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Circles of influence

God has given us Circles of influence and we must take advantage of them.

I think of how intentional Jesus really was with the 12. How He chose to keep His circle of influence rather small. So He could instill into them something so much greater than what they could ever think dream or imagine.

It was 3-3.5 years of intense discipleship, intense training, and just doing life together. Here they got to see the authentic heart of Yeshua, here they got to share laughs, here they got to experience the race set before them. They got to experience the race with the ultimate runner, with the most conditioned athlete to ever live. They got to experience life they got to “do life” with the life-giver. I wonder what it would be like to wake up and say. HEY Lord, what’s the plan today; “ahh we are going to get on these camels and travel to who knows where to share this LOVE that is going to change the world.”

I believe our Lord has set the example of the race we are to run. So many churches or pastors. They want to grow so big so quickly and sadly a lot of people get evangelized but never get gospelized. What do I mean? Churches become a big circle sometimes with a big influence but their backdoor is just as wide as their front door. For example, if someone comes to the church gets “saved” and “baptized” but you don’t see them for weeks, months, or ever again. Did you make a convert, did you make a Christian? Well, we don’t make anything. Our Lord does the Saving. Child of God He has called us to make disciples. Our Lord has given us a model and that is to live intentionally in our circles of influence.

How do we start.

1.Start with your family

If you are a parent the greatest disciple you will ever make is your own child.

Proverbs 22:6 says Train up a child in the way he should go,
[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Stand on this saying “as for me and my house we will serve the lord”

2. Friends and acquaintances

In our circles of influence God has put people in our path that we can share life with, do life with, and have Gospel conversations with. We must learn how to share Jesus without fear of what our acquaintances might think. Seeing them in Heaven eternally is way better than them being another person on your friends list.

“I would rather lose a friend and share Jesus than have a friend and they remain lost.”

3. Strangers

2 Corinthians 5:14

14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 

As children of God, we should have a passion a desire to share with anyone and every one of the hope that is within us. It is hard to face our fears, or should I say faith our fears at times. But dear friend people coming to know Jesus must become our greatest focus. So what if we lose friends, if people don’t like us.

“I would rather stand by God and be judged by the world than stand by the world and be judged by God.”

The sad truth is in many churches today. People being baptized are walking out as fast as they are coming in. I have personally seen this in my ministry. We have to stop the cycle of producing people who are just attenders/consumers we must create a culture that creates servers

Ask not what your church can do for you; ask what you can do for your church.

Life in the church is not centered around me. It is centered around Christ. He is my Master and Lord, and I am to follow His lead and serve others. Consider these words from Peter to the church—and note what we are called to do.

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1 Peter 4:7

Every church is equipped to make a significant difference, to make a meaningful mark on someone in some way. Child of God you got a mark to make. Make today for the glory of the lord.

“Division equals multiplication when it’s done correctly”

Multiplication begins small, but ultimately yields greater results. And these are disciples, Christians growing and maturing, not babes in the faith demanding constant nurturing. Jesus left His disciples at the end of three years to carry on His ministry without Him.

One of the things Jesus did right before He went and was seated at the right hand of the Father. He said “Im getting ready to go, but in order for me to go the Holy Spirit has to come down i’m giving you this spirit for you to build the church of which the gates of hell shall not prevail against.

JESUS said Divide and conquer.

We must invite someone to our table and rub ourselves onto someone else. We must get away from clicks and just worshipping with our friends. We must influence people outside of the norm. Let’s add a seat at our table and make disciples in our circles of influence for the Glory of God.

So my question? What mark are you making, are you a part of building the Kingdom that will fight to see souls on the road to a burning hell saved.

Child of God. Suit up make your mark in your circle of influence today.

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A life of purpose “Finding peace with our past”

How many of you would let a thief come live in your home rent free?

None of us would.

SO ummmmmm. Why do you continue to allow thoughts that steal your joy to enter and rule your mind?

We must all wherever we are at in life find peace with our past before we can ever find our true purpose.

WE WILL NOT GET TO A LIFE OF PURPOSE WHILE RELIVING AND FLIRTING WITH OUR PAST.

See until you can forgive the pain of your past it will continue to be felt in your present daily life. This is where it is hard. It is stepping out of the realm of rekindling what was and stepping out of the boat toward what life can be. Sometimes this means breaking off friendships that tie us down to who we were. Sometimes it means distancing ourselves from family. Sometimes we have to heal before something new is revealed. We must find peace with our past.

Most of you know I am the Pastor of New Beginnings Baptist church. A lot of you have heard pieces of my past. Some of you have heard parts of my past. Today I am just so thankful that my past does not define me. Since I am saved delivered and set free. I am a new creation in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 

My goal is to show people they can have purpose now. That there is a God that loves without limits and is here for everyone. In Him, our greatest purpose is found. Let go of the past today and find peace.

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KNOWING JESUS

“To know Jesus and make Him known is my hearts greatest desire. I want Jesus to be the priority over everything.”

James Green

That statement is one of the things I have written for our new website. In this time of the Covid-19 virus, I have learned a lot about Jesus. I’m currently going through the life of Jesus in the book of Luke. You know Jesus was a very intentional man. Jesus was a very relational man; he was also a very reliable man.

First, He was intentional when we look at how he healed.  He was intentional when he commented on the widow who gave all she had. He was intentional. He did what he did on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose.

I have heard it said before that you become who you surround yourself with. If we look at the life of Jesus, He choose His closest group very carefully.

  1. He prayed
  2. He chose
  3. He picked

He pulled them in close. Then He went and talked to His Father. After talking to his father, He comes down and picks a squad. These were His “homies.” These were His boys. He pulled them in. I think of the game Tug of War. It seems like I was usually on the loosing team when it came to Tug of War. In Tug of War, the goal is to pull hard enough and strong enough so that your squad receives the victory. See, Jesus pulled these men close to Him, because He believed they could change the world. Not only do I believe He chose them as disciples, but I believe that since Jesus was fully human he realized that He needed relationships. He knew the importance of relationships and intentionally doing life with these men.

So here is the point, I believe that God uses relationships to mold us into His image. I believe the vehicle He used to convey His message through His spirit is men and women that He intentionally poured into just like you and I. Who have you pulled into your squad who is on the winning team with you. I mean PULLED like you are hand in hand with this person fighting for a victory for the kingdom of CHRIST.

Secondly, Jesus was relational. He invited the disciples simply to be with Him. They learned by watching Him interact with people, teach, and love the crowds. Jesus shared His life with the disciples, not just His words. Because the Christian faith is highly relational, both vertically with God and horizontally with others, discipleship remains relational.

  • I can’t stop saying this “discipline leads to desire.” If you discipline yourself with growing in a relationship, not only vertically with your Heavenly Father, but horizontally with others that is going to grow your desire for the “kingdom mentality” that we should all strive to have.

Some of the greatest discipleship I have received has just been watching other people be the Christian that the Bible has called them to be.

Thirdly, Jesus was reliable. (He still is.) My background was business management. In business, you reward and celebrate reliability. People you can count on are people that you know are going to show up do there job and give 110% all the time. That’s my Jesus; he is the CEO of all CEOs. He is the president of all presidents. He is the best prophet, priest, and king. He is the sustainer. He is the deliver. He is all powerful, all knowing, and always right on time.

That’s my Jesus. As many times as I fail you, my Jesus will never fail you. He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 It’s Isaiah 26:4 that says:

“Trust in the Lord forever,
For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.”

He is our solid rock, unmovable, unchanging, the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is reliable. He is relational. He is intentional. THAT’S OUR JESUS.

Let’s all strive to be that type of Jesus follower.

With love,

James Green

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TODAY is the day of SALVATION

Well its tomorrow now; I fell asleep last night but let me start here. Yesterday my foster son and I woke up from camping in Sparkman, AR we went down to deer camp for a night. Its planting season so I tilled up the land and for our food plots. While I was tilling to plant food plots he was riding the four wheeler. HE GOT SOAKED by the way.

So when I got up yesterday to leave I got my truck stuck I mean BURIED! lol But thankfully the tractor pulled us out. So the first thing I wanted to do yesterday AM was not get mud all over me my truck my tractor etc… Lets just say my day started off ruff.

It started with frustration, it started off bad. I had to work and got rained out, but it was in the time of getting rained out I remembered. To count my blessings even my worst days are so much better off than some peoples. How often do we forget this though, HIS mercy is made new every morning. If He wakes us up puts life in our body breath in our lungs we have a purpose. We are blessed with life to display the life He has called us to.

