Discipline of Leadership - A 3-Fold Partnership

Discipline of Leadership – A 3-Fold Partnership

Today I will talk about leadership. How can we develop it in ourselves? How can we recognise it in others? What are the disciplines and characteristics of a leader?

A lot has been said and written about leadership. It seems that everyone is looking for leaders. Every business organization needs leaders and those who have leaders are very successful. I have read many books on leadership and I have takes a few courses on leadership too. However, the best book on leadership is the bible.

If we are striving to be Godly men, we must seek to become the Spiritual Leaders that God created us to be and this will require some discipline. Let’s read Joshua 1:1-18

The first thing to notice is that leadership involves a 3-fold partnership, between God, the leader and the people.

I. God

1. The Call of God

“1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, 2‘My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites.’” Moses has gone. God has said he can’t enter the promised land. So the Israelites need someone new to lead them. There’ll be very difficult years ahead as they seek to conquer the land and drive out its pagan inhabitants. So God chooses Joshua. Now if we’d read through the book of Numbers before we came to Joshua we would have read how before they entered the Land Moses sent 12 spies to check it out. 10 of them returned saying they could never do it. But Joshua and Caleb came back and said that of course they could, because God was with them. Well the people didn’t listen to Joshua and Caleb so they spent another 40 years wandering in the desert until every one of them had died. Except for Caleb & Joshua, that is. So now God appoints Joshua to lead them.

2. The Promise of God

And as God calls Joshua, he gives him a promise; an assurance that if he takes on the job God will give him success.

He says, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life.”

How would you feel if God said something like that to you? You’d feel indestructible wouldn’t you? It would be like a great weight had been taken from your shoulders.

“Wow. I thought God had given me an impossible task and now I realise that he’s going to look after me, give me success. What a relief!”

Actually, God has said something like that to you. Pay attention to the words of 1 Peter 1:4-5

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us … an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

And in 2 Peter 1: 3

His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

Protected by the power of God. His Power has given us everything needed for life and godliness. Wow! What relief!

3. The Power of God

Joshua was promised the power of God just as we are: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”

The great thing about being called to be a leader in God’s church is that you don’t have to depend on your own ability or power or cleverness. God promises to supply all the power you need.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything to make your leadership work. Look at what was required of Joshua.

II. The Leader

1. Courage

The first requirement for Joshua was courage. He was about to lead an army into occupied territory. This was to be a difficult job, even if God was with them. There would be battles and death. There would be fortresses and giants to contend with. Only a brave leader would be able to carry it through. So God tells him: “7 Only be strong and very courageous.” Maybe you wouldn’t be quite so keen on being chosen as a leader if you heard those words.

There’s always this balance in the Christian life, isn’t there? God tells us he will be with us and look after us. But he also tells us to be strong and courageous. Phil 2 puts it like this:

“12 Therefore, my beloved, … work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Work out your own salvation? God is at work in you, enabling you. It’s a double sided coin!

2. Devotion

Not only is he to show courage, he’s also to show devotion to God.

“8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night …”

If he’s to remain a faithful leader of God’s people it’s vital that he know how God wants him to act. So he’s to meditate on the book of the law day and night. We too are encouraged to meditate on God’s word, to use it to teach and admonish and correct us.

If you want to be a godly leader today, the reading and meditating on scripture is just as important for you. Let the Holy Spirit lead you as you read and study God’s Word.

3. Obedience

Finally it’s not enough to just study God’s word we need to obey it. So God continues

“8… so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful.”

Again there’s a promise here isn’t there? If he’s careful to act in accordance with God’s word, God will make his way prosper; he’ll have success.

So leaders need to show courage; they need to be devoted to God and the study of his word and they need to be obedient to that word. And if they’ll do that God will be with them.

But the other great thing is that if you’re a leader, you’re not on your own, even from a human point of view.

III. The People

1. Obedience

The third partner in this leadership process is the people themselves. Joshua knows that his leadership will depend on their willingness to follow him. Leaders aren’t much use if no-one follows them, are they? In fact you could say that the true test of a leader is just that: are people following?

So his first act as leader is to call the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh, who have been given land on the east of Jordan, to come and follow him into the promised land to help the other tribes conquer it. He says:

“13 Remember the word that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you.”

Moses had given them a command which they’re now to follow.

2. Courage

Secondly their obedience would require them to show the same sort of courage that Joshua was called to show. They were going to be fighting the battles in the front line. Some of them would die in the process. So they too needed courage. He says

“14 But all the warriors among you shall cross over armed before your kindred and shall help them, until the LORD gives rest to your kindred as well as to you.”

The Lord might be giving them the land but they’d need to march in the army and take it away from its inhabitants. Unless they showed courage they would fail.

Well at this stage of their history they pass the test. They may not always do this well but at this stage they gladly pledge their loyalty to Joshua as their leader.

3. Loyalty

They say “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you… 18 Whoever rebels against your orders and disobeys your words, whatever you command, shall be put to death.”

You can’t ask for more than that can you?

One of the things we should expect is that God’s people will show loyalty to those God has placed over them; that they will accept their leadership and go where they lead. And that they won’t work to undermine that leadership. This is something that you don’t always get in secular organisations.

