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A new season ahead

We have initiated the process of decentralising the churches in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, under GMI. Several churches as of now have already got their trusts registered and some have even obtained the 12A Income tax registration. Others have filed their documents with Charity Commissioner and we trust that by the end of this financial year most of the churches will be fully independent.This is good, as this means the local church is empowered and autonomous. New leadership will be raised up locally and it is this leadership that will be involved in the decision-making process for their local church. They learn about managing a trust, and understand the legality of the same. The 40+ churches comprising congregations in English, Hindi, Marathi and Tamil language groups were so far managed under one common policy. And it is always difficult to do that with a “one size fits all” type policy. But now that each church will be able to embrace their own policy, they will discover what works for them and what does not. But I am suggesting another significant move. Most of the churches in the process of decentralisation are in the form of a cluster (or region). It is my desire that each cluster should grow into an apostolic sphere of its own. Each apostolic sphere should have their own five-fold ministry. That ministry team could consist of budding apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists. These may not exist as of now in a distinct way, but can be developed in course of time. And unless we are intentional about it, it will not happen. The...

Led By The Spirit Or Led By The Laws Of Management

As a rule, the laws of management as taught in management schools are well researched and grounded in common sense. We can also find many of the principles of the Bible converted into principles at the management institutes. For example the advice given by Jethro to his son-in-law Moses about delegation in Exodus chapter 18 is now taught in business schools as the “Jethro principle”. Management books have many expanded versions of the same. However, there are several laws that are taught in management institutes that are good but it is important to know the mind of God on whether we should follow them or not. For example when there was famine in the land, it seems right for someone to move to another place till the famine was over. Abraham did it (Genesis 12:10) as did Naomi and her family (Ruth 1:1). But God told Isaac to stay in the land and plant. Although God’s instructions were contrary to conventional wisdom, Isaac obeyed and amazingly he prospered. In fact, his economic power improved so much that he became a threat to the local King Abimelech who asked him to leave the area. After the miracle of five loaves and two fish, crowds followed Jesus. At that time Jesus taught on a controversial subject (John 6). It irritated the people and masses left him. From several thousand followers he was left with only 12 people. A marketing department would probably say Jesus had mass appeal but he also committed mass blunder. Their counsel would be to avoid controversial subjects and hire a PR firm to apply damage control and...

Need for revelation

Jesus said “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Mathew 4;4) In so doing Jesus emphasized the need for “revelation” for our spiritual existence besides bread for our physical sustenance. We are not merely human beings, but spirit filled human beings. So we need revelation for living. On another occasion, in answer to Jesus’ question Peter replied, “You are Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus was very thrilled with his answer and said, “Flesh and blood has not revealed to you, but my father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…”. Again notice that Jesus’ plan for building the church was founded on the rock of revelation that Peter had. In Acts 13: 1-3 as the 5 leaders of the church were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So the apostolic ministry got launched off by revelation from the Holy Spirit. Of course worshiping, fasting, praying creates the possibility of hearing God and receiving revelation. Would be to God that we as a church be a people that are living by revelation, planting churches out of revelation and ministering out of revelation. Then you can be sure of what Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you...

Searching for Jesus

v i p e z via Compfightcc Zacchaeus sought to ‘see’ Jesus. (Luke 19:2-10) The presence of a large crowd prevented him from seeing Jesus. This was further made difficult due to his short stature. So he climbed a sycamore tree, to aid him to get a good vantage point to ‘see’ Jesus. That may be very undignified for an income tax officer to climb trees to ‘see’ Jesus pass by. But Zacchaeus’ longing to ‘see’ Jesus overcame that hurdle. As an income tax officer who collected taxes from his own countrymen to feed the royal treasury of the oppressing ruling nation, caused him to be hated by the citizens. So coming near any crowd would add to the rejection he must have felt. But he overcame even that hurdle because he wanted to ‘see’ Jesus. Obviously he was searching for something. Perhaps he was searching for a solution to the turmoil in his soul. Perhaps a desire to calm a disturbing conscience was motivating him. But the Bible says, that when Jesus came to the place, He ‘looked up’ to ‘see’ Zacchaeus. It is as if Jesus was eager to ‘see’ him much more than Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. God notices our desire for Him. As someone said, when we take one step in his direction, He responds by taking 10 steps towards us. It reminds us of the father of the prodigal son who was always on the lookout for his son. It was as it he was expecting him. And when the son returned, in tattered clothes and probably looking haggard, the father still recognised him from...

Wanted: Theologically trained leaders

However, new kind of cult groups have emerged with erroneous doctrines. these are, what we call, post-modernist groups. They are very subtle and one would need a sharp sense of discernment to detect their deviation. And in my opinion there are very few people with such discernment within our sphere. So I am naturally concerned for the future of our movement.  I sense a need for a new generation of leaders to emerge who will be able to sense the impending danger and keep our flocks safe. For this to happen, we will need new leaders who are well trained in theology.Secondly, many of our existing leaders may not be able to engage in debates on subjects which demand a clear understanding of the scripture, like understanding a Calvinistic view versus an Arminian one different views of the Millennium; whether one will eternally burn in hell or whether one in annihilated in hell (i.e. burnt and destroyed within a few minutes); generational curses; whether one should confess the sins of the forefathers or not; etc. in the light of the above, there is a need for new breed of theologically-trained leaders. May I suggest that we consider one of the following. Some could consider going to a theologically-sound Bible seminary which still teaches the orthodox , conservative doctrines with passion. Or one could register with a on-line Bible college (like our own Kings-on-line Bible school), and systematically study the courses offered.  Or one could devote a good part of their time training themselves by systematic reading and studying of the scriptures with the help of study tools like Bible dictionaries,...