#EQUIPSA Session 6: Greig Garratt

Only God

1 Corinthians 3:1-11

  • Paul has a deep personal relationship with this Church
  • Acts 18 – a watershed in Paul’s life when he met this people
  • In Corinth they threw the Gospel back in his face so he moved into an area knowing why he had been called there and what God wanted him to do
  • When the Gospel is preached, Churches are planted
  • About 120 churches represented here today
Looking at being more effective by planting Churches
When I was 24, we planted a Church and poured everything we knew into this but I was burned out. I contacted Jim Larmont and i told him my story. I started walking with NCMI. They took us to a lead elders time and not one person asked us how big our church was. God said, “Your inheritance lies with these people”. Then they told us about the Bloem LTT. Dudley said, “The least of you will be 1000.” God spoke into my heart and put so much faith in me. He will give us the resources. God is for us in this endeavor.
1. Don’t make much of the personalities and the gifts that God uses as His servants
  • We cannot ‘make things happen’
  • We are different in function and we all sand the same
2. Each has an assigned task
  • The work is more important than the worker
  • No Christian is mature until they are effective
  • When fruit is mature it is useful. Even if fruit looks good but is not mature, it is useless
  • We have been given an assigned task
  • Our job is to help people find what their assigned task is
  • Spectators always become commentators
  • When each is faithful, we come to a maturity and we see the life of God flowing
3. Understand planting and watering
  • Two different skills
  • Don’t spring up overnight – not rent a crowd
  • Every church requires planting and watering
  • Planters: A mental, emotional and spiritual toughness. Back breaking. Done in the heat of the day. Often doesn’t feel that productive. Often not much fruit to be seen. Helps to be well tested. Stickability. Not often a dreamer. He is a worker. It takes preparation. Planters of what? Planters of the Word as God opens doors to us.
  • Waterers: Are essential for the survival and the health and the seed that will become fruit. They know where to get water. “From within you streams of living water will flow…” Our ministry should always be on the up. People should always feel refreshed around us. Majority are waterers. Planters need waterers to follow.
4. Only God is anything
  • We must make much of God
  • We relate to God, to each other, to creation
  • When people want to find God, they must come to us, not to CNA or the New Age section in bookshops
  • Life is a Person – Jesus
  • We need to make much of God
5. Each will be rewarded according to his labour
  • You’ve never seen a farmer looking for a harvest if he hasn’t planted seed
  • What are we supposed to be labouring at? Missional and Relational. From our first meeting we must be relational and missional.
  • It is to plant communities into communities to be the salt and the light
  • It starts with a willingness that says, “Only God can do this.”
  • A fresh exciting wave of church planting is coming over us
  • I had all the skills: I didn’t know how, where, what it’s about and never read a book about church planting
  • Great to talk about it until you do it
6. You are God’s field, God’s building
  • Field: The people of Corinth could look down on their fields and know that the purpose is to produce fruit
  • Growth is bearing fruit to become like Jesus by being with Jesus
  • It was religious people who persecuted Jesus. It was the world who wanted to be with Him
  • Minister to them from where they are at – the thought of coming to Church will freak them out
  • Building: that houses His Spirit and His glory
  • Ezekiel 47:5-12
  • A place where those who are hungry can find food, and the godless find God
  • House his presence (building) and feed the hungry (field)
7. By the grace God gave me
  • God has equipped all of us for something, all of us.
  • A divine enabling to work hard and resist ungodliness
  • Some questions I can ask: What are my tasks? What are my parameters? What should my diary look like? How will I equip myself for what God has called me to? Who am I bringing through?
8. Jesus, the foundation already laid
  • The foundation sets the tone for what the building is going to look like
  • John 11 – John tells us of when Lazarus died. We need a foundation of the love for people who are spiritually dead
  • Jesus was deeply moved. He was troubled. And Jesus wept.
  • Deeply moved: To snort like a horse, anger, resentment of sin
  • Troubled: Agitated, unsettling. We are not called to be ‘hip’. We need to own the burden of God
  • Wept: Burst into tears, spontaneously, felt with them. We are there to show them the way out. We are there to rescue people
I feel God is planting seeds in us over these days. And the seed he has planted, He wants to water.
What is God saying to you and I?
You will never walk alone.
Amen

