Spiritual and Church growth happens from the inside out.
In the last few months we have put an increased emphasis on prayer at FCC and almost immediately the spiritual atmosphere of the Church was changed. We have a small group that’s get together on Sunday morning and prays for the service. The effect of them getting together and praying for the service produced an increased level of anointing during the services.
On Fridays which was supposed to be our prayer service we spent more time teaching and talking about prayer than actually praying. So this month we decided to change the direction to focusing on praying and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us on when to hit on teaching points. More prayer produced more power during our services.
So I would say in general that our services have become less scripted and since we are praying corporately more and more the anointing level has increased dramatically. There has also be an increase in the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit.
(1Co 12:7 KJV) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Last Sunday the Holy Ghost took over the service. I had a wonderful message printed out in my top of the line notebook with many thoughtful points and illustrations, but after reading my scriptures I don’t think I looked at my notes again. The Spirit of God then preceded to pull things out of my spirit that I had downloaded during my prayer time…it was like I was watching myself preach. It wasn’t spectacular, but it was supernatural.
I believe that it is vitally important for us as leaders to be disciplined and orderly in the way we approach Gods business. But we most never forget who is God and who is the messenger boy.
I don’t get to decide what I preach, how long I preach and the focus of my ministry…if I want to be anointed.
There is nothing sadder than watching a powerless preacher with good intentions.
Tools I use to get the job done…
Garage Band-to record podcast opening and closes
Audacity-to edit our service MP3’s
M-Audio Microtrack II-to record our services, it fits right in my pocket and comes with a lapel mic.
Blue Snowball USB Mic-to record our podcast introductions
FreeAgent Go Mac-to backup all of the Churches data
Moleskine-I keep one for my prayer journal and one for sermon notes
Moleskine Weekly Planner
MacSword-super cool open source Bible program
Blogo-very cool blog editor with built-in twitter support also.
Dropbox-this is the best file sharing application on the market and free version comes with 2 GB of online storage.
(Jas 1:17 KJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Our friend Rev. Frankie Hing delivered a powerful message last Sunday on the gifts that God gives us and that these gifts are a spiritual deposit for a natural use.