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  2. 2. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE WELCOME TO HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTERWelcome New Member,Lady Stevens and I are extremely overjoyed in knowing that you have decided toenter into a covenant relationship with the members of Hope Aglow EmpowermentCenter.Hope Aglow Empowerment Center is an extended family, yet to some it’s theironly family. Therefore, we take our covenant with you very seriously. We arehere for you and your family to help you in your spiritual growth. We appreciateand thank God that you have made this awesome decision to become a part of ourfamily.We have a clear vision, purpose, and mission which you will be taught in this newmember’s class. We believe that every person has been given a purpose to fulfill.My hopes are that you find your place and become an active partner in thisministry.As we partner together, our individualized purposes are linked which creates arewarding team. By learning the vision of Hope Aglow Empowerment Center, youwill come to know that you will be surrounded by a caring family, which has yourbest interest at heart. Once again, please get involved for the workload is great.By linking up with us, the load has just become lighter.Levonzia Stevens, Sr. Saverna StevensSenior Pastor First LadyHope Aglow Empowerment Center Hope Aglow Empowerment Center 2UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  3. 3. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Why Do We Join Churches/Fellowships Adopt from Christian Answer NetworkWhen you become a Christian, you are called into a relationship with God (1 Corinthians 1:9).But I John 1:3 makes it clear that we enter a fellowship that goes two ways: with God and withother Christians.The New Testament never divides Christians into the church members and the non-churchmembers. All the way through, it assumes that everybody participates in their local assembly. Itgives no examples of Christians who belong to the “church as a whole” but have no link with alocal church. One scholar has said that "any idea...of enjoying salvation or being a Christian inisolation is foreign to the New Testament writings" (Alan Stibbs, Gods Church, p. 92).Wherever Christians are within range of each other in the New Testament, they meet. Every timethe apostle Paul comes to a town in the book of Acts where there are no Christians, he wins afew converts and immediately organizes them into a small group - a little church.Acts 20:7 reveals the practice of the early church: "And upon the first day of the week, when thedisciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them." For Christians in every location,regular gathering was a part of life.Its illogical to say that you are merely part of the worldwide, universal church, yet refuse togather with the segment of that church as a whole that exists in your geographical area. It wouldbe like claiming you have a car, when the right fender is in Washington DC, the engine is inMaryland, and the wheels are in Virginia! You dont have a car; you have the beginning of theinventory for a junkyard. It just wont function until the pieces are put together.The church must be together to carry out many of its purposes.Here are some irreplaceable pieces of the Christian that cannot happen when you live in isolationfrom the church: 1. USE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS - I Corinthians 12 makes it clear that God has given spiritual gifts to every Christian. And verse 7 states unmistakably that these abilities are not provided to make you feel good; they are abilities to minister which should be used for the common good! I Peter 4:10 commands us to use spiritual gifts to help each other. The same passage makes it clear that we meet with other Christians so they can use their gifts to strengthen us. Gods gift of a preacher or teacher is wasted if no one comes to hear them speak. 2. UNITY - The church is pictured as a body in I Corinthians 12, and Paul explains that each part of the body exists to meet the needs of other body parts. In the same way, God intends each of us to meet the needs of other believers, using our strengths to help in their areas of weakness. I Corinthians 12:21 expresses it this way: "The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you." Neither can a Christian claim to be self-sufficient today. 3UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  4. 4. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE 3. The New Testament is full of “one another” commands. We are to comfort one another (I Thessalonians 4:18), build up one another (I Thessalonians 5:11), confess our sins to one another (James 5:16), pray for one another (James 5:16), and many more. How can we obey these directives if we stay away from the gathering of believers? 4. ACCOUNTABILITY - God designed the church as a place where spiritual leaders could watch out for our welfare, as a shepherd guards the sheep (I Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:17). A Christian who answers only to himself can easily rationalize sinful attitudes or actions; regular contact with other Christians can keep us sharp. A single verse should actually be sufficient answer for this question: Hebrews 10:25 warns its readers against “forsaking the assembly of yourselves together, as the manner of some is.” 4UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  5. 5. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE EMPOWERMENT FROM RECEIVING THE SPIRIT OF THE PASTORI. IMPORTANCE OF RECEIVING THE SPIRIT OF THE PASTOR a. Leave the spirit of your former pastor and his vision behind because “if you don’t have the spirit of the man, you can’t work effectively in the vision of the land.” This is called the Law of Harmony.II. TO RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE PASTOR a. Recognize and accept the pastoral office as the head of the local Body because God has placed him as the shepherd over this flock. b. Know that the Father has led you to this body (to this flock) for the purpose of feeding and educating you with the things of the Father. In the process, you will grow and mature spiritually and become a strong and vibrant Christian. c. Understand the office/position of the Pastor as well as the position in which you have been placed into the local body. Submit to the rule (authority) of the Pastor in keeping with Hebrews 13:17 which says, “Obey them (pastor) that have rule (authority) over you and submit yourselves: for they (the pastor) watch for your souls, as they (the pastor) must give account, that they may do it with joy and not with grief — for that is unprofitable for you.” d. You cannot have two heads of authority. Your Pastor to whom you serve is the spiritual head. e. Examples of receiving the spirit of your Pastor can be found in II Kings 2:1-25 and II Kings 3:11 i. Elisha followed after Elijah. ii. Elisha voluntarily submitted himself to Elijah, the man of God. iii. Elisha recognized, respected, and willingly accepted Elijah’s authority. iv. The work directed by Elijah was for the benefit of the whole. v. Elisha trusted the leading of Elijah because he saw Elijah as a prophet through the eyes of the Spirit of God. vi. Elisha, by obeying and following Elijah, received a double honor and anointing which catapulted his ministry in God’s due time. vii. God’s honor and authority will be bestowed upon you based on the degree and quality of your submission to the authority appointed over you by God. viii. Elisha supported Elijah. ix. Elisha was a servant to Elijah (I Kings 19:19-2 1 and II Kings 3:11). 5UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  6. 6. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Senior Pastor Levonzia and Lady Saverna StevensPastor Levonzia Stevens, Sr.Pastor Levonzia Stevens, Sr. is a vessel in whom God has implanted a vision to transform livesand build a unified community for the Kingdom of God. He is the Senior Pastor of Hope AglowEmpowerment Center, a multi-cultural church with campuses located in Woodbridge andFredericksburg, Virginia. Pastor Stevens is supported by his wife, Saverna, their three children -Juanita, Desiree, and Levonzia, Jr.After growing up on the streets of Newark, NJ and surrounded by a drugs and alcohol infestedlife Pastor Stevens served our country for six years in the USMC. Refusing to accept the call ofGod on his life led to poor decisions which caused him to serve almost 6 years in prison. It wasat this time the Holy Spirit began to transform his life. In prison he accepted the call to ministryand embarked upon the journey to influence and transform lives for God’s Kingdom.Lady Saverna StevensLady Stevens is an accomplished business woman in Northern Virginia and has manyprofessional accomplishments. Her honesty, compassion, and commitment to excellence haveset her apart for a unique work with women. She is founder and CEO of First Lady’s House ofHope which is a twelve month recovery program for chemically addicted pregnant andpostpartum women.Lady Stevens is the founder of Kingdom Women and Talitha Cumi, two ministries thatempower, encourage, and position women for the next move of God. Her versatility andattention to detail are contributing factors of her insightfulness to the needs of women. Cananyone find a virtuous woman? Lady Stevens’ character personifies all the virtues of theProverbs 31 Woman. 6UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  7. 7. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE EMPOWERING VISION, PURPOSE, AND MISSION OF HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER I. CHURCH VISION a. In order to receive the vision of Hope Aglow Empowerment Center, it is important to first understand the meaning of the term, “vision.” According to Strong’s Concordance, “vision” means “a dream, a revelation.” b. Our Pastor was given by God the vision of establishing, leading, and directing Hope Aglow Empowerment Center. You have been called to assist him in fulfilling this vision. The vision of Hope Aglow Empowerment Center is an insight into God’s divine purpose and will for a people whom He has chosen and called to fulfill it. You have been called, chosen, and placed into this fellowship of believers to fulfill this revelation from God. The two supporting scriptures for the foundation of this vision are: i. Psalm 89:19, The Lord speaks in visions. ii. Proverbs 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish. II. THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING THE VISION a. There can only be one vision in each house of God. The vision is always given to the Head (Pastor). The Father gives His vision to the Pastor, who in turn directs the body of believers. b. Two visions is a DI-VISION. i. Amos 3:3 - Can two walk together (united, alike, become one) except they be agreed? ii. In order to walk in agreement, to walk united, to walk alike, and to become one, you must hear, see, and understand the vision of Hope Aglow Empowerment Center. iii. Our Pastor’s vision was conferred upon him by God as a revelation for this area. c. When a member states that he or she has received a vision for the Body, they will be out of order and in a state of rebellion because that vision will not be from the Father. The vision always comes from the head. d. Those who are operating out of their own spirit and vision will pollute the body when they interject their own vision. Through this error, they will stumble in their judgment and be blinded in their decisions. (Isaiah 28:7) e. Ephesians 4:17 — “...ye walk not as the Gentiles (heathen) in the vanity (empty, profitless, idol, depravity) of their minds.” f. You are to be led by the Spirit and walk in love, in unity, in agreement and in faith with the vision of Hope Aglow Empowerment Center. 7UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  8. 8. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING THE VISION (continued) g. You are not to be led by “your own” vision. As to the direction that the church is going, the vision of Hope Aglow Empowerment Center was given to our Pastor. Our part as members (co-labors) is to assist the Pastor in fulfilling the vision through commitment, faithfulness, and loyalty. h. When a vision, other than that of the Pastor’s, begins to pull, attract, or influence you, then its purpose is to pull you out of harmony with the Body, making you available to the onslaught of the enemy. i. Jeremiah 14:14-18, “...they prophesy FALSE VISION…” ii. Ezekiel 13:6-15, “... they have seen vanity and lying divination…” 8UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  9. 9. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE VISIONHope Aglow Empowerment Center was born out of a vision to transform lives and to build aunified community for the Kingdom of God. SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION Hebrews 6:19 (AMP) “[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul it can not slip and [it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it – a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil” PURPOSEHope Aglow Empowerment Center exists to bring the full knowledge of Jesus Christ to thepeople so that they will become obedient disciples.. THE MISSION Hope Aglow Empowerment Center fulfills its purpose by: • Submitting unto the will of God; revealed through individual and cooperate prayer • Nurturing an environment for a diverse, multiracial and multicultural congregation to work in unity for Kingdom fulfillment • Strengthening the families of HAEC and our community through the values and principles of scriptures • Shaping and developing the hearts of youth for God • Fostering a unique, vibrant and corporate praise and worship atmosphere; whereby Saints are sensitive to the presence of God • Teach, train and instruct saints for outreach ministry THE MOTTO We are one team, with one mission, unified in one goal transforming souls 9UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  10. 10. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Discovering True Kingdom OutreachWitnessing or being a witness for Christ is not what we do as Christians it is who we are.What is a witness?A witness is one who testifies on behalf of or because of. 1 John 5:9-12 When we receive Christ we receive the witness of God. Hebrews 12:1 There is a cloud of witnesses that prove God is real and faith is real. 1 Thessalonians 2:10-12__After we receive the Word of Truth we become witnesses tothe divine hand of GodOverall, we are the witness of God on this earth through salvation of Christ.How does one translate the witness of Christ?We are God’s instruments here on this earth. To translate means to take from one unknownthing (language) and present it in a manner that is easily understood by the masses. Remembertranslators know their audience and the culture of that audience.Steps for an effectual translation of information to the unbeliever/newly saved about ChristUsing your spiritual gifts is important. 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11; 28 & Romans 12:6-8 __Word of Wisdom ________, __Word of knowledge_____________ ___Faith____________________, _Gifts of healing _______________ __Working of miracles ________, ____Prophecy _________________ __Discerning of spirits _________, __Divers kinds of tongues _______ __Interpretation of tongues _____, ___Helps _______________________ __Governments ______________, ___Teachers _____________________ ___Giving _________________, __Leading ___ ____________________ __Exhortation________________, __Ministry ______________________The use of the gifts enables us to speak straight to the spirit of the person, by impacting the soul. 10UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  11. 11. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDESteps to WitnessingPrepare yourselfPray/fast 2 Kings 6:17 ___Spiritual vision ______________ Luke 12:12 _____Spiritual Speech _____________ 2 Cor. 3:16 __Veil removed from their hearts _____ Eph. 6:11-12 __That you put on the armor of God _Using the ABCD of witnessing-He who wins souls is __wise_____ Proverbs 11:30A stands for AdmitNeed to get them to admit they ____need ___a ___savior____Romans 6:23 ___Sin = death; gift of God = eternal life _____1 Corin. 1:18 ___Remember the gospel to some is foolishnessEph. 2:12 __Without God there is no hope/promise and aliens _John 3:18 ___Those that believe not on Christ their sentence is served __Understand that sin will be one of the most used words while you are witnessing.Sin is defined as; the violation of God’s law, to miss the mark or to ___stray__________ outsidethe boundary of __light ________ into __darkness___________.Remember at this point to keep it cool by;_praying_____________Remember they are precious to God_Not feeling as if you must get them to see (that is God’s job) 11UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  12. 12. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEB stands for BelieveYou need to get them to believe that Jesus came to earth and dead for their sins and now He is atthe right hand of God the Father until the coming of the end.1 Peter 2:24 _Christ took our sins upon Himself _____Romans 5:11-15 _Reign of grace through Christ _____C stands for Come to JesusOnce a person as admitted that they are a sinner…. Once they believe that Jesus took their sin onhim when he died…then it is time for action. Coming to Jesus is an action one must perform tocorrectly receive salvation/forgiveness. We start this friendship by receiving Jesus into ourhearts (conscience; becoming aware of him inside).Rev. 3:20 ___Christ will come to any who answers the knock _____________D stands for detailsSpeak to the person about baptism, the importance of church attendance, prayer, reading theBible, fellowship with other believers, and telling others what they have done.Don’t forget to make the person feel welcome into the Body of Christ. Your joy and livelinesswill show the joy you are feeling because their soul has been snatched from hells doors.REJOICE, REJOICE, AND REJOICE.Always seal the prayer of salvation with a closing blessing over the life of the person.Prayer for: Protection over the seed that was sown Clear understanding of Christ in their life Continue to have an encounter with God each day Surrounded by other believers all the time to further develop their salvation 12UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  13. 13. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Practical Questions/excusesExcuse #1 it’s hard to believe in a God I can’t see 2 Cor. 5:7 Heb. 11:6Excuse #2 I’m afraid of praying to receive Christ and nothing happening. Heb. 11:6 Reve. 3:20Excuse #3 I’ve tried to be a Christian before and failed Prov. 3:5-6 Eph. 2:8-9Excuse #4 I’m afraid I can’t hold on to being a Christian Rom 14:4 1 Thess. 5:24 2 Corth. 12:9Excuse #5 I’m not a sinner Is. 64:6-7 John 16:9 Romans 3:10-12Question #1 What to do if other people laugh at me 2 Tim. 2:12 James 4:4 13UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  14. 14. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Prov. 1:26Question #2 What if I am too weak and mess up John 1:12 John 6:37 1 Tim 1:15Question #3 Do I have to receive Christ publicly Rom. 10:9-10 1 John 4:15 Matt. 10-32-33Question #4 Should I feel something 2 Cor. 5:7Question #5 What if I don’t understand God or the Bible Rom. 11:33 Ps. 25:14 1 Cor. 2:14Question #6 what if I can’t break from my sins Luke 13:3 Gal. 6:8 Heb. 7:25Question #7 Don’t all religions lead to God John 10:7-12 John 14:6 Acts 4:10-12 14UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  15. 15. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEQuestion #8 Why should I serve God as a teenager Matt. 16:26 John 10:10 Pro. 3: 5-6 15UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  16. 16. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE STEWARDSHIP EMPOWERMENT I. WHAT IS A STEWARD? a. A person entrusted with the management of estates or affairs not his own, an administrator. b. A manager of a household or estate; a manager. c. An individual who has been delegated authority by an owner to oversee his possessions, property and household affairs. II. STEWARDSHIP IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER a. ___We know that God owns all • Genesis 14:19,22 • Psalms 24:1 b. _____Everything good is of God • James 1:17 • Philippians 4:19 c. ____Give an account • Romans 14:12 d. _____Must have faith • Hebrews 11:6 III. THE BELIEVER IS A STEWARDa. ______Must give an account of how we cared over God’s estate • Romans 14:12 • Luke 16:2-4b. _____That which is given of God will be account to God • Matthews 25:1-23 IV. STEWARDSHIP IN PRACTICE a. ___We are God’s steward • I Corinthians 6:19,20 • Romans 12:1,2 b. ____We ask for guidance from God to be proper stewards • Psalm 90:12 • Proverbs 24:30-34 16 UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  17. 17. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE c. __Don’t be more concerned with the natural treasures • Matthew 6:19-21 d. __Be prepared to come and give • I Corinthians 16:1-2 V. WE CAN EXPECT FROM GODa. ___Blessings • Proverbs 8:18b. ___Days multiplied; years increased • Proverbs 9:11 VI. OUR ATTITUDE ABOUT FINANCES MUST BE a. _______Trust God • Proverbs 3:5 b. _______Don’t be grudgingly, but cheerful • 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 17 UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  18. 18. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE VII. THREE TYPES OF FINANCIAL GIFTS TITHE (10%) OFFERINGS (Seed) BENEVOLENCE Holy to the Lord Anything after the tithe Financial gifts extended Lev. 27:30 to the poor Mat. 5:42; Luke 12:33 A thank-offering Blesses the work of the Lord Giving to local church Gen. 14:20 Ex. 35:20-36 and ministry Acts 4:33-35 A memorial to God’s blessings Signifies our devotion to Gen. 28:22 God I Chron. 29:1-9 First fruits of your labor Constrains us to give our all 2 Chron. 31:5 Luke 21:1-4 Proof of God’s faithfulness Mal. 3:10 VIII. RESULTS OF NOT GIVING a. _____Holding back prevents increase • Proverbs 11:24 b. ___When we listen others hear our hearts • Proverbs 21:13c. _____When we do for others we ourselves will be cared for • Proverbs 28:27 d. ___Allowing riches to rule is an evil • Ecclesiastes 5:13 I. WHAT IS PRAYER and HOW DOES IT RELATE TO STEWARDSHIP? Prayer is communication with the Father. a. Always keep prayer (communication with the Father) personal. b. Prayer should never be a duty or a dread. Communication with the Father is based upon the depth of one’s relationship to the Father. c. Most people have little personal relationship with the Father. d. A man or woman who has little personal relationship with the Father has mostly a dull non-profitable prayer life. 18 UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  19. 19. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE e. When a person has not taken the time or effort to discipline himself to pray, they wonder where God is? He is where He has always been and will remain. We are the ones to draw near. f. Stewardship keeps away the devour and give us the access to the treasure chest of God’s blessings. However, prayer and faith is what allows us to retrieve the blessing. For the Bible says that “For with out faith it is impossible to please God”. 19UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  20. 20. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE MEMBERSHIP COVENANT Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and being in agreement with Hope Aglows structure, strategy, vision, purpose and mission statement, strategy, and structure I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with Hope Aglow Empowerment Centers church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following: 1. I will protect the unity of the church:  By acting in love toward other members  By refusing to gossip  By following the leaders "But, speaking the truth in love may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ." (Ephesians 4:15). Have “unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22). "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs" (Ephesians 4:29). “Obey them (your leaders) that have the rule and submit yourselves (to their authority). For they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you (no advantage to you)" (Hebrews 13:17). 2. I will share the responsibility of my church:  By praying for its growth  By inviting the un-churched to attend  By warmly welcoming those who visit To the church-“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers (remembering and praying for you constantly)" (1 Thessalonians 1:1-2). "And the Lord (The Master) said unto the servant, Go out unto the highways (roads) and hedges (country lanes) and compel (urge) them (the people) to come in that my house may be full" (Luke 14:23). "Wherefore receive one another (warmly welcome each other into the church) as Christ also received us to the glory of God (just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified)" (Romans 15:7). 20UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  21. 21. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE 3. I will serve the ministry of my church:  By discovering my gifts and talents  By being equipped to serve by my pastors  By developing a servants heart "Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you" (1 Peter 4:10) "And He himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12) "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who (took on) the very nature of a servant" (Philippians 2:4). 4. I will support the testimony of my church:  By attending faithfully  Living a godly life  By giving regularly in tithe and offerings "Let us not give up meeting together…but let us encourage one another" (Hebrews 10:25) "Whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ" (Philippians 1:27). "Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering" (1 Corinthians 16:2) "A tenth (of all your) produce…is the Lords, and is holy" (Leviticus 27:30). I have read and understand the above. Upon my signature, I agree to perform the above to the best of my ability. If I have further questions, I will direct them to the leadership of HAEC. ________________________ ________________________ Signature Date 21UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  22. 22. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE CHURCH OPERATIONS Woodbridge Campus Hope Aglow Empowerment Center 13550 Jefferson Davis Highway Woodbridge, VA. 22191 (703) 490-4673 (703) 490-9664 members@hopeaglow.org Office Hours Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday Closed Evening and Weekend Office Hours Wednesday 5:30pm – 7:30pm Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm Service Times Sunday – Worship Service 11:00am Wednesday Empowerment Bible Study Crossfire Youth Group R.E.B.E.L (Young Adults) 7:30pm Saturday Intercessory Prayer 8:00am 22UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  23. 23. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE CHURCH OPERATIONS Fredericksburg Campus Hope Aglow Empowerment Center 125 Olde Greenwich Drive Fredericksburg, VA. 22408 (540) 899-2191 Fredericksburg@hopeaglow.org Office Hours Monday – Friday TBA Saturday Closed Evening and Weekend Office Hours Thursday 6:30pm-7:30pm Sunday 7:30am – 11:00am Service Time Sunday – Worship Service 8:30am Saturday Intercessory Prayer 8:00am Thursday Empowerment Bible Study Crossfire Youth Group 7:30pm 23UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  24. 24. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE MEMBER SERVICESBookstoreThe Anchor of Hope Bookstore is where each member can acquire music, books, videos, andinformation on spiritual growth. Tools that aide in one’s spiritual development is essential.Helping HandsThose in need of food can make arrangements to secure items that are needed by contactingHelping Hands Ministry or the front office staff. The pantry is stocked by member donationsand external sources.Home Buying and Finance ServicesThose who are seeking to buy sell or lease houses may contact the Administration Office fornames of realtors and loan officers in the church. Seminars are held periodically to educatemembers on various strategies to achieve your goal of obtaining a home. The names furnisheddoes not necessary constitute an endorsement by HAEC.Wedding/Memorial ServicesThese services are available by filling out request forms at the Administration Office.Transportation ServicesArrangement can be made to pick-up those needing a ride to church by calling the front office atleast half an hour prior to the commencement of church. This service is limited to certain areas.You may also speak with one of the transportation volunteer coordinators at the church.Hospital, Nursing Home, or Jail Visitation ServicesPlease notify the administration office if you have become ill or incarcerated and arrangementswill be made for a Pastor or Deacon to visit and pray with you, and/or family members.BaptismWater baptism does not save a person. Yet, we are commanded by the Lord to perform thisspiritual observance to commemorate the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. When we arebaptized, we show by our obedience, the actions of Christ that won our salvation. This service isusually offered monthly on the 2nd Saturday of every other month. 24UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  25. 25. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE SPIRITUAL MINISTRY SERVICESBaby DedicationThis is the time where parents publicly announce their intent to raise their child in accordance toBiblical principles. Please notify the front office at least three weeks prior to the event. Thisservice is held on the 5th Sunday of the month.CommunionThis sacrament involves partaking of bread, which represents Christ’s body that was broken forour healing and drinking the fruit of the vine (grape juice), which represents the shed blood ofChrist on the Cross.Counseling/GuidanceThis service is available on an as needed basis. Every member in the body of Christ is to be ofaid to the other. This does not constitute that person as an approved counselor by the Church.You must contact the Administration Office for further information on counseling.Home DedicationCongratulations on the purchase of your new home! One of the ministerial staff will come toyour home and pray God’s blessing over you, your family, and protection of the residence.Please call the Administration Office for further information.Intercessory PrayerIf you need the Ground Breakers Intercessory Team to lift up your petitions in prayer, pleasecomplete a prayer request form, which is located in the lobby of Hope Aglow EmpowermentCenter. In addition, intercessory prayer takes place on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. and 15minutes before each service.Corporate prayer is the 4th Sunday of each month. 25UPDATED: May 11, 2012
  26. 26. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Hope Aglow Empowerment Center Organizational Structure Sr. Pastor Levonzia Stevens W.O.W. (Men’s Ministry) Kingdom Women (Women’s Ministry) Lady Saverna Stevens Young Gideon Kingdom Daughters Administration & Operations Board of Directors Fredericksburg & Woodbridge Campuses Academy – Sis. Desiree Dancy Anchor of Hope Bookstore – Sis. Rosa Harris Church Administrator – Lady Stevens Executive Administrative Assistant – Sis. Renee Brooks Finance – Sis. Medda Williams Graphics – Sis. Valarie Thompson Ground Breakers – Deaconness Margaret Harris Information Technology Ministry (ITM) – Bro. Donn Norwood International Ministry – Bro. Cyril Amoako Maintenance Ministry – Bro. Shalimar Green Marketing Ministry Media (Audio & Television) – Bro. Darnell Gittens Ministerial Program – Pastor Stevens Membership Management Services (MMS) – Min. Alejandro. & Sis. Valerie Ramos People of Destiny (P.O.D.S.) Seeds of Empowerment – Sis. Valerie Ramos Empowered Empowered Life Ministry Pastoral Care & Relations Ministry Education & Evangelism Ministry Music & Fine Arts Ministry Generation Ministry Min. Leon Willis Min. Monica Traylor Pastor Cheri Smith Bro. Dave Hammond Pastor Stephen Brown Porters & Greeters Baptism Education Dance Crossfire (Youth) Covenant Keepers Deacons SMAAC Outreach Drama R.E.B.E.L.S. (Young Adult) Chariots of Fire High Rollers (Seniors) Helping Hands Musicians L.I.F.E. (Singles) Altar Care Prison Ministry Choir & Psalmist Transportation Anchor of Health Hospitality Fredericksburg Campus Site Pastor - Deraine Simpson Operations & Administrative Manager - Min. Renee SmithUPDATED: May 11, 2012 26
  27. 27. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN HAECCrossfire Youth Ministry - crossfire@hopeaglow.org Is a ministry designed to shape and develop the hearts of youth for God. We strive toempower youth to maximize their potential in Christ by imparting Kingdom principles andvalues.Ground Breakers (Intercessory Prayer)- prayer@hopeaglow.org Ensures that all areas of the church are covered with prayer continuously by ferventlycommunicating with God.Helping Hands – hh@hopeaglow.org Distributes food and clothing to needy families in the church and the local communitywho are experiencing difficult times as a result of unemployment, illness, crisis, or significantfinancial problems. Non-perishable food is maintained by the church to be distributed wheneverthere is a need.High Rollers – highrollers@hopeaglow.org Any individual 48 years or older and their spouses are welcome to join the High Rollers.Our goal is to impact our community and the world for the Kingdom of God throughcongregational and community based services and activities for mature adults. High Rollers meetat least quarterly for activities and fellowship. Meetings may take place at either HAEC campusor other places as appropriate for the activity such as bowling centers, recreation centers, etc.Activities may also include traveling within or outside the state.K.W. (Kingdom Women) - kw@hopeaglow.org Is a ministry to assist all women in their individual growth and development towardsspiritual maturity by promoting the uncompromised Word of God.L.I.F.E. (Living in Full Empowerment Singles Ministry) – life@hopeaglow.org Is a ministry that connects the community of single Christians, who are growing togetherthrough discipleship, fellowship and outreachP.O.D. (People of Destiny) – pods@hopeaglow.org and podsfb@hopeaglow.org Creates an atmosphere of supportive and stimulating fellowship among the members ofHAEC in order to develop a socially and spiritually connected body of believers.UPDATED: May 11, 2012 27
