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Join Andy Taylor, seasoned church leader in candid discussion about the Father, His children and His Kingdom. We’ll be talking about the emergence of the True Church and the unfolding manifestation of the Kingdom of God. We’re living in the midst of what the Bible calls, perilous times. But despite this, the True Church is rising up as a force to bring His kingdom into this earth. As Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it”. This is happening now, today!

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Join Andy Taylor, seasoned church leader in candid discussion about the Father, His children and His Kingdom. We’ll be talking about the emergence of the True Church and the unfolding manifestation of the Kingdom of God. We’re living in the midst of what the Bible calls, perilous times. But despite this, the True Church is rising up as a force to bring His kingdom into this earth. As Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it”. This is happening now, today!

    Born Again Into A Relationship With The Father #22

    Born Again Into A Relationship With The Father #22

    Summary:
    It’s one thing the be saved, or born again, where you know you are assured a place in heaven. But why would you want to stop there, when the door is completely open for us to start talking to Him and listening for what He has to say back to us? That’s what starts cultivating a personal, close relationship with the Father. God is not this distant being in the sky who cannot be related to. He’s a loving Father to every one of us, who wants to be in every aspect of our lives, to guide and help us to become just like His Son, Jesus.
     
    Show Notes:

    As much as Jesus referred to God as a Father throughout His ministry, it is not talked about much around the country in Christian circles.


    If Christians don’t really know God as a Father, they tend to disengage when they hear this being talked about, because they know God conceptually, but they never really connected with God as a Father personally.


    Having a true relationship with the Father is not quite the same as a relationship with one another. We can touch, feel and even hug one another, but with the Father, it has to be a spiritual thing.


    A true relationship with the Father doesn’t just happen when you become saved, it starts to come when you make it a priority, not just to pray or talk to Him but also in learning how to listen for what He has to say back to you.


    Being into and learning the Bible is a wonderful thing, but it isn’t meant to be a substitute for our relationship with the Father.


    We as Christians have all the faith we need, but it still up to us to activate it. You can use it to move a mountain, or you can choose to let it lay there dormant but you do have it. It is a matter of us moving in the spirit, with the help of the Holy Spirit that gets your faith going.

     
    Quotes:

    Jesus said to Nicodemus, “you must be born again, or you can’t see the Kingdom”. When we’re born again, we step into the plan that God has for our life, and if we’re not born again, we don’t. So, you can’t fulfill the plan that God has for you.


    When I had the encounter with the Father, my prayer was, “God, if You’re out there, You’ve got to help me”. When I prayed that prayer, something obviously happened for me.


    God could be anything He wanted to be. It was His choice to be Father. God reveals Himself as Father, because that’s who He really is.


    Knowing He is Father is not the same as knowing Him as Father. It’s the relationship aspect of that. That’s where the magic happens. It happens in the relationship with God the Father. Don’t complicate it. It’s really, really simple.


    You can check out a book on Abraham Lincoln or anybody like that, and you can learn a lot of stuff about them, but you can’t know them, because you can’t interact with them anymore. It’s different with the Lord.


    One of the greatest opportunities of our lives is that we can communicate with God . I don’t mean just talk. We can also listen and discern what God is saying to us. As we do that, we develop what we call relational equity.


    If we will start listening and make it a priority to hear what it is that God’s saying, it trims our list of what we need to ask Him way down, because God will talk to us about the things that are in His heart, the things that are pertinent to us. If you give God a little time, He will confirm that it’s Him who you are dealing with.

     
    References:
    Philippians 4:6-7
    John 10:27
    Galatians 5:25
    Romans 12:3
     
    Takeaways:
    Being born again is not the end of a walk with God, but just the beginning. Having a true, close relationship with the Father is what our hearts should be desiring, where we can talk with as well as listen to Him, and truly become and walk in all that He has for us.
     

