#MiamiOH #SpringOutreach! What can we expect from 2 student led bands?

Image#MiamiOH #SpringOutreach will be a time when we can contend in John 17 Unity for Revival at MiamiU, Oxford, and the surrounding area. On April 8th 2 student lead bands will worship, pray and evangelize in Memorial Park (Oxford, OH) from 2 to 5:30pm. We are praying for great weather and John 17 unity among those involved. But what can we expect from 2 student led bands.

We can expect a lot because these are not 2 ordinary student led bands. These students have given themselves in an extravagant way to Glorify Jesus and make His name know on the earth. They have gone against the grain of todays society, and said, I want to live wholehearted for the sake of God’s Kingdom going forth. How? they have decided to work hard (yes, in the true Grace of God) for the 1st commandment to be first place in their lives, so that they can live out the 2nd commandment in the midst of their studies. So what does it mean to have the 1st commandment first place in our lives?

GREATEST COMMANDMENT

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

FIRST COMMANDMENT

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 

SECOND COMMANDMENT

39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Loving God is the first priority to God. Jesus did not call it the first option, but a commandment. Jesus makes it clear that cultivating love for Him is the first emphasis of the Holy Spirit. Loving God is a glorious end in itself; however, it never ends with loving God but always overflows with loving ourselves and others (believers and unbelievers). We love God (1st commandment) and then overflow and love people (2nd commandment).

God has everything, yet He is searching for something that He still wants first. What does God search for? What does He want most and first? It is love that He is after–He is after our heart! The mystery of our life is found in this truth. He wants us. He wants our voluntary love. God won’t force us to Love Him. One of the most important questions to ask God is, “What are You looking for before anything else?” When we find what God is looking for, then we will find the answer to what we are looking for. This is a serious question for LIFE.

Loving God is the first priority to God, or it is number one on God’s priority list. We must plan ministries with this as the first goal and measurement of success. Numerical growth is good, but that is not the litmus test of God’s grace or pleasure. I like to ask students what their goals are. Most always start from telling me about “good grades”, which is great! But is good grades enough? Is that true, well rounded Success?

Many are searching to know the will of God. What is the first issue in the will of God? First, God’s will is to strengthen the response of our heart to Him in love. This is more important to Him than our ministry assignment. “Lord, what are You doing in my life? Why are You allowing certain things to continue?” Jesus is after our heart. He wants to wake us up to reveal and impart
His love to us. Everything that God does, He does first for love.

Christianity is an ongoing encounter of love with a Person. Possessing fierce dedication and making radical choices for righteousness will not keep us steady unless we encounter love. It is not enough to be a part of a mission or have vision to change a city or nation. The labor of the vision will make us emotionally weary without the small but consistent stirring of love in our
emotions by the Spirit. Stirred emotions in love are the most powerful force in the universe!

These 2 student lead bands have a simple desire when they take field on April 8th. First, to LOVE GOD. They desire that with each strum of their guitar and with the words of their mouth they glorify God. Then, only after they have done the first, they desire to make the name of Jesus and His Father’s Kingdom established; they will worship, prayer, and preach the gospel.

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MIAMIU SpringOutreach! April 8th Memorial Park; John 17 Part 2

 

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#MiamiOH #SpringOutreach will be a time when we can contend in John 17 Unity for Revival at MiamiU, Oxford, and the surrounding area. On April 8th 2 student lead bands will worship, pray and evangelism in Memorial Park (Oxford, OH) from 2 to 5:30pm. We are praying for great weather and John 17 unity among those involved. But John 17 unity does not always bring people closer together as we may understand.

 

When Jesus taught and preformed Miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit it was very divisive.  Jesus did not seek to be divisive, and neither should we. But the fear of being divisive should not hinder us from two important points: the Word and the Spirit. Jesus preached the Word and preformed Miracles by the Holy Spirit and this is what got everyone angry.

 

In John chapter 9 Jesus heals the man born blind. That act of the Holy Spirit was controversial because it was done on the Sabbath. Therefore, there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. Then later on He is teaching about Good shepherds that follow the will and voice of God. And that became controversial.

 

Then Jesus identifies Himself as the Good shepherd and the religious leaders (those that did not receive Jesus and rejected the miracle of healing the blind man) were furious at this teaching and the next verse states:

there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. (John 10:19)

They were mad at the Holy Spirit (miracle on the Sabbath) and the Word (teaching of Jesus). When we are truly preaching the Word of God those that are opposed to the Word of God will rise up in opposition. Also when we do the works of the Holy Spirit those that are opposed will rise in opposition. So then what should be do? Should we not preach the word because it is controversial, and should we not do the works of the Spirit because it is offensive. NO!

We must never shrink back from preaching the Word of God. And we must never stop following the gifts and power of the Spirit. Jesus prayed in John 17 that we would preach the word;

….I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:14)

And He also said that the Power of the Holy Spirit would be “greater” in the works of the disciples (and my friends in China and Africa and give first hand witness to this);

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (John 14:12)

What we should do?

As much as possible work to work with those that call upon the name of Jesus. If we have the right spirit of Jesus and following the leadership of the Holy Spirit we will see God move miraculously; we should look to follow Jesus and the Holy Spirit, not start a fight. This means we have to work hard to fight through offense, and work with  those around us as long as we do not compromise the Word of God and the Work of the Holy Spirit.

Is John 17 #Unity #Evangelism important on College Campuses and Universities?

