Prayer Points For 2020

Our prayer this year is for power to rule in the midst of our enemies. I believe it is God’s will to elevate his people to sit with Yeshua Ha Mashiach in heavenly places until he makes their enemies a footstool for their feet. The Lord is stretching out his scepter of power from Zion and giving authority to all who will believe to rule in the midst of their enemies, those enemies who are preventing them from enjoying all the blessings, of life, joy, peace, holiness, righteousness, purpose and prosperity that God has for them. Use this as your guide, as we pray for the restoration of God’s people back to His divine favor – saved and sanctified, Jew and Gentile and please, allow the Holy Spirit to be your Supreme Guide

Main Scriptural Reference:

Psalms 110 : 4.The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever: According to the order of Melchizedek.”

Relationships

  1. Thank God for his bounteous provisions, care and love for humanity, the Jews, the Church and the world
  2. Thank Him for the great things He has done, He created the world, He determined their boundaries, He created man in his own image, He gave him rulership over everything he had created, and when we messed up he didnt give up on us He came seeking to save us and restore all that we lost
  3. Thank Him for dying on the cross for our sins, to re-establish his covenant with us, to heal us, save us and establish His kingdom in our hearts and on earth.
  4. Praise God for He is – the Creator, Redeemer, Elohim (God), El Shaddai (Almighty), El Elyon (Most High), El Olam (the Everlasting God), Adonai (Master), Yahweh (The I Am that I Am, the Lord, Jehovah, Yodh He Waw He, Tetragammaton), Jehovah Nissi (My Banner), Jehovah Rah (My Shepherd), Jehovah Rapha (My My Healer), Jehovah Shammah (He is there), Jehovah Tsidkhenu (My Righteousness), Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies Me), Jehovah Jireh (My Provider), Jehovah Shalom (My Peace), Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts). Jehovah Qanna (The Jealous God), El Roi (The God Who Sees Me), The Holy One of Israel and of all the nations
  5. Praise His Holy name, praise Him for his mighty works, of creation, of promise, of salvation, of deliverance, of victory, of his love, mercy, grace and truth
  6. Confess and forsake every sin known and unknown to the Lord: the sin of idolatry, immorality, selfishness, unforgiveness, lies, in your life, in your family, in your community, city, state, country and all nations of the world
  7. Repent for not doing the Lord’s work as you should and repent for not fighting his battles as you should (Jeremiah 48:10) to destroy the works of the devil: taking back what he has stolen, releasing those bound to death and rebuilding what he has destroyed
  8. Offer your body, soul and spirit to the Lord as your living sacrifice, everything that you are, have and hope to be offer it to him, your time, your substance, your resources, your finances, your knowledge, wisdom, intellect, emotions, strength, and everything. Ask the Lord for grace, mercy and power to live for him in holiness, serve him faithfully and do his will completely.
  9. Earnestly seek for the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be manifested in your life enabling you to deny fleshly desires, crucify them by faith, grow in love, joy and peace and in the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:16-22 & I Cor.12-14).
  10. Knock on the door of the Holy Spirit, hunger and thirst to be filled with the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit to enable you pray through under the anointing and do his will.
  11. Praise God for salvation among the Jews – about 130,000 worldwide are Messianic believers – 0.01% of their population),
  12. Pray that God will turn away ungodliness from Israel and open the hearts and minds of the remaining 14 millions Jews worldwide to accept Yeshua as their Messiah in fulfillment of His covenant with Israel.
  13. Praise God for the nations and the world -(Click here for the list of countries)
    1. 54 countries in Africa
    2. 48 in Asia
    3. 44 in Europe
    4. 33 in Latin America/Caribbean
    5. 14 in Oceania
    6. 2 in Northern America
  14. Pray that God will judge all wickedness and evil in all the nations, save the millions of souls held under the bondage of Sin and Satan especially in the unreached nations of the world and restore back to Himself and to His kingdom the glory of His Holy name (Click this link to see a list of all unreached nations of the world).
  15. Praise God for your city (and Philadelphia and its suburbs), for the victories, answered prayers, and Praise Him for his plan for the city, to elevate his people, sit them up in heavenly places in Christ Jesus until all their enemies are placed under their feet.
  16. Praise God for Discovery Ministries and the online prayer group participants, for their spiritual fortitude and answers to prayers.
  17. Pray that God will empower Discovery Ministries to establish the ministry with all the resources needed to rule over the forces of darkness, take captivity captive, and help friends and neighbors encounter God, develop personal relationships with Yeshua, discover their spiritual gifts, serve their communities and change their world
  18. Pray that this ministry will reach out to 250 people with the gospel before the end of the year and that 12-15 believers will emerge out of this effort to become the nucleus of the ministry under the direction of the Holy Spirit by the end of the year
  19. Pray that a 5 member committee of Discovery Ministries will be established during the first quarter of the year to begin planning for a prayer conference to be organized in 2021 in an identified city under the direction of the Holy Spirit
  20. Praise God for your own nation, country, tribe, city, community, family, friends and ministry for God’s restorative acts and blessing
  21. Pray scriptural prayers (Ps.110) that God will strengthen your faith, stretch forth his scepter of power and anoint you with the priestly office of the Holy Spirit to rule over your enemies camp, take back all that he has stolen, and restore the blessing of Abraham over your people, country, nation, community, family, friends, and ministry

Spiritual Warfare

  • Put on by faith the weapons of your warfare by making the following confessions aloud:
    • I confess that I love and speak the truth of God’s Word who is Yeshua Hamashiach – Jesus the Christ
    • I confess that I am clothed with God’s righteousness who is Christ the LORD:
      • I confess and forsake any known sin (mention them by name, including impure thoughts, slander, lies, lusts, gluttony, etc) and unknown sins to Christ,
      • I sprinkle the blood of Yeshua over my body which is the temple of God totally yielded to his worship and service
    • I confess that I am ready to share the gospel with others
    • I confess that I am crucified with Christ and I live by the faith of Christ that is in me
    • I nullify any negative thought or idea that may come to my mind as I pray
    • I confess with my mouth that Yeshua is my Lord and Savior.
    • I believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead. Therefore, I know I am saved according to Romans 10:9,10
  • Now take each main thought under prayer points 1 through 16 above and pray against any negative force, or power, or spiritual wickedness, or system, or principality, or spiritual rulers, or demons, or witchcraft, or the devil himself – Satan that may be working against the main idea under each prayer point to thwart the purpose and will of God.
  • Bind and rout them out and place them under the feet of Jesus. Interject this with praises and thanksgiving to God for the victory.
  • Wait for spiritual guidance under each main idea – You are praying in the Spirit, therefore intermittently be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. He will drop ideas for praise and prayer into your mind or circumstance or as you read these pages, be persistent in prayer, supplicating for all believers’ welfare
  • Pray for each person by name on this team (look for an attachment) that each of us will be given the spiritual gift and blessing to boldly make known the mystery of the gospel to this generation and the next!!

Praise and Thanksgiving

  1. Praise God for each main thought on this prayer list. Praise God for his greatness, Praise Him for His awesomeness Praise Him that none of these requests are impossible to Him, none of them can be compared to Him, none of them can contend with Him, none of them can resist His will. He is the Omnipotent God, He is the Almighty God, He is the El-Shaddai, Adonai, the giver of life, the Creator of all things, The Redeemer, The Burden Bearer, The Great Warrior, The Restorer of our Blessing, He alone is God and He alone deserves our praise.
  2. Give Him All the Glory, Honor, Power, Dominion, Knowledge, Wisdom, Love, Grace, Mercy, Majesty and Splendor that belongs only to Him
  3. Thank God for each answered prayer believing and claiming that He has already answered them. Thank him for victory, Thank Him for restoration, thank him for relationships, thank him for power and authority to lead and rule and to dominate all things and thank him for transformed communities of faith, hope, and love.

