Ambassador Training

Ambassador Training Series

A series of courses based on 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Learn what it means to be a Christian ambassador. Lord willing, we will be teaching this evolving series of 9 week classes on a quarter system at Desert Springs Church.

 

Ambassador I – Knowledge              “An Accurately Informed Mind”

The Sovereign you represent (Knowing God)

*  How we know God
*  Nature
*  Character

The message of our Sovereign (The Gospel)

*  What it isn’t
*  What it is

Those to whom you represent the Sovereign

*  The Culture
*  Church Culture
*  Learning the language (scaling the language barrier)

Books

* Knowing God  (J. I. Packer)

* What is the Gospel? (Greg Gilbert)

* What is the Mission of the Church? (Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert)

Links

* What is the Gospel?  (The Objective Gospel–all Gospel posts)

* Getting the Gospel Right (Tom Ascol)

Articles

* pdf Moralistic Therapeutic Deism–the New American Religion  (Al Mohler)

Ambassador II – Wisdom               “A Discerning and Artful Approach”

* What’s it for? Why should we pursue & pray for it? What has become its unhealthy substitute?
* How to navigate in conversation and move it in a productive direction
* Discernment–importance of… application of knowledge of the truth…
* Logical fallacies–recognizing and helping others to recognize
* Tools for Evangelism

Ambassador III – Character            “A Faithful and Attractive Manner”

2 Peter 1:5-8 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Books

* Marks of the Messenger  (J. Mack Stiles)

* Heart of Evangelism (Jerram Barrs)

* Humility (C.J. Mahaney)

Articles

* Biblical Texts to Show God’s Zeal for His Own Glory  (John Piper)

Ambassador IV – Ambassadors Assembled —             “Is not alone, the product of and contributing to a healthy body”

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Books

 

Mission Focus

Ambassador V – Global Ambassador — “To the World”

  • The Biblical foundations for it
  • The historical perspective on it
  • The cultural element of it
 

Additional Material:

Here is a quick video introduction to the Columbo Tactic from Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason. (I previously had this movie embedded but I couldn’t keep it from auto-starting when the page was loaded… annoying!)

We discuss the form and function of the three types of Columbo questions. Here is a list of related information:

  • Advanced Tactics Course from Stand to Reason: (CD, DVD)
  • Conversational Apologetics from Micheal Ramsden: part 1, part 2

 

 

Acknowledgment

Stand To Reason’s Ambassador Training Course was the springboard for this training series. We are grateful for all their excellent work in this area.. You can find a lot of good materials at their web site (www.str.org) to help you become a more effective ambassador.