UnknownI’m a big fan of sponsors!  Without them, events like Exponential just don’t happen.  As a way to connect with sponsors, we can follow them on Twitter.

By following them, we get to see what’s going on every day with groups that are making a difference in the world for Christ.  We get to stay updated on great products we may want to use in our current churches or future church plants.  We get to say thank you for helping putting on an awesome event like Exponential.

Here is a one-stop list of all the sponsors found on Exponential East’s main page. Hopefully this list will help you connect faster with the sponsors!

Exponential East 2014 Sponsors

Acts 29 @Acts29
Alpha USA- @AlphaUSA
Antioch School- @antioch_school
Association of Related Churches (ARC)- @arcchurches
Baker Publishing-@ReadBakerBooks
Bethel Seminary- @BethelSeminary
B&H Publishing Group -@BHpub
Central India Christian Mission-@drajailall
Church Multiplication Network/AOG- @cmnetwork
Church on Wheels- @ChurchOn_Wheels
Cogun Inc- @coguninc
Converge Church Planting- @ConvergeCP
EFCA- @EFCAmovement
Generis- @GenerisTeam
North American Mission Board- @NAMB_SBC
Asbury Theological Seminary-@AsburySeminary
Casas Por Cristo- @CasasporCristo
Catalyst Conference- @CatalystLeader
Chalmers Center- @chalmerscenter
Church Multiplication Initiative/ CRC- @CRCNA
Church Multiplication Training Center- ???
Churchplanters.com- @churchplanters
Compassion International- @conpassion
Crossway Books- @CrosswayBooks
David C Cook Publishing-@David_C_Cook
Gospel For Asia- @GospelforAsia
G.O. Ministries- @GOMinistries
HelloMogo- ???
Hope International University- @HIUnow
InterVarsity Press- @ivpress
Leadership Network- ???
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee-@DoGoodCoffeeWH
Lifeline Christian Mission-@LifelineCM
Lifeway-@LifeWay
MissionInsite LLC- @MissionInsite2
Mission Whiteboard (IMB) -@IMB_SBC
My Hope America with Billy Graham- @MyHope
MMBB Financial Services- ???
MOPS International- @MOPS_Int
MMBB Financial Services
Life Bible Study- @LBSadults and @LBSstudents
New Missions- @newmissions
New Thing Network- @NewThingNetwork
Orange Conference- @OrangeLeaders
Orchard Group- @OrchardGroup
Outreach- @Outreach
Passion 4 Planting- ???
Portable Church Industries @portablechurch
Redeemer City to City- @RedeemerCTC
Regal Theatre Church- @Churchat Tegal
RSI Stewardship- @RSI_Church
Sagene Systems-@michaeleasley
SecureGive- @SecureGive
Stadia- @stadia
StartCHURCH- @StartCHURCH
Stickersandmore.com- @thestickerguy
The City (ACS Technologies)- @ACSTech
Train of Brentwood Baptist- @nashvilleTRAIN
Upward Sports- @upwardsports
Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University- @wesleyseminary
Willow Creek Association- @wcagls
World Vision- @WorldVision
Xulon Press- @xulonpress
Church in a Box- @churchinabox
Great Commission Ministries- @goGCM
Path 1 New Church Starts- @Path1tweets
The Timothy Initiative- @TTIsocial
Althouse, Jaffe, and Associates- @althousejaffe
Zondervan- @Zondervan

If you see ??? and know the answer, please comment below so we can help complete this list.

 

imagesOne of the best parts about a conference is the pre-conference intensive courses that provide value for people who want to go deeper in a specific area of interest.  It’s a more intimate feel than the main sessions and a little less crowded than the main workshops throughout the conference.

A great way to connect with the speakers at Exponential is through Twitter.  You can thank them for what they said.  You can follow their work/expertise after you leave.  You can build on relationships that begin during the conference.

If you were to search for each of these names one by one, it might take you hours.  That’s why I made this list.  Hopefully, it saves you a lot of time and adds value to your pre-conference experience.

