Lansarea Bisericii Harvest Metanoia Arad & Botez 15 Septembrie 2013

Inaugurarea oficiala a Bisericii Harvest Metanoia Arad, Adresa bisericii: Arad, str M. Eminescu Nr 1-3 – Pastor Cristian Barbosu:

Viziune, pasiune, misiune – sunt câteva cuvinte care descriu etosul comunităţii Harvest Metanoia care aşteaptă cu nerăbdare lansarea oficială a bisericii pe 15 septembrie 2013. După mai bine de 7 luni de pregătiri intense în ceea ce priveşte identitatea, crezul şi direcţia bisericii, credincioşii acestei comunităţi sunt gata să celebreze acest eveniment, încununându-l şi cu un botez nou testamentar.Evenimentul va avea loc la Sala de Festivități din incinta Complexului Armonia, situate peste drum de Expo, la fostul Flanco/Carrefour la ieșirea spre Nădlac).  Poti vedea evenimentul aici:

PROGRAMUL:
00:00 – 24:00 Lauda si Inchinare
24:2540:10 Raul: Esenta bisericii, dintotdeauna, de cand Hristos a intemeiat biserica pe acest pamant a fost aceasta: O multime de oameni care umbla impreuna, cresc (spiritual) impreuna pentru gloria lui Dumnezeu. Cu alte cuvinte exista impreuna ca sa dea toata atentia, toata investitia si toata afectiunea lor lui Dumnezeu. De aceea. si noi astazi vrem sa declaram ca scopul bisericii noastre este sa-L glorificam pe Dumnezeu prin implinirea marei trimiteri. Acesta este planul lui Dumnezeu concret pentru biserica noastra. Cu alte cuvinte, facerea de ucenici.  Daca astazi esti aici si te intrebi, „Oare pentru ce exista biserica aceasta noua in Arad? Raspunsul este, cu toate eforturile noastre, afectiunea noastra, interesul nostru, noi existam pentru gloria lui Dumnezeu si mai specific pentru facerea de ucenici- implinirea marei trimiteri.” Poate veti zice, „Bun Raul, voi faceti asta pentru Dumnezeu, dar ce face Dumnezeu pentru voi?” Dumnezeu coboara cu gloria Lui si ne schimba radical vietile. Cum coboara Dumnezeu intre noi?

  1. Scriptura – Dumnezeu coboara intre noi atunci cand proclamam fara retinere autoritatea Scripturilor si cuvantul lui Dumnezeu este clar prezentat fara retineri.
  2. Inchinare – Gloria lui Dumnezeu se coboara in mijlocul nostru atunci cand adoram numele Lui Isus, cand El este central in adorarea si inchinarea noastra.
  3. Rugaciune – Gloria lui Dumnezeu coboara intre noi atunci cand credem cu tarie in puterea rugaciunii, cand cu toata inima noastra ne aducem inimile inaintea lui in rugaciune.
  4. Marturisim cu indrazneala evanghelia lui Hristos. Nu in ultimul rand gloria lui Dumnezeu coboara in mijlocul nostru atunci cand exista evanghelizare.

De aceea, biserica aceasta are 4 stalpi: Scriptura, Adorare, Rugaciune, Evanghelizare. Noi il urmam pe El prin facerea de ucenici. Nu ne intereseaza multimea ucenicilor, ne intereseaza calitatea, calibrul ucenicilor. Si oare care este calitatea biblic vorbind? Cum se defineste calitatea a unui ucenic?

  1. In primul rand, un ucenic autentic se inchina lui Isus. Viata lui este total centrata in Hristos.
  2. Un ucenic autentic umbla cu Isus. Asta inseamna ca nu esti singur, ci el umbla impreuna cu alti ucenici, cu alti credinciosi. Aici vorbim de biserica, mai specific de grupele mici.
  3. In al treilea rand, un ucenic de calitate este cineva care il slujeste pe Isus. Viata lui se cheltuie pentru Isus si imparatia lui Dumnezeu.

40:10 – 45:10 Cantare – Slavit fie Domnul pentru tot ce mi-a dat
45:11 – 1:09:40 Marturii de la candidatii pentru botez (1:06:45 – Cantare – Pregateste inima Doamne)
1:09:45 – CRISTIAN BARBOSU – Mesaj din textul: Matei 28

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Eric Ludy – The Ancient War Cry

Photo credit biblewalks.com – Valley of Elah where David battled Goliath

1 Samuel 17 2:And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together,
and pitched by the valley of Elah,
and set the battle in array against the Philistines.

