Quotes: David Platt

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Dear Friends,

A while ago I finished reading the book “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream“, by David Platt. It was an electrifying read, and a shock to my often-complacent system. I’d like to share with you some of the key quotes I highlighted.

“This is the picture of Jesus in the gospel. He is something—someone—worth losing everything for. And if we walk away from the Jesus of the gospel, we walk away from eternal riches. The cost of nondiscipleship is profoundly greater for us than the cost of discipleship. For when we abandon the trinkets of this world and respond to the radical invitation of Jesus, we discover the infinite treasure of knowing and experiencing him.”

“I am frightened by the reality that the church I lead can carry on most of our activities smoothly, efficiently, even successfully, never realizing that the Holy Spirit of God is virtually absent from the picture.”

“In every genre of biblical literature and every stage of biblical history, God is seen pouring out his grace on his people for the sake of his glory among all peoples.”

“When you think about it, the fact that we lack a clear understanding about what it means to make disciples is astounding. This is the last command we have from Jesus to his followers before he left the earth. It is the central mission that Christ gave to his church before going to heaven. Yet if you were to ask individual Christians what it means to make disciples, you would likely get jumbled thoughts, ambiguous answers, and probably even some blank stares.”

“This raises the bar in our own Christianity. In order to teach someone else how to pray, we need to know how to pray. In order to help someone else learn how to study the Bible, we need to be active in studying the Bible. But this is the beauty of making disciples. When we take responsibility for helping others grow in Christ, it automatically takes our own relationship with Christ to a new level.”

“if our lives do not reflect radical compassion for the poor, there is reason to wonder if Christ is really in us at all.”

“In the middle of a Christian culture asking, “How do I find God’s will for my life?” I bring good news. His will is not lost. With 1.4 million Bedouins in Algeria who have never even heard the gospel, it makes little sense for us to sit over here asking, “What do you want me to do, God?” The answer is clear. The will of God is for you and me to give our lives urgently and recklessly to making the gospel and the glory of God known among all peoples, particularly those who have never even heard of Jesus.”

“As Elisabeth Elliot points out, not even dying a martyr’s death is classified as extraordinary obedience when you are following a Savior who died on a cross. Suddenly a martyr’s death seems like normal obedience.”

How challenging! May our radical Christ-life change the world!
  Erich

 

ALPHA Week 10 Game and Song HD Video

Dear Friends,

We wanted to share some impressions from ALPHA Week 10 with everyone. The first video shows part of a lively game that the ALPHA groups played. The game started with all 10 groups, after which groups that responded too slowly were eliminated. So you’re seeing the final competition between the best groups. Notice our foreigners John, Caty, Kalan, and Joe participating, although they might have no idea what’s going on 😀

Both videos are in High Definition quality, so you might need to let them load for a little while before playing, depending on your internet speed. But then you can play them on “full screen” mode!

This video shows a song that one of the ALPHA groups was leading. About half of the girls on stage are not yet Christians, and it’s neat to see them involved in this way!

Thanks for continuing to pray as the regular ALPHA season ends. From what we can tell, most groups will continue meeting as regular church cell groups even after the season is over!

Blessings,
Erich and Kelley

Schindler Update 2011_11_15

 November 15, 2011

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Wow, it’s hard to believe that we are already in mid-November and have only a little more than 6 weeks left in the 2011 year. Since we last wrote many exciting things have been happening here in Taipei. We’ve met with the leaders ministering to the youth and children of working class families to discuss creative ministry opportunities, we’ve continued seeing the Holy Spirit work in the lives of Seekers through our Bilingual ALPHA course, the Lord has added to our numbers in our international cell groups, and we’ve been challenged in our faith as we participate in a 30 day prayer and fasting event through our church leading up to the Christmas season.

How can you being praying for us?

  • We only have 2 weeks of our Bilingual ALPHA course left. Pray for the sharing this week on “What is the Church?, as well as for our ALPHA celebration night on November 25th. Pray for open minds and hearts to receive Jesus!
  • Pray that we hear clearly from the Lord as to what ministries we are to invest our time and energy into. The options are many (youth work, children’s ministry, orphanage work, etc.), but we desire not to act out of our own interest, but to discern God’s leading. Pray for unity and for good communication between our Pastor and us.

 

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Cherry, a Seeker from ALPHA in Kelley’s group, is very open to spiritual things, and over the last 3 weeks has begun praying everyday, reading her Bible, and going to church. Pray that she will make the decision to commit her life to Jesus and follow Him wholeheartedly!
  • Erich has had opportunities to reach out to non-Christians through the medium of sports and build relationships with them. Praise God for this outreach and pray for good conversations that will lead people to knowing who Jesus is!

What a mighty God we serve! Thank you for your love, prayers, and support!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

ALPHA Course Ministry Blog Updated: ALPHA Week 7

ALPHA Blog

Dear Friends,

As you probably know, our English co-worker team at Truth Church maintains a ministry blog about the progress of our Bilingual ALPHA Ministry at this address: www.crossing7.com/taiwan.

Our English ministry team has just updated this blog with some information about our current Bilingual ALPHA Course. Here is the beginning:

At week seven we are definitely experiencing the wonderful maturing that comes in the second half of Alpha. The groups are growing closer together in friendship, trust and spiritual depth. And new seekers are continuing to arrive. Recent postings on Facebook …

Continue reading the full article here! 

Many thanks for upholding us in prayer!
Erich and Kelley

 

Latest “Truth Church Foreigners” Group Picture

Dear Friends!

Last Monday night all the foreigners gathered together at our apartment for a baby shower for our cell group members, Kim and Jamie. We thought you might like to see how large the current group has become! Not in the picture are Michelle, TJ, and Jesse.

There are so many valuable things we Westerners need to learn from our Asian sisters and brothers! So please continue praying for us as we attempt to bridge the gap between our Westerners and the Taiwanese church. We need the Lord’s continued unity, along with humility, if we are to serve well in the Kingdom together!

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A wonderful ALPHA weekend!

Last weekend on a sunny Saturday morning at 7:30a.m. over 100 people of various nationalities (Taiwanese, American, British, Hong Kong, Indonesian, Korean) gathered together for our annual ALPHA weekend. The ALPHA weekend happens between weeks 7-8 of the ALPHA season and is always a highlight of the entire season, not only for the Seekers, but for the co-workers as well. This year we headed about 1 1/2 hours west for two days of fun, relationship building, and learning more about the Holy Spirit and the unconditional love of Jesus.

Sunday morning is a time for testimony sharing, and again is always a sweet time. This year numerous people gave testimony of how during the last few weeks of ALPHA and during the ALPHA weekend God has been doing something in their lives- some have begun praying for the first time, others have begun reading the Bible, while others have made right wrongs in relationships and sought forgiveness and restoration.  One man who gave testimony on Sunday ended his sharing by saying (in Chinese, of course) “I have decided I want to become of part of Truth Church!” Wow, praise and thanks to God for His marvelous work in the lives of those who invite and seek after Him.

We thank you all for praying for our Bilingual ALPHA course- we couldn’t do what we do without your faithful prayers! Below are some pictures taken over the weekend- enjoy 🙂

Erich's ALPHA group- great group of men!

Erich’s ALPHA group- great group of men!

Kelley's ALPHA group- fun times!

Kelley’s ALPHA group- fun times!

 

Western co-workers enjoying the game!

Western co-workers enjoying the game!
Translation in Action!

Translation in Action!