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06/02/2021

Institute of Church Development

06/02/2021

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06/02/2021

Institute of Church Development

[06/01/20]   THE REPUTATION OF THE MINISTER AND THE MINISTRY
The reputation of the minister and of the ministry is bound up in two things--character and adaptability. The minister should be a man of sterling character. "Take heed to thyself, and unto the doctrine," wrote Paul to Timothy (1 Tim. 4:16). Character must come before preaching or teaching. It is the man behind the sermon who makes the sermon weighty and powerful. It is the minister who lives his religion who will lead others to do the same. The message of truth must be more than isolated declarations; it must be underlined by a life. The minister must be a person of unquestioned moral integrity --unquestioned by his church authorities, unquestioned by his critics and enemies, and, above all, unquestioned by his own conscience. The gospel influence and reputation vanish away like a block of ice on a hot stove when honeycombed with superficiality, sham and moral laxity. A musician who has lost his hands must cease his work. A preacher who has lost his integrity has disqualified himself as a teacher or preacher sent to bring harmony to discordant souls. On the contrary, Daniel preserved his reputation as a messenger of heaven and his character before the throne of God and man by holding to his convictions through the crises he was called upon to face--crises that were engineered by wicked, jealous, scheming antagonists determined to knock him out. As a result, his messages bore the weight of eternal truth backed up by the high court of heaven.

31/05/2020

Our Global vision is to equip the saints for the work of ministry. Eph 4:11-16

[05/21/20]   Protecting the family

Nehemiah 4:13-15 Family is a beautiful organization that looks different for everyone. One thing is certain though, the family unit is fundamental to society; it is no wonder that the enemy often comes against families. Family problems are not new. In a fallen world, we often fight most with those we love most. In scripture, sibling rivalry crops up right in the beginning from the stories of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers and so many more. The enemy will do anything in his power to tear down the walls of spiritual protection around those we love. How do we make sure we fight FOR our families and not fight WITH our families in difficult times? In our scripture, Nehemiah studied the situation and then intentionally positioned the people in readiness to fight. I feel this is what God wants us to do for our families. Take your position in prayer and authority in your family. Be on the lookout. Don’t just sit back and think, “It’s always been like this!” and just let strife come and go in your home like its normal. God wants you to fight for your family in the Spirit. Nehemiah was on the lookout; he was actively watching. That’s what we need to do when we fight for our families. Being on the lookout means having spiritual discernment, asking God for eyes to see as He sees. When our family members do or say things that are hurtful, we are tempted to get offended and fight back. Instead, being on the lookout means asking God “What is really going on here?” Instead of fighting back with angry words, ask the Spirit for discernment to identify the real enemy and to identify what is really going on below the surface! You may find that your family is angry because they are struggling with fear. You may find that their irrational responses are linked to deep insecurities. When you see your family through God’s eyes, you can fight the real enemy – the fear, the shame, the doubt behind the family member and not the individuals themselves. God brought you into your family because He knew how much they need you. No one gets everything right! So if you’ve made some mistakes, it’s okay. But now is the time to stand up, take your authority and wage war in the Spirit for your family! Don’t just let habits continue because they’ve been there so long! Take your position. Be on the lookout in lockdown.

bible.com 05/02/2020

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is s | King James Version (KJV) |...

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:3‭-‬5 KJV

bible.com And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is s

[06/23/19]   Why God Calls Us to Plan
Many aspects of an envisioned future can be influenced or changed by decisions and actions you make today. For the church, this is not simply projection-based planning but the realization that through prayer and obedience you can be a catalyst to help bring about a future that is in alignment with God’s will. Through prayer, the framework for plan is established. Implementing strategy requires continued daily prayer for direction accompanied by obedient action in response to what God reveals.

One of the questions many churches wrestle with is, “Should a church try to plan future direction?” James 4:14 (NASB) says, “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a v***r that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” So why plan? The next verse goes on to say, “Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” The real issue is not whether we should plan; it is whether we will put God’s will first in our planning, always deferring to His wisdom and sovereignty.

Our attitude when we plan should result in this kind of prayer: “God, we want Your will above everything else. We’re not just asking You to bless whatever plan we devise—we want Your wisdom. We want to move by Your direction and in Your timing. Please guide our thoughts and keep our hearts tuned to Yours.”

