Always Here

Sep 22 2014

By Rev. Doug Clay

DClayDid you know that God never has to go anywhere because he’s already there?

Jeremiah 23:24 (GNT)

“…Do you not know that I am everywhere in heaven and on earth?”

Psalm 139:7-9 (NIV)

“ 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  8If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea….”

God is everywhere!  He’s not limited by space.  He’s not confined to one location.  It is this knowledge of God’s Omnipresence that can make a huge difference in your life when you are experiencing loneliness, anxiety, temptation and discouragement.  Consider this…when you are lonely, God is there.

Psalm 25:16 (NIV)

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”

There are several different kinds of loneliness.  There’s loneliness due to the death of a friend or family member.  There’s loneliness on a business trip.  There’s the loneliness of going to a new school.  There’s the loneliness of feeling like you’re not understood.  There’s even loneliness in success…the reality is, you will be lonely sometime in life.  In fact, the first thing that God did after creation was to fix the loneliness factor for Adam.  He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.”

If you are experiencing loneliness, I want you to think about and reflect on God’s presence—His close presence—His nearness and keep this in mind…

1.) God is your companion.

Hebrews 13:5b (NIV)

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

2.) God calls you friend.

John 15:14a (NIV)

“You are my friends….”

3.) God will never ask you to do anything by yourself.

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

4.) God loves to cheer you up.

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Omnipresence simply means that God is here, there and everywhere.  I can promise you that His presence will make a delightful difference in your life!

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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Glorify God and Pass the Salt!

Sep 08 2014

By Dan Rockwell

dan3Christians say, “Glorify God,” as easily as, “Pass the salt.” Actually, pass the salt may have more meaning.

We exist to glorify God. The Church exists to glorify God. Even nature exists to glorify God. But, glorifying God isn’t a mystical experience that happens in isolation.

One behavior best exemplifies what it means to glorify God.

One purpose:

Everything the Church does has one purpose – winning people to Jesus and helping them grow so they can win people to Jesus. We are here to win people.

Paul teaches us that the Church is the body of Christ. Luke tells us that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. So, if we are the body of Christ, we are here to seek and save the lost.

Let’s give teeth to religious language and say that everything the Church is here to do one basic thing – win people to Jesus and help them grow so they can win people to Jesus. Nothing less. Nothing more. Nothing else.

Everything:

What the Church does:

  1. Teaching
  2. Fellowship
  3. Worship
  4. Support
  5. Encouragement
  6. Friendship
  7. Social engagement
  8. Meeting needs
  9. You name it ….

Everything we do traces back to one objective, win people to Jesus.

The “edification of the saints,” is so they can win people.

Teaching the Bible loses its ultimate purpose if it doesn’t equip us to win people. Furthermore, fellowship isn’t just for our comfort and enjoyment. It’s to enable us to win people.

Winning people gives purpose and meaning to everything believers do. Without the objective of winning people, we’re just going through the motions and God is not glorified, regardless of what you do.

Method:

The method is as clear as the mission. Love people.

Now that I think about it, glorifying God is a bit like passing the salt.

 

Dan Rockwell is the author of the Leadership Freak blog, recognized as the most socially shared leadership blog of 2012, in addition to authoring the Grace Freak blog. Currently, Dan coaches leaders, consults with organizations, and delivers corporate and community presentations. You can follow his blogs at www.leadershipfreak.wordpress.com and www.gracefreakdan.wordpress.com.

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Compassion Births Urgency

Aug 25 2014

By Rev. Nick Alfaro

IMG_9038I recently spoke with a pastor from India who shared about the work of the Christian church in his country. I was very excited to hear the wonderful testimonies of how God was moving in a powerful way in India. This brought to mind a similar move of God in the church in Mexico while I was growing up. I longed in my spirit to have a move of God like that here at home.

