The Journey With Jesus

Christians need to realize that the faith we confess and live is more than something we believe in our heads. It is a life-changing, heart-altering, perspective-changing journey with Jesus. It is a journey where we are constantly discovering and then accepting who we are right now while becoming who God means for us to become.

There is a word for all that: process

The Christian walk is not a finish line. It’s not a goal or an achievement. It’s an ongoing, ever-changing, relationship with Jesus. it’s a progression of GROWING and CHANGING, of EMBRACING and REPLACING, of LISTENING to God’s voice and LIVING out who He says we are.

It’s a process and a journey, and it will last the rest of our lives.

Following Jesus is an ongoing, ever-evolving experience. And the sooner we realize that it is not a destination, that we never “arrive” or totally “make it” the better. And, when we accept this fact then we can actually enjoy the journey.

The writer to the Hebrews tells us that it is a race. “… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1b). As I have been thinking about the race that I am on personally I have determined that I will do everything possible to finish well and not just dribble over the finish line or miss the finish line totally.

The Holy Spirit goes on to say that to run with endurance and change today so we can become all God wants us to be tomorrow requires:

1> That we “lay aside” (Hebrews 12:1) every weight, worry, anxiety, and sin that clings so closely and occupies so much of our time, attention and energy. We need to recognize that He is God and that He is in control of all aspects of our life and thus we do not need to feel or even actually be weighed down by unnecessarily concern and worry, sin or sickness. We have been set free and we need to walk in that freedom on a daily basis.

2> That we “look to Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2) as he is the Perfecter and Founder of our faith. He is our example as He ran His race and finished well. He has lived as we live – with temptations and pain – and understands what we are going through. He finished His race well and thus set an example for us; an example that we should “look to.” As we do, we will find strength and encouragement to keep running the race that He has determined we are to run personally.

3> And, thirdly, we are to “consider Jesus” (Hebrews 12:3) so we don’t grow weary or fainthearted as the race continues day after day after day. It is a long race and will take endurance (a fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23). And, as Jesus ran His race successfully by constantly looking to His Father so we will run our race successfully by “considering Jesus” and looking to His example – His life and ministry, His attitude and approach, His strength and grace.

So, we must not stop ‘becoming.’ We must continue to move forward. We must ‘run’ the race that He has set before us. We must endure. We must follow Jesus’ example. And, we must look to Him daily for His encouragement and help. We must never succumb to “destination disease” thinking that we have arrived. We never do.

Powerless and Pointless Preaching

I work in many countries and listen to sermons in a number of languages and I have to admit that the preaching is very often boring. Recently I have sat through several teachings from very well seasoned men of God and, I hate to admit it, but they were boring, irrelevant, and wandered all over the place. It was like they were ill-prepared but they had notes and outlines in front of them. They are not just beginning to preach … they are seasoned, well recognized leaders.

The Bible is relevant to every aspect of life. God is always speaking to His people about what is taking place in society, the various cultural communities, the world, and the Kingdom. There is a lot of biblical culture and history that can be explained that would give an interesting foundation to the message of the messenger. The Good News (the Gospel) of the Kingdom and Scripture in general is never boring – never! It is always relevant and applicable if explained and presented in a reasonably interesting manner. But the teaching has to have substance and be presented in a way that it is understood and received into the hearts of the listeners.

I shake my head in disbelief when I listen to what passes for “God speaking to His people” or, “the Lord is saying.” Sad! The Holy Spirit is the best communicator on the planet and if we are listening to Him in our preparation time then those of us who are honoured to teach God’s Word will also communicate well. If, and it is a big if, we are listening to and hearing the Spirit and following His lead in our preparation time. If, and it is a big if, we are taking the time to prepare properly. There is simply no excuse for boring, pointless, rambling teachings. It is a ‘current day sin’ in the Church.

The Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of the Church. The Holy Spirit lives in us and teaches and guides us … and so, as we follow His lead, sermons and teachings should be dynamic, full of spiritual meat, and well presented and understandable. God’s people need this feeding to remain strong and effective in life and as labourers in the now ripe harvest fields.

The prophet Amos wrote: “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord God, ‘when I will send a famine on the land – not a famine for bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.'” (Amos 8:11). Well, in many places I go there is famine in the land. I don’t believe God sent it. I believe it is a famine manufactured by man. Man has placed his thoughts and opinions higher than God’s thoughts and God’s direction. Man seems to believe that his opinion is more important than what God is thinking. Man is not taking the time to adequately prepare the meal God desires to serve His people week by week.

And, it is very apparent that there is a serious lack of hard work – leaders, pastors, teachers are simply not taking quality time to study and accurately understand God’s Word. There are, according to them, so many pressing needs of the people that they need to meet. Yes, of course there are, because they are not hearing God’s Word from the pulpits and classrooms of the Church and so are not armed or strengthened to face life and handle issues with godly wisdom.

So, we have powerless and pointless preaching that is not transformational … lives remain the same and God’s Word is not given the opportunity to impact and influence people’s lives. The Word is not being preached or taught in the majority of places. But, we go through the motions, talk for the allotted time, and think everything is okay. The people come up afterwards and tell the preacher how much they appreciated his teaching (mostly the stories) and the game continues week after week and month after month. And, in general, the Church remains powerless.

It is time to get honest. It is time to go up to the preacher and admit that you got nothing personally beneficial out of the teaching and, in many cases, simply didn’t’t even know what he was trying to say. Then, just maybe, some of these men will get the message and make some changes in their life – preparing good food from God’s Word for God’s people … presented in an edible way.

We have a famine in the lands … a famine for God’s Word. But it was not sent by God. It is a man-made disaster in the making that will have dire consequences for many decades and generations to come. It is time to come back to the basic foundational truths of God’s Word.

 

 

A Change In the Way We See Things – Part Two

Question: Why must people wake up early on Sunday, get all dressed up, and drive to a specific location to sit in rows looking all morning at the back of some person’s head while a person they usually don’t know talks to them about the latest prescription of three steps to a better life! Is this experience of “church” really supposed to change their lives forever? Really, it is a strange thing to do. And, I am convinced that most of us are so familiar with it as to not see how strange our customs really are to those who are not part of our community of faith.

It amazes me to consider how much effort and how many resources (time, money, and people) are expended for a single hour to 90 minutes once a week. Maybe we have made “church” nothing more than a religious show that takes place on Sunday, and after it’s done we all go home, until church starts again next week, same time, same place. Is this what the Bride of Christ is suppose to be biblically?

The heart of our message is that God didn’t expect us to come to Him in Heaven. He came to us. He lived life on our terms and on our turf. He became incarnate. That is a theological word that is worth explaining. Incarnate means He was “in flesh” or “in a human body.” When someone orders chilli ‘con carne,’ they are ordering chilli with meat, or flesh. Jesus is God incarnate. He was truth “fleshed out” for all to see. He “became flesh and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

So, as Jesus came to touch lives so He sends us to touch lives. The day when we could invite people to come to church to experience Jesus or come to know about Him is past and gone. It is no longer a matter of “gather” but now a matter of “scatter.” We, as believers, should be like Jesus and be incarnate in our local neighbourhood, apartment building, or sports arena. In our post-Christian world people are no longer waiting to be invited to attend church with you. But, they would come to your home and have a coffee and there see how your faith and values impact and influence your life.

Jesus is still incarnate; we are now His feet, His hands, His eyes, and His mouth. We are the Body of Christ. We are His temple, and His Spirit dwells within our flesh (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are not deity, but Deity dwells in us, and I suggest that this truth is such a dramatically life-altering reality that all should notice as we live out our every day life as “Jesus incarnate” in our communities and work places.

Sir Walter Moberly stated: “If one-tenth of what you believe is true, you ought to be ten times as excited as you are.” This is the word of a non-Christian who has listened to our message and studied our behaviour. It hurts because it is true. It should sting. We must begin to let the Word of Christ and the Spirit of God richly dwell within us so that His divine presence is noticeable. It was for this that Christ died. Lesslie Newbigin rightly says, “The Church is sent into the world to continue that which He came to do, in the power of the same Spirit, reconciling people to God.” (John 20:19-23)

It is time to return to our roots. Let the Church be alive, organic, in the flesh. Let the Church be birthed in places where it is most needed. Let the Church be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth as Jesus intended, as He paid for.

