3 Elements of Powerful Faith

Do you wish you could make a more significant impact for God?  You can!  Add these elements to your faith and watch your power with God and men increase.

There is little doubt that the Apostle Paul is one of the most effective Christians of all time. His inspired teaching makes up much of the New Testament. His powerful preaching changed the lives and destinies of Jews and Gentiles alike. His missionary efforts are legendary. God used Him to shake the world with the Gospel.

The same God wants to use you to make an impact on your world. You too can be a force for good and God. We can find three elements of Paul’s powerful faith in Acts chapter 26. How will you apply them to your life?

Personal

Paul gave his testimony often. He recounts his personal faith to King Agrippa in Acts 26.

Acts 26:4–6
“My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:”

Acts 26:9–12
“I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,”

Acts 26:13–15
“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.”

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How To Thrive in Winter Ministry

Winter can be tough on a church if the pastor and people are not prepared.  Make the most out of your ministry during this Winter!

One of the benefits of serving God in New England is that we get to experience all four seasons.  Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter all have their pros and cons.  New Englanders usually have strong feelings about which ones they like and dislike.  Nevertheless, we are privileged to experience them in all of their glory. Each season presents its own challenges to ministry.  We won’t list them all here.  In this article, we will focus on ministry in the Winter.

If you want to have a fruitful ministry in New England, you must make peace with Winter.  That’s easier for some people than others.  If you grew up in the northern United States, you are probably accustomed to cold weather, snow accumulation, and winter storms. Some people even enjoy Winter!  However, if you have never lived or ministered up North, you are in for a treat.  Many well-intentioned preachers have moved to New England believing that God wanted them to serve here, only to quit because of the Winter.  Either God never called them to New England, or they left God’s will because they didn’t consider how to serve God successfully during the cold winter months.  I don’t make that statement as a criticism but as a fact.

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4 Ingredients of Effective Biblical Leadership

Leadership Meeting Teaching Outline

Serving God is a great privilege and a heavy responsibility.  These four simple ingredients will lift your ministry effectiveness to new heights.

This outline was recently taught at our monthly Leadership Meeting for all ministry workers and helpers.  I pray it will be a blessing to you as well.

1. Preparation

Preparation is vital to success. The servant of God must have time to prepare His mind, heart, and material.  Build preparation time into your schedule.

  • Preparation of Schedule
  • Preparation of Walking with God
  • Preparation of a Holy Life
  • Preparation of Hard Work
  • Preparation of Bible Material

2 Timothy 2:21  “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

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12 Tested Ingredients of a Powerful Missionary Letter

Paul gave an account of his missionary endeavors when he had the opportunity. Through the technology of the day, you can provide regular reports quite easily. The prayer letter is your only regular interaction with supporters. Make sure it is well thought out, prepared, and powerful!

Acts 14:27   And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

Here are twelve tested ingredients to writing a powerful support letter:

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