I suddenly remembered the words “CRISTO VIENE” (translated “CHRIST IS COMING”) written in all caps, in red paint, displayed across the hood of my dad’s white van while I was growing up in Mexico. For some reason I shared this memory with the pastor from India. He then told me that he also has a similar message written on his church van in India. I believe this message speaks to the urgency that both my parents and this Indian pastor sensed in reaching the lost.

I believe that to effectively reach this world for Christ, we must have an urgency for the lost.

I believe that compassion for the lost births the urgency that compels us to pray, give, and go.

In 1947, a man named Robert Pierce, a Youth for Christ worker, departed for China to hold an evangelistic crusade in the country. On the trip, he met Tena Hoelkedoer, a teacher. She introduced him to a child named White Jade, who had been beaten and abandoned by her family upon her decision to follow Christ at his crusade. Unable to care for the child herself, she asked Pierce, “What are you going to do about her?” Pierce gave the woman his last five dollars and agreed to send the same amount each month to help the woman care for the child.

While in China, Pierce saw widespread hunger. He felt compassion for the people. Robert Pierce turned his personal crusade into the foundation of World Vision, now one of the largest Christian relief and development organizations in the world. He later wrote these words in the flyleaf of his Bible: “Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.”

  • Matthew 9:36 states that when Jesus “saw the crowds, he had compassion on them.”
  • Jeremiah 8:21 states “Since my people are crushed, I am crushed.”

Robert Pierce saw the widespread hunger in China. Jesus saw the crowds as sheep without a shepherd. Jeremiah saw the coming destruction of God’s people. All three were moved by intense compassion and were compelled by urgency to do something about it.

Compassion for people will birth in us an urgency to share Christ with the over 4 billion people on earth that have not yet had an adequate witness of Jesus Christ. Compassion for people will birth in us an urgency to reach some of the estimated 30 million people worldwide who will die without knowing Christ this year.

I challenge you to ask God to break your heart with the things that break His, to give you an urgency to reach the lost and to fill you and empower you with His Holy Spirit.

 

Rev. Nick Alfaro serves as the Director of Hispanic Ministries for Global University, and as the Hispanic Ministries Pastor at Nixa First Assembly of God, Nixa, MO. He can be reached at nalfaro@globaluniversity.edu.

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A Huge Difference

Aug 04 2014

By Rev. Doug Clay

DClayI have heard it said that the only disability in life is a bad attitude. Well, whether that is true or not, I believe you will agree with me that attitude makes a big difference.

The Bible says there is a connection between our attitudes and the rest of our lives.

Proverbs 23:7a

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

I certainly don’t believe we just think into existence anything we want, but I do believe our thoughts can produce a good attitude and a good attitude can get you through even the worst of circumstances.

So, whether or not your “attitude determines your altitude” as some claim, I am convinced a good attitude can . . .

  1. Keep you positive when the environment around you is negative.

Psalm 37:5-7, The Message

Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. 7 Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.

  1. Give you hope when you feel hopeless.

Romans 15:13, The Message

Oh! May the God of hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

  1. Help you keep things in proper perspective.

Colossians 3:1-2, The Message

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective!

Make a commitment today to have a good attitude. After all, a good attitude can help you make a great day!

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer of the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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3 Things to Look for In a Mentor

Jul 28 2014

By Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs

JeremiahIn my work as a University Chaplain, I talk with a lot of students about having a good mentor and becoming a good mentor to another. One of the findings of the National Study of Youth and Religion is that only committed religious parents can have more impact on the religious faithfulness of young people than adult mentors. Mentors matter.

I suppose that one of the reasons that I grew in my faith so much as a young adult, from “never-been-to-church” to “pastor-in-training” in 14 months, was the great mentors that I had in my life. I don’t think just any mentor will do, however. Here are three traits that distinguish great mentors:

1. Good mentors are unwavering. We had a really spectacular youth ministry and a really spectacular college ministry. In fact, when I lead communities now, I’m often thinking about what I learned about community in that college ministry. Darrell Neal was the elder from our congregation that was appointed to oversee ministries with young people. Darrell was around often, encouraged us in life transitions, and was always centered when one person or another tended to some version of religious oddity.

The most important thing I learned from Darrell was after our congregation went into absolute turmoil. I won’t go into details, but our really healthy church experienced a crazy upheaval. People were leaving the church, hurting one another, and vying for power. Darrell refused to participate in the craziness and simply stood as a steady force in the storm. He eventually did leave our congregation (just as I did a while later), but even then he did so with respect, grace, and without malice.

Darrell’s unwavering maturity taught me to stand in the gap when life and ministry are difficult. My family and my churches have reaped the benefits from his steady leadership.

2. Good mentors can get out of their own way. I suppose that all of us have had mentors and leaders from whom we learned over time that their mentoring wasn’t really about them. Mark and Rose Diekevers taught me that the best mentors have the self-confidence that the relationship is not about filling a need they have to be important, needed, or in authority. When we started a small ministry for young adults out of the remnants of our former college ministry, Mark and Rose opened their home week after week to us.

Never once did they try to take the teaching and leadership away from the young leadership team. When asked, they responded with advice that was never motivated by their own desires. When I returned to college after a break of several years, they gave me the largest financial gift I had received from anyone at that point in my life. For a number of reasons, financial aid was not going to make ends meet that first semester before it would ratchet up the next semester. They filled a gap. No one knew that they were doing it but me and a couple close friends. They didn’t need to be recognized for the great ministry that they did in those years with me and the young adults in that group.

I have experienced mentors that were filling their own needs by “discipling” me. But I learned from Mark and Rose that the best mentors are ones that can get out of their own way to serve another.

3. Good mentors gently challenge you consistently. Often folks will tell you that a good mentor will challenge you when you are making a poor choice. That is true. At appropriate times, we need people to tell us simply, “That is a mistake.”

Bob Vanderburg taught me that we also need mentors to challenge us consistently. I worked for Bob as I was making my way through college (and by “worked” I mean that we went to the job site each day and talked about life, God, and ministry). Bob is a smart man and has an opinion on everything. As we “worked” and talked, he would push against my ideas for ministry and my theology. He never withdrew friendship because of our disagreements. He never tried to manipulate me.

He just gently disagreed with me and forced me to articulate myself more clearly. In many ways, my formation as a theologian began in these discussions. Similarly, when I went to seminary my friend Robert Lowery began to challenge me and force me to think more clearly. A safe place to be challenged, debate, and even argue is the best way to learn to think clearly.

This kind of critical thinking and articulation rarely happens in a classroom where the professor does most of the talking. Instead, it is often a good mentor that is able to challenge us gently and force us to articulate our vision.

I’d love to hear from you in the comments. What are the traits that you look for in a mentor? Who are some of the mentors that have taught you the most?

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs is University Chaplain and Assistant Professor at the University of Indianapolis. He blogs regularly about theology, gender, and justice at JeremiahGibbs.com

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The Most Important Prayer to Pray Everyday

Jul 21 2014

By Justin Lathrop

JustinDo you ever have a hard time getting into a regular rhythm of prayer in your life? I, of course, couldn’t possibly have this problem because, well, I work in a church and spend most of my time with pastors. Oh wait… that’s a complete lie.

I do have this problem.

In fact, in my experience, pastors and people who spend a great deal of time in the church—myself included—can have the most difficult time developing a rich prayer life. Maybe it’s because it’s so easy to think a prayer life is just a “given” when you work in a church, when the truth is a rich prayer life takes intentionality and work.

Lately I’ve been praying a very simple prayer that has been reminding me of the power of prayer and helping me to grow in my ability to pray.

It’s the simplest prayer in the world.

It goes like this: Thank you.

I’m not sure what it is about this prayer—why it is so powerful—but as I reflect right now on how this prayer has impacted my life, I can think of a few tangible benefits I’ve seen from uttering these words just a few times each day.

First, it turns my focus to what God has done.

