Friday, August 21, 2015

Shepherds need to feed and lead rather than get lost in the middle of em, or be followin' the sheep in the wrong direction. Leaders need to lead people to Jesus!

Ask.. what do they, from the Bible, need to know and do? How should they do it? God what do You want to say? 
Why aim to impress any mere human down here? Are you a pastor or a leader? 
Choose to faithfully feed the flock truth in love, edify em.. the body and boldly point to Jesus Christ ..rather than to your denomination, church, your needs, or to self. Emphasize the practical application of the word with right motives.
Give emphasis to fresh music, praise and biblical worship. That’s your number one ministry priority–blessing the Lord. It ain’t just the warm up to the sermon, worship is actually and literally for entering into the Holiest of All, coming through the gates with full-on thanksgiving and into the courts with praise. Jesus Christ told us the Father was seeking those who would worship Him in spirit and in truth.. so let’s just glorify Christ, the Spirit, and our heavenly Father!
Keep it all practical, helpful and to the point.. right where the people live. Why have your ministry address the needs of yesteryear when the people in front of you, pastor, are dealing with some pretty real ones right now?
There’s really no need for stiff religious traditions or rituals that help no one. Therefore keep your informal worship services respectful minus worthless fluff, foo-foo and junk. Do things decently and in order ..with dignity and great celebration for we have good reason to. 
In addition.. you know how sinners and saints still sin sometimes, so give both an opportunity to come get right with God. Put a hook in every message pastor. Pray hard and expect em to respond to the Gospel that you make clear. The Bible says, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2. 

“Pastors, remember to simply teach the word of God simply. Don’t be too sophisticated, complicated, nuanced, opinionated, high minded. Amen?” ~ Missionary Brenten Powers

A poll by researcher George Barna revealed that about 25% of the adults in the United States would go to church if a friend would just invite them.Barna went on to elaborate on this sayin’, “The best chance of getting them to a church is when someone they know and trust invites them and offers to accompany them.”
Amazing statistic huh! Think about that stat for a few moments more: 25% of the people out there are waiting for an invitation to go to church.

* Do you have distant or close friends, and say on-fire friends who really love Jesus?
* Do you have friends who are not believers?
* Do you have not-yet-believing friends that you’ve been praying for.. but haven’t yet invited to Christ or to your church?

What’s the hold up? Don’t be scared of rejection. I pray God will give you His boldness inside while you can reach them. The main key is to pray and invite them. Christian leaders, let it start with you–I encourage you to example this selflessness.
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