jeffreydeguzman04 93 18th Oct, 2019

                         Chaper 1
The comfortable do not create movements. We need to have the passion and our spirits ignited for His glory so that someday, the future generation can learn it from us. This is what we can use to cause us to move out of our comfort zones and lead people. Otherwise, our flame will fade and die before we can even pass the torch. We’re actually already on it right now.
We also need to start movements that will outlive us. We cannot be here just for ourselves but for generations that sprout after us. If our early church fathers did not have this vision during their time, we all would not be talking about this. God used them to bring us forth. We need to be the same for others after us.
Side note: I can appreciate the Methodist’s church leaders’ desire and passion towards evangelism but I cannot disagree further on their support with abortion and that a real Christian can still lose salvation.
People need to stop “living in the moment.” If we can look forward and plan for the future of our family, business, health, then we can certainly add discipleship and church growth to the list. 
We need groups of people as we try to accomplish things for the church’s stability and growth. We cannot be self-centered. If we focus on ourselves alone, then we would have started the race in vain and we’ll accomplish nothing.

Chapter 2
“Filipino fountain of youth… Deborah refuses to tell Steve where it is…” – ahahaha

Chapter 3

Honoring God – I believe that church attendance pleases God, but that’s enough if we are to “honor” Him. We need to do everything we humanly can to do His will. That includes evangelism and church growth. We can’t be complacent just because we’ve just attended the Sunday service. As a child to your parents, the more you do tasks for them, the more they delight in you. This is the same thing God wants from us. Specially leaders. He has given leaders more responsibility. James 3:1 1Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Legalism Does NOT Honor God – That’s why it’s important to understand and apply in our daily lives that good works follow salvation not because we have to, but because we’d love to. There’s no set rules or “to-do list” when it comes to honoring God… It’s God’s Spirit who will teach us the right ways. First John 3:9 says, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” We honor God because of our overflowing gratitude. Not because of some rules that we need to adhere to.

Chapter 4
That part where Steve lost his son in the woods really got me reading frantically… Thank God he got home! 
“Churches tend to spread by division rather than multiplication.”
Jesus should be in everything that we do, all our lives. We can’t put Him in the beginning, drop Him in the middle, and then come clamoring for Him before we finish the race. He needs to be in our lives all the time and we need to let Him reign supreme in EVERYTHING.

Chapter 5
Experiencing the Spirit is not limited to us crying, shouting songs of praise, uttering tongues… It is also when we bear fruit that we know that we are Spirit-empowered. Good fruit is that which is produced by the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 gives us a starting place: the fruit of His Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The more we allow the Holy Spirit free rein in our lives, the more this fruit is evident.
We need to be Spirit-empowered before we go to the nations just like in many accounts in the Bible. 

Chapter 6
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
I got struck by this quote from MT… One of the most common excuses we hear people say when they don’t help is “there’s too many things and too many people to take care of…” Well MT’s inspiring message will stop their mouths and unwilling hearts. The question they should be asking themselves is… Are they willing to help ONE person?
Jesus pronounced woes upon the Pharisees who were big on religion but not at all concerned about the needy people. – Yes Jesus did. Unfortunately, I believe almost everyone is guilty on this aspect in a certain degree, including myself. Jesus not just helped the poor and the sick, He literally identified with them. He was WITH THEM like they were His relatives… Wow… Talk about stepping down from the high chair… When we “reach out,” we most certainly need to “reach down” to the poor and needy, just like Jesus did.
“Leadership emerges when there’s room to grow.” One of the reasons I admire in this church are the platforms which allow leaders to “grow”. You become a VG leader, you attend the Purple Book
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