DEAR DESTINY PASTORS AND CO-WORKERS,
We bring you warm Christian greetings from the Destiny family. You are all very much in our thoughts and prayers. We thank God for you and pray that you will continue to know his grace.
We have just returned from India, where we have had a significant time with our senior apostolic team and some key leading ladies. We had our “MPOWER” summit meetings, and spoke together of MISSION-MESSAGE-MINISTRY TEAMS. God was present and many powerful prophetic words came about God’s purpose for you and India.
It is our intention to host the next JOURNEY PASTORS CONFERENCE in March 2014. We will hold these in 2 centres, Gopalpur and Visak. We will translate the Visak event from English into Telugu and the other from English into Oreea. We are trusting God for 1,000 pastors. We sincerely hope that you will join us, and we will open the event to other pastors who may not be a part of the Destiny network. (provided we have room)
Further, we are praying and trusting God to be able to host a Destiny Women’s Diamonds conference, to assist, help and promote leadership amongst our women, and to teach on very important issues that concern women and India.
It was a joy to see the children in the orphanage doing so well, and to see the good progress that is being made on building the new centre. We are also trusting God to be able to host the conference in 2014 in the new training centre.
The Destiny Family is growing world wide, with new churches now started in Uganda Africa and Poland. We will soon start in Hong Kong.
The gospel is the answer for our world, and we are passionate about building great local churches, helping pastors like you fully understand how great our God is-and the difference you and your people can make in the local community.
Each time we visit India we are astonished how quickly the country is developing in so many ways. This is your day.
We also hope to have very good quality teaching materials available for you in Telugu in the very near future.
Please convey our love to your family and to the church members. You are continually in our prayers.
Your servants in Christ Jesus
Apostle, Destiny Churches
70 Cathedral St, Glasgow, G4 ORN, Scotland, UK
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TEACHING ARTICLE FOR DESTINY INDIA PASTORS.
The power of the REAL Gospel
The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:16, I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation, to the Jew first, then the Greek, and all whom the Lord our God will call.
Politicians may change social structures, but only the gospel can change human nature. When the heart of a man is changed with this gospel, he will change his community. The gospel of Jesus sets people free from sins and addictions, despair, unworthiness, sickness, poverty, and bondage.
There is a serious challenge to this gospel in our day-and it’s not from people of other ideas or other faiths. It’s from within the church itself. For very often the REAL gospel is not preached, but a mixture of law and grace, works and faith, religion and truth. If we preach the REAL gospel, we will see the power of God at work, many people saved and our nation changed.
DO YOU KNOW THE REAL GOSPEL?
DO YOU PREACH THE REAL GOSPEL?
DO YOUR PEOPLE KNOW THE REAL GOSPEL?
DO YOUR PEOPLE TELL OTHERS OF THE REAL GOSPEL?
There are many things you must realise about the real gospel, here are just 3 of them.
1. It’s not what I can do, But what He has done.
It is by grace that you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves but it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
It is possible to reject God in 3 ways-
-You can reject Him by simply staying as a sinner.
-You can reject God by saying all religions are the same, in the end they all lead to God, and since He is love, we will be OK in the end.
-But you can reject God by trying to save yourself with ‘self salvation’ efforts. If we think that our performance/behaviour or conduct will get us closer to God than that which Jesus has done, then we have a real problem. Pastors do this all the time. They teach people a new set of rules, or tell people that if they do this or that God will bless them more/love them more or somehow be closer to them. This is NOT the gospel. We stand and depend totally and ONLY on what Jesus has done for us. The more people know how much God loves them, the more they know what he has done for them-and not what they have to do-then the more powerful they become as Christians.
2. It’s not about sin, but about righteousness.
I often ask people what do they think is the One thing you get in the gospel of the New Testament that you couldn’t get in the Old Testament?? They often say-the forgiveness of sins. But this was available in the Old Testament, for David wrote-For you, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive our trespasses. Psalm 86:5
We get and gain in the gospel righteousness.We read-
For in the gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed. Romans 1:17
But now the righteousness of God has been revealed apart from the law. Romans 3:21
The law could never save anyone-but we get in the gospel this amazing status and condition.
Because of this Paul also writes there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1
3. A promise that He will never leave me.
Because of this gift of righteousness God is able to live within me-consequently, He won’t leave me. It has nothing to do with my performance -but all His grace!