Other Scriptural References

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Psalm 14: 7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Jeremiah 31:7 For thus saith the Lord; sing with gladness for Jacob and shout among the chief of the nations: proclaim ye, praise ye and say, Oh Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

Ephesians 6:12-13 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Psalms 110:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. 6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. 7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

Report on 2019 Prayer Points

Some revelations during our prayer and quiet times with the Lord included:

  • God has already won the battle for N.E. Philadelphia, we only need to praise him continuously
  • God himself is our partner in ministry and we should consult Him on any business matter
  • God is committed to answering every prayer we make for this ministry
  • This ministry will be developing leaders in church planting and community transformation ministries
  • God’s strategy for reaching all nations in our generation must begin in Jerusalem (Acts 1:8). The Church must prioritize the gospel to the Jew FIRST and the unreached nations or people groups of the world according to Romans 1:16
  • Perform prayer walks in the community praying for spiritual hunger, and forgiveness of sin (slander)
  • Knock on doors with the gospel message.
  • Go to the mountains to seek my face – get away from the clutter of noise and the busy-ness of life and spend quality time in solitude seeking God, praying, interceding, meditating, and waiting on the Lord.
  • God wants his Word to be made flesh in our lives just like the Son of God who is the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. He wants his word to be so much part of us that He can speak through us to recreate the world to restore it to his glory

Milestones accomplished during the year:

  1. The proposed name for the ministry has been changed to Discovery Ministries in line with our vision as it unfolds
  2. Shared the Word with friends and neighbors on Easter Saturday, July 4thand during the year
  3. Participated in a Church Multiplication Network program of the Assemblies of God, networked with other passionate church planters
  4. Started a Prayer Line Conference in June 2019 with an average attendance of 12 people enjoying a marvelous time of seeking God, experiencing his presence, love, anointing and answer to prayers
  5. Financially supporting two Messianic Jewish ministries in Israel

Discovery Ministries Challenges for 2020

  1. Continue fasting and prayer for directions and manifestation of God’s glory and praise
  2. Complete cultivate coaching plan
  3. Complete a doctorate program in Christian ministry
  4. Consult with AG Pendel District on church plant in northeast Philadelphia
  5. Begin developing relationships with Jewish neighbors and groups in the community
  6. Continue to seek relationships with multi-ethnic individuals and groups in the community
  7. Organize lunch and dinner parties to reach out to neighbors – Easter Brunch, July 4th, Alpha Program
  8. Set up a team of 5 to begin planning for prayer conferences in 2021 with the goal of praying for individual and community needs, empowering local believers on church planting and equipping the youth to be spiritual leaders in their communities
  9. Launch a youth mentorship program to introduce them to making wise choices and enhance their moral leadership skills to help others.
  10. Meet with local Church leaders to learn from them
  11. Complete Strategic Plan for a new church plant
  12. Recruit core team for church launch project planning and fundraising

Happy Thanksgiving – The year in Review

Thank you for praying with us and God bless you on this Thanksgiving week with many many blessings. We thank God for bringing all of you into our lives. Your prayer support has encouraged us to move on with the vision God has given us to reach the world for His Kingdom and for His glory. Below is a report of the year in review. We will be counting on your prayer support as we move into the coming year, the year of our church plant and harvest. Amen

Dear Friends, Family and Fellow Believers in Christ:

     Our plan this year was to continue seeking the face of the Lord and interceding for the community to discover God’s plan for the community. We have continued to prayer walk in the community, occasionally share the gospel, organized an Easter Brunch party, and shared gospel tracts with free water on July 4th USA Independence holiday. We also participated in a Church Multiplication Network training program for church planters at Journey Church in Cleveland, Ohio in July of 2019. It was a great time of learning and networking with other leaders passionate about church planting.

      Praise the Lord, we started a Prayer Line Conference this year in June 2019 and we average about 12 regular participants each week when we meet online. It’s a marvelous time of seeking God and experiencing the divine presence of the Holy Spirit as He ministers to everyone’s needs. Testimonies of answers to prayer are often shared whenever we meet. Our goal for the prayer ministry is to fellowship with one another in the divine presence of  the Father, with the comforts of Christ’s love and mercy as the gifts of the Holy Spirit are manifested among us. It’s an opportunity to participate in the covenant blessing of Abraham through the broken body and shed blood of Yeshua Ha Maschiach and His imminent reign as King and Lord of all the earth. Our focus is on people and their needs: their families, friends, and neighbors, to equip and empower them to change their communities and change the world.   

     We are still planning to work with a local Church Multiplication Program on the church plant, complete our strategic plan with Cultivate, and also complete a doctorate program in Christian Leadership and Ministry by October next year. You will notice that we are changing our ministry name from TOP to Discovery in line with the vision as it unfolds. This change may continue until it is confirmed by the Holy Spirit, our partners which includes you and registered with the authorities! Pray with us for God’s clear vision and plan for the ministry, pray for God to connect us with people of similar passion to partner with us in the church launch and pray with us to be faithful and obedient to God, walking in His Presence and being Holy.

     Our vision is to help people encounter God, develop personal relationship with Yeshua, discover their spiritual gifts and serve their communities through fellowship meetings, corporate worship, prayer and leadership development conferences, community services, counseling, practical discipleship training and missional trips (Genesis 1:28; 17:1-9; Matthew 6:33; I Corinthians 14:1; Galatians 5:22-23). Our strategy is to make disciples of the un-churched and equip them to become disciple-rs of their network, both local and abroad, in fulfilment of the prophetic declaration of Yeshua ha Mashiach in Matthew 24:14, based on His approach in Acts 1:8, as Paul demonstrated in his ministry narrated in Romans 1:16.

     We thank God for the fire that is still burning in our hearts for the Lord and for souls to be saved.  Please, thank God with us for answering our prayer to raise a team of 12 people for regular prayers. We now have an average of 11 to 14 people showing up every week on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST to pray online. Continue to pray with us that we will be able to model the vision, serve the community and launch the ministry before the end of next year.

     Please, if your schedule will permit, consider joining us every Thursday to pray online. Dial 1.844.875.7777 with access code 128604# to connect. Share this with your family and friends, especially those living in the vicinity of Northeast Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. If the Lord is talking to your heart come and join us. You can contact us at sktigah@gmail.com. Pray and fast with us as we are storming the devil’s territory in northeast Philadelphia, that the Holy Spirit will lead us and there will be no room for the flesh. Thank you and God bless you.

Happy Thanksgiving and Shalom!

Prayer Points For 2019

Prayer Points For 2019

Our prayer this year is for Supernatural Abundance because I believe it is God’s will to rout your spiritual enemies, chase them out of your territory and leave the booty for His People who are called by His Name (II Kings 7:1-16). This will happen just like the biblical Syrian army run at the sound of the footsteps of four lepers when Israel was starving under siege. The lepers came to an empty camp, found lots of food, and valuables. They had more than enough so they spread the good news back to their starving community. The result was a superabundant supply of food and valuables for the people of God.  Use this as your guide, as we pray for the restoration of God’s people back to His divine favor – saved and unsaved, Jew and Gentile. Please, allow the Holy Spirit to be your Supreme Guide

Main Scriptural Reference:

II Chronicles 7:14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”.

Scripture reference for 2019 Fasting & Prayer Program – II Kings 7:1

“Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria”

Restoration

  1. Praise God for Israel and the thousands of Jewish people that are returning to their Messiah, Yeshua!
  2. Praise God for the positive attitudes of secular Jews toward Yeshua (They are advocating for a city square to be named after Yeshua in Israel and to be more welcoming to Christians – 4 million historic visits to Israel in 2018 alone).
  3. Pray that God will restore the Jewish people back to Himself including their families, communities, institutions, systems, ideas, rabbis, rulers and country back to Himself. Pray that their spiritual enemies of darkness, hardened hearts, greed, occultism, etc, will flee and the blessing of Abraham become theirs.
  4. Praise God for the nations of the world –
    1. 54 countries in Africa
    2. 48 in Asia
    3. 44 in Europe
    4. 33 in Latin America/Caribbean
    5. 14 in Oceania
    6. 2 in Northern America
  5. Pray that God will restore all the nations back to Himself and to His kingdom of power, love, righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
  6. Praise God for Philadelphia and its suburbs, for the victories, answered prayers, for the confusion in the camp of the enemy. Praise Him for his plan for the city, to restore His image in his people and enable them to be fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth for His purpose to be accomplished on earth.
  7. Praise God for TOP ministries and its vision to reach out to the multi-ethnic groups in Northeast Philadelphia to start a praise fellowship that will develop leaders – Jews and Gentiles – who will take the gospel to the ends of the earth according to Matthew 24:14
  8. Pray that God will empower TOP Ministries in Philadelphia to run into the enemy’s camp, rout them out and take over the superabundant supplies of God’s divine favor, dominate over everything in the air, land, and sea – spirit or material – for His purpose in 2019
  9. Pray that this ministry will reach out to 250 people with the gospel in Northeast Philadelphia before the end of the year and that 15 believers will emerge out of this effort to become the nucleus of the ministry under the direction of the Holy Spirit by the end of the year
  10. Praise God for your own nation, country, tribe, city, community, family, friends and ministry for God’s restorative acts and blessing
  11. Pray that God will strengthen your faith, and anoint you with the whole armor of God to take back all that the enemy has stolen, restore the blessing of Abraham over your people, country, nation, community, family, friends, and ministry

