Spiritual Gifts

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    Beating Burnout Beating Burnout

    Beating Burnout

Beating Burnout

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture?  Do you feel like that right now?  If so you could be in a phase of life we call burnout.  The good news is burnout does not always have to lead to fallout!  I hear it so frequently in ministry ” I’m burned out!”  Sometimes its a trusted lay leader,  from fellow ministers, or a friend that is just totally zapped from the stress of ministry, work, life or all of the above.  If given the chance to run its course burnout always leads to fallout.  Fallout is when those who are burned out disappear.  In ministry fallout frequently is seen most clearly when a person stops attending church functions.  In other areas of life fallout is expressed when an individual stops showing up for coffee, the weekly staff lunch, or other things they once enjoyed.  Perhaps the most tragic thing about burnout and fallout is that they are totally avoidable.  Doing a few simple things can save the day. Step One: Publicly proclaim your call.  Why did you start this ministry in the first place?  Why did you come to work here twenty years ago?  Why did you pass up other opportunities and chose this path for your life?  Take time to remember the purpose and passion you have for what you are doing.  Then find an appropriate forum to recount you calling to others publicly. Thinking about it is great, saying it verbally to others will do wonders! Step Two: Privately pray! Before, during, and after you do step one you should be in prayer.  Confess your weariness to God.  Ask for help, guidance, comfort, encouragement, and energy.  God already knows whats in […]

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    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3 The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

    The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

The Purpose Of The Church Pt. 3

Over the last three weeks I have been presenting some of the main purposes of God’s church.  As I travel around and speak about the Uncommon Church I am always surprised to learn how many churches don’t understand what the most basic and fundamental purposes of God’s church are. So these posts have been my effort to share nine of them.  In my first post I talked about the purpose of producing disciple, providing resources, and proclaiming the gospel. In my second post I talked about the church’s responsibility to propel missionaries, present proof, and practice holiness.  Today I would like to briefly discuss the last three. To Pray- Every Christian knows that they are suppose to pray, and most of us do.  But I am talking about focused corporate prayer here in this post.  I believe that God hears all of our prayers but He does something special when a church practices uncommon prayer together. In my book The Uncommon Church I talk in detail about the power of uncommon prayer.  When the body of Christ unites together in prayer many wonderful things happen.  We see this in scripture in places like 1 Thessalonians 5:25 when Paul urged the church to pray for him and his companions.  In Acts 12 we see an amazing miracle in the form of a prison escape for Peter and we learn that the church was gathered in prayer for him during his captivity. As individuals we must pray, and as a church body we must pray as well.  Churches should make it a priority to unite their minds and hearts in prayer! To Protect- 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is a predator on the prowl!  Like […]

Spiritual Gifts (Day 36 1Corinthians 12:1 NET)

“With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” (1Corinthians 12:1 NET) Paul said to the church in Corinth, “With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.”  I suspect that if he were writing to us today a similar statement would be in order as well.  The fact is most stay totally away from the subject of spiritual gifts because they are confusing and a source of heated and frequently hurtful debate.  As a result many people are indeed uninformed when it comes to the subject of spiritual gifts.  The book of Revelation is surrounded by a very similar problem, it is hard to comprehend and multiple views only inflame the arguments so we avoid the subject all together.  Each time I teach The Absolute Basics of Christianity I am stunned, when we arrive at week seven, by the number of Christians who actually have any real handle on the subject of spiritual gifts.  While the four short lessons in this book can hardly be considered an adequate education on the topic, most students learn more about spiritual gifts in those four days than they have in their entire walk with Christ. Simply because the church as a whole is uninformed about spiritual gifts.  My goal in this post is not to explain or tackle spiritual gifts but rather to urge you to consider what Paul has to say in 1 Corinthians 12 and other places on the topic.  Order a copy of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, or another study to learn more about the subject of gifts.  Don’t ignore things you can’t comprehend, and don’t neglect such an […]

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