Epicentro Church in Panama is a church that has invited me to speak to them in the past.
Building on those visits, they invited me to give another seminar on personal evangelism as well as preach for their evening service.
Keeping a passion high.
For the first segment, they heard me share about how to maintain a passion for personal evangelism, in the face of many different fears that are natural.
The talk to was timed to finish out a weekend conference on growing the church and near the beginning of a month of intensive outreach into their community, using
- come and see events
- evangelistic small groups.
Only time will tell exactly what fruit this bore. The immediately observable result was a ministry time of renewed dedication to reach people for Christ.
Setting the DNA of a church
In 2013, Epicentro church will launch two new churches, one in the city of Panama, and the other in Santiago, the capital city of Chile.
Several of their leaders from Chile joined in via an internet connection for the worship service where I felt led to teach on the DNA of a church.
What do you want your church visitors to think when they experience your church?
- You’re crazy. OR
- God is in your midst.
I asked them the same question as they set the DNA for their future churches. This sermon was based out of
So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?
But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all,as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
1 Corinthians 14:23-25
Epicentro church is a church in the Pentecostal stream.
As they set the DNA of two more churches, thinking about visitors will become part of their DNA.
They are a little under 4 years old and currently meet in a former gas station convenience store they rent near a busy intersection and bus stop. Even though their resources appear meager, they have a heart to plant churches instead of hoard their resources for themselves.
A special thank you to the donors who helped make this visit possible! Your gifts help set the DNA of 3 churches with the potential for more!