Spiritual Warfare

  • Put on by faith the weapons of your warfare by making the following confessions aloud:
    • I confess that I love and speak the truth of God’s Word who is Yeshua Hamashiach – Jesus the Christ
    • I confess that I am clothed with God’s righteousness who is Christ the LORD:
      • I confess and forsake any known sin (mention them by name, including impure thoughts, slander, lies, lusts, gluttony, etc) and unknown sins to Christ,
      • I Plead the blood of Yeshua for my covering
    • I confess that I am ready to share the gospel with others
    • I confess that I am crucified with Christ and I live by the faith of Christ that is in me
    • I nullify any negative thought or idea that may come to my mind as I pray
    • I confess with my mouth that Yeshua is my Lord and Savior.
    • I believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead. Therefore, I know I am saved according to Romans 10:9,10
  • Now take each main thought under prayer points 1 through 11 above and pray against any negative force, or power, or spiritual wickedness, or system, or principality, or spiritual rulers, or demons, or witchcraft, or the devil himself – Satan that may be working against the main idea under each prayer point to thwart the purpose and will of God.
  • Bind and rout them out and place them under the feet of Jesus. Interject this with praises and thanksgiving to God for the victory.
  • Wait for spiritual guidance under each main idea – You are praying in the Spirit, therefore intermittently be quiet and listen to the Holy Spirit. He will drop ideas for praise and prayer into your mind or circumstance or as you read these pages, be persistent in prayer, supplicating for all believers’ welfare
  • Pray for each person by name on this team (look for an attachment) that each of us will be given the spiritual gift and blessing to boldly make known the mystery of the gospel to this generation and the next!!

Praise and Thanksgiving

  1. Praise God for each main thought on this prayer list. Praise God for his greatness, Praise Him for His awesomeness Praise Him that none of these requests are impossible to Him, none of them can be compared to Him, none of them can contend with Him, none of them can resist His will. He is the Omnipotent God, He is the Almighty God, He is the El-Shaddai, Adonai, the giver of life, the Creator of all things, The Redeemer, The Burden Bearer, The Great Warrior, The Restorer of our Blessing, He alone is God and He alone deserves our praise.
  2. Give Him All the Glory, Honor, Power, Knowledge, Wisdom, Love, Grace, Mercy and Splendor that rightfully belongs to Him
  3. Thank God for each answered prayer believing and claiming that He has already answered them. Thank him for victory, Thank Him for restoration, thank him for relationships, thank him for power and authority to lead and rule and to dominate all things and thank him for transformed communities of faith, hope, and love.

Other Scriptural References

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Psalm 14: 7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Jeremiah 31:7 For thus saith the Lord; sing with gladness for Jacob and shout among the chief of the nations: proclaim ye, praise ye and say, Oh Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

Ephesians 6:12-13 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

Report on 2018 Prayer Points

 Some revelations during our prayer and quiet times with the Lord included:

  • God has already won the battle for N.E. Philadelphia, we only need to praise him continuously
  • God himself is our partner in ministry and we should consult Him on any business matter
  • God is committed to answering every prayer we make for this ministry
  • This ministry will be developing leaders in church planting and community transformation ministries
  • God’s strategy for reaching all nations in our generation must begin in Jerusalem (Acts 1:8). The Church must prioritize the gospel to the Jew FIRST and the unreached nations or people groups of the world according to Romans 1:16
  • Perform prayer walks in the community praying for spiritual hunger, and forgiveness of sin (slander)
  • Knock on doors with the gospel message.
  • Go to the mountains to seek my face – get away from the clutter of noise and the busy-ness of life and spend quality time in solitude seeking God, praying, interceding, meditating, and waiting on the Lord.

Milestones accomplished during the year:

  1. The proposed name for our ministry is TOP Ministries (short for Temple of Praise Ministries)
  2. Shared gospel with several people on July 4th and during the year
  3. Participated in community meetings and met with a few church leaders for collaboration
  4. Participated in a trip to Israel on a ministerial tour
  5. Financially supporting two Messianic Jewish ministries in Israel

TOP Ministries Challenges for 2019

  1. Continue fasting and prayer for directions and manifestation of God’s glory and praise
  2. Complete cultivate coaching plan
  3. Complete courses in Christian ministry
  4. Participate in CMN church planting program in preparation for collaboration with district church.
  5. Begin developing relationships with Messianic Jews in the community
  6. Continue to seek relationships with multi-ethnic individuals and groups in the community
  7. Organize lunch and dinner parties to reach out to neighbors – Easter Brunch, July 4th, Alpha Program
  8. Start a prayer ministry for the community
  9. Introduce the Alpha program to the community
  10. Meet with local Church leaders to learn from them
  11. Complete Strategic Plan for a new church plant
  12. Recruit core team for church launch project planning and fundraising

Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel

Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel: A message for Christians David H. Stern.

Jewish New Testament Publications. 1990. 89 pp. $10.63. paper Word Count: 1997

Review by Samuel K. Tigah, Grand Canyon University, Oregon, AZ

Abstract

Below is a review of Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel: A message for Christians by David Stern written by Samuel Tigah. Stern boldly challenges Christians to return to the Jewish roots of the gospel as a critical step toward evangelizing Jewish people and fulfilling the great commission of Jesus Christ. Deliberating on the dismal schism between Christianity and the Jewish people, the antisemitic attitude of Christendom toward Jews, the Jewishness of Jesus Christ, and the Christian gospel Stern finally laid down his argument for Tikkun Olam. Stern believed that it is through the collaborative efforts of Messianic Jews and the Church to repair the world that Israel will be saved and so fulfill the blessing of Abraham and the evangelization of the world. Chapter one deliberated on the missiological need for contextualizing the gospel into various cultures neglecting the Jewish culture in which the Holy Spirit initially presented the gospel. Chapter two was a theological analysis of changes that could occur when the church restores the gospel to its Jewish roots. Chapter three is an apologetic discussion of the need to prioritize the restoration of the Jewishness of the gospel and chapter four describes the blessings that follow the restoration.

 Keywords:  Missions, theology, church, Messianic Judaism, Antisemitism

 

Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel: A message for Christians

          Stern boldly challenged Christians to return to the Jewish roots of the gospel as a critical step toward evangelizing Jewish people and fulfilling the great commission of Jesus Christ. Deliberating on the dismal schism between Christianity and the Jewish people, the antisemitic attitude of Christendom toward Jews, the Jewishness of Jesus Christ, and the Christian gospel Stern finally laid down his argument for Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. Stern believes that it is through the collaborative efforts of Messianic Jews and the Church to repair the world that Israel will be saved and so fulfill the blessing of Abraham and the proclamation of the gospel to the ends of the earth. The author used historical facts from church history, the doctrinal teachings of Christendom, the Holocaust, scriptural references, and the Messianic Judaism movement to make the argument that restoring the Jewishness of the gospel is critical to reaching the Jewish people and the unreached world for Christ. This book is unique in its challenge of reaching out to Jews in repentance, love, and the correct presentation of the gospel from its Jewish roots as a critical thrust to fulling the mission of the church. Stern is a Messianic Jew with a Master of Divinity in theology and a Ph.D. in Economics. He has authored several books including the New Testament Commentary and Messianic Judaism. The book under review is an excerpt of Messianic Judaism.

The main thrust of Stern’s message to Christians is that “unless the Church does everything in her power to restore that Jewishness, she lacks a key component of the gospel. In consequence, she cannot fulfill the Great Commission properly, and Jewish people cannot be the right kind of ‘light to the nations’” (ix). The book contains 89 pages divided into four chapters. Chapter one deliberated on the missiological need for contextualizing the gospel into various cultures neglecting the Jewish culture in which the Holy Spirit initially presented the gospel. Chapter two was a theological analysis of changes that could happen when the church restores the gospel to its Jewish roots. Chapter three was an apologetic discussion of the need to prioritize the restoration of the Jewishness of the gospel and chapter four describes the blessings that follow the restoration.

