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NEW Sunday Morning Schedule!! http://srcdfw.com/2017/12/new-sunday-morning-schedule/ http://srcdfw.com/2017/12/new-sunday-morning-schedule/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:26:14 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=1254 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Solid Rock Church is on a new Sunday Morning Schedule to better serve you! And it’s real simple, everything starts at 9:45 AM with classes for all ages. The Solid Rock Cafe will be open for some coffee or whatever you drink and a breakfast sandwich! Come and enjoy some great…

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Solid Rock Church is on a new Sunday Morning Schedule to better serve you! And it’s real simple, everything starts at 9:45 AM with classes for all ages. The Solid Rock Cafe will be open for some coffee or whatever you drink and a breakfast sandwich! Come and enjoy some great connection and make new friends. Then we will go right into some praise & worship with our praise team. We will conclude the morning with a good Word from the Lord.

2018 is going to be a great year for the church and you personally! Don’t forget starting January 7th everything starts at 9:45 AM!

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What a Weekend… http://srcdfw.com/2017/09/what-a-weekend/ http://srcdfw.com/2017/09/what-a-weekend/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:22:04 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=1239 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn To all our members of Solid Rock Church I salute you! What an incredible weekend. I personally want to say thank you to all who jumped in and made our Main Street Event Outreach a big success. To our coordinator, Pastor Brian Sirmon, thank you for all your hard work, check…

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To all our members of Solid Rock Church I salute you! What an incredible weekend. I personally want to say thank you to all who jumped in and made our Main Street Event Outreach a big success.

To our coordinator, Pastor Brian Sirmon, thank you for all your hard work, check lists to make sure everything is getting done. Your passion to see this through was remarkable. You calling me with the tag in’s was awesome. As a pastor, you have no idea how refreshing that is.

To everyone, I mean everyone, thank you, for your faithfulness, your hard work, you shined for the Kingdom of God. I deeply appreciate how everyone pitched in to set up and breakdown. Worked the crowds and invited people to come back for Sunday’s Outpouring. God has blessed the City Of Irving with a great group of people with Solid Rock Church!

I want to thank the city of Irving for allowing us to be a big part of The Main Street Event and for allowing us to be a blessing to our city.

I also want to give a big time thank you to Art Miraflor, Grand Master Hall of Framer Martial Artist from his demonstrations and skit with the message of overcoming.

Hanna4Hope for their message and mission of Teenage Suicide Prevention

Rachel & Christina for their beautiful music

Dallas Cowboys Offensive Lineman Mike Kiselak for his piece on Pier Pressure

Josh Feuerstein for his piece on overcoming suicide and preaching at Solid Rock Church’s Outpouring on Sunday Morning.

It was a lot of very hard work. Maybe a little to much, but we did it and God blessed the work. We will see fruit of this labor for a long time!

From the bottom of my heart…thank you for making this event for the Glory of God and sowing seed into His kingdom.

Let’s grow together! Solid Rock Church Real People Real Church A Very Real God

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Nine Levels of Relationships http://srcdfw.com/2017/09/nine-levels-of-relationships/ http://srcdfw.com/2017/09/nine-levels-of-relationships/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:30:31 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=618 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn In dealing with life issues, we really need to take a close look at the relationships around us. Again, we are products of our environments. Relationships produce a good portion of the environment where we live. Having good healthy relationships help bring down the level of frustration and anger in our…

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In dealing with life issues, we really need to take a close look at the relationships around us. Again, we are products of our environments. Relationships produce a good portion of the environment where we live. Having good healthy relationships help bring down the level of frustration and anger in our lives. Moreover, healthy relationships add so much value and bring productivity.

Here is a little something I learned over the years, and now share in my anger management classes.

Relationship Levels (in order of importance):

God
My first place is with God before anything else, I am a child of God. This first level makes or breaks every other level of relationship.

My Spouse
She knows everything about me; the good, the bad and the ugly. I am accountable to her. This level requires a great amount of trust. Because of my accountability to her, our trust and love deepens for one another, and our relationship flourishes.

