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Day 85: Science of Persuasion

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 18, 2016

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I was watching a YouTube video on the Science of Persuasion recently, and as I watched them define 6 shortcuts in being persuasive, I saw Jesus. These techniques were already used by Jesus during his ministry to influence others (specifically, in showing his followers how it’s done).

Watch the video below and then finish reading.

Science of Persuasion

The first shortcut to influencing others is Reciprocity. This means that people are more willing to give back that which they also receive.

How Jesus influences through Reciprocity

Jesus told us that there was no greater love than one shows when they lay their life down for another. He demonstrated this by dying on a cross for the sins of mankind.

Though we were yet still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Since he showed us grace in this way, we are compelled to do the same for others.

The second principle is Scarcity People want more of what they can’t have.

How Jesus influenced through Scarcity

People do not have a lot of grace toward people that violate their particular rules. Jesus has rules, but has greater mercy. A woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to him because the law said she must die (so should the guy, but where was he?)

Jesus ignored them for a bit then asked, “You without sin cast the first stone”.

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No on, Lord”

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you’ go, and from now on sin no more” – John 8:10-11

The third principle is Authority.  People will follow the lead of credible and knowledgeable experts.

How Jesus influences through Authority

Jesus wowed the teachers of the law at 12 years of age. People marveled everywhere asking, “where did this man get so much wIslam and authority”.

With Authority, he commanded demons to flee, drove out money changers in the temple and preached the message of repentance.

The fourth principle is Consistency This is asking for small initial commitments that can be made.

How Jesus influences through Consistency

Jesus picked his disciples with one simple statement – “Follow me”

Jesus preached a simple message, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand”.

Jesus didn’t ask more than one thing from pexpel. It may have been a challenging thing, but it was always a call to a commitment to God and was doable. Salvation begins with a small request of commitment, “believe”.

The fifth principle is Liking. Simple put, people are more influenced by people they like.

How Jesus influences through Liking

The video shows three factors to people liking us:

  1. People who are similar – Jesus, who is God, became a man to dwell among us.
  2. People that give compliments – when someone responded in faith, Jesus would always compliment. Sure he also corrected those that lacked faith, but never missed an opportunity to encourage.
  3. People that cooperate – This is why Jesus didn’t get along with the leaders. He didn’t cooperate with their brand of religion. But when it came to people who brought people to Jesus to be blessed or healed, he never turned them away.

The Sixth principle is Consensus. People will look to the actions of others   To determine their own.

How Jesus influences through Consensus

As mentioned, Jesus exemplified the life we should lead, so all we need to do is emulate him.

However, he also takes this concept in reverse when dealing with others. He says,

Do for other that which you want them to do for you. – Matthew 7:12

Later, when the Church comes into fuller being, Paul talks of the followers of Christ as a “body”, working together for the common good. Unity is critical for all followers of Christ.

If Jesus influences us, we cannot be a follower in a vacuum. We must continue in the ways he showed us with others so that we can also influence in the way he did.



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Day 84: Your World View

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 12, 2016

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Accidental evolution or Intelligently designed Creation? What happens when we die? Is there a God? Is morality absolute or is it subjective?

Questions like these are more philosophical than driven by data. There is an element of faith involved and can be birthed through your home environments or a personal experience in life.

Answers to these questions will also tamper with the way you look at world events. For example, if you do not believe in God, you might make life decisions that focus solely on the here and now, and death might feel like the finish line. If you do believe in God, then you might look at death as a “speed bump” more than a “terminal situation”.

A world view also drives our sense of purpose. Again, if we believe in God, we tend to see life events through the lens of the divine and less to randomness.

King Solomon, regarded by many as a pretty wise ruler, wrote an entire Book on the meaning of life. He starts his discussion…

Vanity of vanities, says teh Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does a man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?  A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. – Ecclesiastes 1:1-3

He spends quite a bit of time basically saying that if your world view is that there is no God, then there is no purpose and why does any of this matter. But if there is a God, then there is a reckoning or final judgement one day and everyone will need to give account.

If we are wrong about there not being a God, then end the end we lose everything. If we are wrong about there being a God then we lose nothing because everything would have been meaningless anyway.

So as Solomon concludes,

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of the man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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Day 83: World View

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 5, 2016

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Which weighs the most, 16 oz of feathers or 1 pound of solid lead?

Before I answer the question, let’s talk world views. World views are the framework you use when evaluating everything you encounter. They are the glasses you see the world through. 

