Throughout the experience at this church I felt like the word of the God was speaking directly towards me. I am a realist meaning I believe everything happens for a reason or I see things exactly the way they are. The style of church was a revivalist church, which means it was heavy in singing and sermon. I chose this style because when I was younger and forced to attend church we would always have to attend there. The service represent people from all different backgrounds coming together to praise God, which is why I believed I liked it so much.
I led at a mega church which makes things really difficult to building relationships with people but there are still ways I tried to. Instead of hanging out with the people after service and sometimes before service I make an effort to go out and talk or hold the doors for people who are going in. A lot of people thinks that the band is unapproachable because a lot of times they only see the band hang out with each other and have special privileges that nobody else gets. I will always make an effort to building a relationship with as many people as I can. In the community I will love to serve in some capacity were I can reach out to others and invite them to church.
When conflicts arise in the church and my best counseling skills give no relief, I pray, and God answers. Perhaps there would have been less conflict in the first place if I had given myself to prayer. Ideas for Improvement of My Prayer Life First of all, I must begin to pray more about the messages I bring to the church. Since I'm accustomed to preaching series, I don't wrestle much about exactly what I will be preaching about this coming Sunday. I do need to begin seeking the heart of God more about how these truths are to be applied to our church in such a brief window of time.
Since this class has begun, I have become inspired to take a more active role in my church and the outside community. My church was once a thriving congregation, but over time has lost members and has failed to grow due to everyone being stuck in a spiritual rut. I am now involved in a committee which is working to engage more of our members and get them excited again about what is going on at our church. Our group’s primary goal is to Wisniewski 8 encourage everyone to be active participants instead of just attendees. I am excited to see the direction that this will take me in and what the future holds for our congregation.
Evangelism is truly a team effort, so if I remember that not only do I have God on my side, but that I have the entire community support behind me. I may just be one person, but the one person I am can truly change the world. I also need to think outside the box and find ways to share His word. I can’t influence anyone to head to the faith if I am not involved with people who do not believe. God will draw people Himself, but it is my job to make sure that I lift up God before other people.
I used to be very religious but now hate religion because of this. I am a Christian. I always have been. I was raised in a Christian family so going to church on Sunday was just something we always did. As I grew up I began to understand that there is much more to being a Christian than showing up on Sunday morning.
As I grew into my middle school and high school years, I thought I didn’t know how to pray; I felt that I wasn’t worthy enough to talk with him. And to be honest, I didn’t think about God that much – after all, faith and praying was a rare topic of discussion among friends and family, and I only went to church because my mom said I had to. I also thought that prayer was for people who
With this being my last journal entry, I thought it was only befitting to take a moment to reflect on how this class has opened my mind to ministry. Understanding ministry stretches far beyond the pulpit on Sunday; but you are a minister EVERYDAY! Even days when you don’t feel like walking as a “Disciplined Christian.” It is difficult to not at times allow your flesh to overshadow your spirit, and I must say this class has caused a piece of my flesh to die every day. The one central theme that resonates in my mind is “it’s not about me, it’s about God!” All that I do, all that I say, should be about giving Him the glory and Honor. I strive to reach the point where I “not only behave in an exemplary manner” (page 290) but I am an exemplary person.
Half of my freshmen year went by and I had uneasiness about my major. When I prayed about it all I could think of was all those kids i... ... middle of paper ... ...go and follow the great commission and make disciples at college, work, home, and everywhere they go. Before moving on to the last section I want to put in a brief disclaimer. There is not leader, not me or anyone else, who can bring about gospel change in youth. The only thing I can do (by Gods lavish grace) is be a living billboard of what Christ has done in my life and try to show that to students.
"Let your soul be filled withso entire a love to Him, that you may love nothing but for His sake. Have a pure intention of heart, a steadfast regard to His glory in all your actions." (Wesley 8) People expect a person to get saved and to become a perfect person just because of one prayer that lasted about five minutes or less, but I believe that it is a work that takes years to accomplish in your life. I grew up in the Church of God denomination in where we believe in the seperate work of sanctification. I have always grown up believing that you could live a perfect, sinless life.