The coach called a timeout, like many have done before. It’s purpose was to regroup and give the whole team strong encouragement to get on the same page strategically. The coach called for the strategy of a full court press. Here at POGH, I was that coach calling a timeout this past Sunday. Unintentionally, but consistent with the sports analogy I directed our team to a PED. We invite the entire Body of Christ to join us in this PRESS!
As we enter 2018, it is time for the church to go on a full court press. Six months ago I shared two key words I felt from the Lord for His Body; they are “Teamwork” and “Urgency.” Now, specific instructions are added to those words.
This hour demands that the Church dramatically increase our urgency!
Specifically, in three areas:
PRAYER – It’s time for the travail of intercessors to be heard throughout the land! God’s people, called by His Name must pray the effectual fervent prayers that avail much. Daily we must break through in prayer! Intercede for your children. Intercede for our country. We must have a great outpouring! It will not come through programs, marketing, or intellect – the sovereign move of God will be birthed in prayer as it always has been. Would you PRESS in prayer like you never have before in your life!
EVANGELISM – Why should the Kingdom of God be the best kept secret in our city? I am calling every believer to personally invite 5 people to church every week. Tell them why they should come. The story of what Jesus has done in your life has great power! Would you join in this PRESS and reach out to your world? 100 Believers who will do this can reach 26,000 people in one year. 26,000 mothers and fathers, sons and daughter, grandparents and grandchildren.
DISCIPLESHIP – It is certain that the outcome of the first two aspects of this PRESS will result in the demands of discipleship. The Church is compelled to come alongside our newest brothers and sisters and mentor them in the faith. This will require what we often call sacrifice. However, like all sacrifices in the Kingdom of God, the blessing you will receive will exceed the one you give. The relationship and revelations you will receive as you guide a new believer through a study from Genesis to Revelation will exceed everything you give.
The timeout has ended. The time to execute the strategy the Spirit is declaring to the Church is beginning. It will be most effective if the whole TEAM engages in the URGENCY of this PRESS! We can. We shall. We must. FULL COURT PRESS in Prayer, Evangelism, and Discipleship.