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Small Group Can Reach People for #Jesus #TheBLOODStillWorks #Christians

18 Sep

“Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. When they couldn’t find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. Impressed by their bold belief, he said, ‘Friend, I forgive your sins.’”(Luke 5:18-20, Msg)

Do you remember the story of the paralytic in Luke 5 – where four men broke through the roof of a synagogue to lower their friend to Jesus? Sometimes it takes something that radical to lead someone to Jesus!

And sometimes it just takes the caring, consistent love of a small group of Christians. How can the small groups in your church become the effective evangelism tools that God wants them to become?

Your church’s small groups must care about people who don’t know Jesus
The reason God used the four friends in Luke 5 is because they cared for the paralytic. Just like those four, the evangelistic mission of your small groups need to start with love. The number one reason Christians don’t share Christ with others is that they are too preoccupied with themselves.

Before you can care about others, you must become aware of them. Once a small group becomes aware of those who don’t have a relationship with Christ, they should start praying for them.

Your church’s small groups should pray for three things:

  • an opportunity to share your faith in a non-threatening way
  • for God to soften their hearts
  • for God to soften the hearts of those in the small group

Your church’s small groups must believe God can reach the person
No one is hopeless. When the four friends looked at the paralytic’s condition, they could have responded in doubt: What could Jesus do? Instead, they believed God could heal him – they had faith. The Bible said the paralytic’s sins were forgiven when Jesus saw the faith of the four friends.

There are people paralyzed in our world who aren’t necessarily physically paralyzed but who have a paralyzed faith. Whether they’re paralyzed by doubts, loneliness, fear or anything else, the result is the same – they need the faith of others.

In a sense, they don’t have enough faith to believe, so the faith of your small groups is going to have to bring them to Jesus.

http://pastors.com/7-ways-a-small-group-can-reach-people-for-jesus/?mc_cid=6d9737006f&mc_eid=255598831e

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A Prophetic Moment from Bishop Leonard Gibbs Jr

6 Nov The Church - Peace

“It’s Not A Tragedy It’s A Transition”

  Archbishop Designate +Leonard Gibbs Jr.

(Mark 5:41 KJV)

 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. 

– The Lord is transitioning you from one state style or form to another

– It is movement from where you are to where you are going

– Most transitions look like tragedies

– In order for somebody else to be you have to become

– The Lord has you in this process of killing your flesh until our spirit says yes

– Your yes needs to be solid

– There are some people who are too anointed to be broken or drowned

– Your enemies recognize your God before you do

– Before God can give you a new miracle he has to fix old mess

– Sometimes God allows you to go through so God can show how much power you  have

The Church Universal - God Is Love

 

3 things god is going to deliver us from

  1. FROM THE CROWD

    1. stop frustrating yourself over a season and people you are getting ready to leave
    2. if you expect elevation watch your association
  2. FROM THE CRITICS

    – in this season you are not discovering who you are, you are recovering who you are

  3. FROM THE CIRCUMSTANCES

 

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it

 

– The Rock is the revelation of the coming king

 

– The Lord building and rebuilding to establish a make fire-proof

 

– The Church made hell move to a gated community

“It’s Not A Tragedy It’s A Transition”

Notes from a Prophetic Moment with:

  Archbishop Designate +Leonard Gibbs Jr.

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Impact Fellowship International

 

MISSION of The Church Universal

28 Sep MISSION of The Church Universal

MISSION

THE CHURCH UNIVERSAL

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Mission

  • an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel 
  • a group of people sent on a mission
  • an organization or institution involved in a long-term assignment in a foreign country
  • an operation carried out by military aircraft
  • the vocation or calling of a religious organization
  • a building or group of buildings used by a Christian mission.
  • a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling
  • Synonyms
    • assignment, commission, expedition, journey, trip, undertaking, operation; task, job, labor, work, duty, charge, trust, vocation, calling, goal, aim, quest,purpose, function, life’s work, delegation, deputation, commission,legation, sortie, operation, raid.

Strategically positioned for a Mission:

Operation: ONE UNITED KINGDOM 

(Matthew 16:18-19 AMP)
And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros –a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra –a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. 
THE MISSION: 
To Establish Embassies, and Ancient Faith Cathedrals for The Church Universal – “Church Without Walls”, utilizing all of the resources and influence at our disposal.
THE VISION: 
To MANIFEST THE PROMISES OF GOD and THE VISION of The Holy Apostles and our Apostolic Fathers, to build THE CHURCH of MEGA RELEVANCE, according to the Ancient Faith  prophetic plan, and “Powerfully Predestined” vision given to, and shared with us, by our Apostolic Fathers’, to POSSESS for The Lord, and build GLOBAL MEGA CHURCH CITIES.
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Nehemiah 2:1-20 (AMP)
1 IN THE month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad before in his presence.
2 So the king said to me, Why do you look sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart. Then I was very much afraid
3 And said to the king, Let the king live forever! Why should I not be sad faced when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchers, lies waste, and its [fortified] gates are consumed by fire?
4 The king said to me, For what do you ask? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said to [him], If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you will send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ sepulchers, that I may rebuild it.
6 The king, beside whom the queen was sitting, asked me, How long will your journey take, and when will you return? So it pleased [him] to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Also I said to the king, If it pleases the king, let letters be given me for the governors beyond the [Euphrates] River, that they may let me pass through to Judah,
8 And a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest or park, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple and for the city wall and for the house that I shall occupy. And the king granted what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.
9 Then I came to the governors beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard this, it distressed them exceedingly that a man had come to inquire for and require the good and prosperity of the Israelites.
11 So I came to Jerusalem and had been there three days.

MISSION of The Church Universal
12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. And I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. No beast was with me except the one I rode.
13 I went out by night by the Valley Gate toward the Dragon’s Well and to the Dung Gate and inspected the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire.
14 I passed over to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but there was no place for the beast that was under me to pass.
15 So [gradually] I went up by the brook [Kidron] in the night and inspected the wall; then I turned back and entered [the city] by the Valley Gate, and so returned.
16 And the magistrates knew not where I went or what I did; nor had I yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the rest who did the work.
17 Then I said to them, You see the bad situation we are in—how Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates are burned with fire. Come, let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a disgrace.
18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was upon me for good, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, Let us rise up and build! So they strengthened their hands for the good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed us to scorn and despised us and said, What is this thing you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?
20 I answered them, The God of heaven will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or memorial in Jerusalem. 

#TheChurch “Know The Reliability of what you have been taught!”

29 Aug The Church Reliability

The Church Reliability

So many others have tried their hand at putting together a story of the wonderful harvest of Scripture and history that took place among us, using reports handed down by the original eyewitnesses who served this Word with their very lives. Since I have investigated all the reports in close detail, starting from the story’s beginning, I decided to write it all out for you, most honorable Theophilus, so you can know beyond the shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you were taught.
(‭Luke‬ ‭1‬:‭1-4‬ MSG)

#Operation1UnitedKingdom #THECHURCH
Heaven’s UNIVERSAL #KINGDOM of #JESUS Christ on Earth
“There Is An Army Rising Up!” @KINGDOMWINS

The #AncientFaith – “A RESURGENCE of RELEVANCE!”
We will FIGHT and we will #WIN in the name of JESUS Our King!

 ++ Joshua Paul – Metropolitan & Patriarchal Coadjutor

Promised Land Ministries “The Christian Church UNITED”
3rd Provincial Metropolis – Holy Communion Of Churches
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#TheChurch “For Every 12 Associates, There Is 1 Assigned Judas”

27 Aug The Church Mandate

So they left the mountain called Olives and returned to Jerusalem. It was a little over half a mile. They went to the upper room they had been using as a meeting place: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas, son of James.

They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included. Also Jesus’ mother, Mary, and his brothers. During this time, Peter stood up in the company—there were about 120 of them in the room at the time—and said, “Friends, long ago the Holy Spirit spoke through David regarding Judas, who became the guide to those who arrested Jesus. That Scripture had to be fulfilled, and now has been. Judas was one of us and had his assigned place in this ministry.

“As you know, he took the evil bribe money and bought a small farm. There he came to a bad end, rupturing his belly and spilling his guts. Everybody in Jerusalem knows this by now; they call the place Murder Meadow. It’s exactly what we find written in the Psalms: Let his farm become haunted So no one can ever live there. “And also what was written later: Let someone else take over his post.

“Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.” (‭Acts‬ ‭1‬:‭12-22‬ MSG)

Operation: #1UnitedKingdom

#THECHURCH – Heaven’s UNIVERSAL #KINGDOM of #JESUS Christ on Earth
“There Is An Army Rising Up!” @KINGDOMWINS
The #AncientFaith – “A RESURGENCE of RELEVANCE!”
We will FIGHT and we will #WIN in the name of JESUS Our King!

++ Joshua Paul – Metropolitan & Patriarchal Coadjutor
Promised Land Ministries “The Christian Church UNITED”
3rd Provincial Metropolis – Holy Communion Of Churches
http://www.PLMUSA.org

Strategic Thoughts for Today shared by ++Joshua Paul

20 Mar Strategic Spiritual Warfare

Many Of Us Are Plagued By A Malaise Deep Within Our Soul


Beneath the surface of our lives there lurks a subliminal sense of disquiet… a despondency; perhaps a lingering struggle with depression… even to the point of despair.

Strategic Spiritual Warfare

Let me suggest four reasons as to why:

1. Primal Wounds of the Heart

Most of us enter adult life deeply wounded. So unless and until we assume responsibility for the past, and allow Jesus the Healer to bind up our wounds, thereby giving us the grace to forgive, forget, and move beyond the past, we will continue on as spiritual and emotional cripples.

Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal. (Job 5:17, 18)

2. Cynicism of the Mind

Secretly, many of us live in two worlds. Intellectually we believe the Word of God to be true. However, when Jesus calls us to steps of faith demanding vulnerability, we often respond with, “I cant, or “I wont. And by our refusal, we demonstrate our spiritual cynicism that God really cannot be trusted.

But my righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:38)

3. Paralysis of the Will

Many of us choose to continue to be victimized by our past, our circumstances, and our fears. Our motto is “I cant help it, or “I cant do it. So the freedom, the joy, and the victory available to us in Christ remain a distant illusion that recedes with each passing day.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

4. Overcrowding of the Soul

We are exposed to too much noise, activity, information, and pressure. Too little time is taken for meditation, rest, contemplation and prayer. So the jostling encountered by today’s typical urban professional is usually unkind to the inner life of the soul.

And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17)

The enemy’s objective, to “steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) the abundant life of Christ within us, is being realized if we fail to address these critical areas of life. Ultimately, the choice is ours.

 Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.

We will FIGHT and we will WIN in the name of JESUS Our King!

++ Joshua Paul

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Watch The Wicked Lose It!

19 Feb Church Holy Eucharist Ancient Faith

WAITING ON GOD – DAY 12 – ++Joshua Paul

Psalm 37:34 (MSG) 34  Wait passionately for GOD, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it.

Psalm 37:23-34 (KJV) 23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. 27  Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. 28  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. 29  The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. 30  The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. 31  The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. 32  The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him. 33  The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. 34  Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

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PROMISED LAND MINISTRIES – “THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH UNITED” 

If we desire to find a man whom we long to meet, we inquire where the places and the ways are where he is to be found. When Waiting on God, we need to be very careful that we keep His ways; out of these we never can expect to find Him. “Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness; those that remember Thee in Thy ways.”We may be sure that God is never and nowhere to be found but in His ways. And that there, by the soul who seeks and patiently waits, He is always most surely to be found. “Wait on the Lord, and keep His ways, and He shall exalt thee.”

How close the connection between the two parts of the injunction, “Wait on the Lord,”—that has to do with worship and disposition; “and keep His ways,”—that deals with walk and work. The outer life must be in harmony with the inner; the inner must be the inspiration and the strength for the outer. It is our God who has made known His ways in His Word for our conduct, and invites our confidence for His grace and help in our heart. If we do not keep His ways, our waiting on Him can bring no blessing. The surrender to full obedience to all His will is the secret of full access to all the blessings of His fellowship.

Notice how strongly this comes out in the psalm. It speaks of the evildoer who prospereth in his way, and calls on the believer not to fret himself. When we see men around us prosperous and happy while they forsake God’s ways, and ourselves left in difficulty or suffering, we are in danger of first fretting at what appears so strange, and then gradually yielding to seek our prosperity in their path. The psalm says, “Fret not thyself; trust in the Lord, and do good. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Depart from evil, and do good; the Lord forsaketh not His saints. The righteous shall inherit the land. The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” “And then follows—the word occurs for the third time in the psalm—”Wait on the Lord, and keep His way.” Do what God asks you to do; God will do more than you can ask Him to do.

And let no one give way to the fear: I cannot keep His way; it is this robs one of every confidence. It is true you have not the strength yet to keep all His ways. But keep carefully those for which you have received strength already. Surrender yourself willingly and trustingly to keep all God’s ways, in the strength which will come in waiting on Him. Give up your whole being to God without reserve and without doubt; He will prove Himself God to you, and work in you that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ. Keep His ways, as you know them in the Word. Keep His ways, as nature teaches them, in always doing what appears right. Keep His ways, as Providence points them out. Keep His ways, as the Holy Spirit suggests. Do not think of Waiting on God while you say you are not willing to work in His path. However weak you feel, only be willing, and He who has worked to will, will work to do by His power.

Waiting on God by Andrew Murray

Church Holy Eucharist Ancient Faith

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Psalm 37:23-34 (MSG) 23  Stalwart walks in step with GOD; his path blazed by GOD, he’s happy. 24  If he stumbles, he’s not down for long; GOD has a grip on his hand. 25  I once was young, now I’m a graybeard— not once have I seen an abandoned believer, or his kids out roaming the streets. 26  Every day he’s out giving and lending, his children making him proud. 27  Turn your back on evil, work for the good and don’t quit. 28  GOD loves this kind of thing, never turns away from his friends. Live this way and you’ve got it made, but bad eggs will be tossed out. 29  The good get planted on good land and put down healthy roots. 30  Righteous chews on wisdom like a dog on a bone, rolls virtue around on his tongue. 31  His heart pumps God’s Word like blood through his veins; his feet are as sure as a cat’s. 32  Wicked sets a watch for Righteous, he’s out for the kill. 33  GOD, alert, is also on watch— Wicked won’t hurt a hair of his head. 34  Wait passionately for GOD, don’t leave the path. He’ll give you your place in the sun while you watch the wicked lose it.

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