SEMINARS: Practical Christianity and how to walk that out every day by faith in love. Listen to the audio from the 2021 Ministers Conference Seminar on this page.
2021 MINISTERS CONFERENCE SEMINAR NOTES
2021-10-11 to 2021-10-15
Day 1 – Monday 2021-10-11
DAY 1 SPEAKERS:
- Steven Atherton, Rick Eutsler Jr., Robin Atherton, Phillip Walthall, Angie Perry, Megan Atherton, Scott Stevens, Gail Stevens
DAY 1 SCRIPTURES USED:
- Romans 12, Hebrews 4
DAY 1 NOTES:
- An example of a way to demonstrate love is when someone dies (i.e. a young man is shot to death), you can write a eulogy for the funeral. It would be something hard for those close to the person who died to do.
- People in the world are broken. They may not know they are broken, but they are broken. When we know that, we can ask the Lord how to minister to them.
- To walk in love means you lay down what you were going to do so you can minister to the person before you, giving them your full attention.
- Jesus had one purpose, to serve His father and minister His father, making manifest the kingdom of His father to the people before Him each day. That’s all He did, and He had a full life. That’s all we need to do. He has taught us how to do that, at home, work, marketplace, even when we’re sleeping. (David talks about how he would lay his head down in peace and sleep, while being hunted down, facing opposition and hostility, etc. Even in sleep he did by faith in God.) When we cease from dead works, we can rest in Christ.
- Doing what’s right is not always easy, but doing what’s right as a husband, a wife, an employee, a minister, is important. It may not always be what you do, but it’s important that you do that.
- We can often be limited by the person in front of us. There’s a saying “You do not have a soul, you ARE a soul, you HAVE a body”.
- If you are too busy condemning people, or writing people off, that is not love. That is the death null of any ministering you’re ever going to do to anyone.
- The people who saw themselves as moral and righteous in the Bible, the Scriptures refer to as pharisees. Christ looked at them as His most mortal of all enemies and the enemy of all righteousness (which comes from God).
- It is the call for us to go and do likewise, loving others as we were loved.
- The Gospel is a Gospel of hope that transcends the situation.
- As we learn God’s ways are not our ways, we often learn them in a hard way and it’s not a peaceful, easy feeling. Joseph is a great example. Joseph’s father loved him over his siblings and it was the envy of his siblings that got them in the place to sell their brother. The whole story is what transferred Joseph into the kind of man who was able to redeem his brothers by the love Joseph shared unto them. If you’re going to be a part of the extraordinary things of God, you’re going to experience some of the extraordinary experiences you hear of in the Bible. Even though the situations got extraordinarily difficult, they still had a hope in God that transcended their situation.
- Paul says “I die daily” – if you’re going to make manifest what happens in Romans 12:2, you’re going to have to die daily and live for Christ. In your service of Christ you will minister them to the people you come into contact with.
- Do you want the new life in Christ or do you want your old life? Christ will honor whichever life you choose. If you will lay your life down, delight yourself in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart.
- Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Satan does not hold a candle to your carnal mind, which is completely corrupt.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – lean NOT unto thine own understanding means you have to put that off and let your mind be renewed where you begin to see things from His perspective. When you put on the mind of Christ you begin seeing things from His perspective.
Day 2 – Tuesday 2021-10-12
DAY 2 SPEAKERS:
- Steven Atherton, Rick Eutsler, Jr., Robin Atherton, Phillip Walthall
DAY 2 SCRIPTURES USED:
- Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 5:48, 1 John 4:17-18, Romans 12:2, Hebrews 12:1, James 1:2-4, Psalm 103, Hebrews 4, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 12:2, Luke 10:30
DAY 2 NOTES:
- By the end of this week, we want you to know how simple it is to prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
- When we, the American people, were small in our own sight, God was able to move mightily in this nation.
- The Apostle Paul was making manifest the perfect will of God and demonstrating how God redeems us. He was a living epistle.
- 1 John 4:15 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. This is a testimony of God of man, not of man about himself.
- Jesus was made perfect through sufferings. The work of perfection in us is the work of God. It is entirely the work of God and not of us.
- God can work perfectly through you regardless of your age. Look at Samuel or David as an example.
