This introduction provides orientation and administrative guidelines for Global Empowerment for Ministry, a joint work of the Spirit with Global House Church.
Part One presents an introduction to the ministry of Global Empowerment for Ministry.
Part Two contains suggestions for prayerful Spirit led study of the GEM The School Of The Spirit courses.
Part Three is a helps guide which provides encouragement for group gatherings of prayer, fellowship, reproduction, and translation of materials.
This Orientation, Helps Guide:
• Introduces the ministries of Global Empowerment for Ministry.
• Provides an overview of Global Empowerment for Ministry.
• Provides instructions for School Of The Spirit gatherings.
• Provides helps for group functions.
• Explains reproduction, distribution, and translation instructions.
INTRODUCING GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT FOR MINISTRY
Global Empowerment for Ministry: Hereafter referred to as GEM.
The name of the network reflects its purpose:
The word ‘Global’ stresses the scope of vision for which we truly believe we are to go forth to the ends of the earth with the Gospel of the Kingdom. While the term international could have been used, international only takes in the concern or involvement in two or more nations. International is usually used in terms which means practices, policies and systems in countries other than one's own and stresses more the differences between countries than their commonalities. International is a concept more focused on bilateral foreign aid type activities than on collective action, i.e. to disease control in poor countries or to medical missionary work. While the term ‘Global’ speaks more to issues and concerns that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity and culture. ‘Global’ stresses the commonality of issues facing all mankind and which require a collective (partnership-based) action. It is with this understanding that we feel the word ‘Global’ more is in harmony with the working the Spirit of Christ as we undertake to fulfill the vision He has laid before us.
Our Lord Jesus exhorted us, “Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature <of the whole human race>. (Mark 16:15 Amplified) “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you…” (Matt.28:19-20)
Many use the term ‘Empowerment’ without understanding what it really means. The world it seems has little to no clear definition of the concept of ‘Empowerment’, especially one that could used for spiritual and cross-cultural lines. ‘Empowerment’ or ‘Divine Enablement’ as revealed in scripture is the infilling and multi-dimensional working and gifting of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. God Spirit is the progressive working power in the life of the believer that enables them to have power over sin, their flesh and the enemy of their souls. He supplies the believer with super human energy to do the work of the ministry that they are called to do. Him (Jesus) we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One). For this I labor <unto weariness>, striving with all the superhuman energy which He so mightily enkindles and works within me. (Col.1:28-29 Amplified) And we also <especially> thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God <which you heard> from us, you welcomed it not as the word of <mere> men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe <exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it>. (I Th. 2:13 Amplified)
This awesome life giving power as seen in the bible and verified in the lives of multitudes of believers has been promised by Jesus to come upon His disciples and empower them to be living testimony (witnesses) of Him, going from city to city and eventually to the very ends of the earth! “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 Amplified) Yes, this is ‘Empowerment’ indeed in its highest most divine form. It is given to those who turn from the sin of living life their own ways, believe on God and ask for His Holy Spirit to come and live in them and empower them to live a life pleasing to God.
This work of the Holy Spirit of God within them brings forth lives full of righteous, peace and joy creating communities that are ordered by a life of divine precepts, a society pure in heart, temper or dispositions; free from sin and sinful affections. The Holy Spirit working in the believer bring forth a life that is perfectly pure, immaculate and complete in moral character as ones heart is more or less sanctified, or purified from evil tendencies. This working of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers (Christ body on the earth) is seen by the Apostle John as a “Holy City, the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2 KJV)
And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: (Mark 3:14 KJV)
Before Jesus sends forth His disciples to preach, heal the sick and cast out demons (the work of the ministry) he ordained or appointed them to be with Him. First He called them to Himself, they responded and came. He then ordained them to be with Him. This is of vital importance. Before we are to ever go out to minister to others after we have first to hear His call , then respond to His call to come and spend time with Him who is the Prince of Life! It is from this intimate place of union and communion with Him that we can then go forth with His life, anointing and power giving out that which He has given to us to others who are in desperate need.
Our Lord Jesus exhorted us, “Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature <of the whole human race>. (Mark 16:15 Amplified) “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you…” (Matt.28:19-20 Amplified)
Jesus also challenged His followers with one of the greatest visions of all times when He said: ...Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35) The challenge for laborers for the spiritual harvest fields of the world is greater now than ever as we near the consummation of the ages.
In the natural world, harvesting is the act or process of gathering the ripened crop, to gain or win by effort the product of any labor. In the spiritual world, the analogy of natural principles of harvest is made as we re-presenting Christ (the living bread of heaven) to the hungry world around us. This happens as we share of His life and His goodness in the fullness of the Spirit before Him and one another in the presence of His love. Preaching, teaching and living His life through and by example.
Jesus said:...The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. (Matthew 9:37) We desire to work with the Holy Spirit to see the few labors multiplied 1000 fold to become the many. We believe that one most clear and precise way for this great spiritual harvest to be reaped is for each believer in the kingdom to become a reproducing Christian... helping to create a vast global harvest of monumental proportions. It is to this global vision that GEM is dedicated...raising up and empowering laborers for worldwide spiritual harvest. The endowment of Christ nature through the Holy Spirits nurturing and equipping believers until they grow up into the full stature of Christ. His enabling grace thus empowering His body to become a unified whole man moving and living in the ever-present Spirit of God. As they respond to His love and grace following His leadership they will with great joy join with Him in bringing all creation into harmony with the reality of His eternal kingdom.
The controlling power of GEM is the authority of God's Spirit, through His Word under Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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