My Mentors
I have one real mentor in my life at the moment. Two others have passed away. I am slowing working on bringing on two more. I trust these men of God, and know what they tell me is for my best interest. If they can tell me to stand on my head in a corner for 30 minutes, I would do it or die trying.

Best Friends
These are people I trust and are very comfortable about sharing my real thoughts and ideals. I share personal things with these people because of the love and trust between us, but not as much as I would with my spouse or mentors.

Good Friends
These are people I see from time to time and enjoy or admire them. If we go to dinner, at the end of the evening, I hope I reciprocated the blessing that their relationships bring.

Acquaintances
These are people I meet and appreciate on a superficial level. They seem like good people. They may move up to the “good friend” category. I do business with or met my acquaintances through a mutual friend.

Working relationships
I really don’t like these people, but I have to get along with them. When I go to work, I am nice, I respect them, I get what I have to get done with them. When I leave they stay at work, I don’t go out to eat with them, I don’t call them.
People I love just enough to get to heaven
I really don’t “like” these people but I endure them as needed. I don’t want to lose my first level of relationship with God. So, I work hard to find something good about them and focus on it.

Toxic relationships
This is the category for “irreparable relationships.” When something is toxic, it is a deadly poison. This relationship is developed due to conflicting ideals or betrayal. The only thing you can do with something toxic is to contain it and dispose of it. Some relationships are badly damaged and beyond repair. Here is the problem; the more you try to repair the damage, the more you are hurt and you alienate the other eight levels of relationship.

It is very important that we not only realize our current relationship status, but also how to further cultivate each one. We also need to understand and place people in appropriate levels and understand how to work with them within the confines of that level.

Problems arise when we try taking someone who belongs in a working relationship and put them on the best friend level before they earn trust. This could prove disastrous!

If we center our relationships around Christ, everything else works more smoothly.
How do these nine levels of relationships work in your life? Have you recently discovered any of these relationships firsthand?

How can we repair a broken relationship and in what level do they belong?
I look forward to your feedback!

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Are You Ready For Some Freedom? Make a Declaration! http://srcdfw.com/2017/07/ready-freedom-make-declaration/ http://srcdfw.com/2017/07/ready-freedom-make-declaration/#respond Tue, 04 Jul 2017 17:47:02 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=1172 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Every year on July 4th most people are off of work and gather at different place to grill their favorite food, be with friends and family and end the day with a great display of fireworks. There is nothing wrong with that! The Fourth of July is one of my favorite.…

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Every year on July 4th most people are off of work and gather at different place to grill their favorite food, be with friends and family and end the day with a great display of fireworks. There is nothing wrong with that! The Fourth of July is one of my favorite. But do we realize the underlying reason that we are able to enjoy this holiday? Here is a little history to refresh us and then bring about a much deeper meaning.

America as we know was under the rule of Great Britain and the 13 Colonies were getting restless and was growing very tired of “Taxation without representation” and they decided to break free and become their own country. On April 19, 1775 the American Revolutionary War broke out where the 13 Colonies rose up against Great Britain. That war lasted 8 years 8 months and 26 days.

However, Independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776 on July 4, 1776 congress approved the final version of the Declaration of Independence and it was officially signed on August 2, 1776. A very interesting point here in the timing of these dates. The American Revolutionary War was still in full force. They had not yet defected Great Britain when they declared their independence! I will bring that point around in at the end of the post.

In New York harbor stands a lady with her touch raised high. She stands 305 feet tall. She was dedicated on October 28th 1886, One hundred and eleven year after the thirteen colonies declared war on Great Britain for their independence. Back in the day when people traveled by boat to America, she was the first thing they saw, Lady Liberty. Or officially known as The Statue of Liberty. That still stands today and represents the land of the free and the home of the brave!!! Man, do I love this country.

Let’s bring this home to a point that we all need to realize and that I can help you go to a high level.

Free, having liberty, what does that mean exactly. Webster simply states that “liberty” is the quality of being free. You and I enjoy a quality of living in this country. We can go and do as we please unless we break the law. Then we have a problem.

Spiritually we can enjoy a quality of living as being free from sin and worry. Free or at liberty from the spiritual bondage of this world.