4. Encouragement

Finally they offer Joshua their encouragement. They say:

“18… Only be strong and courageous.”

They encourage him to take God at his word. To step out in faith and lead them into the promised land, even if it is a tough job he’s embarking on.

One of the joys of ministry is when someone comes up to me and encourages me. That happens in many ways. Sometimes by a word, sometimes by telling me something that they have observed, or that someone has done in response to my ministry. But it’s so important. Spiritual Leadership is one of the toughest things to do and we need all the encouragement we can get.

But what about you?

If leadership is a 3-way partnership how are you playing your part? If you are going to be a godly man, you will have to show leadership. Then remember that God has promised to be with you, to empower you. If you are then you need to lead with courage; you need to remain devoted to God; you need to be a student of his word and obedient to his leading.

What about those leaders who work under another leader? The success of our mission hangs or falls on people who follow their leaders! It rests on those who show courage in following where the leader takes them and who remain loyal even when the going is tough, especially when the leader takes them somewhere they’re not sure they want to go. It may hang or fall on people who provide encouragement to their leaders to keep on leading them.

Nothing has changed in 4000 years. God still calls out people, both ordained and lay to lead. It still requires courage to lead. We still need to be devoted to God and to his word. And we still need people who will follow, give their loyalty and encourage us as we lead.

The Discipline of a Church with Vision – Men of Destiny – pt 6

Today we are going to talk about the discipline of a church with a vision. This is the final installment in the series of the discipline of church.

 

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Prov 29:18)

God makes it very clear that we are to have a vision of what He is doing in the world.

He’s not just talking about setting goals and going after it, but he is wanting us to see through His eyes what He sees

GOD ALWAYS LOOKS THROUGH EYES OF FAITH! NOT AT WHAT IS…BUT WHAT CAN BE.

God never looks at the checking acount and says, “We can’t afford it.” Instead he looks with faith that with Him all things are possible. GOD DRIVES BEAN COUNTERS CRAZY!

VISION AND FAITH NEED TO WORK HAND IN HAND. VISION SEE’S WHAT’S POSSIBLE, FAITH MAKES IT HAPPEN

God’s story in the Bible is a constant renewal of that vision he has for His people. We have a tendancy to be lazy and become unfocused on the things he is wanting us to do.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHURCH HAS A VISION FROM GOD? FIRST WE LOOK AT NEHEMIAH

Nehemiah 2:1-18

I. We need to hear God in a fresh way.

GOD TOLD NEHEMIAH HE WAS TO REBUILD HIS TEMPLE!

But that seemed impossible for him. After all he is just the cup bearer to the King.

Nevertheless, God made it possible by moving the heart of the king!

II. Vision Encourages us.

GOD’S HAND WAS ON NEHEMIAH AND THE KING GRANTED HIS REQUEST! Amazing right?

When we see God move after we’ve taken that first step of faith we are encouraged to press on! Besides, when we get that fresh vision from God we are encouraged to move on.

III. Vision gives us direction in life on what we are to do.

Nehemiah knew what he had to do, but had to take action and saddle up his horse and head to Jerusalem.

It’s not enough to know where we want to go. We have to take a step of faith to see that it happens.

IV. The Vision creates momentum

As we begin to move and people see the move of God and buy into the vision, momentum carries the vision forward.

Then, people want to be part of a moving, growing something!

I believe that God is moving, He is causing growth and giving vision to men all over the world! His Vision!

GOD’S VISION WAS BORN ON PENTECOST WHEN HE POURED OUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT. BUT THAT IS NOT A THING OF THE PAST, HE’S STILL DOING THIS TODAY, HE’S STILL CALLING US TO THIS VISION.

HE GAVE US DIRECTION FOR THIS AS HE SPOKE TO THE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA WHICH WE READ ABOUT IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION.

V. FIRST HE SHOWED THEM THEIR OPPORTUNITY

A. They were given the opportunity to bring in a supernatural harvest of souls

IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, AN OPEN DOOR ALWAYS REFERS TO AN OCCASION OF BRINGING MANY INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

NOT ONLY IS THE DOOR OPEN, BUT GOD IS GOING TO SUPPLY THE RESOURCES THEY NEEDED TO ACCOMPLISH THE TASK!

The Winner of the 2000 Little League World series came from Maracaibo, Venezula. When the team arrived for the series they only had one bat and four of the players didn’t have proper shoes. As word spread a number of American sports manufactors heard and provided them with every kind of equipment they needed to play the game. They could have said, we don’t have the right equipment and quit early on.

INSTEAD THEY WENT IN THROUGH THE DOOR THAT WAS OPENED TO THEM AND WHAT THEY NEEDED WAS SUPPLIED.

IF GOD SETS BEFORE US AN OPEN DOOR, HE WILL EQUIP US TO PLAY THE GAME. HE WILL NOT WITHHOLD ANYTHING NECESSARY FOR A CHURCH TO EVANGELIZE IT’S COMMUNITY!

The first Christians had to realize it wasn’t in their strength that it was to be done. In fact they couldn’t UNLESS GOD WAS WITH THEM!

In like manner, we have to realize that it’s not in our streghth or wisdom that it’s going to happen. BUT IT WILL BE IN GOD’S POWER!

These first Christians had to learn to pray and fast and wait upon God!