#EQUIPSA Evangelism Workshop: Terry Kreuger

Personal Evangelism: Releasing a culture of evangelism in the Church

  • If we don’t see people saved, then we’re dead and gone. Who will come after us?
  • Two types of people who get nervous when it comes to evangelism; believers and un-believers
  • Every day is a day of grace to speak of Jesus’ love
  • The most effective tool for winning lost people is a trained, empowered, excited and enthusiastic priesthood
  • The church often reflects a rugby game: 30 guys on the field desperately needing a rest, and 30,000 people in the stands desperately needing exercise
  • “Do the work of an evangelist” (2 Timothy 4:5)
  • Within 8 years, most believers have no real connection and relationship with the lost
  • If we want to get involved in the community, get involved in the community! Don’t start a Christian photography club, “The happy snappers”. Get involved in a photography club
  • We have to keep our people so busy, that they don’t have time to sin!
  • More than 90% of Christians will NEVER lead someone to Christ
  • Two things that shape us: Our theology and language
A Theology for Sustained Evangelism
1. Must understand what the word of  God days about the lost (Luke 19:10)
The word ‘lost’ in scripture relates to dying, not just that they don’t know where they’re going.
Strong’s Definition: those living under the sentence of death; declaring that one must be out to death
  • This is not just the next best thing, or gimmick. This is how God describes the lost
  • The Bible denies “I am waiting
  • We wait for a stirring then we go. The Bible says, “Go and I will stir you!”
  • We have to see their lives, see their struggles, their battles
  • You have to say, “I am going to involved myself with sinners”

  1. 2. Must know what the word of God says about death


  • Physical (Heb 9:27)
  • Spiritual
  • Eternal death (finalization of spiritual death)
If you come to your physical death while you are spiritually dead, you remain separated from Christ.
God has continued to raise up deliver leaders and He is still looking for them today.
Story of Terry and his friend Grant who were rescued from the sea by a stranger, who went through great effort.
It is going to take great effort!
The story of Lenny Skutnik.
Why did you do it? Lenny said, “I could not bear to hear the screams of the wounded and dying.”
3. Must know what the word says about the resurrection. (Heb 9:27)
  • Christ is the pattern and the proof of the resurrection
  • Our bodies, physically will be before God
  • Those who don’t know Christ are thrown into the lake of fire, in their physical bodies
  • I had religious education at school, grew up in South Africa where most people have at least heard of Jesus but it was only when I went to India, that God really gripped my heart for the lost
  • We need to teach our people about the lost, then we don’t have to motivate them to bring their lost friends to Church. They will do it on their own
Practical Handles:
1. God is a story teller.
  • If you or I wrote the Bible, it would be a book of lists. Do this and don’t do that. We are in danger of reducing God to a formula. There are no “7 steps to a happy marriage”.
  • God is not a God of lists or formulas. He is relational. He wants His story to be told through our story. In our struggles, the Lord has been with us and people need to hear this.
  • The lost need to hear our testimonies. I have even used my boy’s name which is Blue to reach the lost. God will use anything we give to Him! God wants our story out.
  • Our story is not the Gospel, but my story can build a bridge, open a door to a place where I can share the Gospel with somebody. The Good News is still good news!
2.  A quick Gospel presentation
  • God: an individual has value because God has given it to him. It is in every single man, even though it’s distorted. He still has a father in Heaven even though he may be ‘eating with the pigs’ like the prodigal son.
  • Man: all men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.
  • Jesus: Went to the cross for our imperfection. God took our sin and threw it as far as the East is from the West. North to South is measurable. East to West is immeasurable. I want my sin an immeasurable distance from me. And he chooses to remember it no more. God has got a divine ‘forgettery’. He CHOOSES to remember it no more. This is Good News! It is covenantal language, not contractual. “Father forgive them!” Covenant is “if you never, I will”.
  • Response: God calls men everywhere to respond, to acknowledge the sacrifice of Jesus and their Lord and Saviour
Greek word in Luke 19:10 for salvation, same word as the issue of the woman with blood, he proclaims over her, “Your faith has made you WHOLE”. Saved and whole is the same word. Greek: Sozo: which means saved, healed, delivered.
Historians have rated Paul as one of the top 10 minds in history. If anyone could come with wise and persuasive words it would have been Paul. If you can talk them into it, they can be talked out of it. When someone gets saved, we can trust for healing, deliverance, salvation. All three!
“Preach the gospel, by the Holy Spirit sent down from Heaven.”
Amen

