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Are you of the Caliber of Christian that is found in the book of ACTS....

posted Dec 15, 2015, 12:41 PM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 12:41 PM ]

Today's Church is NOT producing the same caliber of Christianity as those Christians in the Book of Acts. 

But how can we when many Churches are so busy becoming "relevant", "contemporary", working to build there "own" kingdom, preaching motivational self help, make you feel good messages, while striving to becoming the happening place, so that they can draw the masses and offer something that would keep them coming so that they can meet the bills and call themselves a thriving ministry.  

Many Churches are spending more money on salaries, buildings, programs and marketing the church as a corporate business and calling it "ministry"

In doing so, we have trained the body of Christ to become more interested in buildings, programs, positions, titles and entertainment rather then a real "book of Acts" Christianity.  So much so that if if a Church is not meeting in a nice building somewhere... then it is not considered a valid ministry.

Think about it....   if you meet in a "home"...  do not pay your "pastor"... "staff"... "music director" or "musicians"... spend most of your budget on "missions", "feeding the hungry" and the "needs of people".   If you spend the Wednesday night service in "prayer" only... and what some would call Sunday School, is spend in teaching people how to "win their world for Christ"... and every member during the week is sharing Christ, fishing for men... and in your main service the pastor is equipping people to live a selfless, sacrificing, servanthood....  the ministry is "people"... the ministry is work... laboring for the Kingdom... type of lifestyle....

Now if you invite people to this kind of Church... many people in the community would not consider it to be a "real Church" or "ministry"...  for many people can not get past that you are meeting in the "home"... so you must not be much of a Church.... for we have been taught that bigger is better.... and technology is a sign of success.

Yet this type of home Church that is selfless, servant minded, actively reaching the world for Christ... body of believers describes the "Book of Acts New Testament Church"

Now UNDERSTAND... I am not saying that we must go back to a house for us to have the true Church...  but I am saying that we must go back to the methods that raised the caliber of Christians that were meeting from house to house...  it is not were we meet... it is about what we are truly producing in our day and age.

Reality is... the only way to produce Christians of the same Caliber of those in the Book of Acts... is to model the Church after that of the Book of Acts... those Christians "loved not there life, even unto death"... those Christians were selfless... sacrificing... servants who considered themselves bought with a price and no longer their own.

I must say... it is SO SAD that many in our communities would rather go to a place where they can blend in... pick and choose.... a "turn-key" Church that has all the programs for all the age groups... that is entertaining and non confronting of my "issues" of life... a place where I pay my tithe to not have responsibilities... I leave Church up to the "professionals"... the pastor and his staff....  a place that will turn there heads to my faults (sins) and build me up with something motivational that makes me feel better about myself, but do not hold me accountable for I like my issues (sins) and life is about "Me"... 

We must also understand... that it is not really the peoples fault...  for ministers over the last 100+ years have done a poor job of passing down the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.   In an effort to "help" God reach people... they have compromised and brought every type of method of the world, into the Church.

It is a "Leadership Issue"... for where the head goes... the body follows.

There are no bad students... just bad teachers... and in our day... teachers who were once students who had a bad teacher.

Now in many places, in our effort to have "Church", we have trained people to be "entertained"... to join a social group because anyone who is "anyone" is a part of this.... and to even go as far as to accept everyone because there are "many ways to God"...    We have compromised and "sold-out" to the world so much that when a real persecution comes... and it will very soon...  this type of people will compromise and sell-out... because they love their "own life" more then the cause of Christ... they love their comfort... food... cars... houses.... titles... positions in community... vices and issues.... and do not understand real sacrifice, servanthood, or selflessness.

You say that is hard.... then test yourself... take away facebook, twitter and all access to the internet, cell phone, or any love or hobby... for one month... and I suspect... within the first 24 hours someone will be going through.... "withdraws"...   you see... this is how you will find out what you are really addicted too...   you may not be a drug addict... but we have created a church full of people who are good people... but addicted to their technology... toys... hobbies... self.

Ministry is People....   but in so many places pastors have focus more on buildings, programs, technology and growth... and as a result... we have given birth to a monster that needs to be fed.

