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State of The City

February 9, 2010 2 comments

With already a great start to the year, I don‘t need to say much.  For a few paragraphs, let’s rattle off a few things that happened in The City—Good Hope Young Adult Ministry in 2009.

Accomplishments

*30+ professions of faith.

*30+ baptisms

*Many new young adult members have joined and are attending our church services, fellowships, and bible studies and more are being added weekly.

*Introduced countless people in the Third Ward Area to the good news that Jesus saves from sin.

*Continued the The Real Word Bible Study – Romans, Ephesians, and parts of Acts were covered this year.

*Continued Good Hope Mission to Cuny Homes

*Building community by building accountability

*The Morning After outreach to Rice, University of Houston, and Texas Southern University.

*Improved our online community to 1000+ young adults from all over the greater Houston Area and the world via Facebook, Twitter, and .

*Started online radio show and blog which serves as a ministry opportunity for young adults.

*Continued C.H.A.O.S. fellowships that are outreaches to the community

*Vastly improved publicity of events particularly word of mouth

*Improved volunteer base of the ministry and church as bonds of disicpleship have begun to form.

*Served our community in many ways including:  serving the homeless population;  volunteering with the Angel Tree ministry;  cleaning our church; cooking for and praying with AIDS patients; volunteering with the Angel Tree Ministry.

*Started the City Council, which provides collegiate leadership to our young adult ministry.

*Provided theological and leadership training to college students as it became available.

*Partnered with young adult leaders on the University of Houston, Rice, and HCC campus to provide gospel-centered teachers focused on making disciples.

*Partnered with ministries and participated in revivals and campus programs that led to conversions.

Thanks Yous  (in no particular order)

Glory, Mac, Steve, Lee-lonn, Kori, Shalonda,  Jamil, CeCe, Tiffany, Troy, Bobby, E-Sol, Ronnie, Dennis, David Dawkins, Chloe Virgil Chad, E-Sol, Bobby, Allona, Robyn, Eric Michael, Joshua Gray, Mekedes, Jasmine, Candis, Zachary, Riz. Lorenzo, Timothy, Nicole, Ashlee, Destiny, Jessica B, , Charles, Robyn, Robert, Pastor Clemons, Sister Mayes, Bro. Chambers, Pastor Cofield.  I’m sure I forgot somebody, but God didn’t J.

Many of you allowed God to work powerfully thru you.  I love and appreciate God’s goodness as He has so wonderfully shown through you!

Improvements to be made

God has blessed us mightly.  Just like with salvation, he blessed us in spite of ourselves.  Some wise guy said, “the biggest room in the house is always the room for improvement.“   In following Pastor’s pronouncement for us to go from “Good to Great,“ there are always ways in which we can use our time, talents, and treasures more effectively.

*We need to be more effective in our prayer life.

*More targeted discipleship between church and young adults.

This year we are doing events that allow us to bridge the generational gap and truly become intentional at discipling people and providing mentorship

*Train and equip more people to do what we do, so that God’s work may be multiplied.

*Hold each other accountable to do God’s work well and not half-step – He didn’t, He gave his very best, his Son!

*Hold each other accountable in our walk and yield to God’s desire for us to live lives worthy of our calling.

Focus for this Year

*This year we will focus on building the people that God is sending.  More one-on-one, more fellowship, and more helping people to understand their faith and share their faith.  (1 Peter 3:15)

*Less time and focus doing programs and more time spent discipling and hanging out.  It is this loosely structured time that makes all the difference in the world in shaping people for their purpose.

*Strengthen our ties to the TSU community.

*Integrating young adults in all ministries of our church particularly our youth and children.

*Continue to develop online radio presence and blog which we feel will get the Good News out about Jesus by any means necessary.

Let’s Partner with God

Again, we have had a great year, not because of all the stuff we have done, but we have all seen visible impact in people’s lives as a result of God working in the midst of us.

Remember our mission as a ministry:

“To reach young adults primarily in the Third Ward Area with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to equip those young adults who have accepted Him as Lord with the wisdom that comes through the Word of God.”

God tells us specifically in his word that we ask anything in his name, that means anything that he has ordained for us to do and would bring him glory, he will do honor our request and partner with us.  John 14:14.  Let’s partner with God and get it done.  I love you and I will continue to pray for you.  Pray for me too.

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[Day 1] The Chu’ch: Together We Stand — The Issues at Ephesus, Part 2

June 9, 2009 6 comments

Chu'ch-1

And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12  so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13    Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14   Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15    But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16         And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily[1]  ACTS 19:11-20 

  

Negative Spirituality

Ephesus was dealing with a lot of negative spirituality.  God uses Paul to do miracles and cast out demons.  Sometimes just by having handkerchiefs touch him and be distributed, people would be made whole.  Now 7 guys whose daddy was a Jewish priest see the miracles that are happening through Paul and say let’s try to use the name that Paul was using and cast out a demon. 

Ephesus at the time was known for its use of magic and witchcraft.  Folk would try to manipulate situations through the spirit realm to try to get what they wanted.  So if I wanted a certain girl, I would chant some magic name hoping that the spirit that I called up would help me get the girl.  Lots of weird stuff, but no different than the “name it, and claim it”, wiccan,  “law of confession,” and “the law of attraction” stuff we have today.   

Needless to say, these guys were unsuccessful and ended up getting exorcised themselves.  They were thrown out of the house, naked and ashamed.  The people were so amazed at the power of the Holy Spirit vs. the power of their magic that they brought all their magic books and burnt them.  The amount of books burned that day amounted to 50,000 days of wages.

So what is negative spirituality?  How do I know I fall into this category?  You might be practicing negative spirituality if:

  • You say, “I am not religious, I’m spiritual.”
  • You dabble in self-help books like “The Secret” and “The Law of Attraction.”
  • You mess around with astrological signs, witchcraft, psychics, tarot cards, palm reading, and ouiji boards.
  • You approach your relationship with God as you would a Genie.  “If I pray a certain way or tithe a certain amount, God you are obligated to bless me.”
  • You think that their other ways to reach God.
  • “You believe in a higher power, but not sure of his name”.  There are other powers in the world, they just happen to be demonic and not good for proper worship. Lol.
  • “All roads lead to heaven.”  Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.  Broad is the gate that leads to destruction. 
  • You are overly superstitious.  You sleep with a bible under you bed.  You wear a cross for good luck.  Kinfolk, trust in the one who was on the cross and is now risen.  Wearing a cross for good luck is like wearing an electric chair around your neck in this day and age. 

Advice:  Like the Ephesian believers in Jesus, cut anything that you see on the list above from your life totally and completely.  None of these things are from God and none of them bring Him any glory.  And many of these things are harmful to your own spiritual health.  Trust in Jesus completely for your salvation and YOUR SAFETY and you will be okay!  Jesus has crushed sin and satan, once and for all.  Colossians 2:15.