ACTIVE RESISTANCE (SUNDAY MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2016)
This is a season of change for our church. It is no longer a season of preparation. It is a season to fight. This is not passive resistance. It is active resistance. Many people will only actively resist to a certain point, and then they lose hope - unless it is for someone else, like a mother defending her children.
If anything presents itself contrary to the Word of God, then cast it down and stand in the Word. It is time to be selfless. We need to emphasize community. We might be a small house, but we have a lot to offer. This is a message for the ministry team. We all do ministry.
We must share. Everything we do is together, and everything we do is better than the world. We walk in the faith daily, and everything we do is to glorify God. Bring freedom - freedom from debt, addiction, sickness, sin, corruption, worldliness, ignorance, pain, hopelessness, loneliness, depression, powerlessness, fear, insecurity, etc.
Man will always find a way to let you down, but God will never let you down. You just have to see things from a godly perspective rather than man's own limited perspective in order to perceive this. "Sing unto the LORD, for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth." (Isaiah 12:5)
Walk with Jesus. Be in His Word. Be in prayer. Seek His counsel over that of man, even men of God. Worship. Walk in the Spirit. Fellowship. Lift others up when you can. Offer the gospel to the world. Share - time, teaching, etc. We will be stepping up into new and further roles and responsibilities. We will be mentoring in many different ways. This will concern music, fitness, etc. Do not allow people, circumstances, the enemy, or even yourself to sow negativity into your life and your mindset.
MINISTRY OF ONE (SUNDAY MORNING OF OCTOBER 9, 2016)
What can one person do? What is one person called to do? Our new house is in the center of the community. As the church, we are the heart of the community. We are called to pump the blood of Jesus through the world. There is too much of God to keep Him all to ourselves anyway.
Do you feel as if you have nothing to offer? Do you feel insecure in the kingdom of God. It is the fairest kingdom in all the earth. Your physical genetics, wealth, and social status do not hold you back. Instead, God is our Father and provides us with great spiritual genetics. You are a co-heir with Jesus, so God has made you prosperous beyond anything this world knows. We are now kings and priests. So what can you do? For one, we can all share our testimonies and the gospel of Jesus. We can offer the truth in love.
What are some biblical examples of the ministry of one? Joseph (Jacob's son) boasts of God's favor upon him, so his brothers became jealous and sell him into slavery. He was all alone in Egypt (except for God, of course), rose up, was falsely accused, landed in prison, and rose up yet again through the favor of the Lord. Pharaoh even favors him, so Joseph became the most powerful man in all Egypt. Because of his position, he also ended up saving his starving brothers. Then there is Daniel, who was a powerful prophet taken into captivity. He refused to worship anyone other than the one true God, so he was divinely protected and favored. Once again, the king also respected and favored him. Consider Hannah, Samuel's mother. She prayed and had faith in God to provide her with a child. When she had that child, she offered him for service to the Lord, and he became a great prophet and judge over the Israelites. Another example is Paul, who originally persecuted Christians but eventually became one of the most influential apostles of all time. He even wrote about two-thirds of the New Testament. Then there was Esther, who influenced the king to save all her people. In all these instances, one person made a tremendous difference.