We call them… My Notes
A unique series of small notebooks provide the training for the Chaplain network by serving as conversation guides in Cross Training meetings and in personal and door to door evangelism.
The Notes are located on Google Docs, so they are easily edited by Chaplains as they see the need for improvement, and as suggestions from believers come in. Though originally written by an individual, it will eventually and continually be a joint effort of the the body of Christ as the Spirit gives each member inspiration and wisdom.
We are trying our best not to reinvent the wheel, so our goal is to incorporate various concepts, resources and materials from the body of Christ into the Guidebook and Cross Training Meetings (and we are always open to new offerings).
Goals of the guidebook
We Pray that by the Holy Spirit, this book and our lives, would display:
- Enthusiasm for God and His revealed truth
- Honesty and transparency
- Confidence that we know who God is and how to be saved
- Love for one another
- A sense of urgency for, and in, the message of the cross.1 Cor. 1:18
We pray that your life and words would be infused with God’s grace, gentleness, and truth—that this book would help you learn to:
- Understand and walk out your own faith in Christ
- “Break the ice” into spiritual topics with friends, family, and neighbors
- Honestly relate to people about those serious and tough subjects
- Give solid, reasonable answers to the cultural and scientific challenges to Christianity
- Share the Good News of Christ’s love and forgiveness through the cross
- Bring that message of the cross with the power and demonstration of the Spirit
- Encourage and train believers to follow Jesus, share their faith, and make disciples
Method: How does this book help you achieve these lofty goals?
If this book was not unique in its function and utility, it would not exist—trust me on that one. We’d rather be sharing our faith than compiling yet another book. There are already myriads of Christian resources, but we could not find one to serve this purpose. So here it is.
The book, particularly the Conversation Flowchart Guide, is formed, and used, as a linear flowchart of our spiritual lives. This is a line that starts at the life position of being a stranger and enemy of God, it gives evidence why we should believe and turn to God; enter through the narrow gate; and then walks us through the difficult way of becoming a disciple of Christ. It continues on, to walk you through a Biblical course of action that we all share as ambassadors of Christ, with our ultimate goal, the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The flowchart widens to meet people where they are, but it always aims at directing people back to the narrow way of Christ, to a whole-hearted devotion to His Word and purposes.
It uses questions as waypoints to gauge our progress and see where we need to go next.
The book serves a dual purpose, it is for ourselves and for others.
The Conversation Guide acts as a diagnostic flowchart that helps us when guiding others through the gate and down the narrow way of Christ; but it is also a means of examining ourselves, to see where we are on this way, and where we should be—by the grace and power of the cross of Christ.
It will be fairly easy to find your current spiritual position on this line, so you can see where, according to scripture you should be going next, but it may not be so easy to take that next step. We find if that is the case, it is likely that you skipped something along this linear progression—as we all have. You could call it a weak or missing piece of the foundation.
Though we all share this path along the narrow way, our varied experiences naturally make for historical gaps in the line, things we skipped. Maybe it was accidental; for whatever reason, we didn’t take that step—and our foundation is a little weak. This principle or reality is often the heart, the source of our immaturity—the stalling of our progress in Christ.
Having a concise, simple tool to help us identify the problem and a Biblical reference line to examine what we might have missed is invaluable. That, along with the needed blending of evangelism and apologetics into a simple way to effectively share your faith and multiply through discipleship—these are the reasons for this book.
Through this Bible-based tool, you are essentially examining your own fruitfulness, to see if the character and purposes of Christ are being born in your life—as they should be for those that are born again into a living and new way; or as Paul said “examine yourself, to see if you are in the faith.”
The beauty of it is, as you do this for yourself, and you keep taking the next steps down the narrow way—the tool suddenly becomes easy to use, and powerful in evangelizing and discipling others. After all, we cannot give what we have not received. This tool challenges us to receive all that God has for us in Christ; all of the grace, all of the holiness, all of the fruit, all of the Gospel—and with these things will come all of the persecutions, and the power of God unto salvation, for us and for many.
- Authority—The LYNCnetwork and its materials (including this booklet) endeavor to present and propagate only the principles and instructions that are plainly stated in God’s Word—no more, no less.
- Simplicity—We believe God clearly expressed the important things we need to know in a way that is easily understood. Therefore, some things are a mystery. 1 Timothy 3:16
- Unity—Reading between the lines, inserting things that are not there, in order to have a more complete understanding of a topic (no matter how important it is) usually results in error and division.
- Positivity—We have also determined that we all should spend most of our time promoting and living the truth rather than criticizing error. Romans 14:4 and Matthew 13:24-43
- Individuality—We also believe that big problems occur when we try to define or classify groups of people or their general actions. When we do so, we inevitably assign stereotypes of these terms to ourselves and others. When we classify each other into groups like this, we usually make assumptions that often improperly judge others and/or limit what God wants to do in our lives.
- Understandability—We may not always succeed, but one of our goals in these materials is to define terms by using adequate descriptions, preferably within the body of our conversations and instructions; in this way we hope to avoid miscommunications and misapplications.
There may be areas in our materials that fall short of these lofty perspectives. If you see anything unclear or ambiguous, please contact us and tell us where it is. Communicating the gospel is the greatest joy and responsibility we have on earth, we want to do it right (and do it always!).
The LYNCnetwork is committed to helping you get involved in the spiritual life of your neighborhood—no matter what it takes.
Committed to the maturity brought by the ministry of the body of Christ
Such a complete conversation guide as we have described is obviously an ongoing lifetime commitment to write, and to live by. It is in fact impossible for any one person (except for Christ Himself) to accomplish. This is why the regular meeting format is designed to get ongoing input from the group; so all the gifts and wisdom that God has put in each person are used, so that we grow into maturity in a biblical way (Ephesians 4).
So the guidebook itself grows and changes by the very believers that it helps and trains—all under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and only in agreement with the clear reading of scripture.
Committed to leave all, and everything
To pick up your cross daily and follow Christ requires more than most modern Americans think. We are committed to the commands and patterns of New Testament living and ministering, as revealed in Scripture, no matter where it takes us.