SERMON: Apostle Paul Prays for Power for the Church

Colossians 1:9-10 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians was at the center of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.’s sermon on Sunday August 16, titled, The Believer’s Agenda.

“Paul won more souls to Jesus Christ during the period of his life than anybody else on the face of the earth,” Bishop Blake said.

Paul prayed for knowledge of the Will of God for the relatively young church at Colossae because, “It’s important that those who are doing good to do better. Success imposes responsibility. To whom much is given, much is required,” said Bishop Blake.

Highlights from Bishop Blake’s sermon titled “A Believer’s Agenda” follows; please click HERE to see this entire sermon on West Angeles Video On Demand:

“There’s a great hunger and a great need for expert advice in the world today.”

“Everybody wants to give advice. Not too many people are wise enough to seek advice.”

“Abject failures are clamoring to tell us how to succeed.”

“The best advice is from the Word of the Lord. That’s why you have to read the Bible for yourself.”

“The best advice you can get is in the Bible” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The Bible is your constant counselor.”

“Don’t feel that because you’re good you’ll never be attacked. You’re the one the devil wants to hurt. You’re the one the devil wants to destroy.”

“Sometimes God stretches us. Sometimes the archer pulls the bow back until the bow seems to be on the verge of breaking. But the archer says I’ve got to put stress on this bow because [it] can catapult the arrow to the great distance.”

“Don’t cry, don’t moan, don’t groan when you’re distressed. Just let God catapult you into your future. Halleluiah!”

“Success imposes responsibility.”

“You think God blessed you just so you can look good? God blessed you because He intends to get the most out of you.”

“There are many people who will help you when you are down, but when you are succeeding…it takes a strong, secure person to be able to help you and not be envious.”

“Paul was one of the foremost apostles…He wrote most of the NT. He’s right up there behind Jesus Christ as one of the greatest men to walk the earth.”

“When something is filled, there’s not room for anything else. When we’re filled with the truth, there’s no room for error.”

“If we know the scriptures, then we will know the power of God” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“The priority of so many people is confused…But it’s not our will. It’s God’s Will that we should seek.”

“Some folks have the nerve to brag about not being sanctified. If you’re not sanctified, then you’re outside the Will of God…the Bible says, ‘This is the Will of God. Even your sanctification.’”

“Wisdom and spiritual understanding come by prayer.”

“Some folk need to have some good old-fashioned common sense.”

“Dumb questions are better than dumb mistakes.”

“You need the Holy Ghost because the Holy Ghost is a teacher…Lift your hands and say, ‘Lord, I need the Holy Ghost!’”

“When you’re filled with the Spirit of God, the Lord will direct you.”

“Let Jesus lead you!”

“When you give your life to the Lord, your question ought to be, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’”

“Walk worthy of the Lord; this is the responsibility of every believer.”

“When Jesus is in your life, you should act like it! You should talk like it…You should live like it!”

“Children of the King should be royal in their behavior” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“God doesn’t sponsor any flops.”

“If you want to serve God, you’ll serve people, too.”

“Doing good is more than not doing wrong.”

“God is looking for somebody who will work for Him.”

“There’s a knowledge of God that you’ll receive when you work for God, that you will not receive any other time.”

“If Jesus has power over death, He has power over everything.”

“God has everything under control.”

“If you stand for God, God will stand for you.”

“Neighbor, He’s here right now…The Lord is here!”

“Jesus gave us salvation just for the asking.”

“Power is yours. Wisdom is yours. The Holy Ghost is yours. Come on and praise Him!”

“Whatever the Lord is passing out, I want it!”

BIBLICAL REFERENCES – Colossians 1:1-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; James 1:5; Ephesians 5:17; John14:26 Proverbs 3:5-6; Ezra 8:23; Galatians 6:9; Luke 5:5; Acts 1:8; John 16:7; Mark 16:17; Luke 11:13; Acts 2:4, 2:39, 10:46, 19:6. Psalm 22:3.

Pastor Rick Warren on the Leadership of Bishop Blake

Pastor Rick Warren joined West Angeles in celebrating the 75th birthday of Bishop Blake on Friday, July 31. Here are his thoughts on Bishop Blake and the powerful effects he has had on West Angeles and around the world.

On Friday, at the great West Angeles Church of God in Christ Cathedral in Los Angeles, I had the privilege of honoring the 75th birthday of one America’s great pastors, a wonderful co-worker in ministry, a powerful force for good in the city of Los Angeles, and dear friend of mine. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake has pastored West Angeles Church in the heart of L.A. for FORTY-SIX YEARS. That’s what you call “putting down roots” in a congregation and a city! There aren’t many pastors who’ve cared for one congregation for that long.

There are too many advantages and benefits of staying in one place for ministry than I have space to mention in this post, but here’s one benefit I’ve witnessed over and over: when you lead with love and integrity, your ministry gets better every year. If you don’t lead with love and integrity, it gets worse and more difficult every year. You can pretend to love people for a few years, but you can’t fake love for decades! The people figure out if you are legit, because there is never a moment when they aren’t watching you and testing your credibility.

If you are a leader, people are constantly doing a “credit check” on you before they invest themselves. People want to know:

1) Does my pastor love me?
2) Does he practice what he preaches? And –
3) Does he lead by example, making the first sacrifice?

“The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep” (John 10:11), and if a pastor does that humbly and consistently – year after year after year – the people will follow you anywhere, even if it means charging into hell with squirt guns!

“When you lead with love and integrity, your ministry gets better every year.” – Pastor Rick Warren

Bishop Charles Blake is that kind of leader. For 46 years he has been able to impact Los Angeles in ways like no other pastor I know, because he stayed put! In 1 Timothy1:12, Paul said “I thank God for putting me into the ministry.” Ministry is received, not achieved. It is a gift of God’s grace. And if God puts you into ministry, then you must stay put until he announces other plans for you!

I was deeply touched when my friend Charles Blake called and asked me to preach at his 75th birthday celebration. During the past eight years, he has also served as leader of the Church Of God In Christ, America’s oldest and largest African-American Pentecostal denomination with 6.5 million members worldwide. Charles has spoken twice at Saddleback Church and helped me and my wife, Kay, launch our summit on caring for people with AIDS. Years ago, he asked me to come to the COGIC Annual Bishops and Elders gathering to teach The Purpose Driven Church seminar to their leadership.

The world – and the Church – needs far more partnerships between black, white, brown, and every other color of pastors and churches. It was encouraging to see Caucasian and Asian and Hispanic pastors working in solidarity with our sister Black churches after the tragedies of Ferguson and [Charleston]. The only way to overcome evil is with good, and the only way to overcome hatred is with love.

Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay are the founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest, CA, where he  continues to serve as the senior pastor over its 14 campuses. He is the author of The Purpose Driven Church, as well as the New York Times best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold over 30 million copies. “Pastor Rick,” as he’s affectionately known, earned a Bachelor of Arts from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Adapted from “The Value of Staying In One Place To Minister,” by Pastor Rick Warren. Posted July 31, 2015 at 1:34pm via Facebook Mentions.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In 1980, at 25 years of age, Pastor Rick Warren founded Saddleback church with his wife Kay, and has been at its helm for 35 years.
  • He is the author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” which is the best-selling hardback book in American history with over 60 million readers.
  • Today, Saddleback members speak 67 languages, and there are Saddleback churches in every (United Nations) country in the world. “We want our church to look like Heaven’s gonna look,” said Pastor Rick.