What is a gospel movement?
A church planting movement (CPM) or disciple making movement (DMM) can be defined as “the multiplication of disciples making disciples and leaders developing leaders, resulting in indigenous churches planting churches which begin to spread rapidly through a people group or population segment.” Click here to read more about gospel movements.
Declare a Promise
Psalm 22:27 “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before you.”
Lord, all the earth shall remember you and turn to you; every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Christ is the Lord. Thank you, God, that all the sects and all the tribes and all the villages and all the families this region will one day bow before you. We declare, again today, that the people of this region are destined to bow down and worship you.
Today’s Movement Theme: BAPTISM
Movement practitioners have collected stories and data, and what the reports seem to indicate is the following: if people get fuzzy on baptism, they get fuzzy on a lot of things. In other words: baptism is really, really important.
When it comes to establishing new gospel communities in the Muslim world, the issue of baptism is paramount. Therefore, we will pray.
Scriptures to Pray
Acts 2:36-38 “‘So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!’ Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 9:15-18 “But the Lord said, ‘Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.’ So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.”
Acts 16:13-15 “On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She and her household were baptized, and she asked us to be her guests. ‘If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.’ And she urged us until we agreed.”
No Place Left
Each day, we pray for one of the countries the Grove represents, believing in faith that a disciple making movement will touch each and every community throughout these nations.
Today, we pray for the diaspora of South and Southwest Asians in the Arabian Gulf. There are over 17 million people from these regions who reside in the Gulf, and many are Muslim.
Lord of new identities, Christ, we pray for mercy. Lord, have mercy; Christ, show mercy. We pray for our Muslim brothers and sisters to be filled with courage and faith, that they would take the radical step of baptism, and take it quickly. We ask Holy Spirit that you would fill these new churches and believers with your presence. May they be baptized in groups, Lord, in order to establish to new churches, and may they never walk alone. We ask for your grace. Grace upon grace upon grace over our Muslim brothers and sisters.
The Grove is a learning and implementation community of 23 intentional kingdom workers from 7 different nationalities serving in 8 strategic nations within the Middle East and North Africa. We have intentionally banded together for 2023-2024 to learn, grow, experiment, pray, and serve together.
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