World views have a tendency to taint our objectivity and keep us from adopting new ideas that operate outside our particular world view. We tend to bias our thoughts toward our particular viewpoint. 

Everybody has world views, and for many of us, we have no idea where they came from, why we have a particular one or, even worse, how to prove them.  When something comes up so powerful that we can’t deny it in the face of our world view, our “world”, as it were, can come crashing down. Everything we thought was real is called into question.

Our world view also tends to polarize our thoughts. Something is one way or another way, but we have a very hard time thinking that it could be both or a combination thereof.

World views have other names too like perspective, point of view, stance, intuition, and theories. When groups of people form them we call them conventional wisdom or political correctness. We will often spend time taking in only the data that supports our particular point and ignore the data that tells a different story. The main danger to world views is the inability to get to truth. In fact, the “main barrier to truth is our presumption we already have it” – Chuck Missler.

So back to my question. Which weighs the most? If your world view sees numbers like 16 being larger than 1, or you don’t know the different between oz and pounds, you may have said the feathers weigh the most. If you think in pictures, then you probably see the lead and the feathers and say, it has to be the lead. Still, if you are skeptical, you are probably thinking that this is a trick question. Still some of you have seen something like this before and you know the answer because of your world view experience.

The truth is that both weigh the most because they weigh exactly the same. So how did your world view influence your?

We’ll look more at world views tomorrow.

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Day 82: The Paradigm of the Body and Bride

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 4, 2016

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Believers on earth are the Body of Christ. Each of us is a member, with different functions, makeup and design so that we can edify and build each other up and carry out the mission of Christ in the earth.

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. – 1 Corinthians 12:27

We function today as the Body of Christ doing what Jesus would have us do – ministering to people, seeking out the lost, growing in unity and love. We are building the “ONE” body of Christ. There aren’t different bodies, just one.

Though we are the Body today, we are also becoming a bride to be united with Christ. I split hair a little on the timing of the when we are the Bride, but i base it on Revelation.

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. – Revelation 21:2

Jesus tells us that he is the Bridegroom (what we know today as a groom) John 3:29. We will be presented as the Bride on the Day the new Jerusalem is revealed. Today we are carrying out the work of Christ as his Body, one day we will enter into his rest and be fully united with Christ as the Bride.

It is a subtle difference in regards to who we are, but a big difference in regards to position. Today we function as the Body of Christ, serve as the Slave of the Master, Live as the Child of God, but we enter eternity as the Bride of Christ with an end to all suffering.

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Day 81: Paradigm of Suffering

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 1, 2016

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“For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

What would you say if God saved you only to tell you, “Oh, and you will suffer a lot for me”?  Suffering is probably the highest calling one can have in the Kingdom of God. It emulates what Jesus did for us.

So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. – Acts 5:41

The early church understood that suffering for Jesus was something to rejoice about. Today, we rejoice when we are blessed with a new car or extra cash. This is upside down from the original intent. Suffering brings us closer to Jesus. People that suffer together have a special bond.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Rom 8:16,17

It is “almost” a guarantee that we will suffer. Suffering is a step toward being glorified with Christ. It produces in us patience and that produces character, which produces hope, and hope in Christ doesn’t disappoint. Romans 5:3-5. Do not be caught up in teachings that equate the blessings of God with success, prosperity or worldly accolades.

For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake – Philippians 1:29

Paul looks at suffering as a gift granted on behalf of Christ. Don’t be fooled into thinking that God wants you to be happy. God is more interested in your Character than your comfort. He wants you to be full of Joy, which comes through peace with God in Christ Jesus.

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.- 2 Timothy 3:12

The less sin, the more suffering from persecution. Your friends, family and Satan himself wants to draw you down into the sin they struggle with – pride, selfish ambition and the lusts after this world. So as you walk away from them, you will definitely hear it from those still drowning in it.

For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:- 1 Peter 2:20, 21

When you suffer AND your are in the wrong, it is no profit to you, but suffering for doing good is a crown…

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 1 Peter 3:14

… and a blessing

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. – 1 Peter 4:1,2

The greatest harm to the understanding of suffering is the American mentality. If we look people doing Church without the trappings of a prosperous nation, we will see more clearly. For example, according to Francis Chan, the 5 characteristics of the underground church in China are:

  • Prayer
  • Reading the Word
  • Missional Mindset
  • Regular Expectation of the Supernatural
  • Embraced suffering for the Glory of Christ

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