Culture of Transformation

Pastor's Corner

There is a way the culture of this world is going . . . but it is not the way of Christ. If you don’t feel like your swimming upstream against the culture of the day you may be swimming with it! We are called to follow Jesus wherever he leads us. Following Jesus usually means to walk against the tide of the culture. This is hard to do alone, but much easier when we walk with others who are following Jesus. This is church. Church is a place of refuge for the new in Christ and spiritually weak. Those who are more mature walk alongside the weak as they learn to follow Jesus. Church services and discipleship programs can aid in our spiritual growth, but spiritual transformation is not limited to programming. God’s desire is that we would be transformed from glory to glory as we follow Jesus every day. As we enter into a culture of transformation, spiritual growth will become the natural overflow of life with God and each other.

Romans 12:2 (ESV) "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
( Read all of Romans 12 here )

Culture of Grace

Pastor's Corner

Jesus came as a healer to the sick, not the healthy. He came to call the sinners, not the righteous. Those who followed Jesus in the gospels were not the religious elite of society, but the unholy, the rejects, and the overlooked. Jesus had come to extend salvation to anyone who was willing to receive it. Those who answered “Yes!” to following Jesus were fishermen, prostitutes, tax collectors, and anyone willing to admit they needed God’s help. It was a company of people that the religious elites of the time disdained. As the church, we must ask the question… would Jesus and his disciples be at home in our congregation? Would we look at Matthew, Mary Magdalene, Zaccheaus, Peter, etc. with joy and fellowship? Or would we be concerned how they might affect our kids, culture, and community. It is God’s desire that we enter into a culture of the grace of Jesus Christ. In a culture of grace we choose to see people through the lens of salvation. We actively call people to follow Jesus and partner with the Holy Spirit’s work to empower them into a new life with Jesus.

Luke 5:30-32 (ESV) "And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, 'Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?' And Jesus answered them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.'"
( Read all of Luke 5 here )

All Things 

Pastor's Corner

In the famous verse “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength,” Paul gives us encouragement that in every circumstance of life we can lean on Jesus. Paul is talking about contentment in the LORD in all circumstances and seasons of life. In all things, through relationship with Jesus and receiving his strength, we can remain faithful and fruitful despite external situations. Life brings many trials, temptations, and struggles. The gospel promises internal and eternal blessings, but not always external blessing. As Paul says, “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” Although we pray for miracles and believe that heaven can invade the earth, the Gospel puts our hope on the coming of Jesus and our future resurrection and glorification with him. I can remain faithful and fruitful in all circumstances because Jesus is with me in all things. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. 

Philippians 4:11-14 (ESV) “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” ( Read all of Philippians 4 here )

The Peace of His Presence 

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It is God’s desire that we live within the peace of his presence. Peace for every situation. Peace when things are good and peace when life is difficult. The Peace of God is a peace that is only found in knowing Jesus Christ. He is the calm in the storm and the peace that endures. Keep your peace by continually rejoicing in the Lord. Remember that God is with you! He is your strong friend who is always by your side. If you forget about God’s presence with you, peace will be fleeting. Instead lean on him at all times. Trust in the Lord’s promises and continually ask for his help. When you truly rely on him in this way his peace will hold you and guard you amidst the storms of life. 

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV) “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
( Read all of Philippians 4 here )

God Is Love

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God is love. He is the source of love. He is the author of love. He demonstrated his love through sending his only Son into the world. God’s love does not find its definition in my feelings. It does not find substance in my emotions or my actions. As it says in 1 John 1:7 “Love is from God.” If love is going to be used as an anchor for Christian teaching and doctrine it must be anchored in the example and definition that God gives through the Holy Scriptures. We live in a day when the statement “God is Love” has been stolen, twisted, and manipulated by the world and by those who do not fear the lord. They do this to justify brokenness rather than repenting of it. God saw our brokenness and the selfishness of our hearts. As a result of his love, he sent Jesus to die as a sacrifice for our sins. He died so that we would forever be changed to be like him! God’s love will call us to give, not to take. To repent of sin, not justify it. His love will change us to be like Jesus. His love will teach us to live with selfless sacrificial love to reach others in need of Jesus. 

1 John 4:7-12 (ESV) “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
( Read all of 1 John 4 here )

Revival, Battlefield, and Obedience! 

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Revival is a spiritual battlefield; Divine healings, demonic deliverance, and people encountering the living God. Revival is an emotional hurricane; contagious laughing, great weeping, and people caught in the agony of conviction. Revival is new life to multitudes of lost souls. Anyone who has been involved in a revival will tell you they are unpredictable and uncontrollable. Michael L. Brown says this about revival, “You can no more “hold a revival” than you can hold a hurricane, and that you can no more schedule a revival than you can schedule an earthquake.” In revival, Jesus becomes the general, the strategist, and the front line. It is everyone else’s duty to follow orders in simple obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Revival requires an obedient people. 

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (ESV) “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”
( Read all of 2 Corinthians 10 here )

Personal Revival 

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Seeking and asking does not produce revival. Prayer brings us into agreement with the promises of God. When we are in agreement with God, his power can flow freely through us. Revival is submitting to the plans of God and allowing Jesus to rule and reign around and through us. Prayer for revival is not twisting God’s arm, instead it is agreeing with his heart. Before a person can be used in a radical way, they must be submitted to God in a radical way. This submitting to God comes from experiencing God’s presence and having a personal revival. When Jesus rules and reigns in our own heart he can do the same through our life to effect the world around us. 

John 5:19 (ESV) “So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”
( Read all of John 5 here )

This is Revival 

Pastor's Corner

Throughout history God has ordained times and places where he poured out his Spirit in unique power. During these times the flood gates of heaven are opened and masses of people experience the living God. Multitudes are healed, saved, and delivered by simply experiencing the presence of the Lord. We call this Revival. Revival is life coming into death and light into the darkness. Revival is not an event, revival is a person. His name is Jesus. Revival is stepping aside and allowing the King of Kings to rule and reign unhindered. When we humble ourselves before the King of Kings and allow his love and power to reign in and around us, revival is the result. If we desire to see revival today, we must lay down every hint of pride and fear. We must commit to prayer and ask for the faith to say yes to whatever the Holy Spirit might call us to do. 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” ( Read all of 2 Chronicles 7 here )