WE MISS MOST OF OUR DIVINE APPOINTMENTS BECAUSE WE AREN’T LOOKING FOR THEM, BECAUSE WE HAVE NO EXPERIENCE OF THE POWER OF GOD IN OUR LIVES!

We have to experience God first hand, not as a story or just as a belief, BUT AS GOD, WHO INTIMATELY LOVES US AND DESIRES TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH US!

GOD IS NOT A CONCEPT! HE IS A PERSON WHO DESIRES TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF US!

These first Christians were obedient to God’s word. They read God’s word, they taught God’s word, they preached God’s word, loved God’s word and stood by, upon and under God’s word!

Did you know that God always blesses people who honor his word by conforming their lives to it? Their outreach wasn’t to get more people in their church, but their outreach was to get more people into God’s kingdom (that translated into more folks in the church).

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY THAT MOST CHURCHES ARE ENVIOUS TO HAVE. More and more people moving to San Antonio, building houses and having families in record numbers!

We are to have a vision to reach out, not a vision to grow our church so we can pay our bills, so we can brag on our growth, but because this is the vision of God for us now. To reach out with the love of God to people who need the Lord!

VI. Press through the Opposition

There was opposition in the church in Philadelphia, and Nehemiah met with opposition as well, but they didn’t let that disturb them, they continued anyway for they new that opposition to the things of God is straight from Satan.

Rev. 3:9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars —I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

He’s writing about people who are in the group but due to their opposition to the things of God are going to be stopped after they see our faithfullness and our determination. They are not to be stopped by discouragement, or lack of faith, or anything else the comes against them.

THE REWARD OF A CHURCH WITH A VISION THAT ACTIVELY PURSUES IT IS A CROWN FROM JESUS. OUR REWARDS MAY NOT BE HERE, BUT OUR REWARDS IN HEAVEN ARE JUST AS REAL!

Let’s pray for God’s vision, let’s all get on board! Let’s go through that open door he has for us RIGHT NOW!

John 4:35-36 Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.

WE HAVE AN OPEN DOOR. WE HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE ALL THE RESOURCES OF GOD.

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The Discipline of a Growing Church - Men of Destiny - pt 5

The Discipline of a Growing Church – Men of Destiny – pt 5

 

For the past four weeks we have been discussing the disciplines of Church! We’ve seen that a church at prayer, a church in mission, and a church that is pursuing the purposes of God are all important because  these disciplines will allow us to move in the direction that God is wanting us to move. There are two more disciplines we will discuss before we are done. The discipline of a Growing Church and the discipline of a Church with Vision. Today we will focus on the Discipline of a Growing Church.

GROWTH IN THE CHURCH IS ALWAYS TWO FOLD

A Church must grow in two very important areas. There must be Spiritual Growth and Numerical Growth. I must say that one always follows the other to a degree.

Spiritual Growth.

What does it mean to grow Spiritually? Well, It means that we are becoming more and pexels-photo-415571.jpegmore like Jesus everyday! And this doesn’t happen by accident! it is something we are mindfully doing on a daily basis. Although I really wish it did happen by accident. That is to say that spiritual maturity and growth just happen. BUT IT NEVER HAS BEEN THAT WAY!

Spiritual Growth comes as we allow God to move and direct our lives. It comes as a mindful, willful act. It is deliberate, not by accident or chance. The only thing that naturally comes to us as human beings is the fact that we have a spiritual bent to sin. That’s called iniquity in the bible. And like anything else in life that is worth doing,  it takes effort, time, training, and desire!

Larry Bird

Larry Bird, one of the greatest basketball players of all time had a gift, but he grew in that gift as he practiced countless hours toward improving himself! Even when he was at the top of his game he still got up every morning and shot 500 baskets. Did you know that he studied the game plans and memorized them and then  went out on the court for hours each day to practice the game plans? He was good, but he knew that unless he put in the effort, his natural talent would be useless! He had to be ready to face the other team and execute the game plan perfectly with the talent that he had.

There is no way I can hit on everything that we can do to grow spiritually in one short class, but in these two bible passages, we find the disciplines that every Godly man must follow if we are to grow Spiritually.

Ephesians 4:1-16

‘As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. ‘ Ephesians 4:1-16

1. First Discipline:

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

pexels-photo-208315.jpegThis is a prayer of his for the people in Ephesus to become the men and women God created them to be. They are to be bound together by love and the unity of the Spirit. They are to be continually growing, no longer being infants in the faith! One of the key dangers of remaining infants in the Lord is that we can so easily be lead astray from the truth.

Paul is saying God has given leadership gifts to the church… Eph 4:11-14 “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

Rebellion

Do you know what is destroying much of modern Christianity today? It’s rebellion in the church! Rebellion in the church is when people choose not to follow the leaders that God has placed over us. Not that we are to be led blindly by the church leaders but that we are to follow them with discernment based on the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Rebellion takes on lots of faces and we have seen them all if we are honest with ourselves. Non attendance, lack of participation in the life of the church, lack of communication, these are all ways that rebellion shows itself in a church.

The discipline here is to listen and move and grow with your church. That’s exactly what was happening in the early church from the beginning!

