July 30, 2018
Until today, many leaders desire to birth a congregation that is willing to die, to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense, and willing to let go of everything for God and the fulfillment of His plan (all-out). Many of those leaders assume that it is enough to preach about being all-out to make the congregation all-out. However, trust me, it is not the case.
1. An all-out congregation is BORN out of their leader/spiritual father’s exemplary life
Understand this principle: a lion could only give birth to another lion; only leaders who live all-out could give birth to an all-out congregation.
There is no alternative route to raise a different breed of believers, because it’s about having a different kind of life. The power of the word needs to frontally overhaul our mindset/conviction, heart attitude and lifestyle, aligning them with the word. Without it, we could never become an example (John 1:1-5, 12).
It starts with a servant of God/leader/spiritual father who are willing to pay the price to be overhauled and re-shaped according to God’s word and His agenda over a generation. When they successfully went through the process, they will become all-out (willing to die, to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense, and willing to let go of everything for God and the fulfillment of His plan). Only then, through the all-out leader, God could give birth to a congregation that is all-out.
2. An all-out congregation is BUILT through the power of the word and the established Kingdom culture in a local church
An all-out leader will set a culture – a life habit that is based on certain life values and convictions that is applied in daily living – in their house. Leaders who keep PLANTING CERTAIN LIFE VALUES AND CONVICTIONS to their people will see them fashioned to live all-out for God.
a. As a leader/spiritual father, plant in the congregation’s life that we must prioritize and pursue God’s reality that governs our daily life (Ex 33:15-16, Rom 14:17).
Train ourselves and the people to not cease praying/worshipping until God comes and touches our life.
b. As a leader/spiritual father, plant in the congregation’s life that we are His, and He will mold/prepare us to function as a person who He has set us to be (Eph 2:10, John 1:4-5,12; Deut 28:1, Heb 11:32-34).
God is raising, shaping and positioning the righteous as people who are influential, renown and respected in cities and nations (1 Cor1:26).
c. As a leader/spiritual father, plant in the congregation’s life that we must depend on God’s grace and divine means in accomplishing God’s agenda (1 Cor 15:10, Ex 31:1-5, Heb 11:6).
When the culture of being willing to die, to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense, and willing to let go of everything for Him is built within the congregation, this will happen. New members of the local church will be conditioned to follow the footsteps of their brethren. They will love God all-out, and they will transmit the work of the word and Spirit in their lives to others who interact with them. #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus