ANOINTING IN THE CHURCH – DOMINANT ANOINTING

24th July, 2011

Lesson Six

DOMINANT ANOINTING

When the RIGHT OPERATIONAL DYNAMICS is put in place in the CHURCH, then the CHURCH WILL BE READY TO RELEASE THE ANOINTING that God has PLACED IN THE CHURCH.EVERY CHURCH carries a PARTICULAR ANOINTING.

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– இடது சேனல் (மொழிபெயர்ப்பு) தமிழ் உள்ளது
– வலது சேனல் ஆங்கிலத்தில் உள்ளது
(நீங்கள்விரும்பிய மொழி கேட்க இடது அல்லது வலதுஇருப்பு  பொத்தானை நகர்த்து)

One church may have the HEALING ANOINTING, another TEACHING ANOINTING  another EVANGELISTIC ANOINTING so DEPENDING on the ANOINTING OF THE SENIOR PASTOR, that is the ANOINTING that the Church will carry the MOST.
The DOMINANT ANOINTING of the SENIOR PASTOR plays an important part in SHAPING the NATURE and FACE of the CHURCH.
1) DOMINANT ANOINTING OF THE SENIOR PASTOR (Eph 3: 2)
The DOMINANT ANOINTING is the sum total of the:
a)GIFT OF THE SENIOR  PASTOR
b)GRACE that the  SENIOR Pastor carries.
c)WISDOM the SENIOR PASTOR has.
d)MATURITY the SENIOR PASTOR carries.
Hence the SENIOR PASTOR must be the MOST SPIRITUAL, MATURED and ANOINTED person of the Church.
God will MOLD , MELT and TRANSFORM the SENIOR PASTOR in his HEART, through the DEVELOPMENT OF HIS CHARACTER, SHARPENING his SPIRITUAL MATURITY and INCREASING his WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE thus GIVING HIM INSIGHT and UNDERSTANDING of ALL THINGS, both SPIRITUAL and NATURAL pertaining to life.
As GOD FORMED ADAM the first SENIOR PASTOR so also GOD WILL FORM the SET MAN so that he can carry this anointing. This ANOINTING does not come from going to Bible School, having degrees and titles to his name, this ANOINTING comes from GOD’S DEALINGS in his life.
What he carries, will lay :
a)A STRONG FOUNDATION for the Church.
b)It will SATURATE the Atmosphere of the Church.
c)It will STEADY the course of the Church.
d)Certain MIRACLES/SIGNS/WONDERS will flow from HIS ANOINTING.
2. HOW THIS ANOINTING WILL MANIFEST:
This DOMINANT ANOINTING will manifest through the Senior Pastor in various forms and this will SHAPE and FORM the CHURCH. This ANOINTING will MANIFEST through :
a)HIS CALL: (Jer 1: 5)
God will CALL the SET MAN even before he has been FORMED in his Mother’s womb. God’s CALL is given but the SET MAN may receive it years later. This CALL from GOD will have a CLARITY and a PURPOSE to DO THE WILL OF GOD.
There is a SPECIFIC DETAIL PLAN that God has WORKED OUT in the set man so that the WILL OF GOD will be fulfilled.
Paul was such a man that God had CHOSEN for a SPECIFIC PURPOSE and that is to MINISTER to the GENTILES.(Rom 11: 13-14)
So also the SET MAN will be CALLED by God for a PARTICULAR PURPOSE reaching out to a PARTICULAR PEOPLE.
Hence the SET MAN must know WHO called him  WHY he has been called and to WHOM he must give account to .( Col 1: 25 )
That is why the SENIOR PASTOR is NOT ANSWERABLE to the people of the Church, he is ANSWERABLE TO GOD.
The people of the CHURCH ARE ANSWERABLE TO THE PASTOR. (Heb 13: 17)
b)HIS STEWARDSHIP (Eph 3: 2)
When God gives the DOMINANT ANOINTING to the SET MAN there is GRACE that has been also given to him. After God has found the SET MAN to be FAITHFUL and TRUSTWORTHY through God’s DEALINGS in his life,  God will now ENTRUST him with GRACE that is needed to RUN the church.
The QUALITY of his GRACE is the “ THINGS OF THE SPIRIT” that God will give him, like:
1.GIFTS of the Holy Spirit.
2.WISDOM of the Holy Spirit.
3.DISCERNMENT of the Holy Spirit.
4.COURAGE and STRENGTH of the Holy Spirit
5.REVELATIONS/INSIGHTS/UNDERSTANDING of the Holy Spirit.  Hence if he is FAITHFUL in small things God will release GREATER things. (Matt 25:29)
3.HIS REVELATION AND INSIGHTS(Eph 3: 3)
God will REVEAL to the SET MAN the MYSTERIES and INSIGHTS of his WORD, PURPOSE and how much of REVELATION, INSIGHTS and GRACE that the SET MAN carries is how much God has ENTRUSTED HIM with.
That is why God will CHOOSE ONE MAN to DOWNLOAD all his INSIGHTS and REVELATIONS so that the PURPOSE and PLAN of God will be fulfilled.(Eph 3: 5)
REVELATIONS are God’s UNDERSTANDINGS to his WORD and PURPOSE.
INSIGHTS is MAN’S UNDERSTANDING on how to FULFILL God’s PURPOSE.
That is why every PASTOR must have REVELATION and INSIGHT, not INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE.
4.HIS PREACHING AND MINISTRY (Eph 3: 7-8)
The DOMINANT ANOINTING of the Pastor and the GRACE will manifest through his PREACHING and his MINISTRY. The PREACHING and TEACHING ASPECTS of his ministry will reveal the DOMINANT ANOINTING.(Eph 3: 7-8)
Hence when the SENIOR PASTOR PREACHES, :
1.FAITH is released into the hearts of those hearing.
2.CONFESSION comes forth from the mouth of the hearers.
Hence when the DOMINANT ANOINTING of the Pastor is used the WORD OF FAITH will become the SUBSTANCE of their hearts and their MOUTHS will CONFESS that word of Faith.
The PREACHING of the SET MAN will cause people’s hearts to ALIGN themselves to GOD and to FULFILL the PLANS and PURPOSES of God.
The PREACHING of the SET MAN will also REDESIGN THE CHURCH, it will PULL DOWN STRONGHOLDS, BUILD WALLS OF PROTECTION and help TRANSFORM LIVES.(Acts 2: 37-38)
5. THE APOSTOLIC STRATEGIES (Eph 3: 9-10)
The DOMINANT ANOINTING of the SET MAN is to bring the RIGHT  STRATEGIES so that God’s Plans and purposes can be fulfilled.
The SET MAN must put into ACTION what God is saying and doing. Hence when the people HEAR what God wants them to DO they will get EXCITED and respond to the STRATEGIES that must be put in place.
God gave Paul not only the POWER TO PREACH but also HOW to CARRY OUT the PLANS and PURPOSES of God.(Acts 16: 1-3)
Paul STEP by STEP began  to IMPLEMENT what GOD was REVEALING to him. Hence when the PURPOSES of God are fulfilled the WORKS OF THE DEVIL will CEASE.
The DEVIL keeps on attacking the Church because he wants to PREVENT the purposes of God to be fulfilled. However when the WORK IS DONE then ALL THE STRONGHOLDS OF SATAN on the CHURCH and it’s PEOPLE will CEASE. (Acts 16:18)
The CHURCH is GOD’S PLAN to STOP THE DEVIL FROM SPREADING HIS WORKS.
That is why when CHURCHES FAIL TO IMPACT THE CITY and TRANSFORM the NATION, all kinds of EVILS in the country will continue.
As CHRISTIANS we DEMONSTRATE the POWER OF GOD in our LIVES BEING CHANGED because as LIVES ARE transformed THE NATION AROUND US WILL BE TRANSFORMED.
This is the PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH- TO CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE OF EVIL AROUND IT and if EVERY CHURCH planted by God in every area is able to HELP TRANSFORM the area around it then area by area gets transformed and one day the WHOLE CITY get transformed.
This is why GOD PLANTED CHURCHES IN EVERY AREA OF THE COUNTRY, not to BUILD BIGGER BUILDINGS but to HELP TRANSFORM THAT AREA.
YOUR HOUSE which is God’s LITTLE CHURCH is to help TRANSFORM your TAMAN, not for you to just have BBQ’s, FAMILY GATHERINGS, PARTIES, these are ok but more important to help the CHURCH to transform the area.
This is APOSTOLIC STRATEGY.
1.The DOMINANT ANOINTING is to FULFILL God’s PLANS and PURPOSES.
2.The PREACHING and MINISTRY is to REACH OUT and BRING the FISH(People)
3.The PROGRAMS IN THE CHURCH and it’s ACTIVITIES that FLOW from the DOMINANT Anointing,   are to HELP those who come to CHURCH to be TAUGHT, MOLDED and TRANSFORMED so that they can be the INSTRUMENTS for God to be used OUTSIDE the CHURCH.
The DOMINANT ANOINTING IS WHAT God gives to the SET MAN(SENIOR PASTOR) and EVERYONE in the CHURCH must come UNDER THIS ANOINTING.
Once you are SUBMISSIVE TO THIS ANOINTING, then the DOMINANT ANOINTING will begin to also FLOW in your life. In the next two sermons, you will SEE how to RECEIVE this DOMINANT ANOINTING and to FLOW, WORK and be TRANSFORMED by it.
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OPERATION OF THE CHURCH

17th July, 2011
Lesson Five
Once the CHURCH GROWS, then the RIGHT OPERATING PROCEDURES must be PUT IN PLACE in the Church.

