Meeting Notes from Large Group Gatherings

(Note this is a new feature as of December 2016)


12/11/2016 (Sun) Ransoms by Bishop Alan Bassette
12/18/2016 (Sun) Maturing Disciples by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/21/2016 (Wed) Knowing Who We Are and Who Christ Is by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/25/2016 (Sun) Having a Plan by Wayne Engram and follow up by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) How Do I Go About a 21 Day Fast? A conversation between pastor and brother
12/28/2016 (Wed) Study the Word Daily by Brother Benjamin D. Arazu
01/01/2017 (Sun) Three Things We Need to Do in 2017 by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/08/2017 (Sun) Who Is Christ? By Pastor Andrew Traub
01/15/2017 (Sun) Be Knowledgeable in the Word of God and Avoid False Doctrine by Martin Parker with follow up by Benjamin Arazu
01/15/2017 (Sun) Things About Grace by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/18/2017 (Wed) Importance of Understanding by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Holy Communion by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Learning by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/25/2017 (Wed) The Identity of Believers by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/29/2017 (Sun) How to Avoid Panicking by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/01/2017 (Wed) The Danger of Religion by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/08/2017 (Wed) The Love of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/12/2017 (Sun) Keep the Fire Burning by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/15/2017 (Wed) Faithlessness and Discouragement by Bishop Alan Bassette
02/19/2017 (Sun) Bless the Lord by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) Children's Time: The Blood of Christ by Martin Parker
02/26/2017 (Sun) The Great Commission by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/05/2017 (Sun) How to Follow the spirit of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/12/2017 (Sun) Knowing the Love of Christ by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/19/2017 (Sun) Walking in God's Love by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/26/2017 (Sun) It is Finished! by Brother Wayne Engram
04/02/2017 (Sun) When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/05/2017 (Wed) The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/09/2017 (Sun) What is the Law Written on Our Hearts? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/16/2017 (Sun) The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy' by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven by Brother Wayne Engram
04/30/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is a New Man by Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu
05/07/2017 (Sun) What is Life? By Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Who is a mother? By Vivian Mommy" Arazu"
05/14/2017 (Sun) Biblical Definition of Life (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/24/2017 (Wed) "Spirit of Faith" Notes and YouTube Video by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/28/2017 (Sun) Revival is Coming by 3 Guest Presenters
06/04/2017 (Sun) The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/07/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/11/2017 (Sun) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/14/2017 (Wed) Supernatural Manifestations by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/18/2017 (Sun) (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/21/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/25/2017 (Sun) Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/28/2017 (Wed) How to Ask Things in Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/02/2017 (Sun) Worship is an Important Part of Prayer; Pray in Two Dimensions. by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/12/2017 (Wed) Two Dimensions to Prayer (cont) by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/16/2017 (Sun) Two Dimensions of Prayer Review and Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/23/2017 (Sun) Believers are taught to know and not to become by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/26/2017 (Wed) Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/30/2017 (Sun) Essence of Godly Knowledge (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/11/2018 (Sun) Know Your Nature by Benjamin Arazu
03/18/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Growth by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/01/2018 (Sun) Benefits of Resurrection by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/03/2018 (Sun) Righteousness - an ingredient to Spiritual Growth by Vivienna Arazu
07/01/2018 (Sun) Leading of the Spirit by Benjamin D. Arazu
09/16/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Warfare: Importance of Meditation by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/03/2019 (Sun) The Importance of Faithfulness by Bishop Alan Bassette
09/17/2019 (Tue) Some aspects on spiritual growth by Benjamin Arazu
09/18/2019 (Wed) We have the fruit of the Light by Benjamin Arazu
04/18/2021 (Sun) Believers Must Grow by Brother Arazu
04/25/2021 (Sun) [the importance of] Spiritual Growth (continued) by Brother Arazu

Date: 01/01/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Three Things We Need to Do in 2017


God values our time and seems to acknowledge that we live on a calendar even though he doesn't.

There are three (3) things we need to do in 2017 (Romans 12:12)

1) Learn how to rejoice in hope. Lord I believe in you for change

Hope is excited expectation. If you are going to be successful this year you must commit that you are going to rejoice both in good times and bad. In all things rejoice. Choose to hold on to hope in 2017. Don't allow anything to take you away from rejoicing.

What does it mean to rejoice in hope?

Abraham rejoiced in hope. When your life seems hopeless and you don't allow the situation to take you away (Romans 4:18) and you believe in hope then you are rejoicing in hope. Don't give up no matter how hopeless the situation seems. You need to hold on to God. Believe in God irrespective to what is going on in your life and God will make a way for you.

One of the principles you have to work with this year is that no matter what, you are going to hold on because God is going to work things out and bless you. But you have to have hope. Hope is like the breath of life - if you don't have it you don't truly live.

Abraham held out hope even though his situation seemed hopeless. He was too old to have children so how was he going to become the father of many nations? You can not truly live without hope.

Hope is what helps your faith (Romans 4:19). Your faith cannot be strong without hope. Hope quickens your faith, energizes it, and revitalizes it. Hope is the foundation for your faith. I believe in God for [fill in your need here]. Hope takes you to where you can't ordinarily go (Romans 4:20). Against all hope, believe in hope. When you have hope it enables you not to stagger. Hope causes your faith to be strong. Faith minus hope equals fear.

We said it above, the word hope means excited expectation.

Now lets go back to Romans 12:12 - rejoicing is a continuous thing. It is something you need to do every day.

2) The second thing we need to do in 2017 is be patient in tribulation.

We need to be patient and wait for the lord. Being patient means we are not going to do otherwise from what the Lord has in store for us. Be patient.

Why should I be patient?

Those with patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). There is a distinct difference between laziness and patience. Where hope enables our faith to be strong, patience allows us to wait for the promises God has in store for us. We are living in a generation where everyone wants everything right now (instant gratification). Fast food is constantly getting faster. You can now order your fast food from your mobile device so you don't have to wait in line. But fast food is unhealthy. It is bad for you. You must be patient for those things that are good/healthy for you.

If you patiently endure you will receive the promises (Hebrews 6:15). The promises can't be given to you until you are determined to be patient. You must have patience with the Lord (Hebrews 10:36). You need patience so that you receive the promises. There is a difference between need and want - you need patience. I receive the promise in the name of Jesus because I am patient! (come one! say it with me!)

Looking at Romans 12:12 one more time.

3) The third thing we need in 2017 is to be in a continuing instant of prayer.

In 2017 we must have a habit of prayer. We must be constantly in prayer. You must have hope and be patient in order to pray successfully. If there is an excited expectation in your heart then you will approach God with gratitude and you will be blessing Him.

Why? Because prayer is what releases the promise.

Ask and it shall be given to you (Matthew 7:7). So prayer is what releases the promise in the life of a child of God. God answers our prayers but we must ask (through prayer).

Let's look at the power of prayer (Acts 9:36-40). She was sick and died but the apostles refused to bury her. They didn't want to give up. They got Peter because they believed. It was through his prayers that she was revived.

Pray without ceasing (Acts 12:5).

Prayer releases an angel to fight for you (Acts 12:7). Every chain you are bound with will be released through prayer.

Let us live in accordance with Romans 12:12 this year and rejoice in hope knowing that our prayers will be answered if we are patient and wait for the Lord.