Why did I title this the day of salvation. Well last night I spent an hour on the phone with a 24 year old man. A man that found true identity in the “Star breather the Sin bearer the universe maker mankind’s Savior” once you identify in the great I am you experience that peace that surpasses all understanding. HE SAID I GOT PEACE!!!! I am reminded this morning as I set here drink my coffee and read and reflect; that our Father is still at work that TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION. Yesterday did not begin how I wanted it to, but it ended with a phone call a pastor loves to hear. I shared tears with that man last night a man I truly call my friend.

Saved was the statement he used he said I fill like I finally actually am saved. Its real now. There is peace now. The anxiety the worry is gone. The struggle is gone. Guys there is hope if you place your faith and trust in the risen savior. I want to share with you through scripture what I believe saved really is.

What Does It Mean To Be Saved?

Many people struggle with the question, “What does it mean to be saved?” First of all, salvation (being saved) is more than just having knowledge of who Jesus is, or accepting the fact that Jesus is alive, or that God sent him into the world to die for our sins.

You cannot be saved until you first confess (agree with God) that you are a sinner, lost, on your way to hell, and you are in need of a Savior.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Salvation takes place the very moment that you accept or embrace Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, totally trusting in the complete and finished work of Jesus, receiving His Life, Death, Burial and Glorious Resurrection as full payment for your past, present, and future sins. Romans 10:9-10

It’s not His will that anyone should perish. What does it mean to be saved? It means:

  • To be forgiven of your sins
  • To be justified by God through faith in Jesus (declared righteous, not guilty)
  • To receive the free gift of eternal life offered to us through Jesus Christ
  • To experience the new birth (ye must be born again, become a child of God)
  • To have a personal, intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus
  • To be delivered the from penalty of sin (which is death, eternal separation from God)
  • To receive the finished work of Jesus
  • To be taken out the kingdom of darkness and put into the kingdom of His light
  • To have a hope that goes beyond the grave, ( because He lives, I too will live with Him for all eternity)
  • There are so many precious promises and benefits
    that comes with being saved, being delivered, being a child of God! To God be the glory for the great and marvelous things He has done!

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
You must receive Him in order to become a child of God and go to Heaven after you die. Jesus made the way. There is no other way. There are no exceptions.

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My thoughts…

Hey Church Family! 

   I have recently been meeting with some visionary leaders at the church and they have asked me to start blogging or writing. Some of y’all don’t really know me so let me start with this.

   I went to Ouachita High School until the end of 10th grade. It was then that I transferred to Sparkman High School. Something funny, I of course as most of you have heard in my preaching I was a basketball player. WELL, due to being a basketball player at 1A schools I kinda got to like fail English but go to the gym and shoot hoops… So if you ever wonder why my grammar is absolutely terrible there you go. I am constantly feeling like an “uneducated or untrained man” But FATHER never ceases to remind me of this truth in Acts 4:13.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

   It was recently I preached on this one verse. Im constantly, daily, hourly trying to be with Jesus, it is now a part of my language. My desire is to infuse my soul with the deep richness of scripture. So that all of my inadequacies all of my insecurities are made less because “the I AM” that is within me is not just Who or what I identify as. BUT THE I AM IS THE CORE OF MY BEING. 

   CHURCH! The mighty God of the universe calls Himself I AM. In Exodus 3:14, the Bible says, “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM” . Moses had said, “When I go down to Egypt and the people ask me who sent me, what shall I tell them” Exodus 3:13. God said, “You tell them that I AM sent you.”

Jesus completed the statement that was given to Moses. Seven times in the Gospel of John He uses the expression, “I am.” First, He said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger” (John 6:35).

   Lets get real we all know I like to eat. I get hungry, right now im craving right now deer steak, fried taters, squash, man let me get a prime rib, a good ole shrimp boil…. OHkkkkaaayyy y’all get it. I can go on and on about food, but hungry, I get hungry right. We get hungry. I wonder how often we really treat the Word of our Heavenly Father as we do a daily meal. Or wait three meals. 

What if the word of God took precedence in your life, so much so that it was 3 times a day?

What if you prayed 3 times a day like you would normally eat three times?

    I have learned recently that the more I hunger for my savior and the Word. The less my insecurities and insufficiencies worry me. HEY, worry is sin… But that’s another story to write about another day… 

With love Pastor James Green