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God designed us with the ability and need to plan. From the moment He placed Adam in the Garden “to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15), planning became essential. If anything, it is even more important after the Fall:

“Be very careful, then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:15–8).

These verses warn us not to be foolish, just doing what comes naturally with no organizational strategy. That results in weakness and missed opportunities to live for God in an evil environment. Planning is a necessity, helping us to be aware and make the most of the opportunities God provides. The key is to make plans by seeking God and asking for His discernment.

A Scriptural Basis for Planning
There are many reasons why it is scriptural to plan. Consider these reasons and supporting scriptures:

God’s Word Teaches That We Should Plan
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit” (Proverbs 21:5). “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3).

Planning Helps To Enable God’s Best For Us
God wants only the best for his children. When we make Him the center of our planning, we free Him to give us His best. “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed” (Psalm 20:4).

Planning Means Anticipating Costs and Consequences
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways” (Proverbs 14:8). Prudent churches know where they are going. Planning helps them get there. Every mistake revealed on a planning sheet saves the cost, pain, and waste of the same mistake in real life.

A wise person calculates the hard and hidden costs. Luke 14:28–33 presents two parables that underscore the importance of counting the cost. The first is about building a tower: “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?” (Luke 14:28). Jesus relates both stories to the cost of being His disciple, emphasizing the price to be paid and the necessity of counting the cost beforehand.

Planning Produces Favor
When God gives us understanding, we gain favor with man. “Good understanding wins favor” (Proverbs 13:15). People will see that we know where we are going and how to get there, that we know the costs as well as the consequences. Being diligent assumes planning, and those plans lead to plenty. “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5).

Planning Helps Us to Heed the Warnings in Scripture
The Scriptures warn us: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice” (Proverbs 13:10). Pride, as used here, means relying solely on our own opinion and not seeking God’s wisdom or the counsel of others. This is human nature—the fallen nature that is in deadly rebellion to God’s purposes.

A good planning process keeps us humble and constantly returns us to God for His perspective. While planning, we continually ask, “Lord, what is your direction in this area?”

Planning Can Keep Us From Disaster
Planning can keep us from doing what might seem right but would end up in disaster. We usually intend to do the right thing but we often fail to think through the whole process. After the disaster, our postmortem evaluation reveals that we did not consider unintended consequences: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

We need to be prudent, carefully considering our steps; “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps” (Proverbs 14:15).

How We Should Approach Planning
Scripture teaches us the planning process. Consider these guidelines:

Plan By Seeking God’s Wisdom
We begin the planning process by seeking what God wants us to accomplish. He reveals His desires through Scripture, inspired thoughts in our minds, and the counsel of others. He may also use dreams, visions, and prophecy.

The key is to meet with God, get our directions from Him, and then be obedient. There is no substitute for serious study of God’s Word. The same is true for unhurried time in which we not only speak our concerns but also listen. Look at the importance God places on wisdom:

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Do you know where your church is going? What will your church be like in three years? Will you be a few steps closer to realizing your vision? If you do not change anything, will the future be any different than the past? One sure-fire way to impact your church’s future is to dust off an old tool—the Strategic Plan.

No one strategic model fits all organizations, but the planning process includes certain basic elements that all churches can use to explore their vision, goals, and next steps of an effective strategic plan.

Why do a strategic plan?

Strategic planning is a process that helps focus on aligning the unique gifts and resources that God has given your organization to take advantage of your opportunities. Scripture says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Ephesians 5:15–16). As you do the planning, let God do the directing.

For the Christian, this is not simply projection-based planning but the realization that through prayer and obedience you can be a catalyst to help bring about a future that is in alignment with God’s will. Through prayer, the framework for a plan can be established. We do the planning, but God does the directing.

[09/03/18]   Grace in Jesus Christ

2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, Stay away from religious speculation and pointless theological arguments. Such exercises may seem harmless at first, but they have a way of sidetracking us from the central message of the gospel—the person and work of Jesus Christ. There are many leaders and authorities today that demand allegiance, some of who would even have us turn from Christ to follow them. When they seem to know the Bible, their influence can be dangerously subtle. How can you recognize false teaching? (1) It promotes controversies instead of helping people come to Jesus (1 Tim. 1:4). (2) Those often initiate it whose motivation is to make a name for themselves (1 Tim. 1:7). (3) It will be contrary to the true teaching of the Scriptures (1 Tim. 1:6-7; 1 Tim. 4:1-3).
To protect yourself from the deception of false teachers, you should learn what the Bible teaches and remain steadfast in your faith in Christ alone.

