"Manna for Ministry" Communication - July 2002

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Holiness is as indispensable for a 'spiritual warrior' as is eyesight for a 'military pilot' - C. Peter Wagner

Warm greetings from myself and our Regional Office team!

While we were praying about what teaching/word of encouragement to send you, God laid on our hearts to share a word about the Apostle Paul which we read recently in a study bible. We have been speaking often in communications throughout our region about maintaining a "standard of excellence" in monitoring our activities and monthly reporting, and felt led to share with you about our "personal credentials" - do these also fall into our "standard of excellence"? Sometimes it is good for us to just sit back, lock the door, and take a deep look at this area of our personal lives and ministry and see how we are doing - and perhaps spend a bit of time doing some personal spring-cleaning!

Paul was given a special calling from God (1 Corinthians 1:1) to preach about Jesus Christ. Each of us, as part of our Anglo Africa team, has a role to take and a contribution to make to the EHC vision of "serving the church". One persons assignment may seem more spectacular than another persons, but all are necessary to carry out God's greater plans for His church and for the world (12:12-27). We, as a team, can learn much about Paul's holiness stand in dealing with the church. We are "called to be holy" (1 Corinthians 1:2)

One of Paul's biggest problems with the church in Corinth was his concern that they viewed him as no more than a 'blustering' preacher and thus were not taking seriously his advice in his letters and on his visits. In 2 Corinthians, Paul pointed out his credentials as an apostle of Christ and why the Corinthians should take his advice and follow his example.

Let's during these next few days do a "personal credential stock-check", and be a follower of Paul, as he was a follower of Christ. It might be good for each person in our Region to look up these scriptures in the book of 2 Corinthians and mark them. I would like to suggest that you share these with our focus leaders and pioneer missionaries!

Commissioned by God - 1:1; 1:21; 4:1
Spoke truthfully - 1:18; 4:2
Acted in holiness, sincerity and dependence on God alone in his dealings with men - 1:12
Was straightforward and sincere in his letters - 1:13,14
Had God's Spirit - 1:22
Loved the Corinthian believers - 2:4, 6:11, 11:11
Worked among them and changed their lives - 3:2,3
Lived as an example to the believers - 3:4; 12:6
Did not lose heart - 4:1,16
Taught the Bible with integrity - 4:2
Had Christ at the centre of his message - 4:5
Endured persecution as he taught the Good News - 4:8-12; 6:4,5,9,10
Tried to live an exemplary life so others would not be kept from God - 6:3,4
Was truthful and filled with God's power - 6:7
Never corrupted or exploited anyone - 7:2; 11:7-9
Used God's weapons, not his own, for God's work - 10:1-6
Would boast not in himself, but in the Lord - 10:12, 13
Endured pain and danger as he fulfilled his calling - 11:23-33
Was blessed with an astounding vision - 12:2-4
Did miracles among them - 12:12
Was always motivated to strengthen others spiritually - 12:19
He passed the test - 13:5,6
Was always concerned that his spiritual children become mature believers - 13:9

A closing scripture:
"But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying "You are my God!" My future is in your hands. Your goodness is so great You have stored up great blessings for those who honor You. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hid them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. Praise the Lord, for He has shown me his unfailing love. So be strong and take courage, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:14,14; 19:21,24 NLT)

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are right now, but in what direction we are moving! And in saying this, we thank you for the tremendous June 2002 reports received. We continue to trust God to further His Kingdom through each of us. As we read your Statistical and Prayer & Praise Reports, we praise God for His continued faithfulness to His Word in "thrusting" out workers to the harvest field - and it's exciting!!

The Lord of the harvest never gives a stone for bread, or a snake for a fish, to those who ask Him (Matt. 7:9-11).

Until next time ....
Hennie Hanekom