Here are the Exponential Pre-conference Speaker Twitter Handles (in order as shown here)

FYI- Use #Exponential during the conference when you tweet!

Beyond The Call (Pre-Launch) presented by Passion 4 Planting

Monday

@Dale_Spaulding @BrettJAndrews @CallMeBradley @coachdavepage

@shawnlovejoy

Tuesday

@willmancini @Jim_Sheppard @juliebullock @ScottCougill @KevintoddJones

@wvanderbloemen @damianlboyd @bradzachritz @patfurg

Beyond The Launch- Surviving and Thriving in Years 1-5)

Monday and Tuesday

@Matt_larson @NewThingNetwork @EFCAmovement @RyanKKwon @Acts29

Philip Abode Jeff Sorvick (If you have these please comment below because I could not find them)

@willmancini @alanhirsch

Creating a Discipleship Culture Presented by discipleship.org

Monday

@BobHarrington @BillHull @RLM_LIFER (Luke Yetter) @JeffVanderstelt @Rgallaty

Tuesday

@BobHarrington @RLMPastorPutnam

Experience 5 Critical Steps To Transform Your Community

Monday and Tuesday

@RLM_LIFER (Luke Yetter, and Aaron Crouch) @richieshaw42 @LWigton

@BrandonGuindon

Transitioning to Mission- Hosted by Synergy

Monday and Tuesday

@AlexAbsalom @gregnettle

Missional from the Ground Up Hosted by Mission, Forge, and GCM Collective

Monday and Tuesday

@hughhalter @CaeserKal @alanhirsch (Deb Hirsch) @timcatchim @lanceford

@matt_smay @bradbrisco_kc

Evangelism + Communications

Monday and Tuesday

@vinceantonucci @bobfranquiz @hughhalter @PeytonJonesPunk

Leadership Culture led by @NewThingNetwork

Monday and Tuesday

@daveferguson @jonferguson @troymcmahon @janetmcmahon @bobbouwer

@jboriss @patrickoconnell

Denomination + Network Leaders

Monday and Tuesday

@TomPNebel @StevenPike @aaronbcoe

P.S. (How my wife and I got to Exponential)

A few weeks ago, a really cool guy named Justin Moxley from Stadia told my wife (Katie) and I that we had to go to Exponential.  After leaving a message with Exponential (asking about the price of the conference) in the afternoon and praying together (God, do You want us to go?) that night, we went to bed ready for another day.  In the morning, a woman by the name of Teri from Exponential gave us some amazing news that we were receiving a scholarship and going for FREE to the conference.

I cried. Thanked God. Thanked Teri. Called My Wife. Booked a Flight.

Since that crazy 24 hours, God has done some other amazing things that I’d like to share in another post in the future but I needed to share that with any of you that would take a second to read this.

I hope this list helps you during your week at Exponential!

 

 

 

I’m sorry.

Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

So, I’m just going to spit it out.

I haven’t opened up my Bible to read since last year … and I love it! 

But before you ask me to stop being a minister, hear me out.

I haven’t opened up a physical Bible to read since 2013 but I’ve read my Bible every day more than EVER!

I have been using a free Bible app called YouVersion developed by LifeChurch.tv.  In my opinion, it’s the best Bible app out there and I’ll tell you 5 reasons why.

 

1. Their Bible Plans are awesome!

I’ve been doing the Read Through The Bible Reading Plan.  They have other options like Partial Bible, Youth, Topical, and Devotional.  You can look at their options here.

2. They have groups you can join.

I like that they offer community and accountability. Reading the Bible together can help people stay on track and give them something to talk about when they see each other in person.  If you’d like to join my group, you can click here.

3. They have 100s of versions and languages you can choose from.

I generally read three different versions of the Bible: NASB, NIV, and NLT.  They have classics like KJV or newer versions like CEB.

4. They have a built in Bible Verse share button for Facebook and Twitter.

I really like this feature the best!  When I log on to YouVersion, the first thing I see on my iPhone is the verse of the day and a button I can click to share on Facebook or Twitter.  People read bad news all the time.  I like to give them Good News to read for a change.

