Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Kevin Matthews Guest Speaker

Every presentation of ministry should begin and end with Jesus. Some would want to start with a theological position, others with tradition, but Jesus, according the writer to the Hebrews, is “the communication of God”. This is where we must begin – with Jesus. Unless our hearts have been touched by Mercy and Grace, unless by revelation of the Holy Spirit we have come to see His Glory and Beauty and received by weight a measure of His Shepherds heart, unless we have heeded His call to love a lost and dying world we will become pursuers of power rather than ministers of life and as a result, drown in the quagmire of pride.

The foundation upon which we build is Jesus. Our understanding of ministry must be firmly fixed upon His character and person rather than our tradition or experience.

We preach – Christ – not an idea, not a theology not an interpretation of the truth, but a person – who is the final communication of God concerning Himself. He is the healer, He is the restorer, He is the re-builder of broken lives.

The world is desperate for Jesus, but they cannot see Him. The Church must be His Body in the world – preaching the same Gospel of hope and deliverance, manifesting the mercy and grace of God in tangible ways, demonstrating His love.

One songwriter wrote:

To be like Jesus
This hope possesses me
In every thought and deed,
This is my word, my creed.
To be like Jesus,
This hope possesses me,
His Spirit helping me,
Like Him I’ll be

God is, in these days, raising up an army who will minister in the power of the Spirit. A humble, broken people who will move in the miraculous of God, allowing themselves to be spent in the process of healing the nations, a people of compassion with a fiery spirit, giving Glory to God.-stolen without permission from Kevin Matthews


At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Shawn Blanc said...

I remember when Kevin taught out here at IHOP every Thursday night. It was awesome. Thanks for the flashback, Chris.

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Ana Carolina Garrido said...

Hi! How are you? I hope you're doing fine!!
So..I checked out the ihop site! It's awesome! Thank you for the tip!!
See you!!
God Bless!

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Kevin Matthews said...

Now not stolen .... and with permission! Bless you guys. Keep pressing in.
Kevin Matthews


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