    • 19 min
    You Must Be Born Again #21

    You Must Be Born Again #21

    Summary:
    Being saved, or born again, is not the complicated action that many make it out to be. It say’s in Revelation 3:20, that the Lord stands at the door and knocks. All we really have to do is just open the door and receive Him into our hearts. Very simple! After that, it is our responsibility not to dwell at that initial salvation experience, but to keep exposing ourselves, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to what the Father wants us to become and to do. The purpose is actullay to become like Jesus.
     
    Show Notes:
    When Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and Jesus told him that he must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, he asked, “How can a person be born again?” That’s a question most people have in the beginning of their walk with God.

    Being born again is not logical to the human reasoning. The understanding only comes when you open up to salvation and His Spirit.


    Being saved, or born again, is not the end game. It’s just the beginning to becoming a mature son or daughter in the Lord, and it’s a lifetime process to become like Jesus.


    When we first get saved, or have an initial experience with the Father, it can be like going on a honeymoon with Him and it lights you up in your spirit. But the feeling can taper off after a while There really is no such thing in the Bible as a sinner’s prayer. All you actullay have to do is open up when He knocks on the door of your heart, and just receive Him in.


    After your salvation experience, at some point the enemy will try to convince you that you aren’t saved. That is the evidence that you are saved.


    We don’t have to be a professional at all to help guide someone to Jesus. All we have to do is encourage a person to receive Jesus into their heart. No big prayer or anything. This is happening so much in this season. If you don’t keep reaching into Him with the help of the Holy Spirit.

     
    Quotes:

    Don’t try to justify with logic that which can only be attained and understood by faith. One is spiritual, the other is flesh.


    When you are born again, you are in the Kingdom. Actually, if we are alive and on the planet, we are in the Kingdom. We may not be connected through salvation by being born again, but the Kingdom of God is the domain under which God is the King.


    The evangelical church has made being born again the end game. If we are not careful, we get a lot of people saved, but we don’t get a lot of people established and in growing in their faith. We really make a point of that around here.


    When I was born again, I knew that something had happened. Because, when I would do something or say something that was out of the character of Jesus, I immediately knew it. And that’s a sensitive asset that the Holy Spirit brings into our lives, that helps guide us and connect us. Hopefully, we never lose that.


    No man comes to the Father unless the spirit draws him. The Spirit of God draws us to the Lord. We can either say yes or we can say no.


    You can’t find anywhere in the Bible that the 12 were even saved. They just began to walk with Jesus.


    All it takes is for you to just say, “Lord, I receive you into my life”.


    God is trusting the spiritual well being of these 8 billion people to you, and people like you. That’s a huge responsibility.

     
    References:
    John 3:1-16
    Revelation 3:20
    Matthew 16:19
     
    Takeaways:
    Being born again is not the end of the game for a Christian, but it’s just the first step in growing and maturing in God, so that we are able to have a close relationship with Him, and become like Him in our lives. It’s tragic for any Christian to just receive salvation, when there is so much to have and to be in God.

    • 20 min
    THe Church and the Kingdom Part 2 #20

    THe Church and the Kingdom Part 2 #20

    There are so many people who have accepted Christ into their hearts, but don’t attend church. Sometimes it is because of past bad experiences with church people. You can be a part of the Kingdom and not go to church, but if it is true that we are all compared to body parts, like Paul talked about in 1 Corinthians 12:12, aren’t we robbing the body of it’s wholeness if we don’t come together? Relationships become one of the focal points of His Kingdom because relationships are the adhesive that helps hold it all together. It’s so important to do all we can to maintain these relationships and not run away or break oneness when things get a little challenging at times. This holds true for both personal and church relationships.

