Monday, February 23, 2015

What we are learning in Australia from Primitive Methodism - part 3


Praxeis is a movement based in Melbourne with a vision to reach the nation of Australia. Here is the third way that we are learning from the Primitive Methodists.

We are learning to shout

Shouting is a biblical form of worship. Many of the psalms exhort us to shout to the Lord (e.g. Psalm 100). It is a powerful way of praying. The early Primitive Methodists often had a shout as part of their prayer meetings, which were often so noisy that they were asked if God was deaf. Here in Melbourne, we have a shout at the end of an early morning prayer meeting each Saturday. On another occasion we had a loud shout with about eighty people present. After twenty minutes of shouting, it was followed by an awesome silence.

Shouting is simply praying out loud, where everyone prays in a loud voice together. We are learning that a shout is a valid form of prayer and worship, sadly neglected in our contemporary church.

Monday, February 16, 2015

What we are learning from Primitive Methodism - part two


“Praxeis” is a movement based in Melbourne with a vision to reach the nation of Australia. Here is the second of four ways that we are learning from the Primitive Methodists.

2. We are learning to make disciples who make disciples
For Primitive Methodist new believers their faith was more precious than gold. These new believers in turn made many converts. In our terminology they were disciples, who in their turn made disciples. A disciple is an obedient follower of Christ. Like the Primitive Methodists, this means we are seeking to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ, who from day one can bring their friends and family to know Him.

Related links

1.What we are learning from Primitive Methodism - part one

2. Praxeis website www.praxeis.org.au

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What we are learning from Primitive Methodism - part one

Praxeis” is a movement based in Melbourne with a vision to reach the nation of Australia. The word “Praxeis” is the Greek word for “Acts”, as in the Acts of the Apostles.

Australia consists of some 23 million people, of almost every nation and language group in the world. Australia is a so-called multi-cultural society, with a significant proportion of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and many other religious groupings. It is a geographically large continent, with four time zones, and vast distances between major cities. This is the first of four ways that we are learning from the Primitive Methodists.

1. We are learning that prayer is "core business"

We are learning that prayer is not an optional extra, where we ask God to bless our activity and programmes. Rather we are learning that prayer is a process of listening to God, hearing his voice, and responding in obedience to God's word. Hugh Bourne recognised the importance of cottage prayer meetings, and he called those who prayed the "pious praying labourers". Prayer meetings were powerful times and new converts were remarkably strong in their new found faith. We are learning that it is in prayer meetings that the “DNA” of Praxeis is transmitted.

In much of our conventional ministry, programmes and activities lack the active presence of the Spirit of God. Passionate, persistent prevailing prayer is like putting petrol into the fuel tank. Without prayer, we are attempting to drive a car that has run out of petrol. We can go through the motions, with our feet on the pedals, and hands on the wheel, but there is no power to move the car forward.

Find more information on the  Praxeis website