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In | Out

In | Out

Before God sends us out, He sends us in.

Since time immemorial, the church has discovered that in order to fulfill God’s plan and purpose, we need to grow numerically. If we want to learn about planting churches that grow and achieve the mission of Jesus, we don’t have to look any further than to the examples of the churches in Acts.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.” (Acts 1:8, NIV).

God gives His disciples a purpose, plan and strategy for the church that goes beyond what is on Earth. God gave us this growth plan to show the church develops from one stage to the next, moving from the first stage to the second, and so on and so forth.

1.    Family- Keep in mind that you are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ because you care about their eternal destination. Time is slipping away from us so don’t waste it. It may be hard to convince your own family, but remember that they are not rejecting you, but they are rejecting Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:5

For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?

2.    Work- As God’s ambassador, do not be ashamed of sharing the Good News. Remember that you always represent God. When you go to work, participate in a meeting, meet with a client, work on a project, create a blueprint, welcome a customer, or write on a paper, you are God’s ambassador. Beyond evangelism, living as an example will be the best way to tell about God.

Ephesians 6:7

Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

3.    Neighbor- Love radically. Do not be afraid to trust the untrustworthy. Do not be angered by those who persecute you.

Mark 12:31

The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Mark 6:4 says:

“Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.”

So what are the points to consider?

1.    Be intentional.

2.    Live with integrity.

3.    Envelop in prayer.

4.    Speak truth in love.

Where is God sending you? Is it out or in?

If you are looking to grow in your faith, connect with others and find meaning in your life through Jesus Christ, this might be the right place for you!

http://www.revelation.church/

 

Sent for Him: Discovering your Purpose in Life

Sent for Him: Discovering your Purpose in Life

"Branding is everything and I mean everything." -Scott Bedbury

At some point, we’ve all questioned why we are alive. We ask ourselves what our purpose in life is and seek answers to our never-ending questions. We are like brands in a marketplace, but not knowing what our use is on this temporary world. Some of us are in continuous cycles, going nowhere.

Whether you are lost or finding your out on something, here are five significant purposes for which God created us.

1. Worship

We are planned for God’s Pleasure. More than anything else, God wants you to know Him and to love Him. Everything under it is secondary. We express our utmost love for God through WORSHIP, which is both conveying love to God and living a life that’s pleasant to Him.

Revelation 4:11 tells us, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

Worship is more than just singing praises to Him. Above else, it is something we do which glorifies His name. Your whole life must be a life of worship.

2. Fellowship

We are wonderfully designed for God’s Family.

In Ephesians 2:19, we are reminded, “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”

FELLOWSHIP is all about loving, caring, praying, exhorting, and encouraging one another. Some people say that Christianity is just focused on believing. But God says, “Believe and belong.” Remember, you belong in the family of God.

3. Discipleship

We are created to be Christ-like. You were part of the bigger picture for God’s pleasure (worship), and you were wonderfully designed for God’s family (fellowship). The third reason why were created is to become like Christ; it’s called DISCIPLESHIP.

Ephesians 4:15 tells us, “Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”

We ask ourselves, “What is God’s plan on my career and life?” God wants your “character” over your “career”. Your job is something temporary, because you were made to excel for His higher purpose. God created you to transform you into a likeness of His son, Jesus Christ.

4. Ministry

We are continuously being shaped for service.

In Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpieces. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

You were made to serve God; and it’s called MINISTRY. Every Christian is shaped, made, planned, saved and gifted for ministry. Sometimes, you may feel like you’re useless, but that’s the deception on your higher purpose.

Not everyone is created to be a pastor, but every Christian is a minister. You were wired in a certain way for an amazing purpose. You have skills and talents not for your benefit, but for others to be blessed.

5. Send

We are made for a mission.

Matthew 28:19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Fulfilling your mission in the world is EVANGELISM. Being good is not enough, you have to tell other people the Good News about God’s Grace. Don’t settle on remaining free from sins, spread the news, and spread how you’ve experienced God.

God fulfills His Promises with us

God fulfills His Promises with us

Sometimes, we can’t comprehend God’s promises in the literal sense, so we should be very careful with our finite human interpretation. The scope of God’s Word is indeed beyond our understanding, and so we must consider that His fulfillment is much broader and much grander than what we could imagine.

Numbers 23:19 tells us:

“God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
God gives us promises that are very close to our own story. We just have to wait because He will fulfill all His promises no matter what. He may leave us hanging, but remember that he has a perfect plan for all of us.
The primary goal of God’s perfect plan is to demonstrate the glory of God. Secondary to it is to fulfill the good of those who love Him.

Romans 8:28 reminds us:

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
God is faithful to us, so we must also do our part in aiming the ultimate good, which is to manifest God’s glory. Love those who hate you. Take a leap of faith and do something good today.

God is Love

God is Love

Saying "God is Love" is very easy, but how do we really define it? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines love as a "strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties". Often this "strong affection" stems from a sexual attraction for that other person.

We love other people when we are interested and attracted to them and when they make us feel good. Notice that a key phrase in the dictionary definition of love is the phrase "arising out of." This phrase implies that we love conditionally; in other words, we love someone because they fulfill a condition that we require before we can love them.

There are a lot of Bible verses saying something about God as Love.

In 1 John 4:16 it says, “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
In 1 John 4:7 it says, “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.”

Our love is based on feelings and emotions that can change from one moment to the next. Do you remember a time when you said to a person “I fell out of love. There’s no spark anymore.” It’s pretty sad, because love is not all about feelings and emotions.

Can anyone really understand "unconditional" love? The love that parents have for their children is as close to unconditional love as we can get without the help of God's love in our lives. We continue to love our children through good times and bad, and we don't stop loving them if they don't meet the expectations we may have for them. We make a choice to love our children even when we consider them unlovable; our love doesn't stop when we don't "feel" love for them. This is the same to God's love for us, but as we will see, God's love transcends the human definition of love to a point that is hard for us to comprehend.

Let’s look further into it:

1. There is a need for all of us to be loved

All of us have an intense desire to be loved and nurtured. Because of it, we tend to become selfish. It then distorts our idea of love, making us more far away from God.

2. But… God shows us real love

1 John 4:10

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

God’s love for us is irreplaceable. When you genuinely feel His love, no words can describe how you’ll feel. When you realize how much He has sacrificed His only son, just to restore our relationship, you will feel what love really is.

3. God wants us to do the same

God is Love, and His love is way different from human love. God's love is unconditional, and it is not based on feelings or emotions. He does not love us because we are lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is LOVE. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son to restore that relationship.

God wants us to do the same. He wants us to sacrifice and give everything for love. To decide out of love, and not out of fear.

It may be very difficult, but showing love to your neighbor will go a long way. Love people, not only those who does good to you. Forgive. Forget. Love those who hate you. Love those who judge you.

There is Blessing in Every Trial

There is Blessing in Every Trial

In any competition, the most important factor is not how many begin with the contest, but who finishes and completes the course. Paul declared in Hebrews 12:1-3.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
Scripture tells us that we are to "run with patience (endurance, persistence) the race set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith ... For consider Him that endured ... lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

The Bible tells us that patience is cheerful endurance. It is all about waiting on what God will do to your life and enjoying the wait like a child with anticipation.

How can we run best with endurance?

1. Take off every unnecessary weight- Let go of all the emotional baggage you have in your heart. Forgive. Forget. Stop being stressed, because you are blessed.

-Romans 5:3-4

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

2. By removing every sin- Start removing all the bad habits you have right now, so that being free will just take place in your life.

-James 1:3

For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

-James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Looking into these scriptures, we see that there is a race “set before us.” Therefore, there is an inevitable need for endurance; we need to focus on our vision, keep the rules through self-discipline, desire to follow and determination to win. Otherwise, we will become vulnerable to defeat and failure.
Endurance, by the very sense of the term, denotes the necessity of opposition. Jesus gave several promises "to him that overcometh", but there must be obstacles, things to overcome, if we are to lay hold of the prize.
Paul repeatedly encouraged believers to "continue in the faith ... for we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:21, 22) "If we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end," then we shall obtain the reward. (Hebrews 3:5, 6, 14) Again, the choice is ours, and it is conditional: "If we ..."
The need for endurance in the Christian life is crucial. Whether we are aware or not, a continual battle is taking place within us. Being a soldier is not enough to win the war. We must actively "Fight a good fight. All the weaponry in the world will do us no good unless we actively and intentionally resist the attacks of the enemy.
Even with all the preparation, practice and accuracy of perfection in any sport, unless one has the longing to compete and win, his training is useless. We can have all the know-how and go through the religious exercises of Christianity; but unless there is within us a ravenous desire to follow hard after the Lord, to know him in his fullness, the final record will reveal our place as falling far short. Isaiah said, "the willing and the obedient shall eat the good of the land." Isaiah 1:1

 

There is Blessing in Surrendering

There is Blessing in Surrendering

According to Webster’s Dictionary, surrender is an act of yielding or resigning your life or the possession of something into the power of another; to give up or to yield to the influence, passion, or power of another.