5. You can read it anywhere.

I generally get to places early.  While I’m waiting, reading the Bible is something easy I can do.  When the person comes up to me, they usually will ask what game I’m playing or what website I’m on and are surprised to hear I’m reading the Bible.

 

Wow, I feel so much better now that I’ve confessed this to you.

If you’d like to start using YouVersion, click here.

Discussion Question: If you already use YouVersion, what do you like most about it? If you don’t use it yet, which out of these five reasons do you connect with the best and why?

Talk It Over Notes

Talking through the message during the week helps us turn what God is saying to you into action steps. Begin with the key questions, add any optional scriptures and questions if needed, and then wrap up by deciding on your next steps.

Josh’s Bottom Line:

Small Things Done God’s Way Produces Big Results Within Us

“It’s often the small things that no one sees that result in the big things that everyone wants.”-Craig Groeschel, Lifechurch.tv

Key Questions

What’s one thing God has been calling you to change about yourself or accomplish this year?

What’s your one word?

How will this word help bring focus to your life?

What verse have you chosen to go with your one word? How does this verse apply to your one word?

• Evaluate yourself. In what ways (spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally, relationally) did you grow last year and in what ways did you struggle?

• How disciplined are you at doing the small things in your life? What might be keeping you from being as disciplined as you should be?

• When we are faithful in the small things, God trusts us in the big things. How have you seen the truth of this statement in your life?

• How can your friends, family, or small group help you in living out your one word this year?

Next Steps

• What’s the first step you will take to live out your one word?

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Take steps to focus on the small things and live out your one word by reading and talking over the following Bible passages this week.

Day 1: Zechariah 4:1-14

Day 2: Isaiah 54:2

Day 3: Hebrews 4:1-13

Day 4: Matthew 25:14-30

Day 5: Isaiah 43:19

Day 6: Psalm 78:70-72

Day 7: Philippians 4:13

If you have any questions or comments, I would be glad to respond via email (wcc.jburnett@gmail.com) or below in the comments section.

Many people I have come into contact with this year have made strong comments about the use of smartphones. Almost all of them have been negative. 

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I’ve heard things like,

“People don’t know how to communicate anymore. All they want to do is text and look at Facebook on their phone.”

“My husband would rather look at his phone than spend time with us.”

“All people do nowadays is play Candy Crush and Flappy Bird (for those who downloaded it before it was removed).”

“If I see one more selfie, I’m going to go insane.” (Ok to be honest, that was me.)

Contrary to popular belief, the smart phone is not the problem. While communication is an issue that needs to be addressed in every home, texting and social media are not the real culprits. Husbands and wives have been choosing to prioritize other things above their spouses way before phones were invented. Games have been addictive for centuries. Vanity has been a problem since the first sin.

Truth is the only problem with smartphones is that they magnify outwardly the sin within us.

Recently, I preached a sermon on idolatry. One of the quotes that I shared was from the early Christian theologian Augustine. He once wrote that “idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used or using anything that ought to be worshiped.” Timothy Keller, an NYC pastor goes so far to say that “(all) sin is idolatry.”

Too many times, people (Christians especially) are quick to deify or demonize (compliment or complain in less religious terms) tools that God has provided for our use.

By giving it too much credit either way, we negate our own responsibility and the “devolution of mankind.” (Thanks Mark Wohlford) Contrary to evolution’s theory of man getting better over time, our hearts will keep being bent toward sin unless Christ comes to live in us.

With all that said, you get to choose how you manage your smartphone. You can choose to destroy your relationships by putting it ahead of your priorities or you can utilize a smartphone to your spiritual advantage. You can use a smartphone to grow significantly in your relationship with Christ starting today.

5 Ways To Grow Spiritually Using Your Smartphone 

 

1. Commit to a Daily Bible Reading Plan

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Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105 NIV)

There are many apps that are available to download on your smartphone. I personally recommend Lifechurch.tv’s free Bible App called Youversion. Type in The Bible App or Youversion where you download apps on your smartphone.

