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Don’t Go To Church, Become It!

 

(1 Corinthians 12:27) “Now you are the Messiah’s body and individual parts of it.”

(1 Corinthians 3:9-11) “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

 

 

Today I am going to share the story of how a church grew in Philadelphia through a handful of men who decided to pray.

After Wilbur Chapman’s first sermon at Wannamakers Church in Philadelphia, a man met him and said, “You’re pretty young to be pastor of this great church; we’ve always had older men. I´m afraid you won’t succeed, but since you preach the Gospel I´m going to help you all I can.” Chapman thought, “What a crank!” But the gentleman continued, “I’m going to pray for you, and few others have made a covenant to join me.”

Later, Dr. Chapman confesses, “I didn’t feel so bad when I learned that they were going to pray for me. Soon the three became fifty, the fifty became two hundred, who met before every service to pray for me. I always went into my pulpit confident that I would have God’s anointing in answer to the prayers of those people. It was easy to preach-a real joy! And what was the result? Eleven hundred people were saved and joined the church in the next three years; six hundred of them were men. It was the fruit of the Holy Spirit in answer to prayer.”

“Church members have much more to do than go to church as curious, idle spectators to be amused and entertained. It is their business to pray mightily that the Holy Spirit will clothe the preacher with power and make his words like dynamite.” What a wonderful testimony of how every single one of us is a vital member of God’s work.

When I first started to walk in my calling from God, my first assignment was to go an hour early before Sunday service and pray for the pastor, the members who would attend, and for the Word that was going to be preached. Months later I started helping with worship, then with the sound system, then with Sunday school, youth meetings, street evangelism…etc until I ended up, years later pastoring that very same church. It was very clear from the beginning that I was not just attending a church, but that I was part of the Body of Christ….His Church.

 

 

No matter how far I go in ministry and how many thousands end up being touched by my service to God, it all started by getting on my knees and praying for my leaders and my church.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, Holy and terrible is Your name. Your name is great in might O Lord. Your name is above every name. Blessed be Your glorious name which is exalted above all blessings and praise. Your name is near to us. Your name O Lord is a strong tower.
• Thank You, Father, that You are the one who brings the increase of souls to Your kingdom.
• Thank You, for making every one of us a vital part of Your Church.
• Forgive us for being members who are dead and contribute nothing to the body of Christ.
• Teach us how to carry responsibility for the needs of our church.
• Give us the desire and the compassion for the lost needed to start to pray for them.
• We pray that you will raise up a group of believers to pray before every service.
• We declare, that we will grow in numbers, as we continue to pray and intercede for our church.
• We pray, right now for all our pastors, leaders, servants in the ministry, and anyone who is actively praying for our church.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

 

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