2. Second Discipline

– Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Let me be brutally honest now. There is no way that we can become like someone we don’t know, or don’t know very well. Have you ever liked and admired someone so much person-clinic-cross-religion-54333.jpegthat you began to act and be like that person? You can’t do that unless you know that person. The only way to do that is to be around them and know them and copy them. That’s how we become more like Christ! We do this as we are around Him, knowing Him and copying Him. We do this through our prayer life, our Bible study and day to day living asking ourselves the age old question, “What would Jesus Do?”

And you know what? We have a bonus in this relationship. The Holy Spirit who will lead us and direct us and allow us to experience the presence of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Growth = Numerical Growth

IF WE ARE GROWING SPIRITUALLY THEN WE WILL ALSO BE GROWING NUMERICALLY. As we get excited about our Lord, our Faith and our Church, we will want others to come and become a part of that!

Have you ever been a part of a group that you were not really very excited about? Chances are you have. How many of your friends or family did you invite to join that group? Not many right! Contrast that to being a part of a group that is exciting and where things are happening! You want all your friends and family there because of that! Well, that is exactly what was happening in the early church in Jerusalem.

Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Notice something here! It wasn’t Jesus who was in the streets, sharing the Good News. It wasn’t the professional clergy (there were none) and it wasn’t the Evangelism Committee (they didn’t have one of those either). I can assure you that it wasn’t good publicity or a name singer! What was it?  IT WAS THE PEOPLE OF GOD ON THE MOVE INVITING IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PEOPLE WERE BEING SAVED!

Does this work today?

You bet it does! God is on the move today. His Spirit is moving in ways never before seen in modern history. The church is being called into obedience under His Lordship. More people are coming to Christ now than ever before and the question is this:

 

ARE YOU GROWING AND EXCITED ABOUT YOUR FAITH?

ARE YOU INVITING AND SHARING THE GOOD NEWS WE HAVE?

The Discipline of a Missions Minded Church – Men of Destiny – pt 4

How can we move from being a “nice” church to being a church that makes a difference?

A couple of weeks ago I shared that I have heard from people, even those who don’t attend church say that we are a “nice” church. Now, it’s not a bad thing to be known as a “nice” church. But is that what God wants his church to be? Can you imagine the church in Jerusalem in the first century being called “a nice church”?

NO! THE EARLY CHURCH WAS EFFECTIVELY CHANGING THEIR WORLD! THEY WERE CAUSING CONFLICT WITH AUTHORITIES! THEY WERE CAUSING PROBLEMS IN FAMILIES AND TURNING THEIR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN!

This is the role of the church in the world: To challenge, to call people to follow Jesus and bring change. Last week we discussed that we’re to be a church at prayer! Prayer will bring revival…that is radical, life changing, Holy Spirit lead revival…the kind that changes communities

Another thing God is calling us to is MISSIONS

earth-earth-at-night-night-lights-41949.jpegA LOCAL CHURCH THAT IS NOT MISSION MINDED IS BY DEFINITION NOT A CHURCH! It’s a religious club that makes little or no impact on the world.

When you read the book of Acts we see a church of action and one that was concerned with the spread of the word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is one of the keys that made them effective, this why they made so many lives miserable. This is why the world was changed!

Acts 13:1-3

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers:Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

NOTICE TWO THINGS ABOUT THIS CHURCH

1. They had people working under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, they had prophets and teachers

2. They were praying and fasting, seeking God’s will for them

I THINK TO MANY TIMES WE MAKE A DECISION, WE MAKE THE PLANS AND THEN ASK GOD TO BLESS IT.

Here they are seeking God’s will for them, God’s command. Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

THIS LAUNCHED THE CHURCH INTO THE WORLD

1Cor. 16:5-9 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you —for I will be going through Macedonia. Perhaps I will stay with you awhile, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.

DO YOU HEAR WHAT HE IS SAYING?

Paul is tired, he’s been on 2 other missionary journeys with no break, he’s been pexels-photo-761144.jpegpreaching, starting churches, facing opposition, sometimes even having to flee from those wanting to kill him. He’s hoping to take that break and come to Corinth to rest for a while, HOWEVER, notice what he says “a great door for effective work has opened to me,”.

What happens next is mind boggling! Paul stays there for another 3 years, the longest he was anywhere! Not only did God use Paul to start a great church in Ephesus, but while he was there many more churches were started all around. Ephesus became a major Christian Center!

NOW THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE IS THIS:

WHEN PAUL SAW THE GREAT DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY HE SAW IT AS A DOOR OF OBLIGATION AND A DOOR OF OPPOSITION.

I. A DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY

pexels-photo.jpgA. Ephesus was not where most Christians would want to settle, it was a big city, a major financial and commercial center and a rich city. BUT IT WAS HOME TO THE TEMPLE OF DIANA! And one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. This was a place of immorality and legalized prostitution. It was a city full of superstitious people.

BUT WHEN PAUL SAW THE CITY AND SAW ALL THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THERE HE SAW OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL!

The difference between a pessimist and an optimist is that a pessimist sees a problem in every opportunity. However, the optimists sees an opportunity in every problem!

Do we have a door of opportunity in San Antonio? YOU BET WE DO!

In the history of this area we have an opportunity to touch so many people with the Gospel of Jesus.

