TAKE OUR “FORWARD” 21-DAY BIBLE READING CHALLENGE!

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Our new series, “Forward,” will take us through nine key qualities of a growing, fruitful disciple. As we aspire to a greater, more exciting walk with Jesus, we can take active steps towards growing deeper in our relationship with Him.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
– 1 Peter 2:2,3

We know that our relationship with God grows and becomes deeper and more meaningful when we go deeper into the Word. To challenge us to develop that discipline and desire to read God’s Word, we invite everyone to participate in our 21-Day Bible Reading Challenge!

Join us and commit to going deeper in the Word every day for the next three weeks! You will be asked to do the following:

  • Set a time and place to read the Bible every day.
  • Commit to using our Reading Plan, based on Psalm 119.
  • Use a notebook and pen (or your preferred device and software) to record insights.
  • Practice S.O.A.P.:
    • Scripture—Read a portion of Scripture slowly and thoughtfully.
    • Observation—Reflect on the Word. What does the Word say about God and the people in the passage?
    • Application—Apply the Word. Does it reveal an attitude to change, a sin to forsake, a specific promise to claim, an
    • example to follow, a command to obey? What did you learn from this passage, and how will you apply it in your life?
    • Prayer—Respond to the Word in prayer.

The Heart Truth

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Valentines is approaching, and people all over the globe are looking forward to the “Love Month.” Although, one question we must ask ourselves is “Is the popular world-view of love congruent with the Bible’s definition of love?”

The goal of this series is to have an understanding of love and a greater persuasion of God’s design and plan for marriage that will cause people to have altruistic relationships and resilient marriages in the midst of a culture that counters the truth.

Week 1 – Real Love

Week 2 – Real Marriage

Join us in our worship services for our new series- The Heart Truth! Schedule of services are 10AM in Amigo Hotel, Iznart Street and 9AM, 11AM, 4PM and 6PM in Paseo de Arcangeles, Mandurriao.

What You Shouldn’t Miss at the ENC Iloilo Youth Service

“Life is meaningless apart from a relationship with God.” This encompasses my great experience during the launching of Every Nation Campus Iloilo’s youth service last July 31. At last, the time has come after two years of praying!

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We prepared a month before the event. During the process, unavoidable challenges happened yet this motivated the students to aim for excellence in their service through their respective ministries; admin, communications, music, production, tech and ushering. As the launch was approaching, we were getting more excited to invite our friends, so we actively spread the news at our campuses and even through social media.

The 5-minute countdown finally began yet we were quite anxious seeing only about half of the chairs occupied. The youth service was opened by some of the Central Philippine University students giving their dance intermission. Then gradually, students were simultaneously coming in the center which eventually became jam-packed just in time for the music team to lead them to a powerful praise and worship.

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The night was full of fun and games for ENC Students

 

Praise God for the 245 students, almost a hundred beyond our expected number, who joined us in this event. We had a game called “Tindero” that successfully broke the ice and caught the students’ attention for the Word. The topic of the message was Campus Life Hacks which was delivered by Coach Francis Cordova through giving some tips not just for the freshmen but for all the students.

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After the message, students broke into groups and started discussing what they learned from the preaching. CPU, UPV, JBLFMU, WVSU, ISAT U, USA, UI, WIT, ABE, Bethany Life Center Academy, INHS, ICNHS, Lapaz National Highschool, and St. Therese College were the campuses represented that night.

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It feels so great to witness what God is doing in the lives of the students and in this city. This is just the beginning and we’re praying for these and more students to be discipled. Last month’s youth service was a blast and I’m excited to praise God together with other students this coming August 28. I don’t want to miss this.

At the end of the day, I am reminded that it is all about God. Everything in this world is vain apart from God and having a relationship with Him.

Don’t miss this month’s Youth Service as we jam together with you and your friends!The next youth service will be on August 28, 2015

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This is a guest post by Kate Zuyco, one of Every Nation Campus Iloilo’s Leaders from University of the Philippines Visayas – Miagao.

Does Discipleship Really Work?

Many times in our response to be obedient to God’s command based on Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations”,we often wonder does discipleship really work? Are you one of those who tried hard to pour out much of your life to a particular person (discipling them) and then after that you discovered this person goes back to his or her old lifestyle of sin?

