Making Disciples in India

2 Timothy 2:2 And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

On June 29th Pastor Stephen with Hope Builders India introduced 36 pastors to the Hope Builders Disciple Makers training program. He taught them basic Bible Study Methods (ABCs) from the Letter to Philemon and the One on Three Disciple Making strategy. He also introduced them to the www.minibiblecollege.com material available in their own language. Partner with Missionary Pastors in India HERE  Read more below

The 36 pastors were organized into 3 Hubs according to their areas and then into 1 on 3 training groups. This is the heart of Hope Builders Ministries’ work with indigenous believers around the world. We are not there to “westernize” the believers, only to equip, encourage and empower them in the Word of God. This is why HBM can do so much more working with Indigenous Missionaries instead of sending western missionaries who do not understand the culture and language for many many years and cost many thousands upon thousands of dollars for training and maintenance.

For the cost of ONE western missionary (over $100,000 annually) HBM can provide the basic support and ministry tools and equipment for TEN already trained indigenous missionaries who will reach many many thousands of their fellow pastors training them in the Word of God. These pastors are then better equipped to “make disciples” of their congregations who become bold and effective witnesses of the love of Christ to their people. Matthew 28:19-20 is the mandate for ALL believers to become disciples of Christ who make other disciples.

Just as the church in China experienced explosive growth AFTER the western missionaries were forced to leave, so too India will grow spiritually and numerically as we partner with Indigenous Missions.

Join others partnering with Hope Builders Ministries in India supporting missionary pastors HERE

YOU can become an ADVOCATE for India and invite others to support Indigenous Missionaries in India. HERE

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Do Not Be Offended By Me.

I heard a challenging message on the life of John the Baptizer and specifically when he was in prison and about to be martyred. The main verse that captured my thoughts is from Matthew 11:6 in this drama of John’s life. He has lived his life far differently than any other man in total dedication to God. He is the one of Malachi’s prophecy to proclaim the coming of the promised Messiah and make the nation of Israel ready to receive Him by repenting of their sin and believing in HIM, so that Israel can finally experience the Davidic promise of “Heaven on Earth,” the Kingdom Come, the prophecy of Daniel and all the prophets, the personal reign of the God-Man, Yeshua haMashiach, from Israel’s capital, the Zion of God, Jerusalem. BUT it did not happen the way he, John, or they, believing Israel, thought it would!

John not only suffers in prison but he is viciously beheaded out of pure hatred and vengeance. Jesus is cruelly crucified!

Matthew 11:6 Jesus told the John’s disciples to tell him, “Blessed is he who is not OFFENDED by Me.”

Maybe today God has not lived up to your expectations. He has not done things the way you thought He should. Think of the hundreds and maybe thousands of people coming to be healed by Jesus only to be saddened and surprised that He had left the scene. Would they not wonder why He left healing some and not others?

Jesus tells us today, “Don’t be offended by Me.” We must remember that His ways are not our ways, yet His ways are perfect. We must believe that He will keep His promises. He will save all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He will reward the faithful beyond imagination. He will rule and reign upon this present earth. Jesus will return and we who believe with Him.
Don’t be offended with God and His ways. Trust Him. His promise is to conform us into the image of His dear Son, our Savior, the God-Man, the LORD Jesus Christ.

He does not promise us comfort or wealth or health. He does not promise to deliver us from pain and suffering. In fact, He does promise that our days will be filled with tribulation. He promises us that all those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer! Paul tells us that the way into His glorious coming Kingdom on Earth is through Suffering. Acts 14:22 Peter teaches us in his epistles to prepare for it. Jesus tells us to “rejoice” in it.

Jesus, the Disciples, the Apostle Paul and thousands, even millions of faithful believers throughout history have suffered immensely and immeasurably for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not deliver them. Many yet to come will not be delivered from martyrdom.

Are we better than they? Do we deserve God to do things differently just because we think we have a better plan?

NO, my friend. Do not be offended with the LORD because of the way HE has planned to work in your life and all of life to bring about HIS sovereign will. GOD is GOOD all the TIME and all the TIME, GOD is GOOD.

I highly recommend a little book that was suggested to me. It is the story of John the Baptizer, “The Man in the Third Cell” by Gene Edwards. Get in on Amazon, new or used, it is a short 90 minute read, and worth the time.

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Inductive Bible Study Methods

May 2016 Pastors Conference in Zambia
Teaching Inductive Bible Study Methods

Training the indigenous pastors is the heart and mission of Hope Builders Ministries Zambia. Jeff Hawkins (Hope Builders Ministries USA) organized a Bible Study Methods seminar for May 22-28. 48 first and second level leaders from HBMZ gathered in Musenga outside of Chingola, Zambia for 4 days of study. Pastor Dan Finfrock with Intensive Care Ministries was our guest speaker and trainer.

The men were generally overwhelmed with the amount of information given to properly study the Word. This, however, also opened the door for a deeper awareness of the need to study the Word Inductively. HBM and HBMZ has always taught the importance of Inductive Bible Study Methods but this is the first intentional and in depth seminar on “HOW” to do that. It is our desire to make this an integral part of the 3 year curriculum for all the pastoral students.

Thank you for praying with us and for us as we partner with Indigenous Missions in Africa training pastors in the Word of God.
You can partner with us and support this mission below.

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YOU can also be an advocate and HELP raise support for this mission by introducing and inviting your friends to partner with HBMZ.

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READY OR NOT Jesus Is Coming Again

He will Judge the Nations and Rule with a rod of iron.

He will Judge the Nations and Rule with a rod of iron.

