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Generals of the Faith Warned Us — The Church Didn’t Listen

THEY TRIED TO WARN US

Aren’t you finding that? People who weren’t listening are still not listening? Those who were too proud to listen to good advice are now running with their hand shaking in the air. Those who mocked have just left. Those who shut out God, still are trying other things. It is sad. Perhaps the church is sadder – either scared, or making negative contributions when they could be showing the way, or else into speculations.

Please hear the words of the generals. Mario has quoted them. They say: get serious. Actually seek God instead of just your own comfort. When you do church, do it right. Don’t be distracted.

Let’s us listen. Let us, those who are in the game, step it up.

Church at Max 10 means lots of House Churches

Many of you have churches that will broadcast that is great. Others do not. Do this.
Invite your neighbors and have church. You can either all watch a broadcast or have service in a format I will give you.
But listen, if you have a broadcast service, don’t leave it at that. Real fellowship is more than shaking hands — which you might not want to do anyway. Real fellowship is: “how are you doing?
” “Is there anything I can help with.” We need that today.

If you want a broadcasted service, I recommend All Nations in Fort Mill, South Carolina:
chavdaministries.org/Groups/1000047680/Chavda_Ministries_International/Media/Media.aspx

Will try to reco one in California.

But look, people are very interested in their style of worship. Fine, just share.

Now, here is an alternative method, and really superior if you can pull it off.
Coffee/tea
Some method of starting. You can call that “A Call to Worship” A scripture works well.
Some worship via music. If your group can sing, that is superior. At the minimum, you can play a worship song on your phone.
Prayer time.
Message from the Bible or Bible Study.
Announcements
Potluck

We do this, except we have a sermon and prayer time to close, then have break for coffee and pastries, and then have Bible Study.

The rule for Bible Study is comments are permitted only about the verse we are all looking at. Personal reflections and personal experiences only. No doctrine from somewhere else. So, not expect5ed that we must all agree, but is expect6ed that everyone interacts with the text and is transformed, God working with each one where they are. Now, of course, when I run them, I do field questions. If questions arise in your group that no one can answer, fine, write them down and call someone later. Then share the answer next week.

This could be a great time: revival of real community, awakening for neighborhoods, and getting to know neighbors and the Lord!

Also, you might want to go down the block to be sure everyone is okay. Maybe two by two. Everyone is watching the Christians. Let’s reflect the Light of the Lord.

Praying for schools

Coming up on February the 23rd is Collegiate Prayer Day. Please think of what school you want to pray for. Thanks.

There will be time to participate by saying what school you would like to pray for. Maybe you will do something else, depending upon your connection or motivation. Let us know.

Surely our schools are important. Works with our focus on leadership development.

Now Meeting

We are meeting now on Sunday morning. Have changed the meeting time to 9:30 am. (We expect that our meeting will end about 11:00 for now. Children are welcome.)

Currently we are meeting in a public place and hope to soon be meeting in a home. Both in central Cedar Park. To find out where, please either fill out the form with your name and email, or better yet, leave your name and number on this voice mail: 512-249-7629. Sorry about this extra step, but we have found through experience that we need to use wisdom with security.

Our statement of faith is posted here. All are welcomed — who want to do what we covenant together to do: worship God through Jesus & Holy Spirit, and **grow** together in healthy community and serviceful vocation, instructed by Bible and led by Holy Spirit.

A warm welcome to those who are looking for healing of spirit. A hand of fellowship to those who want to selflessly serve the Lord. The blood of Jesus for those who wish to make spiritual warfare.

Reaching Out

I have observed  4 things:

  1. Most people need to feel love. Indeed, I think much of the younger generation has given up on it, they are so starved. Yet they are still interested in spiritual things.
  2. One hundred and fifty people a day (150) are coming into Austin and have been for years, yet churches are not being planted or growing at that same rate.
  3. Nascent leadership is not being nurtured or welcomed.
  4. In almost none of the churches is there any attempt to disciple anyone.

Yet, Jesus clearly said to disciple all people groups, to invite (KJV compel) people to come to dinner, that the five-fold ministry is for equipping people to do the work of the ministry, and that we should pray for the Lord to send harvesters.

So the Lord has given us a plan for addressing this matter. I am calling for nascent leaders and hurt leaders and turned away leaders to gather and  fix this in our town. It is time now for healing and relaunching.  We have a plan for multiplication. Let’s start with a matrix of love and discipleship. Praying earnestly for partners and sons&daughters — leaders to be launched and re-launched.