That 3-30+ million dollar building mortgage, overhead and salaries are now the beast they have to feed.... in order to do that... many pastors have put real faith aside and implement "business stradegies"... "marketing technics"... and methods in the name of God and Faith... to make this next Church service more  impressive, sensational and entertaining then the last service so that I can get more people to come... stay... and help me "FEED the BEAST"

This is done in order to validate his vision and ministry... and show the world that it is a "success"...  and it also becomes the measuring stick or symbol of his "anointing". and this launches him into a need to write books... and any other thing that can contribute to feeding the beast or making me wealthy.... and it is all justify by self declaring phrases, some which is from scripture like:   "Spirit of Excellence"... "I am a Child of the King"... "Head not Tail"... "Born to Prosperity"... "Money Cometh unto Me"... "I can have what I want... I can have what I decree"... connecting much of this to seed time and harvest or reaping a havest and many times taking scripture out of content.

Whenever Jesus spoke of harvest it was about souls.

Pastors... Preachers... Ministers...  we must Repent! and put away a "selfserving gospel"

If we are going to produce the caliber of Christians that God desires... WE MUST GET BACK TO THE BOOK OF ACTS.

         Not Just a thought......  a call to ministers for action 
                                 -bishop john

SOGI AWAKE Conference... September 25th and 26th... South Carolina

posted Sep 7, 2015, 11:51 AM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated Sep 7, 2015, 11:54 AM ]

You are invited to the SOGI Keeping The Ministry Pure AWAKE Conference, September 25th and 26th, in Aiken, South Carolina.  Conference is FREE with Limited Seating Available, advance registration is encouraged.

Location:  University Parkway Church
                 1761 University Parkway
                  Aiken, South Carolina, 29801

To Register Online, Click Poster Below:  
  
AWAKE Conference 2015
(Click on Poster)




Preacher 2 Preacher LIVE, a broadcast of SOGI...

posted May 13, 2015, 9:15 AM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated May 13, 2015, 9:17 AM ]

Listen to "Preacher 2 Preacher LIVE" with Bishop John Aguilar, every Monday evening at 7pm... (Eastern Time Zone)... over the internet.

Click Link below or type in your address bar:


                                                                   wucc.streamon.fm

SOGI Keeping the Ministry Pure Conference

posted Jul 23, 2014, 11:40 AM by Bishop John Aguilar

Shepherds of Grace International
 
2nd Annual "Keeping the Ministry Pure" Conference
 
September 5th & 6th, Brunswick, Georgia 

Make plans now to attend....


This Conference is specifically designed for Pastors, Ministers, and Lay leaders, but we invite everyone to attend. We desire to develop leadership that resembles that of the book of Acts, so we are providing this Conference for free. Limited seating, registration is on a first come first serve basis.





"STIR THE GIFT" CONFERENCE

posted Nov 6, 2013, 8:19 AM by Bishop John Aguilar

WUCC 99.9 COMMUNITY EVENT

“STIR THE GIFT”
 CONFERENCE 
  
November 8th, 9th & 10th

 
Speakers: George and Ruth Ryland


                Location:  University Parkway Church of God
                                1761 University Parkway
                        Aiken, South Carolina, 29801


                Services Begin:

                     -  Friday Service:  7 pm 
                 (General Prayer from 6 pm to 6:30 pm)
 
                     -  Saturday Morning Meet and Greet:  9 am
 
                     -  Saturday Evening Service:  6 pm
                 (General Prayer from 6 pm to 6:30 pm)

*There is No Charge for this Event
 but a Love Offering will be taken.



George and Ruth Ryland are from Johannesburg, South Africa. The Lord has assigned them to go on a journey through the USA with a “Now” message for this nation. 

Join us in these meetings for ‘The Lord is going to upgrade you. He is going to take you from faith to faith until He has broken through for you as a breakthrough of waters and you will so be blessed that in the history of your family no one has ever reached such heights of blessing. It’s an upward move for you and an exit from the old life and bursting into the new.’ 
                                         - George Ryland



            For More Information Contact:
 
                Steve Hall - (803) 646-9904
                Email - Steve@cschrist.com             

              Bishop John Aguilar. - (803) 617-9571
                Email -bishop@shepherdsofgrace.org



This Community Event is Sponsored by WUCC. 99.9 Radio “The Voice of Truth” 

               Find us online:  www.cwchrist.com and listen live 

                wucc.streamon.fm


Online Streaming Radio Program: "Preacher to Preacher

posted Oct 30, 2013, 10:00 AM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated Oct 30, 2013, 10:02 AM ]

Listen to "Preacher to Preacher" with Bishop John Aguilar, every Sunday morning at 9:15... (Eastern Time Zone)

Exactly as you see it below, type in your address bar:


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Back to Acts...

posted Oct 3, 2013, 9:33 AM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated Oct 3, 2013, 9:35 AM ]

Today's Church is not producing the same caliber of Christianity as those Christians in the Book of Acts.  