In chapter one, Stern expounded on the missional mandate of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations which necessitated the separation of the gospel from its cultural context. This process led to the first council of the church in Jerusalem to determine how to present the gospel to Gentile nations. Peter, Paul, James and the leadership of the church met and agreed that Gentile converts would not have to practice unnecessary Jewish traditions that do not count toward salvation. Therefore, Paul contextualized the Jewish gospel to the gentile culture which later became known as Christianity. However, history showed that not all missionaries applied the principle of cross-cultural evangelism. The gospel was most times mixed with culture, requiring converts to abandon their culture, and become aliens to it. This reviewer was an eyewitness to this cultural phenomenon of evangelism and its influence in Ghana, West Africa. Among other restrictions, American missionaries forbade their converts from chewing kola nuts which was a social practice among the people. Missionaries did not allow converts to dance or use traditional drums during worship. These enculturation process stalled many locals from converting to Christianity. Stern illustrated how the enculturation of the gospel with western traditions became the standard practice of the Gentile church. Gentile churches required Jewish converts to adopt an alien culture and give up everything Jewish. The following excerpt is a renouncement Jewish converts had to make before becoming members of the church at Constantinople.

“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspersions, purifications, sanctifications and propitiations, and fasts, and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns, and chants and observances and synagogues, and the food and drink of the Hebrews; in one word, I renounce absolutely everything Jewish, … and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them… then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me…”(4).

After several centuries of the imposition of western culture to missions’ work, modern missiologists begun to rethink missional theology. They developed the concept of contextualization, which was a return to the first-century missionary concept of the Messianic church. Missiologists produced three broad classifications of cultural barriers to evangelism that the church must address in contextualizing the gospel:

Type 1 Evangelism – sharing the gospel within one’s own culture.

Type II Evangelism – sharing the gospel with nearby people of different culture.

Type III Evangelism – sharing the gospel cross-culturally with language barriers.

Each of these types of evangelism needed different models of contextualization. According to the author, none of the contextualization concepts described above can apply to Jewish evangelism because the gospel is Jewish. The church must, therefore, restore the Jewishness of the gospel for it to be relevant to the Jewish culture. Stern advocated for a

Type IV Evangelism – communicating the gospel in its original context to the Jews.

Chapter two of the book is a theological analysis of the doctrines of Jewish relationship with the church. Christian theologians have followed two false doctrines in explaining the relationships between Israel and the church – replacement and dispensational theologies. Further analysis showed that the separation between the church and the Jewish people for the past 1500 years was a terrible mistake. This malady calls for Tikkun Olam – repairing the broken world which Jewish tradition believe will hasten the advent of the Messiah (2 Peter 3:12). Stern proposed an Olive Tree Theology based on Romans 9 – 11 to explain that Israel is an olive tree whose branches God has cut off because of unbelief. Gentile believers are wild olive branches whom God grafted in His mercy into the trunk whose roots are the patriarchs. Therefore, though God rejected the Jews as a people, He did not reject Israel as the chosen nation – the trunk of the Olive tree. Under the Abrahamic covenant, Israel is a chosen nation par excellence based on promises that are irrevocable.

In chapter three, Stern moved back to an apologetical discussion of the Jewish-Christian relationship. Christianity has its roots in Judaism and the Jewish people. Jews wrote the New Testament, and it was Jews who brought the gospel to the gentile nations. Stern claimed that much of the New Testament writings are incomprehensible without Jewish interpretation. Christianity being Jewish means that Jews can best assimilate it. That is what Paul meant by saying that the gospel is first to the Jew (Romans 1:16). Stern explained that interpreting the new testament with a gentile mindset instead of its Jewish background is a form of antisemitism. Theologians must correct this by seeking to understand the Jewish roots of the gospel. Furthermore, the church must repent of its part in the Holocaust, seeking forgiveness from the Jews without expecting it. Finally, Christians should bring the gospel to the Jews because without it the Jews are destined for eternal destruction. True disciples of Christ were known for their love of neighbors, and while seeking no vengeance, they prayed for their persecutors (Acts 7:60; Luke 10:27, Matthew 5:44, NKJV). However, when the church became institutionalized and merged with state empires, pagan practices, and humanistic philosophies infiltrated the church and wrought all kinds of evil including hatred for Jews – they were tares sown by the enemy among the wheat. Nevertheless, the true church must accept the responsibility of seeking peace with the Jewish people through repentance, love, reconciliation, and Tikkun Olam, – repairing the world through collaboration with Messianic Jews and the Jewish gospel under the power of the Holy Spirit.

In chapter four Stern invokes the blessing of Abraham according to Genesis 12:3 on the church, upon restoring the Jewishness of the gospel to its true context. By showing God’s mercy to Jewish people, Christians will provoke the Jews to jealousy who will then return to their Messiah and so shall all Israel be saved. Stern concluded his thesis by recognizing the increasing appreciation of the Jewish roots of the church and their growing love for Jews.

Juster (2011) commended Stern for his writings on Messianic Judaism. However, Juster criticized Stern’s tone of writing as being too favorable toward rabbinic Judaism (see Juster, D. Jewish roots: a foundation of biblical theology. Destiny Image Publishers. 2011). Fritz (2013) disputed Stern’s concept of the priority of the gospel to the Jews. However, Fritz advocated that since Jews are among the unreached people groups, they can be considered a priority in that context (See Fritz, A. X. To the Jew first or to the Jew at last? Romans 1: 16c and Jewish Missional Priority in Dialogue with Jews for Jesus. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2013). It is a shame that Christendom has treated the recipients of God’s word, the brethren of Christ according to the flesh, the nation most blessed of God and through whom God promised to bless the world with such disdain, hatred, and atrocity. It is heartwarming, though, that the church is learning about this atrocity and growing numbers of Christians are seeking to make peace with the Jews. It is the view of this reviewer that the church can only accomplish Christ’s prophetic message in Matthew 24:14 by going back to Jerusalem where it all began. This reviewer agrees with Stern that the church today needs to embrace Messianic Judaism and collaborate with them to repair the world – Tikkun Olam. It means going back to the Jewish-roots of the gospel and interpreting it under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit to the Jews while contextualizing it to all unreached nations (Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16; Matthew 28:19.20 NKJV). The reviewer recommends this book for missiologists, missional churches, church leaders and all mission-minded believers of the faith who are interested in church planting, Jewish ministries, and world evangelization.

 

Prayer Team Strategy

This Prayer Team Strategy is a work in progress. As we continue to pray and intercede for souls and for one another, this document will be updated to reflect the vision and direction the Holy Spirit will be leading us. No team is more important than your intercessory prayer team, therefore we will be using this document to build solid systems that will keep us and our vision covered in continuous prayer. Feel free to apply whatever you find here to your ministry. It’s Yeshua’s Platform!!!

Provision and Breakthrough Hinges on Prayer

We are going to need a lot of things to see this movement become reality: people, opportunities, land, resources, money, connections, etc. It’s going to require more than we can arrange for. It’s going to require what only God can provide, and there will be opposition. Consider Daniel’s experience:

“Then [the angel] said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way…” Daniel 10 (NLT)

The Importance of Prayer

Brethren, you all know the story of Israel and its ancient capital Jerusalem – the city of Peace. Jerusalem has been involved in wars throughout its 3,000+ years. It was discovered recently that parts of the city had been destroyed 40 times with about 118 conflicts. As I am writing this paper the city is divided into four quarters by the Armenian, Christian, Jewish and Muslim residents. The Palestinians have vowed to regain control of the City and to annihilate the Jews. All this is happening to Jerusalem because at the time of her judgement, NO ONE WAS FOUND TO INTERCEDE for her. Ezekiel 22:1-30.

Remember Nineveh, after Jonah proclaimed God’s judgement upon this gentile nation, when the people repented, God spared them. But God did not spare His own people and His own city of Jerusalem for their sins because NO ONE WAS FOUND TO STAND IN THE GAP.

Ezekiel 22:30-31, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So, I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

“Oh, Lord, My God, may we find favor in your sight today, To build that wall in our generation, And to stand before you in the gap, On behalf of your holy city Jerusalem and Israel – your chosen people and land; And on behalf of all nations – America, Africa, Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Australia, Middle East, the 10-40 Window, North, South, West and East and the whole world, So that you would not have to destroy us again”.

“We covenant with you, HOLY SPIRIT, According to your grace and calling upon our lives, That by faith in Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, We will never be silent day or night, We will give ourselves no rest, And we will give our FATHER G_D no rest, Till You establish Jerusalem and make her the praise of the earth. For it is in the blessing of Abraham and his descendants, Israel through our LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST – YESHUA HAMASHIACH that we all will be blessed – Jew and Gentile” AMEN!

