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You’re Not Christian

Acts 11:25-26

(25) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
(26) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

While in meditation on the weekend of September 13 the Lord spoke to me these words, “are you sure you’re a Christian?” And then I thought for a second, if I’m not Christian, then what am I?

The Lord then reminded me of the scripture above and how a year or so ago I had heard that the term Christian wasn’t something the disciples called themselves, but was a derogatory term used by those in the world. The disciples gladly accepted the intended insult, because it associated them and their character with that of Christ. Something for which they were not ashamed. (Romans 1:16)

But that was then and them, and this is now and me, so I reflected on myself and whether the same would be said of me. Do others see me as a Christian? I’m not sure…I know I tell people I am, but would they come to that conclusion on their own? Hmmmmm?

I wanted to be sure so I searched the scriptures and here are some things that I found:

  • Only disciples were called Christians (see above)
  • Not all believers are disciples (Acts 5:12-14)
  • Christians (disciples) preach the gospel and God honours their preaching with signs and wonders (Acts 5:15-16)
  • Christians aren’t afraid to suffer and are not ashamed of the gospel (1 Peter 4:16)

Keep in mind that we’re all in the process, at various stages, in the timeline of walking out our beliefs, so don’t feel condemned. Rather, strive even more to hit the mark and come into the fullness of the image of Christ. Allow God’s word to have its full course in your life.

Prayer: Father, I desire to be more like you and your dear son. I desire to make my life count for your name’s sake. Give me the strength, patience and endurance to finish the race as Paul did. Lord as I go forth as a witness in word and deed, honour your gospel with signs and wonders. Amen.

You’re Called to Leadership

Exodus 18:14, 17-18, 21

14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

The work of God is bigger than any one person.

In the above scripture Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, noticed that if Moses kept trying to do everything himself he would burn-out and so he advises Moses to identify leaders and appoint them according to their ability…some over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Moses’ role was to take the most important and pressing cases and bring them before God.

Remember Jesus also had twelve close disciples and hundreds of others. When He gave the Great Commission “go and make disciples” (paraphrased), the understanding was that He had already given the twelve apostles everything they needed to complete the mission. He also would send the Holy Spirit to guide and lead them. We have that same gift.

I heard this quote once that says “you cannot teach what you do not know and you cannot lead where you will not go.”

I believe in the body of Christ we’re all called to leadership and to bear fruit. Jesus said it this way in Matthew 13:23

23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Seek God and enquire of him about who is your ten. Be faithful to the ten and he will give you the fifty, one hundred and so on.

Prayer: Father I know you’ve placed in me your word and power. Show me those whom you’ve given me to empower and train up in your word. Mould me into the leader you’ve called me to be for your glory. Amen.

The Church – Series Outline

On February 16, 2014 my wife and I, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, decided to begin having Sunday services in our home. We talked about vision, for our children and for ministry and I babbled about Life Freedom Dominion and Acts 2, but she wanted clarity (rightfully so). We reasoned together and I searched out my scriptures and found the best summary for the vision in Acts 4 – to which I promptly decided to revise Life Freedom Dominion Ministry’s vision statement accordingly.

From that discussion came the first sermon called Vision based on Proverbs 29:18 which says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” During the preparation of the Vision teaching the Lord gave me this outline for a series on The Church.

The Church

  1. Vision – Proverbs 29:18
  2. Old vs New – Acts 7:44, 48
  3. Foundation
  4. Structure
  5. Location
  6. People (Behaviour / Character)
  7. Leadership
  8. Christ’s Return

Note: At the time of this writing (February 23, 2014), this is what the Lord has said I’ll be teaching on during our Sunday services for the next several weeks. As each topic is delivered, I’ll update this page with anchor scriptures and links to the full teachings. I will upload numbers 1 and 2 shortly.

Pursue Love

1 Corinthians 14:1 (AMP)
Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire [this] love [make it your aim, your great quest]; and earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual endowments (gifts), especially that you may prophesy ([a]interpret the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching).

Today message is more of a reminder that as we go about doing and acquiring in this world, the one thing we should acquire most is agape love. Here is what it looks like:

1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (NLT)

(3) If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
(4) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
(5) or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
(6) It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
(7) Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Task: Read 1 Corinthians 13:3-7 ten times before the day ends. P.S. I think I have to read this at least 50 😉