Week 3: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION through Us – His Church
By Pastor Brian Houston, Sydney, NSW
Spheres of Influence: Religion – Australian Church
Intention: Planted and Flourishing!
Biblical Promise: Jeremiah 17:8 (NKJV) – “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
Receive God’s Promises as His Church:
It is my observation that people who plant themselves and their family into the heart and soul of their church, grow and flourish to become like the tree Jeremiah describes – deep roots, unmoved by external influences, continuing to produce fruit and provide shelter in tough times. These people are not uprooted easily because their lives are established and secure and they create a wonderful example for the generations that follow. In contrast, people who stay disconnected or peripheral to church life can be easily uprooted and swept away by other influences or priorities.
Just like a physical seedling, if you are not planted anywhere you won’t grow. If you are planted in an unhealthy environment, your growth will be negatively affected and the fruit you produce won’t be the best; when people are planted in a restrictive environment, they are not likely to see the seed of their potential within them reach its fullness.
Just like a tree, people need to “put down their roots” somewhere healthy to grow and have a fruitful life and I believe the best environment for people to receive nourishment to grow and flourish is in the framework of a loving local church family that provides the ‘soil’ of encouragement, guidance, support and spiritual accountability.
Pray for REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION:
Father, thank you for your Church in Australia. I pray that by your Holy Spirit, local churches across this great nation will continue to grow, strengthen and increase in influence as individuals and families find salvation, acceptance, encouragement and direction within its walls, In Jesus’ Name.
Activate God’s Promises as His Church:
Find a local church that you and your family can actively commit to. Be a PRESENT, FAITHFUL, SERVANT HEARTED member of that church, loving God and loving people with whatever gifts and time are in your hand to give in this season. Allow the spirit of God to speak to you about how you can play a part in expanding the Kingdom and building what God said He would build – His House!
Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church