BLESS is a new approach to prayer and evangelism. It’s less
about downloading information or memorizing scripts, and
more about loving our neighbors well. It helps us get
“unstuck” and practice evangelism more effortlessly.
God’s way of reaching and restoring the world has always been
through blessing. Five missional practices that make up the
acronym BLESS are a way to participate in the strategy God gave
Abraham to reach the world. “And I will bless you…and you will be
a blessing” (GENESIS 12:2). As we engage these practices daily, we
partner with God’s Spirit to bless those who do not know him.
Jesus came to find people who are lost and to help
those who are hurting. As we seek to join him in
his mission, we begin with prayer, recognizing
we can only do this through God’s power.
Begin by asking God, “Where do you want me to join you
in the work you are doing in my family, friends, and others
you are seeking to draw toward yourself?” Create a prayer list
and ask God how you can pray for each person. Be bold
and look for divine opportunities to be a blessing!
Week 1: 9/10/17 - Introduction to BLESS - Pastor Dan Boehlje
Week 2: 9/17/17 - B-Begin with Prayer - Associate Pastor Lyndsey Watson
To BLESS others, begin with listening rather than talking.
Jesus often engaged people by asking them questions
and loving them through conversation. When people
are heard and understood, they feel safe and valued.
So get curious and ask good questions. Listen deeply to people’s
dreams and pain. What’s more, listen for evidence of God’s work in
their lives so you can participate in the work God is already doing.
Listen well so you can learn how to BLESS others!
Over the next several weeks, we'll be diving deeper into these Five Missional Practices to naturally introduce people to Jesus
Week 1 & 2
BEGIN WITH PRAYER
LISTEN WITH CARE