San Antonio is a city that was founded by missionaries. We have missions in our history. San Antonio is a military city with close to 1.8 million people and more arriving every day!

WE DON’T EVEN HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE, THEY ARE COMING TO US!

God is giving us a chance to seize the moment, to catch the vision of what can be. Are we ready to do it?

II. A THE DOOR OF OBLIGATION

We have an obligation as Baptized believers to take the Gospel of Christ to the lost. Do we child-face-rajasthan-smile-46259.jpegfeel this obligation? It’s important to know that I can’t do the work for you and you can’t do my work for me.

Paul didn’t say here that the door had opened for Barnabas and Timothy. He felt the obligation to stay and do the work.

God is opening doors, but it is our responsibility to go through them or not. The question we should be asking then is this: “DO WE REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE FOLKS?”

III. A DOOR OF OPPOSITION

pexels-photo-796526.jpegWhenever God moves there are always people who want to oppose him. Many people do not even realize that is what they are doing. In Ephesus it was open opposition from the worshippers and business men who made their living off the worship of Diana.

BUT PERHAPS THE WORST OPPONENTS OF THE GOSPEL ARE NOT IT’S ENEMIES. IT’S THE NOMINAL CHRISTIANS WHO HEAR THE MESSAGE, THEY SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE LOST, BUT DO NOTHING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

What are we doing to make a real difference in our church, our community, our work, our school?

DOORS OF ALL KIND ARE SWINGING OPEN FOR US. THERE WILL BE OPPONENTS, BUT WE CAN’T LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS, WE MUST SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES. ARE YOU PART OF THE SOLUTION OR PART OF THE PROBLEM? IF WE ARE HONEST WE KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE STAND.

LET’S GET IT RIGHT AND BECOME A PEOPLE OF MISSION!

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The Discipline of Church with Purpose – Men of Destiny – pt 3

A Church with a Purpose

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

I really like that proverb. It is especially significant that no matter what we might plan, no matter how evil it may be, GOD’S PURPOSE PREVAILS!

What is God’s purpose? Well that’s all wrapped up in what he PURPOSES for the church.pexels-photo-395196.jpeg This is after all what Jesus came and gave his life for, isn’t it? SO THAT GOD’S PURPOSES COULD BE DONE! YOU SEE THE CHURCH ISN’T A CLUB! It isn’t a service organization and it sure isn’t a business. Some people say that they are going to church and they are talking about the building. But the church isn’t a building either!

The Church is an Organism!

IT’S A LIVING, BREATHING, ORGANISM. IT IS THE BODY OF CHRIST!

1Cor. 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ,

And each one of you is a part of it. A Part of the Body of Christ. God didn’t just establish the church and left it on it’s own. God has given it a purpose. We could spend days on this, but I want to make it as simple and as straightforward as possible.

Jesus stated the purpose of the church when he said:

Matt. 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

THIS IS CALLED THE GREAT COMMISSION. OUR MARCHING ORDERS FOR THE CHURCH. EVERYTHING WE DO SHOULD BE DERIVED FROM THIS! IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO FOUR THINGS.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH IS TO REACH, TO WIN, TO TRAIN, AND TO SEND

I. TO REACH….

pexels-photo-761144.jpegEverything Jesus did while he walked the earth was to reach out to people. There were times he went off by himself and spent time with the 12 disciples, BUT most of his ministry was to reach the common folk of his day!

His last words as a human on earth was to reach out to those around him.

 Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

3 of the 5 ministry gifts deal with reaching out!

Eph. 4:11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

It’s only the pastors and teachers that focuses on the ones in the church exclusively. THE KEY JOB OF THE CHURCH, THAT’S US, IS TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO REACH OUT WITH THE LOVE OF GOD TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO THE WORLD.

2. TO WIN

It’s not enough just to reach people! We also have to win them to Christ. Being saved and pexels-photo-752785.jpegbeing part of the church are not always the same thing. Salvation comes as we commit ourselves to Christ and his Church. Commitment and membership are not always the same thing. Commitment is not a casual thing, just as marriage is more than a wedding! Imagine how long a marriage would last if most of us do what did when we joined the church?

Just as a marriage takes commitment, time, effort, work, learning to live with one another, and intimacy, SO DOES OUR COMMITMENT TO THE CHURCH!

TO SAY WE HAVE TO WIN PEOPLE TO CHRIST IS THAT WE LEAD THEM INTO A INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

If you have ever wondered what marked the difference between a moving, growing, exciting, church, and an average, run of the mill, on every street corner kind of church, then listen to this!

THE DIFFERENCE IS IN DIRECT RELATIONSHIP OF THE COMMITMENT OF THE MEMBERSHIP TO THE WORK OF CHRIST IN THE WORLD. THAT NOT ONLY HAVE THE PEOPLE THERE BEEN REACHED, BUT WON OVER TO THE WORK OF CHRIST. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO SEE HIS KINGDOM GROW AND EXPAND. THEY ARE COMMITTED TO TELLING OTHERS THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS AND THEY ARE COMMITTED TO GROWING AS CHRISTIANS THEMSELVES!

