It has been said that when you do not know the purpose of a thing, you will abuse it. This is why there is so much verbal, financial, sexual and spiritual authority abuse within the Household of Faith(believers in Jesus as Lord and Savior). The purpose of the church is to share the good news of the gospel, offer salvation baptize new believers, get them filled with the Holy Spirit and help them mature in their Christian walk so they may lead others to Christ. This will cause us to function as the first believers and add to the church daily. This is not about adding to the numbers on the role of your ministry or church building. When we share the gospel and tell of the Saviour's love, those who believe are added to the Lamb's book of life. Somehow we have gotten off track. Everyone wants to do their own thing and say God called them to this or that, but all Christans are called minister the good news of Jesus. We are all one body in one Household of Faith, yet there are many denominations, and varying traditions and interpretations of scripture. We get caught up in our turn to usher or our Sunday to sing lead. And planing family fun day and the church picnic. Nothing wrong with any of that but the word tells us the Father's heart is for lost souls to be won to the kingdom. In Mark chapter 16 Jesus says that signs will follow those who believe. These signs are not living in a mansion and driving a Rolls Royce. Jesus said all who believe in Him will speak in new tongues, cast out devils, lay hands on the sick and they will recover and if we take up anything deadly it will not hurt us. We should be healing the sick and raising the dead, not only visiting the sick and burying the dead. Hold your spiritual leaders accountable. Watch for the signs Jesus spoke about. Jumping running and falling out in the floor during a church service is not truly God's power in action. We must get out of the entertainment business. We have not been called to operrate as show time at the Apollo. We have been called to do greater works and show case the power of the Savior witin us. Pray for the Spirit of discernment. Learn the difference between a good performance and someone singing, dancing, preaching praying in the life changing power of the Holy Spirit. Thre purpose of the church is not to make your first family live like celebrities. Ministers are servants and should serve. Church is not about preachers and their spouses smiling and profiling advertising themselves on billboards and commercials. It's not about riding in a limo ot flying in a jet. For lay people the church is not a club you join. It is not about fashion shows and Christian comics and 10 year old preachers. And just because somone is on television and has a large church with many services does not necessarily mean they are preaching the true gospel of Jesus. How dare any of us use the building or minsitry wer say is His, for our own selfish purposes. The church is the body of believers walking in the signs outlined in Mark 16 and adding daily to the Household of Faith until He returns. When everyone flows in their role it will be just like the physical body. The legs walk the mouth talks the hands reach, the eyes see. Find your gift know your purpose and use it, don't abuse it. Be blessed in Jesus Name.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Proverbs 11:30 tells us that winning souls is wise. And Matthew 9:-38 says we are to pray the Lord of the Harvest thrusts laborers into the harvest fields. The harvest is lost souls. Those who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Christian Church today has in many cases become about building personal ministries, mega churches and making pastors millionaires. The only reason we have the "church" is because Jesus Christ shed His blood on Calvary for our sins, and He rose with all power in heaven and earth in His hands. It is time to get back to winning souls. Sharing Jesus with people. Leaving bible tracts whereever possible. Making the focus of our websites salvation. There is nothing wrong with motivating people to find their destiny and purpose, but without faith in Jesus it is all in vain. What good is having money, a mansions a private jet if when you leave this life you spend eternity in the flames of hell. Jesus Himself said in Mark 8:36, What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose your soul? Much of the mess in the body of Christ today is because we have lost our first love. We must get back to telling the good news of the Gospel of Jesus; the virgin birth, the crucifixion and ressurection power ofour soon coming Lord Savior and King of all Kings. We need to be wise and be about our Father's business. The central focus of Intercessory prayer should be that the gosple is preached in all the world as a witness. The main event in churches should not be comics and entertainement but that one soul walking down the aisle to give their life to the Lord. It's not about titles, and positions it is about Jesus and what He did for us. As Christians every day should be Christmas and Ressurection. Every day of the week is SON-day. Lead someone into the SON-light today, so the SON can rise in their life.. And you will be glad my friend when you lead someone to open up their heart and let the SON shine in.(SELAH)
Within the body of Christ there has been much abuse regarding finances. There are minsitries that tell their members to give to make the pastor a millionaire. There are television preachers who promise that if you give a certain amount God is going to heal you or save your loved ones. We see these preachers living lavish lifestyles while those who gave to them often go without. And many have been disappointed because they gave the money and did not get the promised miracle. I personally attended two churches where there was more emphasis on making the pastors rich that on the gospel or helping the poor. It put such a distaste in my mouth that I said I would do everything on my own and never ask anyone for a dime. A fellow minister pointed out to me that ministry does cost time and money and suggested I add a donate button, so that if the Lord led someone to give, the opportunity would be available. So if you believe you have been blessed by what you find on this site, and are led by the Lord, you may donate the amount of your choosing, minimun is $1.00, via paypal. I thank you in advance. Donated money will ensure Internet and radio ministry of the Gosple of Jesus Christ through Household of Faith/Nebhi'ah Ministries will continue.(the radio ministry is in the works) . As I feel I have been manipulated, I have no desire manipulate anyone else. Therefore the opportunity to donate is here if you so choose. Be blessed in Jesus Name.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Galations 6:10 tells us that we should do good to all men, especially those who are of the Household of Faith. This refers to the body of Christ, the believers in Jesus as Lord and Savior. If you are tired of religion and even of church(the organized meetings inside gthe buildings) you can operate as one in the Household of Faith based on you personal realtionship with Jesus. Ask Him into your heart, to forgive your sins. Adk to be filled with the Holy Spirit and for God to reveal himslef through His Son and His Word. He will lead and guide you into all truth. Be blessed.