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Now displaying: August, 2016

Stories of leadership and life with Jo Saxton and Steph Williams

Aug 29, 2016

In this episode Jo interrogates Steph and her new fiancé, JD, on your behalf, to find out all the things you want to know about their relationship and engagement! Tune in to find out LeadStories exclusives such as:  

  • Which online dating site helped them get together?
  • What about Steph made the first impression on JD?
  • Who is JD?
  • Were there any deal-breakers in their relationship?
  • How did they know that they had found the right marriage fit?
  • How did JD plan his marriage proposal to Steph?
  • How did they each individually decide they were ready for marriage?
  • Why are they getting married?!

  Check out JD’s work at: http://www.thousandpie.com/   Check out JD’s film ‘Out in the Cold’ here: http://www.outinthecoldfilm.com/   Discussion questions: 1) What do you think are the most important reasons to get married? If you are married, do you feel that those priorities are being worked out in your relationship right now?   2) If you are dating someone right now, is this person helping you be a better follower of Christ than if you were not together?   3) If you are single: are you able to enjoy the season you are in right now? Why or why not? Steph mentioned that she felt a call to pursue dating at a certain stage of her life. What season do you feel God is calling you to be in right now?   Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Aug 22, 2016

We all have a contribution to make to society and to the kingdom of God - let’s use that as our definition of ‘work’ as we explore what Mission looks like in our everyday work.   In Genesis 1:26-31 we see that God made the world and put us in it to take care of with Him.  That was the first work, God said it was good and it was before the fall.  God desires us to bring His kingdom into our work spaces as part of His plan for redemption. How can we do that?   4 frameworks for what mission looks like at work:  1)  Looking for People of Peace at work (Check out more about People of Peace in Ep. 37)   2) Being a person of Godly ethics in the workplace   3) Spiritual formation opportunities for you through your work (E.g. David in Psalm 78:70-72; Joseph)   4) What is the inherent kingdom value of the work you are doing?   Resources: Kingdom calling - Amy Sherman Visions of Vocation - Steve Garber Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work - Tom Nelson Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work - Timothy Keller Ordinary Mum, Extraordinary Mission — Anna France-Williams and Joy French (note the British spelling of Mum here!) Check out http://www.faithandwork.com/   Discussion questions:   1) Read Genesis 1:26-31 - how does it change your attitude to your work knowing that work was part of our original design for life with God?   2) Who are the People of Peace in your workplace? Are there people who aren’t but who you would like to be? Spend some time praying together for your work relationships.   3) What are the difficulties in your work right now? What might God be forming in you and preparing you for through them?   4) What is the inherent kingdom value of the work you are doing right now?       Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:  Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Aug 15, 2016

Often the way the Good News is presented to others does not sound like good news! In this Episode Jo and Steph discuss how we can be and bring true Good News to others.     In the Scripture (Isaiah 61) that Jesus quotes in Luke 4 we can identify 5 ways He was Good News to others:   1) Provision 2) Freedom 3) Healing 4) Justice 5) Undeserved favor   We can be and bring Good News to others as we identify and embrace those areas in our own lives and the lives of others which are in need of some good news.   Discussion questions:   1) Read Luke 4:14-21 together and discuss which of the five ways above was good news for you as you came to faith. Which of those five drew you to Christ? What made the Good News good to you?   2) In which of the five areas is your neighborhood in need of Good News right now?   3) Think about your current People of Peace - what would be Good News to them right now? (Check out Ep. 37 for more on People of Peace)   Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Aug 8, 2016

God is pursuing the people around us and He invites us to join Him.  Using Jesus’ practical instructions in Luke 10:1-9 we can discover who our ‘people of peace’ are and how we should respond to them, pronouncing His wholeness and freedom into their lives.   What does it look like to go into our everyday lives with intention? How do we identify where God’s Spirit is already working amongst those we meet and have relationship with? Who are ‘People of Peace’ and how do we identify them? How does the Bible say we should we respond to them?   In this episode Jo and Steph discuss Luke 10:1-9 and the three spaces where ‘people of peace’ can be found: 1) passing relationships, 2) current, present relationships and 3) permanent relationships. Together they share encouraging testimonies and practical tips to help you intentionally bring Jesus to those different spaces.   Discussion questions:   - Read Luke 10:1-9 together and discuss how you can apply Jesus’ instructions to your life. How do you feel about talking to strangers about Jesus / your faith journey? Share your struggles with one another and pray for opportunities and boldness to respond to them this week.   - Who are the people who are present in your life right now who are open to you, welcome you and serve you? How can you be more intentional in your relationship with them? Who else in your faith community could you introduce to them?   - Who are the permanent relationships who still need to know Jesus? Pray together about what it looks like to surround them with Jesus in this season.  Are they ripe and need more intentional discipleship or is this the season to sow prayers? What practical steps can you take to either intentionally disciple and / or remember to pray for them?   Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Aug 1, 2016

God is doing things all around us and is inviting us to be on mission with Him on a daily basis in our everyday lives. There are, however, many lies we believe which hold us back from joining Him.   Jo and Steph discuss 10 lies about life on mission: 1. It is going to take a lot of extra time (which I don’t have!) 2. A life on mission is somewhere else, preferably abroad. 3. You have to be a professional missionary to be sent on mission 4. You have to have a certain personality type - one that is fearless and chatty! 5. You have to have professional training to do mission - until then I can’t do mission. 6. Assumption that real mission will be the exact opposite of anywhere you want to go and anything you want to do. 7. It’s all about what you say. 8. It’s all about what you do. You don’t need to say anything. 9. You have to go it alone! 10. You have to do it for God.   Discussion questions:   1) Read John 5:19.  Where is God already working in the lives of people around you? In which contexts is God inviting you to be on mission with Him in your every day life? 2) Are you an introvert or extrovert? How can you do mission within your personality type? Where are the challenge to embrace? 3) Who are your team? Who is praying with you about your mission opportunities?   Neighborhood crawl: In your everyday life here are 8 things you can be intentional about: (Go to www.leadstoriespodcast.com to see visual)   Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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