Isaiah 62:6,7 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;
they will never be silent day or night.
You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.

Our Mission and Goal

Our mission is to pray for the fulfillment in our generation of the prophetic utterance of Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:14 that “…this good news of the Kingdom will be announced throughout the whole world as a witness to the nations. …then …the end will come”. Our goal is to recruit up to 70 believers of all cultural backgrounds, Jews and Gentiles, black and white, rich or poor by 2020 to begin organizing prayer conferences throughout the world for planting missional churches among the unreached people-groups with a priority to the Jewish people in Jerusalem, Israel, the 10-40 window and to the ends of the earth (see Acts 1:8, Romans 1:16, Matthew 28:18-20). Planting missional churches is spiritual invasion into enemy territory. Surrounding ourselves with a team of prayer warriors from around the world is the single best thing we can do to clear the way for people to come to Christ. Knowing that this movement will always be opposed in the spiritual realm, we will work under the leadership of the Holy Spirit to recruit as many as are led by the Spirit outside the initial 70 membership. There will be no room for the flesh, this movement will be totally led by the Holy Spirit: With God’s help, we commit to hitting this goal by: 04/30/2020

II Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

Signing Up

Feel free as you are led to add prayer warriors to this team either through email, phone calls, word of month, prayer team members’ invites, etc. If this is your first time reading this, please contact the organizer if you wish to continue receiving prayer list updates.

Expectations

When people commit to joining the Prayer Team, here’s what they can expect from the Organizer: Consistent Communication, A Prayer Team magnet for members (TBD), Participation in future prayer conferences to be organized around the world.

When people commit to joining the Prayer Team, here’s what we expect from them: Pray at least One hour, One day in a week or 30 minutes for two days in a week (or split the time as convenient but committing to praying one hour in the week). Please, feel free to opt out as we know believers have different spiritual gifts and we encourage people to focus on their calling.

Confidentiality

Information Shared on this platform will be for intercessory prayers only. No fund-raising on this platform. If you are moved to support this ministry contact the organizer at sktigah@gmail.com. We will remain consistent and faithful to send out prayer requests. Information sent out will be light and require no more than: 7 minutes reading bi-weekly

Recurring Schedule

We’ll send out updates monthly or bi-weekly depending on prayer needs.

Delivery Channel

Group text, Email, Social Media Groups (Facebook, Youtube, TBD), Whatsapp, PraiseNPrayer Team Mobile App (TBD). We commit to having all of our contacts entered/uploaded by: Ongoing till 2020

General Strategic Prayer Topics

Here are the key strategic points of prayers we’ll include in our regular updates:

  • God’s vision for the ministry through Scriptural meditation
  • Holiness through living in His presence in Spirit and in Truth (His Word)
  • Anointing of the Holy Spirit for Leadership and direction
  • Knowledge, wisdom, discernment and gifts of the Holy Spirit for edification
  • Boldness, utterance and power to witness and preach the gospel
  • Operational needs, location, building, infrastructure & financial resources
  • Love for God, for the Jew, for the Nations, for all believers and non-believers
  • Miracles – Salvation, Healings, Deliverances, Signs and Wonders confirming God’s Word

Special Events

We will schedule the following event(s) early in the planting process:
Prayer walk in target communities ongoing every Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon    As the Spirit leads national and international prayer conferences will be organized to prepare fields for missional church plants. Others to be announced as led by the Holy Spirit

Transition

We aim to transition this prayer team into an ongoing global team of Intercessors for world evangelization after first church plant anniversary

Discovery Ministries, Inc Vision Statement

Vision

To see a network of radically transformed young people aggressively discovering their Spiritual Gifts and changing their world

Missional Mandate

Helping people discover God’s purpose for their lives!

Missional Values

Seeking God

– Holy Spirit (PRESENCE, Righteousness)

Demonstrated by an encounter with Jesus Christ to discover spiritual gifts through submitting to God (living sacrifice), meditating on His Word (mind renewal), listening to the Holy Spirit (discerning), Knowing Christ (His perfect will). and pursuing our passions (spiritual gifts) to help others.

Building Relationships

– NETWORKS (Caring, Making Friends, Discovery Groups)

Demonstrated by developing spiritual disciplines through devotions, scriptural meditations, making friends, networking, sharing resources, praying for one another individually and in small groups

Serving People

– OBEDIENCE (Loving, Meeting needs, Sharing stories)

Demonstrated by identifying and serving the needs in our community, pursuing social justice, supporting education, promoting socio-economic activities, sharing our stories to transform lives

Developing Leaders

– SACRIFICE and Service (Ethics, Mentoring, Innovating, Serving, Discipling, and Planting ministries)

Demonstrated by cultivating spiritual fruit (love), and obedience to God’s prophetic call to participate in planting multiplying churches by mentoring young leaders here and abroad in the fields of education, business, economics, social justice, culture, ethnic networks, governments, and religion.

We Pursue our Missional Values by Giving Our Attention to Prayer and Ministry of the Word! (Acts 6:4)

Missional Map

  • Encounter God
  • Worship God
  • Discover Gifts
  • Pursue Holiness
  • Pray Continually
  • Build Relationships
  • Share Resources
  • Make Disciples

Missional Measure

  • Relating (Loving)
  • Restoring (Health)
  • Praising (Thanksgiving)
  • Confessing (Proclaiming)
  • Praying (Interceding)
  • Sharing (Giving)
  • Sacrificing (Suffering)
  • Leading (Serving)
  • Developing (multiplying)

Overarching Purpose

Discovery Ministries exist to invite others to discover God through Praises, Thanksgiving, Repentance, Prayers and Obedience to the Holy Spirit in proclaiming Jesus Christ and Him Crucified to all generations! (I Peter 2:9)

Vision Statement

Next year by this time we would have established twelve (12) discovery groups with 12 active leaders and 150 members participating in praise and worship conferences in various places in Philadelphia and beyond where people can find healing, build relationships and become empowered to pursue their dreams.

Vision Proper

Imagine a place where you go as a visitor and you know you are welcomed because immediately you arrive, someone greets you with a smiling face, gives you a warm handshake, introduces you to friends and family invites you to a cup of coffee, or juice or a meal. Everything you see and hear in the building looks inviting, you meet people of diverse cultures, different generations, you hear music that warms your heart and people are interested to know you and to hear your story.

Imagine that this kind of movement is not only welcoming people just as they are, but that members intentionally go outside the walls of their building looking for hurting and broken people, stressed out looking for answers, to help them find healing, peace, and purpose in their lives.

Imagine this movement is not only accepting all people and helping those in need, but also developing leaders who are transforming their communities spiritually, socially, and economically

Imagine that this kind of movement is also multiplying itself by making disciples of Jesus Christ and sending them out to plant other movements in other communities here and abroad where the gospel of Jesus Christ is most needed, among both the Jewish and Gentile Unreached places on the earth. (Matthew 24:14)

Imagine that this kind of church is in your community.

Scriptural Mandate

Genesis 1: 26 – 31

Genesis 17: 1 – 9

II Chronicles 16:9

Psalm 34

Psalm 118:17

Daniel 2:44

Matthew 4:17

Matthew 24:14

Matthew 28:18-20

Mark 16: 15-20

John 21: 5 – 17

Acts 1:8

Romans 1:16

Romans 11:25-36

Romans 14:17

Hebrews 13:8-10

Jeremiah 33:3

2018 Fasting and Prayer Program

Offer Thanks to God for the Past, Present and Future

  1. We started this prayer team in March 2017 with an appeal to all friends and family to join us in partnering with us in prayer to start a church planting ministry.
  2. I was down with some physical upsets for a couple months which affected our progress. However, thank God, I am back up and have made some progress through your prayers. Please, join us to thank God for the progress made so far. Check your email for the 2017 Prayer Report link
  3. Let’s thank God for the Holy Spirit’s revelations and directions during the year 2017
    1. Let’s thank God for accomplishments made so far:
    2. Vision statement
    3. Acquisition of a School bus and musical instrument
    4. Temporary location for ministry
    5. Coaching on church plant and leadership education accomplishments so far

Pray for the Restoration of Jewish People back to God and to accept Yeshua as their HaMashiach

  1. Pray for peace, prosperity, and salvation of the people and city of Jerusalem
  2. Pray for the salvation of the Jewish people and Israel as a nation (14 million) – Read Jeremiah 31
  3. Pray for Jewish Christians and Messianic congregations everywhere to be strong in the Lord and bold in proclaiming the gospel in Jerusalem, Israel and the world.
  4. Pray for the unity of the church – Jews and Gentiles

Pray for the Countries of the World for Revival, Church Multiplication and Salvation of Souls

  1. 54 countries are in Africa
  2. 48 in Asia
  3. 44 in Europe
  4. 33 in Latin America and the Caribbean
  5. 14 in Oceania
  6. 2 in Northern America

Check your email for the link to the Unreached Peoples page. Pray for each country with established churches mentioning each country by name. Those countries are marked with “N” under unreached – about 158. Pray for revival in those countries and that churches will be holy, loving and producing disciples who plant churches in a multiplying effect.