- Being perfect does not mean you are fully developed (Paul talks about having not attained but pressing towards the mark and also speaking as perfect and follow me). We are ever growing and ever knowing, growing in our knowledge of the truth and understanding of His ways. Not ever learning and never coming to the understanding.
- In spite of being a work in progress you can prove that which is the good, acceptable, perfect will of God. In order to do that, you have to lay down your entire life.
- Your faith is to be perfected, because it is His faith, when you fall, you trust the Lord’s blood is sufficient to cover you.
- The trying of your faith worketh patience. It is an extraordinary thing to be humbled, because God gives more grace to the humble. We should embrace it. Humility feels sucky. Not thinking more highly of yourself than you ought is how God can use you. Because we get addicted to feeling good, we come up with ways to justify ourselves instead of accepting the truth.
- You are not beset with sin other than that which is common to all men.
- Let patience have her perfect work, you have to yield to it.
- We misunderstand what God is trying to do in our lives and the lives of others because we’re too focused on the flesh.
- We are saved by God’s grace which is sufficient.
- James 1:2, you have to trust God to perform it… the verb perfect is to bring to the end.
- Psalm 103 God forgiveth ALL thine iniquities. When you count it all joy when you fall it’s because you actually believe God.
- There are two camps in life: I’m just a sinner saved by grace so it doesn’t matter what you have done because God’s grace covers everything. The other camp is the one who believes you have to do a whole list of things to earn salvation.
- We’re supposed to preach and make manifest the Gospel. Preach the Gospel and when necessary use words.
- Making manifest the perfect will of God does not mean you are perfect, but that does not mean you can not prove what is that good and perfect will of God.
- You can be faithful, you can choose to believe God and trust Him.
- The world loves meritocracy – you get what you deserve or karma. Those are a corrupt version of the truth. But thank God we don’t get what we deserve.
- Be transformed by the renewing of your mind – as your mind yields to what the Word of God says, you can enter into God’s rest and stop trying to do it yourself.
- Trying with all your might to do what is right. That’s always going to fail. You will never succeed doing it that way. If you do, it’s will worship and will lift you up in pride for what you have achieved. The way you achieve operating in Christ Jesus is by giving up and recognizing you can not do it. You need help in EVERY aspect because you need Him to accomplish it all.
- God makes you to sit in heavenly places because you humble yourself and He can lift you up.
- There is no fear in love. If you fall flat on your face and were a total idiot, there is no fear in love. If you stood and were applauded there is no fear in love.
- When we see the move of the Lord we don’t see the man through whom the Lord is moving. Most people see the man and don’t realize what they’re actually experiencing is the work of God.
- A man of God is a workmanship of God, not that you are somehow special. God is not a respecter of persons.
- Do you hope God is thankful for what you do in His stead?
- Get out there, let ‘er rip. Do not go and tell people about Jesus. If it feels like you’re forcing it then you probably are. Love is never forced. If you want to help someone and they don’t want it, you don’t force it on them – that’s love.
- All Jesus did was minister what His Father had for others.
- If you’re too caught up in what you’re doing, you’ll never do anything in love.
- Why people don’t walk in love or have a robust ministry is because they’re always looking for some great thing to do.
- Knowing the right answer does not mean that you are right!
- Luke 10:30 – loving thy neighbor is whoever it is who is in front of you.
- Telling someone to give mercy to someone is easy but what about when it’s done to you?
- When you’re content with food and raiment, it’s not like God won’t give you more, but when you are content and not fulfilling the lusts of your flesh, you’re free to love.
- When we begin to operate in that day by day, we are going to be a part of an extraordinary move of God.
- Take God seriously, don’t take yourself seriously, believe His Word.
- Joseph was made perfect in love in the process of what he went through.
Day 3 – Wednesday 2020-10-14
DAY 3 SPEAKERS: Steven Atherton, Rick Eutsler, Jr., Robin Atherton, Phillip Walthall
DAY 3 NOTES:
- God’s perfect ways are all of judgment and in love.
- It is important to see all the horrible things of yourself, not to stay there but to learn that you need Jesus Christ to save you. Leaving those old ways behind, embracing and walking in His ways, choosing to believe in that which you cannot see. Believe the operation of God through baptism, which is something you cannot see.