Looking around our world we can not help but wonder if the time of the end is at hand. Violence worldwide is increased. Islamic terrorism, genocide of Christians around the world, poverty and disease spreading. Families are more fragile than ever. Governments are ever corrupting. People all over the world are becoming more and more dependent on government to meet their “needs” and thereby setting themselves up for more government control and ultimately a totalitarian world system. Even if this is of no concern to you, you will die, sooner or later.

What attitude and action should a Christian have and take in view of these things?

Christians have been looking forward to the Second Coming of Christ from the time Jesus lifted off the earth 2000 years ago. Even before His death the apostles were asking “What is the sign of your coming and the end of this age?” Matthew 24:3.  Just before His ascension the twelve who had JUST been taught for 40 days about the Kingdom of God by the King Himself asked, “Lord, are you going to restore the Kingdom to Israel now?” Acts 1:6.

The Return of Christ is a watch word of the Church. Jesus is coming again. As we see the world changing and aligning with biblical prophecies of the end-times we should “look up for our redemption is drawing near.” We are not to be ignorant of the SIGNS of the times. In fact, Jesus Himself warned us to not be ignorant of the signs of His return.

Israel becoming a NATION,  literally in a day, is probably the biggest SIGN in recent history that indicates that the “end-time clock” is ticking (Isaiah 11:11; 66:8). Since Israel became a Nation over 50 prophecies have been fulfilled (See Ken Johnson’s book, “Ancient Prophecies Revealed”).

Looking for and anticipating the Lord’s return will change our lives. Instead of being self-centered we will be more God focused, Christocentric and willing to do His will. What is His will? It reminds us that, when Jesus comes or when we die, we will be judged for our faithfulness, our obedience, during the time God gives each of us before we see HIM face to face.

The will of God is for us to know God’s Word and live according to His Word having a faith that pleases God (Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 11:6).

“…In the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-4)

The world is ready for the end. How about you Christian? Are you ready? Because, Ready or Not when He appears we will either be confident or ashamed before Him at His coming. (1 John 2:28)

Following from “Believers Sharing or Forfeiting Christ’s Glorious Reign” Page 17, 18  By W. F. Roadhouse

  1. ““WAIT FOR”—Heb. 9:28, “Unto them that wait for Him shall He appear a second time, apart from sin, unto salvation.” 1 Cor. 1:7, “Waiting for the revelation of the Lord.” Also Rom. 8:19, 23, 25; Gal. 5:5; Phil. 3:20; also 1 Thess. 1:10.
  2. “GIVE DILIGENCE” (an overplus word)—2 Tim. 2:15, “Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God.” Heb. 4:11.
  3. “WORKing” (both ergon and poieo, Gr.)—Col. 4:11, “Fellow-workers unto the kingdom of God.” 1 Tim. 6:18, “Rich in good works . . . laying up . . . lay hold on . . .” Paul speaks 16 times of “good works.” Total usage is 26 times; look them up. We are “saved” without works—we are studying rewards here.
  4. “AWAKE”—Rom. 3:11-13, “That now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation (end-time rapture) nearer . . . the night is far spent, the day is at hand.”—Eph. 5:5ff.
  5. “WATCH”—Luke 21:36, “Watch ye therefore . . . (thus) accounted worth to escape” (in rapture). Mark 13:35; Matt. 24:43; Rev. 16:15. Used 15 times.
  6. “PRAY”—Luke 21:36, “And pray always . . . escape.” Escape used 13 times.
  7. “LOOK FOR”—Titus 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope.” Jude 21, etc. Used 14 times.
  8. “HASTING UNTO”—2 Pet. 3:12, “Hasting unto the day of God.” Used 3 times.
  9. “ENDURANCE”—Jas. 1:12, “Blessed is the man that endureth (hupomeno, Gr.) temptation . . . approved . . . the crown.” Heb. 12:1; Matt. 24:31; Mark 13:13. 12 times, and another great word (makrothumia, Gr.), 3 times, Jas. 5:7, 8, “Be patient therefore unto the coming”; Heb. 6:12.
  10. “LOVE”—2 Tim. 4:8, “Unto them that have loved His appearing.” Contrast Demas (v. 10; Jas. 4:4). Matt. 24:12. The overcomers (Rev. 12:11) “loved not their lives unto the death.” The word is hagios, the deeper word for love.
  11. “Be ye HOLY”—2 Peter 3:11, “Seeing . . . what manner . . . in all holy living and godliness.” Cf. 1 John 3:1ff; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 2 Pet. 3:14; Rev. 22:11. 20 times!
  12. “READY”—Matt. 24:44, “Therefore, be ye also ready . . . the Son of man cometh.” Luke 12:40. This word is used fully 10 times re preparedness. “All things are now ready!” Are we?
  13. “ABIDE”—1 John 2:28, ‘And now little children, abide in Him; that if He shall be manifested, we may have BOLDNESS, and NOT BE ASHAMED before Him at His presence?” 1 John 2:17, “He that doeth the will of God, ABIDETH FOREVER.” 1 Cor. 3:14, “If any man’s work ABIDE . . .” 5 times.

SUMMARY—Thus there are 122 references to one’s deep, innate attitude toward our Lord’s Return. The worldling, the apostate, the agnostic, the cleric minus the evangelical message (1 Cor. 15:1-4), the all-absorbed world-betterer without “the blessed hope,: these and multitudes everywhere of indifferent, self-pleasing believers will be shortcomers in that day—not “overcomers” as the foregoing Scriptures reveal these to be! It is His standard—not ours! Do we “love His appearing?””