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Or maybe you saw one promising disciple with a lot of potential, gifted with a lot of talents, groomed to be the next promising young leader to be used by God and then suddenly fell into sexual immorality? What happened?

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Who can forget the story of Noah in the Bible? Called  “A Preacher of Righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), Noah was bold, courageous, anointed, passionate in calling the people of his generation to forsake their sins and return to God, yet after he lived for 120 years he did not see a single convert (Yes, you read it right NOT A SINGLE CONVERT). Noah is a classic example of a faithful witness (Faithful than most of us combined) out there who didn’t see a lot of results.

In the New Testament we see the story of the greatest church planter and disciple maker of all time, Paul, but even himself has his own share of setbacks found in 2 Timothy 1:15 when ALL (not some or a few) his would be disciples in Asia deserted him.

Even our Lord Jesus himself after doing miracles left and right, raising the dead, healing the blind, feeding the multitudes, teaching them in the synagogue with His powerful wisdom and inviting them to follow Him as His own disciples, many still deserted Him (John 6:66) when they realized the cost of discipleship was just too much.

Can you relate to this? Maybe you have been sharing the Gospel to your family for years, and not one has come to believe in Jesus. Maybe you have shared One2One with your classmates and co-workers but have never seen the fruitfulness and the changed life that you expected. You feel that you’re the worst disciple-maker of all time and therefore conclude discipleship doesn’t really work at all.

Nevertheless, God’s word cannot fail, and He reminds us of His word in 1 Corinthians 3:7 (ESV) – So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
Many times we are too focused with the results, worst, we think we are capable (by our own strength) of transforming the lives of those we disciple. But God did not entrust the results in our hands rather he has called us to be Faithful in sharing the gospel, the results belong to Him.

I was reminded of the story of the late George Smith.  When George Smith felt called to be a missionary in Africa he immediately responded to God’s calling on his life but due to persecution he only stayed there for a few months and left only one convert, a woman.

Not long after that, he died on his knees praying for Africa. To some it look like George Smith’s ministry was a dismal failure.  Discipleship in the eye’s of carnal men who surrounded him taught discipleship didn’t work.

Some years later, a group of men stumbled onto the place in Africa where George Smith had ministered. They found a copy of the Scriptures he had left behind, and they met the one woman convert of his ministry, who led them to the Lord. Later a missions organization did a study and determined that 100 years after George Smith left Africa, 13,000 people had come to faith through his ministry as one person discipled another, who discipled another, and so on.

Again, does discipleship really work? The answer is a resounding Yes.  Jesus promised that if we obey, surely He is with us until the end of Age (Matt. 28:20) and the power of the Holy Spirit is already inside of us (Acts 1:8) so we can become faithful witnesses.

Why is Your Church Big?

My dad once invited a guest over to the house for coffee, and asked me to tag along. The guest was a pastor of one of the more ‘mature’ church congregations in Iloilo.

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By mature I don’t mean that their members are old, but that they’ve been around for quite a while. He had asked to meet my dad about using the facilities of his business for that small church. The pastor was telling us about his church, and all the great things they were doing as a ministry. They weren’t that big, but it was obvious that pastor loved his church. It wasn’t long until the all too familiar question came out of nowhere:

“What is Victory’s secret?” Of course that meant, “Why is your church big?”

The answer to that question has always been the same. I always just answer two things:
1. I don’t think Victory (even as a national body) is big.
2. It’s because we have the best ministers.

Since 2005, Victory Iloilo has been growing by 100% every 3 years. That basically means that every 3 years, we double in size. It’s not miraculous, but by the Grace of God and through the dedication of Victory Iloilo’s leaders, we are now hitting the 1,200 attendees mark.

It’s crazy to think that only 2% of churches across the world ever hit the 1,000 mark, and Victory Iloilo is blessed to be one of them. I have to admit though that it’s not because we have the best preaching, the best worship, the best doctrine.

It’s because we have the best ministers, and I’m not just talking about the pastors and staff. In Victory we have hundreds of ministers, because we’re all about discipling disciple-making disciples.

