SO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD? In John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave…….only begotten son. Reading through the bible you will see a reoccurring theme throughout that God IS love. If you wish to experience love the first thing you must do is to experience God as a person. If you do not experience God then you cannot experience love for they are one and the same. God shows us his love for us and then what we have seen in Him loving you and me, we go out into the world to show others how His love can change humanity. Love is not a feeling but a choice otherwise God could not command it to be done. He says, ” if you love me keep my commandments.” Note the action on our part to keep his commandments. Also look at the great love chapter in the bible.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
You see in the verses above it is a choice a decision on our parts to be patient, kind, not envy, not boastful, nor arrogant or rude, nor insisting your own way, nor irritable, resentful, no rejoicing at wrongdoing. Please notice the following will pass away prophecies, tongues, and knowledge but love never ends. Jesus loved 12 men and by showing them His love and truth about life itself through these men changed the world. 2,000 years later we are still talking about his great sacrifice on the cross in dying for our sins. Jesus The Christ changed the world through love!!! If we wish to do the same we will take 1 Corinthians 13 seriously to heart. The world is in constant search for love and fulfillment but they will only find it in Christ. Change the world through Jesus Christ, experience him in order to change everyone you meet.

Making People Feel Like Part of the Family at your Church.

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We have been talking about being a loving and thriving church. Sometimes we don’t know what that might look like.
Here are over 20 ways to serve, be loving and a thriving member of your church.

1. Shake hands with visitors and invite them to a meal after church

2. Call the list of people who are not faithful at each service or who have disappeared and ask” how can I help”

3. Instead of just asking how are you, ask “what can I pray about for you or what’s on your heart today?” Dig deeper

4. Encourage members to the Bible studies by inviting them and offering rides

5. Ask people if you can spend time with them to give or glean, mentoring is bonding

6. Take newly saved people out to dinner ask them if they have questions and disciple them

7. Write cards for birthdays

8. Write cards for people on your heart

9. Keep your ear to the wind and find out needs and help meet those needs, Jesus often met physical needs to remove the distraction so he could meet spiritual ones as well

10. Cutting grass for people out of town, or others traveling

11. Painting the houses of elderly and visiting shut-ins…. helping with oil changes and car inspections for single moms

12. Serve once a month in the nursery to get to know the kids and their parents (I love this because I get to invest in the next generation)

13. Host a Bible study

14. Pray for the leadership and their families.

15. Notice those who aren’t thriving and get to know them and be light there to help them grow and it will also sharpen you…hint they are the people who don’t make eye contact, don’t sing and who sit when people are greeting each other.

16. Plan to get to know one person a month outside of your comfort zone beyond a handshake

17. Ask where any help is needed and see it as an opportunity to pave the way for others. i.e. volunteer to take one of the cleaning days and find out more about the person who cleans and chat with them as you do the job for them. Let them get paid for it but be a blessing.

18. Offer to host a date night for young couples to have together time. Bring the kids to the church and give them the gospel and food while parents take a break

19. Give your phone numbers to newcomers and offer to help them settle in the community…. create a phone list of people willing to pray with or for others and put your name on that list.

20. When you hear prayer requests in Sunday school/church offer to shoulder that request with the person. Two are better than one.

21. Listen to people and listen in order to help (not enable) their needs

22. Ask people what their testimony is, how they got saved. Everyone has a story and every story matters to GOD. It encourages them to confirm what God has done.

23. Sit in a new place and talk to the people around you

24. Greet people at the door and take them to a class and sit with them (thank GOD for someone who insisted I sit with them my first few weeks)

25. Let those who serve, know you are Johnny on the spot if they have a need. i.e. that you can counsel someone for salvation in the Children’s ministry, that you might be available to be the fifth hand if needed, ask what you can donate or contribute to the Children’s ministry to say, hey we love you.

26. Come up with creative ways to get people together and host an event for evangelism, fellowship, and growth.

27. Work in ministries of people at our church who do outreach i.e. street witnessing, prison ministry, nursing home. Volunteers are needed in those areas

28. See a need and invest in eternity by being the shoes to that need.

29. Don’t assume anyone is above reaching out to. Everyone needs compassion.

The Empowerment of The Love of Christ

Here’s an interesting thought The Holy Spirit showed me today. Ephesians 3:14–19 (KJV 1900): For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened […]

Here’s an interesting thought The Holy Spirit showed me today.

Ephesians 3:14–19 (KJV 1900): For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

We are to be strengthened by might by His Spirit. The word might in the Greek is the word dynamis it’s where we get the word dynamite; this word means power from within by the Holy Spirit. The same power Jesus used to perform miracles and to be victorious over evil. Christ dwells in our hearts by faith that we would be rooted and grounded in love. This power from within will enable us to know his love and be filled with the fullness of God. We should seek to comprehend, to understand the fullness of the love of Christ on a daily basis. Now carefully examine verse 19 “to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge.” The love of Christ exceeds, surpasses, goes beyond knowledge. So the greatest thing for you as a Christian to know first and foremost is to comprehend, to seek to know the love of Christ for you personally. His love will strengthen you in your daily circumstances, strengthen you when the storms of life beat against you and will cause your giants to fall down before you.

Intimacy With Christ,

Richard Wafford

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Living Life His Way

Psalm 37:5  Commit thy way unto the Lord;

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Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

In Todays circle of Christian’s we do not know how to commit our ways unto the Lord!

Meaning, when troubles come or difficult situation arises we pray unto the Lord for leadership and for guidance, but we fail to commit to doing it God’s way and fully trusting God to bring it to pass.

Instead we think that God needs help, so, we by necessity (because we have no patience to wait upon the Lord) sake intervene on God’s behalf and in the process of doing so, we mess up the blessing that God had in store for us. So what happens is, we create another situation on top of our current situation because our own flesh got in the way of God’s blessing. Which in reality our situation equals God’s blessings through deliverance. Instead of our situation plus new situation equaling more chaos and confusion as to why God didn’t show up. When we brought all of it upon ourselves and then blame God for it!!!

The scripture is pretty clear, “commit your way unto The Lord.” Meaning his way IS the only option. “Trust also in him” meaning to trust that God is guiding you and at the right moment, “he shall bring it to pass.” Doing His way squelches chaos and confusion, and brings blessings, faith and trust in God’s mighty hand, thereby strengthening your faith and relationship with abba Father.

Intimacy With Christ cannot happen without your consent!!!

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