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– இடது சேனல் (மொழிபெயர்ப்பு) தமிழ் உள்ளது
– வலது சேனல் ஆங்கிலத்தில் உள்ளது
(நீங்கள்விரும்பிய மொழி கேட்க இடது அல்லது வலதுஇருப்பு  பொத்தானை நகர்த்து)

God gave Adam the RIGHT OPERATING PROCEDURES for his FIRST CHURCH, when God said :
a)To OBEY his voice in eating the  from RIGHT tree.(Gen 2: 17)
b)To EAT the right food in the Garden.(Gen 29)
c)To NAME every animal. (Gen 2: 19)
Paul also  gave the RIGHT OPERATING PROCEDURES to all the Churches he set up and visited:
a)To the CHURCH OF CORINTH, He told them to  have the RIGHT ATTITUDES on dressing, behaviour, how to celebrate the Lord’s supper etc…
b)To the CHURCH OF GALATICIA on how to LIVE IN THE SPIRIT.
c)To the CHURCH OF EPHESUS on how the NEW MAN must live, putting the WHOLE ARMOUR of God…etc..
Hence when the CHURCH GROWS, then these ACCURATE PROCEDURES must be put in place, that the Church will be RUN IN ACCORDANCE to the PRINCIPLES OF GOD
EVERY GIFT that the HOLY SPIRIT has given to US is not for us to “ FLY OFF” in our “PERSONAL MINISTRIES” but the GIFTS are to be USED TO RUN THE CHURCH.
Every BLESSING you receive in your “Personal Capacity” to to BLESS THE HOUSE OF GOD in return.
Every PERSON you MINISTER TO outside of the Church is for you to BRING THAT PERSON INTO THE CHURCH.
Every believer has their OWN INDIVIDUAL IDENTITY AND MENTALITY, BUT AS A CHURCH we must INTERGRATE ALL these “ Individual traits” to becoming “CORPORATE”.
CORPORATE OPERATION DYNAMICS:
Every INDIVIDUAL in the Church, must WORK TOGETHER for the GROWTH OF THE CHURCH. The Pastor has his OWN SPHERE OF RESPONSIBILITY and the MEMBERS have theirs.
EACH INDIVIDUAL must SUPPLY LIFE into the body just as each CELL in the human Body  “ contributes” to the LIFE OF THE BODY.
EACH BELIEVER IN THE CHURCH must WORK OUT HIS/HER SALVATION and to MAINTAIN their OWN PERSONAL GROWTH.
The PASTOR is NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL GROWTH- YOU ARE!!!!
Hence to PREPARE THE CHURCH FOR MINISTRY we must REALIZE that there  are TWO SPHERES OF WORK that will enable the CHURCH TO GROW and to BE ON MISSION:
These TWO SPHERES  are :
a)WORK IN THE CHURCH.(Acts 6:1-2)
b)WORK OF THE CHURCH.(Acts 6: 3-4)
There is much “ CONFUSION” about “ WORK IN THE CHURCH” and “WORK OF THE CHURCH”.
1.WORK IN THE CHURCH:
The first OPERATIONAL DYNAMICS to help RUN the CHURCH is ALL THE WORK that is to be DONE IN THE CHURCH. In every Church there is WORK that needs to be DONE IN THE CHURCH.
a)ADMINISTRATION: The gift of administration is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to understand clearly the immediate and long-range goals of a particular unit of the body of Christ, and to devise and execute effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals. Administration includes FINANCES, OFFICE Procedures and other related fields of administration. (1Cor 12:28)(Lk 14: 28-30)
b)BUILDING MAINTENANCE : The Church needs to be MAINTAINED , all the utilities, air conds, lights, fittings, furniture and every item associated to the building HAS TO BE MAINTAINED .
c)EQUIPMENT:  All forms of “EQUIPMENT” such as musical instruments, PA Systems, must be handled by this department.
d)INTERIOR MANAGEMENT: All forms of church decorations, floral arrangements, communion handling, etc… is done by people chosen for their area of “ Talent”.
There is however  a MORE IMPORTANT aspect of the WORK that has to be carried out in every Church and this is the WORK OF THE CHURCH.
2. WORK OF THE CHURCH:
This is the MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT of WORK that has to be carried out in any Church. Most people get “ STUCK” doing the WORK IN THE CHURCH, thus believing that is all that God has put them in the church for….to SERVE IN THE CHURCH and they are happy to do so.
WORK OF THE CHURCH is the MISSION and PURPOSE of the CHURCH that God has placed in the HEART OF THE PASTOR.  Thus the Pastor is the ONE that now MUST ENSURE that this DIVINE WORK is carried out and EVERY MEMBER of the CHURCH has to BE INVOLVED in this aspect of WORK. Whilst WORK in the CHURCH is VOLUNTARY, WORK OF THE CHURCH is MANDATORY for EVERY SON and DAUGHTER, BELIEVER and MEMBER.
