Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Discipleship | No Comments »
I was out fishing the other day wondering what is it about fishing that we love.
If you just wanted a fish it would be much cheaper and less time consuming to just buy the fish.
I reckon our love for fishing is partly about being out there on the water and partly about hanging out with a few mates. But what I realised is fishing is all about that one moment, the one fish. That day we had that big moment, we got a Kingy each. There is nothing like it, the tug of the bite, the rod bends, the fish takes line, you’ve got a big one!
Discipleship is like this, it’s about one person. Finding that person and journeying with them, downloading what you have learnt and helping them develop in God. And like landing the big one, helping and seeing another person develop is one of the greatest feelings you will have in life.
One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.
In this passage Jesus was just starting out in his ministry but was already on the hunt for people. Right from the beginning he was looking for leaders, for people he could disciple.
These brothers were fishermen. Jesus didn’t just see what the world saw. Our society will try to put you in a box. Telling you this is who you are and this is what you are capable of. But Jesus see’s the Kingdom potential. He saw what these men were created for. He saw the God given call on their lives.
Disciple making is about seeing what God sees in people. The potential, the call, the gifting. Then it is journey of relationship, encouraging their development. Let’s begin to see what God sees in people. Start looking around. Who could you disciple this year?
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
Discipleship starts with a call. Jesus called these two. He is calling us too. We need to hear his call and respond. It was Jesus’ priority to raise up disciples. Disciple makers are those who pick up the priority of Jesus. Disciple makers are those who have heard the call and have responded in following God’s purpose. Who hear the heart beat of Christ for a lost world. You cannot be close to Jesus and not pick up his heart for his people. We can all play a part.
C. S Lewis said “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christ’s. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. “
And they left their nets at once and followed him.
The qualification for disciple makers is obedience. This is a tough ask in our society, but there is no discipleship without it. These brothers left their nets at once to follow Christ. They heard the call and immediately followed. If you have been recently saved, immediately respond. Leave the old life and step into what God has for you. If you need to respond to God, make the move immediately. If you have the call to ministry or church planting, respond immediately. It was their immediate response to God that made them disciples of Jesus. Don’t put Jesus off.
He said to another person, “Come, follow me.”The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
Don’t be like the people in this passage who missed out on the biggest opportunity of their lives. In light of eternity, there is nothing more important than making disciples.
Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: All, Church, Discipleship, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Kingdom of Heaven, Vision | Tags: annointing, C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Church, Dean Rush, Disciple, Ephesians 4, family, forgiveness, Jesus Christ, Unity | No Comments »
Psalm 133:1-3 ESV
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
- Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
Unity is good and pleasant because unity is a great place to be. It is almost so rare in the world to find unity that when you do it is a big deal! As New Zealanders we are not great at this; we are a nation of individuals. But we need to find unity!
This is where God wants us to be. And it is also where you want to be. It sure beats the alternative; division. If you have this ability to upset everyone, no matter where you go; it’s time to change. If everywhere you go, you seem to be in opposition in the team; it is time to change. Everybody has been through an experience of division, whether it is in a family, a workplace, club or church and it’s not a fun experience.
Get a spirit of unity. How? People in unity find agreement.
Amos 3:3 NLT
Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?
It doesn’t mean we have to agree about everything; but we have to focus on what we can agree on – rather than our differences
These three will do;
1. Jesus is Lord
2. The world needs God
3. We can do something about it
If we could fully unite on these ideas we could change the world. Don’t look for disagreement, don’t be a disagreeable personality. There is always someone in a group who focuses on the negative, just don’t be that guy. Negativity is not a compelling quality.
- It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes
Oil on the head speaks of; Calling, Favor and Authority. Oil was put on the head of those selected by God, e.g. God chose David to be King and Samuel poured oil on his head. Anointing is for those God has chosen, those God has favored and for those God has given authority. When God sees unity he places his annointing, his favor amd his authority on those people. We are a people and a place that need God’s anointing, favor and authority!
We can’t be the church without it. We can’t reach the city without it. So for God’s sake, let’s live in unity. If you are in unity with God’s people that Anointing, Favor and Authority will flow into your life.
