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Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples

Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples

What is Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples?

Yeshiva is a Hebrew word that means “sitting” and is the name of residential Torah schools where the Bible is studied, in Judaism, in the Hebraic model of master and apprentice.

Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples is a master-apprentice-based internship program that encourages, empowers, and equips disciples for global engagement.

Through the Northwest Partnership Program (NPP), Yeshiva for Globally Engaged Disciples partners with Northwest University to offer Associate and Bachelor’s degrees with the highest level of accreditation as an integrated part the internship program.

What are the available degrees through the Northwest Partnership Program?

Associate of Arts Degrees

  • Leadership
  • Ministry

Bachelors Degrees

  • BA in Ministry Leadership
  • BA in Business Management
  • BA in Organizational Management
  • BA in Organizational Leadership
  • BA in Psychology

What are the dates for 2019-2020?

Fall Semester (15 weeks)                                      Spring Semester (15 weeks)

Session A – Sept 2 – Oct 21                                   Session A – Jan 13 – March 2

Session B – Oct 28 – Dec 16                                  Session B – March 9 – April 27

What does the internship/practicum look like per Semester?

The internship course will operate during the dates listed above and will include a weekly meeting (2 hours per week), serving once a week in a ministry (2 hours per week), attending master-teacher class (2-4 hours), missions trip participation (1 trip per semester; 5-7 days), required reading (1-2 books), required writing assignment (5 pages double-spaced).


What is the cost?

For fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters combined

Full-time Tuition ($310 per credit hour)    $  7,440

Registration Fee ($0/semester)                        free

Internship Fee ($1,300/semester)                    2,600

Ministry Practicum Tuition (6 credits)            Fulltime = free

Two Missions Trips (1 per semester)                4,000*

*The cost for the missions trip is to be paid directly to MCA church at the beginning of each semester and is not eligible for financial aid or scholarships. First year missions trips will be to Judea (Alaska) and Samaria (U.S. or close to the States); second year missions trips will be to Jerusalem (Anchorage) and the uttermost parts of the earth (TBD); third year missions trip will be to Israel, Lord willing.

How Can I Finance My Education?

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to determine your financial aid eligibility. Financial Aid may include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Parent Plus Loans, or Non-Northwest University Scholarships

Please complete the FAFSA as early as possible to allow time for processing. Financial Aid questions can be answered by the University at nppfinancialservices@northwestu. edu.

How do I get Ministry Practicum credit for free?

Full-time students enrolled for at least 24 credits for the academic year may receive 6 additional credits per year by participating in the NPP Partner’s internship program when approved by NU and overseen by NPP Coordinator.

What should I do if I want more information?

Call Pastor Fay Niemann at 907 337-9495 or email her at fayniemann (at) mcaonline.org.

You can also go to the Northwest University Partnership Program info site at https://eagle.northwestu.edu/academics/ northwest-partnership/.

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The Secret to our Multi-ethnic Success

MCA Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-socioeconomic worship community that loves one another deeply. We rarely talk about racism in our gatherings because we simply feel that crying racism actually strengthens and lengthens this terrible sin against the image of God.

A racist is a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.

A bigot is a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

A xenophobe is a person who is unduly fearful of what is foreign.

NONE of these three perspectives please God and all three are a great insult to being created in the image of God.

The racist, bigot, and xenophobe often struggle with unhealthy and sinful prejudice.

To be prejudiced is to hold a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

Most forms of prejudice are sin because they can not be true. People can not accurately be assessed by skin color, race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic standing, or height or weight.

Here at MCA Church we hold to a very simple and basic solution.  Our highly effective plan won’t make headlines, may seem unsophisticated and kindergarten-ish.

We don’t mind.  We are a simple folk. Our plan requires only three Jesus’ words to define.

Sorry.  No long books to read.  No degrees to be earned.  No sensitivity training required.

Time for the great unveiling of MCA Church’s secret to our multi-ethnic success.

“Love your neighbor.”

 

 

Posted on 8th December 2016 in Glocal, Health, Holidays, MCA Global Network, Ministry Development, Missions  •  Comments are off for this post
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For an Alaska Free of Racism and Abortion

The difference between unity and uniformity can not be given adequate emphasis in our multi-cultural congregation. No one ethnicity comprises a majority of MCA Church adherents, volunteers, or donors. We are a collection of diverse people brought together by God as a microcosm of the age to come.