The great thing about Youversion is that you can pick Bible reading plans according to your goals. Choose Browse Reading plans and a whole buffet of plans ranging between short-term plans of single books to plans to read the entire Bible. I currently am reading Part 2 of Let’s Read The Bible Together, a whole Bible plan.

The easiest way to hear God’s voice is to read the Bible.

2. Meditate on Scripture by making it your lock screen 

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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8 NIV)

You may think of Eastern meditation when I mention this spiritual discipline but I assure you it is quite the opposite. While Eastern meditation is all about detaching yourself from the world by emptying the mind, Christian meditation is concentrated focus on Scripture.  Try starting out with the words of Jesus. They are a great way to begin meditating because they are full of wisdom and by in large more familiar.

I set my lock screen as a Bible verse so the first thing I think about when I look at my phone is Scripture. It helps me stay focused on eternal things when I am tempted to get wrapped up in the trivial. It can be helpful to rotate Scriptures at least once a week. When you combine this with our next tip, you can experience a double dose of spiritual growth.

3. Memorize Scripture with an app 

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Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matthew 4:4 NIV)

How did Jesus respond to Satan in the wilderness? With Scripture. The only “original” words that Jesus is credited with during the temptation is when he says, “It is written” and “Away from me Satan.” The responses are all verses from the Old Testament. If Jesus responded to Satan with Scripture, we too can overcome temptation with it.

When was the last time you memorized Scripture? After reading the writings of Dawson Trotman, founder of the Christian group known as the Navigators, I have really been convicted about memorizing Scripture. Since reading Trotman’s work I have committed to memorizing several verses of Scripture per week. It not only has directly helped me overcome temptation but it has renewed my mind as well.

The app I use is called Fighter Verse. It costs $2.99 but in my mind, it’s priceless.

4. Text God in your notes

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

According to Business Insider, the average American adult sent between 10 (55 and over) and 67 text messages daily (18-24) in 2012. If we were to do the same survey and asked people how many times they prayed, it would be significantly less.

Many people pray at meals, which is great, but most of us need to pray more often. When people hear this, they might be intimidated or nervous but we don’t need to be. What I’m suggesting is that we treat prayer like a text conversation sometimes. Instead of long prayers, try just a few sentences. Instead of asking for something, thank God for something/someone. Confess your sins to Him and ask forgiveness when you mess up. Tell God something you love about Him. Have a relationship with Him.

Use your notes section to both type your half of the conversation with God and add a Bible verse from your daily reading plan when He speaks to you. When you look back over time, you’ll see how God has answered your prayers through each day and have your faith/relationship grow.

5. Listen to sermon podcasts 

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Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17 NIV)

Yep, I’m a preacher and hope you listen to what God has put on my heart to say on Sunday mornings. But I also want you to listen to other ministers as well for a well-balanced diet. What I enjoy about podcasts is that you get to choose the voices that speak into your spirit.

I try to listen to four different voices with different approaches to preaching. I divide them into four categories: heart, soul, mind, and strength. While the people I listen to may not speak to you the same way, here are my current four guys. For my heart, I listen to a guy named Matt Chandler from The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. He straight up speaks with passion and a pure heart that is completely committed to the Gospel. For my soul, I listen to Timothy Keller (already mentioned). He is a pastor and author from NYC and he always gets down to the very core of each subject he preaches on. For my mind, I’m going to John MacArthur, the Bible teacher from Grace Community Church in Southern California. He has forgotten more about the Bible than I will probably ever remember. Lastly, I listen to Craig Groeschel for strength. He’s the pastor of Lifechurch.tv, creators of Youversion and his messages give me strength to keep serving God faithfully.

I recommend you take a balanced approach if you are a podcast sermon person. I’ve found that it helps me grow the most since each person has a different style and approach to preaching. If you’re a minister reading this, don’t try to be like your guy. Be you. You’ll never be the next anybody. You can be a great you though.

*BONUS* Turn off your smartphone

This is a free one because I love you.

Just turn off your smartphone and be present wherever you are. Take time to look up from your smartphone and watch for opportunities to worship God, serve God, and just plain love God.

 

Question: What are some other ways we can use our smartphones to grow spiritually?