I have just uploaded a message called The Vocal Gifts, which is really about the heartbeat of being a prophetic church and part of my passion for building a prophetic church in the heart of London and Essex.
I have in addition uploaded today’s message called The Holy Spirit On Our Side, which is a powerful key in how to hear God more clearly, silence the devil and minister in the prophetic in a more accurate and powerful manner.
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
In the last verse, Paul says that he would not have the church ignorant. That is Paul’s calling – to educate and provide information about grace and faith to the body of Christ. A very high calling – but it is your calling too.
As an apostle Paul’s ministry was to equip the saints to do the works of ministry (Ephesians 4.11ff). His life was to train the church to do the works of ministry.
We have to, utterly and totally, get away from the superstar ministers that do all the work and get back to the Bible bueprint: the fivefold ministries equipping, training and discipling the church and the CHURCH doing the works of ministry. The church being every single Christian.
We often read statements that Paul makes and we dismiss them as being for superstar ministers. Rubbish – Paul tells us clearly: copy me as I copy Christ (1 Corinthians 11.1).
Why I have said all this is to say this: Romans 1.14 is not just for Paul, not just for Oral Roberts, not just for Billy Graham, not just for Mike, but for every single Christian in the body of Christ. It is for you!
Paul says this: I am a debtor to people. The Greek word is opheiletēs. It means to be bound to someone by duty. Paul’s duty to ensure the church had knowledge bound him to people. So much so that his writings are still rescuing the church from ignorance, generations after he penned them!
Everyone of us is bound to people by duty. For Paul it was four groups of people: the Greeks, the Barbarians, the wise and the unwise. (Actually the wise and unwise covers everyone!), who is it for you? Who are you bound to by duty?
I used to be in a denomination where pastors moved around all the time, then they found out that you do not build a church by moving around, you build a church when a pastor comes to a people and the people realize that the man of God is bound to them, that he will never leave them or forsake them, that he is there for their good and will keep being there. He may move on like Paul did often, but he will still be there in his heart and still be with them in spirit.
Who are you bound to by duty? Who do you owe your destiny to? There is no destiny that does not involve people. No Christian has a destiny that does not involve them being bound to a group of people by destiny.
No Christian can avoid saying what Paul says here: I am a debtor to people. If you cannot say this and know which people you are in debtor to, go and find out. Go and pray and ask the Lord – go and find out.
I have just entered into the first step of my ministry, but I could not enter it at all if I did not know from the Lord who I am a debtor to.
I am a debtor to the people of London and of Essex, people who have lived there all their lives and people who have moved there from every nation and ethnic group.
I am bound to them by my duty to God. They will rise or fall on my obedience.
It is a weighty matter when you deal with destiny because it is not just a game – it is about people. Every single person is worth an infinite amount because that was the price that Jesus paid for them. Every single person on the planet will in one million years time either be a being of pure light and love, or a creature of torment and hatred.
When I make decisions such as where shall our church meet, when shall it meet, what shall I do this evening, where and when shall I go on holiday, what book shall I read I need to realize I am not a free man. I cannot ever just do what I want. I am bound to London and bound to Essex by duty and by destiny.
I take this seriously and soberly. It is not just enough to know the function of your destiny, you must know the geographical and ethnic boundaries of your destiny.
I will say it again – if you do not know who you are bound to by duty, you must find out. Then act bound!
Glory and freedom,
Well, it did not start too well. There were a couple of technical difficulties and it took us until after 6pm to get the tank filled with water. This is for a church service that started at 3pm.
Well, we had a time of worship then I went to help fix the tank. Eventually my wife and the church came over to the church building we were meeting in. We got a few pizzas and some Indian take away and had supper together. Finally the tank was nearly full. We baptised our (eldest) son first.
I asked him the following three questions:
Do you believe that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully human, that He died on the cross bearing your sins so you could be righteous, and rose again on the third day?
Have you repented of your sins and put your faith in this same Jesus?
Can you confess out loud to everyone witnessing that Jesus is Lord?
A lovely lady then gave a prophetic word to our son, and another wonderful lady gave him a Scripture.
Then we baptised Poonam – who last year was a Hindu! – and asked her the same questions. My son stayed in the pool with me and helped me baptise her. It was wonderful. The presence of God in the room was overwhelming. She was then given a Scripture.
The Lord showed me something wonderful – part of a baptism is to embed into our memory that we have died with Christ and we are living a new life with Him (Romans 6.2-3) – if during the baptism service we have to wait around for hours, buy pizza and Indian, baptise people in a few inches of water, and all the parephenalia associated with the day – then all that does is serve to bind it into someone’s memory. The devil can’t even disrupt the day, because every disruption is simply an aid to memory!
Glory and freedom,
I have just loaded a sermon where I am preaching on the need to be thankful to our church website.
You can access the sermon here.
If you enjoyed the sermon, or even if you didn’t, feel free to put your comments here.
Glory and freedom,
Our next service is 3-5pm on Sunday 12th July.
Our new montly theme is “How to Heal the Sick” and Pastor Ben will be teaching people what to do when someone sick is standing in front of them. This is preparation for the healing crusade in August and the people who are there in July will be the team in August who are there ministering healing to the sick.
On the 12th we will be talking about how to receive your healing by faith in the completed work of Christ on the cross in redemption.
We do not put our address on the web for security reasons, but if you contact us we will be more than happy to give you directions and answer any questions you have. We will be worshipping the Lord and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us as we do in any cell meeting.
We will be resuming meetings in the Fulwell Cross Library in August of this year, and in the summer are having a “Wonderful News” Gospel Crusade. Watch this space for further details, or if you cannot wait, please feel free to email us: email@example.com
It is my absolute pleasure to announce that Tree of Life Church is going to hold a “Wonderful News” Healing Crusade in Ilford, Essex from August 11-14th 2009 (Tuesday – Friday). We are believing God for the same miracles we see whenever we preach the Word of God with boldness and confidence and we have no doubt we will see healings, miracles and salvations throughout the crusade because we know our God.
We will need a number of things to ensure this crusade is effective and will make a list in the next few days and publish it here. Right now, your prayers for success and the growth of the kingdom to develop and expand.