Happy Monday family…
I hope and pray that you are met with the grace and mercy of God as you start off this week. I want to first off say a big thank you to my brother Derrick Burroughs for ministering a power word at DUCC yesterday. I am grateful for strong anointed me like him in my life. He left us with 5 keys to take the city that I think is worth sharing:
- Preach the CROSS to a CULTURE the feels that they don’t need CHRIST
- Be RELEVANT to the CULTURE w/o being NEGLIGENT with the message of CHRIST
- DEFEND and RECOMMEND the Faith
- Promote CHRIST before/in front of the CHURCH
- Acknowledge the existence of RELIGION, but convey the importance of RELATIONSHIP
Derrick stepped in an preached for me this week because quarterly I have scheduled pastoral retreats as an intentional time of restoration, prayer, vision casting, and hearing from the Lord about my life & ministry. This past weekend Cherelle, Chloe, & I traveled to western Pennsylvania to visit our friends Timotheus & Kendra Pope and their 5 children. I am grateful for the relationship our two families have, and the visit alone was refreshing. Please check out the pic of all the children surrounding Cherelle.
As I spent time in prayer and reflection I ran across 2Corinthians 1:12 where it says:
“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”
If I had to say something I left with it came from this scripture, and could easily be missed. Paul only named 2 things that he focused on in delivering the gospel to many. Those 2 principles: 1) Simplicity, & 2) Sincerity. Here is an excerpt from my journaling this past weekend, I hope that it encourages you on your journey with the Lord.
Here Paul offers a very helpful and practical approach to impactful ministry & living: The KISS principle- Keep it Simple & Sincere.
1) Simple: Simplicity means having a narrow focus. We also see this in Acts 2:46 where they had a “simplicity” of heart and the church grew by the thousands. As Paul ministered he kept the message of the death, burial, and resurrection simple and consistent. It wasn’t about eloquent words, or public speaking performance it was about ensure that above any and everything he fulfilled the work The Lord Jesus had given him, which is to testify to the good news of Jesus Christ. Often times the approach to God and ministry has been made overly emotional, dramatic, or simply so hard that we forget that God desires to speak to, speak through, and speak for us. Keeping it Simple moves us out of the way and allow Christ to be glorified.
2) Godly Sincerity It is said what comes from the heart reaches the heart, we must understand the gospel of Christ is the manifestation of the heart of God (Romans 5:8, John 3:16). Therefore the gospel is wired to reach and repair the heart that we may be in right relationship with our Creator and Father through the Person & work of Christ. Paul after being persecuted stated very clearly that what he was most concerned about was the state of the church (2Cor 4:7-15, 2Cor 6:1-11). It is my prayer that my heart remains simple & sincere as I strive to make an impact in this life time with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple & Sincere.
These will be some things that I will forever hold on and continue to develop in my life.