The fire of Evangelism

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus, Your Word declares that I can come to You, the source of wisdom, for wisdom. I do that right now Father, and I ask that You not only give me wisdom of men, but the wisdom of God. I pray that You would impart into me divine wisdom, that I may be able to rightly divide the Word of truth Jesus instruct and teach us in the way you want us to go. Direct our steps, let our ear hear Your voice.
I pray for every person reading this page to receive the gift of discernment; help them to know the difference between Godly and ungodly intentions, spirits, prophecies, actions and gifts. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to know who has been sent by You, and who has not.
Anoint my tongue, and mind that I your servant speak Your truth with wisdom, and grace but in simplicity so that all may understand and edified by them. Thank You Father for Your Word and for Your instruction. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray and declare these things as done, Amen.

Lesson

Allowing Scripture to speak to the Sovereignty of God and what He desires on this Kingdom land it changes our understanding of evangelism and how it is to be done. All that God created was designed with a purpose. That purpose is to display his glory (Ps.19) to those whom he seeks to save. During the three years of Jesus life he was the teaching the disciples the meaning of the Great Commission and what it means for us to make it a way of life.
If we get to busy with the business of planning big programs to attract a crowd, we miss the mark. Why because we forget the church is not a human operation. It is a spiritual one. Jesus was not on a mission to draw a crowd, nor should it be ours.
As you develop your ministry of evangelism be sure it aligns with the nine steps of Jesus ministry:
1. Incarnation – Jesus came into our world to reveal God’s love.
2. Selection – People were Jesus method.
3. Association – Jesus stayed with them.
4. Consecration – Jesus required obedience.
5. Demonstration – Jesus showed (taught) them how to live.
6. Delegation – Jesus assigned them work.
7. Supervision – Jesus continued to check on them.
8. Reproduction – Jesus expected them to reproduce.
9. Impartation – Jesus gave Himself away through the Holy Spirit.

Evaluate your Ministry
When you look at your ministry how does it resemble that of Jesus ministry?

What happend to us?

We train our children to think corporate. We tell them to think about a career but not in ministry. Human responsibility of the government while homeless, hunger, and drugs, move through our nation with freedom. This is not an individual problem and we refuse to admit something is wrong with the soul of this nation.

Source: What happend to us?

WORDS OF STRENGTH

Carrie M. Mitchell; CLM                                                                              January 12, 2017

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The Lord is My Shepherd he make’s me lay in the meadows grass.

There is as song that says “because the Lord is my Shepherd I have everything I need.” When I think about David when he wrote and all that he endured during his life. He has come full circle in the sphere of what I call life’s motions. Beginning from the bottom the Shepherd God walked with him through every heartbreak, and every sinful nature. The Lord was there when David felt alone, defeated ready to take his own life at the death of his son.
David wrote Psalm 23 during a period in his life when he laid down and discovered he was at his “ends meet [ my grandmother use to say that].”
The Lord is my shepherd, David claimed the Lord to be his shepherd; the one who would guide, feed, and protect him. Most of all a shepherd who would not allow David to stray too far. This is the suggestion of a close relationship between the sheep [David} and the shepherd [Yahweh]. That is the relationship that I share with the Shepherd, and I want you to experience it too.
See, Jesus says I am the good Shepherd. – John 10:14. To know Jesus like David is to have faith that kind of faith that never turns.

‘TO BE OR NOT TO BE’

Carrie M. Mitchell, CLM

Some people believe if we are to accomplish the work God has for us to do it is up to us. We pray to earn Gods favor, maybe we will even read the Bible more and memorize a few verses. It is human nature to coerce growth from our lives. This may be a shocker to a few of you, if you strive to do all God has for you to do under your own power, or authority you will become exhausted, agitated and eventually give up. You will give up trying to become a student of Jesus Christ.

In John 15, Jesus tells us we are His branches and that He is the vine that brings nourishment. If this is true, then why are we trying to take on the responsibility that belongs to Jesus? We have just one responsibility in this case and that is to except and receive from the vine the nourishment. If we recognize that we receive nourishment from the vine through the Holy Spirit our relationship with Jesus would go deeper than the sea. Only then would Jesus not mean more to us but our relationship with Him would becoming the most important thing in our lives. What would the world look like if we were to live into this? How would communities change?

PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR

We thank You, Lord Jesus, because of the Father’s love, with which You came to save the world, has been proclaimed far and wide, as a gift of the Holy Spirit that fills us with gladness. We thank You for the gift of Your Life, which You have given us by loving us to the end: Your Life makes us children of God, brothers and sisters to each other.

Increase, O Lord, our faith and our love for You. Grant us to be faithful witnesses to your Resurrection, for the younger generation, that, in knowing You, they may follow You and find in You their peace and joy. You who, in becoming man, chose to belong to a human family, teach families the virtues which fills l the family home. May families be united, as You and the Father are one, and may they be living witnesses of love, justice and solidarity; make them teachers of respect, forgiveness and mutual help, so, that the world may believe; help them to be the source of forms of firm Christian commitment.  It is my utmost prayer for the Church to flourish and grow richer in the fruits of holiness. Give us strength to proclaim Your word with courage in the work of the new evangelization, so, that the world may know new hope, and see the new hope in the world. Amen.

IN WAITING

“Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.  This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all were proceeding to register for the census, everyone to his own city, and Joseph also went up from Galilee from or out of the city of Nazareth to Judea, the city of David, which is called Bethlehem because he was of the house and family of David in order to register, along with Mary who was engaged to him and was with child.  And it came about that while they were there the days were completed for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and she wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Very familiar words.  Behind these simple, words of narrative offered unmistakable meaning and significance there is the greatest event in the history of the world.  But as I said, in yesterday’s post the story of Jesus is generally familiar to anybody who knows anything about Christianity and many people who know very little about Christianity.  Sadly, the worldwide celebration of the birth of Christ, which is called Christmas, has become so cluttered and so confused with paganism and personal indulgences as to obscure the simple, clear reality of the birth of God in human form.  The world celebrates the birth of Jesus in December for all the wrong reasons, for the expression of self-indulgence, materialism, partying, social events of all kinds.  But largely misses the point, as we know.  The real significance of the birth of God in human form is overlooked, treated trivially, overshadowed by everything else that’s going on.

And I suppose it’s a fair question to say: How can you take such a simple story and come up with such a complicated celebration?  How do you get from the account of Luke and the account of Matthew, how do you get from those accounts to what we have today?

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Merry Christmas from Esther Community Ministry

 

IN WAITING

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We’ve finally arrived at this wonderful season of promise … the night the Creator of the universe, the eternal God, put on our humanity entered our world. It was a night like every other night in Israel, with no fanfare, no celebration by anybody, a child was born. It was a night like any other night but it wasn’t a child like any other child. This child was the Lord Jesus Christ, God and man fused together in indivisible oneness. This birth was so monumental that it became the high point of history, the peak, the apex. All history before this birth is B.C., Before Christ. All history since is A.D., Anno Domini, Latin for “the year of our Lord.”The birth of God in human form is the most important event in all of history.

Merry Christmas From the Team at Esther Community Ministry, INC

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