3. TO TRAIN

Matt. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples

pexels-photo-209982.jpegThe purpose of the church is to reach out and bring people to church and to fellowship with God. But it also is to make DISCIPLES! It’s easy to make a church member. All you have to do is come and say you want to be a member and you are! It’s harder to be a member of the country club than a member of the church. I sometimes wonder if we don’t make it too easy. it becomes very cheap that way.

Christ gave his life for the church. Now what are we going to give in return?

The basic call of Jesus is for us to become his!

A DISCIPLE IS ONE WHO LEARNS FROM THE MASTER AND PRACTICES WHAT THEY LEARN. We need to remember this: Your teach what you know, but you reproduce or disciple what you are!

In school there are three different kinds of kids:

1. Those who were good students who got good grades

2. Those who were average and got along

3. Those who were just bidding their time

I must admit I was in the middle group when I was in school.

We have the same in the church…

1. Those who are committed…wanting to grow and blossom into what God is calling them to do

2. Those who are saved, but not sure how much of this they want to get involved with

3. Those who are just bidding their time

Just like those kids in school, who is getting the most out of it? Who is going to make the biggest difference? BUT THERE IS A MAJOR DIFFERENCE! WHAT HAPPENS IN SCHOOL IS TEMPORARY. WHAT WE DO HERE IS FOR ETERNITY!

Jesus’ call on our lives is to become his disciples, not just people who “hang in there” We are to become learners and to grow into His likeness. We are to be so excited about the faith that we share it os we can reach out and win people over for Christ.

4. TO SEND

The last purpose of the church we are going to look at is to send. If we are reaching out, winning people to Christ and growing as disciples, then we, as a body will be sending people out to do the work of the ministry. We will be doing this as a church and we will do it every day. This includes doing it on Sunday morning!

And now may the Love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and the communion and fellowship of the Holy Spirit abide and keep you now and forever more 2 Co 3:14

This verse is a blessing to go out into the world to take your faith with you, to share it, to reach out, to win, to be disciples of Jesus.

THE REAL WORK OF THE CHURCH ISN’T WHAT WE DO IN THESE FOUR WALLS IT’S WHAT WE DO OUTSIDE THEM!

WORSHIP, BIBLE STUDY, FELLOWSHIP ARE ALL PART OF OUR PREPARATION FOR SHARING THE LIFE AND LOVE OF GOD AFTER WE LEAVE THE CHURCH!

As we send people to other places to carry the excitement we have for the work of God in our lives, we will see God’s blessing. We must want to share that life with others.

 

TODAY LET ME CHALLENGE US TO CONSIDER WHERE EACH OF US FITS IN TO ALL THIS.

ARE WE AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A CHURCH, REACHING OUT, WINNING FOLKS FOR CHRIST, BEING A DISCIPLE OR A LEARNER SO WE CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE? ARE WE BEING SENT FORTH TO CARRY OUT THE WORK CHRIST HAS CALLED US TO DO AS HIS CHURCH AND HIS BODY IN THE WORLD TODAY?

The Discipline of Church - Men of Destiny - pt 1

The Discipline of Church – Men of Destiny – pt 1

Every church has a chance to be a church of excellence. Every person can be a person of excellence. This is a subject that has been discussed quite a bit in the last few years….the question is do we want to be a church of excellence?  If we do, then it will require discipline.

‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ‘ 2 Chronicles 7:14

The Discipline of Church - Men of Destiny - pt 1
The Discipline of Church – Men of Destiny – pt 1

I’ve heard people from all over San Antonio, even those who don’t go to church tell me what a nice church we have at Destiny Church.

WE DO! But don’t we want more? Actually I don’t know how much of a compliment that is! I want to be part of more than just a nice church. I want to be part of the church I read about in the book of Acts where God was on the move.

People said a lot of things about the early church, but never did they say that it was nice church. We need to make a choice, do we want a “nice Church”? Or do we want a church that is making an impact on our community and on the world?

What do we want Destiny Church in San Antonio to look like and be? Can we just coast along? Probably not! Is change coming? You bet it is! Is it all good? Probably not! Can it be good? Absolutely! One thing I know for sure, as long as God is God, there will be change! God likes change!

He changed the life of a small shepherd boy and made him into a King! Furthermore, He changed the life of a teenager who was favored and loved by his father and hated by his brothers to becoming the second most powerful man on earth! Likewise, He changed the life of Jacob who was a deceiver and made him into a Price of God and changed his name to Israel! He changed the life of a blind man and gave him sight! And he changed my life and your life and gave us purpose!

In the book of Revelation Christ is speaking to seven churches in Asia Minor. He commands them, and then says if they don’t respond he would take the candlestick from their midst! How interesting that none of these churches exist today. WHY? THEY WERE DISOBEDIENT TO THE LORD AND WOULD NOT FOLLOW HIS LEAD.

I see God calling us, the Men of Destiny, to follow five things in this Discipline of Church! If we do, He will bless us and use us to the fullest! Are you ready for the adventure that is before us?

1. God is calling us to be a Church of Prayer

‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ‘ 2 Chronicles 7:14

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The Discipline of Church – Men of Destiny – pt 1

Do we qualify for this promise? We are his people called by his name, but are we doing the rest?

Prayer is the foundation for all ministry and for the Christian life! HOW IS YOUR PRAYER LIFE? Do you still just give God a shopping list and call it prayer? Do you really know all about prayer? I’ve been studying the subject for years and have just scratched the surface. Prayer is conversation with God! But it is so much more than that.

