Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | April 15, 2010

Agents Of Change

With 4 years of seminary under my belt, I walked into my first ministry with a long agenda. As a new pastor, I thought I was there to change that place. Instead, God used that place to change me.

The board members were supportive, but they relentlessly kept my feet to the fire in administrative details. I needed to learn how to work with lay leadership, how to be careful in my work, and how to dream with others.

We often think God has assigned us to change the world around us when in reality He is interested in changing us. Why? To make each of us “a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Tim. 2:21). God often uses the most unlikely people in the most unlikely places to teach us some of life’s most difficult lessons. And just when we think we’ve arrived, He is instructing us further.

Not long ago I entered a new season of ministry. I may be a “seasoned veteran,” but I’m still learning, still growing, and still amazed at how God continues to shape this vessel for His noble purposes.

If you want to be an agent of change, don’t resist the true Agent of Change. He has your best interest—and His—at heart!  — Joe Stowell

What changes we would love to make
In others’ lives, for Jesus’ sake!
But first we must learn at His feet
The things that will make us complete. —Branon

Only when we are changed can we be agents of change


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  1. This Comment is about the Modesty:

    I think what has happened is that the Church(saints) don’t want to be different. We must remember that when God called us he called us to look like we belong to him(different) , but so many don’t want that, and they have allowed the things of this world to blind there eyes. They want or think that as long as they love the lord in their hearts thats all that matters, but they are not adhearing to the scriptures, because if you love the lord you will do as he says which is to obey the scriptures, and when you began to speak on these subjects because the majority in the church do wear jewelry, pants, make-up they feel that you are judging and that is not the case we are simply stating the truth in the word of God. I myself love being a peculier person, and not like everyone else. I thank God he called me to be different. Continue to pray for the Body of Christ.

  2. I have 33 years in the Apostolic Church, when I started I did everything that I was told. We must understand Peter, the word is Modest adornment and not omitted adornment. Our look should be modest and not strange. I found that if the Pastor’s set guidelines for the saints and allowed the women to wear small earrings, the problem is that some will not obey, and before you know it, the jewel is out of control, like now. Therefore everyone suffers because of a few. In the Corporate world their women look modest and appropriate. Even when they allowed dress down day, guidelines were issued, because some women would not obey. We have spend enough time on this subject, and should be trying to win the unchurched.


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