Holy Spirit E-Books

Can you help us to achieve our target of selling 1,000 £1.00 e-books before April 30th? Each e-book is worth more – much more – than a £1.00 but we need monies in order to greatly expand our Ministry. And, at the same time, we want to be able to offer you good quality e-books that will be easy for you to understand and which help you to establish a deeper relationship with our Father God. 

I have prepared six inspirational e-books at a cost of only £1.00 each. 

For further information and to order one (or more) of our e-books please go to: – 

http://www.godsholyspirit.net/HolySpiritEBooks.html

If every subscriber was to order just one of these e-books then our target of 1,000 e-books would be easily reached.

Thanks, in advance, for all your love and support

God Bless

Geoffrey

 

An Invitation

The door is open wide for you
To step inside and “take a pew”,
Enjoy the peace and have a chat,
A cup of tea goes well with that.

The stewards here have one main task,
To answer questions you may ask,
But should you just prefer to browse,
You’re free to wander in God’s House.

You may not have a faith or creed,
But take some time, take all you need;
You’re not required to kneel and pray,
Relax and then enjoy your stay.

Our living church will welcome you,
It’s one of many things we do,
And did I mention cups of tea?
Today refreshments are all free.

(Andrea Davies)

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Wth many healing blessings

Geoffrey

Do You Know How The Apostles Died?

Bartholomew –

also known as Nathaniel was a missionary to Asia, He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.

Andrew –

he was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led towards the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words “I have long desired and expected this happy hour, The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it”. He continued to preach to his tormentors for two day’s until he expired.

Thomas –

was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the sub-continent.

Jude –

was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

Matthias –

the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in AD57.

 Paul –

endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

 James the Just –

Leader of the church in Jerusalem was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.

(This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the temptation)

James the Great –

son of Zebedee. He was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was      ultimately  beheaded  at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial.

 

Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here in the 21st Century are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the Apostles during their times for the sake of their Faith.

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

6 Ways to Evaluate Your Church’s Strategy to Assimilate New Believers

Maybe you’ve seen it happen. A new believer joins a local church, and he is thrilled by his changed life. He shows up at every church event. He consumes knowledge of the Bible. But then something happens. The excited new believer slowly wanders away, and few people in the church notice.

Too often, this story resounds in churches that have a poor assimilation strategy. They might reach people for Christ, but they have no intentional plan to keep the people they reach. Their back door remains as open as their front door.

Listed below are some steps to evaluate your congregation’s assimilation strategy. Taking these steps will require some work, but no church should be pleased when new believers disappear.

1. Review the church’s primary approach to evangelism. Sometimes new members fall away because the presentation of the gospel they hear is incomplete. The gospel call that weakens repentance is insufficient, and the result is often new members who fall again into previous sin patterns. A gospel message that speaks only of blessings without commitment commonly leads to new believers who depart the church when those blessings are not immediately realized. A poor presentation of the gospel often reaps what it sows.

2. Compare the church’s addition numbers with corresponding attendance numbers. If, for example, a church reports twenty-five new believers in the last two years with a corresponding attendance increase of only ten, further review is warranted. The causes for the discrepancy may be many (e.g., job transfers for current members, deaths in the church, teams sent to church planting, conflict in the church), but one cause is often poor assimilation of new believers.

3. Review attendance and participation records of specific new believers. In the above scenario, review the records for the twenty-five new believers. Are the new believers actively attending a small group? Are they participating in some type of ministry? Are they accountable to someone for their spiritual growth? If all new members are attending and participating, the cause for the membership/attendance discrepancy may not be related to poor assimilation-at least not of these new believers. Seldom have we found that to be the case, however.

4. Evaluate the church’s current strategy for keeping new believers. Our studies of growing churches have shown four components of effective assimilation, best illustrated in an “assimilation rectangle”: –

  • Stated expectations help the new believer understand up front what God and the church expect; the growing believer is then held accountable to these expectations through participation in a small group.
  • Ministry involvement-even in an “entry” position-gives the new believer purpose in the church. Involvement begins with a strategy to help believers understand their giftedness and callings.
  • Healthy relationships help form the “glue” that draws new believers back to church; discipled members then turn around and reach out to others.
  • Convictional teaching and preaching meet the needs of new believers who long for Christian growth; these same believers then mature and grow under that preaching.

In many cases, though, churches have no intentional strategy in place. Where there is no intentional strategy based on these components, it is not surprising that new believers do not remain long at such a church.

5. Talk with new believers who no longer attend the church. Interviewing church members is one of the most helpful and productive strategies of church consulting. With the church’s help, locate non-attending new believers and ask them why they no longer attend. Again, the causes may be several (e.g., laziness, church conflict, recurrent sin, “never really fit in,” etc.), but the church must recognize that something is amiss when new believers no longer participate in the church. Interviewing them may be the first step toward drawing them back to the congregation.

6. Interview new believers who have remained in the church. Just as something happens to leads to non-participation, something usually happens to keep new believers in the fold. The new believer may not be prepared to articulate that “something,” but a good consultant can interpret answers as needed. “It’s just friendly church” may mean, “They connected with me relationally.” “I feel important here,” may mean, “The church has given me some purpose.” “I get answers here” may well reflect the church’s commitment to teaching truth.

Our goal should be to reach and keep new believers in the church. What other steps would you recommend?

(From the Christian Post – 26th January 2014)