2020 BEGINS A DECADE OF DESTINY
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January 1, 2020
As we enter into the decade of the 20’s I recall that 100 years ago, the same decade was known as the “Roaring ’20s.” It was a decade that began with prosperity for the western world, ending with a crash. I believe America could revisit a century ago unless there is divine intervention. Our time truly fulfills the words that Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke at the beginning of the Great Depression: “This generation has a rendezvous with destiny.” I am an optimist!
As the Alabama District postures itself to enter a new decade, I sincerely believe it will be a “Decade of Divine Destiny.” We are living in the last days. Look at Acts 2: “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”
Let’s be that generation that the Lord is counting on in the Last Days. Pray with me for an outpouring of His Spirit (Pentecostal power) to transform us into an Acts 2 church impacting our communities and reversing the Devil’s poison poured out on men, women, boys, and girls. God is looking for churches that will cease to be “social clubs” and choose to be a “spiritual force” unstoppable by hell.
I believe as we begin a new decade that those searching for answers about “How to grow their church” can find those answers in becoming a part of the Healthy Church culture we are creating in the Alabama AG. We have one in ten of our Alabama AG churches that are in the Acts 2 Journey (A2J).
A2J has produced church health/growth results everywhere local congregations have engaged it. Two out of three churches saw a significant change in the church’s health, leadership, and the mission of the church.
The human body has eleven major systems, and when any of those functions aren’t working correctly, the whole body suffers. The New Testament church has Five Functions that need to work for it to be a healthy New Testament church. Those functions are Fellowship, Discipleship, Gift-Oriented Ministry, Evangelism, and Worship. When one of these church functions isn’t working, the whole church suffers. We are creating a healthy church culture in Alabama.
A healthy church is a Spirit-empowered community of disciples following Jesus, fulfilling His mission. We are partnering with the General Council and the Acts 2 Journey initiative, which are seeing 43% of all A2J churches reporting increased attendance in year one after they start the Acts 2 Journey. Of the 168 “declining” churches to engage the Acts 2 Journey (2010-2017), more than 50% were at a higher level of attendance two years later.
Join me in praying and fasting for supernatural breakthroughs in our churches and renewed vision, passion, and faith for the decade of the ‘20s. We read in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” We can’t afford to miss out on God’s plans for us. Let’s embrace a “Decade of Divine Destiny.”