 

A Change In the Way We See Things – Part One

I believe that every Christian is a church planter, every home or meeting place is a church, and every church a training center. I understand that this is a whole new way of seeing Church. But, it is biblical and exactly what young people are embracing in nation after nation. If we see Church in this new way then we will be a part of a contagious movement regardless of our age. If we see church this way we will connect with many people who are disengaged with the old conventional church but still seeking an experience with Christ. If we can change the way we view things we will influence others and impact our community with the power of the Gospel.

This new way of seeing things increases involvement. After all, this means that you are a church planter. Well, at least you have the potential to be one. However, this will mean changing the way we view church and evangelism. Instead of bringing people to church so that we can the bring them to Christ, we will need to learn how to bring Christ to people where they live. People will meet with you in your home or at a local coffee shop much sooner than meeting you at the main door of your church building arriving in time for a Sunday worship experience. Think about it, why would someone want to come and sing songs to a God that they do not know and listen to a teaching from a book (the Bible) that they do not believe? But, they would come and have a coffee in your kitchen or at the local coffee shop in the mall to talk and share life with you. We must take Christ into people’s lives, and it must be in the context of relationships.

Think about it: We expect people to come to church in order to find Christ and be born again. However, the people of the world in our post-Christian society want nothing to do with the church. We are so obsessed with our own religious club (the church) that we actually identify those who do not have a relationship with Jesus as the unchurched. It is as though just joining us on Sundays for an hour and a half is enough to say that we are “in.” Salvation is not determined by your Sunday calendar or your smiling face in a church pictorial directory. We know that this is true doctrinally, but nonetheless we still divide the populace into the churched and the unchurched, as though all they need so as to be right is to come to our organization. Not wonder our message is so convoluted. We have lost sight of our prime directive and substituted creation of more people who are like us, rather than like Jesus, in its place.

If we see each believer as a church planter then we would be fulfilling Jesus’ command to “go into all the world.” We would go out and build relationships with non-believers and begin, in time, to share our Christian journey with others. People will come to Christ right there in familiar and comfortable places that are real and a vital part of their daily experience and their real world.

Then we would see churches meeting in restaurants, offices, homes, university campuses, high school facilities, and beaches. How about churches meeting in bars, coffeehouses, parks, and locker rooms. Yes, church would look different in each of these locations. But, all we need for “church” to happen is for Jesus to manifest His presence. He promised to do that when two or three gather in His Name and focus on Him. Instant church. And, the possibility of having a church within walking distance of every person living in your community, town, or city becomes a reality.

This would mean planting seeds of the Kingdom within existing relationships. Relationships that are real and are formed and flow in places where life happens. Is this not what Jesus did? He went where the people were and planted seeds of the Kingdom and the Gospel of the Kingdom. Out of these relationships He formed we see the church rising up and becoming a very powerful force in the then known world. In fact, it was life-changing and impacted all aspects of every day life. Is this not what Jesus wants for His Church still in our day and in this new season in which we find ourselves? Then the church would arise as “incarnation communities” in places where people would normally meet. Then we would have a living organism in every neighbourhood and on every street… and not some institutional organization on an occasional street corner. We would have life and not rules and regulations. We would have the Church that Jesus is building.

Every Christian a church planter, every home or meeting place a church, and every church a training center. Think about it!

 

 

 

Jesus Is Lord – Part Two

As followers of Jesus we have declared Him to be Lord and Saviour. Too often people want Him to “save them” but don’t want Him to be their Master, Leader, Lord. In my understanding of Scripture He cannot be your Saviour if He is not your Lord. Saviour and Lord are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other. We looked at this fact yesterday.

There is more to it than simply calling Him Lord. If He is Lord – when He is Lord – then you will lay down your life and your plans and allow His life to flow through you to others and thus accomplish His plan and His purpose for your life within His Kingdom. We become a living sacrifice as expressed by Paul the apostle in Romans, chapter 12, verses one and two. Calling Him Lord means His will and not our will; His plan and not our plans; His agenda and not ours.

