The End Of Your World

By Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Since Harold Camping’s, consistent failure to pinpoint the exact date of the end of time, there is no mistake about the finality of this planet. It would be error to applaud his error but he did spark interest in the end times. Many were counting on his prediction to be right.

And for good reason.

People have had enough of this out of control world. But something more ominous is on the horizon.

You should be equally concerned of your own mortality.

It is important to pay attention to the natural disasters that are happening at a more frequent pace. Each earthquake is intense or less intense. The glaciers are melting. Each storm is destructive and devastating.

The Bible tells us of the first earthquake in Genesis chapter 10 and verse 25.

“…for in his days the earth was divided…”

When the Lord set the nations up, it was clear that God would govern the times, seasons, and course of all the nations. As the earth separated, there is no question that there was quite a shaking.

But notice what Acts 17 tells us.

Paul was in Greece. Athens to be specific and observed that the entire city was turned over to idolatry. The ineffectiveness of the Jewish synagogue to articulate to these philosophers who God is, has given these Gentiles reason enough to turn themselves over to idolatry.

Sounds like the modern day church today.

Ineffective.

So Paul saw that it was an opportunity to preach Jesus to them.

Paul starts out by letting the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers know who the “UNKNOWN GOD” is.

“…God made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands…He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings…”

The definitive answer to the Lordship of Jesus is found in John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:15-17. You go back to the question, “Who made all of this?” It all goes back to Genesis chapter 1.

When Adam sinned, all of creation was placed on a clock.

The title of this blog could be misunderstood because this planet is not the world that I am talking about.

The end of your world is you.

God determined before hand everyone’s time. Everything is pre-appointed. This pre-appointment is not based on God forcing you to do what you do. It is based on what God already knew what you would do as a free moral agent. He created you with an independent will. At any time you could make a decision and it will either mean your life or your death.

Every decision you make is a decision God knew ahead of time that you would make. At anytime, you could have change your mind. God already knows who would be saved and who would reject His salvation. Just because He knows this, it doesn’t mean that you couldn’t get into the kingdom.

When it comes to sickness and disease, you know that if you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, you know that the clock is really ticking. Most of the times when I watch certain medical shows like ER Trauma or Dr. G., Medical Examiner, we see death up front.

What I’ve also observed in these and similar shows is that while people are faced with the end of their world, the Person they need most is not even thought of sometimes. They use abstract thinking or reasoning that sounds religious but you could see that there is no real connection to God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

A person’s world is passing before their eyes and faster than they could think. Very few realize that when earthly life is over, eternity is next. Or they do know that death is about to take them but they play it off like it’s not really happening to them.

Because of Adam’s transgression, all of us received the death penalty but through Jesus, we, through His death can receive eternal life. If we reject God’s provision for salvation, we must be eternally separated forever (see John 3:15-21).

Why?

The answer is found in the Scripture quoted directly above.

Very few have made the decision to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and they are not ready to pass into eternity into heaven. Very many pass into eternity without knowing the Savior.

In one particular show other than the ones I mentioned above, she explained to me that a person died of a heart attack. When they revived him, they asked him a question. “Did you see anything?” He answered, “It was dark. I didn’t see a blanking thing.”

Just because you didn’t see anything it doesn’t mean that you saw everything.

Millions that have pass away are brought back to this life. Not realizing that it was somebody, either in heaven, or in earth, or both that prayed to the Father to spare your life so that you could get a chance to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

So the next time death is about to fully take you, you will not go the way of all the earth into a dark eternity apart from God.

Hebrews 9:27 says,

“It is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”

Everyone knows that the appointment of death is coming. But after death, the judgment is coming. You will be judge according to what you’ve done and primarily what you have done with Jesus.

Did you accept Him or reject Him.

We see death as a reminder when the hearse goes by. We see it when we watch wars or murders. We see it when we watch our relatives or our loved ones pass through the doors of death. We know that the end of our world is soon coming.

The point is, will you pass through into eternity with Christ or without Him.

Sinner’s Prayer

“God, I come to You, a sinner. I desire salvation. I repent of all my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord. I believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God. I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. I believe that right now, I am saved. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

If you prayed that prayer for the very first time, Welcome into the Kingdom of our risen Savior. Now click the link below, click the “Sinner’s Prayer” and you will find out more about what you did to become a child of the King.

www.prevailingwordbiblechurch.org

The Fastest Way To Grow Your Church, Part Two

by Fred C. Rochester. The Fastest Way To Grow Your Church, Part Two. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

In Part One we covered two out of seven things that is essential for church growth.