  28. 28. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEPorter and Greeter Ministry – porters@hopeaglow.org Function of the Porters and Greeters are to glorify God by their service to the body ofChrist and to assist in creating a worshipful atmosphere for church services, activities and specialfunctionsPrison Ministry (Woodbridge Campus ONLY – Men ONLY) – prisonministry@hopeaglow.org Has evolved out of the need to reach out and demonstrate God’s love to men and womenwho are in need of healing and spiritual developmentR.E.B.E.L.S. (Righteously Empowered to Be Effective Leaders young adult Ministry) –rebels@hopeaglow.org is a ministry created of a vision to empower, teach and further developindividuals for the advancement of the Kingdom of GodS.O.E. (Seeds of Empowerment Children’s Ministry) – seedsofempowerment@hopeaglow.org Is committed to the spiritual growth and development of the children God has placed inour care.W.O.W. (Watchmen on the Wall) – wow@hopeaglow.org Is a ministry that is designed to empower men to assume their spiritual role of leadershipbeginning at home, then in the local church, then into the workplace and community.Covenant Keepers (marriage ministry) – covenant@hopeaglow.org Is a ministry that is deigned to empower the couples in their marriage.Membership Management Service Ministry – members@hopeaglow.orgEnsure that all members, new converts, and guests of HAEC are engrafted in the church and thatall persons affiliated with HAEC transition into the family of Christ and the ministry of HopeAglow Empowerment Center. 28UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  29. 29. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEYour next steps as a member of HAEC1. Continue to Grow in God.2. Find your place in the ministry to use your skills/gifts/ andtalents.3. Come expecting of God during our worship gatherings.4. Allow God to use you to bring additional individuals intothe Kingdom of God5. Pay your tithe and bring your offering so that we are ableto meet the resource need of ministry.6. Support your growth by reading and studying the Wordof God at home and in community study.7. Fellowship with the saints where you can formrelationships one with another (POD group).8. Pray for your church, the Pastor, the members as often asyou can.9. If your children are old enough involve them in the workof ministry and the life of the ministry.10. Love your neighbor as yourself and learn to live in Peacewith your brother. 29UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  30. 30. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE This section is designed To give you an overview Of what HAEC Believes “statements of faith” and to provide you with lessons for Christian development 30UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  31. 31. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE GOD THE FATHERI. WHO IS GOD? God is the creator of everything. Before anything was He was. He is thebeginning and the end. God is Self-existentElohim – God’s official title, it is a plural noun Genesis 1:1 , Genesis 1:26-27EL – singular form of Elohim Genesis 12:8, Isaiah 7:14Jehovah – personal name of God, and means Exodus 20:2, Deuteronomy 6:4RedeemerAdonai – means Master or Lord Genesis 15:2El Shaddai Genesis 17:1El Olam Genesis 21:33Jehovah Elohim Exodus 34:6Jehovah jireh Genesis 22:14Jehovah-shalom Judges 6:24Jehovah-shammah Ezekiel 48:35THE NATURE OF GODGod is a Spirit John 4:24, Colossians 1:15God is Light Revelation 21:23God is Love John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-21God is Omnipotent (all powerful) Matthew 19:26God is Omnipresent Jeremiah 23:24God Never ChangesGod is a Father Eph. 4:6 31UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  32. 32. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE JESUS CHRIST HUMANITYI. WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?HIS HUMANITY: Isaiah 7:14 He was a son Roman 1:3 Galatians 4:4 Luke 2:40 Grew up/learned wisdom and grace Matthew 26:12 Had a body Luke 24:39 John 2:21 Hebrews 10:10 Matthew 4:2 Matthew 1:1 Had family generations to point back to Called a man John 1:30 Here – before Luke 22:69 Here – then Here – now Hebrews 2:14-18 Flesh/BloodII. IT WAS NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH REDEMPTION FOR HUMANITYa. ______Made Flesh ___________________________________ • John 1:14 • Romans 8:2,3 • Hebrews 2:11-14b. ______Died for all/head of church ______________________ • Romans 14:9 • Colossians 1:17-18 • Hebrews 10:10-12 32UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  33. 33. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE JESUS CHRIST DIVINITYI. HE IS GOD (DIVINITY)a. ____Has been with us from before _________ • Micah 5:2 • John 8:58 • Hebrews 7:3 • Revelation 1:8b. _____Change not just as God__________________ • (Hebrews 13:8)c. • The Slain Lamb (Ex. 12, John 1:29; 1 Cor. 5:7; Rev. 5:12; 12:11, 13:8) • The obedient servant (Ex. 21:2-6; Ps. 40:6-8; Luke 22:27; Heb, 10:5-10) • Because of His work in Creation (John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2)d. • Over the church • Over angels • Over all men, dead and living • Over all the worlde. ____The Christ ______________________________ • Luke 22:66-71f. ___Beloved Son of God _______________________ • Matthew 3:17 • John 8:18 • I John 5:9g. ___The Holy Spirit testifies of Christ _____________ • (John 15:26) h. ____Because we have life we testify of Christ _____ • (John 5:39) i. ___Others testify of Him being the Christ _________ • Matthew 16:16 • John 1:1,2 • Romans 1:4 33UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  34. 34. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEj. ___God with us_______________________________ • Isaiah 7:14 • Matthew 1:23 34UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  35. 35. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE THE HOLY SPIRIT I. WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?a. He is the third person in the Trinity – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. b. Acts 2:33 says, “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” Acts 2:38-39 states, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” c. He is the Spirit of Truth. d. He is the promised and earnest inheritance. e. Ephesians 1:13-14 says, In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (John 15:26; Luke 24:49; Act 1:4-5,8) f. He is our comforter and our helper (John 14:16, 25-26). g. He is the Spirit of Truth (John 16:13). II. WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO? a. Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me “. The scripture, “ye shall be witnesses unto me,” is saying that with the power of the Holy Ghost you will be able to live in line with God’s Word. You will not be ashamed of Jesus Christ regardless of where you are or who you are with. Your life will always be a witness for Jesus Christ. b. _____Comforter- forever (John 14:16) c. ______Promise (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8) d. ______Help our infirmities (Romans 8:26,27) e. ______Spirit of truth (John 16:13) f. ______Shall teach/bring back to remembrance (John 14:26) g. ______Gives us information from the Father (John 16: 14, 15) h. ______ Spiritual understanding of purpose (I Cor 2:9-12) i. _______Gives us the ability to speak (Acts 2:4) j. _______Spiritual revelation (I Cor 12:3) 35UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  36. 36. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE III. UNDERSTANDING SPEAKING IN TONGUES The gift of speaking in tongues, just like the gift of salvation, is given freely by God. You cannot work for it. You cannot earn it. You do not have to tarry or wait for Him. Acts 2:1 -4 tells us that when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, the Apostles, all with one accord, were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. The key points here is that the Holy Spirit gave them the ability to active this gift and it is directly related to the understanding of receiving. Freely God’s gives and freely we should receive.IV. BENEFIT OF SPEAKING IN TONGUES a. According to Rom 8:26-27, we find that when the spirit prays, “He makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.” The scriptures go on to say, “And he (Christ) that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will (or Word) of God.” In other words, when your spirit prays, you pray the perfect prayer. b. I Cor 14:2 – the Word of God tells us, “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God.’ for no man understandeth him,’ howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” You speak the wisdom of God, even the hidden wisdom of God (I Cor 2:7). When you speak in an unknown tongue, you speak directly to God. Satan cannot understand or interfere with this prayer. An example of Satan interfering is while praying, your prayer would be interrupted with crazy thoughts, and you quickly forget what you are praying about. Your unknown tongue is your personal way of communicating with God. According to the Bible, tongues: • __Uses our groaning to pray for us (Rom 8:26-27) • __Grow spiritually by praying in the spirit (Eph 6: 18) • __Unknown lang. speaks to God (I Cor 14:2) • __Build our selves up (Jude 20) 36 UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  37. 37. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE SALVATIONI. Salvation is the work of God by which He saves man from the eternal doom ofsin.The meaning of salvation in the Hebrew and Greek implies the ideas of deliverance, safety,preservation, healing and soundness.Until a person receives salvation they are lost and judged. Being a good person is not salvation.GREAT TRUTHSalvation was God’s concept Eph. 1:4Salvation was a result of God’s 1 Peter 1:20foreknowledgeSalvation is the grace of God 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 2:11 Romans 5:8Salvation was discussed before the Genesis 3:15; 22:8,CrossThe price paid for salvation was Christ Romans 8:11, 1 Peter 3:18Salvation saved us from the penalty of 2 Corinthians 5:21sinSalvation saved us from the power of Romans 6:14, Hebrews 9:24-28sinThrough salvation Christians can live a Romans 7:15-25, Romans 8:1victorious lifeSalvation saved us from the presence of 1 Peter 1:4-5sinSalvation is a free gift Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 6:23 37UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  38. 38. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE PRAYER (THE EMPOWERING OF YOUR SOUL)II. WHAT IS PRAYER? Prayer is communication with the Father. a. Always keep prayer (communication with the Father) personal. b. Prayer should never be a duty or a dread. Communication with the Father is based upon the depth of one’s relationship to the Father. c. Most people have little personal relationship with the Father. d. A man or woman who has little personal relationship with the Father has mostly a dull non- profitable prayer life. e. When a person has not taken the time or effort to discipline himself to pray, they wonder where God is? He is where He has always been and will remain. We are the ones to draw near. Example 1: In the Old Testament, the people’s mentality was that Moses would go up, hear from God, come back down, and tell the people what God was saying. The people preferred for Moses to hear from God for them. In the New Testament, Jesus led the way for every believer to follow when He rent the veil. Now everyone has direct access to God’s presence and hear for themselves. Example 2: When praying, be yourself. Don’t try to impress the Father with a style that is not yours. “…Oh my beloved Royal Father, who sitteth upon thy throne and looketh down from thy perch...” Communicate with Him as a son or a daughter talks to his or her daddy. Pray the Word of God and say back to God what He has said in His Word to you.III. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRAYER a. ____Intercessor (stands in the gap) • An intercessor is one who has the right to take the place or stand in the gap for another and exercises that right. He pleads another’s case. Jesus stands between God and man (Ezekiel 22:30). For example, Job needed a “daysman” (an umpire or intercessory) to stand between him and God to plead his case (Job 9:32-3 3). The Holy Spirit is our Helper in intercession. • The Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27). This does not mean that we don’t have to pray. It means that when we pray, the Holy Spirit will pray for us through us. • The Holy Spirit intercedes with us (Romans 8:26-27). When we don’t know what things 38 UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  39. 39. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE to pray for, as we ought, then the Holy Spirit, who is our helper, takes hold together with us against the forces of evil. • He prays perfectly because He knows the mind of Christ and prays according to the Will of God (Romans 8:27) Jesus is our intercessor -- The Great Intercessor • __Jesus’ hand brings salvation/righteousness (Isaiah 59:16). • ___Mediator (I Timothy 2:5). • ___Priesthood (Hebrews 7:25). • “Who is he that condemeth? It is Christ that dies, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34). Ingredients for Successful Intercession • Love - the God kind of love. A sincere desire to see people delivered, set free and saved (Romans 5:5). • Knowledge of the Word – to pray effectively, you need to know who you are in Christ, your ability, rights and authority (John 15:7, 16). • Willingness to do the work – when we pray for people, we should be willing to go out and do the work. We are the body of Christ and He does the work through us (Hebrews 6:10). • Fervency – James 5:16 states that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” You must mean business when you pray and not have a lackadaisical attitude about what you are doing.b. __Prayer is a weapon • “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:17- 18). • The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (II Corinthians 10:3-4). • “….For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities...” (Ephesians 6:12). “...Whatsoever we bind on earth shall be bound...Whatsoever we loose one earth...” (Matthew 18:18).c. ____Provides growth • Prayer whether personal or public for church or organization is the foundation from which our spiritual man is built. • In church, we gather collectively to call upon His name as body of believers. • Reading throughout the Book of Acts and the Epistles, we are encouraged to pray as body of believers. • We are to pray personally and collectively 39UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  40. 40. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE • ”…If two of you shall agree on earth as touching...” Power of Agreement (Matthew 18:19). • “…And the whole multitude of the people were praying...” (Luke 1:10). • “…These all continued with one accord in prayer...” (Acts 1:14). • And when they (believers) heard (news) that, they lifted up their voice to God...” (Acts 4:24). • Peter got out of jail and came to a house (church), “where many were gathered together praying” (Acts 12:12).d. _____Prayer is noticed by God • Acts 10:1-8e. _____Disciples Prayer lesson • Luke 11:1-4). 40UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  41. 41. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE TRAINING FOR SERVICECourse description:This course is designed to provide a student with a well rounded knowledge of God’s Word.This is a high impact deep study of the Bible.Course Outline: Week 1 Discovering the Word of God Week 2 Books of the Bible Week 3 Discovering True Kingdom Outreach Week 4 Discovering your gift Week 5 Discovering your area of service Week 6 Your next steps as a member of HAEC. 41UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  42. 42. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Discovering the Word of GodThe Bible is a personal message from Almighty God Himself – straight from heaven – to you.The main theme of this message is Jesus – even in the Old Testament. Jesus is the living Word,the message of God to all mankind.Ever since the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, God was unwilling to leave us in our sin andHe was unwilling to exist without us. Therefore, He had a plan – the plan of redemption –wherein He gave His Son to pay the price for our sins on the Cross; and thereby, He brought usback into fellowship with Him. Glory to God! So, look for Jesus in every book of the Bible. Allscriptures either speak of His coming, pointing toward His act of love on the cross, or refer backto Jesus and the cross.Settle in your mind that while the Bible is God’s inspired Word, it is also meant to be simple andcompletely applicable, “down – to – earth.” Do not just give it a place of honor on a bookshelf,but treat the Word as your personal hands-on reference book for life, a how-to book for dailyliving.God’s Word is not just a set of rules, but it is our very source of liberty. God sent His Word toset us free. As one author puts it, the problems of the Church all come from “a lack of deep,prayerful Bible study.” (David Ketter)So read the Word with a positive attitude, approaching it as an open door to freedom.To help in your study, we recommend the following: 1. Young’s Analytical Concordance – a great help in finding verses that pertain to specific situations or needs. It contains Hebrew and Greek translations. 2. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance – a dictionary of Hebrew, Chaldee and Greek words. 3. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words – a dictionary for scriptural words and meanings.WHY STUDY THE BIBLE?What the majority of Christians do not realize is that the Word of God is alive! His Word stilltransforms lives in this day and age. The Word can truly affect and have a life-changing impacton the daily lives of Christians and everyone who receives it.God reveals Himself through His Word. As He reveals Himself to you, you can expect your lifeto change; as you are not just learning about Him, you are getting to "know" God andestablishing a personal relationship with Him. The reason we study the Bible is that we mayknow God, know His ways, and walk in them. Then we can truly live a successful Christian life. 1. ORIGIN OF THE BIBLE Divine Source –the Bible itself came from God. 42UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  43. 43. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE 1 Corinthians 2:13 1 Thessalonians 2:13 2 Timothy 3:16 2 Peter 1:20,21 Revelation 22:18,19 Human Writers- Inspired men God used 40 men in writing the Bible. Written over a time of 1500 years from 1400 B.C. to A.D. 100 Total of 66 Books in the Bible Ancient versions and manuscripts: Manuscripts are documents written by hand Version is a translation of any document into another language. The Old Testament Was written in the Hebrew language between 1400 BC and 400 BC Covers from Genesis to Malchi a total of 39 books The New Testament All the books were written in Greek during the first century after Christ. Covers from Matthew to Revelation a total of 27 books 2. STEPS TO STUDYING YOUR BIBLE Inductive Study Inductive study draws you into a personal interaction with the scripture and thus with the God of the scripture.Here is a prayer to pray with confidence as you sit down to study and meditate on His Word:Father, in the Name of Jesus, I come before You today. I take authority over Satan and bind hisoperation in my life. I pray that the eyes of my understanding be enlightened so that I may knowhow rich is my inheritance in the saints. I further pray that I may be filled with the knowledge of 43UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  44. 44. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEYour will with all wisdom and spiritual understanding, and with the ability to walk in a way thatis fully pleasing to You as I increase in my knowledge of You.Father, I pray that I will be rooted and built-up in Jesus as well as to be established in the faith.I am confident that He, who began a good work in me, will continue that good work until the dayof Jesus Christ.I know You have heard my prayer and therefore I know that I have the petitions for which I ask.Thank You in Jesus’ Name. 3. REMEMBER THE CONTEXT RULE Consider each verse in light of the following ___Culture_____________________________________ ___Custom______________________________________ ____Who is talking ______________________________ ____What question has been asked __________________ ____The date of the writings ________________________ 44UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  45. 45. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE .STUDY RESOURCES Bibles (We recommend the KJV, NKJV, Amplified, and New International Version) Open Bible Thompson Chain Reference Ryrie Study Bible Tyndale Life Application Bible Nelson Study Bible The Spirit-filled Life Bible The Scofield Study Bible John Maxwell Leadership Bible Youth Bibles Adventure Bible Revised Nelson’s Extreme Teen Bible Children Bibles The Children’s Bible Early Reader’s Bible The Explorer’s Bible for Kids Nelson’s KidsBible.Com Study Aids Easton’s Bible Dictionary Jack Van Impe’s Dictionary on Prophesy Smith’s Bible Dictionary Nave’s Topical Bible Strong’s concordance The Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary Greek Lexicon Manners & Customs of the Bible 45UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  46. 46. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Books of the BibleO.T. Books of the Bible:There are four different divisions: The Books of the Law (5) Books of History (12) Books of Poetry (5) Books of Prophecy (17)The books of the law are the first five books of the Bible: Genesis – means beginning. Records the beginning of the world Exodus – means going out. Records the exodus of Israel from Egypt Leviticus – name taken from the tribe of Levi Numbers – name after the numbering of the people Deuteronomy – means second law or repeated lawThe books of history are the next twelve books and covers about 1,000 years from 1400 BC to400 BC: Joshua Judges Ruth 1 & 2 Samuel 1&2 Kings 1&2 Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah EstherThe books of poetry are the next five books after the history books. Job is a dramatic debate. Deals with the problem of human suffering Psalms collection of songs many by David Proverbs a collection of short, point sayings Ecclesiastes – means preacher, a name Salomon give to himself Song of Solomon is an operetta work of SolomonThe book of prophecy is the next seventeen books. Major Prophets Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Ezekiel 46UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  47. 47. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Daniel Minor Prophets Hosea Joel Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah MalachiN.T. Books of the BibleThere are four divisions in the N.T. The Gospels (4) The History (1) The Letters (21) The Prophecy (1)The gospels are the first four books of the N.T. Gospel means “good news” Matthew written to the Jews, points to the fulfillment of prophecy Mark written to Romans points the recorded life of Christ Luke written to Greeks which Luke was himself John was written to speak about some of the more deeper spiritual teachings of Jesus.The book of history is the next book: Acts tells of the acts done by the apostles after Christ and the progression of the ChurchThe books of letters are the next twenty-one books. These are either named after the writer orthe group/individual to whom it was written. Romans 1 &2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 & 2 Thessalonians 1 & 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews 47UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  48. 48. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE James 1 & 2 Peter 1-3 John JudeThe book of prophecy is the next book and was written by John the apostle. Records therevelation of Jesus gave him. Revelation – dated around A.D. 100. 48UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  49. 49. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDE Discovering your GiftDescriptive WordsTo understand the nature of spiritual gifts we must first look at the words which the writers ofScripture used to describe them. I Corinthians 12 lists them for us. Each word, it seems, viewsthe gifts from another standpoint, showing another aspect of their purpose, function, or source.Viewing these terms together yields a more complete description of the gifts they are describing."Spirituals"In verse 1 the Authorized Version (KJV) mentions "spiritual gifts." The Greek simply reads"spirituals" (ton pneumatikon), meaning "things characterized or controlled by the Spirit."Spiritual gifts, then, are first of all things controlled or characterized by the Spirit."Gifts"In verse 4 we find the word "gifts" which translates from the Greek word charisma; hence, ourterm "charismatic." The root word (charis) means "grace." So now if pneumatikon tells us thatspiritual gifts are things characterized by the Holy Spirit, charisma teaches us that they are giftsof Gods grace. They are not something we earn or deserve. They are gifts of grace. Regardlessof what the term "charismatic" has come to mean and imply today, there really is no such thingas a non-charismatic gift. All gifts are charismatic; that is, all gifts are freely given by a graciousGod.This term is used also in Romans 12:6 and I Peter 4:10. (It should be noted that when Paulspeaks of gifts in Ephesians 4:7-8, he employs another term, dorea, which stresses virtually thesame truth; i.e., that spiritual gifts are just that -- gifts, not rewards.) This is further emphasizedthroughout the first half of chapter 12. For instance, verse 7 tells us they are given; again in verse8 is the same. Verses 11 and 18 declare that the gifts are given sovereignty by the Spirit of God:He distributes them as He sees fit.With this truth recognized, a basic principle begins to emerge, a principle which we shalldevelop later in more detail. We naturally tend to think that a very gifted man must be a verygodly man. A pastor, for example, who is especially gifted in several areas (such as preaching,teaching, leadership, counseling, etc.) is almost instinctively assumed to be spiritually matureand further advanced in holiness than the "ordinary" believer. "What else could explain his greatgiftedness?" we think. The simple fact of the matter is that he may or may not be spirituallymature. His giftedness really has nothing to do with the question, for gifts are not given inproportion to holiness or anything else. Gifts are given freely and sovereignty by God towhomsoever He wills. They are gifts of grace, not merit, and so they are not at all indicative of apersons sanctification. They prove nothing but that God gives gifts freely. Spiritual gifts are"charismatic" -- gifts of grace."Administrations" 49UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  50. 50. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEIn verse 5 Paul calls them "administrations." The term in the Greek is diakonia, "service," thesame word from which we get the word "deacon," which means "servant." The next fact aboutspiritual gifts, then, is that they are services to be performed. Their primary function is for others.Gifts are for serving."Operations"Verse 6 calls them "operations." This is the Greek word from which we get our English word"energy" (energema). Spiritual gifts are also energizing. It is likely that this word emphasizes thedivine energy enabling us to perform the service. Peter has this very idea in mind when he saysto "minister" (serve) with the "ability" (strength) which God gives (I Peter 4:11). God gifts us toperform service in His strength."Manifestations"Finally, verse 7 refers to them as "manifestations." The Greek word (phanerosis) means "to makevisible," or "to display." Spiritual gifts, then, are visible displays of service to others. Spiritualgifts are not abilities given to do something for yourself, alone. That is selfishness. They arevisible "services" performed for others. They are to be exercised in love, Paul teaches in chapter13, and "love seeketh not her own" (13:5).DefinitionPutting together all these terms, we find that a spiritual gift is a God-given ability to serve thechurch effectively. There are longer definitions which can be made, but this seems to say it all.God has graciously, undeservedly equipped each of us with the ability to minister to otherswithin the body of Christ. A spiritual gift, then, more than being a possession, is a channelthrough which the Holy Spirit ministers to His church. This is the means He has chosen to edifythe Church.DistinctionsGifts and GiftAt this juncture, some distinctions are in order. The gifts of the Spirit are not the same as the giftof the Spirit. In Acts 2:38 Peter says to those who inquired about salvation, "Repent, and bebaptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shallreceive the gift of the Holy Ghost." The "gift" (singular) of the Holy Spirit is simply the HolySpirit Himself. The Holy Spirit Himself was the promised Gift to all who believe on Jesus. Jesusspoke of this on several occasions. John 7:38-39 records one such occasion. Jesus said, "He thatbelieveth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."Then John added the interpretive comment, "This spake he of the Spirit which they that believeon him should receive." John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26; and 16:7 also speak of the same promisedGift, as does Acts 1:4-5. As will be developed later, the Holy Spirit is Christs Gift to His church,and this is basic to receiving the gifts (plural) of the Spirit: when we receive Him, we then alsoreceive what He gives; i.e., spiritual gifts. For example, since I married my wife, I have jokinglytold her many times, "whats yours is mine, and whats mine is mine!" That may be a little one-sided, but you see the principle -- when I received her, I received also what was hers. All that 50UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  51. 51. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEwas hers became mine as well when we became united in marriage. And the same was true forher. Likewise, when I received the blessed Spirit of God, I received Him in all that He had tooffer. Among the wonderful ministries of the Spirit in the believers life is the ministry of giftingfor service. This we received when we received Him.Perhaps it would be helpful to pause here and explain another point in this verse (Acts 2:38).When Peter said to "repent and be baptized for the remission of sins" he was not teaching thatbaptism is a requirement of salvation. The Greek preposition translated "for" in this verse (eis)carries the idea of "because of." "Repent and be baptized because of the remission of sins." Itslike those posters in the police station, "man wanted `for robbery" -- they are not asking forvolunteers! They are declaring that someone is wanted "because of" his crime alreadycommitted; he is not wanted in order to commit it! The same is true here; we are to be baptizedin obedience to Christ because of our forgiven sins not in order to gain forgiveness.Gifts and FruitNor should we confuse gifts of the Spirit with fruit of the Spirit. Gifts are services to beperformed for others; "fruit" speaks of the graces or character traits of a person indwelt by theHoly Spirit. When the Spirit of God takes up residence in a man, He not only enables him toserve, but He also begins to cultivate holiness, the evidence of which is a deep-seated "love, joy,peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22-23).Both the fruit and the gifts are essential. Both are manifestations of the indwelling Spirit. But thetwo are not the same.Gifts and TalentsFinally, a word about talents. What is the difference between a gift and a talent? It is often saidthat we are born with certain talents, natural abilities, but when we are born again we are givenspiritual gifts -- talents being natural and gifts being supernatural. It is interesting that such sharpdistinction is never drawn in Scripture. It is often inferred or just assumed, today, but never is itso stated in Scripture. And with all the facts examined, it seems that this distinction is needlessand difficult, if not impossible, to demonstrate.Let me explain. Galatians 1:15-16, for example, declares, in effect, that Paul was gifted to preachat birth. But that gift, obviously, was not exercised until many years later. To be sure, he nodoubt preached and taught before he believed, but that preaching or teaching received an entirelynew dimension when he was saved. He had the gift (talent) all along; it became "spiritual" whenhe became spiritual. (A "spiritual" man is a Christian. This is Pauls terminology in I Corinthians2:14-15.) His "natural" giftedness (which, of course, was sovereignty given also) becamespiritual simply because he himself became spiritual. Or to look at it another way, what is thedifference between what your Sunday School teacher does each Sunday morning and what yourcollege professor did for you? The difference is obvious: the teaching of your Sunday teacher, oryour pastor, although that same talent, gift, could be used in a secular classroom, has an entirelydifferent dimension. That teaching is spiritual and ministers to the church. The talent is the samebut has been given a new dimension and a new capacity -- a capacity for spiritual things. Many ateacher has become "spiritual" and so gained the ability to minister to the church with the sametalent, the same gift, he had all along. That talent simply became enhanced in its ability to serve 51UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012
  52. 52. HOPE AGLOW EMPOWERMENT CENTER NEW MEMBERS GUIDEthe church effectively. It became spiritual. So the contrast is not absolute; nor are suchdistinctions necessary. God wisely and providentially equips at birth; the spiritual dimension isadded at the new birth, but the talent itself is basically the same.An ObservationBefore leaving this matter of definitions, one more observation is in order, and that concerns thatword "manifestations." Just what is it that is manifested? What is made visible? It is the HolySpirit Himself! A spiritual gift is a "manifestation of the Spirit" (I Cor. 12:7, italics added). Thisis how the Holy Spirit is seen -- in the exercise of spiritual gifts. One of the greatest displays ofthe Holy Spirit is a church in which the members are exercising their gifts for one another. Achurch functioning as a gifted body is a beautiful display of the Spirit. So a spiritual gift is notonly an ability to serve; it is the channel through which the Holy Spirit ministers to the body.This puts the discussion on a much higher level of importance! When you exercise your gift inthe service of other believers, it is to be recognized as the manifestation, the display of the Spiritof God. God has chosen to minister to his people through us! Few things can match the blessingof knowing and expiring that.In the latter half of I Corinthians 12 (verses 12-31), Paul shows vividly how a church shouldfunction as a multi-gifted body. The church is not an organization, primarily, but an organism, abody. The church is to function as a body -- with all the members cooperating and ministering tothe others. The work of the ministry is not a spectator sport with only a few of the membersplaying. Each member functions to the mutual benefit of all.In Ephesians 4:11-12 the apostle teaches that the gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, andpastors-teachers are given to equip "the saints to the work of the ministry to the edifying of thebody of Christ" (italics added). It is the church in its entirety which is enabled by gifted men tocarry out the ministry and build up the body. It is body function, not just the function of a fewmembers of the body.UnityReturning once again to I Corinthians 12, Paul first establishes his point of unity in the body."For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, beingmany, are one body, so also is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have been all made to drinkinto one Spirit" (verses 12-13). The point is simple: while so different in many respects, we areall members of the same body--many members, one body. That is unity. We all were broughtinto this body by Christ when He baptized us in His Spirit. As a result, we all drink of that sameSpirit. We all together enjoy a unity with one another.DiversityHis second principle is diversity. This is developed in verses 14-20 with the graphic andsometimes humorous metaphor of the human body. Verse 14 begins the discussion by saying, ineffect, that we dont all do the same thing. A body is not made up of one member but of many, allwith different functions. It is one body with a diversity of members, each with its own function.His illustrations of this in verses 15-19 make the point crystal clear. Imagine your foot jealous of 52UPDATED: Feb. 1, 2012