Jude (Judas) was the Servant of Christ and a Brother of James and Jesus. What was Jude’s Purpose? 1) Confront and denounce the false teachers. 2) Guard and protect the church from danger. 3) Encourage believers to maintain their faith. What was the Problem? 1) . Christ’s Warnings. 2) Paul’s Warnings. 3) Jude’s Warning and Challenge. Two Errors Jude Addressed: 1) License – Jude 4. 2) Rejection of the Lordship of Jesus – Jude 5. How do we Contend for the Faith? 1) Believe it. 2) Proclaim it. 3) Guard it. Dangers Facing Today’s Church and Leaders: 1) Extreme doctrinal teachings. 2) Exaltation of man – humanism. 3) Abandoning the authority of scripture. 4) Consumerism – conforming to worldly standards to attract people. Jude's Challenge to remain strong: 1) Remember God’s Word (Jude 17-18). 2) Build Up Yourselves in Prayer (Jude 20). 3) Show Mercy (Jude 22-23).
Tue, May 29, 2018
Influence is the ability to change the course of someone's future. For one to have impact influence is key. Primary Principles of Understanding Influence: 1) Everybody has influence. 2) Influence can be positive or negative. 3) God expects me to use influence. 4) Our influence is for the benefit of others. 5) If I'm not influencing them, they are influencing me. 6) The greatest contributor of influence is trust. Three key influences: people Trust you, people Respect you and people Like you. The Purpose of our Influence: Influence is for two legitimate reasons: 1) Mission - promoting the gospel and 2) Ministry - serving and helping others. God will judge how I use my influence. Two Images of Influence: 1) We are called to be the Salt (seasoning and preservation) and the Light of the world. Six Ways to Make the Greatest Impact With Others: 1) Our integrity. 2) Our words. 3) Our attitude. 4) Our lifestyle. 5) Our care for others and 6) Our prayers. In summation, increased influence will always require a price to be paid. Influence can grow in four different levels: Modeling, Motivation, Mentoring and Multiplying. Be careful who influences you and how you are influencing others.
Mon, May 28, 2018
Building a legacy requires a church to be fruitful. Two prophetic portraits of a fruitful church: Antioch Church and the River of God. Characteristics of the Antioch Church: 1) Radically committed to the power of the gospel. 2) A Multi-cultural Church. 3) They experienced a great harvest. 4) There was an evidence of God’s grace. 5) An Active Five-Fold Ministry - apostles, teachers and prophets. 6) Hungry for God’s Word. 7) Modeled a Christian Lifestyle and 8) A Generous, Giving Church. Secondly, the River of God. God repeatedly used “rivers” as a symbol of His life-giving Spirit. God desires that every church experience the river of God. The River brings blessing and life: 1) The river is a place for fruitful trees to be planted and to grow. 2) The river causes life to spring forth everywhere. 3) The river brings healing and health to everything. 4) The river will be a place for many fish. 5) The river flows out to dry and barren places. There are differing levels and depths for entering into the river. We must Step into God’s River.
Sun, May 27, 2018
Building a legacy requires preparation. A legacy is an inheritance or quality handed down from a previous generation. Preparing for a legacy requires forward thinking and following basic principles. Fundamentals of Godly a Legacy: 1) Scripture places a priority on one’s legacy. 2) A Godly Legacy has great value. 3) Legacy is built on how we live and serve. 4) God keeps a Legacy Scorecard. 5) Our legacy is a personal choice.
Five lessons we can learn from Elijah. 1. Lesson of usefulness. God uses people who are available, your background does not matter. 2. Lesson of prophecy. The power of the prophetic word - it can shift the trajectory of your life. Prophecy ushers Gods presence and brings revival. 3. Lesson of provision. Do not be concerned about the means just know God is your provider, wherever he guides he supplies. 4. Lesson of obedience. Unquestioning obedience, take God at his word. 5. Lesson of power. We need to demonstrate and translate the power of God in our generation. Are you willing to be part of a generation that ushered revival in your land?
Principle of the Spoken Word
Proverbs 18:21 – Words contain the power of life and death
Proverbs 6:2 – Our words can be destructive.
Romans 4 – Our words are creative
Mark 11:24 – “…say with your mouth…”
Five Faith Declarations for an Unshakeable Life
1. I will live strong. [Psalms 27:1-3]
2. I will love God’s house passionately.[Psalms 27:4-5]
3. I will hold my head high.[Psalms 27:6]
4. I will pursue a life of holiness.[Psalms 27:11-12]
5. I will not lose heart. [ Psalms 27:13-14]
Benefits of hearing from Heaven: 1. Communion - Make hearing a key cornerstone in your relationship with the Lord. 2. Direction - When God gives direction, He gives specifics. 3. Personal Growth - all of us are on a journey, a growth track. 4. Protection - For us to receive maximum protection He provides, we need to hear from Him. 5. Ministry effectiveness -Willingness and ability to hear advances the kingdom of God.
Five ways God speaks today: 1. The written word of God - there is everything that you need for life in the written word. 2. The inward witness of the Spirit - an impression, a nudge, conviction, it is expressed inwardly but not verbally. 3. The voice of the Spirit - God speaking to you in an articulate way to you inwardly. 4. Wise Counsel - Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. 5. Extraordinary Manifestations - visions, dreams, angelic visitations and prophetic messages
Hearing from heaven is an urgent need in the church today. God’s people frequently have difficulty hearing and recognizing God’s voice. We live in a noisy world – this is a challenge for us and affect how we hear God’s voice from heaven. Hearing from God requires discipline and training to hear from God. It is beneficial in the world we live in. God desires to speak to His people. Are you willing to obey and respond to His prompting?
Are you being robbed of your spiritual identity? Your spiritual identity is invaluable. Identity speaks to God's creative work. Identity determines your destiny - Choices are bases on your identity. You will never fulfill your destiny without knowing your identity. Spiritual Identity theft is pervasive - the true connection of who you are is stolen by the devil. If you forget who you are, you will forget your destiny. What is your true identity?