REST ‘EM COLONS

This week starts our week of Prayer and Fasting.

In 2 Chron. 20:3-4, Judah was about to be attacked by some bad dudes.  King Jehoshaphat has been in battles before, but rather than relying on sheer experience and expertise, the Bible says “he resolved to inquire of the Lord and proclaimed a fast.

Furthermore, it said that people came from every town to fast for the purpose of seeking God.

First and foremost, I want to say that there will be victory in store for those who seek Him. We see that so many times in Scripture.  But to get to the mountain of victory, we’ll have to go through the valleys of war.  That is why we need to come to Him to seek Him.

Second, the goal is to seek Him.  While fasting gives a lot of other benefits (toxic cleansing, resting your colon after the holiday workout of eating all those food, etc.), the main purpose is to focus on Him.

Third, watch and be amazed.  God is about to do something that will blow your mind away.  He is good and He is God.

When we work, we work.  When we pray, God works.

BLOWN AWAY!

Last night, we had our Volunteer Appreciation. I still couldn’t believe what I witnessed last night – the passion, the excellence bundled with lots of fun.

Every year, we try to appreciate our volunteers who worked so hard the past 12 months serving in our different worship services – tech team, creatives, ushers, kids church, youth, music… Weekend services won’t even be close to what they are weekly apart from the hardworking and passionate volunteers we have.

This year’s Appreciation Night’s theme was Disney.  Part of the program was for each ministry to have a special presentation based on one of the Disney movies.

To say the least, we were blown away… flabbergasted… astonished… dumbfounded… amazed… (running out of words to explain)…

It only showed the passion and excellence of each team serving at the church.

Pastor Joey Bonifacio shared a verse that aptly described what everyone has done (not only that night) but for the past 12 months.

Hebrews 6:10. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

Here are some of the pictures from last night.

Our hosts, Tin, Jek and Pastor Jeff made us laugh throughout the night.

Disney theme for the night
We saw Timone walking around
We also saw 'pink' Sebastian
Jeff with "The Beast"
Lion King presentation
"Aladdin" presentation
Little Mermaid with Nemo and Dory
"No One's Been Like Gaston"
"Gaston"
The "other" Gaston... ushering team
Not to be outshone, our pastors and staff's presentation "Be Our Guest"

Thanks Alfred and Anson for the pictures!

NEW SERIES: DOUBLE CALLS

What do you do when God calls your attention?

Watch out for our new series this coming weekend.  See you in one of our Victory venues all over the city.

NOT ALL THAT COUNTS CAN BE COUNTED

In a 2 day strategic planning for our discipleship ministry at Victory.  All 13 churches in the Metro together with the Senior Pastors and other lead pastors seeking God to find out what’s next.

At the front end, Ferdie Cabiling, the senior pastor from our Ortigas church, shared something powerful.  While numbers are important, it is not the primary indicator of success.  It’s awesome that we are growing, but growth is never just about numbers.

There were 4 questions he posted to all of us to ask as a ministry, church and individuals.

1. ARE YOU BEING FAITHFUL?

Matthew 25:23 tells us “Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant…”  He didn’t say well done, good and successful servant or good and numerous servants.

God’s called us to be faithful to what we’ve been called to do.

2. ARE YOU BEING FRUITFUL?

Jesus says in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit.”  When we bear fruit, God is glorified.

Fruit is not just about numbers.  When Paul wrote about fruitfulness in Galatians 5:22, he spoke about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Am I moving in love?  How about in joy and peace?  Or how about patience and kindness?  Fruitfulness in this area brings the Father glory.

3. ARE YOU FULFILLED?

When the master commended the servant as good and faithful, he was asked to enter into the joy of the Lord.  When we submit to God and obey what we’ve been called to do, joy is a natural result.

Whatever you do, as you do it in accordance to His will, will result in greater fulfillment.

4. ARE YOU MAKING JESUS FAMOUS?

At the end of the day, it is the name of Jesus that we’re lifting up.  It’s never been about Steve Murrell, Joey Bonifacio, Manny Carlos, Juray Mora, Ferdie Cabiling nor Jun Escosar. Neither it’s been about Victory or Every Nation.  Jesus is who we want to exalt.  It is He who is the head of the church.  It is He alone is worthy of all our praise, honor and worship.

As Ferdie ended his message, he quoted a statement Albert Einstein delivered years ago which says…

NOT ALL THAT COUNTS CAN BE COUNTED.
BUT NOT ALL THAT CAN BE COUNTED COUNTS.

WHAT’S THE POINT?

Ryan played T-ball last year. Because they were still teaching the kids the basics of the game, the league decided not to keep scores and forget about win-loss cards.

While I understand the reasoning behind it (to encourage the kids and not worry about winning and losing yet), I thought each game at times became pointless.  Why play a game when you don’t know who will win?  Why play against another team if you don’t know who will end up on top?  It’s probably the competitive spirit in me but that’s how I felt.

In the book I am reading, “Creating Community”, there were 3 questions that were posted that we need to answer as a church family.

1. What do we want people to become?

2. What do we want them to do?

3. Where do we want them to go?

For us in Victory, our leaders made it clear.  The goal is to make disciples.  A disciple is a person who follows Jesus, fellowships with other believers and fishes for men.  And finally, what is the venue where they will be discipled and make disciples? Small groups.

1. What do we want people to become? DISCIPLES.

2. What do we want them to do? To honor God and make disciples.  A disciple is a person who follows Jesus, fellowships with other believers and fishes for men.

3. Where do we want them to go? At this point, the best possible way to make disciples and be discipled is in the context of small groups.

All for now…

STEPPING ASIDE

060320090861I spoke to a guy this week who told me he wanted to lead. Though his heart was not in the wrong place, I warned him that a lot of leadership is not found in a title or position.

While I appreciate how John Maxwell defined leadership as ‘influence’, Jesus defined it differently.

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. (Mark 10:42-44)

Leadership is serving.

This I saw yesterday during our Metro Manila Staff Meeting.  Jam, who is a phenomenal worship leader led us into the presence of God.  He’s the one in the middle of the picture in a white shirt.  While this was happening, I was watching Pastor Joel Barrios (on the far right in red).  He used to be in the frontlines and the one in the middle.  Yet as he has raised so many worship leaders, he has deliberately stepped aside to let others take the lead.

We’ve seen too many insecure leaders today try to stay in the ‘spotlight’ as long as they can.  This is not the case with Joel Barrios – a man who knows how to lead… He leads by serving.

God help me to be like him – a secure leader who loves serve and knows when to step aside.

VICTORY @ 25 TEASER 2

This one you can’t miss!  This is our 25th Anniversary as a church.

Registration starts 9:00 am through TicketNet, SM branches and Araneta Coliseum.  Php 150.00.

See you there!