From the Pastor's Desk
With the arrival of 2020, we are entering not only a new year, but a new decade, and, I believe, a new era. Have you considered that we are embarking upon the third decade of the 21st-century? I preached to you a few months ago about A New Era. "Look - A new era begins! A king will reign in righteousness and His princes according to justice!" (Isa. 32:1 TPT). 2020 in Hebrew numeric equivalent is the word "pey," which means "voice or mouth." We are to declare it.
The New Era will be marked by at least three things:
1) An Era of Power in the Church. The only model that the apostles had was the synagogue. But the New Testament Greek word for church is "ekklesia." It was a political, governing body. We have authority to determine things in the earth. It calls for a new paradigm. The apostles left Jerusalem and went to Antioch to see it realized.
2) An Era of Warfare. This does not mean that we should expect life to fall apart. It means we should expect satanic resistence as we advance the Kingdom. It's what Daniel spoke of, "The people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits" (Dan. 11:32). Our triumph carries a distinct emotion, joy. The church is not just an attractional body that draws a crowd by putting on a good show. We are a missional body that goes out to fulfill God's purpose.
3) An Era of Harvest. The Bible is written around harvest cycles. The Lord wants his people to have a harvest mentality. Harvest is what we have been working and praying for. This is an era when we must decree that what we have sown will come forth and multiply. Call back the bread that you have cast upon the waters (Eccles. 11:1). Harvest is the reality of the promise coming into our experience. God's goal for us is the harvest.
-Pastors Mark and Jennifer