There were a number of Jesus followers referenced in Matthew’s retelling of the story of Jesus. These disciples were true followers of Jesus. They were walking in His anointing and functioning under His authority as did the 12 key disciples called apostles. However, they were not listening to the voice of God and doing what He wanted – they were simply ministering to others as they decided. Were good things happening? Yes! Were people being set free? Yes! Were miracles, signs, and wonders being experienced? Yes! But, God did not direct them to do these things. They were fulfilling their own desires and wishes, meeting some deep need (maybe they were co-dependent – needing to be needed). They were building a ministry as well as a reputation. But, they were not, obviously, building the Kingdom. And, that is what Jesus the King came to do. And, this is why we call Him Lord.

The Scriptures read:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

Jesus is Lord. This means we do what He asks of us – nothing more and nothing less. Jesus is Lord! This means we obey Him – His every command and every Word that He speaks. The power and the authority belong to Jesus because Jesus is Lord. So, we use the power and authority we have as born again, baptized in the Holy Spirit believers, under His direction and according to His plan and purpose. Because, Jesus is Lord!

My question: Have you really made Jesus Lord of your life? Do you have things mixed up a bit – thinking He is here to serve and help you when just the opposite is true? Are you instantly obedient to everything He says? Do you understand that you are here to serve Him and do whatever He asks without question or hesitation? This is what it means to make Jesus Lord.

Have you really done that?

 

Jesus Is Lord – Part One

The day that the Church began one of Jesus’ disciples preached a sermon. God touched the hearts of many people because they believed what Peter spoke about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. They were convicted by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37)  of their sin, Jesus’ righteousness, and the coming judgment (John 16:8-10). Peter shared that Jesus is God in human form who died to save us from our sins allowing us to then have a dynamic and daily relationship with Jesus and our Heavenly Father. This is called the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23b and John 17:3).

The people responded. They cried out “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) They believed what they heard but believing in Jesus requires more than intellectual assent. Another Bible preacher, James the apostle, wrote: “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shutter”  (James 2:19). And, they are not going to Heaven. So, obviously, there is more needed than mental assent or knowing the facts about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection and all that this accomplished..

Before and after the original sin that separated man from God, man believed in God. The problem was not a lack of belief, but instead the lack of lordship. To be truly born again and thus assured of eternity in Heaven with Jesus; in other words, restoring us to a right relationship with God, requires both belief and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus.

Jesus is Lord and not just Saviour. In fact, He cannot be your Saviour unless He is also your Lord. So, “What shall we do?” Good question. We need to look at our life and see who is actually running it. Who is calling the shots? Are we still chasing our own dreams, hopes, and aspirations? Or, have we bowed the knee to Jesus and thus working on fulfilling His plan and His purpose for our life? Are we building our empire or helping Him in the expansion of His Kingdom? When making daily decisions in life do we pray and ask for His guidance and direction or do we simply do what we think is best in the situation?

This is not just playing games with words. This is really a serious matter. Jesus is Lord! And He is not your best friend, your co-pilot, or an emergency switch to pull when you don’t know what else to do. He is Lord – Ruler, King, Master, Leader. He does not settle for second place. He is Lord! And, until He is Lord and you have offered Him your whole life as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) then you are simply a nominal Christian, a cultural Christian, a Christian in name only. You may believe you are safe and that, when you die, you are going to Heaven but this is not biblically true.

Not only must He be Lord but … tomorrow we will look at what else is needed.

 

Living Waters

In the days when Jesus ministered and trained His disciples – at the heart of each Jewish community were a synagogue and mikva baths for ritual and physical purification. There are two kinds of mikva baths: those filled by workers using water collected from rain; and those dynamically filled from active, running, fresh springs. Those from fresh springs were of utmost importance, and that kind of water was referred to as “living water.”

In John 4:14, Jesus told the woman at the well, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Jesus’ message, His life, His death, and His resurrection are the source from which eternal life springs…. from which we receive salvation. Isaiah the prophet spoke of this “well of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).