Where’s our war cry?

We don’t even know that we’re at war! We don’t understand that we’re in hostile territory. This isn’t a time of peace. It’s against the principalities and the powers that are puppeteering the people. And we are in a position to see souls set free!

This has been the ancient war cry throughout all the generations of the Hebrew nations. Rak Chazak! Where does it come from? Chazak, this is the Hebrew: the rock like „oomph” of the spiritually zealous heart. The game face of a mighty man. Tenacity of soul, the gritting of the teeth of the Spirit inspired warrior. And the bearing of those teeth to the enemy. Chazak is possessing a resolute and growling resolve for the glory of God. A flush of spiritual fervor. A tensing of all of a soldier’s muscles. There’s a Chazak.

We don’t have that spiritually. We should. We don’t. Because we don’t know what we’re engaged with. Did you know that we have the armory of heaven? That you have everything you need for life and godliness to push the enemy forces back? And so, when you hear Chazak, your knuckles spiritually should immediately turn white. And you should find yourself gritting your spiritual teeth with a belligerence against the enemy. He goes down! There are souls that must be saved!

The Hebrew statement is Rak Chazak. However, in the Bible, where it came from it’s Chazak Amats. The other word that goes with it, Amats, it’s heavenly audacity. It’s rushing headlong into the most hazardous and impossible battles without pausing to consider the impossibilities.

Who had Amats in the Bible?

  • David against Goliath? That’s some serious Amats. He’s rushing headlong against Goliath. „David, you might think about this for a minute.” „No, I am not weighing the impossibilities. This is for my God!” It’s a confidence in victory, even before the field is taken. It’s lambs moving with liquid ferocity straight into the lion’s lair.
  • How about the three that overheard him in the cave of Adullam? All for a cup of cool water  from the well of Bethlehem. Those guys had Amats. They go running out, break through a garrison of Philistines to grab a cup of cool water, and then bring it back through the garrison. They’re being hunted by the Philistines the whole time, trying not to spill a cup of water. That’s Amats.

Mere men and women on earth are being eaten up by the enemy.

However, we’re not just mere men and women of this earth. We are redeemed. We are bought with a price. And we’ve been changed into the body of Christ. Amats means swift-footed, all believing, super conquering, prevailing faith in the Lord of battles. What happens to the world, if Christians once again get Chazak and Amats? Do you know what the apostles had after Pentecost? Something came into them. What was it? You can say it very simply as Chazak and Amats – the Spirit of God. He came in to win. He came in to turn this world on its head.

Moses’s last gasp, this is his great speech before the promised land, which he never got to enter into, and he’s laying out the ground rules for the kingdom that is about to be established across that Jordan river. „Be strong, and of good courage. Fear not, nor be afraid of them. For the Lord, thy God, He it is that does go with thee. He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, „Chazak! Amats!” Be strong and of good courage! For thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord has sworn unto their fathers to give them. And thou shalt cause them to inherit it.

What’s happening there? The men and women of God are coming in to take what was purchased.. The promise. You are surrounded by 31 hostile empires. You know, that’s what they were headed into: 31 empires on the other side of that Jordan river. 31!

This is where we are at, as the church of Jesus Christ. Yet, we are there without a war cry. Let’s understand that we are out to win for the glory of Jesus Christ. And, even if we die, we win. It doesn’t matter what happens to our bodies. We obey… God wins. Now, suddenly we’re crossing. Joshua is the same name for Jesus in the New Testament, by the way. Yeshua- this is the Savior, the Man of Salvation, who is coming to bring us into the inheritance. Be strong and of good courage, for unto this people shall thou divide for an inheritance, the land which I swore unto their fathers to give them. Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage. Rak Chazak! Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed for the Lord thy God is with thee, withersoever thou goest. Rak Chazak, Israel! Rak Chazak, men and women of God almighty. And all the powers of earth and hell that come against your soul, and all the powers of earth and hell that are puppeteering the lost masses, you hit them square in the teeth, and you show love to this world. To anyone who would spit in your face, you serve them and you love them in return, and say, „Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.” Rak Chazak, Israel!