1. Worship and

2. Prayer and Evangelism

Without these two important things, your church cannot grow.

Church growth begins when there is a pursuit to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. True church growth is never a shift in numbers. Transfer growth is when people that are already believers stop going to one church just to attend another church.

That’s church hopping.

They are pursuing membership, not discipleship.

When church hopping happens, this is an indication of immaturity on the part of the believer unless they are arriving at churches that are faltering or failing to provide true stability. Granted, there are some churches that do not provide genuine discipleship but God never called His people to uproot at random based on feelings.

You must have a solid discipleship plan to bring them along and help stabilize them in their relationship with the Lord Jesus.

If you are only counting numbers of people in a chair and not ministering to them so they can grow in the Lord, you will have a church full of babies that will never reach their full potential in Christ. The Lord wants you to be fruitful and multiply, however, maturation is a long term investment process.

It is important for the pastor and the people working with the pastor to establish an atmosphere of worship, prayer and evangelism.

Too often, many pastors look for natural means to do a supernatural work. In other words, when they see that nothing is happening, they look to do natural means alone to get the job done without inquiring the Lord.

What kind of natural means?

Marketing. Mailings. Attraction gimmicks.

I am not saying that we are not to do these things (except gimmicks) but we are not to be totally reliant on these things.

I encourage you to do like David. Before you make a move, inquire of the Lord. Get God’s counsel on what you need to do. When you get God’s counsel, anointing, and grace, you must be prepared for twists and turns.

You cannot rush God.

As a side note, when you are with working with people, there will be some that will not agree with what the Lord placed in your heart.

There is two kinds of opposition in the church.

All opposition comes from the devil, however, the opposition originates in the realm of the spirit and enters into the heart of the unsuspecting.

Demonic opposition is when the devil is fighting everything you do in the realm of the spirit. This is where the “Daniel kind of praying” is warranted. You go into prayer and fasting against what is against you, or against what is preventing you from receiving what God has in store for the local church. And you take a stand until there is a definitive release from the Lord.

People opposition is Galatians 5:7-26 in operation in the local church.

When the people inside the church is fighting one another, it is a clear indication that the devil has found someone to work through to stop the momentum. When people intentionally become unwilling to do certain things to help you facilitate growth in the church, it is people opposition.

When people disappear at the right moment or quit when they are most needed, it is people opposition. I should point out that not all disappearances and quits is a person’s fault.

There are other factors that do occur that makes disappearances and quitting easy. Sometimes, difficult pastoral leadership or difficult leaders alleged to be working with the pastor can make doing the work of the ministry difficult.

When people willingly agree to disagree, and it is their right to do so, it is still people opposition. If they disagree just over trivial things, they are being difficult and they want to control the pastor.

As a pastor, you cannot make people agree with you. You cannot stop people from opposing you when they’ve made up their mind to stand against you. You cannot stop people from disappearing when you need what they have.

What you can do is pray for those that are in opposition to come into agreement with you. Or, pray for new people to come and replace them.

Pray, as Pastor Robyn Gool would say, “for the right kind of help.” Don’t just pray for help because the wrong kind of help will show up.

Be specific.

Pray that God would send people that is agreeable with the will of God, the vision, and mission for the local church. Pray that they can receive pastoral authority and Biblical leadership. Pray that they are teachable and have a humble spirit. Pray that they have the wisdom of God.

Pray that they can work with little to no supervision to get the task done. Pray that they can discern the will of God for the house and work with each other, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

And when the Lord sends them to you, you must teach them that they are necessary for the body to function according to 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. Teach them to operate in the fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22. Teach them that their measure is required of them according to Romans 12:1-13.

You teach them that they cannot hold the church back by withholding what God gave them. You teach them that they do not have the right to withhold the gift of God. God gave us life, health, and strength. He has blessed us and we feel that we have the right to tell God that we are not going to give Him what is His all along.

All of a sudden, we assume the right to tell God how we are going to be used.

“In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.

In the same way He gives us breath, in an instant, we can stop breathing. In an instant, because we were obedient, the abundant blessings of the Lord comes. In an instant, because of willful disobedience against the known will of God, the abundance could be dried up.

Sometimes, only a few people will grasp what you see and join in with you to get the job done. Sometimes people are not patient and will exhibit frustration and anger. This is not the time to join in their frustration and anger. It is the time to be patient and teach them what the Lord told you to do.

As a pastor,  you must be faithful with what is in your hands.

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