Jesus is the living water. And, we are called to take this living water into our communities, pouring it out and letting it permeate into every crack and crevice of society. In John 7:38 Jesus speaks of “rivers of living waters” that are to flow through us and fill every corner of society. However, often the channel is clogged with ‘dirt’ (concerns, worries, sin, daily life) that stops the flow of living waters and thus the flow of life to those who live in spiritual dryness and death. And, at times, people leave the church and become a bit of water separated from the river channel and thus eventually make little to no difference at all – touching no one with His life and the Gospel of the Kingdom.

However, when a group desperately pursuing God and His calling come together, they turn their individual contributions of living water into a powerful flowing river. This is what God wants the Church to be: the fullness of Jesus in us, flowing through us, to this generation. Then we will see the river of living waters flow and lives changed with the Church impacting each and every community.

So, we are to live life devoted to our personal call to “go into all the world and make disciples” where the river of living waters can flow. God’s call on your life and on my life is all about bringing life to us and then through us. When we see carrying the fullness of Jesus into our community as our personal mission… when we stop focusing on our individual achievements and worldly successes … and, instead, define success in terms of eternity, we can then join hands with others in the faith community, the family of God, the local church, and serve together as a channel for carrying God’s abundance and fullness to an incredibly dry and dusty world.

And, people will respond and drink deeply of the living water finding salvation in Jesus.

 

The Plan of Jesus to Impact the World – Personal Calling #2

We were talking about the call upon every true disciple. There is a plan and purpose that is basic to every believer to “follow Jesus as a disciple.” But, there is also a unique call upon every believer to make a difference in their world in a way that fits who they are and how God created them – their personality and life history.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Paul says that the Church is to be the fullness of Jesus who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:23). Create a mental image of what it looks like for one thing to completely fill and engulf another thing. leaving no crack or crevice untouched. Think of water filling an aquarium, completely surrounding and engulfing every object within the tank, including the bricks, the coral, and the artificial castle; 100 percent of the available surface area contacts the water. In a similar way, Paul says the Church is like water, permeating every crack and crevice of society, leaving nothing untouched by the fullness of Jesus.

Hear that again. We are to be like the water, leaving nothing untouched by the love of God.

Sounds impossible? That’s because of our experience and trust in the ways of the physical world. Think of the most impactful organizations in recent history. You might consider corporations like Apple, Google, Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, and Ford Motor Company. Combine their collective skills, capacities, and abilities. Add in the rest of the businesses in the world. Multiply that by 1,000,000. Could the resultant entity “fill everything in every way?” Not a chance.

Yet we are promised that the Church, in all its shortcomings, has that capacity. God gave it a sacred design with a sacred plan and purpose. The Church is the most powerful movement in the history of the world with the capacity to fill everything in every way with the fullness of Christ.

That is a game changer, but here is the challenging part. Do you believe that the potential of your personal calling (see yesterday’s blog) is connected to the fullness of Jesus in your community? That God’s perfect plan for your life in this generation is about the fullness of Christ touching you and the people around you deeply?

If so, then you need to be a vibrant part of the Church. Forget preconceived notions for a moment; set aside your vision of ‘church’ with any negative association. Just take God at His Word – the Church is the instrument of the fullness of Jesus intersecting with us.

When seen in that light, calling and Church are inseparable. And, there is much that each one of us needs to be doing.

A Personal Call – Part One

The Prophet Isaiah received a call from the Lord to minister in His Name and to His people. God still calls people today. He calls ordinary people to join with Him so as to accomplish extraordinary things in His Name. As soon as we are born again the call of God – what He is calling us to accomplish for Him and with Him – becomes evident to all who care to look and listen.

Each one of us has skills and abilities that God can harness for His purposes. And, we have special, supernatural gifts that He gives to us when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit so that we can do what Jesus did (John 14:12). But, again, we must desire to be used by Him through these gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1-2) as well as learning to use them. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit are given – but the skills to use them are learned.

Our call and the working out of that call must always be based in and rise out of the local church. These gifts are meant to minister to others who believe and the church becomes more beautiful and more complete as more and more people engage and pursue to fullness of Christ through the use off their unique gifts and service (ministry). Our gifts are not our own. They are truly on loan for the benefit of the whole family of God and then out to our community at large (1 Corinthians 12:10-11).