Let’s talk about bondage. Contrary to some people opinions, webster states that bondage is the tenure or service of a villein, serf, or slave. A state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): as servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force. (People in bondage to drugs)

Romans 8:15-21 states For we have not received the spirit of bondage of sin to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, where by we cry, Abba Father. Please read the text in full by clicking on the link.

How can we get free from this bondage?

II Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the the Lord is, there is liberty. We have to experience God’s Spirit in our lives to be free from the spirit of bondage. We have to make a declaration, I will become free!

If we read Romans 6:1-18 Paul gives us a fresh perspective on what is sin and what it does to us. As well as how we can become free or at liberty from the bondage of sin and it’s effects.

When we follow the simple plan found in Acts 2:38, we can walk in liberty, because when we fulfill Acts 2:38 then we invoke II Corinthians 3:17 and we enjoy liberty.

Psalms 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy percepts. When we walk in liberty, free from sin. We enjoy a positive environment, economic right or financial blessings when we obey the Word in every aspect of our lives. We have privileges that the rest of the world doesn’t have.

You have to start somewhere and that somewhere is making a declaration I will not be bound any longer. Then declare war on what has you bound! Remember at the beginning of this article the Revolutionary War lasted long after they wrote, declared and signed the Declaration of Independence.
Britain was not going to give up easy and neither will the devil. But if you will fight, you will win. The cross is our statue of liberty. The cross represents our freedom.

How can I help you break free from your spiritual bondage and make your declaration of freedom?

Please leave a comment or post below and let’s discuss it.

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Something BIG is Coming!!! http://srcdfw.com/2017/03/something-big-coming/ http://srcdfw.com/2017/03/something-big-coming/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:33:20 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=1127 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn It is always exciting when you know something is about to happen, but you don’t know what. You have been feeling good about the way things are going or how things are falling into place. Then something down deep tells you, your knower knows, something is about to happen and it’s…

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It is always exciting when you know something is about to happen, but you don’t know what. You have been feeling good about the way things are going or how things are falling into place. Then something down deep tells you, your knower knows, something is about to happen and it’s going to be good!

Your excited. Your happy. Joy is bubbling up and you don’t know why.

Well…things around here at Solid Rock have been going great. We have guests every week coming through our doors. People love their church. People are being baptized, receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God has given us favor with the City of Irving. God has been doing some great things. Our direction is headed the right way. People are noticing Solid Rock Church is growing.

Now something big is getting ready to happen and we are almost ready to share it with you. It won’t be long we will be ready to tell you. But until then we are preparing and putting thing in place and we are excited.

Stay turned and stay close! In the meantime come be apart of Solid Rock Church.

In the meantime, March 26th is going to be a day where we are going Honor the Lord with a sacrificial offering to help propel us into a brighter future to reach our city for Christ.

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How To Recognize God’s Blessings http://srcdfw.com/2016/11/recognize-gods-blessings/ http://srcdfw.com/2016/11/recognize-gods-blessings/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:44:02 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=1014 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn We always want to know or at least hope that we have the blessings of God on and in our lives. So…how do we recognize God’s blessings in our lives. Let’s again look to the scripture 
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14462-sunset-mountain-silhouette-person-arms-raised-social-1200w-tnWe always want to know or at least hope that we have the blessings of God on and in our lives. So…how do we recognize God’s blessings in our lives.

Let’s again look to the scripture 
Ephesians 1:1-14

1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2. Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 

5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8. Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,

14. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The real blessings of the Lord are not only material or physical, as much as some would think, they are spiritual in nature, and these spiritual blessings will never be taken away from us!

Notice how the book of Ephesians begins. 
It begins with a note of praise for the Lord! 
Paul exalts the Lord for his greatness.

Well, if we have these great blessings, let’s learn more about them. 



We first need to look at the quanity of the God blessings. It can be summed up in one little word found in verse three. It is the word “ALL”. That word tells us that in the Lord, we find every single thing we need to live the Christian life. God holds nothing back from His children. When He saved us, He gave us everything we needed to serve Him. We have everything we need right now to be content, to be successful, to be obedient, to be useful to the Kingdom and to be happy in Jesus!