Uniformity requires a standardization and similarity.  Of sorts, uniformity is an external matter that can be seen.  Uniformity hints at aligning with a standard, pattern, or paradigm.  It begs us to think the same, look identical, sound similar, and be of the patterned shape.  Thus the “uni” and the “form” parts of the word.

Unity, on the other hand, is more of an internal matter of the heart and soul. Unity is the quality or state of not being multiple, a condition of harmony, the quality or state of being one (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unity).

My family is a unity.  We have each other’s love, respect, and are growing in harmony and the state of being one.  We have unity. However, we all have different spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional forms.  We are diverse within our unity.

Multicultural congregations have the opportunity to show each other and those who would observe from the outside that God’s family is not primarily a unity that demands conformity but, rather, a glorious unity amidst dynamic diversity.

MCA Church understands that unity requires a level of essential uniformity with general diversity. The essential uniformity are matters of faith that identify the core ingredients of our belief systems.  Membership in Muldoon Community Assembly requires the uniformity of belief that the Bible is the infallible, authoritative, inerrant word of God and the only rule of faith and practice. This required essential uniformity then blossoms into hundreds of diverse forms.

St. Paul said to the Ephesian church,

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:3

Paul’s word selection for unity in verse three is from the Greek word, one. A great way to say what Paul had in mind is “one-ness” or oneness. When we align with Paul’s teaching we are committed to the one-ness of “one body and one Spirit…one hope…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.”

The power of oneness or unity is gargantuan.  The Spirit’s unity is so vital that we are to be eager to maintain it. MCA Church, we are one!

At the same time, we have multiple forms. We are people of many ethnicities, backgrounds, nationalities, political parties, cultures, tastes, and interests.

We share each other’s heart.  We celebrate each other’s diversity.

One of our congregation’s recent opportunities was to grieve with our Thai friends as they walked through the loss of their beloved king. Most of our congregation have never lived in an earthly kingdom, never been subject to a king, nor have much understanding of the deep love our Thai families have for their king.

The participants in our loving church family have many various backgrounds in relationship to governments.

  • Many of our Inupiat, Yup’ik, Athabascan, and Aleuts are familiar with government by tribal elders.
  • Pastor Edgardo and Miriam have been effective for our Lord in El Salvador’s presidential representative democratic republic.
  • Our Burkina Faso congregations live with a President, Prime Minister, and King type of government (one of my life’s joys was meeting with the Prime Minister and the King).
  • Those from Russia and the nations of the former Soviet Union have served Christ faithfully under leaders such as the eighth Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev and President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
  • Our Sudanese participants are familiar with what is officially named a presidential representative democratic consociationalist republic.
  • Many others from Central and South America know various forms of government.  Our church family includes great people from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Brazil.
  • My good Australian Aboriginal brothers and sisters (The indigenous people of Australia are considered the longest surviving culture on earth) have served God faithfully through many varieties of government.

MCA Church is a powerful unity who has served God faithfully without the general uniformity of government systems. My first experience, personally, with the awareness of God’s kingdom being beyond government systems came to me on my first day in Kolkata (Calcutta then), India in 1978.

As my sister and I walked down Royd Street to meet with Missionary Mark Buntain, I looked up and saw the hammer and sickle flags flying. To this day I am not sure what the flags represented, maybe a foreign flag or a state flag or a region flag.

Like a lightening bolt it hit this just turned eighteen year old, “God’s kingdom and the Gospel are not related to national boundaries, governments, and systems.”

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 revealed to the world that the United States of America is a nation of many various and often contradictory views of the roll of government, what is best for our nation, who is qualified to lead our people, and the directions in which this nation should go.

Some segments call Tuesday a miracle.  Others consider it a catastrophe.

Both of these opinions are welcomed at MCA Church. Political uniformity is not essential nor even expected in our House of Worship. My very best friends and I disagree on politics and elections all the time (especially this election). I wouldn’t be surprised if our seven board members voted for seven different candidates and who knows how our pastoral staff voted?