There are huge benefits to coming together into unity. Let’s seek it and celebrate unity in the house
- It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.
Mt Hermon is the highest point in Israel (2814 metres). It has snow-capped peaks. It was a place of worship and a place of refreshing. Unity is a high place. The high places were for worship and sacrifice.
Being in unity refreshes your life. Life is no fun when you are fighting all the time. A united church is where you can worship God and have a mountain top experience.
- For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
In the place of unity God commands his blessing. And we need the blessing of God. Without his blessing we are on our own. Too many people are struggling off on their own. They need the blessing of God and the blessing of God’s people. God’s blessing makes the difference.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: All, Church, Discipleship, Kingdom of Heaven | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Casper Ten Boom, Counter Cultural, Dean Rush, Do not conform, Transformation, Word of God | No Comments »
Gradually the nation of New Zealand is turning away from God and the Christian morals that our society was built on. Today there is a great need for Christians living Counter Cultural lives; demonstrating the Kingdom of God.
Romans 12: 2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Do not conform any longer
There is no denying that there is a lot of pressure to conform. To conform is to behave or think in a socially acceptable or expected way – to comply. The pressure will always be on you to conform, to look like and to imitate this world.
Paul says do not conform any longer, this shows that the readers of this letter were conforming at the time. This letter was to the Christians of Ancient Rome. This is the time where Christians where put in arenas and killed by lions or gladiators for entertainment. Yet Paul still encourages them to make a stand.
Throughout history the Christians that made big impacts on the world were the ones that no matter what the pressure, they lived for Christian values.
Casper Ten Boom
When the Nazis began requiring all Jews to wear the Star of David, he voluntarily wore one also.
When people warned him he would be in danger for helping the Jews he said “it would be an honour to give my life for God’s ancient people”. At that time the Christian church was supporting Hitler.
It’s time to make a stand. You aren’t doing the world any favours by going with the flow.
- To the pattern of this world
This world will urge you to live a certain way, it will push you into its mould. If you are not wise you will find you have slipped into conforming. We can see this happening all around us; even many Christians can find themselves following the pattern of this world.
In the last census 20% of people said they were born again Christians. That is around 900,000. That is an army which could seriously change the situation of this Nation.
However the Bible Society did a study in 2008 which showed that only 22% of Christians actually attend church every week. On top of that only 11% of Christians read the bible every day. This is a worrying statistic about where God ranks in people’s lives.
What kind of army do we have when only 22% show up and only 11% are spiritually prepared?
The state of the nation is reflected in our lack of spiritual discipline .A church that is not at church and neglecting the word of God will have nothing to offer society. No wonder the Kingdom has lost ground in New Zealand.
1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.
- But be transformed
Transformation happens when we encounter Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
The goal of the Christian life is to become like Christ. As we behold him we will be transformed into his likeness. To transform is to change completely – for the better. God wants to change your life, for the better. He has a great future for you.
- By the renewing of your mind
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
The old mindset will make you conform because the old mind can’t contain the bigness of God. What have you set your mind on? Reset your mind; get the world out with its worldly pursuits and then set it on Christ and His kingdom.
- Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
When you get transformed the future becomes clear. Once you stop trying to fit into the world and step into the ways and thoughts of God’s Kingdom, your life will make sense. You will be released into your future in God.
Posted: December 4th, 2012 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Discipleship, Faith, Kingdom of Heaven, Leadership, Overcoming | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, Discipleship, Faith, faithfulness, George Mueller, Jesus Christ, promises | No Comments »
George Mueller said; “To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.”
How do we become great overcomers?
1 John 5:1-5
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ[a] has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
1. Be Born Again
To become an overcomer it starts with being born again.
But what does ‘born again’ mean?
You believe in Jesus Christ as saviour and Lord. You live by faith and not by sight. You are born into the supernatural power of God.
2. His Commands are not burdensome
Sometimes it can seem like it is hard to serve God. Some Christians can be afraid or resistant to really serving God. But the truth is that the only alternative is following our own path – the roller-coaster of our own emotions. If we apply all the commands from God to our life, they ground us, support us, and strengthen us – they are designed to help us.