When you and I got saved, we got everything Jesus had to offer us!

The next thing we need to look at is the qualtiy of God’s blessings in our lives. Paul describes these things as “blessings in heavenly places,” not earthly places. In the most literal sense, they are “Heavenly Things!”
Verses four through fourteen, tells us about this Heavenly Things.He Speaks Of Foreknowledge (Verse 4) 
This verse deals with the matter of election. God, in His wisdom, chose me before the world was formed. He knew me before He formed me in my mother’s womb. One of the greatest spiritual blessings we enjoy as saved people is the fact that we were chosen in Christ by the grace of God, He loved me even though He knew all about me. What a blessing!

He Speaks Of Family (Verse 5)
 This verse tells us that we were adopted into the family of God at the moment of salvation. We are His sons and daughters with all the rights and privileges that come to any child born in to the family The Father brought me into His family and made me His child. What a blessing!


He Speaks of Favor (Verse 6)
 This verse reminds us that we are “accepted” by the Father and reconciled to the Lord! There was a time when we were all outcasts and aliens, but now, in Jesus, we are approved by the Father! The Father is pleased with me, because I wear the righteousness of Christ. What a blessing!


He Speaks of Freedom (Verse 7a) 
This verse tells us that we have been “redeemed”. There are three Greek words in the New Testament that are translated “redeemed.” This particular one means to “release a captive after the payment of a ransom price.” This is what Jesus did for us! He paid the price. Jesus died for me, saved me by His grace and delivered me from the captivity of sin. What a blessing!

He Speaks of Forgiveness (Verse 7b)
 This verse goes on to tell us that we have received forgiveness of our sins, past, present and future. We have been forgiven of all our sins! What a blessing!


He Speaks of the Future (Verses 11-14)
 speak of three more spiritual blessings that manifest themselves as we go through life

1. Our Destination (Verse 11) 
This verse speaks of our heavenly home! 
Every child of God has a home awaiting them in Heaven

 2. Our Consecration (Verse 12) This verse refers to the new manner in which we are to live our lives after we come to know
the Lord Jesus as our Savior. 
The fact is, we are changed by salvation, both inwardly and outwardly Once saved, He
begins the process of making us more like Him!

3. Our Preservation (Verse 13-14)
 These verses remind us that when we were saved, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit
. The
Holy Spirit is the Lord’s promise that what He began at the moment of salvation, He will continue until we are home in
Heaven.

Third, we have to look at the qualifications of God’s blessings…

The last two words of verse 3 tell us what a person must do to enjoy all of these spiritual blessings. “In Christ!”

The only way for anyone to enjoy the spiritual blessings of the Lord is for that person to be saved by the grace of God. Are you in Jesus and enjoying His blessings? If not, you can be saved by coming to Jesus by faith and by obeying the plan of salvation according to Acts 2:38-39. Then, you can begin to enjoy all the Lord has to offer.


I think we would all have to say that we are indeed blessed! God has provided us with blessings that are beyond description and beyond measure as to their value. I think we just need to learn to praise the Lord for His blessings and go deeper in our relationship with God. Th deeper the relationship the deeper the blessings.

What are you at u=in your relationship with God? Is your relationship with God bringing the blessings of God in your life?

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Soul Winning…the Main Business of the Church-Part Three Conclusion http://srcdfw.com/2016/10/soul-winning-main-business-church-part-three-conclusion/ http://srcdfw.com/2016/10/soul-winning-main-business-church-part-three-conclusion/#respond Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:46:04 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=987 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Again Thank you for returning for part three and the conclusion of Soul Winning…the Main Business of the Church. We ended our last blog post with the thought of setting ourself on fire and being a very passionate soul winner for the Kingdom of God. Hopefully we are at the place…

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imageAgain Thank you for returning for part three and the conclusion of Soul Winning…the Main Business of the Church.

We ended our last blog post with the thought of setting ourself on fire and being a very passionate soul winner for the Kingdom of God. Hopefully we are at the place we can Burn! Burn! Burn! for Jesus.

Let’s take yet another look at some history to motivate us about our present and our future.