WORK OF THE CHURCH involves :
a)INVITATION : Peter issued an IMPORTANT INVITATION to the people that were listening to him to MAKE A DECISION TO CROSS OVER TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. People were invited to ACCEPT the LORD and to BE BAPTISED and then to be ADDED TO THE CHURCH. Hence every member of the Church MUST INVITE PEOEPLE to the CHURCH they belong to. Peter did not send them to another place he invited them into the CHURCH OF JERUSALEM. (Acts 2: 41)
b)INTERGRATION: This means that when the people are INVITED INTO THE CHURCH, then the PASTOR and his LEADERS must make the people be ONE with the TEACHINGS of the Church. There cannot be a “rojak” of teachings, but TEACHINGS that is based on the APOSTOLIC DIMENSION on the Church, as the people continued daily in the DOCTRINES of the APOSTLES.(Acts 2: 42)
c)INSTRUCTION: When people especially the “ NEW ONES” come into the Church, the    “ OLDER ONES” must INSTRUCT them in the WAYS they should go. The MINDS of the new believers must be CHANGED by the LIFSTYLES of the members of the Church. It is not the Pastor’s duty to teach and lead the “ New ones” it is the duty of the whole Church and it’s “ APPOINTED LEADERS”. ( Acts 2: 40)
d)INTERACTION: Once the “ NEW BELIEVERS” are instructed in the WAYS of the CHURCH, then the others in the Church must now MAKE THEM FEEL ACCEPTED, LOVED, CARED FOR and they are now able to IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS ONE with the Church. EVERY MEMBER of the Church MUST BE INVOLVED IN THIS.(Acts 2: 46)
e)INVOLVEMENT : CHURCH MEMBERS cannot remain IDLE and LETARGIC in Church. EVERYONE MUST BE INVOLVED IN THE WORK OF THE CHURCH. So many people come to CHURCH but NEVER GET INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH. They are busy OUTSIDE but have no time for the CHURCH. What made the NEW BELIEVERS to be in awe was that , EVERY MEMBER OF PETER’S CHURCH, was INVOLVED, everyone DEVOTED themselves to PRAYING, to LISTENING to the Apostle’s Teachings, to the BREAKING OF BREAD, everyone was in ONE MIND and HEART, everyone SOLD ALL THAT THEY HAD so that the others poorer than them were helped, hence the church must see EVERY MEMBER INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH not outside only.( Acts 2 : 42-45)
f)INFLUENCE : What God was doing IN THE CHURCH had an IMPACT OUTSIDE the Church. PEOPLE OF THE CITY was in AWE at the ONENESS, FELLOWSHIP, LOVE and CARE that these believers had for one another. The Church had GREAT FAVOUR amongst the people and that is why we must INFLUENCE THE PEOPLE AROUND US that they will be in AWE of us. (Acts 2:47)
Hence the CHURCH must ensure that ALL IT’S MEMBERS DO THE WORK OF THE CHURCH and not just the WORK IN THE CHURCH. Once the WORK OF THE CHURCH is being done then GOD WILL INCREASE THE CHRUCH by :
a)NUMERICAL GROWTH: Increase in numbers.
b)SPIRITUAL GROWTH-Increase in SPIRITUAL STATURE.
c)MATERIAL GROWTH- All needed materials, buildings,etc…will be added.
d)EMOTIONAL GROWTH- This will lead to a GREATER UNITY amongst the people.
e)MENTAL GROWTH- The Church will be filled with SOUND MINDED People.
f)OPERATIONAL GROWTH- There will be wholesome systems that will make the Church efficient and purposeful.
g)INFLUENTIAL GROWTH- Society will follow the patterns of the Church.
So when a CHURCH GROWS with good operational dynamics then all kinds of FEARS WILL BE SWEPT AWAY such as :
1.FEAR OF LACK-God will add not subtract. (Mal 6:33)
2.FEAR OF SUPPLY-God will ensure there will always be SUPPLY ( Matt 6:26)
3.FEAR OF LIFE-God will take away the fear of death ( Mat 6:25)
4.FEAR OF TOMORROW- Our FUTURE will be secure ( Mat 6:34)
5.FEAR OF TIME: We will be good managers of time ( Mat 6: 27)
6.FEAR OF STATUS- Our STATURE will grow (Mat 6: 28)
7.FEAR OF NEEDS-God will supply all our needs (Mat 6: 31)
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GROWTH OF THE CHURCH

