How could God’s people miss what should have been the greatest revival in all of history? God’s people were so disoriented to God that when God Himself (in the person of Jesus Christ) came to lead the revival, they rejected Him and His message. Jesus explained that they were supposed to be a house of prayer, but they had become a den of thieves and robbers. Inspired by a message by Henry Blackaby on Luke 19:41-45, I’ve contrasted a house of prayer for the nations (described in Isaiah 56:1-8) and a den of robbers (described in Jeremiah 7:9-11). Lest we miss the revival and spiritual awakening we are longing for, we must flee from the sin and idolatry characteristic of a “den of robbers;” and we must become a house of prayer for the nations. Based on Isaiah 56:1-8 a house of prayer for the nations is… [Read more…]
Prayerwalking is “praying onsite with insight.” This video produced by New Hope New York in 2003 will help you take prayer to the streets of your city. You will learn what prayerwalking is and how to do it. Mobilize and train your church to pray for your city and even other cities for which God may call you to pray. Prayerwalking can plow the spiritual ground of a city for the movement of God’s Spirit in the city or community.
Jesus commanded us to make disciples and teach them to obey everything He commanded. That assignment will not be accomplished without an intentional plan. In this video clip Sergio Arce and I will help you with tools that can assist you in an intentional plan of making mature disciples and in developing the leadership needed to carry out that plan.
Disciple-making guides people to be transformed in Christlikeness so they think and act like Christ.
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In this video Sergio Arce and I describe the nature and characteristics of a praying church and steps you can take toward developing prayerful dependence (a prayer culture) in your church.
God’s Definition of a House of Prayer for the Nations: Isaiah 56:1-8
- A place where God’s people keep His covenant and do what is right (vv. 1-6)
- A place where God’s people love, worship, and serve the Lord (v. 6)
- A place of God-given joy (v. 7)
- A place where offerings and sacrifices are accepted (v. 7) (see Matt. 5:23-24, Mark 11:25)
- A place where God’s people have a love like God’s for the nations (v. 7)
- A place where God gathers the exiles of His people back to Himself (v. 8a)
- A place where God gathers a lost world to Himself (v. 8b)
A Working Definition of a House of Prayer for the Nations: A prayer-saturated church where kingdom-focused prayer is such a priority that it permeates everything they do.
8 Steps for Developing Prayerful Dependence in Your Church
- Get right with God and one another.
- Rekindle a first love for Christ, the wounded Savior
- Experience an intimate and personal love relationship with God in prayer.
- Be devoted to prayer with God’s people in every setting possible.
- Make prayer a primary part of your work strategy in every aspect of church life.
- Pray for one another while together with one another. Ask: “How may I pray for you.”
- Tell stories and share the testimonies of answered prayer.
- Pray for God’s assignments to the lost world beginning at home and to the ends of the earth. Then obey the Final Command (Great Commission).
3 Resources to Assist You in Developing Prayerful Dependence
A House of Prayer compiled by John Franklin
Disciple’s Prayer Life: Walking in Fellowship with God by T. W. Hunt and Catherine Walker
Growing Disciples: Pray in Faith by T. W. Hunt and Claude King
Abiding in Christ is a central discipline for the whole Christian life as a disciple. I’ve chosen the following 6 words (followed by video clips) to help you grow in your abiding relationship with Jesus Christ your Lord.
- Relationship: Abide in Christ is the first and most important discipline in The Disciple’s Cross. Your relationship with Christ is described by Him in His Parable of the True Vine in John 15. Without this saving relationship with Jesus Christ none of the other disciplines have any eternal value for your life.
- Surrender: Full surrender to Christ as Lord is an essential ingredient for abiding in Christ. You are no longer your own; you belong to Him. Surrender to His purposes and to His pruning process in your life.
- Transformation: As you abide in Christ, God will undertake your transformation into Christlikeness–the goal of discipleship. He uses all kinds of good and bad circumstances that may come your way to chip away from your life the qualities that are not like Christ (Romans 8:28-29).
- Fruit: As you abide in Christ, He works to produce fruit, more fruit, much fruit, and even much lasting fruit for the Father’s glory. This fruit includes the fruit His Holy Spirit manifests in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. But He also works through your testimony to produce gospel fruit as people are drawn to Christ through the work of the heavenly Father.
- Time: God works in your life to cultivate an intimate and personal love relationship with you as you spend time with God in His Word and through prayer. An abiding relationship with Christ is not built by brief haphazard encounters. Build unhurried and unhindered time with God into your schedule.
- Love: Abiding in Christ’s love allows you to be a channel through which His love flows to impact others. According to Oscar Thompson: “Love is meeting needs.” God gives us the body of Christ to practice our deep sacrificial love. Then God asks us to love a lost world like that.
The following 6 videos stand alone but can be supplemented by a study of “Growing Disciples: Abide in Christ” by Andrew Murray and Bo Stevens.
Want to penetrate lostness in your community through new groups? Consider this new small-group curriculum from Rick Warren. Let’s introduce Jesus to our communities!
Session titles: (with corresponding clips from the movie):
1. Jesus’ Baptism and Your Baptism
2. Jesus’ Temptation and Your Temptation
3. Jesus’ Suffering and Your Suffering
4. Jesus’ Death and Your Death
5. Jesus’ Resurrection and Your Resurrection
6. Jesus’ Ministry and Your Ministry
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In 1995 God revived His people at First Baptist Church of Wellington, Texas. They gave special emphasis to prayer during the spring of the year and focused their prayers on the lost people in their community. They prayed for 50 days between Easter and Pentecost Sunday and held 10 days of “Pentecost Prayer Meetings” following a model from South Africa. God took this revived and praying church to bring in a significant spiritual harvest during the coming months. They were willing to pay the price of returning to the Lord and experienced the fruit of obedience to Him. For a link to resources they used…
When the church is presented to Christ as the bride of Christ at the wedding supper of the Lamb, she will have prepared herself (Revelation 19:7). She will be pure and dressed in fine linen–the righteous acts of the saints. We are not ready for that event, but we can be. I believe God gave us the Lord’s Supper to return to our first love for Christ. Then, because of our love for Him, we will prepare ourselves to be the beautiful and pure bride He deserves. If we will prepare ourselves for that future wedding supper of the Lamb every time we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we will always be close to being ready. As a result, we will be more powerful in our witness and fruitful in our service to our Lord.
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No matter how discouraging things seem to be around me, I realize I’m a “prisoner of hope.” I have seen and heard many stories of how God has transformed seemingly hopeless situations for His glory. Zechariah 9:11-12 describes what God does “because of the blood of your covenant.” He releases prisoners from their waterless cisterns (sound like Jeremiah 2:13?). God rescues us from our efforts to produce a substitute for Him. Then, when we return to Him as our stronghold, He captivates us with hope. Return to the Lord, and become a prisoner of hope!
Enjoy and share 4 challenging video parables about living a fruitful Christian life: Parables of the Water Jug, Two Containers, the PVC Pipe, and the Leaning Tower. Use them as illustrations or to stimulate small-group discussion.
Parable of the Water Jug
When people take a look at your “water jug,” do they see the Living Water in you and want to drink deeply, or do they turn away because they are not that thirsty? [Read more…]