So often I get stuck on what I can do—what I can accomplish in a day, how much progress I can make, what my skills and capabilities and ideas and thoughts add up to. This mindset works for awhile, but all it takes is one bad day for me to realize, in the scope of things, my talents and skills don’t add up to much.

But prayers of thankfulness remind me it isn’t about what I can do, but what God has already done and continues to do in my life and the lives of those around me.

This is not about me. It’s about Him. Thank God. 

Second, it helps me to trust what is coming in the future.

Strangely (or not-so-strangely) taking a few minutes every day to notice what God has done for me, the creative and amazing ways he has come through for me or provided, gives me peace about the future.

Suddenly, I see God’s faithfulness really clearly. I can see how I had a specific need and God met it. I can see how I prayed for a specific person would come to know Him, and they did.

I can rest in the knowledge that the future is not in my hands, but His.

The gift of thankfulness keeps on giving, if we let it.

One of my favorite verses about thankfulness is Philippians 4:6 which says, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (emphasis mine).

The thing I love about this verse is the way it connects worry (anxiety), prayer and thanksgiving.

Paul doesn’t say, “when you pray, you should only pray for other people” or “if you don’t pray, you’re going to be sorry.” Instead, he asserts that we can bring literally anything—any request—to God. Whatever is making you anxious, whatever is on your mind, whatever you need or think you need or even want—bring it in prayer.

Just bring it with thanksgiving.

I can’t help but think (and attest from personal experience) that the result is a rich prayer life, less worry about the future, a heart full of understanding and love and a new awareness of the way God meets our every need.

It’s the simplest prayer, but it has huge power.

This week, try praying this simple prayer: “God, thanks for ________.” Maybe you can only think of one or two things. Maybe you can think of five or six. Either way, my guess is this: simple prayer will lead you into a deeper communion with a God who cares for your every need.

 

Justin Lathrop is the founder of Helpstaff.me (now Vanderbloemen Search), Oaks School of Leadership, and MinistryCoach.tv,  in addition to serving as a consultant in the area of strategic relations for organizations that include the Assemblies of God, Leadership Network, and Convoy of Hope. To connect with Justin, visit his blog at justinlathrop.com.

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Let Somebody Know

Jul 07 2014

By Rev. Doug Clay

Clay_Douglas_Casual_100A nursing student in South Burlington, Vermont was cramming for an exam in a coffee shop. She left the table to get a refill on her coffee.

When she returned, she found an anonymous note of encouragement, along with a $10 Starbucks gift card. The note said, “I’m assuming that you’re probably nearing the end of nursing school. You should be proud of yourself. You’ve worked so hard to get here and I promise you, it’s worth it. I’ve been a nurse for twelve years and can’t imagine doing anything else.”

That note, which has been widely circulated online, has provided a great source of encouragement, not just for the Vermont nursing student, but for many who have read it and commented about it.

People crave encouragement. One of the byproducts of being a part of a spiritual family is encouragement.

The Bible talks a lot about encouragement.

I Thessalonians 5:11

. . . encourage one another and build each other up.”

I Thessalonians 5:14

“. . . encourage the timid and be patient with everyone.”

Hebrews 3:13

. . . encourage one another daily.”

Encouragement is a big deal!

This idea of “inspiring others with renewed courage, a renewed spirit and renewed hope,” is something that all of us can do . . . and it works.

Encouragement works. Think about it:

1.) Encouragement helps to keep people from getting a hard heart.

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

2.) Encouragement builds confidence.

I Thessalonians 5:14

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

3.) Encouragement keeps people from quitting.

Hebrews 10:25

Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Take some time to write one note of encouragement to someone. It could be a day changer for them and for you!

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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The Tongue Rule Challenge

Jun 30 2014

By Dan Rockwell

dan3Of all the people in the world, Christians should use words more skillfully than anyone.

“Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.” Ephesians 4:29 (GNB)

Sadly, we have a reputation for speaking against things rather than for. Frankly, we are often known for negativity.

