Dear Jesus family,
I wanted our church blog this time to be about our connection with a newly created home church in the tribal area of Northern Mindanao, Philippines. The pastor and his wife are Rogelio and Jhing Bondslave. They discovered our former website and wrote us inquiring about home churches and how they operated. I wrote and explained what we are about. They wrote later saying they had begun this approach and were really blessed just like the early church. They shared how they met together, read and studied the Word. Afterwards they asked for prayer requests and laid hands on those requesting. One baby at the meeting who was ill was healed immediately! After this they closed in prayer, and shared food and fellowship. They then journeyed to their own homes. They stated they were surprised at what God is doing amongst them now rather than what they were used to in traditional church meetings.
Our God is so good to reach out to all who seek Him with their whole heart. Rogelio, who goes by the name Jojie, sent us this picture showing a baptismal service. Pray for them. If you wish to encourage them, we will give you their email address. Let’s commit ourselves to reaching out to the unsaved and Body of Christ everywhere in this troubled world!
In Christ Jesus,
Pastor Paul Allen
Hi Friends and family (natural and spiritual),
Many moons ago I was thought of as a really upcoming preacher, compared to some of the “greats”. In recent years things drastically changed. I clearly see now how misdirected that is and can be. I have received the true message that it’s not about me; it’s about Him! He gets all the praise! Because of this revelation, I have concluded that “moving” sermons take a back seat to teaching the anointed Word of God as revealed by the Holy Spirit, committing ourselves to “walking the talk”.
Understand that I am not against preaching. Many through evangelism have been saved. Preaching could be enmeshed among the five-fold ministries spelled out in the 4th chapter of Ephesians. But that chapter also elaborates on the true reason for these ministries. Verse 12 says in the KJV, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” This says nothing of merely satisfying church-goers who merely gather to meet. I am quite fond of the Message Version which relates God’s Word right into the home, marketplace, traffic, workplace, schoolyard, etc. This same message puts it this way: “To train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church (ekklesia – called out ones) until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.
No prolonged infancy's among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love – like Christ in everything.”
To be honest. this is what I value in ministry like our body of believers. We teach but explore the Word among our intimate home churches. We grow and encourage as we share. We help one another clear up confusions, and learn the power of being God’s salt and light in a crumbling world. We get a close look at our lives as being called and led through His Holy Spirit. My hope and prayer is that you get to do the same, with us if possible.
Pastor Paul Allen