This coming Sunday, we have a big message to share from Acts 18:1-22. We are going to learn about the value of each person in the church of Jesus Christ. I believe God has a wonderful word for us personally and collectively.
Final Message in Acts for a While
Sunday will be our final message from the book of Acts for a while. We have been in this fantastic book since January and on Sunday we will preach our 27th message from Acts. However, we are finishing up the second missionary journey of Paul. This will provide us a good time to breakaway for a period of time. We will return to the book of Acts and complete it in its entirety. Pray for God’s leadership during this next segment of preaching.
Cross Church Circle
Our Cross Church Circle continues to enlarge. Yes, we are seeing a fabulous response from our people, committing to pray for 30 minutes each week using a prayer guide that we will email to them or mail to them, depending on their personal desire and practice. As of this posting, we have 3,257 people who have committed to be a part of the Cross Church Circle weekly.
Can you imagine what God will do in our church when we have at least 3,257 people following our prayer guide and praying 30 minutes a week for the ministry of Cross Church? As we pray in agreement in the name of Jesus and led by the Holy Spirit, we will be penetrating the darkness of hell and begin to see a mighty move of God among His people. It all kicks-off on October 1st! Be sure you are engaged with us. Sign up right here, right now.
Cross Church Family Night of Worship is Sunday at 5 PM
On Sunday at 5 p.m., we will have our quarterly Cross Church Family Night of Worship. This will be a special and powerful Sunday night service, involving our entire Cross Church Choir and Band — and special guest group Veritas will be joining Julio and the team in worship. It will be one fabulous experience!
Additionally, we will expound the Word of God and experience a powerful time of prayer and response to God. You will not want to miss this service.
We will walk out no later than 6:30 p.m. This will leave plenty of time to get home, have something to eat, and get those kids in bed. Childcare will be provided to all children up to 5th grade. Come on, let’s make Sunday night fabulous!
Thanks for all you are doing
I want to thank all of our volunteers for all you are doing. Whatever ministry you are volunteering in, please know I am very grateful to God for you. Without you, this ministry would limp along. With you engaged, we run towards God with greater eagerness, fulfilling His Great Commandment and Commission to His Glory!
1,000 Thank Yous!
Ronnie W. Floyd
Twelve years ago today, the evil forces of this world attacked our nation. The events of September 11, 2001, moved our nation into a long and immediate pause. Each of us will remember until our death, the specifics of our own moment when we engaged, via television, the enemy attacks upon our country.
As much as we could on that day, we called our church to prayer. Many came to our worship center that night, calling upon the Lord for our nation. The following Sunday our church and most of America’s churches were filled and overflowing. People knew they needed God, the church, and each other. This crisis moved us into a season of extraordinary prayer.
Pastor, do you practice extraordinary prayer?
Most pastors I know believe in prayer. However, I am not sure if most pastors believe in the power of extraordinary prayer. Extraordinary prayer is prayer beyond the ordinary. Leaders of the past have called us to extraordinary prayer. Jonathan Edwards wrote about it and called for it among his peers.
I believe Jesus would expect us to rise early for prayer, even as He did in Mark 1:35,
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He
got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted
place. And He was praying there.
This was an ordinary practice of Jesus.
Rising early in the morning, even when it is still dark, and finding a private place to enter a session of prayer should be an ordinary practice in the life of a pastor. How could a pastor ever expect his people to do something he himself is not practicing and doing personally?
Therefore, extraordinary prayer would be something like this plus more. Perhaps it would be a special season of prayer, possibly including a time of prayer and fasting. Or, something else that the Holy Spirit would lead a pastor to do. All I know is that we all need to be practicing extraordinary prayer.
Pastor, we need to rise up and lead our people in the call to prayer. We need to model ordinary and extraordinary prayer. We need to pray. We need to pray extraordinarily. We need the filling of the Holy Spirit. We need the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We need the power of God. Extraordinary prayer is the key to the Spirit-empowered ministry of the pastor.
Pastor, are you leading your church to practice extraordinary prayer?
I have a major burden right now for my church to be stronger in the ministry of prayer. I am burdened that we seem to do many other things before we practice prayer.
I tell our team continually that if we are not careful we will diminish prayer even in a worship service. I love worship music, but it is not a substitute for prayer. I feel it is imperative that a pastor calls upon the Lord before his church weekly, modeling earnest, passionate, believing prayer. A pastor can mentor the people in prayer by practicing prayer in worship.
Then, there are moments for practicing extraordinary prayer. I have tried to lead our church to engage in extraordinary prayer through the years in many ways like:
*Special prayer meetings on Sunday night
*Special seasons of prayer on Sunday mornings
*Special seasons of prayer and fasting
*Special nights of prayer
*And many other ways
Right now, we are preparing to launch a special prayer ministry called, The Cross Church Circle. The Cross Church Circle prays for the ministry of Cross Church. This will be a web-based ministry for most, but we will make it available to those who are not users of technology. Monthly, I will develop a major prayer guide to send to our people. We are asking our people to follow this guide weekly for 30 minutes. The response has been extraordinary.
As of this time, we have 3,257 people, across all of our campuses, who have committed to pray for 30 minutes a week using this prayer guide. We launch this ministry on October 1. I will lead this ministry and I will prepare the prayer guide. I will manage it from my office — some things the pastor does not need to give away. Pastors must stop trying to delegate their anointing to others — YOU are anointed to lead the church — Lead It! Pastors MUST lead their churches to practice extraordinary prayer.
Can you imagine it?
Can you imagine what will happen to Cross Church when 3,257 or more people begin to pray for 30 minutes a week as part of the Cross Church Circle? As the people follow this prayer guide, they will become informed, inspired, and empowered to pray for this ministry. I believe this will result in them loving their church more and serving their Lord more than ever.
May God do extraordinary things in the lives of our people and our church as they begin to move into a time of practicing a lifestyle of extraordinary prayer. I cannot wait to see what God will do!
Yours For The Great Commission,
Ronnie W. Floyd