John Wesley had a passion for souls and traveled in excess of 250,000 miles on horse-back, delivering 40,000 sermons, calling a nation to God. 250,000 miles on course-back delivering 40,000 sermons! I would call that passion! Burning passion!

John Wesley averaged, during a period of fifty-four years, about five thousand miles a year, making in all some two hundred and ninety thousand miles, a distance equal to circumnavigating the globe about twelve times. It must not be forgotten that most of this travel was on horseback. Think of riding around the globe on horseback twelve times!
His Preaching was immense

John Wesley preached not less than fifteen sermons a week—frequently many more. These sermons were delivered mostly in the open air [outdoors], and under circumstances such as to test the nerve of the most vigorous frame. He did, in the matter of preaching, what no other man ever did.
A minister in these times does well to preach one hundred sermons a year. At this rate, to preach as many sermons as Wesley did, such a minister must live four hundred and twenty-four years.

Think of a minister preaching two sermons each weekday, and three each Sunday, for fifty-four years, and some idea can be formed of John Wesley’s labors in this department.

Remember, this was back in the 1800’s. Today we have cars, trains, airplanes, social media internet, websites. It’s incredible the reach that we have to to the world we live in today. But we can’t get it done until we have a passion for the lost souls of humanity. Until we make ourselves get up and get out and do what needs to be done. If we will take the first step and keep on stepping, God will be with us and anoint us and bless our faithfulness in every aspect of our lives.

Soul Winning is the Main Business of the Church. Everything we do has to point to bring new people to God.

Matthew 4:19 “And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. We have the training available. We have the tools we need. And God sets ready to guide us where we need to go. He is just waiting on us. Perhaps we are the reason its not getting done.

We you understand and experience that there is no joy like the Soul Winners Joy, you will set yourself on fire with passion. Because when you win a soul you are bringing Glory unto God.

James 5:20 “He who converts a sinner from his ways shall save a soul from death and hide a multitude of sins.”

There are two great things are accomplished by winning the lost:

1. You save a soul from death. The wages of sin is death.
2. You cover a multitude of sin.

We are also to pray for the lost, visit the hospitals, comfort and counsel people and even give gifts on special occasions. But nothings compares with winning them to Jesus.

Now for our discussion question. What is holding you back from operating on your God given calling?

Please leave your questions, thoughts or concerns below and I will respond. Also, please share this blog on your social media in hopes to be a blessing to others.

Blessings to you in all you do for Him.

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Soul Winning: The Main Business of the Church (Part Two) http://srcdfw.com/2016/10/soul-winning-main-business-church-part-two/ http://srcdfw.com/2016/10/soul-winning-main-business-church-part-two/#respond Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:25:29 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=981 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Thank you for coming back for part two of Soul Winning: The Main Business of the Church. We have been working on our passion for the unchurched and what it takes to produce that passion as well as a few components to develop. Let’s start out with the paragraph below that…

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imageThank you for coming back for part two of Soul Winning: The Main Business of the Church.

We have been working on our passion for the unchurched and what it takes to produce that passion as well as a few components to develop.

Let’s start out with the paragraph below that I could not find the author to give credit. But some powerful thoughts.

‘The gospel of a broken heart demands the ministry of bleeding hearts. When our sympathy loses its pang we can no longer be the servants of passion. We can never heal the needs we do not feel. Stoic hearts can never be heralds of the passion. We must pity if we would redeem. We must bleed if we would be ministers of the saving blood.’

As always, I want to make a clear understanding is given. God is the one who saves and heals. We are just the vessels that He uses. We have to be ready and clean for Him to pour the necessary things into us zoo we can operate in His anointing. And when it is all said and done and success is given. All glory and praise belongs to God.

A couple of questions for you to ponder.

How much real concern do you have for those who are without knowledge of the Savior?

Do you fail to win the lost to Christ because you do not feel the depth of their need?

Think about these two questions and we can address these in our discussion afterwards in the comment section below.

In Matthew 9:37 & 38 JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 37: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;

 38: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.

Jesus places three responsibilities on the shoulders of his people.