[08/20/18]   Come to me
“At that time Jesus declared, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’” (Matt. 11:25-30).
P ersonal tragedies and natural disasters alike take a personal toll. In body, mind and soul, there is a price to be paid. Adrenaline pumps through our bodies in a crisis, leaving us shaken and exhausted. Fear and anxiety drain our emotions. Then, once the disaster is past, the work is just beginning — hard work. Help is given and first aid rendered. Clean up follows. Debris must be removed. Rescue and recovery efforts stretch out into hours and days and weeks of anxiety and hope. The hunt continues for the few precious possessions left behind. Government and insurance forms must be sorted out. Cleaning, packing and moving may follow. What can be salvaged? Even in disasters of a more personal nature, perhaps illness or death in a family, the grief alone is exhausting. Then there are those necessary details and decisions about memorials, finances, insurance, possessions; every small step a painful reminder of loss. With the physical and mental and emotion exhaustion there may come a kind of spiritual emptiness as well. Not doubt really, but perhaps a sense of simply running out of words, even in prayer, as if there is nothing left to say. Yet there is something left to say and, in the center of our empty exhaustion stands Jesus, with just the right words. His invitation and His promise are what we need to hear: “Come to me … and I will give you rest.” Jesus is gentle and humble. He is not demanding. He gives of Himself. He places no burden of work or guilt on us. With Jesus there is no, “Do this! Do that! Only then will I bless you!” The yoke of faith, this harness that binds us to Him, is easy because it is not of our doing. It is a gift to us, a gift created by the Holy Spirit. Its burden of faithful, holy living is light because Jesus bears it for us and in us. Jesus lifts from your shoulders the burden of sin and guilt. He takes from you the draining questions and doubts, “I could have done more.” “If only I had arrived on time.” “Why didn’t God do something?” God has done something. He took the weight of our guilt and shame and placed it on His Son. Bearing the awful weight of our sins and the sins of the whole world, Jesus was nailed to the cross. He died in our place and rose to life to set us

[06/27/18]   KEY AREAS TO FOCUS ON AS A LEADER

1) Feeding our own spirit continually with the Word of God
(Receiving from God to minister to others – Intimacy with the LORD)
(John 15:4-8) (Jeremiah 23:18) (Joshua 1:7-8) (1 Timothy 4:12-16) (Psalm 1:1-3) (2 Timothy 2:15) (Psalm 119:36-40) (Psalm 63:3-5)

2) Bringing the love of God into our community with servant focused outreaches (Acts of kindness with gospel outreaches)
(Matthew 5:16) (Matthew 14:13-21) (James 2:14-18) (Isaiah 58:6-12) (James 1:27) (Matthew 25:34-40) (Proverbs 19:17)

3) Creating a healthy Christian community in all of our church meetings. (Helping to cultivate an atmosphere of love and acceptance in all church gatherings. {Unity and teamwork} Giving all people the opportunity to grow in their faith and in their love for God and for others through practical bible based growth studies)
(Mark 12:30-31) (John 13:34-35) (2 Timothy 3:16-17) (Ephesians 4:16)

4) Actively encouraging all believers in our churches to have a heart for winning souls to Christ. “He who wins souls is wise” (Equipping and resourcing those in our church to be better prepared to lead people to Christ) – The importance of continually preaching the gospel ourselves – evangelism is more caught that taught
(Proverbs 11:30) (Ephesians 4:11-12) (Luke 10:2) (John 4:35)

5) Making mature disciples in our churches. (Fulfilling the great commission) Giving all Christians the opportunity of growing in their walk with the Lord and encouraging them to fulfill God’s plan for their life. Helping to make disciples who operate in their spiritual gifts and who also disciple others.
(Matthew 28:19-20) (2 Timothy 2:2) (Ephesians 2:10) (Romans 12:3-8)

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