April 13, 2008
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A Study Group – Many people are involved in Bible study groups to Release Kings. Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html.
You’re invited to Vancouver, WA! – Howard Ferris is offering a training in miracles and healing associated with sharing the gospel. He’s a great example of a King. Since he’s a civil engineer that has led 70,000 Muslims to Christ, I’m interested in what he has to say. Here’s the brochure and the details are below. Howard and Leslie see the Lord healing, doing miracles, and raising the dead in their presentation of the gospel.
On April 26 from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm at Faith Center Church in Vancouver, there will be a seminar on how to present the gospel with miracles, signs and wonders. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP with # of people attending to firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 225-6351. This seminar will equip every believer with the knowledge and confidence that God will work miracles through them when winning the lost. Jesus said “Unless they see signs and wonders, they will not believe”. If Jesus needed signs and wonders for people to believe his message, then so do we. The seminar is free, donations accepted, but it will cost you your life as you now know it. The church location and phone number is 2533 NE Andresen Rd Vancouver, Wa. (360) 253-2484
What’s Different? – When I planted our first church I made no distinction between the church and the Kingdom. I reasoned that planting a local church was the best way to expand the Kingdom and expand the Church. That logically left me a belief system that understood all ministry should come out of and be under the covering of some local church.
Now I understand the local church to be God’s means of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. Once equipped we should expect our saints to go out into the Kingdom and make a difference (like Howard). That doesn’t mean they leave the church. It does change a few priorities. Howard is a great example of Kingdom theology. He’s not on a church staff and finances his own ministry trips. He is not sent by any church… he just “goes.” Sound familiar?
He said to them, “Go” into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Mark 16:15 NIV
As you can imagine Howard’s financial priority and his investment strategies are motivated by future ministry in places like Pakistan.
The Balance – Howard’s example is refreshing and inspiring. Does it mean we should all abandon the local church, forget about buildings, and avoid paid staff? I’m prayerful that our message will spawn another wave of revival instead of another wave of imbalance. I believe we can have more than one model for a local church. Scripturally we must acknowledge the new testament presence of deacons and elders. We must also acknowledge the need to support them financially.
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor , especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 1 Tim 5:17-18 NIV
The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Gal 6:6 NASU
Could the leaders of some expressions of a local church forgo support from giving or tithing? Certainly! Just as others could decide to use tithes and offerings to support a staff and build facilities. Paul was on both sides of that fence. Should we stand on one side and throw rocks at the other? – I hope not!
My real point is that if your own ministry isn’t at Howard’s level, get involved in supporting a ministry that is making a difference. If we belong to and are fed by a local church, it seems obvious we should support its ministry with our time and finances. When our vision to make a difference in the marketplace gets mature enough to “go” then we can reassess where our time and finances belong.
Marketplace Ministry is a great new concept to release Kings and see God’s people make a difference in the earth. Let’s not use the release of Kings as a logic to abandon the local church. We still need to equip disciples. We still need 5-fold ministries in the context of a local church to mature the saints. Make sense?
What’s the real need? …not more debates on the theology of the local church. We really need to multiply the word and the signs that follow and we need to multiply finances so we can convert money into ministry.
Life is an adventure. People are a blessing. God is amazing. We’re winning.
John & Sue (are dancing – Join us)
Harold is dancing too….Linda
Opportunity! – I helped Jayston Tunnelle (a pastor from Liberia) write a business plan for a grocery store in Monrovia. We need someone with experience in retail / groceries to review it and we need an investor to make it a reality. The details of the business start-up and Jayston’s contact info are on the link.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
1.The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
2.The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Distiny