How Did We Miss This Simple Truth?

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Stay with me on this and take note of the italicized words. We’ll be coming back to them.

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.

When they (disciples) saw Him, they (disciples) worshiped Him; but some (disciples) doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them (disciples), saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go (disciples) therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them (disciples) in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them (disciples) to observe all things that I have commanded you
(disciples); and lo, I am with you (disciples) always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matthew 28:16–20

Here’s a simple question with a very obvious answer: to whom was Jesus speaking? Disciples, right? This is very important. Jesus was speaking to disciples.

Disciples are disciplined ones. They are current, active, and ongoing students and learners. These disciples were humble men who’d proven their faithfulness by not only learning, but also by putting into practice what they’d learned. There was more yet to come. They were now ready to graduate to the next step in being a disciple.

These disciples were the ones to whom Jesus would entrust the leadership of the New Testament church. It is here, in Matthew 28, that Jesus revealed to them, and us, a key element of being a disciple that is to be at the core of the framework of the church. His instruction to these who were disciples was for them to duplicate themselves and make disciples. They were to do for others what Jesus had done for them.

Please hear me all the way out on this matter. No matter what you do in the church, you’ll see it in a whole new light. As we move forward, you’ll see your ministry, whether you consider it significant or insignificant, really does matter. You doing your part is the key to the structure, growth, and revival of the church. This plan Jesus gave the church is no less central to the building of the church than the dimensions were to the building of the ark! That means that the part you play in obedience is critical to God’s glory being revealed in His body, the church. Your ministry matters.

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Warning: Simple Truth Straight Ahead

Blueprints

My apologies for the length of time between posts.  This is the 3rd post in a multi-post series.  I will continue this post in a day or so.  Don’t miss it!  Ministries, lives, and eternities depend on THE church understanding this SIMPLE truth.  If you need proof that it doesn’t understand, read this and look around.

For your convenience I’ve included the links to the 1st two posts in this series so we’re all on the same page.

Jesus – Master Builder?  #1

Jesus – Master Builder?

Jesus – Master Builder?  #2

God Has Always Had A Plan

Now, Jesus – Master Builder?  #3

Warning: Simple Truth Straight Ahead
Now, I have a warning concerning what I’m about to show you.

First, to the pastors or leaders: Because the Scripture I’m about to use is so familiar, you’ll be tempted to think you’ve squeezed all the sweetness out of its fruit. (That’s a kind way of saying you’ll be tempted to think you know it all.)  Trust me; there’s a dimension to this you may have never seen.

Secondly, to the faithful saints and members: Because of the context of this verse, many pass it by as mostly a word or directive for leaders. It applies to both leadership and membership because we’re each believers first.

It applies to all of us because we are His body, one body, and your ministry matters. shown through the Old Testament His pattern of having a plan and making those plans known, it is reasonable to expect that God had a plan for the implementation of the New Testament church. I can’t stress enough that God’s plans only produce supernatural results when they are followed.

So knowing God’s plan is one thing; fully obeying it is another. Sometimes we have a problem with the fully part.

Jesus’ Plan for His Church
Consider the anticipation and excitement Noah felt as he was receiving the plan for the deliverance of each species of animal on earth and the salvation of those nearest and dearest to him, his family. After the instructions were given, it was in his hands to follow them and see God’s salvation. We live in a different era than Noah, but we are under the same unchanging God who still expects uncompromising obedience. It’s no different for us today.

Here we go. God’s plan for the New Testament church is called the Great Commission.

(Now see, I told you you’d be tempted to think you knew it all!)

In the next post, you’ll see exactly what I mean!

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God Has Always Had A Plan

Why would the God who so meticulously gave instruction to so many in the Old Testament not leave a plan or blueprints for the New Testament church?

Consider a few…

To Noah:  Gen 6:13-22 Noah – 14 “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood;  (not oak, maple, or whatever he had handy)

God was specific about the dimensions.

Gen 6:15 “This is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be 300 cubits, its width 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits.

There are plenty of examples.  Consider again the instructions given to…

Judg 7:2-9 Gideon and 2 Chr 20:17-18 Jehoshaphat and so many more.  If you don’t think God cares about details read Leviticus!

Today, we try improve God’s plan, or adjust it according to how we’ve seen others do ministry with what we consider success.  That’s called pragmatism. Human reasoning takes over. We think we know what’s right.

Mark 7:13 Make the word of God of no effect thru your tradition which you have handed down.

Many times, even in a good church, we function by tradition and not by the Word

Prov 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man but its end is -way of death.