2. God is Calling us to be a Mission Minded Church

‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ‘ Acts 1:8

IT IS THE BUSINESS OF THE CHURCH TO BE IN MISSIONS

We are to support missions through our apportionments and our finances! But are we a church involved in mission? You bet we are! Destiny Church has always been a Missions Minded Church! Our purpose statement reads:

“To bring people to Jesus and membership in His family,
to nurture and equip them for victorious living,
community outreach, and world missions.”

 

But is this enough? What about local missions? Sure we have missionaries in Mexico and Europe! Even in China and Israel! But what about the people right here in San Antonio where we live?

 

How many have we lead to Christ? Jesus told us He was sending the Holy Spirit to empower us to be witnesses. If we are not we need to examine ourselves and ask:

1) Am I truly saved? Have I given my life to Christ?

2.) Do I really have the power of the Holy Spirit in my life so I will affect the lives of others?

3.) Am I just refusing to answer the call on my life that Christ has placed on us?

LET’S BE IN PRAYER AS TO HOW GOD WISHES TO LEAD US IN MISSIONS TO THE WORLD AROUND US.

3.) God is Calling us to be a Church with a Purpose

If I was to give a quiz today on what the purpose of the church is, how many of us would

The Discipline of Church - Men of Destiny - pt 1
The Discipline of Church – Men of Destiny – pt 1

pass? So much of what we think the church is for, is wrong. A poll was taken a couple of years ago and the standard answer was that the church was here to serve its members.

WRONG! The church is here to serve those who aren’t yet members! The church is not a club, it is a place where we are trained to do ministry. It’s not a question of what can the church do for me! It’s “What can I do for others?”

The purpose of the church is “to connect, to grow, to serve and to go”.

WHERE DO YOU FIT IN ALL THAT? IN ALL OF IT!

NO ONE IS EXEMPT. ALL ARE CALLED.

There are so many needs in our community that we can meet, but we aren’t because we are having trouble finding folks willing to take on the tasks in the church. What are you doing?

4.) God is Calling us to be a Church that grows.

Numerical and spiritually … I’ll share more on this later. But God has called us to grow. Are we?

5.) God is calling us to be a Church of Vision.

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I know this can be very dangerous. People with vision are always struggling! I know that I can see where we are, and where we can be. And let me tell you that people with vision are sometimes hard to live with, but they are necessary if we are to follow God’s leading.

A statesman once said, “Some people see things as they are and ask why, I dream thing

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The Discipline of Church – Men of Destiny – pt 1

that never were and ask why not?”

We have a group of people in the church (every church has them) that are looking to see what kind of vision God has for us. There are some big ideas just waiting for the right people to come and bring them to life!

I have a vision of us Training Men to become the men that God created us to be and to bring fatherlessness to a stop! Furthermore, I see a day when men of all ages will disciple the young men around them and become the father-figures and mentors our youth needs! I have a vision for the family to grow in strength and in godliness. Because I love America and as we all know, as the family goes, so goes the nation!

Will you take on this discipline of church today? Will you be man enough to stand in the gap for Jesus?

Do Real Men Cry? No doubt they do!

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Discipline of Prayer - Men Of Destiny

The Discipline of a Praying Church – Men of Destiny – pt 2

2 Chron. 7:1-14

THE SINGLE GREATEST NEED IN OUR LAND TODAY IS HEAVEN SENT REVIVAL!

This is something we can not do ourselves. Programs don’t do it. Preaching can’t do it. Choirs or the type music can’t do it! ONLY GOD MOVING BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT CAN DO IT!

How can this be? It’s because a sovereign God intervened in people’s lives. Let me be clear about this, church services will take on a new life if we start praying. It won’t be like one man said “Start church at 10:30 sharp and end 12:00 dull.”

So where does real revival come from? Real revival is not built on emotions and sentimental thoughts or even eyes full to tears. That can all be brought up by emotionalism.

pexels-photo-266416.jpegTHE WORD REVIVAL MEANS TO “LIVE AGAIN”. IT IS GOD’S PEOPLE COMING ALIVE AGAIN TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARD GOD. IT IS RETURNING TO A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE!

There is a recipe for REVIVAL in the Bible. It’s found in 1 Chronicles 7:1-14

‘When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord , saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”

Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord . And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the Lord ’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the Lord and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.

Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the Lord , and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions. So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt.

On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more. On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel. When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, the Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ‘

This is part of Solomon’s dedication of the New Temple he has just completed for God! In the Chapter 6 there is Solomon’s prayer of dedication. When you read this prayer you’ll notice it has nothing to do with the temple, that is the building itself, but IT HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE PEOPLE OF GOD WHO WOULD COME AND PRAY IN THIS TEMPLE

Solomon knew that the God of Israel couldn’t be contained in a building! HE WAS MORE INTERESTED IN RESIDING IN THE PEOPLE’S HEARTS!

1Cor. 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

I. HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN REVIVAL COMES TO OUR CHURCH?

A. WE’LL BEGIN TO SEE THE FIRE FALL!

2Chr. 7:1 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

We as the people of God are to offer our bodies/ourselves as living sacrifices to God.

Rom. 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God —this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.

