Jesus sent a man to minister to a small hurting flock. The church had been though a couple of splits over the previous decade and was limping along. The new pastor prepared a 20 minute sermon each week. However, during most services, about 10 minutes into the message he sensed that someone or more than one was having emotional struggles. He stopped the message and asked if any wanted prayer. In the beginning two or three came forward. He prayed for them from his heart and anointed each one with oil while the elders laid hands on them. As time went on, this anointing and laying-on-of-hands prayer gained momentum. Everyone had been hurting! The resulting healing had an effect on the whole community. Word got around. After two years, the church had been adding so many old members who had left, and new born again souls, it became larger than it ever had been.
The pastor was called to lead a church in a different part of the country. His replacement heard about the special prayer time, but chose to make it a once-a-month ritual. Attendance declined, he was replaced, attendance declined more, another replacement lasted a year—the church closed.
James 5:13-20 contains complex statements about leadership’s Hands-on Love, character, joy, work, outreach, and relationship nurturing—you will also see the spiritual flow of mercy, kindness, forgiveness, righteousness, sacrifice, cheerfulness, and wisdom each member of the congregation needs. Let Jesus guide you and the Holy Spirit will empower you into an enlightening investigation, as you seek to learn this vital knowledge of church fellowship, outward-focused love, and spiritual bonding. May your study encompasses several other related scriptures, and be richly blessed to include 1 Peter 4:8-11 and 1 Peter 5:1-5 in your reading.
A Victorious Heart Condition
The successful pastor in the true story above was motivated by owning the Element of Victory, a heart condition. Jesus’ Church is currently scattered and disjointed. We have to follow Him with our hearts with the attitude of breaking from man-made rules and theology that has caused hurtful church experiences, lack of fruit, ignorance of the affects of dark powers, and inward-focused principles that have pushed Christians to give up on church and leave in a state of despair.
We need to find our brothers and sisters who don’t currently attend a church and show them welcoming love, kindness that extends an invitation to connect to our fellowships in new and different ways, and we have to tell them how important they are. Let’s seek together and our Lord will lead us to include these disciples in our outreach. It is my opinion that one new way He wants us to move forward is to train elder teams who make visits to home-based fellowships of varying types. Their mission is to anoint with oil and pray for this flock with heart-generated Hands-on Love.
We have ambitious goals. It is our hope, our prayer, and our passion to help all Bible-believing churches unite into one voice of love, and bring Jesus’ Light into every neighborhood. His Light will overwhelmingly drive out darkness—it cannot stand against Him! As much as we have been working with colleagues to offer this coupled-in-love joining to Jesus’ workforce mindset, we have been pummeled with resistance; mostly by church leaders who have misunderstood our mission. Praise God, all that is changing! Be that as it may, we need your help and prayers. Let’s seek Jesus’ direction together in all we do. Without His guidance, nothing will be done correctly (John 15:4-5).
Everything we do is transparent. Please pray that we won’t misstep; our business is God’s business, so we never want to be outside His will. We openly state that it is our job, in this War for Souls, to reach into every community and let church-attending and non-church-attending Christians know that they can join us.
If you currently don’t attend a Bible-believing church, we urge you to join us in our worldwide Concert in Prayer, regardless. Our Lord wants us to assure you: you are a loved and cherished person. We are working to provide ways for all who seek the Lord to connect with a caring church body in their area. Hopefully, you will hear of a local church that will welcome you to connect, whether you attend on Sunday or prefer to serve from home.
If you currently don’t a Bible-believing church, we urge you to join us in our worldwide Concert in Prayer, regardless. Our Lord wants us to assure you: you are a loved and cherished person. We are working to provide ways for all who seek the Lord to connect with a caring church body in their area. Hopefully, you will hear of a local church that will welcome you to connect, whether you attend on Sunday or prefer to serve from home.
There is an ongoing raging spiritual War that has an effect on every person on earth. In the past it has been mostly, and sadly, misunderstood. The two biggest problems that have plagued the church are now out in the open and are being overcome. The first is lack of listening to Jesus, so as to follow Him in everything. The second is underestimating our enemy.
Please enjoy some very good news! There are now many churches that are overcoming and Winning the War for Souls, and are constantly experiencing victory in Jesus! I was pleasantly surprised to discover one close to home. Mark and Audra are making a difference in our community through their healthy church. You can read the true story of why I call Pastor Mark the “Disciple Maker” in the Healing Set. He and Audra have uniquely made a difference in our community because they are examples of Christians who “live out” the Bible in Christ! I believe the Lord sent them to drive out darkness and bring His Healing Light into neighborhoods. We are learning that Mark is busy working with other area pastors to become one voice of Jesus’ love and kindness! Their church: www.gccnh.com