Positive speech, in some Christian circles, seems like a sin. We go so far as to suggest that railing against something indicates strength and holiness. In reality, tearing down is unbiblical, misguided, and weak.

Yes, there are exceptions. Jesus hammered the religious elite. If you’re inclined to fight, attack denominational leaders who choose law over grace. Call them pretty coffins full of dried up bones.

But, the tongue rule may be a better option.

The tongue rule:

“Only open your mouth to make something better.”

Other than that, be quiet.

Even if you’re pointing out a problem, only point it out so you can explore how to make it better.

Sounds simple enough. But, James, the brother of Jesus said, “But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is evil and uncontrollable, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8 (GNB)

Developing a graceful tongue:

If you enjoy challenges, adopt the tongue rule challenge.

  1. It’s a journey.
  2. Receive and enjoy God’s favor.
  3. Treat others the way God treats you.
  4. Find some friends who are on the “tongue taming” journey with you.
  5. Start again after you screw up. Grace is beginning again, again.
  6. Talk less. But, realize silence isn’t the goal, building up is.
  7. Only speak to make things better.

Dan Rockwell is the author of the Leadership Freak blog, recognized as the most socially shared leadership blog of 2012, in addition to authoring the Grace Freak blog. Currently, Dan coaches leaders, consults with organizations, and delivers corporate and community presentations. You can follow his blogs at www.leadershipfreak.wordpress.com and www.gracefreakdan.wordpress.com.

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Reaching a Rural Community

Jun 23 2014

By Kent Anderson

kentA rural church must find practical ways to reach and serve their community. A change from an inward to an outward focus is only part of the solution. If a church wants to influence their community, the most effective way to do so is the Jesus way- to serve and then share their way into the life of the community. Mark 10:45 says, “The Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve”, and this should be our model.

The following are 10 practical outreach ideas that rural churches can implement to reach their communities:

1. Assess the needs of your community. Pastors can uncover needs in their community that others are not addressing. Websites such as epodunk.com, census.gov, and dataplace.org will help you assess your community. Ask members of your community what they feel are the most pressing needs. Ask the question, “In your opinion, what is the best thing our church could do for this town?”

2. Meet with community stakeholders. A rural pastor must be intentional in developing solid relationships with community leaders. Stakeholders can include the mayor, school principal, high school coach, and others. Community leaders know firsthand the issues their community is facing.

3. Become a friend to your community’s school system. The question every rural church must ask is, “How can we wrap our arms around our local school?” In a rural setting, the school is the hub of the community. Some churches bring cinnamon rolls to the teachers’ lounge and deliver coffee and donuts to bus drivers. They provide reading buddies to students, conduct after-school programs, honor teachers and staff, provide supplies for classrooms, and assist with projects around the school.

4. Become active in community events. How can the church plug into the community calendar? What events are taking place throughout the year that your church could join? What sporting events and holiday celebrations can the church be involved in? What does the community offer in the way of meals on wheels, senior center activities, etc., in which your church can partner? Offer an event for your community such as a Kidsfest in the park, mega sports camp, hunting clinic, horse-riding clinic, etc. Connect with your firefighters and policemen and women and host a hero day for them and their families.

5. Develop a community group adoption program. What groups, places, or organizations could your church adopt? This program could include adopting teachers, social workers, firefighters, sports teams, classrooms, the senior center, or the local park. One church in Kansas adopted the town’s main street and the youth washed all the windows of the downtown businesses. A rural church in Iowa painted the benches on Main Street.

6. Become a specialty provider. Many rural churches do not have the capacity to run a food pantry, clothing closet, or thrift store. Become the church that has a specialty item — diapers, baby formula, underwear and socks or hygiene products. One church in Montana offers firewood during the winter for people in their community. Another church in West Virginia designated a Sunday School room for teachers and offered them supplies for their classroom.

7. Offer a need-based program. Offer a program based on the findings of your assessment. Programs like Celebrate Recovery, Marriage Encounter, Financial Peace, Angel Food ministry, single moms ministry, and MOPS can be a way to reach out to people in need in your community.