WHEN GOD THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT DESCENDS UPON US WITH AN OUTPOURING OF GOD’S GRACE, ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST THE FIRE FELL NOT ON THE ANIMALS IN THE TEMPLE, BUT ON THE BELIEVERS!!!pexels-photo-207353.jpeg

This is something only God can do! AREN’T WE TIRED OF DEAD RELIGION? DEAD PRAYING? DEAD SINGING? AREN’T WE TIRED OF TRYING TO BE RELIGIOUS? WHERE’S THE FIRE?

There’s a product that has been out a few years now…it’s a video tape you can buy of a fireplace…just pop it in and you have an instant fireplace! PROBLEM IS IT’S NOT REAL, IT HAS NO HEAT.

WE NEED THE REAL HEAT THAT COMES FROM THE FIRE OF GOD THAT CONSUMES THE SACRIFICES. AND WE ARE THE SACRIFICES!

Are we being consumed by God’s fire? God’s Anointing? WE ARE, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD POINTING OTHERS TO JESUS? WITHOUT GOD’S FIRE, GOD’S LIGHT, WE DON’T DO MUCH SHINING.

B. When Revival comes we will witness the GLORY OF THE LORD

2Chr. 7:2 The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it.

This wasn’t the first time this happened…other times the Shekinah Glory of God came down like this. When this happens everything else takes a back seat! What we once thought so important isn’t important any longer. OUR FOCUS WILL BE ON JESUS! and our eyes won’t be on the preacher anymore! So much of what goes on  in church today will pale in comparison.

C. Worship will be first priority

2Chr. 7:3 When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, He is good; his love endures forever.”

2Chr. 7:6 The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.

Praising God will take the place of much of what is currently at the center of our lives. When the Spirit of God is moving so richly in a service of worship that he is tangible, Worship is easy! When you are in a worship service where the spirit of God is moving, even if the singing takes well over an hour,  it feels like just a few minutes have come and gone!

pexels-photo-97492.jpegWhy is it that worship so many times seems to be so heavy? Why is it that our hearts aren’t in it like they should be? Where is the freedom and spontaneity and joy we read about in the Bible?

IT’S STILL AVAILABLE IF WE ALLOW GOD TO MOVE THROUGH US! THE FORM ISN’T AS IMPORTANT AS OUR HEARTS TUNED TO GODS. I’ve experienced God’s move in a high Church Catholic Mass and in a store front Pentecostal Church!

D. Another thing that always happens is that giving becomes phenomenal!

The priest in the temple offered up 22,000 oxen, 120,000 sheep! WHERE DO YOU THINK THEY CAME FROM? FROM THE PEOPLE OF GOD!

E. YOU’LL SEE ATTENDANCE PICK UP

Jesus said in John 12:32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

II. REVIVAL DOESN’T COME CHEAPLY, IT COMES WHEN…

A. THE PEOPLE OF GOD UNITE IN PRAYER

IT WASN’T UNTIL AFTER THE PRAYER THAT THE FIRE FELL! The early church experienced Revival because they were constantly in prayer. WE CANNOT ESCAPE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PRAYER

Jer. 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

B. PRAYER IS COUPLED WITH HUMILITY

There was nothing magical about Solomon’s prayer. Nothing at all! We must come before God humbly.

 James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

C. PRAYER IS COUPLED WITH SEEKING GOD’S FACE

To seek God’s face means we abandon all self-seeking! It means that we pray not to get God on our team, because he’s already for us. We pray because we want to get into God’s will!

D. PRAYER IS COUPLED WITH REPENTANCE

Sin blocks our prayers! The trash has to be hauled out of our lives so God can hear us.

III. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF REVIVAL?

A. GOD WILL HEAR US!

When the conditions are met God will hear from heaven. A great illustration of this is the church of Korea. Dr. Paul Yongi Cho built PRAYER MOUNTAIN. Literally, a large hill or small mountain dedicated to prayer. They have small niches where people go to pray 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you will find multitudes of people there praying! The largest 3 churches in the world are in Seoul….700,000; 500,000; 300,000 members. Is it a coincidence?

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? BECAUSE THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PRAYER!

B. GOD WILL FORGIVE US!

When God brings revival we will be more sensitive to sin in our lives. We will see more folks come to Jesus as they experience this forgiveness and see it in our lives as well. There will be an atmosphere of forgiveness rather than condemning and fault finding like we see in so many churches today! The power of forgiveness will just explode and saturate the whole church!

C. GOD WILL HEAL US!

We normally think of healing as being physical, and that is certainly part of this. But God here is saying he will heal our land. What does this mean? It means that He will heal our churches, our marriages, the brokenhearted, the sin sick soul!

WHEN REVIVAL COMES TO A CHURCH IT DOESN’T STOP THERE. IT GOES HOME WITH FOLKS! IT GOES TO THE SCHOOLS, THE FACTORIES, THE BUSINESSES.

THE GREATEST NEED IN OUR LAND AND OUR CHURCH IS HEAVEN SENT, HOLY SPIRIT REVIVAL!!!

MAY GOD HELP US TO EARNESTLY PRAY, SEEKING GOD’S FACE FOR REVIVAL!

The Discipline of Church – Men of Destiny – pt 1

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