Is God’s Kingdom Already Here? Part 4


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I end this article series with this thought; the heart of what should be our focus before we even get into the trying to reach out to the lost. Acts 2:42 tells us,

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (NKJV)

         What good is going to do to bring people into our local churches if we are not in order? 1) We must be diligent in the study of the apostle’s doctrine. We can’t continue to bring the lost and the young into our theological ignorance and flat-out heresies. We need to study, show ourselves approve and stop embarrassing ourselves with motivational sermons that have nothing to do with God’s Word.[1] Honestly, some preachers desperately need to find a good college or seminary where their little theology can be challenge. 2) We must become a real family through fellowship. How many of our brothers and sisters in the church are a part of our lives? Are we eating in each other’s houses? Are we a part of birthday celebrations, special holidays or family cookouts? Our relationship with one another is not real, but we insist in taking on the world and bringing them into our hypocrisy. 3) We MUST pray! As a mater of fact, this is the key ingredient in our fellowship. We have fun, we play games, we eat, we laugh, but we pray as we gather together around our Heavenly Daddy.

         What else we, as leaders in the church, should be doing? We should be equipping people for the work of the ministry.[2] We can’t continue throwing people out there without training in the name of, the -Holy Ghost will take care of it-. God is a God of order and in His Word there is no contradiction. This idea that we don’t need training, that we don’t need to study and we don’t need to put in effort in anything, is a lie from the pit of hell.

         In conclusion, 1) We focus on God, the study of the apostles doctrine. 2) We love one another in true fellowship. 3) We pray together; many of us talk too much, complaint excessively, but pray too little. 4) We equip the saints to do the work of the ministry; and 5) We go into the world trusting God and, fill with the Holy Ghost… we give them JESUS!

 

 

 

[1] 2 Timothy 2:15

[2] Ephesians 4:12

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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