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We all long to live for something greater than ourselves.

Repurpose, the new video mini-series by Pathway Learning, will help deepen your sense of calling and purpose. Repurpose considers the ancient questions of the ages about our world and humanity from a Christian perspective, including:

  • Why am I here?
  • How can I know my central purpose?
  • What is God’s purpose for the world?
  • How is God carrying out his purpose?
  • How can I find my part in God’s plan?

In these 5 three-minute videos, you’ll deepen your answers to these ancient questions and lay a strong foundation for learning more and helping others.

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Wade WilliamsAs I reflect back on Wade William’s life and ministry, I’m reminded of two things about him. First, I’ve never known a man who had a deeper appreciation for the rich diversity of worship across all the vast cultural spectrums in the body of Christ. And I’ve never known a man with a greater passion to see Jesus Christ exalted in the hearts of His worshippers. When I first heard of Wade’s death, my mind was flooded with reminders of our previous conversations over the years, especially those about our personal struggles and shared ministry passions.

Since I couldn’t focus on work anymore, I decided to put his name in my computer’s finder and just see what surfaced. My mind and heart weren’t ready for the sorrow and hope all our past emails, photos (2 posted here) and shared documents would produce. I want to share one of those items with you. It’s a letter Wade wrote many years ago to several, seasoned worship leaders around the U.S., trying to recruit them to do something worship leaders don’t normally do. As you read excerpts from his letter below, note his deep appreciation for worship diversity and his great passion for Christ to be exalted in His worshippers.

Dear Brothers,

I am writing to enlist your worship leadership in an upcoming conference. For this conference, we want to model a variety of worship styles to the church planters & leaders who will be there, as well as provide inspiration for some worship leaders who will also be present for training.

I am asking you each to take a small role, and serve the Body of Christ by leading one service for this group of Christ’s servants. Any one of you could lead for the entire week, but we want to model a diversity of approaches, so we are asking for multiple worship leaders, who will take only one service each.

I will serve as your coordinator and your “introducer” at the beginning of each service (sort of a week-long “emcee” role). Myself, and several other musicians in attendance for the entire week, will be available to assist you if you need that (guitars, woodwinds, piano, vocals, etc.).

One more thing: As you consider this role, I would like for you to realize what we’re calling a “covert gospel renewal goal” in this conference. Each day of training has a gospel renewal aspect (theme) emphasized, sometimes openly, sometimes it’s just behind the curriculum, which we would like for the worship (liturgy & song choices) to reflect, to some degree.

Those gospel themes are listed below. And of course, we want to lead our brothers and sisters there in “heart-felt, Christ-centered” worship, to the glory of God – not ourselves. Congregation (audience) participation is important – so please choose songs which others can join in on.

Advanced Worship Workshop 2005

Wade teaching on worship at a church planting conference

Please contact me soon and let me know of your interest & ability to participate. There is no compensation for this gig, by the way – but your conference tuition is covered and there will be a few perks I can throw in, especially for those who are not local.

And yes, you may come for only part of the week if that is your desire, but I recommend the entire week – it’s really good for our personal renewal. Please reply ASAP.

Yours in Christ,

Wade

PS: Here is my suggested line-up:  

Time                         Leader/Liturgist         “Style”                       Gospel Theme

Monday pm                Leader Name               High Energy Band       Election

Tuesday am                Leader Name               Hymnody, etc             Propitiation

Tuesday pm                Leader Name               Acoustic                     Justification

Wednesday am           Leader Name               Singer/songwriter     Adoption

Thursday am               Leader Name               Celtic                          Holy Spirit

Thursday pm               Leader Name               Ancient/Future          Redemption

Friday am                    Leader Name               Contemporary            Glorification

Wade Williams, July 10,1953-May 1, 2014

To watch a brief video of Wade sharing his sorrow and hope while battling cancer, Click Here

To learn more about Wade William’s life and ministry, click here: Wade Williams Called Home

In the series introduction, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”  we saw how the central message of the bible, the gospel, is best understood as a story or a four-act drama that displays the historic unfolding of God’s creative and redemptive work in the world. And how you can never fully understand the meaning of your personal life story until you understand how your story fits with God’s story.

