Archive for February, 2010

Cause & Effect!

Posted in church with tags , , on February 23, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Acts 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers.”

A CAUSE is something that makes something else happen. An EFFECT is what happens as a result of a cause. In Acts 2:42-47 the law of cause and effect is in operation. Not only is this passage a great description of what was happening in the early church but it helps us understand why the early church had the incredible impact it had.

I’ve observed that too many churches, including the one I lead, at times suffers from an epidemic of super-sized spirituality that wants a big menu with lots of options served really fast. But in the early church they DEVOTED themselves to only what was most important – the WORD, FELLOWSHIP, BREAKING of BREAD & PRAYER.

If I was to visit a river that was 400m across in width with only half a foot of water depth in it, I would be OK to let my 2 year old boy to splash around in it. If we were to go upstream and the width of the river was to narrow to only 20 meters but still retain the same amount of water in it, not only wouldn’t I let my boy anywhere near it but even you or I would find it difficult to cross over ourselves. Why? Because narrowing the focus increases the power.

We must do the same in church life. We must narrow the focus to only what is most important and we will see an increase in the force and power of what we are called to do. 

In Acts 2:42-47 The early church devoted themselves to what was most important. They weren’t leader dependent but they took initiative themselves to own and embrace what the Apostles were teaching and modeling. Their devotion became a cause that triggered an effect in the life of the church and in the surrounding community. This effect included: signs and wonders, unity around a common purpose, generosity and an increase in numbers in the church.

The problem is we can get so easily caught up in chasing effects rather than chasing the cause: DEVOTION. Jesus said, “For this cause I was born.” If we were to get caught up in chasing the cause of Jesus Christ, God will take care of the effects.

Questions:

  1. What is the danger of embracing a “Super-sized spirituality” as believers? 
  2. Why is it that we so easily get caught up chasing effects rather than the cause?
  3. How can you personally become more cause devoted than effects driven?

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Greg Burson @ Activate!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Greg Burson is coming to Activate Church. Greg helps in the leadership of Edge Church, Auckland NZ and has a powerful prophetic gift that he shares with people all over the world. Greg is a great friend of Activate and hasn’t ministered here for over 2 years but on the last weekend in March 2010 Greg is coming to speak in a prophetic workshop and then he is speaking at our Sunday services as we celebrate our 4th Anniversary as a church.

You don’t want to miss out on this weekend. Activate will be hosting Greg at the following events:

Saturday 27th March – Prophetic Workshop (Time and small cost to be announced soon)

Sunday 28th March – 10am & 6pm Celebration Services (We may be moving to 3 services on this day with a 9am, 11:30pm & 6pm time slot. We will inform you of these service changes via my blog and http://www.activatechurch.com)

You are invited to come and attend what will prove to be a life changing event.

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Enough is Enough!

Posted in time management with tags , on February 19, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Ephesians 5:16 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

Enough is enough. You don’t have any more time to procrastinate on what you know God has called you to do. It’s so easy in life to allow excuse after excuse to dominate your purpose and stop you from moving forward but there comes a point when you need to lay your excuses aside and get on with what you know you need to do.

We are living in dark and perilous times and life is so short compared to eternity. What are you doing with the time God has given to you? I, like the Apostle Paul, want to exhort you to get up and get moving today. Start to head in the direction God is drawing you to and throw all your weight into it.

You can accomplish in God so much more than what you think you are capable of. Many people without the Holy Spirit do amazing and incredible things everyday….Go into space, climb Mt Everest, start a business, complete their degree, parent 5 kids, win medals, write books and overcome impossible obstacles. What could you do with the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you? 

Stop waiting for life to give you an invitation. This is it! Get clear. Get focused. Get moving and gain momentum in the right direction. make the best use of your time because time is the only currency you cannot get back. Love ya and have a power-packed day!

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God’s Reshaping You!

Posted in Spirituality with tags , , , on February 17, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

This morning in my devotional time, the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart the words, “I am reshaping you.” 

My heart resonated with these words as I am going through a sort of metamorphosis spiritually and physically at the moment. In my physical body I have lost over 5 kilos of muscle in the last 8 weeks of my running program. I didn’t need to lose weight but as I am training to set a personal record for 10km this year, I’ve needed to shed some extra kilo’s to get lighter and faster.

As I am changing in the physical, so too God is transforming me in the spiritual. I feel like God is making me leaner, faster and stronger in my spirit-man. My prayer life is stronger than it’s been for a while and God is reworking some of my approach to life and ministry, causing me to scratch my head at times and wonder, “God, what on earth are you doing?” But nevertheless, I have a peace in my heart that this process is very important and what God wants for me.

