Saturday before my next apostolic trip to Russia and I am slowly getting ready. Jesus said that, as disciples, we must “go into all the world and preach the Gospel making disciples of every nation…” and I am doing just that. I don’t consider it an option for believers who state that they truly and deeply love Jesus. Jesus said, “If you love Me you will obey Me…” To not be winning the lost means we are not obeying Him and thus show that we really do not love Him in spite of our words. We are living in simple but dangerous disobedience. Folks, the Great Commission is not an option but a royal command. Take it seriously, I do.
This trip I have been asked to teach on prophetic evangelism. This is a two-sided teaching. First off I will need to teach them the need to evangelize and that we do so in response to the love that Jesus has poured out from the Cross for us. To know that Jesus is the only way into Heaven and not to be telling others about this is a sin and needs to be repented of. In Russia, like North America, the majority of born again Christians are not evanglizing or seeking and saving the lost as Jesus commands we are to do. So, they are not walking in their God-given authority and neither are you. They are not flowing in the power that comes with the Baptism in the Holy Spirit because it was given to enable us to be supernatural witnesses for the Lord (Acts 1:8) and neither are you. The Church there, as here, needs to learn the important of evangelism and the need to make it a daily priority. As well, it must be something we all do internationally as it will never happen by accident no matter where you live in the world.
Secondly, I will be be teaching some of the basics of prophesy and the way that prophetic giftings work hand-in-hand with evangelizing the lost – showing them that Jesus is alive because He was raised from the dead on Easter Sunday. This includes teaching them that Jesus still speaks today (“My sheep hear My voice”) and that they can hear what He is saying to them about others (prophetic words) who cannot hear Him because they are not yet born again. I can give practical pointers and bibloical examples as well as lots of examples from every day events I find myself in as I go about running household messages, walking my dog, sitting on a park bench, doing my banking, flying on airplanes, buying gas, purchasing a coffee… and even some really funny stories where I totally failed to get the Gospel out in spite of trying and embarrassed myself.
Believers in Russia know little about the prophetic gift, the levels of prophecy, the fact that everyone can prophesy if baptized in the Holy Spirit and that God wants us to use this supernatural gift to impact lives for Him and His Kingdom. I will only be teaching some really basic or foundational aspects of these two rather large topics but that is one of the things apostles are to do (Ephesians 2:20).
I have also been asked to speak in some locations on team ministry. Very important because many of the pastors of churches are somewhat heavy-handed in their leadership styles, controlling, manipulative, and definitely one-man shows. So, again, the basics will need to be covered about Bible leadership, serventhood, qualifications, character, five-fold teams, looking for the grace upon someone to serve in a calling and not electing them by a democratic vote…. As well, of course, a presentation or two on the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4:11.
And, in one location I will be speaking on the apostolic model of Church (book of Acts) as compared to or contrasted with the pastoral model we find in practice most places today. I have taught little bits here and there – once in Kazakhstan and one session in the School for Apostles and Prophets – Level One. So, this will go deeper than that but due to time restaints we will not be able to go into too much depth. However, I am currently writing a book on this subject and it will be translated into Russian and posted as an e-book simultaneously in Rusian and English on the web.
So, some major research to finish up in the next few days, some outlines to write and others to edit, lots of material (electronic and paper) to pack before early Monday morning when I leave for Russia.
Your prayers are greatly appreciated.