The process of discipleship is us leaving the pain and brokenness of our own way and beginning to walk God’s way with Him alongside us.
3. For Everyone Born of God Overcomes the World
Are you born again? If you are, you are born to be an overcomer. You have been given the supernatural power that can overcome. Too often we buy into the devils deception; we believe that we are not as strong as God says we are.
But God says that you are born to overcome! So don’t give up on your faith, don’t succumb to discouragement, understand who you are – you are an overcomer!
2 Corinthians 4; 8-9
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
4. Our faith achieves this Victory
Faith is the ingredient that causes us to become overcomers. Your faith brings the victory.
1 Corinthians 15.57
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The devils goal is for you to give up your faith. He doesn’t mind if you go to church, go to your connect group, even be a leader, as long as your faith is dented. Victory is standing firm in your faith through whatever life throws at you. Circumstances are there to help grow our faith!
1 Peter 1:7
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
God is not bringing your problems. He loves you and will show you the way to come out of your problems stronger in faith in Him.
5. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God
Be fully convinced, be a believer. Don’t lose your first love for Christ, get your fire back! Believe what God can do in your life and keep believing. You are an overcomer.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.
Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Church, Discipleship, Fellowship, Kingdom of Heaven, Leadership | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, Disciple, Discipleship, Fathers, Honor, Paul and Timothy, sonship | No Comments »
One of the great Fathers in the bible was the Apostle Paul
He had no children of his own – but he became a Father to Timothy, discipled him and raised him up as the Senior Pastor of one of the biggest churches of the ancient world
1 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy my true son in the faith:
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
Paul became a spiritual Father and Timothy became a son
The are too many sons and daughters without spiritual Fathers
How to be a true son
1. Seek out a spiritual Father
In today’s society we often run from voices of authority in our lives
But in the kingdom we all need to know the voice of a Father
Wise people will seek out Fathers in the faith
If you have a loving Father appreciate your dad – seek them out
So many live without a loving Father
Appreciate him for who he is – he is your father
But also find a spiritual Father
If you haven’t got a loving Father – don’t try and live without one – it will leave a great hole in your life
You will be insecure and undeveloped
Seek out someone with Godly character to speak into your world – to be a spiritual Father
2. Be a willing disciple
I get asked a lot to disciple people
But i have learned to only disciple the willing
It’s just too hard to try and disciple the unwilling
Some people like the idea of being discipled – but they don’t respond to the reality
They don’t change – they don’t turn up
There is a term in church - a son of the house
If you ever get called that – it is an honor
But it would be less than 10% of the church
Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;
Have a willing attitude to be discipled
Become a son or daughter of the house
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Listen to those with authority over you
Don’t be a know it all
Arrogance has never been an endearing quality
If you listen to your leaders you will find God’s wisdom coming into your life
Timothy listened to Paul and became a spiritual son
He went from a timid young person – to a bold leader who Paul sent to sort out problems in the churches
4. Make some changes
2 Timothy 1:6
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Let someone lay their hand on you and develop your life
Do what they ask of you
I find many people want to hear my advice
Not so many want to make the changes
Over the past forty years I have proved champions are everywhere provided they receive the proper training –
Get into some spiritual training and become a champion of faith
5. Be committed to building a long term relationship
Give time to the relationship with a spiritual Father
Stick around and become a true son
I have no one else like him
Timothy had committed himself to this relationship in such a way that Paul had no one else like him
He became a true son
I have at least 2 older voices speaking regularly into my life
They are a blessing to me
I seek them out and I am greater for these voices
Both i have been building with for about 7 or 8 years
Build some long term relationships with spiritual leaders
Posted: August 10th, 2012 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Children, Church, Discipleship, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Kingdom of Heaven, Leadership, Marriage, Overcoming | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, Discipleship, family, forgiveness, Loyalty, marriage, relationship | No Comments »
Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
A Cornell University study said people had an average of 229 Facebook friends but only 2 close friends and some in the study had none. We have all these so called ‘friends,’ but do you have anyone you could really turn to in a time of great need?
A friend to all is a friend to none. – Aristotle.