But how can we when most Churches in Effingham County are so busy becoming "relevant", "contemporary", working to build there "own" kingdom, preaching motivational self help, make you feel good messages, while striving to becoming the happening place, so that they can draw the masses and offer something that would keep them coming so that they can meet the bills and call themselves a thriving ministry.   

Most Churches are spending more money on salaries, buildings, programs and marketing the church as a corporate business and calling it "ministry"

In doing so, we have trained the body of Christ to become more interested in buildings, programs, positions, titles and entertainment rather then a real "book of Acts" Christianity.  So much so that if if a Church is not meeting in a nice building somewhere... then it is not considered a valid ministry.

Think about it....   if you meet in a "home"...  do not pay your "pastor"... "staff"... "music director" or "musicians"... spend most of your budget on "missions", "feeding the hungry" and the "needs of people".   If you spend the Wednesday night service in "prayer" only... and what some would call Sunday School, is spend in teaching people how to "win their world for Christ"... and every member during the week is sharing Christ, fishing for men... and in your main service the pastor is equipping people to live a selfless, sacrificing, servanthood....  the ministry is "people"... the ministry is work... laboring for the Kingdom... type of lifestyle....

Now if you invite people to this kind of Church... many people in the community would not consider it to be a "real Church" or "ministry"...  Yet it describes the "Book of Acts New Testament Church"

Yet the only way to produce Christians of the same Caliber of those in the Book of Acts... is to model the Church after that of the Book of Acts... those Christians "loved not there life, even unto death"... those Christians were selfless... sacrificing... servants who considered themselves bought with a price and no longer their own.

I must say... it is SO SAD that many in our community would rather go to a place where they can blend in... pick and choose.... a "turn-key" Church that has all the programs for all the age groups... that is entertaining and non confronting of my "issues" of life... a place where I pay my tithe to not have responsibilities... I leave Church up to the "professionals"... the pastor and his staff....  a place that will turn there heads to my faults (sins) and build me up with something motivational that makes me feel better about myself, but do not hold me accountable for I like my issues (sins) and life is about "Me"...  

Understand... it is not really the peoples fault...  for ministers over the last 100+ years have done a poor job of passing down the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.   In an effort to "help" God reach people... they have compromised and brought every type of method of the world, into the Church.

There are no bad students... just bad teachers... and in our day... teachers who were once students who had a bad teacher.

Now in our effort to have "Church", we have trained people to be "entertained"... to join a social group because anyone who is "anyone" is a part of this.... and to even go as far as to accept everyone because there are "many ways to God"...    We have compromised and "sold-out" to the world so much that when a real persecution comes... and it will very soon...  this type of people will compromise and sell-out... because they love their "own life" more then the cause of Christ... they love their comfort... food... cars... houses.... titles... positions in community... vices and issues.... and do not understand real sacrifice, servanthood, or selflessness.

You say that is hard.... then test yourself... take away facebook, twitter and all access to the internet, cell phone, or any love or hobby... for one month... and I suspect... within the first 24 hours someone will be going through.... "withdraws"...   you see... this is how you will find out what you are really addicted too...   you may not be a drug addict... but we have created a church full of people who are good people... but addicted to their technology... toys... hobbies... self.

If we are going to produce the caliber of Christians that God desires... WE MUST GET BACK TO THE BOOK OF ACTS.

         Just a thought......    -bishop john



Shepherds Of Grace International Leadership Conference... FREE

posted Jul 30, 2013, 11:16 AM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated Aug 6, 2013, 8:09 AM ]

Dear Family and Friends,


We Invite you to join us in:

                                                              Brunswick, Georgia

                                              August 23rd - 24th



It is our desire to be an asset to the local Church and local Ministries by providing a free workshop for the benefit of the church leaders and membership. 


John Wesley once said, "If I had three hundred men who fear nothing but God, 
hated nothing but sin, and determined to know nothing among men but Christ 
and Him crucified, I would set the world on fire."


This quote is powerful and inspiring, but as “Last Day Ministers and Pastors", we still seem to be waiting for three hundred men like this to come along. 

Let us wait no longer; we must get back to Shepherding, Equipping and Developing Disciples like those in the book of Acts who set the world on fire. 

So we cordially invite your church leaders and members to join us in Brunswick, Georgia, for our SOGI Leadership Conference on August 23rd & 24th.