With eleven weekend services it may be that each service had voting similarities or huge variation. Your vote was your moral conscience in written form and is totally encouraged on every level.

MCA Church doesn’t expect, intend, or hope for political uniformity.

Unity of the Spirit in our congregations?  ABSOLUTELY.  We love each other, live in harmony, and are one in Christ. Don’t mess with a democrat at MCA! Our Republicans will get all up in your face and say, “Don’t mess with my family!” Got a hankering to demean a Republican? You’ll get an earful from our democrat members. Why?  Because we love each other and honor unity without expecting general uniformity.

It is in this unity of the Spirit that we continue to do the work of the Spirit to which we feel God has called us.

At the core of our unity and essential uniformity is the ending of the two most sinful behaviors in our beloved United States of America, racism and abortion.

Abortion kills people before they are born.  Racism kills people after they are born.

Both are ABOMINATIONS before God. There is no excuse for either of these atrocities to exist in the heart of a disciple of Jesus.

If you HATE racism, release your creative solutions and help change all of Alaska.

If you HATE abortion, live out your calling with positive solutions and love.

MCA Church, are you up for a God sized dream?

Let’s maintain the unity of the Spirit and help Alaska become the first State to destroy these two egregious sins.

I voted in hopes of ending abortion. Let’s team up and find an end to the killing.

You voted in hopes of ending racism. Let’s join together and see it’s demise.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 10th November 2016 in MCA Global Network, Our Phenomenal Future, Politics  •  Comments are off for this post
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Ordo: The MCA Weekend Experience

This teaching series is intended to engage conversation about the question, “Why do we do weekend services the way we do?” After a study of the history of weekend service components, we have selected five to be the foundation of our weekend gatherings. May God be present in every component and may we hear the Holy Spirit speaking throughout all of our gatherings.

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Ordo: The MCA Weekend Experience

In establishing Christian faith practices we are instructed to meet together regularly. Hebrews 10:24-25

The question, “What are we to do when we regularly meet?” has been a huge topic of discussion for at least 1,800 years.
• Didache, 80-150 AD in Syria
• Didascalia Apostolorum, 230 AD in Syria
• Apostolic Church-Ordinance, 300 AD in Egypt
• Apostolic Tradition, 3rd or 4th century in Syria
• Canons of Hippolytus, 336-340 AD in Egypt
• Testamentum Domini, 5th century, in Syria
• Canons of the Apostles, 4th century, in Syria

All of these writings, and many more, include components of Church Orders and, because of their commitment to the Latin language, were called “Ordo.” Ordo, in Latin, means series, row, order.

Today we begin the “Ordo: The MCA Weekend Experience” teaching series as an investigation into the why and how of our meeting together regularly.

In all MCA Church experiences and in each service component we eagerly desire to hear the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14:12, Revelation 2:7

We have selected one hour and fifteen minutes as our service length in which we include five components.

• Celebration Leviticus 23:1
• Contribution Luke 11:42 and Matthew 6:2-4
• Connection Acts 2:42
• Communication 2 Timothy 4:2
• Consecration Psalm 42:2

The Ancient Church Orders have become known as “living literature” because they were updated and amended generation after generation, mixing ancient parts with materials from contemporary uses.

Our goal is for these five components to become living literature in us as a group and individually every Saturday and Sunday.

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Quick Review

Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?

My Story

1. What reasons do you give when you fail to meet together regularly with your segment of Jesus’ Church? Hebrews 10:24-25

2. When you first became a participant in Christian weekend services, which one of the five components was most helpful and encouraging to you?

3. Has that changed with time?

Digging Deeper

1. From Genesis 1 we immediately understand that God is orderly, loves order, and transforms chaos into order. In what way do you personally need God’s transformative power to change chaos into order?

2. Who is the agency by which God brings order? Genesis 1:2

3. What was the Apostle Paul trying to accomplish in 1 Corinthians 14:26-40?

4. Could 1 Corinthians 14:40 be correctly said of your life?

5. In which of the five service components do you most often hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you? Will you share an example?