With all this in mind… God certainly left a plan for the operation of the New Testament Church.

Warning: Simple Truth Straight Ahead… NEXT POST

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Jesus – Master Builder?

Maybe the question mark drew you into this post.

But, I have a question I need an answer to. If Jesus is the Master builder, where are the plans or blueprints? If there is a single set of blueprints, why isn’t the church uniform in it’s building processes? It seems among the many leaders there are multiple building plans. Can you imagine a single house being built by multiple contractors using a number of blueprints? The results would be confusion.

Over the next several posts I want to look into the SINGLE set of blueprints Jesus left for the church. Follow along.

Jesus made it clear whom it was that was solely and ultimately
responsible to bring about harvest and revival and, in due course, the building of the church. It was Him and Him alone. He was clear.

“I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18).

Paul knew this as well. This prolific missionary and apostle knew he and Apollos certainly had a part to play, but that in the end God was the true builder.

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

I want you to get this truth and picture deep into your heart
and mind. Jesus is the Builder. As I go about making my point
in the next few posts, I need you to see this through the
eyes of a builder, the Builder, Jesus Christ.

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India

So many incredible people made this mission possible!  Hundreds of pastors, leaders and students thank-you!

I arrived in India about 1:30 in the morning on Friday the 3rd.  That was 3pm Thursday the 2nd Eastern time.  I had been traveling with almost no sleep for about 40 hours.

I didn’t know it at a time but after a three hour ride from the airport and after a 1 hour and a half hour sleep I would be starting the first 2 day pastor’s seminar. That brought me to Sunday where I would preach in my host Pastor Thimothi’s Church which has about 500 and attendance. After praying for so many people after the service we went and ate and got ready to travel.

As with many mission endeavors the key is to remain flexible.  That Sunday night I discovered upon our arrival that I was the keynote speaker at a 25 years church anniversary service.  Surprise.  God is faithful and all went well.

We traveled all night again, got 3 hours sleep and started another seminar.  In each seminar I spoke 6-8 hours.  All the seminars were very well attended with some traveling hundreds of miles to attend.  That was seminar number two.

After that there was all day travel and another very successful seminar.  Almost 280 people with people standing and looking on from outside. After that two day seminar we traveled all night to Hyderabad where the college is.

Thimothi, who is the Bible college president said the pastors were very happy and remarked that no one they knew of was teaching a message like this.  It was new to many but I believe vital to an end time harvest.

I could go on and on about the schedule but after a while it becomes a blur and very repetitive.  The weekend had us visiting a few churches and the week days were spent with the students at the college, pastors, instructors, staff from the college.

I can’t even begin to imagine the potential for the Lord to use these teachings for the harvest of many, many souls.  To have also had the chance to impact a new generation of leaders left both the students and myself in tears as it came to a close.

Again, thank-you for your support.  Only the Lord knows the impact on a country like India where there is only about 3% Christians and also suffers persecution from many false religions and even the government in some areas.

A few pictures…

Serving Dinner

Teaching Students

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shower companion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobra Killer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out for dinner

 

 

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Church In Crisis #13 – No HELPS, No Revival

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Most of us are familiar with the second chapter of Acts where “those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them” (Acts 2:41).

SAVED and BAPTIZED… THAT DAY!?!?

At this point in the narrative all we know is that Peter was preaching.  But, do you really think PETER baptized ALL 3000 of those people BY HIMSELF that day?  I doubt it.

There were 120 in that upper room who had ALL been taught to SERVE by the One who did not come to be SERVED but to SERVE! Jesus!  Then, Acts 2:42 says, “THEY continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers”.

“THEY” had to be more than just Peter.  There is no way Peter could have led all the teaching, fellowships, meals and prayer times alone and without assistance.  He had to have help, HELPS.

If you were to look in Nave’s Topical Bible for the word revival, you’d see a listing for “revivals at Pentecost and times after Pentecost.” It lists nine revivals in the book of Acts.  The eight other revivals listed in Acts are; Acts 2:46–7; Acts 4:4; Acts 5:14; Acts 6:7; Acts 9:35; Acts 11:20–21; Acts 12:24; and Acts 14:1.

Take the time to look closely at these verses. Every one of these revivals was significant and each one took more than just the preacher to happen.  You can see in every move of God the MINISTRY OF THE HELPER.

Eph 4:16 says “The whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes GROWTH OF THE BODY for the edifying of itself in love”.

Read it again.  Revival CANNOT happen without the WHOLE Body doing it’s part.  No HELPS, No REVIVAL.

I’m talking about you. Your ministry matters!