#EQUIPSA Session 5: Ashley Bell, Mike Hanchett and Tyrone Daniel

Introductory points: (Ashley Bell)

  • Asking God, “What does our future look like?”
  • We are going somewhere. The promises of God define our future
  • Let’s remind ourselves of what God has been saying over the years, and the last few days
  • By His grace and mercy God has chosen to partner with imperfect people
  • We cannot assume that everyone knows our history, our values. These need to be massaged and re-taught
Ashley Bell, Mike Hanchett & Tyrone Daniel:
QUESTION & ANSWERS:
  • Go beyond the normal, moderation
  • What we are part of will not become an institution
How important is it that we don’t become an institution?
  • Tyrone: We have fought many battles not to become an denomination or institution. We’ve been called one. We don’t fight them but God has not called us to be one. NCMI is simply a Church. There are no NCMI churches. Have to stay true to what God has called us to. Churches relate to the TEAM not to NCMI. Relational.
How important is it to you, that we be a people mindful and need the Holy Spirit?
  • Mike: If Jesus needed the presence of the HS, how much more do we need Him? Look at Jesus’ relationship to the HS in Luke 3-4. What has begun in the HS, don’t let it end in the flesh. Jesus moved through the power of the Holy Spirit. Look at Paul: His encounter was by the HS. Talks about the 3rd heaven, paradise. God speaking to him inexplicable things; speaking in tongues. We are just scratching the surface. We need His Spirit to fulfill the task.
How do we Equip people to disciple?
  • Mike: Jesus’ ministry was very prophetic. Many times He was called a Prophet. He is the head, we are His body. We are called to be prophetic. We need the prophetic mantle to accomplish all that God wants us to. What made Abraham a prophet? He heard God and he did what God called Him to do. Just obey the Father.
How do you see challenge and sacrifice impacting us?
  • Tyrone: The great commission is what Jesus left us to do. If we see this, we will be willing to go wherever! I believe some may die for the Gospel. What about the regions nobody has gone to? Fear. Mission will not get us there. Jesus will. We must not forget about the King of this great commission. God said that we will send people to regions where they’ll never come back from. God needs to send you, not us, not NCMI. God. The great commission is not our brand. We are gripped by Jesus, the King of the great commission. Stop inventing the Church. God invented the Church. We’ve messed it up, not Him. We need intervention, not invention. We cannot reach the new regions in old ways.
How do you see the office of the Prophet working in our future?
  • Mike: They put on their pants one leg at a time just like you. Ephesians 2:20. Paul declared that the prophets are the scum of the Earth. People have elevated the prophet. We need to lead and display the fullness of all God has for His people. We will see prophetic people going together breaking open nations.
The role of the Apostle?
  • Tyrone: Many of us are trying to be someone God hasn’t called us to be. It was Jesus who gave SOME to be Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. NCMI are not an apostolic prophetic team. We have an apostolic prophetic heart. An Ephesians 4 type heart. We want humility in the Church. (Ephesians 4:11-13) Foundation is Jesus and the Kingdom. Every office centered around the King. God calls the foolish, the unwise. He calls those who will not take the glory, pointing people to Jesus. They are Christ centered gifts. Christ exalting gifts.
  • Mike: We have to be anchored and grounded in Jesus. We have not seen the magnitude of what God wants to do. We cannot be caught up by the flash of these things. Jesus must be our focus.
Where does or should Jesus ‘fit in’ our desire to be a conquering Church?
  • Tyrone: Jesus has to be the central theme and focus to EVERYTHING we do! Releasing leaders, church planting, all centered around Jesus. Angels right now are worshipping Jesus. The elders are worshipping Jesus. Worship centered around Jesus. The Father exalted Him and so should we. Matthew 16 – Who do people say that I am? First we see who Jesus is, then we see who we are. Don’t tag Jesus on in your meetings. Everything. Focus on Jesus in your worship.
There is a tendency today to borrow someone else’s revelation. How does the Church look at revealed knowledge of God?
  • Mike: He wants to do it ALL the time. There is such a lack of preparation. We sit at His feet and He reveals His heart, His mind to us. God either speaks or reveals before people can respond. In God’s presence He heals, refreshes, heals, binds up the broken… Moses said he wouldn’t go anywhere if God didn’t go with him. God is everywhere but when we come together, we ask, “God, manifest your presence here!” If we see God working, then go there.
How different today should we be doing things today?
  • Tyrone: Difference between ancient truths and ancient ways. God wants to take the old truths and make them new. Old truths and bring them into our future. At times we’ve let go of ancient truths and have nothing left to hold onto. South Africans cannot embrace and American culture. We have to embrace a Kingdom culture. I will not tell you how to do things where you are in different places. Take ancient truths and apply them to your context. We stick to the Word of God and not to some manual. God is not done with older people. Don’t step back, step aside for the newer generation. We have to in God learnt to celebrate the skinny jeans, mohawk generation… Embrace how God has made them. Be who God has called you to be. Business people are plan A in God’s plan. Church planting is taking a whole new role in the Kingdom.
Amen