10th July, 2011

Lesson Four

CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE will now create for the GROWTH OF THE CHURCH.
Hence GROWTH OF THE CHURCH demands that we KNOW the PROCESS OF CHURCH.

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– வலது சேனல் ஆங்கிலத்தில் உள்ளது
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GROWTH IS A PROCESS and same with Church and so the PROCESS FOR GROWTH is

A) GROWTH PROCESS OF THE CHURCH

1.SELECTION OF THE PASTOR: It is GOD and not Man that selects the Pastor. God will first FORM the Man he has selected. Adam was FORMED first before being made PASTOR of his Church. (Gen 1:26)

2.FORMATION OF THE CHURCH: It is GOD who SETS the CHURCH, not man, even the PLACE is selected by God. (Gen 2: 8 )

3.MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH : God now sets the MINISTRY WORK in the Church and TELLS THE PASTOR WHAT HE HAS TO DO(Gen 2:15)

4.REVELATION KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING THE CHURCH: God will then give EXPLICIT INSTRUCTION to the Pastor on what needs to be done in the Church (Gen 2:16-17)

5.ASSISTANT FOR THE PASTOR: It is GOD who will also APPOINT the person to ASSIST the Pastor.(Gen 2: 18)

6.OWNERSHIP OF THE CHURCH: God will then ensure that the PASTOR takes OWNERSHIP of all that has been given to him. ( Gen 2: 19-20)

7.GENERATION OF SONS AND DAUGHTERS: Once the PASTOR takes OWNERSHIP of the Church, then God will enable the Pastor to PRODUCE SONS and DAUGHTERS for generations to come ( Gen 2: 24-25)
Once the CHURCH has been SET and the ACCURATE MODEL has been given and there is CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE going, then SATAN will step in. Satan will not attack the Church when it is formed but when it starts to GROW.
B) ATTACK ON THE CHURCH:

1.IMPERSONATION BY SATAN:  Satan , when he starts to ATTACK the Church, will always come as a “ PERSONALITY ACCEPTED” by the LEADERSHIP of the Church. (Gen3:1)

2.DECEPTION: The mode of attack will always be “ the TWISTING OF FACTS OR REVELATION” that has been given by God. (Gen 3: 1)

3.INTIMIDATION: The Devil will ensure that you are made to FEAR what is said by God to the Pastor, rather than FEARING GOD. (Gen 3: 4)

4.MIND CONTROL:  Satan will always use the MIND to TWIST the REVELATION from God and thus bring about DOUBTS. (Gen 3: 5-6)

5.DISOBEDIENCE : Once DOUBTS sets in, then DISOBEDIENCE will manifest itself, leading Eve now to DISOBEY what God had said. (Gen 3: 6)

6.EXPOSURE: The SIN OF DISOBEDIENCE will now bring to the OPEN the character of the flesh and this is when REVELATION is taken over by INFORMATION ( Gen 3:7-11)

7.DIVISION /SEPARATION : Once SIN is exposed and DISOBEDIENCE takes place, it will bring about ACCUSATION and DIVISION .(Gen 3:12)
Hence in every Church, the MAJOR CAUSE of it being BROKEN, DIVIDED and becoming STUNTED and STAGNANT is the SIN of DISOBEDIENCE.

That is why in the second Church(Garden of Gethsemane) Jesus (The Pastor) removes the CURSE of DISOBEDIENCE with his TOTAL OBEDIENCE, of “ NOT MY WILL but YOUR’S BE DONE” bringing the Church back to God’s Favour.
Knowing the PROCESS OF GROWTH we must now ensure  the GROWTH OF THE CHURCH .

GROWING THE CHURCH :
Now that we know how the PROCESS of GROWTH in the church can be stifled, we must take the necessary steps to ensure the GROWTH OF THE CHURCH.
Every believer in the church has an INDIVIDULASTIC MENTALITY often pursuing PERSONAL BENEFITS and this needs to be changed to consider the importance of CORPORATE LIFE or BODY LIFE of the Church.

EVERYONE MUST BE INVOLVED FOR THE GROWTH OF THE WHOLE BODY (Eph 4:15-16)

For the BODY TO GROW we must:

1.NEED GOD: Our main desire in Church is for us to NEED GOD above everything else in life(Acts 17: 27-31)

2.NEED AN IDENTITY: Man is always pursuing his OWN IDENTITY in the Church but the believer in the church must have a CORPORATE IDENTITY. (1Cor 1:2)

3.NEED A PURPOSE: The CHURCH must have a CORPORATE PURPOSE and every believer must KNOW and PURSUE this corporate purpose.(Acts 2: 31-34)

4.NEED TO RULE AND REIGN: God has given MAN and the CHURCH the mandate to RULE and REIGN and the Church grows when man becomes the RULER and not the slave.(Heb 8:2-5)

5.NEED TO LOVE and to be LOVED:  Whenever God sets out to do something God says “ LET US”, hence the relationship between the FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT is of love and so the CHURCH as a whole must LEARN TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. (1Jn 4:20)

Once the Church has become that OASIS OF LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER, then God will SET FORTH HIS PRINCIPLES TO GROW THE CHURCH . So for the CHURCH TO GROW and INCREASE we must :

C) PRINCIPLES TO GROW THE CHURCH:

  1. KEEP INFORMATION OF THE CHURCH TIGHTLY SEALED FROM THE ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH:

Information on what the Church is doing must not be made known to those who OPPOSE the work IN THE CHURCH. (Neh 4:1)

  1. ENSURE THAT MONEY and RELIGIOUS POLITICS DO NOT DESTROY THE CHURCH:

Money must never take center stage in the church and all forms of CHURCH POLITICS must be dealt with immediately ( Neh 4: 2)

