The Gospel, The Commission: Our Privilege
Did you know that the calling that God has placed upon your life is so much greater than simply “going to church”? Without the full knowledge of what God has called each and every one of us to be a part of would cause any of us to completely lose sight of this powerful journey. Jesus did not only give us the key of forgiveness to break free from the shackles of sin and condemnation, He has opened the door of our “jail cells” and called us into His awesome presence to Go and Make Disciples. If this truth were not enough, He has made known that He desires to go with us, when we allow Him to take over our lives. Watch the very cinematic production of this truth as you are awakened to the full story of the Gospel, The Great Commission, and so much more. Greg shared in this segment.
NBA’s Dwight Howard, of Houston Rockets Shares His Powerful Testimony of His Relationship with Jesus Christ
When Dwight Howard was drafted from high school to take part in the National Basketball Association (NBA), his mission when he stepped on the court was this, “…to preach God’s word, you know, in the NBA,” says Dwight. “Use the NBA as a platform for God. And when I’m on the floor, you know, let people see, you know, the God in me.” The atmosphere and culture of the professional arena isn’t without temptation. After sharing with many his Christian faith, he found himself in the reality of being a father, and not married.
He received much heat from his teammates during this moment in his life, but he remembers how God led him through. “The minute I messed up, the minute I sinned, everybody took a shot at me, ‘man you supposed to be a Christian’. But, Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. So, if He’s willing to forgive us, why can’t we forgive each other?”
After finishing up his time with the Orlando Magic, being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard is now breaking franchise records with the Houston Rockets. These transitions did not come easy. When Lakers fans responded negatively to his departure, Howard again shares how he felt in these moments. “And now everybody hates me again. I’m like oh my God, like God, like please, just do something. And He said, ‘listen, if the whole world hates you, I love you. Always remember that.’ So I just tried to put away all the hate and everything like that and just focus on my relationship with Him.”
The testimony of Howard is continuing to send shock waves of light and God’s forgiveness for all the world to see as well as other Christian athletes like Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin. Watch this personal testimony as you hear about God’s forgiveness, His faithfulness, and so much more. Greg and John shared in this segment.
Are You TIRED OF STRUGGLING In Life? You’ve Got to Finish the Job! says Steven Furtick, of Elevate Church
Sometimes we come across this great idea to implement and carry out. But, somewhere during the process, we hit a snag and the whole operation stops. At some point, we realize that we’ve got to finish the job! Steven Furtick, with Elevate Church shares a powerful perspective that we must understand, not only in these moments, but in our fight against the Devil’s schemes. “We’ve got to finish the job!”
“He (Jesus) didn’t just defeat sin, He destroyed it. Jesus didn’t just die to deliver us from death, He died so that we might reign in life!” If we’re enduring a fight in our life, we have to remember that God is on our side and He fights our enemies. Furtick recounts the reality of David’s battle against Goliath and how the outcome contradicted the onset. “Let’s don’t just survive the struggle. We’ve got the enemy on the run, now let’s take his sword… and finish the job…David went into the battle without a sword, but he left the battle with one, cause he took what was coming against him and God used it to deliver him!”
When we look at what Paul wrote about this in Romans 8:5-6,” Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
This is a powerful truth that we all must embrace knowing that we will fight against the attacks of darkness. Be greatly encouraged in your walk with the Lord as you fight, boldly against the schemes of the Devil, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: spiritual warfare, intercession, boldness, prayer, and mental thoughts. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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