“SPIRITUAL COVERING” BIBLE DOCTRINE OR ROMAN/PAGAN DOGMA? By Steve Hill

INTRODUCTION:

Sometimes the line between right and wrong in doctrine and practice does not run through the words or even the practice but through the hearts of those involved. People may blame leaders and leaders may blame people. However, foolishness is often driven from both sides! It was the people of Israel that demanded a king when that was not God’s will for them. God wanted to be their king! Theocracy is not rule by one man. That is a dictatorship! Theocracy is rule by God. This is fulfilled in the New Covenant with the statement that “the head of every man is Christ”! That is the promise of Jesus, “I will build my church!

Sometimes the line between truth and error is visible by the emphasis. Truth is in Jesus. It is living and dynamic. Jesus is God of God and man of very man. Logically those two things cannot be true in the same individual at the same time but our universe is not rationally determined. It is relationally structured. Truth is a person! Jesus is both Son of God and Son of Man. We must hold both at the same time to remain true to who He is. If we let go of either truth we end up in the ditch on the other side of the road. To remain in the way to God we must hold both to be equally, absolutely, totally true at the same time! Our minds must worship. They cannot understand, ie, control this! If my mind could do so, it would be God. My mind must worship the mystery of the Son of God who is the Son of Man! All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ (Colossians 2:3)! Read more

Hear and Heed (Listening to God and to Others)

 

In the Old Testament God’s people heard Him speak – Heard His Words…

Through the ministry of the prophets

In the constant retelling of the major stories of Israel’s history

The Scriptures being read as a community on the Sabbath

During meals at home led by the home’s spiritual leader

Special festivals when they returned to Jerusalem and the temple

And yet, time after time, they walked away from the truths that they knew and the God that they worshipped

They heard the word but did not heed the word Read more

Jesus, The Revolutionary

Jesus Christ is NOT ONLY…

The Saviour The Messiah The Prophet The Priest The Apostle The Healer The King

He is also the Revolutionary
He was not a rebel…or even rebellious The difference:

“a rebel attempts to change the past; a revolutionary attempts to change the future”

Jesus was and still is a revolutionary … wanting to change the future / your’s, mine, the world’s

YET, few Christians think of Him as a revolutionary Fewer yet know Him as a revolutionary

If you read the Bible without your religious and traditional glasses If you read the Bible with the Holy Spirit helping you to see clearly You will discover Jesus, the revolutionary

The revolutionary teacher
Radical prophet
Annoying and even irritating preacher (provocative)
Controversial in His lifestyle
Iconoclast – a person who attacks established beliefs and institutions Implacable opponent of the religious establishment (relentless, unstoppable)

Remember:

“a rebel attempts to change the past; a revolutionary attempts to change the future”

Jesus was never harsh or critical with His own people He is full of mercy and kindness

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SHIFTING THE PRIORITIES OF CHURCH LEADERS

 Jesus defined “success” in three key words

1> Faithfulness

Matthew 25:21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

2> Fruitfulness

John 15:8 “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples”

3> Finishing well

Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

2 Timothy 4:6-7 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God,
which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

If these are the three things Jesus is looking for to determine our success as leaders in the Church that He is building

Then our PRIORITIES should reflect them

And, these three signs of success in the Church and in our ministry are all directly related to relationships that we form and develop.

Yes, we have placed so much emphasis on tasks – in fact, an overemphasis – often at the expense of relationships

I believe it is our relationships that ultimately reveal our success or lack of success in the eyes of our Heavenly Father if not in the eyes of the Church world

Christian LEADERS fell obligated to fill a vast number of roles – a tremendous variety of roles in the Church and thus in their ministry

Diagram of the ministry of Jesus as it related to His priorities, His relationships, and His impact At the top of the chart are the roles that He fulfilled

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Meeting or Movement?

We go to church meetings … one, two, three a week

Mary had a little lamb
She grew up to be a sheep Then she became a Christian And died from lack of sleep

Jesus did not come to establish a “meeting” He came to establish a “movement”

Jesus is not really focused or interested in another “meeting” He is looking for His people to release a “movement”

Meetings – something we do, an activity
Movement – helping the church to be and working to become

Bringing transformation and change to lives everywhere Jesus did not say, “Go into all the world and hold meetings”

He did indicate that we were to “go into all the world and multiply (make disciples)” Multiply = disciples making disciples who make disciples who make disciples

This is what The Great Commission is all about

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus said that to pour out “new wine” (a movement, a new move of the Spirit) That He would need new wineskins

Old wineskins can no longer stretch or expand so if you pour new, still fermenting, wine into them the gas released by the fermentation process will destroy the wineskin as it cannot expand

And then the wine is lost as well
Wineskin = a new form of the church build according to the New Testament Wine = a fresh move of the Holy Spirit

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Belonging, Not Believing

Human beings – you and I – don’t appreciate nor do we embrace change

We unconsciously resist change – sometimes consciously

We prefer what we know than what we don’t know

We like to feel safe, secure, and comfortable

So, we resist change because it will cause us to go where we have never gone before

And that is uncomfortable, not safe, and certainly offers little security or certainty

Mark Twain once said, “The only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper” Read more

Jesus’ Revelation of His Church

We often make the Church into what we want it to be or even need it to be

But seldom look at the Scriptures to see what Jesus really wants for His Church

The way He has designed it to function

The way it works best and what He has designed it to accomplish

The typical views of the church – the way WE have designed it

Designed it in the way it actually works or functions

Or, simply the way we see it regardless of how it really functions Read more

The Holy Spirit – God With Us

When I was first saved –  over 41 years ago this month

I came to know the Holy Spirit personally

I came to know the way He works and how to work with Him

I came to appreciate the Holy Spirit as “God with me” (individual) and “God with us” (Church)

I learned to spend time with Him and share close fellowship with Him regularly

This trip that I have just returned from has revealed so much more of His personality to me

I would have to say that I seriously enjoyed ministering with Him more than I ever have before

That I came to know Him at a deeper level  Read more

Winkler, MB November 2017

Ralph will be ministering in the city of Winkler, Manitoba and surrounding area from the 15th to the 20th of November, 2017.

Ralph will be preaching and doing prophetic ministry at a number of public services. As well, He will be meeting one-on-one with the young men that he is mentoring.

After almost a year of going to Southern Manitoba on a regular basis Ralph’s emphasis will be shifting somewhat. There will be more leadership training events and events to speak into the life and ministry of young apostles and prophets who are still just discovering what the call on their life is all about and how it works.

Ralph will also be meeting with team members who will be travelling with him to Kazakhstan in January, 2018 and to Russia in early spring.

For more information you can contact him by text at 306-536-9574 or by email at ralph@ralphhoweministries.com

 PRAYER – THE HEARTBEAT OF A BELIEVER

(The Basics – Part One)

TRUE STORY: Don’t Forget the Postage

Les Nimigan was the director of a modern-day, Canadian-based evangelistic ministry reaching out to people in the transportation industry. Several years ago, when he was traveling in Alberta, Canada, the old car he was driving broke down and was beyond repair, leaving Les in dire need of a car to continue his working trip. There was just one problem: The ministry had no money to pay for the expense. So, Les prayed earnestly that God would provide a car.

Les walked into an auto dealership the next day to see what his options were. Les found out that the owner was a Christian, so Les shared some information about his ministry. When the owner learned of his need for a car, the dealer sold him a Chevrolet Nova at dealer cost of $9,740.42 on the condition that Lee would send him a check for payment when the Lord provided the money.  Read more