In Act One, “Creation: The Way Things are Supposed to Be” we learned that the essence of salvation in Christ (the gospel) is the outworking of God’s love by restoring his creation from all the horrible consequences of sin (the fall). And how you cannot fully know the riches of Christ’s salvation until you more fully grasp God’s original intent for mankind to be in perfect relationship with God, self, others and creation.

In Act Two, “The Fall: The Way Things Are Not Supposed To Be,” we learned that our understanding of the severity of the problem is directly proportionate to our understanding of the significance of the solution. And as a result of sin, all of mankind’s perfect relationships (with God, themselves, others and creation) were broken and marked by alienation. We now turn to Act 3, Scene 1, the redemption of mankind and the world through the coming kingdom of Israel and the promised King.

Act Three (Scene 1): Redemption Through the Coming Kingdom (Israel)

From immediately after the Fall, God’s intention was to restore his loving rule over mankind and creation (Gen 3:15). At first God worked his redemptive purposes through individuals like Enoch and Noah. Then God chose to re-establish his kingdom on earth through Abraham by promising him a land and a multitude of descendants through whom God would bless all the nations of the world (Gen 12:1-3).

Through Moses and the exodus from Egypt, God makes Abraham’s descendants his own people. God then gives them his law at Mount Sinai so they might live under his loving rule, as Adam and Eve had done before they sinned. God blesses them with his presence in the tabernacle and he gives them elaborate sacrificial ceremonies through which they can approach him. Through Joshua the people of God enter the land of Canaan and under Kings David and Solomon they build the temple of God and enjoy the rule and blessings of God.

But because of the disobedience of the kings and the people of Israel the promises to Abraham were only partially fulfilled. As a consequence of their disobedience the nation of Israel came under God’s judgment. Civil war broke out and the kingdom of Israel was divided into two parts—Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The pagan nation of Assyria destroyed the northern kingdom. The pagan nation of Babylon later conquered the southern kingdom and took its people into exile in Babylon.

During this dark period, God spoke to the people of Israel and Judah through the prophets. He told them they were being punished for their sin but that there was still hope. They foretold the day when a great Messiah King would come and deliver them from all their oppression. He would be “the offspring of David whose kingdom would be established forever” (2 Sam 7), “the Son of Man whom the Ancient of Days gives all dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, and all peoples, nations, and languages will serve him. His dominion will be an everlasting dominion (Dan. 7).” And he “will create a new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind (Isaiah 65:17).” And the lion will lie down with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6).

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When the people of Judah were allowed to return from exile they must have thought that the time had come. But God made it clear that the coming of the Messiah and his kingdom on earth, when all things will be made new, was still in future.

Four hundred years after the completion of the Old Testament, Jesus began his public ministry with these words, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel”. To his original Jewish listeners this was an especially meaningful announcement. When Jesus made this announcement, the Jews had been scattered throughout the Mediterranean world and greatly oppressed by the Roman government for many years. They longed for the Messiah to come, set up His kingdom, and save them from their political oppression (Ridderbos 1975:48).

However, the Jews soon learned that the kingdom Jesus was announcing and inaugurating was not what they expected. The nature of Jesus’ kingdom more spiritual than political, as was the oppression from which Jesus came to deliver his people. The Jewish people would learn that the enemies this king came to engage in battle were not political enemies but spiritual enemies. The Bible calls these enemies the world, the flesh, the devil, and death itself. As king, Jesus came to wage war with these spiritual enemies in order to set his people free from their captivity to sin and all its effects: personal guilt, moral corruption and world corruption.

Although Jesus as king was fully present at this time, Mark 1:14 shows us that the kingdom “was near.” This means the kingdom was not yet fully in their midst. Jesus was beginning to set in motion all that would eventually bring about the universal rule and reign of God over not just Rome, but over all the nations of the earth and the entire world.

Centuries earlier, God made clear through the prophets that the goal of this coming kingdom would be to invade this fallen and broken world, drive back the forces of evil, and bring the restoration of everything lost in the fall. However, there were certain critical events that had to take place during this time in history for God’s kingdom to come in greater fullness. And those epoch, world-changing events could only happen through one person-the coming King.

Coming soon: Act 3 (Scene 2): Redemption Through the Coming King (Jesus)

Adapted from the upcoming book © 2015 All Things New, Steven L. Childers