Taking It Home

1. Looking back over your notes, which of the five service components do you want to increase in your life so that it is living literature to you and your friends?
2. Prayer Needs:
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Posted on 27th October 2013 in Bible Study, MCA Global Network, Uncategorized, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Making Sense of a Christian’s Role in the USA of Today

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11

Many devout followers of Jesus are perplexed about how to respond to the seemingly sudden turning of the tide against long held Bible based morality, governance, beliefs, and practices in the United States of America. Bible based Christians, those who understand that the Bible is God’s word and our only rule of faith and practice, are shocked to see the great increase of anti-God, anti-morality, anti-Jesus, and anti-Christ laws, beliefs, and practices in this country.

Unfortunately we must honestly admit that much in our country today is anti-Christ.

Leading the anti-Christ way (in my opinion) is the Supreme Court of the United States. I agree with Judge Robert Bork’s stated position, “We are increasingly governed not by law or elected representatives but by an unelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable committee of lawyers applying no will but their own.” Sound familiar to your Bible based mind? Judges 17:6 states, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Peter, author of two New Testament books, understood this ungodly tide and saw the coming actions of God and asked, “…what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God…”

What thinking should guide our choices and what choices should we make?

Dr. Joe Fuiten, Senior Pastor of Cedar Park Church, presented a message on Sunday, October 20, 2013, in which he opens Romans 13 in light of the anti-Christ movement in the United States of today.joe

I will make a very bold statement: This may be the most important message you hear in the next several years. In my opinion, Joe’s message is a grand slam home run helping us navigate the confusing landscape for the Christian today.

My goal is to encourage and help 1,000 people to hear this POWERFUL, TIMELY, and CRUCIAL message.

Direct your web browser HERE to listen to Joe’s foundational message.

In a world of cesspool thought and action, Dr. Fuiten’s message is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Posted on 26th October 2013 in Evangelism, Glocal, MCA Global Network, Wednesday Evenings, Weekend Talks  •  Comments are off for this post
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Humbled by The Gift!

Surprised. Speechless. Overwhelmed. Beyond words. Appreciative. Thankful. Amazed.

Pastor Philippe YAMEOGO shocked me with one of the grandest gifts of my life.

Philippe gave me the Word of God.

His gift is inerrant, infalible, authoritative, and ageless. It explains the Alpha and the Omega, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and the Great I Am. His gift reveals Jesus, God’s Son, as the Savior of all mankind. In it’s pages we learn of Jesus’ power over sin, sickness, and Satan. Written there are the words of life and from it we learn about life eternal. Without this book we would not know of heaven, the New Jerusalem, the Throne Room, and the heavenly Tabernacle. Yes, Philippe gave me a Holy Bible. But not just any Holy Bible.

He gave me HIS Holy Bible.

This is the Bible with which he has learned the ways of God, come to know the love of God, and experienced revelation. From this Bible he has taught school classes, Sunday school, Bible studies, weekend sermons, revival meetings, staff meetings, missionary conventions, prayer meetings, children’s church, youth camps, and taught his children the words and ways of God.

As Philippe began to explain his appreciation to me, I had a growing sense of unworthiness. Not the kind that causes self contempt or feelings of worthlessness but the awareness that love and grace are far beyond my ability to comprehend.

If I was worthy, it wouldn’t have been a gift, but a payment. philippe bible

The only appropriate response to spectacular love is humble acceptance.

Philippe, my dear friend, thank you.

Over 2,000 years ago Someone Else gave us the Word of God and the words of God.

The only appropriate response is humble acceptance.

Posted on 21st October 2013 in Bible Study, Burkina Faso, Joany, MCA Family, MCA Global Network, Missions, Pastors, Remarkable  •  Comments are off for this post
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Making MCA Church Online Giving Easy and Enjoyable

Eureka!  We now have in place an online giving system that meets all of the requests we have received from our generous, committed, and energetic donor family.  Our three most common requests have been:

  • May I set up a recurring gift to a specific account (such as Tithe, Capital Campaign, Global Outreach, or the Boaz Operation)?
  • May I view my contribution record to see my giving?
  • May I give using my credit or debit cards?

You may be delighted to know that all of these features and more are included in the new MCA Church Online Giving system.  If you prefer, you may continue to give through PayPal on our online giving page.  However, we think you will LOVE the new system.

I just set up my MCA Church Giving Account and it took me less than three minutes.  When you direct your web browser to our online giving page   you will see the following.

