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A Peculiar Ministry for a Peculiar People

Posted by heavensembassy on August 27, 2010

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…”

1 Peter 2:9a

Ministry is not a one-size fit all deal. It encompasses dynamics that range from the group’s make-up to the service that the group demands from the minister. Therefore, the minister cannot be uniformly manufactured, because he or she is prepared by God through various circumstances, experiences, successes, victories, failures, and mistakes. Through these events the call of God prepares and equips one for the service of serving both God and humanity in the location that the Almighty places them. Location is inexpressibly important for the work of the preacher, because the preacher is called to a deliver a message to a people at a place.

Therein lies the peculiarity of ministry in a college context. The preacher must be malleable enough to the environment to become according to 1 Corinthians 9 like the people to gain the people. Hence, the college preacher (or a preacher in college) must embrace the ethic of the community to obtain the community. This may seem problematic, because one might say that God’s called are to be the standard bearer—this is accurate. However, the standard (and the standard bearer for the matter) mean nothing to those “without the law.” Hence, Paul insists that he became like those without the law to gain those without the law. This attitude dismantles hypocritical piety for the sake of being religious or perpetuating traditions. Rather it presents a human being called to “serve (their) present age” without pretense while inheriting chagrin, and this minister demonstrates that someone who is like “them” can be intimate with God, and despite their lawless and seemingly ungodly state God is still touching, calling, and listening for them because, they too are God’s peculiar people.

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Recipe for an “Essential” Church

Posted by heavensembassy on August 3, 2010

Why an “Essential” Church?

†     The Quadrennium Theme of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is ” An ‘Essential’ Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry

Something does not seem essential to our members, because 70% of young adults between the ages of 18-22 dropout of Church.

  • They dropout for reasons ranging from hypocrisy of Church people to not feeling apart of the Church.

The Recipe—In Ephesians, the author writes what I would call the recipe for an “Essential” Church. In the first chapter, in ancient manuscripts, it is addressed “to the saints at” and the city is left blank, so this letter is addressed to any Church that can fill in the blank.

Steps to the Recipe:

Step 1: Get the oven pre-heated. Ephesians 1:4

†  In order for something to be baked properly the oven must be preheated.

  • God is the One who preheats the oven. For God chose us to be a part of this masterpiece (Eph.2:10) before the foundation of the world.
  • God started this recipe before us, and chose to involve us and bless us with all spiritual blessings! (Eph. 1:3) Hence, we should never forget that this is God’s production.

Step 2: Prepare Ingredients. This is an uncommon dish, so it uses uncommon measurements.

†  Add a Dose of Reality. Eph. 2:1-4

  • The author reminds the readers that they were not always saved, But God. This leads to two places to be real…
  1. We must be real and honest about our experiences our failures, shortcomings, sins, trying things, and disobedience. People cannot identify with us when we pretend that we have been saved always, and that we have everything all together. We all struggle!
  2. We must be real about our Church. We shouldn’t make excuses about missing membership, lack of programs, or not reaching out to the community. We should look at ourselves as we really are so that we can improve.

†  Stir a Bowl of Unity. Ephesians 4:1-13

  • Unity can only be stirred with grace. When I was young and would cook pancakes with my Mom, we would have to stir until the lumps came out. Sometimes I’d get tired, but we’d have to keep stirring, so that the pancakes would cook correctly. Similarly, we must stir unity with grace in three ways.
  1. Respect others’ Grace. Eph. 4:2, 8-11

Pray for pastor and officers (Eph. 2:14-21), when we pray for them we will respect them for the grace to fill that office, because none of us are qualified enough to do God’s work and serve in God’s Church. It’s by God’s Grace!

2.  Know your Grace. Eph. 4:7

When we recognize the grace that God has given us, we will be more efficient in God’s service, and will not have time to worry about other folks.

3. Extend the Grace to Others. Eph. 4:12

Reach out to those who have not experienced God’s Amazing Grace!

†  Secret Ingredient—every good recipe has a secret ingredient. Eph. 3:3-6; 4:3-6

  • The Church’s secret ingredient that other religions cannot use is something that was a mystery to even the author of Ephesians.
    • It is the mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! (Eph. 3:6)
    • That the Gentiles (those marginalized and put on the fringes of the Jewish religion) are made joint heirs and members of the same body!
    • When the veil of the temple was rent in two upon Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus did not only open a relationship with Humans to God, but He broke down the walls of segregation, discrimination, racism, bigotry, sexism, so that Humans could have a relationship with each other!

Step 3: Cooking time. How long to cook? Eph. 4:13

†  Since God is the One that turned the oven on, then God will turn the oven off! So, the recipe will cook “until we all come to the unity of faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity to the measure of the full stature of Christ.”

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 6

Posted by heavensembassy on June 6, 2009

Have you Encountered the Incredible?

As believers, our lives should be demonstrative of our encounter. We should not be surprised when God performs the supernatural on our behalves. We should be used to the unbelievable in our lives.

Have you participated in the five elements of an encounter: Location, Enlightening Experience, Voice, Elevation, Responsibility.

  • Personally we may encounter the incredible in intangible Locations like our Finances, Grades, Health, Spirituality
  • And it generally leads to an Enlightening Experience in which we truly realize our dependence upon God, in finances we get broke, in grades classes get tough, in our health sickness may come, and in our spirituality sin births consequences
  • Then the Voice of God alerts us about the promise of God that we can access, and how He will supply all of our needs, how His grace is sufficient even in scholastics, how with His stripes we are healed, and how if we call on the Name of the Lord who died and was raised for us we shall be saved.
  • Then the Elevation of the Mind occurs and we see the world how God sees it. We may not have all of the money we want, but our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. We may not make the honor roll, but we are where we are by the Grace of God. We may not be completely healed now, but healing is occurring in my body and if it doesn’t fully occur on earth it will be completed in heaven. And in our spirituality we become endued with the mind of Christ, discarding the carnal and sinful mindset.
  • Then we have a Responsibility to let others know about our Encounter with the Incredible and rendezvous with Regality by our witness and service to others.

Have you Encountered the Incredible?

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