How about you? What is going on in your spiritual life at the moment and how is it affecting everything else around you? My guess is I am not the only one God is reshaping. I think He is reshaping you as well. The reshaping process is not always easy. It can be downright painful and sometimes very uncertain. It requires you to not lean on your own understanding but to trust in God with all your heart as he refines you until pure gold is revealed.

Don’t check out of the reshaping process too soon and don’t come to conclusions too soon either. Let the process take time or else what will come out may be a little ugly and not what God had in mind. God has to take you through a process because he has a plan for your life. We don’t always understand what God is doing at the time but in hindsight it all makes sense if we stay the course. God’s reshaping you!

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Build According to Pattern!

Posted in activate church, Leadership, ministry with tags , on February 15, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Hebrews 8:5 “When Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.”

Recently I had the privilege of spending some time with Ps Danny Gugg… from Edge Church in Adelaide. It was a wonderful time of listening and imbibing of the Spirit inside this great man. One of the insights he shared with me and my mate was the principle of pattern. God had told him to “Build according to the pattern that I show you.”

For the last 15 years Ps Danny has been building Edge Church on the patterns God has shown him. His words resounded in my heart as I have been a massive proponent of patterns. Patterns are powerful because they shape the culture of the church or group we belong to. Every church has patterns that distinguish it from other churches. Patterns are informed by 3 elements: 1) Bible; 2) Leaders call; 3) Community surrounding the church.

Throughout Scripture there is a constant emphasis on patterns because pattern brings alignment and clarity to many things in our walk with God. A church’s culture is informed by the patterns of what is visible, what we are convicted about and what assumptions we hold.

What patterns are you building into your life, family and church? Are you building according to the pattern God has shown you in his word or are you copying the patterns of someone else?

Towards the end of last year I asked my ministry team to discard some of the stated values that we supposedly held as a church and go on a journey of observing what patterns come to the surface over a period of time. Whatever comes to the surface tells us what we hold most important. Since I’ve said this I have observed clear patterns already emerging in the life of the church. These are:

  1. Connection – Relationships
  2. Charisma – Holy Spirit
  3. Compassion – People in need
  4. Character – Integrity
  5. Commitment – God’s House (giving, praying & serving)
  6. Cause – Christ followers

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Nothing More Important!

Posted in Intimacy with God, Spirituality with tags , , , on February 12, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Ps 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

There is no more important priority than sitting at Jesus feet and spending time communicating with him.

We so easily prioritize everything other than the one thing that brings everything else into alignment. Spending time with Jesus strengthens your body. When you feel like your strength has been sapped and your bones are weary and tired with exhaustion, God’s presence refreshes you and strengthens you.

When you need direction and guidance, God’s Word clears the fog away and illuminates the right decision and and the right path before you. When you need wisdom in handling a difficult situation, God’s Spirit will counsel you and give you a clear solution. When your life feels cluttered and you are overwhelmed by the responsibilities you have, God’s peace will guard your heart and mind and enable you to think clearly about your life. When you feel empty in your spirit, God’s Word will feed you and satisfy your thirst.

Why are you so busy doing everything else other than the one thing that makes sense out of life? Crawl back into the closet and spend time with Jesus. He calls your name today and says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

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The First Hour of your Day!

Posted in time management with tags on February 10, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

How do you utilize the first hour of your day? 

The first hour of your day can be the most powerful time in your whole day. It all depends on how you spend it. Time is the greatest asset we have and yet many of us don’t use it wisely.  

For the night owls amongst us, the first hour of the day is usually dreaded because you feel groggy after a late night, you are desperate for a coffee and some light breakfast, if at all and it might take you until 10am before you start to feel awake.

For the early risers amongst us, the first hour of our day is a time when you get to have some time to yourself and get yourself ready and prepared for a brand new day. You feel awake, maybe you’ve had a light breakfast and you are ready to rock and roll.

Whether you are night owl or an early riser, you can change your whole life depending upon what you do with the first hour of your day. What you do in the first hour of the day sets the tone for the entire day.

What if you spend the first hour of the day reading your bible and praying? What an incredible difference would that make to your emotional state and mental focus. What if you spend the first hour of the day doing some exercise, running, walking, cycling, swimming, working out and stretching? What if you spent the first hour of your day being still and thinking through and planning how to get the most out of your day? What if you spent the first hour of your day writing a few more pages of that book you always wanted to write? Here’s one, What if you spent the first hour of your day reading my blog and thinking about how to put it into action in your life…? I know, this one was a long shot…!

I want to challenge and encourage you to reconsider what you are doing with the first hour of your day. If you would become far more intentional about the first hour of your day, it will have a dramatic effect on your life, your work and your relationships.

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