Pray for the Salvation of the Unreached People-Groups of the World, that Missional Exponential Churches will be Planted Among Them

  1. About 2.91 billion people have little or no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. About 6,997 people groups (tribal nations) have not been reached with the gospel.
    1. Check your email for the link to the Unreached Peoples page. The unreached countries are marked “Y” under unreached on the list – about 80. Pray for each of these countries for churches to be planted. Thanks!
    2. NOTE: Exponential churches are churches that produce other separate churches that also produce other separate churches in a multiplying fashion.

Pray for the Salvation, Deliverance and Freedom From the Religious Institutions of this World

  1. Islam (1.3 billion)
  2. Nonreligious (Secular/Agnostic/Atheist) (1.1 billion)
  3. Hinduism (900 million)
  4. Chinese traditional religion (394 million)
  5. Buddhism 376 million
  6. Primal-indigenous (300 million)
  7. African traditional and Diasporic (100 million)
  8. Sikhism (23 million)
  9. Juche (19 million)
  10. Spiritism (15 million)
  11. Bahai (7 million)
  12. Jainism (4.2 million)
  13. Shinto (4 million)
  14. Cao Dai (4 million)
  15. Zoroastrianism (2.6 million)
  16. Tenrikyo (2 million)
  17. Neo-Paganism (1 million)
  18. Unitarian-Universalism (800,000)

Pray for the Northeast Philadelphia Church Plant Challenge for 2018

  1. Directions and manifestation of God’s glory and praise
  2. Complete coaching program for church plant
  3. Revelation on scholarly work on global missions
  4. Develop relationships with Messianic Jews in the community
  5. Develop relationships with multi-ethnic individuals and groups in the community
  6. Identify and provide community services in the community
  7. Throw lunch and dinner parties to reach out to neighbors
  8. Begin bible study and prayer group with neighbors at home
  9. Introduce Alpha evangelistic program to community
  10. Meet with local Church leaders to learn from them
  11. Complete Strategic Plan for new church plant
  12. Recruit core team for church launch project planning and fund raising

Pray for Each Other and Present Your Petitions to God

  1. Pray for direction and clarification on the revelations ( See 2017 Prayer Report link in your email)
  2. Pray for the blessing and spiritual strengthening of the families of the members of this prayer team (See email for link to contactlist18.png towards bottom of page. For privacy only last names are listed)
  3. Pray for the poor, marginalized and oppressed people of this world and in Northeast Philly that they will hear the gospel, believe and be saved
  4. Pray for the sick, addicted, bound, imprisoned, cancerous, troubled, depressed, suicidal, mentally depressed, mentally challenged, sexually challenged, physically challenged, emotionally challenged, homeless, orphaned and broken marriages in the world, in your country and in Northeast Philly. Pray for their healing, peace with God, fellow human beings and find purpose in life.
  5. Pray for political leaders, church leaders, religious leaders, Jewish Rabbis, family heads, social, education and business leaders of the world, in your country and in Northeast Philly. Pray that all leaders will commit to ethical values, sound judgments, serve and lead with knowledge, truth, love and fear of God.

Pray A Spiritual Warfare Prayer

  1. Take dominion over all spiritual forces in the air, land and sea and bring them under the subjection of Jesus Christ – Genesis 1:28 (see prayer guide in email).
  2. Pull down all strongholds of the enemy – principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness as you pray under each topic – Ephesians 6:12-13 (See prayer guide in email)
  3. Cast down every imagination and every high thought that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God as you pray under each topic – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (See prayer guide in email)
  4. Arrest all those faulty imaginations and high thoughts and demand that they obey Christ by using the weapons of the Holy Spirit’s anointing – Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, Word of God – which is all summed up in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach.

Offer Praises and Thanksgiving to the LORD

  1. Offer a sacrifice of Praise and Thanksgiving to God for His marvelous deeds in 2018 under each main theme
  2. Share your testimonies to His glory and revelations for the benefit of the group.

 

Guide to Prayer Points for January 2018

Use this section as a guide to the prayer points on each topic of prayer. For example, when praying for the peace of Jerusalem use the suggested requests under Relationships, Restoration, Leadership and Communities and pray them out under each topic. The topics are mostly the numbered items under the 2018 Fasting and Prayer Program. There are about 40 items of prayer which means you can pray on one broad topic per day. This is only a guide, please, allow the Holy Spirit to be your Supreme Guide

Main Scriptural Reference:

II Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Other Scriptures:

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Psalm 14: 7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Jeremiah 31:7 For thus saith the Lord; sing with gladness for Jacob and shout among the chief of the nations: proclaim ye, praise ye and say, Oh Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

Ephesians 6:12-13 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Restoration

  1. Under each topic pray that God will restore the people, communities, institutions, systems, ideas and country back to Himself. Repent on their behalf, confess their sins as your sins, humble yourself on their behalf and ask God to fulfill His promise of forgiveness, healing and restoration of their land and estate.
  2. Ask God to restore them back to His kingdom of power, love, righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
  3. Ask God to restore His image in them and enable them to be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it as was His purpose in creation. Ask God to empower them to have dominion over everything that is in the sea, in the air and on the earth – spirit or material – as was His purpose in creation.

Relationships

  1. Under each topic pray that God will reveal Himself through the Holy Spirit to establish loving relationships with the people, communities, institutions, systems, ideas and country through Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God.
  2. Pray that God will enable them to love Him back, to humble themselves, to pray, to seek His face and turn from their wicked ways to serve the LORD.
  3. Pray that they will love the Lord with all their heart, mind, strength, soul and spirit, and seek to please him by faith while persevering in hope
  4. Pray that they will love their neighbors and use their talent and resources to help others who are in need.

Leadership

  1. Under each topic pray that God will develop each person, community, institution, system, country or idea into servant leaders with the spirit of Christ, cultivating the fruit of the Spirit, pursuing holy lives and peace with all people. Genesis 1: 28, Mark 9:35
  2. Pray that God will help them desire and discover their spiritual gifts and use them to help others find healing, peace, and purpose in their lives. I Corinthians 12, 13, 14 & Ephesians 4

Communities

  1. Pray that God will revive the churches in each people-group, community, country and denomination to pursue the true purpose of God for their communities.
  2. Pray that believers will not only focus on their own needs and blessing, but on the needs and blessings of others -willing to deny themselves the pleasures of this world and become disciples of Christ – who are dedicated to growing spiritually and mentoring others to become like Christ.
  3. Pray that God will raise up believers (like in Psalm 15) who live blameless and holy lives committed to making disciples that make other disciples until the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of the LORD as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19-20

 

Foot Note:

Spiritual Warfare

  1. On the day of your spiritual warfare prayer, take each section above and pray against any negative force, or power, or spiritual wickedness, or system, or principality, or spiritual rulers, or demons, or witchcraft, or Satan himself  that is working against the people, or community, or institution, or country, or idea, to thwart the purpose and will of God for them, bind and cast them out and place them under the feet of Jesus
  2. Put on by faith the weapons of your warfare by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that:
    1. You love and speak the truth who is Jesus
    2. You are clothed with God’s righteousness  (confessing and forsaking any known and unknown sin to Christ, pleading his blood)
    3. You are ready to share the gospel of Christ with others
    4. You are crucified with Christ and you only live by the faith that is in Christ in you,
    5. You nullify by that faith any negative thought or idea that may come to you as you pray under each guide above
    6. You have confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believed in your heart that God raised him from the dead, therefore you know that you are saved.
    7. You have the word of God in your mouth and in your heart to  slay any negative thought or idea or evil, or works of the devil
    8. You are praying in the Spirit, listening to God in quietness and solitude, persisting in prayer and supplicating for all believers welfare
    9. Pray for each person on this list that each of us will be given the utterance, to boldly make known the mystery of the gospel

Praise and Thanksgiving

  1. Praise God on each guide that He is great and awesome God and that none of these requests are impossible to Him, none of them can be compared to Him, none of them can contend with Him, none of them can resist His will, He is the Omnipotent God, He is the Almighty God, He is the El-Shadai, Adonai, the giver of life, the Creator of all things, He alone is God and He alone deserves our praise. All the Glory, Honor, Power, Knowledge, Wisdom, Love, Grace and Splendor belongs to Him
  2. Thank God for each request believing and claiming that He has already answered them. Thank him for victory, Thank Him for restoration, thank him for relationships, thank him for power and authority to lead and rule and to dominate all things and thank him for the transformed communities of faith, hope and love.

