We are a spirit filled, evangelical church that preaches from the Bible as God's inspired Word of life. We are an English language church community that have people from every part of India and even parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.
for 2013 is that God is glorified. How does this happen? This happens when
people come to know Jesus- God’s glory comes on these people and it spreads and
fills the earth.
That is our
vision – but knowing it is not enough. WE need to do it. Our aim is 30 groups
that will in turn multiply. But it’s not enough to know the destination; we
need to prepare for it adequately. The IPL is at hand. The cricketers are
preparing for it. What are they doing? They are going through all kinds of training;
they are mastering the basic strokes. In the same way we need to master some basic
There are 8
things we need to do individually and corporately.
worship – Mk1:35 “very early… while it was still dark” Jesus set the example.
1Cor 1:9 “called you into fellowship” Following Jesus is about having a
relation with him. This is a non negotiable foundation. We need to spend time
with God on a daily basis with Him. Acts 19:13 the 7 brothers of Sceva did not
have a relationship with Jesus. Maintaining a Journal during your quiet time is
helpful. Write down your prayer needs and see them being answered one by one.
You can record your walk with God.
Worship Our Christian faith is a personal faith. I cannot rely on the faith of
my parents. But it is not a private faith either. God is our father and the
other Christians our brothers and sisters. 1Pet 2:5 “built into a spiritual house..”
We come together to offer spiritual sacrifices to the Lord. Acts 2:46 they met
together Heb 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together.
together is important 1 Cor. 5:4 “when you are assembled” Make Sunday morning a
non negotiable in your life. This should come out of a hear desire (Matt 6:21)
not of out of rules or law. It’s not “I must go” but “I want to go”
3. Giving –
In the Old Testament the Jews gave a tithe i.e Ten percent. In the New
Testament it’s not mentioned as a tithe though Jesus upheld the tithe. In the New
Testament it’s about sacrificial, generous giving. Acts 4:34 there were no
needy persons. 1Cor 16:2 what was the tithe used for? It is used to pay
salaries, hire of facilities, buying equipment and funding mission/church
plants. As I have said before, the tithe largely should go to the local church where you are being fed. You don't eat at Pizza Hut and pay at Mc Donalds, do you? In the same way the lions share of the tithe should go to the church you are now attending. And by all means bless other Christian work and mission.
In the New Testament
it says we should give regularly and proportionately. 1 Cor. 9:14. PJ Smyth
says In the O. T you were expected to give 10% in the N. T it is grace.
There is a
great promise – as we sow, we will reap
The early Christians
met in the temple courts and in people’s homes. Acts 2:46 Paul’s letters were
addressed to the Churches that met in people’s home. The large gathering is
great but it’s the small groups that allows for heart to heart fellowship.
In order to
go forward in the vision we need to connect together – to fellowship, to study
God’s word together, share your needs, prayer for each other.
As you do
this you will see God beginning to use you and you will flourish.
glory to Jesus. He has made it simple for us. As we follow through, with this
life will become fruitful.
Austin, Lysaya are meeting with their
friends in a park and sharing the gospel. They have started putting the vision
As we do
these 4 things we will see much success in our spiritual life.
We will look
at the other 4 the next week. God bless.