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Church In Crisis #12 – Uncovering Leaders Among You

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If you’re looking for leaders in your church or ministry, you need only look for those who are already quietly performing the tasks.  Look at the example of Jesus.  No loud platitudes or drawing attention to Himself by saying, “look what I can do or that I’m doing!”  NO.  Jesus stayed on task and mission as He came to reveal the Father.  His actions spoke volumes.  He was a Man under Authority, humbly serving His gift to whomever he could.  Look for the guy with a heart like Christ’s.

Luke 22:27 I am among you as one who SERVES.

Stay away from the boisterous ones who are making big promises and jockeying for
position.  They are not “long” for your ministry.  It’s always nice to hear a good word about the work you’re doing.  But, be careful!

When I was pastoring we would have visitors that would come in and make a big splash. “Oh pastor, this church is the best kept secret in the state.”  “I’ve been looking for a church that REALLY preaches the truth!”    (When Vicki and I would hear these things, we’d smile and say to each other, “all those things may be TRUE, until their toes get stepped on!“)  We learned to just smile and back away slowly.  There were no leaders to be found there.

Or, then there are those who are in some sort of leadership position or serving already.  “Oh pastor, you’re my leadership.  I’m under your authority”.  When the grand promises and compliments come, you may need to get ready to duck!  (Why? Because there’s a chance the snake in the next pew will  impugn your integrity and lead them to think otherwise.)  Then, like Eve they rise up while you’re not in the garden, church, and openly defy the Word of the Lord and lead sheep astray.

 John 2:24 This is why; “Jesus would not entrust himself to them,  for he knew all people.”

Post 2008-08-31No Pastor, if you’re looking for leaders to “DO”, stop.  Start looking for those who ARE leading because they’re already humbly “DOING”!

Let the Lord point out consistantly humble helpers.  They are the leaders God has sent you.  You pastor, humbly receive them as God’s gift and treat them accordingly.

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Church In Crisis #11 – NO Help Wanted

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Suggestion: Go to the pulpit this Sunday morning and say, “NO HELP NEEDED“!

It’s an all to common occurrence to have the pastor, leader, or department head go to the pulpit on a Sunday morning and plead for HELP in areas of the church.  Pastors don’t like the feeling of having to beg for help, and those in attendance don’t like being begged to help.  

Consider this; having to convince someone to “HELP” by taking their place in the Body shows that person may not have a right relationship with their Father God. (Maybe none at all, but that’s for another time.) Let’s consider a father and son’s relationship that was skewed at best.  The relationship I’m talking about is that of the OLDER BROTHER to the FATHER OF THE PRODIGAL SON in Luke 15:11-32.  

In particular let’s look at verse 29.  Here the Older Brother addresses his Father; “Look! All these years I’ve been SLAVING for you and never DISOBEYED your ORDERS“.  Did anyone notice something that doesn’t sound or feel right here?  It sounds like the Older Brother’s relationship was based on LAW, BONDAGE, and OBLIGATION rather than on LOVE, FREEDOM, and GRACE.

The Prodigal in returning knew his Father to be a man of GRACE and MERCY.  He counted on his Father having enough grace to, at the very least, allow him to be a servant, though as a son he’d shown his Father great dishonor and disrespect.  The Older Brother saw his Father as a SLAVE MASTER whose ORDERS had to be obeyed to the last detail.  How sad it is that the Older Brother saw his Father not as one who freely gives LOVE and GRACE, but as a cold master that must be appeased and obeyed.

It seems being a SON in the household of such a generous and gracious FATHER would be motivation enough to joyfully do and give your best.  The Prodigal didn’t realize what he had before he left home.  Now, humbly, he sees his Father as he’s never seen him before AND he will lovingly serve Him as a son like NEVER before.

Maybe it’s time to introduce, or re-introduce, people to their Father God?

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Church In Crisis #10 – How Do I Find Helpers?

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Let me give you the same advice given in Acts:63-4, “Seek out from among you.” Unfortunately, the adage “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence,” affects even churches.

When there’s a staffing need, no matter how big or small, many shepherds begin to look over the fence. Why is it we so quickly overlook the miracles of God’s grace and provision in the people He’s placed around us?

Jesus said it best when He was overlooked as one with nothing of any real value to offer His hometown: “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house”(Matthew 13:57). The people He could have been a blessing to missed out because they didn’t recognize the gift among them. “He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief ” (Matthew 13:58).

I wonder how much the local church, the body of Christ, has missed out on because we didn’t recognize the parts among us. “Seek out from among you” is a great place to start.

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