Archive for June, 2012

A Follower of Jesus

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

Humanity is looking for an answer, and just as they did in the time of the early church, they are asking, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37b). The world is poised for harvest and we need to be ready to reply, as Peter did, with the saving message of Jesus.

The preaching of the Gospel is found in your daily living. The miracle of the early church was the participation and proper working of every part. Believers in the book of Acts epitomized accuracy and effectiveness because they realized the power of a life dedicated wholly to Jesus. As it was then, so it is now. We are a people of purpose, created for good works (Ephesians 2:10). The ripple effect of your life—one person obeying God—has the potential to change the world.

Fight the fight. Fight complacency. Fight the temptation to veer into stagnant waters. Avoid secondary issues that keep you running in endless circles and be deliberate in your pursuit of the call. I’m believing for this region and all of America to be touched by the power of God; and for the Word to go out of this place to every nation!

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Attitude of the Church

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose…Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:2-5

Make Jesus central. The chief project of life is cultivating closeness with Jesus.

Love one another. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Every day we have a choice to get bitter and hard or to forgive and walk in love. Decide today to be an agent of love.

Have faith in God. The language of faith isn’t just a set of principles—it’s based on our faithful, trustworthy God. Because Jesus rose from the dead we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Follow sound doctrine. Read the Bible! The Word of God is the plumb line that will keep us from veering off into the ditch of false teaching or trends (Ephesians 4:14-15).

Keep crystal clear vision. Let the Gospel of Jesus inform every other area of your life. Jesus will keep us focused and keep us out of secondary issues.

Have a mind to work. Church culture should be an army of people with a spirit of faith and love who put their hands to something meaningful (Nehemiah 4:6).

Commit to the mission. This is all for Jesus. If you’ve never made Jesus Lord of your life, ask Him to be your Savior. If you’ve been apathetic, recommit yourself to finding that original spark. If you catch yourself murmuring and complaining, repent. There is beauty and power in commitment, when you follow through and say “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

God bless you and your family!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Life of Jesus

Monday, June 11th, 2012

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

Jesus is the real deal. He is not like anybody else. You can bet your whole life on His faithfulness. You may be battling cynicism and doubt, but God wants to reveal himself to you. Just ask Him to show you He is real, and He will.

Jesus loves you. Whether you are a prominent leader like Jairus in the Bible, who asked for healing for his 12-year-old daughter, or a “nobody” like the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus wants to come into your life and turn around your situation.

Jesus gives life. The same Jesus who raised Lazarus from the dead is available to breathe life on your situation. Whatever your problem, Jesus is the answer. When Jesus died on the Cross and then rose from the dead, He forever changed the course of humanity. He can heal your body, rescue you from depression, restore your marriage, heal a dysfunctional family, reach your rebellious child—He’ll save your life if you’ll let Him. Trust Him. His promises are sure.

Receive Jesus. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Help me to follow You always. Amen.”

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Roll Away the Stone!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:39-40

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He could have easily rolled away the stone Himself, but He chose to use Martha to participate in Lazarus’ miracle. From this situation, we realize that God wants others to be part of His mighty works. Even though Martha and those present were not on their A-game and were struggling with disappointment and grief, Jesus still used them to accomplish His plan.

Prayer is an invitation from God to participate in people’s reakthroughs. There is no greater way to remove stones. With shouts of grace we can obliterate the obstacles hindering others (Zechariah 4:7). We need to be ready to roll away the stone—ready to pray on the spot, to have a word in season, and to be bold about it—even if we feel unprepared.

In Galatians it says to bear one another’s burdens (6:2). Through prayer, you can become a burden-bearer and a yoke-destroyer. Our circumstances and emotions do not dictate how effective we can be. Instead, Jesus declares, “If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40b). God will pour out His Spirit on your Word-based beliefs, enabling you to see miracles.

God is looking for people who will respond to Him and participate in the supernatural work He is accomplishing all over the planet. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9a). We all encounter days when we are irritable and don’t feel effective; yet that is probably right when God will use us to participate in a miracle. We are invited into these breakthrough moments, and as we believe, He provides the amazing resurrection power to get it done!

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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