- You can say, “be healed in the name of Jesus,” because of Jesus, not because of you.
- Your ways are selfish and all about you, and there is no joy. His ways are love and filled with joy!
- One who loves another will provoke them to come out of the body of this death.
- What you do is your choice, you have a responsibility to choose. Nobody can make you do anything. God is not in control of your will.
- Do you presume you love God? How do you know you love God? If you don’t yield unto His purpose, then you don’t love Him. Do you know His purpose/His will? It is evident if you elect God as your God.
- Even the elect seed of God have and have had a free will. Jesus had a free will as well.
- Sanctification is the work of God.
- Did the Israelites under Moses ever believe without seeing? No, they lacked faith, walking by sight and not by faith. What does your walk look like? How do you change the fact that all too often we resemble the children of Israel in the desert, you make a choice to believe God?
- God’s logic; if, then, else. Almost all scripture has an if, then and else.
- Why don’t you receive God’s judgment? The bottom line is that you don’t want to. You don’t go to the light because your deeds are evil, if you continue in that you will not be saved. You don’t believe God’s Word.
- When you recognize your life depends on believing the Word of God, if you believe, you will hear and do with utmost importance!
- If you want mercy, confess your sins and forsake them, then you will have mercy. Acknowledging you have a fault, doesn’t get you the freedom from it. It leaves you in bondage. Get free and launch into the service of Christ.
- People want to see themselves as good and righteous, the Word of God is an assault to the carnal man, with the purpose to separate us from it and choose to walk in the new man which is created in Christ Jesus!
- Trade out your life for His, it’s a win, win, win. Choose to believe God’s Word for what it says, get rid of the justifications, you will then find freedom.
- Sanctification is the process of going from walking in the flesh to walking in the Spirit.
- The people of the Old Testament looked forward to the cross, it was a prophecy, the people in the New Testament and now look back to the cross.
- Fear sharpens your senses, a right fear of God, which is a choice. Anxiousness is a sign of unbelief. Learn to relax and trust God.
- Entering into God’s rest means you cease from your works, then every short-coming you have melts away because you are not the one doing them.
- When you recognize the stakes, your fear and attentiveness to the Lord grows miraculously.
- Most churches believe there is only one maybe two baptisms, there are three baptisms. The baptism of water is the sanctification of the spirit, which is a work of God you partake of by faith.
- The Father has a hope for you that transcends where you are now. You should have the same hope for yourself and others.
- You cannot sanctify yourself; it is something only God can do. You won’t see the sanctification nor the perfecting in your flesh, it’s a thing you choose to believe by faith.
- When you are at rest, praising God, ministering and anything else is effortless because it is the Lord doing the works not yourself. When you are operating under the Spirit of God, it is Him speaking, not you.
- Get alone first, bring yourself under subjection, confessing your struggles, repent then go forward in what He would have you to.
- It’s a fight to overcome that carnal man and enter into the Lord’s rest, that is the laboring to enter into His rest. If you will do this the final place is the throne of grace, where you can live and operate.
Day 4 – Thursday 2020-10-15
DAY 4 SPEAKERS: Steven Atherton, Rick Eutsler, Jr., Robin Atherton, Phillip Walthall
DAY 4 NOTES:
- When you hear the word “worthy”, it generally causes an anxiousness in you because you get hung up on your lack of worthiness and what it is you need to do.
- The way God prepares a person to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith they are called is very different from our understanding. The process can be very perplexing, meekness is critical to making it through the process. Moses and Joseph used as an example.
- The things you have before you in your own carnal man can be overwhelming, if you lift it up to the Lord, He will make a way to accomplish all that the Lord would have you accomplish. The richness of God’s presence inhabiting your day to day. When you try to do it yourself, you will fail.
- When ye yield to one another and submit to one another in love you get the benefit. You are not and never will be all in all, His provision is perfect in all manner of ways.
- Our calling/vocation is to make God visible others who don’t know Him.
- Do you cross examine your minister to see if they are worthy because they wear the uniform? The minister is the one who ministers unto your heart. You do it because you are afraid of people knowing your heart.
- When you are engaging you step up to enter the situations no one else will. The Lord will equip you perfectly for every situation.