Too often this is what is happening for people; they are friends with everyone but are a quality friend to no one. Your friends should be those you could call in your day of trouble. Too many people have no one to call. They have unreliable friends.
The kingdom of God is about relationship. You can’t get in without a relationship and once we are in, God wants us to be connected and in the family.
There are four key relationships that we need to have in place to have a successful life;
1. Relationship with God
Deuteronomy 6: 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Number one and first priority of your life should be a relationship with God.
Deuteronomy 4:35 Yahweh, He is God; there is no other besides Him.
Exodus 20: 3 You shall have no other gods before me.
Some people these days live for all other kinds of priorities. For many it is money first. For some it is family first. How can you put family or anything else before a relationship with God? How can you do your life well without being in right relationship with God?
Sometimes young couples can mess up their lives by making each other first priority (that is way too intense). No one can fulfill your needs except God himself.
Some parents make it all about the kids. They drop out of church and eventually God and then find their kids end up with no connection to God.
Marriage, family and life works best with God on the throne. Make God your first priority
2. Relationship with our Families
Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.
Work on a great marriage. Many people can’t get on with their partner and end up alone. Which would you rather?
Marriage is a gift from God – cherish it. Look after it, Invest into it, let it develop. Keep having fun together. Deal with problems. Don’t sweep them under the carpet, confront them and get them sorted.
Men – have a vision for your marriage. Girls want to know the relationship is going somewhere; if they feel there is a great future together they will follow with passion.
Don’t let your marriage get boring, do something exciting. It’s God’s gift – enjoy it
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Train your kids. Don’t be so PC and let them do whatever they want. Invest into them; they need to learn about your values and faith. Build a great relationship with them
My parents put a value for The kingdom of God into my life and when I rebelled as a young person I just couldn’t get away from this value – from the call of God.
Bring your whole family into the house of God – let them find God together.
Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honour your father and mother” , “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Make sure you honor your parents no matter what they are like. You can honor their position in your life without having to honor their behaviour. Don’t be out of sorts with your parents, if you want life to go well with you, sort it out.
Families need a lot of forgiveness. Start now. You be the bigger person. We have access to the love of God, there is no excuse to have unforgiveness in your life.
Get a fresh vision for your family
3. Relationship with a Leader
Mark 6:34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy my true son in the faith.
Paul was a leader that became like a father to Timothy – it helped him shift from a timid young leader to become the pastor of the world’s first mega churches in Ephesus. Everyone needs a leader in their life. Without it you will never reach your full potential.
Most people live their life without any kind of leadership. Many have life long issues with authority figures and then they miss out on the power of a mentor speaking into their life. A leader will make a great difference in your life.
Get around a leader and let them help lift you to another level
4. Relationship with close friends
You haven’t got time for a thousand friends
Ralph Waldo Emerson said more than 140 years ago that “friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.”
You need a few key friendships;
…there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Everyone needs a friend like this. These are people you will journey through life with. You have to go deep with each other. Open up your lives.
Go through the good and the bad. Don’t get offended. Just keep going together – forgive, commit, turn up, go the extra mile.
These relationships take time – be willing to invest. They are what life is all about – God, family & some great friends
The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. ~Aristotle
I am blessed to have some friends who are closer than brothers. God has been good to me. If you stick around and go deep, he will be good to you.
If you get these four areas of relationships sorted in your life, it will go well for you, you will be connected.
This is God’s pathway for Christian life
Posted: June 20th, 2012 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Church, Discipleship, Faith, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Overcoming | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, forgiveness, Loyalty, overcoming disappointment | No Comments »
In the movie Gladiator, Maximus says these great lines to the Gladiators as they get ready to face their death in the arena;
Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance or survival if we work together
If we stay together we survive
Lock your shields – stay as one
This is good advice for those of us following Christ
If we stay together we survive
God wants his church to stay together
Acts 2: 44
“And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common.”
1. For the sake of our God who gave so much to purchase his church – Stay together
Hebrews 12: 2
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame.”