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To set up your personal MCA Church Online Giving Account, click on the “Log In To GIve” button.  When you do, you will see the following.

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Click on the “Sign Up” line in the lower right corner.  There you will give your email address, set up a password, and be on your way to a superb online giving experience.

On the Online Giving Home Page, we have several helpful articles on the left side bar that will answer most of your questions.

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If you would like assistance, please call the MCA Church office, 907 337 9495 and ask for the accounting office.

Blessings to each of you and if we can provide other services to be helpful to you let me know, because we want your participation at MCA Church to be easy and enjoyable.

Posted on 8th May 2013 in Giving, Gratitude, MCA Global Network  •  Comments are off for this post
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Celebrate with Pastor Moe and Zelda Tali

God’s strong hand of blessing has been upon MCA Church Island Revival Congregation. Following is Pastor Moe’s Annual Report. Read and rejoice!

MCA CHURCH ISLAND REVIVAL
FY 2012

MCA CHURCH Island Revival, where you don’t have to be from the islands, to be part of the family. We bring an Island flavor of the worship of God to the MCA CHURCH NETWORK. Our desire is to glorify God in all that we do.

2012 was a growing year for the ministry in every facet. Our Resurrection Sunday Outreach brought 150 people, 25 of them accepted JESUS as their Lord and Savior. Mother’s Day & Father’s Day outreaches was a blessing, our Youth Explosion was a big hit for the youths, and we had our very first White Sunday celebration in October. We witnessed 32 young men give their lives to Jesus in our ministry into McLaughlin Youth Center, which is every 3rd Sunday of each month. We also hosted our 1st annual Missions Luau in March and all the proceeds went to the Boaz Operations.

We have added 3 NEW families to the congregation, 27 newborn Christians, 18 Water Baptism, 5 received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and 15 became members of MCA CHURCH. We have come a long way financially but have accomplished what we wanted for 2012.

Our goal is to reach our immediate community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to see 50 people come to Christ, than see them through Water Baptism and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and on to serving HIM with everything they have. We pray for at least 5 new families, help them to grow to their full potential in Christ in Worship, Serving and Giving.

We will be more involved in our MCA CHURCH Global Outreaches, including mission trips, but not to forsake our ministry here at home. Our weekly events are, Bible studies on Tuesday nights, Worship and Arts on Thursday nights both at 6 pm, and our Saturday morning prayer at 6 am. Our service starts a 1:30 pm every Sunday at the MCA CHURCH North Campus.

Our big events for the year are, Beginning of the year Revival in January, Valentine’s Sunday in February, Missions Luau in March, Mother’s Day and Youth Explosion in May, Father’s Day in June, Men’s Revival in August. Our women’s ministry “Daughter’s of the King” will host a women’s fellowship called Lunch with the King, every 3rd Saturday every other month starting in September.

Our prayer is that we would build a body of believers to worship God, to lead others to Jesus, equip them for the work of the ministry, and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, make an impact for the Lord both here at home and abroad. And again let everything we do glorify our Lord Jesus.

For His glory,

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Matauaina Tali “Moe”

Posted on 1st February 2013 in MCA Global Network, Ministry Development, Missions  •  Comments are off for this post
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Celebrate with Pastor Burgess and the MCA Church Mobilization Ministry

I am delighted to serve alongside of Pastor Mark Burgess and his bride, Valerie. They are a blessing to me, our family, and the MCA Church family. Following is Pastor Mark’s Annual Report. God is good!

Ministry Mobilization Summary of The Ministry Year – Mark Burgess

Looking briefly at the ministry year in review and celebrating what God has done! Please consider how you can live Local through a variety of MCA Church Ministry opportunities.

Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames Drama. In July we hosted the HGHF Evangelistic Outreach Drama and rejoiced with people responding to make Jesus Christ their Savior.

EXCELr8 Men’s Ministry – Special Events included the Men’s Super Bowl Outreach, the Alaska Men’s Network Retreat, and the Father’s Day Celebration. MCA Men’s Ministry sponsored a weekly Monday Night Football Life Group, a Courageous and a Band of Brother’s Men’s Special Interest Life Groups, and a Monthly Pit Stop Breakfast.