 

Report on 2017 Prayer Points

Some revelations during our prayer and quiet times with the Lord include:

  • God already won the battle for N.E. Philadelphia, we only have to praise him continuously
  • God himself is our partner in ministry and we should consult Him on any business matter
  • God is committed to answering every prayer we make for this ministry
  • This ministry will be developing leaders in church planting ministries
  • God’s strategy for reaching all nations in our generation with the gospel must begin in Jerusalem (literal as in Acts 1:8) with a priority to Jewish evangelism (Romans 1:16) – I have done some research on this and found very interesting confirmations. I am still praying on this and researching for clarity
  • Perform prayer walks in the community praying for spiritual hunger
  • Go to the mountains to seek my face – this is a revelation I do not yet totally understand. Right now, I take it to mean – get away from the clutter of noise and the busy-ness of life and spend quality time in solitude praying, focusing, meditating and waiting on the Lord. Sometimes, I try to also take trips outside the city to pray.

Milestones accomplished during the year

  1. Vision statement almost complete. Hope to finalize by end of March 2018
  2. Shared gospel with about eleven in July 2017
  3. Three people shown interest in ministry.
  4. Participated in community meetings and made some contacts in developing relationships
  5. Acquired School Van intended to provide services to youth programs in the community
  6. Setup a temporary place at home for bible study and prayers for community members

Challenges for 2018

  1. Fasting and prayer for directions and manifestation of God’s glory and praise
  2. Completing cultivate coaching plan
  3. Continue courses in Christian ministry
  4. Develop relationships with Messianic Jews in the community
  5. Developing intentional relationships with multi-ethnic individuals or groups in the community
  6. Providing community service in partnership with a community service agency – use of van to help youth activities
  7. Throw lunch and dinner parties to reach out to neighbors
  8. Begin bible study and prayer ministry at home
  9. Introduce Alpha program to community
  10. Meet with local Church leaders to learn from them
  11. Complete Strategic Plan for new church plant
  12. Recruit core team for church launch project planning and fund raising

 