- The fact that the minister is saved by grace like everyone else, even if the congregation gets hung up on it doesn’t mean the minister should get hung up on it themselves.
- Most people have multiple vocations. How often do you think yourself completely worthy or prepared for the job?
- When you ask the Lord to be your Lord and Savior you have joined Him as your master who gives you the orders and you should hear and do.
- Christ giving you what He has, is what enables you to stand, only by His righteousness can ye stand. The garment or uniform of His righteousness is what enables you to minister. The worthiness is not about us.
- When you judge one with your judgment, you think your judgment is good. When you are lowly, humble you see others as better than yourselves and then you can choose to operate in God’s judgment.
- Are you a spirited horse who will not yield to instruction? Ask the Lord to make you poor in spirit, so you will yield unto the Lord and His instruction. Receiving that engrafted Word is central to us bearing fruit.
- Having a meekness toward God is critical to receiving the things of God. If you are ruled by your own thoughts, you will continue in error.
- Operating in Jesus Christ is effortless because it’s not about what we do, God does it all.
- Operating in meekness allows you to see the things that aren’t comfortable in your flesh as opportunity instead of inconvenience.
- If you abide in Christ’s love you are going to operate just as He did.
- Jesus laid down His life every day of His life in service to His Father and unto others.
- When you recognize you don’t have love, then you can receive the love of God and walk in it.
- The bond of peace that binds Christ’s body together is the Gospel. God has for you what the other needs ministered unto them and for them what needs ministered unto you.
- You think too highly of yourself and that is what hinders you from ministering. Each member should minister unto the other in love, that coming from God.
Day 5 – Friday 2020-10-16
DAY 5 SPEAKERS: Steven Atherton, Rick Eutsler, Jr., Robin Atherton, Phillip Walthall
DAY 5 NOTES:
- You haven’t walked worthy of the vocation because you haven’t been mindful of the opportunities that are with us every day. Everyone has multiple vocations; do you walk those vocations out in faith? Reading the word and doing the word are two totally different things, are you a hearer and a doer or just a hearer. If you’re just a hearer, you aren’t walking worthy of the vocation.
- The flesh doesn’t respect your will, it imposes itself on you.
- Change your perspective from the same old, to the new eyes and a new perspective, His perspective. Free of fear, free of your labor. Ministering in His stead.
- How do you get past yourself? You can only do it by Christ Jesus, choosing to do what He says to accomplish that which you have never been able to do.
- God is a redeemer.
- If you’re serving the Lord to be exalted, you will never serve the Lord. You must put on lowliness of mind. People need to see the Lord, not us, He is the one doing the work, glorify the Lord.
- If you are operating in God’s love the reward is that the people’s lives are being saved, no earthly accolade amounts to the reward you have in the Lord.
- There’s no divide or gap that cannot be crossed, only by the love of Jesus Christ, by the power of God.
- Jesus walked in faith in all He did, even to after dying on the cross, going to hell bound in chains. He stood up, the chains fell off, then He brought those who were in Abraham’s bosom across the great gulf that no man could cross, to the Kingdom of Heaven. The way you accomplish anything is in Christ’s faith, that’s the only way!
- It is hopeless in our flesh; do you want to continue in that hopelessness, or do you want to walk in Christ’s freedom? You must decide that you are not going to allow your flesh to have any rule over you. You can’t put on the new until you put off the old. It’s a choice you must make every day. When you make the determination to stand in Christ, you will not be moved as Christ was not moved.
- Every sense you have wars against walking by faith in God. You choose to believe the Word of God and put off, with a holy fury, everything of the flesh. If you don’t rightly divide the battle and recognize what’s going on properly, you will never flee the body of this death, you must come to know the total and complete depravity of the old man.
- The law of lift defeats the law of gravity because it’s an extraordinary force. The power you need to operate in the law of God (law of lift) and overcome the power of darkness is to believe God.
- The guidance and direction you need daily comes from the authorities the Lord has placed over you.
- The devil has no power over you unless you give it to him through unbelief. The victory is not by you, nobody can press hard enough to win, it’s entirely the operation of God. You can only believe Him, taking Him at what He says.
- Go forth knowing God is a mighty God, fulfilling your vocation right where you are. Putting on the uniform and confronting all the situations before us.