1. Visualize – See the harvest! Pick a row of chairs at church and see them filled with people you are going to win. Recognize that not everyone is saved and millions are poised on the edge of everlasting damnation! We also need to see that the harvest is just waiting to be gleaned! We will never reap until we first enter the field! Mark 16:15, And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

2. Agonize – “Pray ye therefore.” This is a call to be broken and burdened over the plight of the lost. There are few broken hearts over the lost in our day! We need to attack Hell on their behalf, constantly praying for them and seeking the Lord for the souls of sinners. We can put together the best events, functions, programs but if it doesn’t have a foundation of prayer & fasting it will not have lasting results. Prayer really does change things. Let us pray like the world is going to end tomorrow.

3. Evangelize – “Do the work of an evangelist” It isn’t enough to see the need, nor is it enough to pray for the lost and be concerned for their souls. Jesus desires that each of us do the work of an evangelist, Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. So we have the power that it take to accomplish what God has called us to do.

So Visualize, Agonize and Evangelize are three responsibilities or compaonts that we need to go to work on and practice.

How do we get ourselves motivated to practice this very important part of our calling in the Kingdom of God? We know we must be given to prayer, fasting, studying the Bible and being in obedience to His Word. There are three more ways to ignite or reignite your fire.

1. Read the classics.

Spurgeon, Whitefield, Wesley, and Moody if you want to get a dose of old school passion for evangelism. Or, better yet, read Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards. The chills will line your spine and could soak through like Kerosene to your heart. At that point, well, it only takes a spark!

Contrary to what those who exegete culture more than what Scripture may tell you, these subjects can be not only compelling to the postmodern mind, but very motivational to the Christian one.
How can you read the words of Spurgeon about hell and not be moved, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. Let us wrap our arms around their knees…let no one go to hell unwarned and unprayed for.”

2. Pray for those you know who don’t know Jesus.

It’s hard to pray for people who are lost without getting lost in emotion over their darkened souls. It could be an uncle, neighbor, co-worker, classmate, or friend. Whoever it is, plead to God on behalf of unregenerate hearts daily. Beg Him to save them. As you do, your heart will learn to beat in rhythm with God’s will. You will begin to feel for them as He does. Soon your prayer will echo Paul’s desire for the Israelites in Romans 10:1, “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.”

3. Start sharing your faith.

As one expert put it, “Emotion follows motion.” When you start obeying the command of Christ to preach the gospel (motion), then you will begin to gain the heart of Christ as you do (emotion.)
How do you share this simple message? Just remember the cross and take them to it. As you walk them down your own Via Dolorosa, you can explain why Jesus had to drag His cross along that same path to suffer in our place for our sins. You can point them to Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, where Christ was pierced with a thorny crown and His holy hands were nailed to a rugged piece of wood. As you explain all of this, your heart, if it is truly filled with the Spirit, cannot help but be engulfed in the holy flames of renewed, redemptive zeal.
But don’t leave your friend at the foot of the cross just to gaze at a corpse. Take them to the empty tomb. Let their heart and yours be filled with the reality that Jesus has arisen and has made his abode in the souls of those who simply trust in Him alone to save them. You will realize, as you explain these truths to your unreached friend, that this same Jesus, who died for your sins, was buried, and rose again, has committed arson in your soul.
You will find yourself ablaze once again.

When you set your soul on fire, they will come and watch you burn. Learn by doing.

Now in our discussion let’s bring those two questions we mention earlier.

How much real concern do we have for those who are without knowledge of the Savior?

Do we fail to win the lost to Christ because we do not feel the depth of their need?

Let’s be honest. I will work with you to overcome the barriers you may have. Just leave your questions, thoughts or comments below. I will respond. Also, please share this in your social media so that it may bless someone else.

Blessings to you in everything you do in the Kingdom.

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Soul Winning: The Main Business of the Church (Part One) http://srcdfw.com/2016/10/soul-winning-the-main-business-of-the-church-part-one/ http://srcdfw.com/2016/10/soul-winning-the-main-business-of-the-church-part-one/#respond Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:42:21 +0000 http://srcdfw.com/?p=938 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The core of this series will be a foundation of a Passion for Souls. Let’s take a look at two scriptures on which to base our study. Matthew 9:36-38  36: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as…

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The core of this series will be a foundation of a Passion for Souls. Let’s take a look at two scriptures on which to base our study.
Matthew 9:36-38image
 36: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
 37: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few;
 38: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
Matthew 4:19 “And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

There are some very valuable points brought out in these four verses of scripture.

