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Gold Level Issachar/Koinonos Personal Ministry Projects

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November 26, 2019

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In Mat 7:21-23 Jesus said “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven [will enter.] “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ (NASB) In light of this passage, the question that one has to ask themselves is, “How do I know what the will of God really is for me?” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus frequently used the Pharisees as an example of how not to live, how not to treat people. He was taking this dozen guys, mostly from the rough and tumble life of the fishing industry and the market place, tax collection, etc., and was turning them into His Ambassadors in charge of building His Church. In this passage He makes it clear that just saying the right things and doing things that look right doesn’t get the job done. We have to be engaged in doing the Will of God, our Personal ministry as Chuck so frequently talked about. If you don’t know what mission God has set apart for you, James 1:5-8 tells us all we have to do is ask Him and He will tell us. But when you ask Him, you have to be willing to hear and do what He tells you.

With that in mind, here at KI we have spent some major time and effort to bring all of our curriculum and total program into alignment with our Mission Statement. Some things have taken more time to sort out than we had anticipated, but the results of that effort are indeed paying off as we watch our students adapt and take up the challenge. From mere Believers, our students are becoming more like the Bereans of Acts 17:11 in their ability to search the Scriptures to see if what they are being taught is true. For many years there was an element of the learning process totally missing from our program. James 1:22 says “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Sadly, we have had many students come through our doors, take all of our Bible classes and then leave with seemingly no thought regarding actually doing something with what they learned.

Things have changed. From the time new students come in the door and begin looking at the course requirements for each level of study they see there is a Ministry Journal that is a requirement at each level. Many students seem to give the Ministry Journals as little time and effort as they put into tying their shoes. Others see them for what they are designed to accomplish and find great benefit in that. The ministry Journals do nothing for those who put no effort or thought into them. As our mission statement indicates, our responsibility is to the Serious Christian, and they are the ones who benefit from the Journals; they are the ones who hear God’s call, and like the prophet Isaiah step up and say “Here am I, send me!”

It’s been a long time in planning, development, and proof of concept testing, but the time has finally come. We have Guidelines posted for the Gold level Issachar/Koinonos/Practicum Ministry Projects, you can find them here. If you are looking for a class to enroll in it may be a while yet, but if you pull up the guidelines and follow the instructions contained there, you can get started now, if you are ready. To be successful, you need to have determined what kind of personal ministry God is calling you to, thus the reason for the Ministry Journals. Everything in your life up to this point, God has either led you to those situations, or allowed them to happen to equip you for the Ministry He has prepared for you. These Gold Ministry projects are designed by each of the students as they recognize their calling and step out to answer God’s call. Are you ready to pick up the challenge? For those who have invested the time and effort to discern what God’s will is for their life, there is no time like now to get started.

Blessings my friends
Stan H
KI Registrar

 

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