God has blessed the church with an abundance of gifts and talents and it’s so beautiful to see these gifts flourish and bless lives as they are harnessed, developed and expressed.
” He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.”
Eph 4:11-13 (MSG)
God made it a point to bless his children with all manner of gifts and there are various expressions of these gifts; some are expressed through the arts, some are expressed through sciences, some are expressed directly in church ministry and some are even expressed in political governance. Bottom line, is all these gifts come from God and we should be thankful for them and not stifle them.
Someone i recently met, said she would be leaving her present church because her and her husband believed that their unique gifts were being stifled and denied of expression. I was sad but i understood where she was coming from. I have also been in a place where i saw so many young talented people leave because they were denied expression.
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There was a long period in my life where the nickname “church girl” would suit me perfectly. Raised in church, became an almost fanatical Pentecostal young adult, and then by God’s mercy, translated to a well-balanced Christian woman.
On that journey, I had several opportunities of working behind the scenes as a choir leader, group leader, church worker, pastoral assistant staff and I believe those experiences were instrumental to my breaking free of the bounds that I almost didn’t realize held me.
Bullies exist in every walk of life. They’re in our homes, in schools and they’re in the workplace and they’re in church too! The thing is, the bullies in church are very good at cloaking this horrible act in spiritual hocus pocus. It’s painful to watch so many Christians slowly get sucked into the vortex of charismatic pastors and leaders who are skilled at making followers who are so eager to please them, do what they want.
Continue reading “Bullying From The Pulpit…”
(As written by Lanre Afolayan)
This topic is a grey area within the church today which often times generates a lot of controversy among church folks. Many people that concur to this line of thought are neither bold nor courageous to discuss it publicly because of the backlash it would receive.
We however can not be mute or timid on matters that are crucial to God and to our faith simply because we don’t want to be persecuted.
There is a priority of the Kingdom of God that we must begin to shove into our hearts even as Christians, which is the soul of man in eternity.
Continue reading “The Church & Money Today… (Part 1)”
The PETRA CONFERENCE is about Moments, Encounters, And Experiences.
This isn’t a Teaching Meeting. Neither is it just a Prayer Meeting. This isn’t a Holy Ghost Meeting either. It’s not a meeting.
It’s a moment…God’s Moment with you. Your moment with God.
There will be sound teaching from some of the finest Bible teachers…Worship that causes a shift in the heavens will be offered, Uncontained and Unrestrained Intercession & Prayers…
But all of that is to create an environment for your ‘moment’ to happen. In that instant where you’ve met God and you change faster than you can imagine.
Attend the Petra Conference 2015, where God is Heard and Seen!
DATE: October 1st – 4th, 2015
VENUE: STANDARD ALLIANCE CENTRE. LEKKI, LAGOS
Get more information about the speakers and the conference schedule –> HERE
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The church of Jesus Christ is founded on the love principle. The church is the body of Christ, united with him in love by his spirit and it’s that love that brings us together and grows us.
We are commanded to love each other and other people around us. Without love, we cannot affect our world for Christ and fulfil the great commission.
Why then does it look like everything is falling apart around us while we are busy having jamborees and raising edifices? We seem to have forgotten that the church is not the building we tax ourselves so hard to beautify and make grandiose.
The church is the people. Wherever the people go, they take the church with them, they take God with them, and they take the Love of Jesus with them. And affect their world with that love.
Continue reading “Too Many Churches, Too Little Love”
People go to church for different reasons. For most people around here, it’s the way we were brought up. It would be quite unthinkable for an average Nigerian family who are not Muslims or idol worshippers to stay home on a Sunday morning. We take special pride in attending Sunday services and it’s the weekly ritual.
As we grow older and leave home to begin life as adults, most of us follow that trend. Church every Sunday is non-negotiable. These days, church attendance has taken on a new meaning. For young upwardly mobile people, it’s a new avenue to make ‘good’ contacts, business connections, ‘the right kind’ of friends and for some, potential spouses.
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It grieves me to write this, but it has to be said/written. As a church, we are sleeping.
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars:
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead.
Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
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Being Single In Church Can Be Sometimes Annoying…
Some of you are probably wondering where on earth I’m going with a post like this. Well, hear me out for a moment. Over time, I have been quite uncomfortable with how most churches treat single people. (Especially single women)
I believe the church is a body that caters for people from all works of life and in all stages of life. Children, teenager, young adult, single, married, divorced, widowed…employed, unemployed…etc.
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If you’re like me and you believe that the church should not just be a place where we are spiritually fed, but that it should be a place to connect and build meaningful relationships, personal, professional and otherwise, with other believers, in an atmosphere of the word and love, then the waterbrook church is for you!
Continue reading “INTRODUCING: The WaterBrook Evenings!”
She’s always there. Sometimes in the background, sometimes with a welcoming smile up front, sometimes noticed and appreciated, sometimes being silently judged. Your pastor’s wife: the powerful force behind most church leaders often perceived as a mystery by the rest of the church. If you take out time to talk to this woman and ask her what it’s like being a pastor’s wife, here are some of the things she’ll probably tell you:
Continue reading “5 Secrets Your Pastor’s Wife Won’t Share Easily”