8. Create a helping hands ministry. Organize a Sunday School class or small group focused solely on outreach. The class or small group can pray, plan, and implement ministry opportunities within the community. One church asks each individual department to conduct one service project each year. This way, the church has outreach focused ministry going on in its community every month.

9. Prepare your church for emergency response. Partner with organizations such as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Red Cross, emergency personnel, etc. Train church members to be first responders when disaster hits.

10. Conduct a one-day outreach. Plan a day of outreach that might include distributing school supplies, clothing, shoes, coats, etc. to the people within the community. A rural church in Illinois conducted a one-day outreach called Sharefest and had over 600 people attend. The town’s population is 2,000.in

The impact of a powerful rural Pentecostal church in a community will greatly enhance community life and pave the way for strong connections between the church and the community. As General Superintendent George O. Wood has stated, “We must have substantial evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, our prayer should be, “Let my heart break with the things that break God’s heart – and then let me do something about it.”

 

Kent Anderson serves as the Church Care Network Coordinator for Convoy of Hope – Rural Compassion Ministries. To learn more about Rural Compassion, please visit www.ruralcompassion.org.

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The Growth of the Church

Jun 16 2014

By Dr. Dick Brogden

dick-brogdenCurrently there is an inordinate emphasis on size and speed when it comes to the development of the church. Church history soberly shows that orthodoxy tends not to spread as swiftly as heresy and that bad teaching outpaces good. It is the slow, steady repeated truth of God that builds the enduring church. The largest church at the end of the first century was found in Rome, thought by most scholars to be around two hundred members. The churches in Ephesus, Corinth, Philippi, Colosse, and Thessalonica (among others) were most probably between fifteen and fifty. The record of Acts takes place over about fifty years.

Biblical precedent indicates that it takes about a generation to get a few churches to what we now consider modest size. One myth is that the church has to grow quickly; another that a strong church is a big church. The best churches tend to grow slowly and steadily, and the normal first century church comprised less than fifty people.

Disciples, too, are forged over time. If a church is but a collection of disciples, then it makes sense that strong churches require time to become solid. Another common myth today in missions is that all new disciples need is the Bible and the Holy Spirit. As appealing as this sounds, it has never been true in history, and if we are honest, it has not been true for any of us experientially. Consider how many books, sermons, mentors, friends, and external inputs help shape and form our spirituality over time. None of us grew to where we are without multiple sources of input over disparate seasons, all the input submitted to the authority of the Holy Spirit and the Word.

Biblically there always remains the need for an outside catalyst to help correct our biases and heresies. A group of people studying the Scriptures can just as easily end up pooling ignorance as illumining one another. Acts 15 is a classic example of ongoing external input necessary for the formation of strong disciples and churches. The negative example of external input (requiring circumcision) does not negate the massive, ongoing positive external input.

Paul and Barnabas report the wonderful turning of the Gentiles to Jesus. They also report the negative external pressure. James and the counsel respond by correcting the error and reinforcing what is necessary. In Acts 15:20, James delineates what they should not do–former religious forms and rituals. Paul reminds the council that coming to Jesus demands conversion (v. 3) and James cites Peter that the Gentiles must come out of false religion (v. 14). In Acts 15:32, Judas and Silas “exhort and strengthen the brethren with many words.” In verse 35, Paul and Barnabas teach and preach to the Gentiles and in verse 36, Paul and Barnabas commit to revisit their converts to ensure they are walking correctly.

Disciples and churches are forged over time. Let us continue to believe that God will do great things and bring millions into His church. Let us continue to understand that it is slow, steady, life-on-life work to make disciples and build churches.

 

Dr. Dick Brogden currently serves as an Assemblies of God World Missionary and is the Strategy Leader for Live Dead Arab World.  To find out more about the Live Dead Arab World project, visit http://arabworld.live-dead.org. 

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