Water Baptisms – 37 people were water baptized this year.

Church Members – 48 people became MCA church members this ministry year.

Life Community Venue –9:15 and 11:15 worship services were offered each Sunday.

Adult Sunday School – This weekend teaching ministry was offered each Sunday.

Mobile Food Pantry – Each Wednesday morning at MCA supplemental food was distributed to an average of 90 families expressing need.

Transportation – Each Sunday this faithful team provided church van transportation to our Sunday daytime services. This team also provided transportation to special church events.

3rd Wednesday Meal – A monthly dinner meal was provided to MCA members and guests through September 2012.

Ministry Mobilization – Partnering with our Communications Sphere, our Annual Ministry Catalog was distributed and made available on our church web site in August 2011.

Greeting Card Ministry – Each month this ministry honored Birthdays and Anniversaries of MCA church members.

Deacon’s Assistance Ministry – The Ministry Mobilization Director partnered with this ministry for individuals expressing sustenance, material, or other need.

Emergency Cold Weather Shelter – A once a week Emergency Shelter for homeless families needing shelter is planned to begin in October. It will operate from October through April.

Posted on 31st January 2013 in MCA Family, MCA Global Network, Ministry Development, Missions  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Joy of Living by Faith

Last evening, my talk was about the joy of being chosen by God to cooperate in the creating of a people who are His. Being chosen by God for his family, mission, and ministry is exceptionally joyful.

Today’s teaching is designed to remind us of the joy of living by faith. With our theme being, “Having Received Holy Spirit Power, We Are Witnesses,” we come immediately to the role of faith in the Spirit empowered follower of Jesus. To be Spirit filled, without living a faith life, would be empty and meaningless. The reason for the giving of the Spirit and His power is to enable the faith life.

I trust the following will encourage us to apply the Spirit and His power to a life of faith.

Having Received Holy Spirit Power, We are Witnesses

The Joy of Living By Faith

Our previous talk reminded us that God has chosen to create a people of his own, by the power of the Holy Spirit, through you and me.

Truly it is a joy to be chosen to receive the Holy Spirit and witness His power.

Today I would like for us to give thought to the fact that Biblical faith is a key to our theme.

Hebrews 11:6 instructs that “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

Pastor and the team know that Templo Cristiano’s missions ministry must be filled with faith in order to please God. Tonight we are asking God to build our faith for the Faith Promise commitment time on Sunday.

You have been chosen to join with God in creating a people of His own. Are you living by faith in this calling?
• Missions Prayer
• Missions Travel
• Missions Giving
• Missions Life

Let’s consider the faith of giving in 2 Corinthians 8:3.
1. They gave as much as they were able.
a. This, to me, is the giving of tithes and offerings.
b. This requires a bit of faith, but mostly requires obedience.
2. They gave even beyond their ability.
a. This, to me, is the making of a faith promise.
b. There is no way to give beyond my ability except by faith.

There is a pattern to this kind of faith in the Bible.

1. The word of faith.
a. From the Bible
b. From a sermon
c. From a prophecy
d. From a word of knowledge
e. Direct from His heart to yours
2. The work of faith.
a. The word of faith requires work.
b. The work is a type of proof that you actually have a word of faith.
3. The joy of faith.
a. This kind of faith is always a WOW.
b. This is remarkable.
c. Awe inspiring

Let us look at Bible examples.

1. Jesus turns water into wine. John 2
a. Jesus’ mother gave the word of faith in verse 5, “Do whatever he tells you.”
b. The work of faith was done by the servants in verse 7 “Fill the jars with water,” and in verse 8 “now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
c. The Joy of faith is seen in verse 11, “was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”
2. Peter walks on water. Matthew 14:22-33
a. Word of faith is in verse 29, “Come.”
b. Work of faith is in verse 29, “then Peter got down out of the boat.”
c. Joy of faith is in verse 29, “walked on water” and verse 33, “those who were in the boat worshiped Jesus saying, “Truly you are the son of God.”

Are you, like the Macedonian Christians, giving as much as you are able and even beyond your ability in:
• Missions Prayer
• Missions Travel
• Missions Giving
• Missions Life

Posted on 19th October 2012 in Glocal, MCA Global Network, Missions  •  Comments are off for this post