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Adrian Warnock has been interviewing a lot of people recently (including John Lanferman, Rob Rufus, Tom Shaw and Terry Virgo and I thought it would be fun to turn the tables and interview Adrian and his wife Andrée. Here are the questions I asked them (in approximately the order I asked them).
Tell me about your family
What does Andrée think of your blogging?
How involved are you in a local church?
Are you full time as a bloggeryou certainly seem to be by your prolific output
This has been one of the most glorious weeks we have ever had!
Joshua 7 The Sin of Achan
The previous chapter couldnt have ended with more excitement as Jericho falls and God is with Joshua. His fame went throughout all the land
Stepping out in our churches
I am really passionate about moving people from coming to a meeting about the prophetic to being activated and stepping out in their gift.
The two Jack Deere books are really good
The world is hungry for an encounter with God
Story of three young men, unsaved, who came to a meeting where there were lots of manifestations
I prophesied to them and one of them began to weep and thought I was some kind of a psychic
I explained you should never be impressed by power, but it was the source for power that you are plugged into that counts
I was angry that the only source of power he knew of was demonic
It is so important that we restore NT prophecy, so that when people come into our meetings they know that God is there
drawing people into an encounter with Jesus
We need to contend for this in our churches
I want to encourage you to step out, because there will be mistakes and fear
But went it brings glory to God it is one of the most satisfying thing ever
The secret council of the Lord is to those who fear him
direct correlation between spiritual health of people and spirituality of leader.
e.g. Matthew: Jesus went through all the villages healing everyone and preaching.
Was Jesus rejoicing? Jesus saw the crowds that gathered as harassed and helpless, and he had compassion
They were leaderless, like sheep without a shepherd
Leadership matters at every level
not good enough just to have great senior leaders
the church advances on delegated leadership
Your leadership responsibility matters
He was seduced by his own success.
I grew up in a home with an atheist dad and agnostic mumno faith in the house at all
No legacy of any Christianity whatever
As a little 5 yr old boy I felt his presence. It was the same up in my room earlier today
I never felt the presence of God again for 18 years
My only rule was Thou shall not deny thyself
Switched to becoming a Hare Krishna
Once again felt his presence and his holiness was terrifying, in a Hindu temple
Surrendered to him and stopped running
Immediately I felt the same presence as a little boy.
From then on the pursuit of my life has been the presence of God
Being sure of who God has made us as people enables us to more forward
If as the pace picks up we are not firmly clear on whom we are then we will become unstuck
This morning I am going to remind us of whom we are
This will mean that when the spotlight is on us we will be able to respond with boldness
Five points from Acts 13:1-4
Church history tells us that at its height 1/3 of the people of Antioch were Christians
We together are to be a People of the Spirit
You only find prophets where the Spirit of God has been poured out
Examples of people who are saved because they recognize Gods supernatural presence in our churches
There is a flow in the topics between these three seminars
It is essential that people in our churches are filled with the Spirit
Sometimes people come because they like the worship
The heart of what we are in churches is a gathering of individual people who are baptized in the Holy Spirit
This is the doorway that opens the gifts of the Spirit
What is the function of the HS as we gather?
Where do we get our ideas from? As much as possible the Holy Scriptures
John 4:21 a huge difference between the Old and New Covenants
This is a radical new way of worshipping
Our meetings have to be Spirit led and so there is spontaneity
There is not a rigid structure for worship. We have moved from form to the unknown
1 Cor 14:26 whenever you come together, each one has a...
1 Cor 12 lists gifts of the Holy Spirit (I am concerned when there are no gifts being manifested)
The HS has a massive role in our lives. We cant do anything of any value without him
God has said, the earth will be filled by the glory of God as the waters cover the sea
What was the apostles strategy?
He established a base church in Gods timing
He said to the church at Thessalonica that the testimony had gone out from them
Previously he had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from doing this!
The timing must be prophetically led
Paul left Aquilla and Pricilla there in faith
He ensured that key values were established in the core group
He noticed a serious deficiency in the disciples
One of the weaknesses that occurs is a failure to establish core values in the base group.
Consistent teaching of apostolic revelation
Paul taught so powerfully in the Hall of Tyrannus that it was spread out throughout the province of Asia
The Big Picture, from Genesis to Revelation, showing them how they play a part in it.
This takes people away from a felt needs philosophy of the Christian life
I have a problem with the teaching that God does nothing except in response to mens prayers. How did he great the universe
Nevertheless he does respond to faith initiatives
Jesus seems to be totally controlled by his fathers initiative
Other times it looks like he is being directed by the faith impulses of mortal men (e.g. Jairus)
Then the woman touched his garment and he focused on her
1. Be honest with God that you dont have the faith to heal those in wheelchairs
The doesnt mean it is not the will of God.
Jesus says, all things are possible to them that believe
Often we need to learn how weak and needy we are before God will help us. It is not that we are strong and just need a little help, but we have no strength
2. By exercising the Spirit of Faith
Story of a blind woman he prayed for. Not healed, but he did try!
Peter sank, but at least he got out of the boat!
He started exercising his faith, and later on his shadow was healing people
Story of a blind baby who was healed a short time afterwards
The book of Joshua is an account of God bringing his people into their inheritance.
He takes them across the Jordan, into some big battles
At the half way mark, chapter 13, the page is turned and there is a new phase
For the first half there is a new leader and a real togetherness
10:29 then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on
Same kind of language in v.31, v.34, v.36, v.38, v.43, 11:7, 12:7
13:1 begins the new phase when Joshua is well advanced in years
Joshua is old and there are still large tracts of land to take
He gives them a new plan: the land and the people are distributed
They all receive their allotmenttheir area to conquer
If Israel was to hold on to all the land that had been won during their together exploits, there needs to be a dividing up and putting things in place.
This second phase of Joshua is pivotal to any ministry in the church
Otherwise we run a risk of HQ ism, leading to frustration