Lee Wood's story with Christ is truly amazing. As we talked, Lee revealed some of the challenges from his childhood that led to a life far from Jesus. Until the day when someone handed him a New Testament. And then God took over.
Of course, the challenges didn't end just because he had a relationship with Jesus. In fact, back in 2008, he lost his wife to pancreatic cancer. We talked a little about what God did in his life during that time. And how God's worked in him since then.
Now, he's an apostolic church planter, ministering to people who are desperately in need. Many who have never even heard the Gospel.
What God is doing is truly amazing!
About Lee and his Ministry
Lee's first childhood memory is his father driving away after dropping him off at an orphanage. With his first memory being abandoned, when Christ came into his life, John 17 became his life's chapter because God used it to let him know he was wanted and loved.
He believes that everyone who believes in Christ is on a level playing field through the Cross. That, together, we're supposed to change the world. He reminds us that we're all engaged in that, whether in the marketplace or in vocational ministry. And that it's actually Christ's prayer in John 17.
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
(2 Corinthians [5:15])
Because Lee was an orphan and didn't really understand family, the idea and the magnitude of Christ's love has transformed him from the inside out. He called out to God at a time when he thought he was dying aboard a ship and immediately began reading the New Testament that had been given him. But the idea of God's great love was transformative.
Lee's wife passed away December 5, 2008. Her one regret was that they had gotten out of the ministry. Because of that, Lee stepped back into a traditional role of ministry in a mega church but it wasn't a great fit for him.
Lee walked away from that ministry and towards a vision of ministry he had but didn't have any understanding of how to get where he felt God was leading him.
He felt abandoned again. And it was hard.
That led him to a revelation of obeying Christ and teaching people to tell and live the story of Christ. Now, there have been over 100 simple churches birthed that are making disciples and multiplying.
When Lee was at MetaCamp, he was reading Matthew 5. One night, God highlighted [5:19] and showed Lee that obedience and training others to obey is what makes us great in the Kingdom.
Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew [5:19])
As he returned to Florida, he asked God how that is fleshed out and God showed him what Paul did in Acts 19. Lee is now taking that idea and building a training center in a section of Tampa where people are stricken by poverty.
- Public teaching
- Teaching house-to-house
Even before they've begun construction, they are able to build relationships and start discipling people.
Lee is just obeying. All of the house churches that have been birthed are because of obedience and training. And they are being intentional about where they go and how they minister.
Significance in the Marketplace
If you're connected to a mission or missionary who is discipling by telling their story and Jesus's story, you can go wherever “there” is and help them. Whether that is near home or across the seas.
That's a way to be one with them.
Personal Success Habit
- Lee is spiritual, nutritional, and physical disciplined.
- Lee reads voraciously.
Shifts in Society
- Take them a gift
- Talk to them
- Ask God to send laborers into the harvest
- Put feet to loving your neighbor
Read Matthew 10 and Luke 10 and then to enter your neighborhoods and communities in that way. And, consider what Lee said about the way the large majority of people came to Christ in the New Testament.
Lee reminds us that Paul said he became “…all things to all people…” so that he might win some. Understanding where people are coming from informs the ways we can begin to interact with people about their beliefs and values.
And there's a great value in meeting in people's homes.
- Do Matthew 10 and Luke 10
Show me that person of peace.
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