                                             ** FREE of Charge**


(Note: everyone is responsible for there own lodging and transportation)


The Conference will be held at the Bethel Evangel Community Church, 801 I Street, Brunswick Georgia and will start with a free dinner on Friday 5:30pm and a Service to follow at 7pm. On Saturday we will begin with a free continental breakfast at 7:15 followed by workshops that will continue all day and concluding by 4pm. (Lunch is not included but there will be a box lunch provided for $7 which is optional)


                                  YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE


To Register, please send the name, address and phone number of each person that will be attending, by August 15th, to:


Shepherds Of Grace International
P.O. Box 5336
Aiken, South Carolina, 29804



Or, email the information to: 


staff@shepherdsofgrace.org


New Radio Program Streaming Online...

posted Jul 8, 2013, 8:35 AM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated Jul 8, 2013, 8:35 AM ]

Listen to "Preacher to Preacher" with Bishop John Aguilar, every Sunday morning at 9:15... streaming online:  wucc.streamon.fm

Marriage Debate in Washington...

posted Mar 28, 2013, 7:38 AM by Bishop John Aguilar   [ updated Mar 28, 2013, 7:38 AM ]

With the debate in Washington on gay marriages... where is the Voice of all the Television Preachers and Mega Churches who have a platform to Speak Truth... that marriage is between a man and women... and Homosexuality (what is now called "Alternative Lifestyle") is a SIN... 

It seems that many who are in Washington are more committed to what is wrong... then Christians are committed to what is right....

The Word of God makes it clear:

"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman.
It is an abomination."
(Leviticus 18:22)

"If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman,
both of them have committed an abomination.
They shall surely be put to death.
Their blood shall be upon them."
(Leviticus 20:13)

"A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man,
nor shall a man put on a woman's garment,
for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God."
(Deuteronomy 22:5)

An Contrary to the opinions of some, the Old Testament is not the only place in the Bible that condemns homosexuality. 

Hebrews 13:4, where Paul exhorted us to honor the marriage bed and keep it pure. 

In Romans 1:26-27 Paul is very specific, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.” 

NOTE: Men leaving "natural" use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another... A Person is NOT born homosexual... the choose to follow their own lust and leave the natural function that God created in every person concerning sex and it's proper function. Homosexuality is Sin and vile in God's Eyes.

In 1 Corinthians 6:9, Paul wrote, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.” 

The Greek word from which the King James Bible gets the word “effeminate” is malakos, which literally means something soft to the touch, but is used as a negative metaphor to refer to a boy kept for homosexual relations with a man. The “abusers of themselves with mankind” are those men who engage in unnatural sexual relations with other men – homosexuals. That is also how the NASB, the NKJV, and the NIV translate that verse. Also in the New Testament is verse 7 from the book of Jude, defining exactly why Sodom and Gomorrah were punished – homosexuality. 

Again... I ask... where are the Mega Ministries... the Television Preachers.. who are not afraid to Speak on this Issue... Go to Washington... use their resources and the Platform that they have in the Church Community and present the truth of the Gospel.

Let us face it... the small church or ministries do not have the resources or platform... that anyone in Washington would listen to... so to much is given... much is required... It is time to putt our resource into Proclaiming Truth... and reaching people for the Gospel of Jesus Christ... Mega Preacher: what good is a picture of you and the President, governor, senator, or any other political person or celebrity, if you have no influence... no voice.

If we spend more resources on our salaries... lifestyles... status... church growth or programs and conferences... 

then shame on us... 

...Jesus said follow me and I will make you fishers of men... meaning our priority in life would be to bring men and women into the kingdom.... Our Resources...time and energy, should be spent on the Priority Jesus called us to.

It is time for the Church of the Living God to have a Voice in Washington... for the sake of all the souls who are trapped in the bondage of homosexuality... so that truth would go forth and men and women be converted to Christ... set free from this sin... for only "truth" can set people free... and whom the Lord set free... will be free indeed.

Let us not be so busy in what we call "ministry" that we do not stand up and minister "Truth" of the Gospel.

**** I post this today as the Overseer of Shepherds of Grace International... speaking for our staff and all our ministers... that we will not let sin go unanswered... so we publicly declare that Same Sex Marriage is an Abomination and vile in the Eyes of God... and should not be made legal. 

Those who are trapped in this sin... need truth... for God gave some of them over to there own lust, so that they may come to there senses and truly be converted... but how will they here, without a preacher.

We call All Preachers and Christians to stand up and let your voice be heard.... If you cannot go to Washington... then flood the media with this truth. If you attend a mega church... then approach your Pastor's and encourage them to use there influence to be involved.

What will you do? We must work the works of Him, while it is day... for the night cometh when no man can work.

- bishop john aguilar

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