I’m 1,200 words into a more in-depth post on these matters. For now, let’s dialogue through the Cliff Notes.
Step #1: Pray for Ezekiel 2:2 over and over and over again. How else are you going to get off the ground? Literally.
Step #2: Ezekiel 37:1-14. The Holy Spirit’s filling leads you into ministry. Look for the Lord’s leading into ministry…and respond. In other words, the Lord led you into a valley of dry bones. Prophesy.
*Plan a dessert night to meet your neighbors.
*Serve in the Parent-Teacher Organization of the local elementary school.
*Pray with your friend over the phone.
*Donate your best to a benevolence ministry.
*Host a free cookout for an apartment complex.
*Invite friends to join you in picking up trash at a park.
*Purposely strike up conversations with people at garage sales.
*Ask someone if they are having trouble paying bills.
*Take your kids to offer cold water bottles to people living on the streets.
*Pool money with friends to adopt a ministry project in another country.
*Bake unexpected cookies for your neighbors.
*Listen for the opportunity to initiate or join a spiritual conversation with a coworker. *Advocate for a person living on the margins.
*Huddle with emerging leaders.
*Regularly spend on-purpose time at a restaurant, neighborhood park, or coffee shop.
*Invite parents on your kids’ little league team into your home.
*Begin a “theology night” at a local pub.
*Prayer-walk your neighborhood on a weekly basis.
The Lord filled you and led you into a valley of dry bones. Prophesy.
Step #3: Isaiah 6:7. As he fills you and as you go, leave your inadequacies, failures, and uncleanliness at the altar over and over and over again. Who will go for us? You will go for us, so remember “oh, how he loves us.”
Step #4: Isaiah 40:9. As he fills you and as you go and as you continually confess, bring good news. No, really, bring good news. We suffer from a lack of good news, and you have it…lots of it, so bring it. Don’t be afraid. Say (with your words and your life): “Here is your God!”
Step #5: Acts 2:42-27. As he fills you and as you go and as you continually confess and as you bring good news, embody, incarnate…put-on that good news. Devote yourselves to the Word and the word. Devote yourselves to hanging out with people, letting people leave crumbs under your table, and prayer. Devote yourselves to asking for, expecting, and celebrating wonders and signs. Sell your stuff, and give the money to anyone with a need. Meet daily. Share food with each other. Praise God.
Step #6: John 21:15-17. As he fills you and as you go and as you continually confess and as you bring good news and as you slip into the Gospel, let Him love and restore you and your community over and over and over again…for the sake of others.
Step #7: Repeat.