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31 days of praying for your pastor

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From Revive Our Hearts, this is an excellent 31 day list on what biblical verse to pray over your pastor every day, for 31 days. You can download the 5 page (large print) pdf here – https://www.reviveourhearts.com/…/31DaysPrayingPastor.pdf

What should I pray for?

praying handsTypes of Prayer

There are many kinds of prayer, but all of them can be classified into one or more of the following categories.  The popular ACTS formula (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) for praying, continues to be effective for people of all ages and levels of spirituality.

Adoration and Praise

God is to be praised before we present our next list of wants.  And far too many of us have forgotten how to praise God – if we ever really knew how.  The lack of praise in prayer is to be pitied.  We must learn to praise God if we intend to pray to God.  For starters, study the Psalms and take notes on how much David and the other writers praised God.  Pray these sections of Psalms yourself.  Begin with Psalm 19. (See also Psalm 25:1-1527:1-631:1-833:12-2234:1-1042:1-1144:1-846:1-1150:1-23, etc.)  As David said, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). Also, many of God’s statements of what He has done can be restated into a praise offering.

Confession

Unconfessed sin builds barriers between us and God (Psalm 66:18).  It rots our spirits and dries up our hearts (Psalm 32:3).  We need to confess everything to God and confess to others only what is appropriate and helpful (James 5:16).  We do not need to confess every sin specifically to every person.  But we must learn to confess our sins.

Thanksgiving

As you remember, Paul’s advice for Christians was, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  This was not a multiple choice test.  We cannot pick just one of these three areas for the week.  We are  to live joyfully, prayerfully, thankfully daily.  How long will God continue to answer our prayers if we never thank Him for the ones He has already granted?  Don’t be afraid of giving God the “big-head”.  He is not some ethereal ego who craves our verbal affirmation.  He wants us to be thankful people.  We need to be thankful people more than He needs to be a thanked God.

Supplication and Petition

This is usually the favorite and most fully developed part of our prayers.  God is not offended by our petitions when we have balanced them with other ingredients.  He wants to answer our requests.  He also wants us to pray for the needs of others through intercessory prayer, more than we do.  When we pray, we must get on our knees for the needs of others.  Our requests must go beyond “God bless me and my mate, and our two children, us four and no more.”  Most importantly, God wants us to see prayer as a means of building a relationship with Him not just getting things from Him.

Conditions for Effective Prayer

God has promised repeatedly to answer our prayers (Matthew 7:7,8).  He is willing; His word is on the line.   He is also capable of granting our requests. He knows what we need (Matthew 6;7,8) and He knows how to give good gifts (Matthew 79-11).  But God is not a “cosmic cellboy” or a “heavenly vending machine,” as Malcolm Nygren said, “A God who filled the prayer orders of people whose wills were not His won would be no God at all.”  James reminded his readers that they had often asked and received not (James 4:3).  What are some of the conditions God has given us?

BELIEVE

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22)

But what are we to believe? That we have needs?  That we need help?  We must truly believe in God – His authenticity and authority.  We must also believe God is able to answer our prayers.  (Mark 11:24;  James 1:6,7).

RIGHT MOTIVES

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your own pleasures.”  (James 4:3)

We can ask for the right things and still be refused if we have the wrong motives or purposes in mind.  Before we pray, we must pause to check our purposes.  Are we living for self or others?

IN JESUS’ NAME

“You may ask for anything in my name and I will do it.”  (John 14:13,14)

This concept has been greatly misunderstood.  We are to do more than tack on the phrase, “In Jesus’ name,” on the end of our prayers.  We are to approach God with the conscious realization that we do so by the authority and power of Jesus Christ.  In Christ and as a result of our faith in Christ, and Christ alone, we approach God with “freedom and confidence” (Ephesians 3:12Colossians 1:19,20).

ACCORDING TO HIS WILL

“If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1John 5:14)

We can tell God our deepest personal needs and feelings and finally ask Him for specific requests.  But we must always pray that His will be done, as did Jesus (Matthew 26:394244).  God is pleased to grant us His will.  We need to be just as pleased when He does.  We should pray for what Jesus would pray for if we could hear Him pray.

WHAT SHOULD I PRAY FOR?

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