Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rod Gilbert-Needs and Impact

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I know this is long....but my friend Rodrick (who will be visiting us this summer) has clearly defined objectives for true a Kingdom movement.  I have witnessed his integrity and fruitfulness last April when I visited his New Delhi home and ministry center. He already oversees some 12500 churches with nearly 1.5 million baptized believers.  Thought I would share it with you.


 Three major needs:

·       Leadership development (Increase of Christian maturity, knowledge, capacity, anointing and vision expansion in the top levels of leadership), which would result in raising, building, mentoring, facilitating and multiplying a huge force of volunteer leaders, that will be indigenous and will lead the house churches / cell groups,  in discipleship and multiplication.

 

·       Discipleship, training for new Christians (entire families), to enable them to become multiplying disciples and raising- up intercessory prayer.

 

·      Networking with the fellow grass root level leaders for Visioning, challenging, training and mobilizing them to see the task accomplished through mutually sharing it. 

 

Three major areas of Impact:

·       Salvation among all people everywhere

 

·       Impact (Fear of God) in the society

 

·       The reflection of Godliness and Kingdome through the transformed people and community (Church)


 

June 14, 2010                                                                                                                              By: Rodrick Gilbert

The major Needs:

·                  Leadership development (Increase of Christian maturity, knowledge, capacity, anointing and vision expansion in the top levels of leadership) which would result in raising, building, mentoring, facilitating and multiplying a huge force of volunteer leaders who will be indigenous and will lead the house churches / cell groups,  in discipleship and multiplication.

We strongly realize that - the above is much needed as the entire built up of our leadership team is out of first generation Christians that have no Christian background, not even the surrounding to provide them the contextual understanding. The entire background of their mindset and conceptual make is pagan, rather other religion’s concepts. They have been raised and brought up with these values which directly influence their mindset after they become Christians. This shift of mindset from pagan to Christian is a huge need and challenge, especially in a context like North India where the Kingdome is on rise heavily. A constant, balanced and anointed input of the ministry of the Word of God is so much needed to form Godly mindset to comply with what Paul had to say “we have the Mind of Christ in us”. This is what is going to increase Christian maturity, knowledge, capacity, anointing and expanded vision in the top levels of leadership. This input will then be filtered down in the lives of daily increasing force of volunteer leaders who are appointed to lead the house churches and cells. The objective behind this filtering is to eventually see the Church / Cell multiplication, with the effect as recorded in Act 16:5 “So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily”. This growth is extremely remarkable as it indicates two dimension growth of the Church – first Depth – the vertical growth, which is often termed as spiritual growth and the second that is direct result of the former – the numerical increase, the expansion – the horizontal growth. This may explain the challenge of understanding between donors and the recipients’. Most of the project ministry activities, practically focus on the vertical (spiritual) growth, which is very hard to, rather almost impossible to quantify, and the horizontal (Increase) growth is where most accountability is required, only because it is tangibly quantifiable. Once the depth in the mind and character in the leaders is obtained, it is much practical to generate the volunteer force that would serve the Lord just out of motivation and as it being part of their devotional life, rather an obligation of work against payment. The global history proves that any movement that was effective enough to influence the Word in it’s times – be it good or bad – was volunteer powered, like the first Century Church, Buddhism, Communism, Maoism, Jihadis, and Yoga. If you can impart cause, people are likely to lay their lives for it which is a high class motivation and the power of money is too weak to generate it. Joh 10:12  “He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; To see the Churches and disciples in place that match the standards of the Word of God, we need to invest in the lives of the leaders. This is the real kind of (1Pe 2:9) “ ……. chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

·                  Disciplship, training for new Christians (entire families), to enable them to become multiplying disciples and raising - up intercessory prayer.

Multiplying discipleship – If one person makes tow disciples in a year, and all disciple two each next year, in thirty years we get 7 billion 76 million disciples (Jim Jim Bissenios the owner / founder of Masters Plan Charitable Trust got this math done). But the condition is that every disciple bears fruit.