The joy set before him was seeing his church established and rising up to reach a lost world
He desires that we come together in his name
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,
Our whole duty is contained in these words, “Love together.” – Latimer
That’s what real community looks like
Let’s join together to become a mighty community of faith
2. For the sake of this world – Stay together
“The world needs the church to survive and do it’s job
The church is the hope of the world.” – Bill Hybels
While this world can attack us and make fun of us, they actually need us to get it right and to have something to offer them for when something goes wrong in people’s lives.
Ephesians 3:10 declares that God’s intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known.
The world desperately needs a functioning Christian community to bring a message of faith, hope and love – to show the world another way to live.
“Man is a being born to believe. And if no church comes forward with its title-deeds of truth to guide him, he will find altars and idols in his own heart and his own imagination.” – Benjamin Disraeli
3. For the sake of your own lives – Stay together
We need each other or we become religious, cynical, dry and crusty.
We cannot create a community of faith that will reach the world unless we commit to community and to each other
You say “well I’m here” – here is not enough – God doesn’t just want your attendance – he wants your heart.
To build a community that will change the world we need to buy in at a heart level
I invite you to be part of this community – it’s going to be costly, it’s not always going to be easy – but it has power to change your life and touch the world
God wants you to be part of it.
Ephesians 2: 19 – 22
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Posted: August 5th, 2011 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: Discipleship | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, Honor, Inspiration | No Comments »
1 Peter 2: 17
Show proper respect to everyone:
One of the kingdom traits is being able to honor others
Insecure people can’t honor anyone – they always have to drag others down to feel ok about themselves. Kingdom people know how to honor others
What is proper respect for each other?
Matthew 7: 12 In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
How do you want to be treated? Start treating others that way
It disappoints me to see arrogant Christians – It is such a bad example
It takes the smallest thing to set some people off. We let God down when we act like this
Love the brotherhood of believers
Romans 12: 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
When people walk into church treat them with respect and give them an uplifting experience of being around believers
Maybe they are coming in to really see if God is real
Can we show them a bunch of people that really care about each other?
Can we love each other and demonstrate God’s love that is in us
When I walked into church in 1986 I received that – these people weren’t perfect but they demonstrated acceptance and love and I want C3 church to do that for people
I want our church to do an amazing job of welcoming people into the kingdom
We have the most amazing thing here; Christian community
This idea could bring great change to our city if people see it working
What does it mean to honor God? – To put God in his rightful place
1 Timothy 1: 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The bible says fear him – what does that mean? It means to have a healthy respect for who he is. He is big! He is the great God, the ancient of days, the alpha and omega
Revisit today the place God occupies in your life and put him in his rightful place
If you honor God in your life – you will see him honor you
1 Samuel 2: 30 Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.
honor the king
Honor those in authority
Romans 13: 1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.
Honor the boss – How do you treat those who you work for?
This is one of the most important witnesses you can have
In the bible Joseph was one of the greatest at honoring others, even though he was mistreated, he honored those in charge of him and God blessed him
His honor put him on the pathway to greatness
The best tip to be successful in life is to do a great job at what you are working on right now
Honor church leaders
1 Timothy 5: 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
At church respect and follow your leaders – you can’t love God and disrespect his leaders
Honoring our national leaders
So many people dishonor elected leaders – God won’t bless that behavior
David honors a bad leader in Saul unto his death – he killed the servant who killed Saul
Whoever our elected leaders are we should pray for them and respect them
We are not picketers and protestors – we are influencers in society
We are not the weirdo’s into Christian conspiracy theories – we are to be the head and not the tail – so lets act like it – lets honor people!
Posted: July 13th, 2011 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: All, Discipleship | Tags: 10 commandments, 4th Commandment, C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, Discipleship, Don't forget the sabbath, Inspiration, Sabbath | No Comments »
Exodus 20: 8 – 11 The fourth Commandment
Remember the Sabbath day
The term “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew word Shabbat, which means “to cease”
Don’t forget to have God’s day of rest
We forget because our life is crazy busy – we forget because everyone else forgets
Common sayings in our world
I wish I had the time, I’ve run out of time, I’m trying to find the time, when I have time, If only I had time, there’s never enough time, I’m pressed for time, I’ll try to find time……
NZ article said this week: Let’s face it, stress is the blight of our generation
God is not wanting busy stressed out Christians!