One…When He saw the crowd of people…He was moved with compassion because they had needs, weak, shattered and had no one to lead them.

Two…There is plenty of harvest…or in other words, there are plenty of people that need and want the gospel.

Three…There is a problem! The labors are few. The “Harvesters” group is not plentiful. Too many people are passionate about sitting at the table to eat, but not enough people are passionate about working to harvest in the field of souls.

Four…Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. God will teach you how to harvest lost souls for the Kingdom as You follow Him.

We have everything we need to get the job done. We just have to practice with the tools and components given to be successful.

Let’s go to work.

Compassion means to have sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of another.

Passion is defined as an extreme and compelling emotion. One description says it is a “barely controllable emotion.” I like that! Oh that the people filled with His Spirit would get to the place that they can “barely control” their emotions about reaching the lost and working for the Kingdom.

Let’s look at some history of people that changed the world because of their passionate compassion for lost souls.

A great preacher and pastor, C.H. Surgeon, wrote in 1861, “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay.”

He continues, “If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” Oh, for a passion for souls!

D.L Moody was asked, “How do you draw such large crowds?” (Mind you this is around 1893. No internet, no social media and no big PA systems.) His response to those asking, “I set myself on fire and they come and watch me burn.” That is passion!

Abraham had a passion for souls and pleaded for two God-defying, destruction-deserving cities.

Moses had a passion for souls and was willing for God to block him out.

Elijah had a passion for souls and with heart and lips aflame, he called an apostate nation back to God.

Isaiah had a passion for souls, and as he preached with the thunder and lightning of Sinai and the foregleams of Calvary, he rocked great thrones with terror.

If we were to ask, ‘What are the qualifications for successful soul-winning?’ it would be necessary to mention the following:

We must have the absolute assurance of our own salvation.
To be an effective soul winner, we not only need the driving force of passion, but we also must have something worthwhile to say; meat on the bones. People appreciate someone who is excited about something or very passionate about a cause. But they want to learn about it and know exactly what that means.
So, to be effective, we must first have the Biblical absolutes of our salvation (Acts 2:38) and be able to explain it, so someone else understands and receives it.

We must be living a separated and consistent Christian life.
This is something that has been debated for a long time. Really there is no debate when it comes to living a separated and consistent Christian life. To be separated means to be different than the status quo. We cannot “blend” to look and act like the world. Hebrews 4:12 establishes the power of His written Word. For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. So we know here, along with many other scriptures, that God’s Word is powerful and true. Now let’s take a look at the 12th verse of the same chapter. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. We all know the Lord always honors obedience and that brings the favor and blessings of God into our lives. The unchurched need to see a difference in us, to see we are unlike the world. We need to exemplify a life that shows that the Christ on the inside, has affected our exterior appearance. How are we to represent a God who is holy, when we are not?

We must know the enabling and special anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The first two points bring about this point. When we have salvation and are absolute about what we have and know how to explain it, then we must live a holy, separated, and consistent life. These principles bring the enabling and special anointing of God into our lives. So as we share our story, teach a Bible study, or minister the Word of healing to others, that anointing kicks in! That, mingled with the Spirit of God, is what brings results. We need to learn to identify with that and ask God to grow that within us. We must have the anointing of God and understand it is not us, but Him who works through us.

Additionally, if we are to win the lost, we must have a passion for souls; a burden for those who are traveling toward a Christless eternity. This is what drives us to go and do what we must to be effective.

One things is for sure…we need to love the lost at any cost!

What are your thoughts on what it takes to be an effective soul winner?

What are some of the methods you use to win people to God?

Please leave your thoughts, questions and comments and let’s start a discussion. Or please feel free to share this blog post on your social media.

Blessings to you in everything you do for Him. See you in Part Two of this blog post!

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