  1. NOT ALLOW INTIMIDATION TO RULE:

The CHURCH must ensure that no one INTIMIDATES those working to build the Church. In many Churches, members threaten by  calls of boycott, resigning, or even leaving, such actions will hinder the GROWTH of the Church. (Neh 4: 2-3)

  1. HAVE A MIND TO WORK:

Every member of the Church must TRAIN their MINDS TO WORK and not slack, as this will be the driving force to GROWTH. (Neh 4: 6)

  1. BREAK ALL FORMS OF CONSPIRACIES SET AGAINST THE WORK:

Different cliques and people groups can become united to take on the Pastor or a Leader in the church, through GOSSIPS and SLANDER,  thus disrupting the WORK. (Neh 4:8)

  1. DISCERN THE ENEMY’S PRESENCE IN THE WORK:

The Pastor must SCREEN EACH WORKER who joins the work force , so that they will not allow the enemy to come within the gates, for the enemies of a man is always within his own household. Job’s wife, Judas, Eve and even Peter were used. (Neh 4: 11)

  1. NOT ALLOW FEAR TO STIFLE THE WORK:

FEAR can cripple the work, and that is why every member of the church must move the fears of failure, doubts, and anxiety away from the work. (Neh 4:12)

  1. KEEP PRESSING ON UNTIL THE WORK IS COMPLETED:

COMMITMENT and FAITHFULNESS will ensure the work continues and is FINISHED and as a CHURCH when we are COMMITTED to what God has put into the Church and have a MIND and a WILL to see it completed, GROWTH will take place in the Church.(Neh 4:21)

D) ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY THE CHURCH :

1. UPDATE AND UPGRADE EVERY MEMBER:
Every member of the Church must be UPDATED and UPGRADED onto the PURPOSES and PLANS of the Church. They must be TRAINED and EMPOWERED TO CARRY OUT THE WORK.(Acts 18: 24-26):

2.IMPART THE ANOINTING DIMENSIONS OF THE SENIOR PASTOR:
Even as Paul IMPARTED his Apostolic Dimensions onto Timothy, so also the SENIOR PASTOR must impart upon his sons and daughter what he carries.

3.BUILD A STRONG BASE OF LEADERS:
The Church can only be fully mobilized when there is a STRONG LEADERSHIP that is FULLY SUPPORTING THE PASTOR.

4.PROVIDE CONSISTENT TRAINING AND SCHOOL THEM:
The Pastor must provide consistent and systematic schooling programs to move them from one level to another.( Acts 19:10)

5.FULLY UTILIZE EVERY SPIRITUAL GIFT:
There must be a constant utilization of the GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT that each member is fully EMPOWERED to carry out the work.  When the Church is empowered with every SPIRITUAL GIFT it will GROW and the SUPERNATURAL WILL ALSO INCREASE.

Hence for CHURCH TO GROW WE MUST :

A)UNDERSTAND the PROCESS OF GROWTH.
B)KNOW HOW THE CHURCH IS ATTACKED.
C)IMPLEMENT THE PRINCIPLES OF GROWTH
D)CONSISTENT ACTION MUST BE TAKEN BY THE CHURCH.

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CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE IN THE CHURCH

3rd July, 2011

Lesson Three

The FIRST step is always BEING ONE.

The SECOND step is having Church as the “ACCURATE MODEL”.

The ACCURATE MODEL is the PRESENCE OF GOD being manifested, the PRINCIPLES OF GOD that must be adhered to, the PURPOSE OF GOD that must be fulfilled , the DEVELOPING OF PEOPLE that must take place, the PROPHETIC WORD that must be followed upon,  the ACCURATE PATTERN that must be laid and the producing of GENEREATIONS that will result in the Church being the ACCURATE MODEL FOR GOD.

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Once the CHURCH has the ACCURATE MODEL then the CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE  of the Church  must be DEVELOPED.

UNDERSTANDING ATMOSPHERE((Gen 1: 2)
ATMOSPHERE  means the “ AIR OF CLIMATE” in the place. In a Church, ATMOSPHERE is inclusive of the SPIRITUAL, the NATURAL and the MATERIAL.
SPIRITS INHABIT the ATMOSPHERE and so what kind of atmosphere we develop will indicate the TYPE OF SPIRIT Present.

The ATMOSPHERE in most Churches is “ LETHARGIC, DEPRESSIVE, WEAK and SLUGGISH. This is because our HUMAN EMOTIONS rule most the ATMOSPHERE and so HOW we FEEL when we come to Church determines the KIND OF ATMOSPHERE we will be having.

The most CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE is that there must be enough WATERS TO SWIM IN. This means there must be a FREEDOM that the HOLY SPIRIT CAN MOVE FREELY without any hindrance.

God must give us the GRACE TO BUILD the SPIRITUAL ATMOSPHERE so that we can CHARGE it with FAITH and EXPECTATION. These are the TWO most conductive elements for MIRACLES to happen.