At #MiamiOH University on April 8th 2014 students, and many groups will get together in public worship, prayer, and evangelism #SpringOutreach. But is it important that we come together in a spirit of John 17 unity. We must briefly look at what is John 17 unity, and what are the struggles with John 17 unity?

First of all we have to look at “why” Jesus prayed John 17? The answer is that we would be one with God and each other, AND (notice I placed this in capitals) that we would know LOVE: for God, towards believers, and towards the lost.

But before we get into what John 17 unity is, we must and the questions “why did Jesus pray this prayer?” Jesus prayed this because it was the heart of the Father. Remember Jesus only did, said, and prayed what His Father was doing (John 15:9).

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” (John 15:9)

Therefore, the heart of our Father is that we would be together. That is why every family takes time to “be together”. In the simplest term God the Father wants His children to be together in unity, but it is unity on His terms not our terms.

Not only does He want us to be together. He wants us to grow in LOVE. Jesus prayed in John 17:23, that the Love which God has for God (John 15:9; highest LOVE imaginable) would be in us. That was Jesus prayer, why? Because the Father wants us to have the highest love inside of us. The Father Loves us and wants us to grow in that love first with Him and then each other, which is the 1st and 2nd commandment; to love God with everything we have and then love people that same way. Jesus prayed John 17 unity so that we could grow in love.

Lastly, Jesus prayed John 17 for the sake of the lost; He prayed that we would grow together in–unity and love–so that the world would see “our LOVE” and then give their lives to Jesus (John 17:23).

“I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23)

Our love for God and each other is a witness that will bring the Lost to salvation. Why? because we all want to be apart of a group of people–community–that love and meet their needs. I always say healthy community revolves around Jesus, His word, the work of the Holy Spirit, and our service towards each other; a healthy community works so that the weakest one among them grown in the fullness of God’s call for their lives.

So why do we struggle to engage in John 17 Unity in America? First of all, my friends in persecuted Egypt, do John 17 unity, as a matter of daily survival. They come together in prayer and activism to help each other. Why? because their persecutors don’t ask them what denomination they are from. Instead, they ask them if they are a Christian, who believes in Jesus as the Way the Truth and the Life (they don’t ask it exactly like this but you get the point). In America, where we do not have persecution (we do but it is not usually violence and more in social, cultural, and political pressure) we usually don’t do John 17 unity because it is HARD—with a capital “H”.

I have never meet a person that did not want “unity” in the body of Christ. I have meet lots of folks that want unity, but mostly on their own terms. They view unity as a big event, with all the churches represented; or they may see unity as everyone believing and voting exactly like them. This can be part of unity but not the only thing.

John 17 unity is many things. First, that we must have a pure heart towards the “church” as a whole. We must guard our hearts against agreeing with negative thoughts against disunity and then work towards unity. Then we can can do little acts of service for those in churches around us. In order to do this we have to work hard to get past offense.

“Offense” the BIG obstacle of Unity

The biggest obstacle to John 17 unity is offense, but this is easily overcome (well sort of). I have offended lots of people, and lots of people have offended me. I don’t agree with lots of other believers, but we have to realize that “dis-unity” is not an option. Jesus prayed that we would be one so that we could get past the offenses that arise with everyday life. I don’t always agree with my wife but we work hard to talk through these things. In the body we must work together.

Paul taught in Ephesians 4 that we would work (we have to work hard) to keep the Unity of the Spirit. This means that we keep unity with each other so we can have unity with the Spirit. We are to be: one Spirit, one body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father who is above all, through all, and in you all. We are called to work through offense, so that God is glorified, if kids can do it we can do it 🙂

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So what can we do?

We can work towards unity by: speaking goodness and loving-kindness towards the church down the street, and praying for them, inviting other believers to our home (not just to grow our church); give money or time to another church just because they love Jesus; take a meal someone in need in another church.

Lastly read John 17 and spend time meditating on each verse. Why? because this is the heart of our FAther; Jesus prayed this; and these prayers will be answered. Each verse is from the Heart of the Father; Agree with what Jesus prayed—pray John 17—and become the hands and feet of Christ to united the church and show the World the LOVE of Christ.

MiamiU. Why is Revival Important? outdoor worship, prayer and evangelism on college campuses.

 

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#MiamiU #OxfordOH  On April 8th 2014 students, and multitudes of united praying Jesus believers, will join heaven, in outdoor an prayer, worship, and evangelism event. Two student bands will lead us as we  join together and believe for revival at Miami U, Oxford OH, and the surrounding communities.

Our worship and prayers will ascend to our Good Father in heaven, as we ask for  students to be saved, the hurting to be healed, Justice in our land, and that God would pour out His Spirit on every congregations and all denominations that call upon the name of Jesus.

Why pray in Public?

Jesus called the church to stand as salt and light for all the world to see, which means we must make the effort to be in public, where every eye can see that the Lord is good and He is God. In many nations you cannot stand up in public and proclaim the name of Jesus due to intense life threatening persecution. BUT WE GET TO DO THIS!!!

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Here is a picture of Egyptian believers (taken by my friend) gathering in a large cave to pray in the midst of intense persecution.  But we get to gather in Public.

There are several ways that we can publicly proclaim the name of Jesus: worship, fasting, prayer, and evangelism. When the disciples held public worship God poured our His Spirit and brought unity among believers (Acts 2).  When we have public fasting and prayer God desires to release a blessing on the land (2 Chron. 7:14). Public evangelism allows the chance for us to boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and provide true Justice to those that so desperately need it.

ALL INVITED !!

On April 8th join students from Miami U., churches from the surrounding area and friends from as far away as California we publicly declare the name of Jesus.