#EQUIPSA Session 4: Bruce Benge (from New Zealand)

Are you thirsty?

Isaiah 55

  • In our busyness, are you thirsty? And are we thirsty for the right things?
  • Abiding in the Vine is where life is
  • Before God calls us to anything else, He calls us to Himself
  • Before anything and everything else, are you thirsty?
  • God is speaking His prophetic promises, these promises to us today
  • God is reminding us things that are in our history; the call to the nations. Are you thirsty?
  • Drawing in the wellspring of life, Jesus
  • The vision will only carry us for so long…
  • God wants to massage this truth into the hearts of some of you. You’ve been working and running hard
  • Proverbs 29:18 – talking about an ongoing redemptive revelation DAILY
  • God is wanting to break out His
  • 1 Corinthians 10 – Paul talking about walking into the promised land and mentions the rock they drew water from on a daily basis…
  • Jeremiah 2:13 – So often we are digging wells that don’t satisfy, and God is saying “COme to Me!”
  • We don’t need more manuals. We need Emmanuel – God with us
  • God can meet us in the corporate, but He wants to meet us in the private
  • Get before God again, get refreshed and filled
  • We are in a new day friends
  • I am excited about the future of our nation, not only our past
  • Drink in the Word, drink it in, drink it
Amen

#EQUIPSA Session 3: Grant Crawford

Born Again to Live

  • Sometimes our or people’s view of the Church can obscure their view of God
  • Religion is man’s attempt to reach God. But Christianity is about God reaching out to you
  • The difference about our faith is that God comes looking for you
  • God sends His Word after you. Through a Sunday school teacher, even TBN, preaching, Scripture and when it comes it brings life.
  • Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the Word
  • As you put your trust in Him, His Spirit comes upon your spirit and you become a new creation
  • You don’t have a step ladder of rules to climb and God enables you to change
  • The Greek word for disciple means “Going on a journey”
  • Galatians 4:19

