for families, working adults, uni students and youth.

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$15 (without meal)
$55 (with 3 lunches and 2 dinners)

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Thursday, 5 July

Registration: 8:30am
Session 1: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 2: 11:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:00pm
Free Time: 3:00pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 3: 6:00pm

Friday, 6 July

Session 4: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 5: 11:00am (demographic spheres)
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:30pm (optional)
Free Time: 2:45pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 6: 6:00pm (Missions)

Saturday, 7 July

Session 7: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 8: 11:20am
Closing: 12:05pm
Lunch: 12:20pm

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Interstate Delegates

Please book your flights to leave Brisbane after 5pm.

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Breakout & Demographics Spheres

Day 1 / Breakout Topics

/ Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour

/ Enjoying Parenting Babies

/ Handling Peer Pressure

/ Sharing Hope in Crisis

/ Speaking Truth in Love in light of Same-Sex Marriage

/ Apologetics

/ Simplify Your Life for the Gospel

/ Discipling Millennnials

Day 2 / Demographic Spheres

/ Family - Getting Real about Marriage

/ Working Adults - The Ministry of Work

/ Students - Missions at Tough Places

/ Youth - Ready to Soar at your Next Life Station

Day 2 / Breakout Topics (Optional)

/ I want to communicate God's Word to others in a helpful way

/ I want to finance God's kingdom (working adults)

/ I want to raise godly children (families)

/ I want to help someone out of addiction

/ I want to reach communities

/ I want to reach out to my colleagues (working adults)

/ I want to reach out through creative medium

/ I want to reach out to my parents/siblings.

This session is to provide the avenue for people who are passionate about living out love on a particular frontline, to come together and exchange practical ideas of doing it personally or together.

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Rev. D. Ravi Sundar is a leader with zeal, committed to God-given vision and founded Shalom Church in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India in the year 2001. Pastor Ravi is a well-known and well-respected preacher who has traveled to over 16 nations declaring the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ in Churches, sharing principles of leadership at Seminars, encouraging pastors conducting prayer drives and planted 76 churches across the countries Sri Lanka, Fiji and Philippines.

A shepherd at heart, he identifies and understands the challenges of pastoral ministry and makes every effort to uplift pastors and their families. He strongly believes that Church must make an impact on society. The ministry of Pastor Ravi reaches to thousands of people across India and his messages are a blessing to the sick, the brokenhearted and to those who are helpless.


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Pastor Simon Eng graduated as a Civil Engineer from Melbourne, Australia. In 1992, together with a team, they pioneered Hope Kuching and the church has successfully produced many leaders and pioneers to this day. In 2001, Pastor Simon and family moved back to Kuala Lumpur to be the Senior Pastor of Hope Kuala Lumpur. Pastor Simon is currently also the President of Hope International Ministries. He travels extensively to minister to various regional churches of Hope. He loves to build God’s people and is actively serving to fulfill God’s Great Commission.

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Pastor Wilson Lim is the founding and senior pastor for Hope Church in Brisbane and also serves as an Elder with Hope International Ministries. He was a former research scientist with CSIRO. Pastor Wilson also serves on the Board of a community services organization, Australian Care and Trauma Services (ACTS) and previously on an interdenominational Bible college. He is recognised for his balanced, in-depth teaching and engaging-style of expository preaching. His passion is teaching, equipping leaders and building the church.  He travels extensively to minister to HIM churches in different parts of the world.