 

 

Discipleship is conditional

Salvation, gifts of the Holy Spirit, divine provisions, ministry gifts, answered prayers, are all result of God’s grace (Unmerited Favor) and mercy (No Condemnation). But the discipleship is not. It is conditional. One needs to fulfill the requirements of being a disciple. The conditions our Master laid are

(1) Bear Cross daily, Matt 16:24, Phil 2:10

(2) Do not look back after placing your hands on the plough Lk 9:62,

(3) Deny your-self, Matt 16:24,

(4) Have supreme love for Christ Lk 14:26

(5) Forsake all (Detach affection with material – Anti Materialistic mindset) Lk 14:33

(6) Remain steadfast in the Word of God Jhn 8:31,

(7) Love (Sacrifice for) each other Jhn 13:35,

(8) Bear fruit (Make others disciple) Jhn 15:8

All of it is conditional. Christians often walk this journey to arrive at the skin depth understanding, “oh my salvation has been given freely, God is God of Grace, He loves me much, or I obey enough, or simply fruit bearing means to have the fruit of Holy Spirit listed in Gal 5: 22”. No they are not the fruits of disciple, they are the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Just like the fruit of a mango is a mango tree, the fruit of disciple is another disciple maker, who should bring forth fruit, and continue the chain spontaneously. Christians often limit it only to self maturity which has nothing much to do with others. I believe, any extent of Christian maturity is immaturity if s/he is not reproducing.

The test of being a disciple is to bear fruit

Fruit bearing is the key. We serve the Master who is looking for the fruit in us.  We are ordained by the Lord to bear fruit – Jhn 15:16, The name of the father is glorified by our bringing forth fruit, Jhn 15:8 (The true worship – offer gentiles as an offering - Rom 15:16), Paul desired fruit Rom 1:13, A good tree bears good fruit Lk 6:43, The corn needs to DIE to be fruitful Jhn 12:24, Fruit bearing is impossible without remaining in Christ Jhn 15: 4, (Intimacy), Our Master expects fruit from us Lk 13:6,7, He expects fruit out of season Lk 21:19 (in diverse circumstances like persecution, troubles, lack of resources), there are trees planted by the river of life Eze 47: 8 --- bearing fruit round the year and THE AXE IS LAID AT THE ROOT FOR THE TREE THAT DOES NOT BEAR FRIT WILL BE CUT OFF Lk 3:9, Matt 3:10, 7:19.    

Spiritual warfare - The present disciples in our movement are a significant force of intercessors. It takes us 72 hours to mobilize 100,000 promising intercessors to pray for the given request. An average of 15,000 leaders and Christians fast a day in a week and about 1000 people fast 40 days, a single stretch every year, besides their timely fasting around the year. We are constantly working to see this force strengthened and increased.

·    Networking with the fellow grass root level leaders for Visioning, challenging, training and mobilizing them to see the task accomplished through mutually sharing it. 

 

Sharing what God has given is one of the five initial pillars the church practiced Act 2:44 - 46  “And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.  And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts. For the application for today, I understand the key words in the verses are things in common and generous heart. Why would a donor make financial input in certain ministries if these words don’t have meaning in them? So the ministries on the receiving end need to hold to the belief that we are supposed to share what God has invested in us with the fellow laborers, who then will share in the vision of seeing the Kingdome established.

 

To see all the above three take place, enormous amount of initiative to conduct events of training seminars, conferences for vision casting, conferences for ministering the Word (devotional messages that speak to the heart to build lives) to the grass root leaders, large scale camps where several hundred leaders will gather to be ministered, materials to be produced and made available, constant monitoring, revising the data of harvest yield, will need to be done. We are not talking about full time tract distributers to roam around as evangelists, which has not produced much harvest, but the dynamic of mobilizing every (Even the newest) Christian to be an effective witness to his/her circles of influence, everywhere all the time.  

Three major areas of Impact:

1.    Salvation among all people everywhere

The key need before God is to see all men saved and right from Gen 3:14 – 15 till the cross and resurrection of Christ, God has carried this vision of salvation to the mankind whom He se dearly loves. This is the very thing Jesus meant when he said that Mat 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come”. It simply means to see the Kingdome represented (Planted) among all ethnic groups in all places, and that is what it means the completion of task. The most strategic investment of time, energy, and finances is, in the matters that are eternal. The social gospel looks very appealing but is not the top priority in God’s accounts, Who always looks with the eternity in View. We can easily compare the story of Lazarus and rich man, and the ten lepers that were healed. The plenty in the barns of the rich man and the healing of the nine lepers who did not return to the Lord, had no eternal benefit. We can keep pouring all the Kingdome’s resources but “the poor will be with you always”. When it comes to taking care of the poor and widows, that means, ‘among you’, ‘in the church’ by the fellow Christians, not by the missionary. The poor also does not mean those who have very little, but that are unable to earn. Even the young widows were not to be LISTED as they could have earned. Mary the mother of Jesus spinned the wheel and weaved for the living of herself and the children. The unsaved poor that are helped materially and brought to the Lord have made terrible ‘rice Christians’.