Ephesians 2:10

  • You have been born again to live, and be alive and to walk into everything He has for you
  • Just because God has promised something in your life, it doesn’t means you’ll walk into it
Book of Judges 
  • Written by Samuel in 1050BC in the time of David and Saul
  • Between Joshua’s leadership in the promised land and the advent of Saul
  • God steps out of the way and hands them over to the Amalekites (their enemies) because He loved them, wanting them to turn back to Him in repentance
  • Jesus tells the story of the prodigal son. God doesn’t go running after him but waits for his return. What was required that the son would comes to his sense. If the father had run after him in the pig sty, given him a duvet and some McDonalds, he would not have returned home
  • God raises up these Judges and they rescue Israel
  • It is a picture of another Saviour coming, and not just for 80 years but for eternity
  • Ehud doesn’t only speak of Jesus, but speaks of you and I
  • God specializes in using un-qualified people. We use excuses like, I’m shy, I can’t speak, I’m nervous, I stutter… Some of these Judges had some serious pain and affliction and yet God uses them
  • God will use you in His rescue mission. God is thundering from heaven, “I’ve picked you!”
Some things about Ehud
  1. He had attitude. YOUR ATTITUDE WILL SHAPE YOUR INHERITANCE. Your authority is your position in Jesus not your ability. A confidence in the most High. You don;t want to be a victim of your own attitude. Attitude will triumph over ability. Our attitude should be like Christ’s (Philippians 2:5). I am convinced that God turns ALL things for the good of those who love Him. If you get a bad attitude along the way
  2. LET GOD’S WORD DEFINE YOUR INHERITANCE. We’re very quick to define out own destiny, our own steps. If you want to lead, serve. Live? Die. First? Last… Most prosperity preachers preach Psalm 37:4. But what it means is that God will put His desires in your heart. You start to desire what Jesus does. God wants to bless you but it is so you can be a blessing.
  3. GOD INTENDED US TO WORK LIKE HE DID. Works don’t save you but you’ve been created for works. Proverbs 31. Success doesn’t come accidentally. We have to work like Jesus. John 5:17 “My father is ALWAYS at work”. Invest in what God has called you to; homegroup, marriage, serving, leading
  4. LIVE WITH MARGIN. Leviticus 19:9. Distance between your capacity and your present reality. Margin in time, energy, emotional tank, finances. If you don’t have margin (like a shock absorber), you will lose it over small things. Your decisions should have a theological basis to them. Theology shape values. Values reflect priorities. Priorities should reflect your Diary. Also, understand your personal energy. No-one can run at 100% all day. Most people have spikes of energy, perhaps 4 in a day. Some of you are saying, “Nah, i don’t have any spikes!”. Do the priority stuff when you’re awake. At low times, I paddle a canoe.
  5. KNOW THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO INHERIT. Galatians 3. God is happy. If He was in a bad mood, you’d be dead! God is abounding in love and slow to anger… He’s not some troll in Heaven waiting to sweep us all to hell. There is a literal hell and judgement but because of His love, we exist today. You don’t have to twist God’s arm to bless you. My son doesn’t have to twist my arm to play with him. He knows that I will. He presumes on my love.
Amen

