“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” — 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, is a simple gospel. Simple yet powerful, powerful in the sense that it is meant to be demonstrated. Furthermore, required by Christ to be displayed through the miraculous power of The Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” — Acts 1:8
In today’s church age, I meet many Christians and Christian leaders that are believers that do not believe. These are good people that love The Lord, each other and the lost. But some have believed lies from the kingdom of darkness. Lies so deceptive that they have infiltrated the church all the way to the pulpits, deceiving even those precious men and women of God who are called. The thesaurus lists another word for deceiving — “faithless.” A faithless dialed down gospel proclaiming a form of godliness but denying its power has supplanted the authentic.
Hebrew 11:6 states that without faith it is impossible to please God. Our faith according to scripture not only includes, but prioritizes, miracles, signs and wonders wrought through every believer in Jesus.
Never miss a local story.
Just a few of the falsehoods that I have heard are: 1. Miracles stopped after the original Disciples died, and it is not for today. 2. That is only for a special few in leadership. 3. God would never use me that way.
I am thankful, and I celebrate the various tools God has given His churches to proclaim Christ. But they are tools, not replacements for the authentic manifestation of God’s Divine Glory He so passionately desires to show a world in darkness through you and me.
I have heard it taught that God will not share is Glory with anyone, that is correct. Because, He has already given you, “all” His Glory; “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one” — John 17:22
Here at Kingdom Life we have many initiatives to bless our community through acts of loving kindness and acts of wisdom. But any person or organization can feed and clothe people. But it is only the church (you and I) that is been equipped with the power of God and all the resources of Heaven.
I am glad for ministries who have been blessed financially and in turn bless others. However, the church’s purse was never meant to replace the church’s power.
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” — Acts 3:6-7
I want to invite you to join me for The School of Demonstration, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 10. This is a free event open to the community to teach, equip and empower the people of God to demonstrate His Divine nature through power in their areas of influence and community with wisdom, credibility and authority without coming across weird or religious. Our address is 3700, 26th St. W. in Bradenton. Please visit kingdomlifechristianchurch.org, click on School of Demonstration on the top of the page for more information that also includes a link to a testimony page of some of the ways God has used us in the miraculous.
“Now, let’s get out there and give’m Heaven!”
Don Sturiano, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets at 11 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday at 3700 20 Sixth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-776-0026. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.