2.    Impact (Fear of God) in the society

Much has been talked about Transformation. It is great desire to see entire community, everywhere transformed for good, but is not Biblical. The Word says the evil will increase in the end time. The blessings of God as mentioned in the Word are not promised to the ungodly. They are meant for the saved ones, and when the Church thrives with God’s blessings, the lost mankind may partake of their blessing which builds credibility of the Church and the message is confirmed before the lost. The Biblical impact of the Church upon the community is Fear of God (Act 2:43 And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.” This fear is not a panic, but the awe factor that compels a person to think about the power that is being manifested. I have hundreds of such testimonies where the people were plotting to attack, but seeing some remarkable manifestations they pulled back. Our teams experience it every day. In a ministry that operates with these dynamics, the day today level oppositions are very rare. In such cases if it comes, it is usually at serious level, including martyrdom. My nephew Amit Gilbert was bashed up with rods, sticks until being dead on the April 17th /2010, while ministering the Word. But the results are great and all the worth. He is with the company of Martyrs under the very alter of God. Rev. 6:9. What a place to be at. After all the word mentioned in Acts 1:8 for witness is Maturia meaning martyr. Martyrdom is not a defeat but is the ultimate victory.

3.         The reflection of Godliness and Kingdome through the changed people and community

1Pe 2:9, 11,12: “……… that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul. Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”  The great dynamic impact of the church planting is the reflection of Godliness among the lost. We have several areas where people have stopped manufacturing illicit liquor, practicing black magic / sorcery to manipulate people, the vulgar language, criminal activities, ceasing of domestic violence, family life and values enormously raised, children being given proper attention, and care etc, and it has become bright message among the people that do not know the Lord. This is both biblical and practical impact we can expect and achieve and obtain eternal results. We call this Restoration of the Nations, where God restores His Kingdome among the lost.

 

Humbly submitted

Rodrick Gilbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Delight's Crafted Prayer for Healing

We welcome ALL of you to join with us in agreement for Delight Petersen's fight with ALS.


Delight's Crafted Prayer for Healing

Lord we are in total agreement that you are Lord and you are willing in your creative design to accomplish healing in Delight's body.  The outcome is assured: we win.  We love your words we love your law and the promise is for the Prince of peace to inhabit Victory House.  We declare that your promise is higher than any confusion any misunderstanding and any disease.

Lord, you have proven yourself faithful in the past, and so you will be faithful in the present and in the future... this is part of your character.  Like the faithful friends who lowered their friend through an opening in the ceiling, Delight will the represent the first fruits of many who will be healed in this house.  We are yours and we are your treasures.  We agree with Malachi 3:16, we speak of you, we fear and we worship you, and you promise to hear us and a book of remembrance is being written of your faithfulness to Bill andDelight.

Like a River in the desert, so new creative things will be accomplished in Delight's body, for you are a God who is faithful!

Monday, June 07, 2010

NEW LOCATION/DAY for June 2010 Worship at the River

Frank Viola in his book "From Here to Eternity" writes:

In Genesis 1 and 2, the Bible opens up with a woman and a man. In Revelation 21 and 22, the Bible closes with a woman and a man. The Bible opens up with a wedding, and it ends with a wedding. It opens with a marriage, and it ends with a marriage. It opens with a boy and a girl, and it ends with a boy and a girl. Your Bible is essentially a love story.

From an ancient wedding proverb:

Something old...you may know, WAR has stopped meeting at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale.  Something new...WAR will begin meeting on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm.  Something borrowed...God has provided a beautiful wedding setting as a gathering place to rent called TheTroutdale House.  And something blue...river, Heaven and Holy Spirit.   

To celebrate our new location for Worship at the River (WAR) we want to share a potluck meal together. Last week we had asked you to think about what you would like to bring.  We will provide all paper goods and coffee/tea.  Please email us back and let us know (ASAP) if you are bringing a salad, main dish or dessert.   We will begin at 6 p.m then worship together. 

It is a new day for gathering worshipers at the river (WAR) and for Pacificministries.  We believe we are all challenged with new assignments for the "wedding preparations" and feel it is important to be closely connected with friends who are like-minded. 

Darrell and Carlene