#EQUIPSA Prophetic Workshop: Mike Hanchett

The Prophetic

  • Jesus is our prophetic model
  • 1 Cor 14:31
  • The prophetic is like a canopy
  • Jesus lived and did only what He heard His Father saying
John 4 (The woman at the well)
  • Often when a prophecy is declared it reveals the past, but Jesus also speaks of the future to come
  • When God’s people operate in the prophetic, things take place and evangelism begins to happen
  • I was recently in Paris, and was asked to prophesy over someone. In the OT they would often go to the seer. Tell them if God speaks something I’ll share it. We sat in the living room. I see a picture of the man going to the Catholic priest. I said “You’re looking for God but in al the wrong places… You have been here and you have been there..” God told me to tell him his business is going to so succeed that he can’t deny that I am true. he will see my goodness and will respond. He ends up asking me to come back to minister to his friends and family.
  • God can open doors through the prophetic!
  • Cities and people can be reached through the prophetic
John 9 (Jesus heals a blind man on the Sabbath)
  • We often believe that if we keep all the rules and do everyhting right, things will go well for us
  • How long did Abraham live with a prophetic promise but didn’t see it? We write prophetic words off if we don’t see them come to pass in a few days
  • Jesus heals this blind man and the Pharisees challenge Jesus because He violated the Sabbath. Even they saw Him as a prophet
  • The prophetic realm releases the supernatural, signs and wonders and healing
Luke 7:16 (Jesus heals a young boy who was dead)
  • The people declare a great Prophet was in the land
  • The prophetic is SO much more than speaking of things to come. It involves healing, evangelism to name a few
  • All we are are facilitators
  • Simply finding the good of what God desires into the lives of others
1 Samuel 9-10 (Saul was declaring his inefficiency)
  • We need to see ourselves differently: that God can and wants to use us to impact the lives of others
  • We realize that in the natural we can’t do anything
  • God, open our eyes that we can see what You are doing! There is so much more happening that what we can see
  • Trance is often related to the ‘occult’ but isn’t that how God spoke to Peter?
  • John 2: after the miracle His glory was revealed!
  • We need to begin to move out and release the prophetic through the Church, to reach the nations
How do we do this?
  • Revelation
  • Interpretation
  • Application
  • Timing
  • Most immature people try work all 4 things out but that’s why together, we can work these things out
  • Daniel went with his brothers to seek an interpretation for Nebuchadnezzar
  • We need consultation with each other
A practical illustration:
  • Tony may be praying for a wife
  • A prophetic guy says “Tony, God is bringing you a companion”.
  • Now Tony’s checking out all the ladies at Church because he’s interpreted it out of his emotions
Some points:
  • Often the prophetic was esteemed itself higher than the people
  • God is calling ALL His people to be prophetic but God also calls us to be accountable
  • People don’t remember what you’ve got right, they remember what you got wrong
  • Accountability brings protection
  • It says “Let 2 or 3 prophets speak”
  • But then goes on tot say that everyone can prophesy!
  • He (the sinner) will see by your passion and love for Jesus that he falls short
  • He will judge himself realizing that he falls short of what these people have
  • He will fall down and say, “God is really among you.”
  • We will being to see incredible things taking place
  • From day one, we try and communicate with our children
  • They we teach them to communicate with their parent
  • How much more does God want to speak to His children
  • We’ve elevated the fact that God speaks to us. That it’s beyond our reach. That we’re not worthy on holy enough
  • James 4:7 (submit to God)
  • We need to submit ourselves to God and ask Him to reveal Himself to us
  • We need to teach our people, ourselves to hear from God. It’s SO simple! but we’ve complicated it
How does God speak?
  • A still small voice
  • Angels (even Jesus needed angels to minster to Him) Hebrews 1:14 and Matthew 26:53
  • Creation
  • Scriptures
  • Tongues and interpretation
  • Impressions
  • Prophetic actions (we let the details detract from what God is saying)
  • Signs and wonders
  • Circumstances
  • Dance
  • Songs
  • Prophetic pain in others (sometimes manifested in our own bodies)
  • People should see our progress in the prophetic
  • The Holy Spirit doesn’t need to get better
Practical thoughts:
  • Prophesy to your day as you wake up in the morning. “What do you want to do and say today Lord?” Then at the end of the day, reflect. The best thing is that if you get it wrong, nobody knows!
  • God WANTS to communicate to us. He doesn’t want to hide things from us. No Father would not want to speak to his children
  • Just as there are many different languages in the World, begin to operate in the different way God speaks to you
  • Practise words of knowledge. A good place would be a restaurant because you can get their name as a starting point. Before you go, ask God “Who do you want me to speak to today?”
  • When you ask God for something, also ask Him what its for. No use just saying to someone, “Your name is Mary”. But ask why did God tell you her name? What do you want me to say to her God?
  • Proverbs 25:11. A right word at the right time.
  • Don;t allow someone to use the prophetic to substantiate what they believe. It needs to be submitted to the Elders. Prophetic words should bring comfort
  • Ask yourself, “Would I want to receive this word?”
  • Don’t use King James English
  • Your tone is important. Keep it simple
  • Only time Jesus raided His voice was when he was driving out the money-changers
  • Motivation must always be love
  • 1 Corinthians 14:26
  • Phrases like :Thus sayeth the Lord” are not necessary
  • High percentage of prophetic words always negative? They have some sort of personal problem
  • Jonah had a prophetic word but he didn’t want to deliver it
  • God wants us to be consumed with Him
Amen

#EQUIPSA Session 2: Ron Larson

I am a Jesus Freak
  • I used to focus on healing, now I focus on Jesus the Healer
  • I used to be focused on nations, but now I focus on Jesus, the King of the Nations
  • The more I know, the less I really know
  • Everything comes by revelation, “Who do you say I am?”
  • We cannot see or know anything but by revelation by Jesus Christ
  • More than information will happen today. That you would have a download from Heaven
  • Many of us are off-kilter, but God wants to re-align us, tune us back in line so we can ‘perform’ as God wants us to
  • The Spirit’s ‘job’, is to bring attention, affection and devotion to Jesus
  • It is CHRIST-ianity, not something-else-ianity
  • Stop looking for the latest thing out there
  • There has only been one direction and one movement and that is the Jesus movement
  • The Gospel of John is Jesus, as the Giver of Life
  • When Jesus turned water in wine, He took something that was stagnant, stale and almost boring and bland and transformed it into something that is fresh, bubbly,
  • John 20:31
  • When I was young I was a total Jesus Freak. I had long hair, I was crazy for Jesus. I didn’t care and I thought everyone needed to know who Jesus was
  • I want to know where History is heading. I’m not concerned about the antichrist, pre-millenialism, etc. I want to be focused on Jesus
  • When you see the future, we re-align ourselves now so we can prepare for that
  • All of our future is about the fullness of Jesus Christ revealed through His Church
  • If we could just see with our eyes, we would see that Jesus is really here right now
  • Everything of Christ is already present and revealed in this room
  • We do not see because we do not see with spiritual eyes
  • We have to have these three: Christ, His Community, and His Cause
  • I long to see the girly body of Jesus (the Church) become a buffed, ripped mean lean muscular body
  • Begin to pray for a revelation of the gifts that reside in each other
  • Paul, the most thoroughly equipped man to reach the Jews, Jesus sends him to the Gentiles!
  • To look with un-divied attention at Jesus. To look away from everything else and turn and look to Jesus. Locking your eyes on one thing and shutting out everything else
  • Time to shut out everything else and look to Jesus
  • What you focus on in your life determines your destination
  • Distractions is what killing us in the Churches
  • Let’s get back to business of being Jesus Freaks
  • A mouth piece that cannot be contained
  • The enemy’s primary on goal is to distract you from Jesus Christ
  • There were many other ‘prophets’ that came into the early Church who were better educated, more dynamic than Paul and they would distract the Church from the truth of the Gospel. Then Paul would have to come in a correct their falsehood
  • The new way of connecting to Jesus is in His blood
  • Everything that God is building in our ministries is about Jesus Christ
  • He has already paid for it all. You don’t pay for it. You don’t have to jump through hoops, pray enough, fast enough. Jesus paid upfront for you and all we do is simply ask
  • We receive by faith, then it’s made active and powerful through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • If we mix law and works, we pollute the pond
  • Most of us have adopted a law-grace mix in our Churches
  • We have disciplines not to get FROM God but because we respond to His love for me. I want to serve Him!
  • Many of us are fighting because we are not living in the New Covenant (grace, faith, power of the Spirit)
  • I we want to see more love and life in our Church, we need to focus on Jesus
  • Eve was seduced by a clever argument. And the enemy does the same today
  • The devil’s work in the Church is about leading us astray from the simplicity of the Gospel and of Jesus Christ
  • We cannot let our eyes and hearts wander
  • Jesus lives in me, a Ron suit!
  • Our presence is the invasion of the King
  • Old Kings would setup little statues of themselves in cities that they want to invade and possess
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is invading the Earth! in you and I
  • Look out Hell, get out of the way because God’s redemption is on the way
Some distractions that the enemy uses
  • Worries and pressure of life (Mark 4:19) Many times it’s our very own families (Luke 8:19-21) and (1 Peter 4:8) We are in love automatically. Love blinds us! We cannot be so fixed on what we are not. It’s about the perfect performance of Jesus. He got straight A’s and He has given that ‘certificate’ to you. When God looks at us, he sees the beauty and perfection of His Son. Illustration: I went to lake Taho for the Summer with my lilly white skin. After 3 days I looked like a lobster, but then a few days later my skin turned beautifully brown! We need to turn to the Son so we can be transformed.
  • Flaws and imperfections of others
  • Mis-focused attention the enemy and his attack. Stop letting his attack from getting you focused on his attack. Let his attack focus you on Jesus. The armour of God is all about putting on Jesus. And He will beat him up for you! It’s time to ignore the devil and get on the the Commission
  • Other good Christian truths and pursuits. Healing, deliverance, para-church organisations, conferences.
  • Studying the Bible. The objective is connecting with Jesus not just getting to know the Bible better,
  • Your performance and imperfections. (Galatians 2:20) The encouragement of Scripture is to keep our eyes on Jesus.
Amen