This isn’t about strengthening a local organization, through that may happen. This is really about spreading the fullness of Jesus to our generation and to every nation. Jesus told us that we would receive power and thus the 9 gifts of the Spirit when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. He states the reason for the power and the gifts – so we can be a witness sin the world to the fact that He is alive and loves people (Acts 1:8).

In the scorecard of eternity, our personal calling will always be incomplete outside the context of being an active family member in the local church. If we are not disciplined in our daily, personal practices as demonstrated in the Acts 2 church, why would we expect to live abundantly within the personal calling God designed for us?

Could you pursue a personal calling while ignoring the church? Yes! We can choose to be planes without airports, but our effectiveness will be limited. More importantly, that path represents a misunderstanding about why God gave us a unique set of gifts and a calling in the first place, and ultimately it keeps the church from being all that He intends. Not to mention your plane will run out of gas and there will be nothing ahead but a crash as you don’t have an airport available to you.

We will never fully experience what God has planned if we choose to go it alone and not be rooted and grounded, connected and active, in a local church. Too many born again believers are trying to walk with Jesus and fulfill their calling on their own. Does not work well. Will not last long. Always ends in disaster.

Let me encourage you to recommit yourself to being fully devoted to and engaged in a community of Christ followers, regardless of what form it takes (small group, missional community, traditional church, megachurch). Not as a martyr but as one who chooses to live the Christian life in common with others. Be one who chooses daily to bless others in small things. One who can model a life of sharing regardless of the shortcomings of a local expression of church. One who can model and become a spark for others to be devoted to one another.

Roll up your sleeves and embrace your local church or diligently pursue finding one where you and your family can be fully devoted to living in common as the body of Christ. Don’t be lukewarm. Devote yourself to being all-in regardless of the church’s quirks and blemishes. Make a difference daily where you are. The good works God has called you to (Ephesians 2:10; John 14:12) will be multiplied and made more effective if you are surrounded by a community of faith.

Let the devotion and community of the local church release the true potential of your individual calling.

Don’t Just Go To Church

The Church is a direct extension of the ministry Jesus had while ministering to the people of His day. One day, as He was walking with His followers, He commented, “The things that I do, you shall do also; and great things will you do…” (John 14:12).

That is an amazing statement. We are to continue His ministry and actually do what He did. His followers are to know His peace, walk in His presence , and flow in the same supernatural power that He moved in. Being a disciple of Jesus is more than ‘going to church’ once a week. It is ‘being the Church’ every day as we live normal lives.

We are called to walk in love and give it away in every way possible and in every place we go. We are the extension of the original ministry Jesus had. We are here to complete His one task and the reason He died on the cross and three days later rose from the dead. His task – “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

This is the task He was given by our heavenly Father and it is our task as His people today. This is “being the church” in our world today.

To accomplish this task we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples (Luke 24:49) to stay in Jerusalem until they had received the promise of the Father (made in Joel, chapter 2). This promise was that His people – today’s Church – would walk in the same supernatural power that Jesus walked in. Jesus repeats this command to wait and receive in Acts 1:8 and further explains the purpose of this experience and encounter. Jesus said, that this power we would receive was to enable and empower us to be His witnesses in our world, in the community in which we live today.

This second encounter with God that equips us to move in the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) is being lost in the Church today. Not just in those churches that have stopped preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom but also in Spirit-filled churches and denominations in many nations around the world. I have just returned from Central Asia and I worked with churches that were founded upon the flowing of the supernatural gifts and the power of God received through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Now, even the pastors and leaders have not experienced the Baptism and are no longer walking in supernatural power.

We need to protect what the Lord has given to us to complete His work on this earth. We need to reclaim what is ours to walk in. We need what the early Church had which enabled them to literally take the Gospel of the Kingdom to the four corners of the then known world. We need to encounter the Holy Spirit, receive His power, and learn to walk in the gifts that accompany the Baptism. This is the full gospel and without the experience of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit we are not able to obey Jesus and do what He has commanded us to do in His Name.