Dear Partners into the Ministry,
Wow! The first six months of 2017 are already gone. We want to thank you wholeheartedly for your prayers and financial support to Upper Room Fellowship Ministry (URFM) during January to June 2017! URFM’s Fiscal Year ended on June 30, 2017. A new Fiscal Year already had begun. Praise God for His blessings in your own life as well as ours.
Among URFM’s major projects we have been involved thus far this year are:
(i) Finishing writing the last chapters and getting ready to publish “Attaining the Fullness of Christ.” This book is based on some profound insights we received from the Spirit of God from Scriptures in recent years. As of now we are assembling, (so to speak), the entire manuscript. We are praying for all the funds needed and for the right Christian Publisher to work with us.
(ii) Developing the Next Platform of Equipping Christ’s Disciples – Spiritual Mentors and Discipleship Counseling. This Platform is going to be available to all God’s children, especially to those who desire to make a deeper impact in the lives of others.
(iii) Continue investing in the lives of hungry-for-God people who desire to grow into the likeness of Christ via Advanced Discipleship Training (ADT). For details please visit: http://www.urfm.org/discipleship.html
(iv) Continue investing in local mentees via Spiritual Life Coaching (SLC) personalized sessions.
(v) Continue doing local and international mission trips, as the Holy Spirit opens the right doors and leads us through it.
Thank you for your investments into the ministry that URFM has been called by God to accomplish! We are honored to be co-laborers with you in extending the Kingdom of God and fulfilling the Great Commission. We consider this a unique privilege and a special honor before our Great God.
We believe and proclaim the second half of 2017 full of many blessings and spiritual achievements. For all things we want to bring God all the glory! We thank you in advance for all your prayers and financial support to Upper Room Fellowship Ministry (URFM) during the rest of 2017.
With much appreciation and deep respect,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
Motto: “Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” (Php. 2:2) -Apostle Paul
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, from Matthew chapter 18, tells us that the king forgave a slave of the debt of ten thousand talents of gold just because he was moved with compassion. “And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.” This king represents God. This servant owed the king a humongous sum of money, an unpayable debt. No matter how much and how hard he would work, his entire family could not save ten thousand talents of gold in a lifetime. This unpayable debt refers to our sinfulness. On the other hand, this parable also shows how full of evil, deceitful, and ungrateful the human heart can be towards others and God and how disregarding and disrespectful towards His forgiveness.
The servant, who was forgiven the unpayable debt, has a dispute with a fellow servant over an insignificant amount of money. His colleague owed him one hundred denarii. This represents the wages from one hundred days of work. This is a derisory sum of money compared to the huge amount that the king forgave him. The forgiven slave was not willing to forgive his fellow servant. Matthew writes: “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.”
This scene seems unbelievable! But, unfortunately, this happens in life almost all the time: broken families, relatives disenchanted with each other, churches in conflict, assemblies in chaos and disunity. Why? There is a lack of mercy, compassion and forbearance and instead there is stubbornness, evil hearts, and unforgiving spirits.
I like the fact that the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant is interpreted by Jesus Himself.
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With love in Christ,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
P.S.: Thank you for your continuous prayers and financial support!!!
“The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.” (Gal. 6:6).
If you are looking for personal spiritual life coaching sessions or if you desire to have a personalized mentorship plan designed for your spiritual growth please contact me immediately!
URFM – A place for Healing of the Wounded Heart and Restoration of the Broken Soul by Experiencing Christ through the Power of the Holy Spirit
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23) -Jesus Christ DESCEND into your HEART:
(1) Are you hungry for the Word of God?
(2) Do you desire to become all that God intends for you?
(3) Are you passionate to let Christ make a difference in you and around you?
If you responded “yes” to one or more of the questions above we strongly believe that we have a godly solution for you. We challenge you to give ADT a try.
(i) ADT is provided ONLINE
(ii) ADT is provided one-on-one
(iii) ADT is provided in small group format
DECIDE and ACT:
(1) Contact us for more information
(2) Call us for a free Spiritual Assessment consultation
(3) Enroll in ADT
With LOVE in HIS Service.
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
P.S.: We are delighted to have you as a student/disciple (mathetes) in the Advanced Discipleship Training (ADT) offered by URFM.
The Greek word mathetes (translated disciple) is found more than 250 times in the New. According to Greek Bible scholar Spiros Zodhiates, editor of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, mathetes “means more than mere pupil or learner. It means an adherer who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct.” In other words a New Testament type disciple is one who learns by putting what he or she learns into experience.
The theme spiritual growth is not a new topic to God’s Church of the 21st century.