Pray for Countries with less than 20% Percent Believers for Spiritual Awakening

Country Population Primary Religion Percent Christian Unreached Continent
Maldives 370726 Islam 0.0 Y Asia
Western Sahara 590623 Islam 0.0 Y Africa
Afghanistan 34053130 Islam 0.1 Y Asia
Morocco 35119739 Islam 0.2 Y Africa
Yemen 28037154 Islam 0.2 Y Asia
Mauritania 4244976 Islam 0.3 Y Africa
Somalia 11356066 Islam 0.3 Y Africa
Bhutan 779500 Buddhism 0.3 Y Asia
Bangladesh 161869392 Islam 0.4 Y Asia
Tunisia 11467910 Islam 0.4 Y Africa
Turkey 80369036 Islam 0.6 Y Asia
Niger 21504367 Islam 0.6 Y Africa
Pakistan 195107235 Islam 0.7 Y Asia
Djibouti 899905 Islam 0.9 Y Africa
Iran 80877494 Islam 0.9 Y Asia
Comoros 819078 Islam 0.9 N Africa
Algeria 40998953 Islam 1.0 Y Africa
Tajikistan 8816191 Islam 1.0 Y Asia
Nepal 29080903 Hinduism 1.2 Y Asia
West Bank / Gaza 4887671 Islam 1.2 Y Asia
Thailand 68154537 Buddhism 1.3 Y Asia
Iraq 38565513 Islam 1.4 Y Asia
Israel 8287016 Ethnic Religions 1.5 Y Asia
Korea, North 25280870 Non-Religious 1.5 Y Asia
Mayotte 244771 Islam 1.6 N Africa
India 1334619588 Hinduism 2.1 Y Asia
Jordan 7875914 Islam 2.1 Y Asia
Japan 125875536 Buddhism 2.2 Y Asia
Mongolia 3013882 Buddhism 2.4 Y Asia
Azerbaijan 9923864 Islam 2.7 Y Asia
Oman 4690935 Islam 2.7 Y Asia
Mali 18599840 Islam 2.7 Y Africa
Libya 6351610 Islam 3.1 Y Africa
Cambodia 16023336 Buddhism 3.2 Y Asia
United Arab Emirates 9346767 Islam 3.3 Y Asia
Laos 6984794 Buddhism 3.5 Y Asia
Sri Lanka 20669930 Buddhism 4.0 Y Asia
Guinea 13144510 Islam 4.2 Y Africa
Saudi Arabia 32652197 Islam 4.3 Y Asia
Uzbekistan 30630795 Islam 4.4 Y Asia
Senegal 15991574 Islam 4.5 Y Africa
Turkmenistan 5451763 Islam 4.5 Y Asia
Gambia 2084559 Islam 4.8 Y Africa
Sudan 42044332 Islam 5.0 Y Africa
China, Macau 585199 Ethnic Religions 5.2 Y Asia
Taiwan 23419824 Ethnic Religions 6.0 Y Asia
Syria 17139891 Islam 6.0 Y Asia
Kyrgyzstan 6057725 Islam 6.0 Y Asia
Qatar 2225421 Islam 6.3 Y Asia
Kosovo 1846801 Islam 7.0 N Europe
China 1374685721 Non-Religious 7.9 Y Asia
Bahrain 1400201 Islam 8.3 Y Asia
Malaysia 31163833 Islam 8.6 Y Asia
Myanmar (Burma) 54773322 Buddhism 8.8 Y Asia
Vietnam 95332449 Buddhism 9.6 Y Asia
Kuwait 4032760 Islam 10.1 Y Asia
Brunei 427099 Islam 11.7 Y Asia
Guinea-Bissau 1906159 Islam 11.7 Y Africa
Indonesia 260124025 Islam 12.7 Y Asia
Egypt 95126179 Islam 12.7 Y Africa
China, Hong Kong 7363956 Ethnic Religions 12.8 Y Asia
Sierra Leone 6700145 Islam 13.3 N Africa
Singapore 5740150 Buddhism 13.5 N Asia
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 578 Islam 18.8 N Oceania
Christmas Island 1948 Buddhism 18.9 N Oceania
Burkina Faso 19127691 Islam 20.4 Y Africa
Kazakhstan 17980852 Islam 20.8 Y Asia
Albania 2882174 Islam 26.2 Y Europe
Chad 14786718 Islam 26.3 Y Africa
Czechia 10480468 Non-Religious 27.0 N Europe
Korea, South 50572550 Non-Religious 30.1 N Asia
Lebanon 5998095 Islam 32.3 Y Asia
Côte d’Ivoire 23725714 Islam 32.6 N Africa
Mauritius 1242428 Hinduism 32.6 N Africa
Benin 11397268 Christianity 33.5 Y Africa
Liberia 4680698 Ethnic Religions 39.9 N Africa
Eritrea 5420322 Islam 42.7 Y Africa
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3778760 Islam 44.4 N Europe
Togo 7645298 Christianity 45.3 N Africa
Netherlands 16931067 Non-Religious 47.2 N Europe
Estonia 1284517 Non-Religious 48.9 N Europe
Suriname 528194 Christianity 49.7 N South America
Madagascar 25527122 Christianity 49.7 N Africa
Nigeria 191620287 Christianity 50.8 Y Africa
Mozambique 29465838 Christianity 51.2 N Africa
Guyana 760679 Christianity 51.4 N South America
New Zealand 4552701 Christianity 52.6 N Oceania
Tanzania 56791354 Christianity 52.8 N Africa
Cameroon 24437164 Christianity 53.5 N Africa
Slovenia 2028599 Christianity 53.7 N Europe
Sweden 9869296 Christianity 55.7 N Europe
Cuba 11388638 Christianity 56.2 N North America
United Kingdom 65407055 Christianity 57.0 N Europe
Russia 142072351 Christianity 57.7 N Asia
South Sudan 12861870 Christianity 57.9 N Africa
Latvia 1906448 Christianity 59.7 N Europe
Ethiopia 104184859 Christianity 60.3 Y Africa
Ghana 28584016 Christianity 62.3 N Africa
France 64864740 Christianity 62.3 N Europe
Macedonia 2078106 Christianity 62.8 N Europe
Fiji 891598 Christianity 63.5 N Oceania
Falkland Islands 2862 Christianity 64.1 N South America
Germany 80570463 Christianity 64.4 N Europe
Isle of Man 86244 Christianity 65.1 N Europe
Australia 24562863 Christianity 65.6 N Australia
Botswana 2288841 Christianity 66.0 N Africa
Trinidad and Tobago 1358191 Christianity 66.1 N North America
Uruguay 3432054 Christianity 66.8 N South America
Belgium 11382313 Christianity 67.2 N Europe
Belarus 9420887 Christianity 69.4 N Europe
Cyprus 1155557 Christianity 71.9 N Europe
Norfolk Island 2106 Christianity 72.3 N Oceania
Ukraine 44337803 Christianity 72.9 N Europe
Canada 36479290 Christianity 73.6 N North America
Central African Republic 5070618 Christianity 73.9 N Africa
Montenegro 599511 Christianity 74.0 N Europe
Northern Mariana Islands 53654 Christianity 74.9 N Oceania
Gabon 1721756 Christianity 75.1 N Africa
Moldova 3979904 Christianity 75.6 N Europe
Malawi 18226231 Christianity 75.7 N Africa
British Indian Ocean Territory 2879 Christianity 76.4 N Asia
Switzerland 8383478 Christianity 76.6 N Europe
Zimbabwe 16279002 Christianity 76.6 N Africa
United States 325261040 Christianity 77.3 N North America
South Africa 55336304 Christianity 77.5 N Africa
Kenya 48397006 Christianity 77.5 N Africa
Spain 45993449 Christianity 77.5 N Europe
Liechtenstein 37760 Christianity 78.2 N Europe
Serbia 7505093 Christianity 79.1 N Europe
Georgia 3936151 Christianity 79.6 N Europe
New Caledonia 259916 Christianity 79.9 N Oceania
Luxembourg 546959 Christianity 80.3 N Europe
Gibraltar 31508 Christianity 80.4 N Europe
French Guiana 279746 Christianity 81.0 N South America
Italy 59741152 Christianity 81.3 N Europe
Jamaica 2798304 Christianity 81.3 N North America
Finland 5512365 Christianity 81.5 N Europe
Cayman Islands 61743 Christianity 82.0 N North America
Bulgaria 7000315 Christianity 82.4 N Europe
Venezuela 31859810 Christianity 82.5 N South America
Monaco 36716 Christianity 82.6 N Europe
Denmark 5699007 Christianity 82.9 N Europe
Austria 8549571 Christianity 82.9 N Europe
French Polynesia 283064 Christianity 83.7 N Oceania
Swaziland 1291817 Christianity 84.1 N Africa
Uganda 41578086 Christianity 84.1 N Africa
San Marino 31477 Christianity 84.1 N Europe
Lithuania 2782810 Christianity 84.7 N Europe
Reunion 862688 Christianity 85.5 N Africa
Nauru 9631 Christianity 85.6 N Oceania
Sao Tome and Principe 194501 Christianity 85.7 N Africa
Curacao 158047 Christianity 86.0 N North America
Belize 353526 Christianity 86.0 N North America
Hungary 9687747 Christianity 86.8 N Europe
Zambia 17167425 Christianity 87.0 N Africa
Chile 18260945 Christianity 87.1 N South America
Panama 4045793 Christianity 88.2 N North America
Greece 10883688 Christianity 88.3 N Europe
Norway 5294201 Christianity 88.5 N Europe
Sint Maarten 39353 Christianity 88.6 N North America
St Vincent and Grenadines 106550 Christianity 88.8 N North America
Equatorial Guinea 859254 Christianity 88.9 N Africa
Rwanda 12043870 Christianity 88.9 N Africa
Brazil 211099123 Christianity 89.5 N South America
Poland 38458473 Christianity 89.6 N Europe
Lesotho 2174093 Christianity 89.9 N Africa
Namibia 2514019 Christianity 90.0 N Africa
Andorra 63961 Christianity 90.3 N Europe
Iceland 323117 Christianity 90.3 N Europe
Congo, Republic of the 4795145 Christianity 90.3 N Africa
Anguilla 14628 Christianity 90.6 N North America
Turks and Caicos Islands 34042 Christianity 90.7 N North America
British Virgin Islands 30455 Christianity 90.7 N North America
Faroe Islands 47082 Christianity 90.9 N Europe
Philippines 103644351 Christianity 91.0 N Asia
Svalbard 2618 Christianity 91.0 N Europe
East Timor 1170170 Christianity 91.0 Y Asia
Angola 26585926 Christianity 91.5 N Africa
Ireland 4689003 Christianity 91.5 N Europe
Bermuda 59892 Christianity 91.7 N North America
Vanuatu 275282 Christianity 91.8 N Oceania
Dominica 66406 Christianity 91.9 N North America
Congo, Democratic Republic of 82010396 Christianity 92.1 N Africa
Grenada 104228 Christianity 92.4 N North America
Saint Kitts and Nevis 56417 Christianity 92.5 N North America
Bolivia 10994103 Christianity 92.6 N South America
Barbados 282335 Christianity 92.6 N North America
Croatia 4141777 Christianity 92.6 N Europe
Burundi 11878629 Christianity 92.6 N Africa
Guam 164775 Christianity 92.7 N Oceania
Slovakia 5375478 Christianity 92.8 N Europe
Antigua and Barbuda 92939 Christianity 92.9 N North America
Argentina 44200239 Christianity 93.1 N South America
Portugal 10234896 Christianity 93.3 N Europe
Romania 19178459 Christianity 93.7 N Europe
Ecuador 16572812 Christianity 93.7 N South America
Dominican Republic 10720726 Christianity 93.8 N North America
Colombia 48996220 Christianity 94.0 N South America
Armenia 2981475 Christianity 94.2 N Europe
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 105440 Christianity 94.2 N North America
Bahamas 394976 Christianity 94.5 N North America
El Salvador 6126713 Christianity 94.5 N North America
Puerto Rico 3641882 Christianity 94.6 N North America
Peru 32116190 Christianity 94.6 N South America
Mexico 129504445 Christianity 94.8 N North America
Haiti 10948581 Christianity 94.8 N North America
Martinique 383106 Christianity 94.9 N North America
Cape Verde 531631 Christianity 94.9 N Africa
Saint Lucia 183763 Christianity 94.9 N North America
Montserrat 4885 Christianity 94.9 N North America
Saint Helena 3885 Christianity 95.0 N Africa
Marshall Islands 51156 Christianity 95.2 N Oceania
Guadeloupe 469921 Christianity 95.2 N North America
Greenland 54883 Christianity 95.3 N North America
Paraguay 6784347 Christianity 95.4 N South America
American Samoa 55206 Christianity 95.4 N Oceania
Aruba 104070 Christianity 95.5 N North America
Palau 21433 Christianity 95.5 N Oceania
Micronesia, Federated States 103517 Christianity 95.6 N Oceania
Costa Rica 4871040 Christianity 95.6 N North America
Honduras 8224167 Christianity 95.8 N North America
Papua New Guinea 7851425 Christianity 95.9 N Australia
Tonga 104706 Christianity 95.9 N Oceania
Niue 1944 Christianity 95.9 N Oceania
Guatemala 17001381 Christianity 96.0 N North America
Pitcairn Islands 52 Christianity 96.0 N Oceania
Solomon Islands 593407 Christianity 96.1 N Oceania
Nicaragua 6150892 Christianity 96.1 N North America
Samoa 192593 Christianity 96.2 N Oceania
Seychelles 95367 Christianity 96.2 N Africa
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 5882 Christianity 96.5 N North America
Malta 403616 Christianity 96.6 N Europe
Cook Islands 20687 Christianity 97.7 N Oceania
Tuvalu 9850 Christianity 98.0 N Oceania
Kiribati (Gilbert) 112649 Christianity 98.4 N Oceania
Wallis and Futuna Islands 12755 Christianity 98.5 N Oceania
Tokelau 983 Christianity 100.0 N Oceania
Vatican City 1000 Christianity 100.0 N Europe

Source: Joshua Project

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