2 Timothy 2:2 instructs us, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

God’s design for the church is simple. It’s us (existing leaders) entrusting to reliable men (their Victory Group members), who will also teach others (the Victory Group member’s members). The greatest arsenal a church can have is a congregation that’s more than ready to do the pastor’s job, and we at Victory are blessed to have those kinds of people in our church.

That’s why come this July 2, we’re going to appreciate our leaders through one big event- because without them Victory Iloilo won’t grow the pace it’s growing now. It’s because every member is a minister. It’s because pastors aren’t the only one sharing the Gospel. It’s because we have a discipleship process that fast tracks spiritual growth.

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Bill Hybels wrote in his book, Courageous Leadership, “The church is the hope of the world.” It’s God’s purpose to have big, growing and victorious churches across Panay, across the Philippines, across the world. The game plan is simple- we build churches through discipleship.

I am a World Changer: The Ignite Experience

If I were to summarize what I have learned during my Ignite experience into one word, it would be PURPOSE.

Caroline, one of the ENC Leaders, at Ignite 2015 held last June 2-4.

Caroline, one of the ENC Leaders, at Ignite 2015 held last June 2-4.

When I became a Christian, and I started having a relationship with God, he started to reveal to me the reason why I exist in this world, and that He created me for a purpose. But I went on and continued with my journey in life, and I became busy doing the things the world demands. I still knew my purpose but it is not something that motivates me to wake up in the morning anymore. It was there, but I wasn’t there with it.

When Ignite was being introduced to us, I decided to go even if I did not feel like going because I know that deep down in my heart God is going to rekindle something in me during that conference.

Little did I know that He would let me burn with that purpose I received a long time ago- to let the whole world know that His love is the greatest love of all! Jesus is the answer!

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Worship at Ignite 2015. Photo taken from Ignite PH Facebook Page

Today I am beyond grateful for making the right decision to go. He reminded me that I am not just an ordinary person. He has called me to do great- even greater things! He opened my eyes and made me see what he can do to my campus.

I was a passive Victory group leader back then. I did not have the burden to reach out. I wanted people to come to me, instead of me reaching to them. I realized how ungodly I was and how selfish I had been to keep the Gospel to myself. Jesus was never like that. He has always been about reaching out to the lost.

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LifeBox is now Every Nation Campus!

God exposed impurities in my heart and restored me while I was in Araneta Coliseum. He has given me a new heart and a new spirit. He told me that I can change my campus and at the same time influence the world by being excellent in the marketplace he has put me into. There may be struggles ahead but I am an over comer.

I am a world changer. This is not my battle but this is God’s. Therefore, I am confident that the victory is already ours! Even if my faith is as small as a mustard seed, I can say to the mountain, “Move from here to there.” and it will move because nothing will be impossible for me. This is the power God has given to me as His daughter.

I have decided to use this power. I am not going to waste it! Changing the world is not going to be easy. We will have to do it one campus at a time, but it is going to be worth it!

 

Caroline is an Every Nation Campus Iloilo leader from University of the Philippines in the Visayas. She recently graduated from her college degree last June.

Victory Weekend brings Freedom

Last June 19-20, thirty-five candidates experienced freedom in Victory Weekend, a two-day spiritual retreat. Of the 35, 30 were water baptized.

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Victory Weekend is one of the movement’s programs to establish believers in Biblical foundations. The goal is to minister freedom to disciples, so that they will also be able to minister to others.

The movement’s mission is to honor God and make disciples in the city of Iloilo.  The event is part of our discipleship process. The process involves four E’s- engage th community, establish biblical foundations, equip believers to minister and empower disciples to make disciples. We believe that everyone is called to make disciples and to be a disciple, and this event is a means to fulfill that call.

The vision is to build the candidates now to become ministers as well, as they have received ministering. The highlights of the event included sessions in truth, repentance and faith. During sessions teachers ministered in the area of knowing the power of the cross, being free from areas of sin, and living a new lifestyle of faith and disciple-making.

Other highlights included ministering of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, counseling time with the candidate’s leaders and water baptism. The next Victory Weekend is scheduled to be on October, and those who look forward to being a part of the next one can join a discipleship group and start with One2One.

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