Therefore I want to write with openness and courage on this topic. Ponder this question in your heart: Is spiritual maturity optional? Or It is my birthright as a child of God?
In this sense, the Word of God, in Ephesians 4:11-16 tells us very clearly that God has ordained (given) in the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, working-hands-of-God with an extremely accurate purpose, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12).
Paul develops this concept by showing that the state of the spiritual growth is to become “a mature man” (Eph. 4:13a). To be sure there is no confusion as to what he means, he emphasizes this concept exhorting us to attain “the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13b). Of course, this aspect involves the PROCESS of spiritual GROWTH and maturity.
Definition: “A very simple definition of the spiritual growth and maturity process (or spiritual formation) is the work of God through His grace by which we believers are renewed in the spirit of our minds by the Word of God, transformed by the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ in the inner person, and are increasingly empowered to live to our blood bought potential in Christ, for the glory of God and for the edification of others.”
Pastor Paul Billheimer writes in his book Don’t Waste your Sorrows, that “Maturing into advanced stages of a Christian character and agape love is, of necessity, a lifetime operation” (p. 87).
It seems clear that the work of spiritual growth and maturity (SG&M) is a difficult and delicate process. Based on the studies and research that I have done on spiritual formation, I realized that there at least seven (7) factors which underline this process.
Seven factors of Spiritual Growth and Maturity: Time & Dedication Factor, The Intentional Factor, The EFFORT Factor, The AGONY Factor, The SUFFERING factor, The BROKENNESS Factor, The COST factor.
1. Time & Dedication Factor:
The spiritual formation of the inner man requires time and dedication on our part – this does not happen overnight.
TIME: Jesus invested three years and a half (3 1/2 years) into twelve (12) disciples. This is the equivalent to about fifteen thousand hours.
DEDICATION: Apostle Paul, taking very seriously the mandate of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20, followed Jesus’ model. Dr. Luke tells us, “After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch” (Acts 14:21). Further, in the book of Acts, Luke writes again, “And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them” (Acts 18:11).
2. The Intentional Factor:
Spiritual maturity is an intentional process – it will not happen by chance.
The author of the letter to the Hebrew puts the dot on the “i” when it comes to responsibility to grow spiritually. If the Jerusalem church was formed in the year 32 or 33 AD and if the Hebrew epistle was written on 64 AD, we can conclude that after approximately 30 years those brothers did not mature spiritually. The author of Hebrews writes: “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food” (Hebrews 5:12).
The author continues: “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. And this we will do, if God permits” (Hebrew 6:1-3). Let me ask you this: Who is responsible for our spiritual growth? We are. (See 1 Peter 2:1-3). Ultimately the intention and the decision must be ours. (See Hebrews 6:1-3). As an English proverb says: “Where there's a will, there's a way.” The Word tells us clearly: “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13).
3. The EFFORT Factor:
The spiritual formation requires effort – it will not happen if we sit with our hands crossed. However, the effort is not of the flesh but being empowered by the Spirit.
Peter writes, “For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust” (2 Peter 1:4). Then he continues: “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7). Who is called to apply all diligence? You and I, right?
4. The AGONY Factor:
The spiritual formation requires agony – it will not happen without agonizing for all that God has in store for us.
Agony comes from Latin agonia, from Greek agōnia – struggle, anguish. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary agony means intense pain of mind or body (http://www.merriam-webster.com, accessed on October 31, 2012). Sometimes it requires that others may struggle for us, or that we may struggle for others so that the image of Christ may take place in them. Paul struggled for the spiritual condition of Galatians. He writes: “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). John Knox, agonized for salvation of Scotland. He prayed, “Give me Scotland or die!” John Knox was imprisoned and made to serve as a galley slave for opposing Roman Catholicism. He boldly and regularly confronted Mary the Queen of Scotland and transformed Roman Catholic Scotland into a thoroughly Reformed nation. Queen Mary, trembling and in tears, declared: “I am more afraid of the prayers of John Knox than of an army of ten thousand.” The beauty of God's work is that his prayer was heard during his lifetime.
In the Old Testament we have a powerful illustration that can be applied in this as well. Rachel, one of Jacob's wives, who had no children, at some point said to Jacob “Give me children, or else I die” (Genesis 30:1 b).
Is the Church today still passionate for spiritual growth and maturity? Are the spiritual workers agonizing to see believers attain “the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13b)? I would like to think so!
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With LOVE in HIS Service,
PS: Please visit us at: http://urfm.org/ For Advanced Discipleship Training (ADT) please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAKOIbsnjPw