Seven Challenges of the Assemblies of God

SEVEN CHALLENGES OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)  INTRODUCTION – THIS MESSAGE IS BASED UPON A MESSAGE GIVEN BY SUPERINTENDENT THOMAS TRASK AT THE GENERAL COUNSEL IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, AUGUST 1999.   TEXT: ACTS 20:20 – 31

II) WE ARE TO BE AND REMAIN A PEOPLE OF THE WORD OF GOD

A)       WE ARE TO DECLARE THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD

B)       OUR PREACHING AND DOCTRINES MUST BE BIBLE BASED

C)      OUR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION MUST REMAIN BIBLE BASED

D)      (STORY OF KOREAN FLT 003, A BOEING 747 LEFT ANCHORAGE, AK BOUND FOR SOUEL KOREA, ABOUT 10:00 PM.  NO KNEW THAT THERE WAS A 1.5 DEGREE ERROR IN THE COMPASS OF THE AIRCRAFT.   HOUR LATER ON THE WRONG HEADING IT ENTERED INTO SOVIET AIR SPACE AND WAS SHOT DOWN.  HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES.  WHAT DIFFERENCE 1.5 DEGREES CAN MAKE.  WE MUST CONSTANT COMPARE OUR HEADING AND DIRECTION TO THE WORD OF GOD…)

E)       OUR CORE VALUES ARE NOT UP FOR NEGOTIATION

1)    OUR MESSAGE MUST CENTER AROUND JESUS CHRIST – PAUL DETERMINED TO KNOW NOTHING BUT JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED.

2)    WE NEED TO BE FULLY PERSUADED OF THE TRUTH OF THE MESSAGE THAT WE DECLARE:

3)    WE ARE TO FEED THE FLOCK – DECLARE THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD – NOT JUST THAT WHICH IS COMFORTABLE FOR US.

4)    HOSEA “MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FROM LACK OF KNOWLEDGE …” – THERE WAS A FAMINE OF THE WORD IN THE LAND.

III)           WE MUST BE A PEOPLE OF FASTING AND PRAYER

A)       ENCOURAGED US TO JOIN OTHER DENOMINATIONS IN PRAYER WALKS TO REACH OUR COMMUNITIES AND BRING AN AWARENESS OF CHRIST TO THE COMMUNITY

B)       “AND WHEN THEY PRAYED THE PLACE WAS SHAKEN”  CHURCH PRAYING FOR

C)      DAVID SAID “I WILL GIVE MYSELF TO PRAYER”

IV) WE MUST PREPARE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN FOR SERVICE IN A PENTECOSTAL SETTING

A)       IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO KNOW ABOUT GOD, WE MUST EXPERIENCE GOD, WE MUST EXPERIENCE HIS PRESENCE AND HIS POWER.

B)       CLASS AND DIGNITY DO NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR GOD’S POWER IN OUR LIVES.

C)      PAUL SAID “FOLLOW ME AS I FOLLOW GOD”.

V)           REGARDING OUR MUSIC

A)       IT IS NOT EITHER IN REGARD TO CHORUSES OR HYMNS, WE NEED BOTH.  WE NEED THE MESSAGE OF THE HYMNS OF THE CHURCH, WE ALSO NEED THE SPONTANEITY OF WORSHIP THAT OUR CHORUSES BRING.

B)       OUR MUSIC IS NOT TO BE SHOW BUSINESS; WE ARE NOT RUNNING TALENT CONTESTS

C)      THE MEASURE OF OUR SUCCESS IN OUR MUSIC IN THE CHURCH IS WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE ARE PARTICIPATING.  IS IT CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF WORSHIP?   ARE THE PEOPLE INVOLVED?

VI)          THIS CHURCH WAS RAISED UP TO BE A CHURCH OF EVANGELISTS

A)       THE FIELDS (OUR CITIES) ARE RIPE FOR HARVEST

B)       WE MUST GET OUT OF THE FOUR WALLS OF THE CHURCH TO REACH PEOPLE

C)      IF WE SOW BOUNTIFULLY WE WILL REAP BOUNTIFULLY

D)      “GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH”

E)       EIGHT WEEKS AFTER A PERSON MAKES A DECISION FOR CHRIST, THE MAJORITY ARE NOT ATTACHED TO THE CHURCH

F)       WE MUST BUILD PEOPLE, DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAMS ARE CRITICAL

G)      SUNDAY SCHOOLS ARE CRITICAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS.

H)      GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES …

VII)         WE MUST BE A CHURCH THAT IS SPIRIT LED (GALATIANS 3:1 –3)

A)       WE BEGAN IN THE SPIRIT

B)       WE CANNOT RELY ON THE WISDOM AND METHODS OF MEN TO MOVE THE CHURCH FORWARD

C)      “GOD CHOSE THE FOOLISH THINGS OF THIS WORLD TO CONFOUND THE WISE…” 1 Corinthians 1:20 Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

VIII)       WE MUST BE A PEOPLE OF PENTECOSTAL PASSION

A)       WE NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BURN UP THE FLUFF, DROSS AND THE SIN AND SANCTIFY US FOR HIS SERVICE

B)       Joshua 3:5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.

 

 

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