Part 3 today concerns Anointed Preaching. The best of example of what I’m talking about is found in Peter’s inaugural address on the Day of Pentecost, found in Acts 2:14-42(NLT):
14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
The second pillar of an effective church is finances. It amazes me how controversial this truth is. You cannot build anything in this world without financial resources. That just does not happen. And scripture speaks to the truth of Jesus’ relationship to finances.
“But Jesus Was Poor”
Is there anything worse than an ineffective church?
I am using the word ‘church’ to mean the Christian Church and its traditions, throughout its myriad and varied history, but I will be speaking from a Protestant perspective as I have never been Catholic. There are two excellent polls that show the breakdown of all religious affiliations in America; The Pew Research Report says that 78% of Americans identify as Christian, and it also gives additional information on how people in America practice their faith. The ABC News Poll claims that 83% of Americans identify as Christian, while giving a denominational breakdown as well.
So if this country is over 3/4 Christian, why is it going to Hell in a hand basket?
I submit that it is because we are ineffective as a church. And we are ineffective because we are not listening to the Lord. Continue reading “Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 1”
One of the most misunderstood areas in the Body of Christ is the Fivefold Ministry. Some are still arguing that the Apostolic and the Prophetic are no longer in operation today; nothing could be further from the truth. In this new teaching I explore what the Bible says in the Greek and the Hebrew in terms of defining the offices. I talk about what a healthy spirituality should look like, and the unfortunate effects of religious abuse, something rarely talked about but very prevalent! Presented in eight audio teachings with an accompanying workbook, pick up your copy of Fivefold Ministry today.