5 Signs of a
Loving Jesus, loving the word, being emotionally resilient, Spirit led, and outwardly focused are the 5 Signs of a Healthy, mature Christian. Also, if the congregants (including the leadership) in the church are healthy, then the end result is a healthy church. Our program works both top down and bottom up.
We work with churches providing videos, handout and materials on the 5 signs. We provide different assessment tools and then work with the church to orchestrated discussion and involvement in each of the signs.
We also provide materials for the individuals in the church for each of the 5 Signs. Check out each section and see the various tools we provide.
This is more than knowing about Jesus. It is knowing what He taught, how He lived and choosing to do the same. It is giving Him the honor and respect He is due. Loving Jesus is being captivated by His teaching, amazed at His majesty and overwhelmed by His forgiveness, grace and mercy extended to us. Loving Jesus is saying, “Yes Lord! I will follow You. Be the master of my life. I surrender to Your leading and direction.”
Loving Jesus is spending time with Him in prayer, praise and worship. It is living in awe that He has created me as His masterpiece to do His good works. It is sitting before Him in adoration that He is indeed the Lord of Lords and King of Kings who died for me so that I could be His forever child. What love, what grace, what a Savior. Out of this awareness comes my obedience in loving others.
Loving God’s word, the Bible, is more than knowing what the Bible says. It is revering what it says, knowing that it is inspired by God Himself. It is believing what Paul wrote to his disciple Timothy,
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17).
It is understanding that the Bible was inspired by God and relevant to our everyday living. Jesus said, "Blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." (Luke 11:28)
Loving God’s word is living to hear from God. It is hiding His word in our heart so we will not sin against God. It is thirsting and hungering for what God wants to say to us. More, it is desiring to do what it says.
Loves the word
Emotional resilience is the ability to bounce back from painful emotions. The fruit of the God’s Spirit in our lives is exactly what we need to do that: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
But how do we do this? How do we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest His fruit in our lives? It is a matter of choice.
Led By The
The Holy Spirit is God. It is our God’s Spirit. God manifests himself as the Holy Spirit and chooses to relate to us by becoming part of who we are through his Spirit. It is that essential part of God that lives in us. He indwells or lives inside the Christian.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you” (John 14:16-17).
The word advocate means ‘counselor’ or ‘comforter’ and implies one who comes alongside. This is God with and in us! John verifies that God lives in us through the Spirit.
“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us” (1 John 4:12-13).
As a Christian we are to be led by, guided and under the direction of the Holy Spirit. We do this by praying and seeking God’s guidance in the daily details of life.
They aren’t spectators, they’re participants! The 80/20 rule doesn’t apply to this church! They are disciples of Jesus Christ, a witness of God’s love and salvation to the world around them. In their church, every person is on mission!
Just like at Pentecost, God has given his Spirit to today’s church so we can accomplish his will. Pentecost was a beginning of a new age. It was the arrival of the Holy Spirit to God’s people. A new order. The Holy Spirit came to: fill, empower, unify, mature and equip, teach and lead each member of the church for service. God does the same today.
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