1 John 3:16
(This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?)
These are the Five Magnitudes of Service: Mag. 5 has four degrees. Therefore Mag 5.4 is the highest. 80% involvement is hard to reach and maintain because when it is functioning, it is growing therefore new people are coming in regularly who need discipleship. I think most of the ideal churches aiming for Mag 5 would vibrate between 5.2 – 5.3.
Mag 2 Convert – Benevolence fund – BIJ Check the box
Mag 3 Believer – Program for the poor – BIJ Outreach
Mag 4 Disciple – Developed Institution for the poor – BIJ Accomplishment
Mag 5 Friend of God – Individuals action Good Samaritan – see the need and take car of the need
Mag 5.1 20% of church involvement
Mag 5.2 40% of church involvement
Mag 5.3 60% of church involvement
Mag 5.4 80% of church involvement
Luke warm – do not understand the implication of the gospel…me centered…going to Heaven…bad World
Convert – The leadership needs to find a way to pacify the cry from some in the congregation call to help the poor and leadership have a method to protect the pastor and secretary from beggars
Believer – Leadership recognizes a need and develops a program…ie class
Disciple – Have resources and want to do something big for Jesus.
Friend of God – These understand the imperative to care for needs as individuals, no sub-contracting…Jesus to the People!
These models can also be expressed in terms of football or William Booths vision (http://youtu.be/ky0DDwYzak8).
Mag 1 Luke warm (Back yard football) Pinnacles (P)
Mag 2 Convert (Flag football) Looky Loos (LL)
Mag 3 Believer (High School football) Vacationers V)
Mag 4 Disciple (College football) Organized P,LL and V
Mag 5 Friend of God (Pro Football) In the Ocean with Jesus