We must LEARN to BUILD in the Spirit and TUNE our OWN SPIRITS to the HOLY SPSIRIT OF GOD and this will cause us to IGNITE A FRESH FIRE in the place.
The ATMOSPHERE in a CHURCH DEPENDS on how much we BUILD IN THE SPIRIT. Whilst the natural things of the place , the sound, system,  lights, and  musical instruments help to build the atmosphere, it is our EMOTIONS that must be BUILD and TUNED to the HIGH FREQUENCY of the HOLY SPIRIT.

FAITH and EXPECTATIONS is what will CHARGE the ATMOSPHERE. This will create an:

1. CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT.(Act 2: 1)
The CHURCH needs to CREATE a CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE for the HOLY SPIRIT TO MANIFEST and to FLOW FREELY.

For this CONDUCIVE STMOSPHERE FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT to FLOW FREELY, we must:
a)SURRENDER TOTALLY to the HOLY SPIRIT.- Whatever the SPIRIT wants us to do, we just YIELD to the Spirit.
b)NOT GRIEVE, HINDER OR RESIST the HOLY SPIRIT- Not believing in the Holy Spirit’s PRESENCE will grieve him,
c)HAVE FAITH in the HOLY SPIRIT : With all of your HEART you must BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is PRESENT in this place.
d)BELIEVE IN GOD’S WORD:  EVERY WORD from God that comes forth we must totally BELIEVE. Do not doubt his WORD in the House.
e)BE HOLY VESSELS OF GOD : Ensure that you are a HOLY VESSEL that is able to CONTAIN, RETAIN and RELEASE God’s presence in you.
f)LET RIGHTEOUSNESS PREVAIL : We must ensure that we and everything that we do is RIGHT before the sight of God. Stop all lying, cheating, fornication etc….

Once these elements are made PRESENT then the HOLY SPIRIT will be able to FLOW FREELY.

2.  CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE OF WORSHIP (2Chor 5: 13)
We must CREATE A CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR WORSHIP. To have POWERFUL, INTIMATE and PASSIONATE WORSHIP we must ensure that there is:
a)NO NEGATIVE EMOTIONS:  Any “negative emotion” like anger, bitterness, conflicts, frustrations, fears, doubts etc… will STOP the flow of the Holy Spirit to Worship.
b)HONOR and REVERANCE: HONORING and having REVERANCE for God will open the Heavens for God’s PRESENCE to come in.
c)RIGHT MENTAL ATTITUDE: We must understand that we are here to WORSHIP GOD, nothing more , nothing else, any other attitudes will inhibit the Worship.
d)FREE EXPRESSION: Every Believer must be able to EXPRESS themselves freely in lifting of hands, dancing, singing, clapping. Every human expression must be used to Worship God.
e)SPIRIT LED WORSHIP LEADER-: The WORSHIP LEADER must be SPIRIT LED. Not a good singer or musician but a LEADER who is LED  by the Holy Spirit.
f)SPIRIT FILLED SONGS : The songs chosen must be SPIRIT FILLED that must CORRESPOND to what God is doing in the House. So  many songs are sung because it is nice, but the songs that we sing must reflect what the SPIRIT is doing in the House. When the RIGHT SONG is sung it will immediately ENERGIZE the whole atmosphere.
g)COLLECTIVE EXPLOSION : The best and most CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE for WORSHIP is when the WHOLE CHURCH comes as ONE COMPANY to WORSHIP, everyone SINGING, MOVING, DANCING AND CLAPPING with the same passion and intensity.

3. CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE OF MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS: (Acts 4:32-34)
One of the most powerful elements that brings a conducive atmosphere for worship is when the PEOPLE in the CHURCH are ONE. All having ONE HEART, ONE MIND and ONE SPIRIT.
We must RELATE with one  another in a HOLISTIC MANNER. This means we must:
a)LOVE and ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER: Sincere LOVE for one another must be our sign. No matter what our differences are we must ACCEPT one another.
b)RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER’S TALENT and CALLING : Every person has a TALENT. We must recognize this, accept it and USE it for the BENEFIT of the whole Church.: All of us have a CALLING and as a BODY of Believers, we must PROMOTE each other’s CALLING. Pray and SUPPORT each other.
c)SUPPORT, AFFIRM and COPERATE WITH THE SENIOR PASTOR: The Senior Pastor is there NOT for you but to FULFILL GOD’S PLANS and PURPOSES. As a Church, SUPPORT him in every way, AFFIRM his calling and anointing and COPERATE with him to fulfil DESTINY. Do not RESIST your PASTOR but INSIST on helping him to fulfil DESTINY.
d)WORK AS ONE BODY: There are NO INDIVIDUALS in a Church except for individual parts. No individual part can work by itself. EVERY PART is needed to WORK TOGETHER for the BODY to FUNCTION properly. So the hand needs the foot, the foot needs the eye, the eye needs to mouth, the mouth needs ears etc…
e)ENCOURAGE TRANSFORMATION OF LIVES:  An ACCURATE CHURCH will result in lives being TRANSFORMED not just touched. Every son/daughter in the Church must ALIGN their lives to be TRANSFORMED and we must ENCOURAGE the DOUBTERS, STRENGTHEN the WEAK and PUSH the STAGNANT ones to greater heights.
f)BE AT PEACE WITH ONE ANOTHER:  PEACE is the sign of the Lord’s PRESENCE and thus as a BODY of ONE COMPANY we must at all times work to be at PEACE with One another.

4. CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR THE MIRACULOUS(Acts 19: 10-11)
People will rush to be in a Church where MIRACLES are happening and for this to happen we must:
a)HAVE STRONG PREACHING ANOINTING:  The WORD must be PREACHED without COMPROMISE and FAITH must be RELEASED to provide for the MIRACULOUS to happen. Miracles will happen when the PROCEEDING WORD of god IS BROUGHT FORTH.
b)HAVE STRONG HEALING ANOINTING: We must have continuously have HEALING PRAYERS and MINISTERING eventhough miracles might not be happening. Keep PRAYING for the sick and one day the MIRACLES will flow.
c)BREAK EVERY FEAR and PREJUDICE:  We must constantly BREAK every FEAR, DOUBT and PREJUDICE that prevents the Miracles from happening.
d)NOT LIMIT THE SUPERNATURAL FROM HAPPENING:  Everytime when we gather as a BODY we must EXPECT the SUPERNATURAL to happen. When EVERYONE BELIEVES then the SUPERNATURAL realm will be broken into and BREAKTHROUGHS will happen.
e)REBUKE, CAST OUT DEMONIC FORCES: People carry “ Spirits” with them when they come into the House of God. CLEANSE and REBUKE these “ SPIRITS” that the demonic strongholds will not hold back the MIRACULOUS.

5. CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR COMMITMENT AND CONNECTION        (Acts 2: 42)
One of the reasons Churches  fail is because of the lack of commitment and connection to God and the Pastor. Many people come to church but are NOT CONNECTED and COMMITTED. To be CONNECTED and COMMITTED we must:
a)CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF GOD’S PRESENCE: When we do this through INTENSE WORSHIP, TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS and HOLINESS then people will become GOD CONSCIOUS and GOD FEARING. When we have GOD CONSCIOUSNESS there will be a sense of FEAR and AWE.
b)HAVE HONOR AND STAY FOCUSSED: Our lives must HONOR GOD, his PRESENCE and His WORDS and we must STAY FOCUSSED onto what God is doing in the House. When we PRIORITIZE to keep focussing on him there will be a DEPTH OF CHANGE causing us to become HOLY and SANCTIFIED.
c)HUNGER AND THIRST FOR HIM: Until we HUNGER and THIRST for the Lord and RALLY the people to QWORSHIP as ONE the PRESENCE of God will not be manifested. His PESENCE will bring strong INSPIRATION, EXCITEMENT and the people will have the POWER to WITNESS.
d)SACRIFICE AND SURRENDER: When we sacrifice ALL THAT WE ARE and SURRENDER ALL THAT WE HAVE and the PRESENCE OF GOD comes forth our HEARTS will be drawn to BLESS GOD and his PEOEPLE, it will REDESIGN OUR THINKING and EVERYONE in the HOUSE will never have a want or a need.

6. CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE FOR THE FUTURE(Acts 2: 40-43)
A Church must live with a HOPE for the FUTURE. It will keep the people MOVING ON towards their DESTINY. To do this we must :
a)HAVE PROPHETIC REVELATION:  The PROCEEDING WORD must come forth continuously to IMPACT the lives of the people to SEE THEIR FUTURE. When we SEE the FUTURE and make it available to people then they will keep coming to Church.
b)HAVE PREACHING OF FAITH: There must be INSPIRED PREACHING so that FAITH will rise up and when FAITH RISES UP it will bring HOPE and COURAGE for the MIRACLOUS. People will realize that BREAKTHROUGHS ARE POSSIBLE. They will live with the POSSIBLE.
c)KEEP RENEWING THE MIND:  When the AMIND IS RENEWED it will create in people a NEW BREED OF BELIEVERS. The NEW and RENEWED MIND will see POSSIBILITIES, SEEK for BREAKTHROUGHS, PURSUE DESTINY and all the NEGATIVE ELEMENTS in the church will be BROKEN.
Hence when we create a CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE for the HOLY SPIRIT to move, a CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE OF WORSHIP to bring God’s presence, a CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE for meaningful   RELATIONSHIPS , a CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE for MIRACLES to happen , a CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE for COMMITMENT and CONNECTION and a CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE OF HOPE for the FUTURE then the CHURCH will have :
1.OPEN HEAVEN
2.OPEN INTIMACY
3.OPEN FAVOUR
4.OPEN OPPORTUNITIES
5.OPEN HOUSE
6.OPEN DOORS
This will make the CHURCH to IMPACT the CITY and TRANSFORM THE NATION.

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