    • 22 min
    The Church and the Kingdom Part 1 #19

    The Church and the Kingdom Part 1 #19

    As we read through the New Testament, you can find many places where both John the Baptist and Jesus talked about the Kingdom of Heaven and it being at hand and it is within us. This is why the church needs to be putting much more emphasis on it. The church and the Kingdom are very intertwined. One of the parts of the kingdom message is how important it is that we open up and allow the Father to come in to our hearts, and how He uses trails and challenges to refine and purify our hearts to become like Jesus. That allows us to see our walk with God as more of an adventure rather than just walking through life.

    • 19 min
    Gettingin the Game - Finding a Church #18

    Gettingin the Game - Finding a Church #18

    There are so many Christians who accept Christ as their Savior and get born again, but end up not doing much with it. They don’t understand that salvation is just the start of the game, and not the end of the game. To be a real player in God’s Kingdom requires much teaching and training, even to be able to wear a uniform, let along play in the game. That’s why we are not only to be born again and be baptized in water, but also we are to hook up with a church where you can grow and become everything that God wants you to walk in. Don’t miss God’s Kingdom, thinking it’s off in the future. Open up to it’s fullness now, and walk it out.

    • 23 min
    Getting in the Game #17

    Getting in the Game #17

    Summary:
    It's easy to compare sports with God's kingdom. Alot of us start when we are young and, just like parents who encourage us and cheer us on, the Kingdom is full of people that do the same, to see us grow and become all that we can be in God. It's just getting off the bench and getting in the game that makes all of this start to happen. 
     
    Show Notes:
    There's a time that we have to get off the bench and get in the game, but many are afraid to step on the court or field, especially when it comes to doing any type of ministry. 
    Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers were given to the church to build up, edify, and for equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry. It's the job of these five fold ministries to equip you to go out and do the ministry to God's people. 
    We're all being equipped for the work of the ministry. Opportunties come up if we are looking for them. Just be ready for it and open to it. 
    Being pushy and manipualitve dosen't work. That's not God's way at all. Nobody likes someone who tries to push Jesus on them. That's a bas look on the whole body of Christ. 
    Ministry is best done through relationships. That makes it a lot easier. Then, when you do feel the spirit of God leading you to so that, put it out there. Something like, I believe that God can fix your problem."
    So, what's the next step for all of us? The first thing is to lean into a relationship with the Father. From His standpoint, it's always been about the relationship. "You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but you are not willing to come to Me, that you might really have life." 
    The way that you get in the game is to build that relationship with the Lord. YOu have to give Him some time, and I would encourage, really encourage you, to get in the Word. 
    The church will never be the true church until we recieve and understand this thing about being equipped for the work of the ministry. 
     
    Quotes:
    There's a stigma associated iwth the word "minisrty." People think about standing up on a stage, giving thier testimony, preaching a message or sonething like that. It's one of those things in the Bible Belt, where we are so used to those poeple...the pastor and a few elders, doing all the ministry and the rest of us just sitting around. We are all called to mnistry. 
    I always had the thought in my mind that when I would go to church, hear things and would sit through messages on Sunday morning, I didn't know anything at that time, but I took notes and took notes. But from the jump go, I was always in the mode of being trained, being raised up, being equipped for something. 
    We have the mentality that only a few are called to the ministry. That's not true. Accoursing to the Bible we are all called. And if we get that, then the ministry gets outside the church service, out there on the golf course, at your palce of business and those kinds of places. 
    We are made by God to be sensitive and to recieve information, input, leadership from the Holy Spirit. So we need to take Him up on that and ask for people to be healed, to be set free, for marriages to be put back together, all those kind of things. 
    Get in the game and find out how you are gifted, vecause there are ways that you are gifted and anointed. That's a supernatural endowment from God and that helps you go far beyond what you could do. 
    References:
    Ephesians 4:11
     
    Takeaways:
    It's not nearly as hard to reach out and bless people in some way as you think it is. The queastion is, "will you?" But we all have to get off the bench at some point, start connecting with the Father and letting Him lead us by His spirit to move in our anointing to bless others and see them have an experience wiht the Lord. 

    • 20 min

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