Four Elements Important to New Life Church

Don’t Google!

Need to know something? Do you need wisdom? Do you need to know what to do? Do you have a question?
Don’t google, pray!
Ask God who gives wisdom liberally! (James 1:5)
Wait long enough in prayer and the Word, praying with the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:2) till you are quiet on the inside and can hear that “still small voice” of the Spirit within. That is why Jesus sent Him, to teach you ALL things, and guide you into ALL truth. (John 14:26; 16:23)
Learn to listen on the inside. Prayer is as much about listening as it is talking, maybe even more so if you want to be effective.
Suddenly wisdom will rise up from the inside. The knowledge of what God wants you to do will become clear to you. I call it my “knower” when I just know what to do, because the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. (Proverbs 20:27)
I always get better results with God than I do google, and I’m sure you will too!

Equip, Empower, Encourage

There are three things I see as a Pastor I must do.
Equip – that is arm those I shepherd with the necessary tools, knowledge and revelation they need to serve God successfully and find their place in the Body of Christ.

Empower — To release them and allow them to discover what God has called them to do. This also allows folks to see what works and what doesn’t. That means I desire to allow people the freedom to work and serve within the range of their gifting, desire, and leading. That also means that I must delegate some things to allow people to grow and flourish even failing sometimes. As a pastor I cannot be a micro-manager of peoples lives and callings. I have seen that happen in others but thank God I’ve always had great pastors who have allowed me to grow, saw gifting’s in me and allowed me to discover them and learn to flow in them. If I did miss it they would gently help nudge me back on the road. Equipping people is not enough, they must be released once equipped.

Encourage — as a pastor it is my privilege to encourage people in what God has called them to do. Not only within the confines of Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights, but in their daily lives. I always encourage God’s people to take out the gospel and know they are anointed for EVERYDAY! I always try to do my best to be an example of the believers.

As pastors I believe we need to see the gold in the people God sends our way. We are servants. We are to bring out the treasure that is hidden in that earthly vessel we teach, train and feed. It takes equipping (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It takes empowering and we need to release God’s people into the place of God’s calling. It takes encouraging them that they have what it takes and are “complete in Him” to fulfill God’s calling.

And I will add one more — we need to emulate the example of Christ before them. This is an ongoing progression because whether we like it or not each of us are still in the midst of our own sanctification and still followers also of Jesus Christ. We need to be able to say “Follow me AS I follow Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1)

Love someone

“…but you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.” 1 Thess. 4:9

Not only did Christ teach us what love is through the Cross but He also teaches us in specific situations how to walk in love towards each other. He also provided the love to love with. (Rom. 5:5)

Allow God to teach you how to love today. Someone needs God’s love in you! Start with your spouse, and your children. For if you can’t love those you live with how can you truly love others.

Are believers to judge?

Are Believers to Judge?

Seems like a simple answer doesn’t it?
Matthew 7:1-5 ““Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

And people usually quote this when they feel they are being criticized. Judging that condemns people is certainly wrong. But are we at all to make judgments concerning people?

A few verses later Jesus said “15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15-19

It would be impossible to do this without making a judgment.
Yes you make judgments everyday concerning what this person says or that person says, according to what this person does or how they treat someone else. You will even make a judgment about what you think I am saying in this post.
“Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing”
“You shall know them by their fruits”

Let me give you a hint “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:33-36
A person may be able to hide it for a while but eventually you will know how a person really thinks by what they say. That is the fruit of the heart. Do they hold grudges? it will show up in what they say.
Do they get angry easy — “a fool shows his annoyance at once…”?
How do they treat other people who may disagree with them? That will tell you much right there.

You have to make judgments as believers, but it must be righteous judgment that doesn’t condemn people. It is for your protection to have discernment. It’s all over the Bible. “This I pray that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve those things that are excellent and be sincere and without offence until the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10

1 Corinthians 2:15 “He that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”

Strong Meat / Solid Food

 

There comes a time in your Christian life when you are in need of solid food, and the milk of the Word won’t be sufficient for continued growth. (Milk is good for Newbies to grow [see 1 Peter 2:1-2]
To partake of solid food and then resort back to milk alone will result in a malnourished spirit.
Let us go on unto maturity.
Hebrews 5:12-14; 6:1-3

Bored with Church

“Bored with Church”

We all know that the church is made up of people; people who have character flaws, are in the middle of their sanctification and in the process of growing in grace.

This will not change till Christ catches away His church and we see Him face to face. (Yet we are counted as “the spirits of just men made perfect” Hebrews 12:23), yet we are also going on to perfection (Hebrews 6:1).

I would also think that people understand the church is not a building you go to, but the body of believers in Christ taken together. Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in Jesus Name there the church exists.

Yet so many are “bored” with church (this is actually a syndrome of today’s culture, people bored with church, bored with their career, bored with their marriage etc. etc.). Maybe there is a solid reason, maybe the group they are with fails to demonstrate the life, love, joy and power we are called to exhibit in Christ.

Or maybe its because of a lack of involvement in the body. This is what I am seeing, a lack of involvement in the “church”. Not the building, not the day and time, but in the body.
Listen being a part of the church is the greatest thing going! Getting involved where God calls you to get involved can be the most exciting and exhilarating thing in your life.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be the mundane everyday things in life, but even in those times of just being faithful if we do it unto the Lord, it can be so rewarding.

So I counsel you to find your place and get involved. Get into the game, and get off the bench. Jesus doesn’t have any bench, all are called to start. GET INVOLVED and boredom will lose its grip!

Doing Ministry

“Doing Ministry”
A lot of us have the idea that ministry entails the pastor, evangelist or some other type of pulpit ministry. That certainly is true, but that isn’t the full scope of what “doing ministry” is all about.

This is simply what ministry is: Serving God in the capacity He’s called you to, and serving people. Serving God and serving people can happen many different ways. You can serve God and people on your “job” just as much as the pastor serves God and people at their “job”.

You can “do ministry” by helping others wherever they are, at home, at the store, in the factory, in the field, waiting in line, a phone call, a visit, a good word, prayer, or in the office. Ministry isn’t only reserved for Sunday mornings, it can and should take place every day of the week.

It can literally takes place wherever “you” are helping others in the name of Christ.

You can “do ministry” in a full time capacity by starting where you are.

God is Able

God is Able:  Ephesians 3:20

To Deliver  (Daniel 3:17)

To Raise Up (Luke 3:8)

To Fulfill (Romans 4:21)

To Make All Grace Abound (2 Corinthians 9:8)

Subdue All Things (Philippians 3:21)

Guard The Souls Treasure (2 Timothy 1:12)

Save (Hebrews 7:25 and Philippians 1:6)

Heal (Matthew 9:28-29)

Keep You From Falling (Jude 24)

 

God is Faithful

Lamentations 3:21-23

1 Thessalonians 5:24

2 Thessalonians 3:3

Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 11:6

The way we think

If we are going to change our way we will have to change the way we think. Notice God tells us how to do that. Seek the Lord while He may be found. He will help us change the way we think and turn in a God direction.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord , And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord . “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:6-9 NKJV

6 Essentials for the Warrior

Some pointers from Ron Phillips on Training for Reigning, 6 essentials for the warrior

1. Get under authority – submission
2. Get on fire for the cause – passion
3. Be prepared for warfare – discipline
4. Believe you can win – vision
5. Know your weapons – power
6. Go to the next level – excellence