Fellowship Versus Ministry

GOD is good and we need to call people to repentance by showing them how good HE is.  It is not about those people liking you, it is about a change of heart in their lives.

Churches have been trying to attract the world by beautiful buildings and gourmet coffee service in their lobbies.  Instead they need The Holy Spirit to operate in the services with signs and wonders following as examples of GOD’S goodness.

In 1971, The Holy Spirit drew me to a Christian coffee house inside a rented building in the rough part of Oklahoma City.  The building mattered not and I was not moved by the crime in the area.  This is where I received the Baptism of The Holy Spirit and a notable immersion of The Word by a “fireball” preacher.  By the way, I didn’t drink coffee at the time.

Who cares what building you are in if you receive the Supernatural!

Paul spoke before King Agrippa by The Holy Spirit in Acts chapter 26:

12“For that purpose I went to Damascus, with the authority granted to me by the chief priests. 13While traveling on the road at noon, Your Highness, I saw a light brighter than the sun flashing from Heaven all around me and those who were with me. 14We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice speaking to me in Aramaic, saying, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? You are only hurting yourself when you resist your calling.’

15“I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting. 16Get up and stand to your feet, for I have appeared to you to reveal your destiny and to commission you as My assistant.  You will be a witness to what you have seen and to the things I will reveal whenever I appear to you.  17I will rescue you from the persecution of your own people and from the hostility of the other nations that I will send you to.

18And you will open their eyes to their true condition, so that they may turn from darkness to the Light  and from the power of Satan to the power of God. By placing their faith in Me they will receive the total forgiveness  of sins and be made Holy, taking hold of the inheritance that I give to my children!’

You and I are called to present the Good News just as Paul was.  Notice that Jesus mentions “I will reveal” to Paul.  Jesus will also further reveal to you and me.

19“So you see, King Agrippa, I have not been disobedient to what was revealed to me from Heaven. 20For it was in Damascus that I first declared the Truth. And then I went to Jerusalem and throughout our nation, and even to other nations, telling people everywhere that they must repent and turn to God and demonstrate it with a changed life.  21That’s why the Jews seized me when I was in the temple and tried to murder me.

We too are to tell people everywhere that they must repent and turn to GOD.  Our changed life will be a demonstration and witness to them.

22“But in spite of all this, I have experienced the supernatural help of God up to this very moment. So I’m standing here saying the same thing that I’ve shared with everyone, from the least to the greatest. For I teach nothing but what 23Moses and the prophets have said was destined to happen: that our Messiah had to suffer and die and be the first to rise from the dead, to release the bright light of Truth both to our people and to the non-Jewish nations.”

Paul also wrote by The Holy Spirit in 2nd Corinthians chapter 6:

14Don’t continue to team up with unbelievers in mismatched alliances,  for what partnership is there between righteousness and rebellion? Who could mingle light with darkness? 15What harmony can there be between Christ and Satan?  Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What friendship does God’s temple have with demons?  For indeed, we are the temple of the living God, just as God has said:

I will make my home in them and walk among them.

I will be their God, and they will be my people.

17For this reason,

Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord.

“Touch nothing that is unclean, and I will embrace you.

18I will be a true Father to you,

and you will be My Beloved Sons and Daughters,”

says the Lord Yahweh Almighty.

We must not have fellowship with darkness in any manner.  We can and should minister to those in darkness.  The word fellowship means to partake of communion with another.  Paul’s teaching here includes marital, business, and personal relationships. We never abandon our responsibility to reach the world, but we must steer clear of relationships that will divide our loyalty to Christ.

We need to understand the difference between fellowship and ministry lest we end up having communion with the adversary’s minions.

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