I partly disagree.


In surrendering to God, it is true that you are giving up something, but you will be gaining more of miracles way beyond than you could imagine.

Sometimes, we find ourselves wanting to control our own lives. Even though how amazing it is to see what God does when we relinquish control over our life, we still see ourselves struggling to let go. In the end, it never works to try controlling everything. Putting your trust in God and surrendering to Him is always the best choice. He takes care of everything!

So many stories come to mind when I hear the word Surrender. Times when I just let go and watched God work things out as only He can do.

In this light, you should also beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin. I want to become holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender resulting from this kind of thinking is definitely not the true nature of Christianity.

Our motivation for surrender should not be for any personal gain. We have become so conceited that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I want to be on display in Your platform so I can say, ‘This is what God has done for me.’ ” Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made beneficial to God are things that should never even be a contemplation in real surrender. Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.

Genuine surrender will always exceed natural devotion. If we will only give up, God will surrender Himself to embrace all those around us and will meet their wants and needs, which were created by our surrender. Be careful on stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Most of us have only a vision of what this really means, but have never truly experienced it.

At the brink of surrender, let us remember 2 Corinthians 5:15.

“and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

Before it even crossed our mind to surrender to God, He first loved us, by dying on the cross for our sins.

The Reason for this Season

The Reason for this Season

The answer would definitely surprise you.

December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas, and it’s that time of the year again, where we see our family, friends, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of Merry Christmas to those who pass us in the streets.

But is this really Christmas?

For some people, Christmas brings sadness and pain because of the incomplete feeling they experience. Others feel that they need money in order to buy presents for their children, family and friends. A bountiful Christmas dinner may only be a wish for some people.

With the burden of buying gifts, sending greeting cards, decorating our homes, putting up lights, cooking, attending parties, and cleaning up afterward, we forget the genuine meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is a season of great joy and redemption. It is a time of His unconditional love for us, when He sent His begotten son to bring salvation to those who believe. Christ’s birth brought joy to the world. Wise men, Shepherds and the angels all shared the excitement of finding out about this amazing event. They knew from the start that this baby was not ordinary, as foretold by the prophets hundreds of years before. When the star stopped over Bethlehem to mark the way for those who were looking for the Messiah, history and time were never be the same.

The ultimate reason for Christmas is the love of God for everyone. Jesus loves us so much that he came to earth as a human so we could get to know him and learn to trust him and love him back. God became one of us so we could understand what he is really like.

It’s best to change your perspective of Christmas. We all focus on giving and receiving gifts. What if this time, we receive the love of God and give it back to those around us? Christmas will never be about money and material things. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.

 

Rejoice! Jesus is the REASON for this SEASON!

The Parable of the 4 Soils (VIDEO)

The Parable of the 4 Soils (VIDEO)

The parable of the soils describes what becomes of seed that is sown in four different types of soil. The first type of soil is the hardened soil of the pathway. This seed does not penetrate the soil at all, but is quickly snatched up by the birds of the air. The second type of soil is the rocky soil, a shallow layer of earth, barely covering to rock below. The seed which falls upon this type of soil quickly germinates, aided by the warmth retained by the rock, but hindered by a lack of depth and by a lack of moisture. The seed which germinates quickly also terminates quickly. The third soil is the thorny soil, a soil populated with thorns. The seed falling into this soil germinates and begins to grow, but is eventually crowded out by the hardier thorns. The fourth soil is the fruitful soil, that soil which produces a bountiful crop. Having told the story, Jesus put an exclamation point after it by adding these words: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (v. 8).

Leviticus: A Book of Law (VIDEO)

Leviticus: A Book of Law (VIDEO)

At the Revelation Adults Service, Pastor Jong started the Leviticus Series, which is a Book of Law.

The Book of Leviticus is the third book of the Greek Old Testament of Christian biblical canons, and the third of five books of the Pentateuch.