The Sabbath was made to benefit and restore people
The Sabbath has been observed by God’s people for thousands of years
Remember to observe the Sabbath, Don’t put it off – Don’t forget it
By keeping it holy
Sunday is the new “it” day – Everything happens on a Sunday now
You have to make a choice in your life
Will you follow the path the world takes – or will you honor God’s day to rest and to seek him
Luke 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.
It was the custom of Jesus to go to the house of God on the Sabbath day
Don’t pursue your own interests, don’t turn a God day into a golf day – how many people today should be in the house of God but they are in the club house or their own house?
We make no room for God – no wonder we don’t experience God like we should
Worship: Worship renews our spirit – Stop working and let God work on you
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God
The principle is one in seven is a day off
Hebrews 4: 9 – 10 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his
Make it a habit in your life – One day a week you give to God
On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
Don’t work: Don’t mess with God’s day off
God says no work!! – on Sunday don’t run your business, don’t work, honor God
Don’t have your kids out doing everything, teach them the value of honoring God
The Sabbath is a day to rest our body
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day
Rest: God rested on the seventh day – God rested and we also need to rest
The Sabbath is about Gods plan for rest and replenishment
Everyone talks about burning out – if they did it God’s way they would be refreshed
God asked us to work and then have a day of rest
The Sabbath is a day to seek God and rest
David understood the revelation of rest and seeking God
In Psalm 23: 1 – 3 he wrote: The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths
He wants to restore your soul
How do we keep the Sabbath: Seek God and rest
Make the Sabbath a priority in your life!!
Posted: May 30th, 2011 | Author: Dean Rush | Filed under: All, Discipleship | Tags: C3 Auckland, C3 Church, Dean Rush, Disciple, Discipleship, Inspiration | No Comments »
The greatest thing on Christ’s agenda is making disciples
Without making disciples the church is left with attenders
Attenders never have & never will change the world – Attenders will never make the sacrifice to build the kingdom – but disciples will
6. Discipleship happens on the move
Discipleship is not a date – it’s a journey
The best way to disciple someone is as you are doing something together for God
Paul takes Timothy with him on ministry trips and church planting campaigns
Get your disciples to help you with what you are serving in around church
These are the best places because you are on the job serving God and building the church
Demonstrate your Christian life – a demonstration is better than a conversation
In the gaps – great conversations can take place
7. Build up your people
People don’t need advice or a few pointers – they need leaders and mentors to walk through a situation with them
Disciple making is about building people up – helping them become strong in faith & life
It brings the best out of you and the people you disciple
Disciple making produces people that will stand for Jesus Christ – and not fall or run when the pressure is on
8. Keep people accountable
Disciples need accountability – it is one of people’s greatest needs
A bit of advice now and then is not going to produce a disciple – you need to keep them accountable
Make sure they are in the word and seeking God, that they are living an appropriate life style
Give them an evaluation on their performance in church – help them become servants
They need to hear your voice – I am not shy about speaking into those I am discipling
Make sure they get into church every week
Psalm 92:12-14 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
If you can get people locked into church – it will be one of your best pieces of leadership
9. Believe in them
1 Corinthians 4: 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
Paul became a father to the church leaders under him & a father to Timothy
The reason so many Christian leaders don’t make it – they have no fathers
Help people break down the giants in front of them & breakthrough into God’s anointing
Everyone needs someone that believes in them!
The power of your voice is huge to your disciples
Everyone needs someone telling them that they can make it!
Give them permission to succeed – be a father – be a leader
10. Be around to help the changes take effect in someone’s life
It is the most rewarding thing to be able to input into someone and to see them succeed
If you are going to disciple people – be committed to it – don’t leave your people hanging
Be around for your people, be an inspiring leader
Timothy becomes more than a disciple to Paul, he becomes a son and successor
He takes over from Paul & leads the church of Ephesus which grows to 60,000 people
I am passionate about my disciples – I believe in them and I want them to succeed
To think that God could use our flaws and failings to build up other people’s lives is amazing