“God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and His Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.” -1 Peter 1:2
In accordance with His plan, God decided to choose you to be His people. And through the Holy Spirit and the death of Jesus Christ, God has cleansed you of every sin so that you might obey Him and that you can live in His love with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
The spiritual gifts that God has given you are gifts to minister to His people. He has chosen you for this time, for this moment, and each thing that happens in your life is meant to strengthen you in your faith. Diamonds have to pass through a process in order to become what they are. And you are this precious being that God is polishing, so that you will be the best. Never forget that victory comes from God and that you are an instrument in His hands. He sees your heart and not what human eyes see.
We all know how important prayer is and for those planting a brand new church in a city with no Nazarene Churches it seems all the more urgent. We also know that God hears our prayers and every once in a while he makes his hand in the situation so obvious it is impossible to attribute the answer to anything or anyone but God. Many of you have been praying for Ibarra and specifically for a good location for the church to gather. If there had ever been any question of God desiring a church plant in Ibarra (which there hasn’t really been) the story of the church’s new home should put them to rest.
From the start the search of a gathering place had been difficult. Property was expensive or unavailable, finally they thought they had found the place and the deal fell through. Here is the account as told by Chase Howard (40/40 church planter).
The Master’s Plan is central to Extreme’s church planting ministry. Ambato is seeing the fruit of discipling disciples into leadership.
On Friday night we had a dinner in our house for those who are going through our leadership classes at the church. We played games together, reviewed the Master’s Plan, and ate a delicious dinner made by one of the ladies from our church.
The part that was the most impactful was the talk on the Master’s Plan. We went through months of training that seemed to last forever in the beginning of our contract. We reviewed the Master’s Plan until we were blue in the face. However, the moment for me that made it all worth it was Friday night when I watched the leaders that we have been raising up taking ownership of the plan that all people in Ambato might know Christ.