90 Days Later…

I wrote this blog post back in 2009 and never published it.

A little over 90 days ago the door to the Church that I was created to Pastor finally opened. It should have opened much sooner (try years ago) but I got a little off track…so thanks be to God for His mercy and grace.

The first service I think we had about 8 people show up and frankly I was surprised that that many came. To tell you the truth It was more than a little surreal to be standing up there behind the holy desk, when just a few weeks ago I had been working on the sound board at the former Church I was serving at.

I went from sound man to Pastor with seemingly little fanfare, I mean it just happened.

So here 90 days later and its hard to put into words all that the Lord has done for us in this short time. The ministry gifts that He has sent to the Church to bless us. The revelation that He has deposited in my spirit and pull out of me on Sunday morning.

I can’t tell you how many time I’m just standing up there preaching and it will be like where in the world is this going? Scriptures are coming up in my heart that I didn’t even study for in the preparation the message are just coming out of my mouth, I’m off of my notes and I’m saying to myself, ok Holy Ghost how are you going to tie all this stuff together?

I’ve had to learn how to minister in a entirely different way. I pray, study, write out my little notes, but when I stand up I don’t know what is going to happen, I just open my mouth and He fills it.

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From The Inside Out…

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.

What Is The Measure Of Success?

Psalm 127:1 (King James Version)

Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

To me, success is doing what God told you to by the power of the Word and Spirit.

Faith begins where the will of God is known and success starts by finding out the will of God for your life and ministry, then doing it by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (New Living Translation)

10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.

12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

If I judge my success by the number of people that attend “my” Church then I’ve stopped walking by faith and have started to let my life and actions be governed by my natural senses. Ministry is (supposed to be) a supernatural endeavor and can only be done by faith.

I’m not the judge of my success, Jesus is. Do my results measure up to His instructions?

The seal of approval on your ministry is not crowds, fame or money. If the Holy Ghost is not attending your services you are a failure and all of your efforts are vain labor.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (New Living Translation)

But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

When we moved into our new building the money issue was starting to press in on me. The Lord told me to do something, but I was paying more attention to our bank account than the will of the Lord. So I’m walking around the church building, He supernaturally blessed us with, worrying about money. In mid-worry, the Spirit of God spoke up on the inside of me and said “I’m the one who pays the bills around here”.

With the one word from the Lord I came back to my spiritual senses and just did what God told me to. When I did, the money showed up to get the job done.

Keep It Simple

Psalm 127:1 (Amplified Bible)

EXCEPT THE Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

When the Lord put it on my heart to start the Church a year ago one of the things I thought that made the task almost impossible was the lack of everything necessary to start a Church. I didn’t have a lot of money, help or much of anything else.

So what the Lord instructed me to do was to just keep it simple. For months the whole ministry fit in a small duffel bag.

The audio department was a small digital recorder that fit in my shirt pocket.

Our sound system was a couple of usb speakers hooked up to a Macbook Pro.

We rented space at a community center in San Francisco and it took me about 15 minutes to set everything up.

I really had to disengage from the professional preacher bloggers and hear from the Holy Ghost for myself what He wanted me to do.

Now a little over a year later we have a building and stuff, but it all started by following a few simple steps.

The key to success in the ministry is getting Gods plan/pattern for your ministry directly from God not man. The plan for your ministry can’t be found in some mans book or conference. And the measure for success in ministry is not attendance but did you do what God called you to do.

Overwhelmed By Grace…

Romans 5:17 (Amplified Bible)

For if because of one man's trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Started a new series last Sunday on the grace of God. The revelation of the grace of God changed my life…I always knew I was called to be a Pastor, but I never could see how God could use somebody like me.

For years I hid in the church faithfully performing my assigned tasks. I was the assistant Pastor, usher, praise team leader, sound man, janitor…but I always knew I was out of the will of God.

It was the revelation of His grace that set me free to be who he created me to be. I found out that in His grace is the power, might and ability to do anything He called me to do.

Ms. Linda In Da House…

A good friend of the ministry Linda Holmes who is currently attending Rhema Bible Training Center was in town this week on Christmas vacation and I asked her to share her testimony.

She did an outstanding job in sharing about what can happen to you when you come to know the Lord personally and surrender your life to Him.

You can hear her message here