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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.

The Makeover

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Kinfolk, some friends of mine from Men After God’s Own Heart and Women of the Word, organizations on the campus of the University of Houston, are having an event tomorrow, November 20, 2009, called the MAKEOVER.  If you have a moment, you need to be in the place.  There will be numerous performances from great acts and a message from Yolanda Burroughs directly afterwards.  Watch the beautiful video above!

Sharing with our Muslim brothers…the Good News

April 21, 2009 7 comments

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I was involved in a Christian – Muslim dialogue on the University of Houston’s campus a few weeks ago and I got a chance to speak to some Muslims about the Good News.  Afterwards, they had many questions about Jesus and how he could be the sacrifice for their sins.  They really couldn’t understand why somebody else would dare to pay for something that they did.  We didn’t even really talk about Islam and the Koran — just Jesus and his claim to be God and his sacrifice for our sins.  Here are some notes from that talk:

 

I bring you greetings from Our Lord and Liberator Jesus Christ.  To my Muslim brothers, As-Salaam-Alaikum.  To my Jewish brothers, Shalom.  To all the rest of my kinfolk, WHAT UP!!  I want to present to you God’s redemptive work in 4 acts:  

Creation

God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely self-sufficient, for his own glory, created the universe, as we know it. He created space, the stars, the planets, our solar system, the moon, and planet earth. On planet earth he created animals, plants, landforms, continents, mountains, and every living thing. His most glorious creation was Man and Woman. He created everything and then called it good! (Gen 1).

Fall

But our first father, Adam, chose to disobey God or “sin”, by not following God’s express command. (Gen 3:6) God’s promise to Adam was that in the day that they disobeyed him that they would be eternally separated from him. Adam’s sin brought misery and pain into the world. Much of what you see in the world is a result of Adam’s sin. Not only did Adam’s sin cause the chaos in which we see, we as his children have inherited his sinful nature. Although because of Adam’s sin, we have all been condemned, we too have committed sin against God and must pay an eternal price for that sin. Romans (3:23, 5:12, 6:23). Moreover, the world is suffering from the sinful mistakes of man. (Gen 3:17, Romans 8:23) Where there was order, there is now chaos. Where there was harmony, there is now dissonance. Where there was peace, there is now war. Where there was life, there is now death.

The big issue revolves around God himself. God is supremely righteous, holy, and just! (Psalm 145:17) A just God must reward good and punish evil. (Romans 1:18) Since the standard is 100% righteousness and we have sinned, even if ever so slightly, without an intervention we are destined punished eternally in hell. (James 2:10) Our disobedience towards God has caused Him extreme displeasure. Out of God’s justice he must punish our evil.

Redemption

Here is the Good News. Although God is holy and just, out of his mercy and love for us, He sent Jesus the divine Son of God who took on his shoulders the sins of the world and the punishment that went with it. (Romans 5:6, 2 Cor. 5:21) God punished Jesus, ultimately killing him on the cross for the sins of the world. This had to happen so that God’s supreme justice could be vindicated and shown to the world. (Romans 3:21-26) Christianity revolves around this killing of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary right outside of Jerusalem. Miraculously, Jesus was resurrected from the dead showing the world that he had won victory over his enemies, beat death, and died for the sins of the world.

Those men and women who choose to accept Jesus as their substitutionary sacrifice for their sins and follow Him as Lord will be guaranteed eternal life. This is the very heart of what it means to be a Christian – confessing our sins and believing in Jesus death, burial, and resurrection for those sins. (Romans 10:9)

Restoration

Jesus in redeeming humanity also will ultimately redeem the rest of creation. Jesus is coming back and will rule on this earth with his followers as part of the glorious kingdom of God. Things will be different, there will not be suffering, war, or poverty, but everything will be set a right. (Isaiah 11) Those who place their faith will rule and reign with him forever. (Rev. 5:9-10)

God is Still Saving Folk!

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

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Personally, Sunday was an exciting time for me!  It’s always exciting when Jesus brings another soul into the kingdom.  But it was two times exciting to see God pull a brother out of years of tradition and religion into the freedom of Jesus Christ.  I knew that it was possible for him to bring somebody out of Islam into a relationship with Jesus, but I had never seen it with my eyes.  I was also overjoyed by the support that his brothers in the Lord gave him.  It was truly a sight to behold and I thank God that I could see him work on the young brother the way that he did.  The brothers from Men After God’s Own Heart (M.A.G.O.H) are full of passion and zeal for the Lord and have been a force for the gospel on the University of Houston Campus.  Man, God is still saving folk!