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Conrad Lampan: "The Church is the Arm of God Extended – Find Your Place!"

by Conrad Lampan
Dec 14, 2014

Steve ShultzFrom the desk of Steve Shultz:

You, yes YOU, are a part of God's Body – His Church. This word by Conrad Lampan will encourage you to think about the Church, big or small, local or far.... we ALL have influence!

Conrad Lampan shares here:

The same power of the New Testament Church is still available to every local church here and now! Satan is intent on convincing Christians that God is done with the Church, and that local churches serve no purpose. "Not so fast," says the Holy Spirit, "Jesus said, 'I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." The local church bringing Christ into the community is pounding down the gates of Hell. Sorry, satan, you have been exposed; get out of here in the name of Jesus!

Be encouraged in YOUR PART in God's Church Body!

Blessings,

Steve

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What About That Small Church? What About That Overly Traditional One? What About...?

I love the Church. With all its imperfections and weaknesses, the Church is still God's plan. God never had a Plan B to fall back to when the Church failed. His plan has always been and always will be the Church. And every local church, with all their mess and toil, is part of God's grand plan. The Holy Spirit said: "The Church is on Earth to be the arm of God extended, and every local church is My arm extended to that community. Don't belittle My arm."

Each local Body of Believers is an integral part of God's plan. I love the local church. That big church over there with all their issues, they are making the name of Jesus known.

That overly traditional church there, meeting every Sunday and repeating the same hymns and rituals? They are still lifting the name of Jesus. That small church that never grew much even though a revival hit the unlikely nation of Argentina? That small church gave over 100 leaders of revival who planted and pastor churches running in the tens of thousands each. That little Bible College in the tiny country of Wales? One student from that College brought the message of Jesus to the whole continent of Africa, with millions having found Jesus! (Photo by Jennifer Page "In Yeshua's Presence" via elijahshopper.com)

Every local church, as a local expression of the Body of Christ, has a place in God's plan. Every one of them. Yes, every single one of them. You don't like this one, or the one over there? Hear what the Holy Spirit has to say: "Your liking does not override the Father's plan through that church."

The Holy Spirit says that the Father is still pouring His LOVE and His DREAMS over every assembly of Believers. In the New Testament, the way the Kingdom was extended was sending apostles, missionaries, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and planting local churches, which, in turn, sent more willing servants to plant more churches. Has God changed His mind? I don't think so.

In any case, what the Holy Spirit is showing is that the "new thing" that many are declaring is simply God bringing the Church and the churches back to what He intended for the Body of Christ to be in the first place. The Church functioning in full as it did in the Book of Acts would be quite the new thing for us.

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The same power of the New Testament Church is still available to every local church here and now! Satan is intent on convincing Christians that God is done with the Church, and that local churches serve no purpose. "Not so fast," says the Holy Spirit, "Jesus said, 'I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." The local church bringing Christ into the community is pounding down the gates of Hell. Sorry, satan, you have been exposed; get out of here in the name of Jesus!

God Is Not Getting Rid of the Church Because of Our Gaps; He Is Calling His People to Stand In the Gap

What is needed then? God is already doing it. He is calling people. People who would be committed to make it happen, who would stand in the gap. God is not getting rid of the Church because of our gaps. He is calling HIS PEOPLE to stand in the gap.

I was thinking about some churches, successful, and more importantly, significant churches in how they extend the Kingdom with power. In some known churches, people have come to me to point how much power is displayed, and how much they have achieved and how much freedom in the Spirit is felt there. To which I agree; but, I pose a question to anyone looking at a powerful church from outside: "Do you know how it happened?"

It was not a spontaneous generation of Holy Spirit mushrooms. What happened was that people responded to God's calling to stand in the gap, and they responded with commitment, they responded with desire and their feet ready to move into the water. (Photo by Donna Smallenberg "Arise, Shine" via elijahshopper.com)

It is the time when the Church, yes, the Church, the big one there and the small one here, or the struggling one beyond, will stand in victory. Like the song goes: "The world has yet to see... the Church in victory."

A word from the Holy Spirit: "Hear the call of the Lord to stand out and be counted; you are going to be blessed beyond measure as you stand for what God cares for. He cares for the Bride of His Son, the universal Body and every local expression of that Body. He cares, and I am calling you to be part of the greatest move of God the world has ever seen with each local church burning with the fire of God. But, make sure your talk and your actions are not against what God cares for."

Yes, God cares for His Church and for each of the churches around the globe. Find your place in the Body; find your place in the local Body. Swallow your pride, swallow hard, get over your fears and frustrations, and stand up and be counted.

Conrad Lampan
The Highway Church

Email: conrad@revivalhighway.net
Website: thehighway.us and thespiritcafe.rocks

Conrad and Claire Lampan left Wales in 2010 and came to Washington State where they are pastoring The Highway Church in Silverdale. Their ministry at the Church includes The Spirit Café, an extension of the Church connecting the community. Conrad is originally from Argentina, and Claire was born in Wales. Coming from countries that have seen tremendous revivals in their history, both are imbued with a strong desire for revival and believe that it is not only possible but it is already at the bend. Their message is a message of preparation for the Body. Conrad says: "Revival happens when the Church – as the local expression of the Body of Christ – is out there 'being Jesus' to the community."

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