As we take a look at the serving gifts that act, the first one we’re going to look at is the gift of faith. What is the gift of faith? I’m sure as I ask that question, certain things go through your mind.
As we look back at Encounter 2019, we are again reminded of what a special time together we had at the Central Pacific District. As you watch this highlight video, may you be reminded about what God did at Encounter 2019 in your own heart and be encouraged!
It was a time of reconnecting, reflecting and repenting; a time of mourning with those who lost everything in Paradise, and a time of hearing what the Lord is going to do; a time of pressing into the presence of the holy spirit; a time of prayer, healing, and much, much more...
We wanted to share a few photos, prayers, and testimonies from our precious time together. Check them out below!
If you attended Encounter 2019, we encourage you to share your testimony in the comments below, or email the district office so that we can record and share what the Lord has been doing in and through his people of the Central Pacific District.
Dr. Norm Hall, new President of Simpson University, addressed us at Encounter. He has been instrumental along with the hard work of University Administration and Faculty in bringing Simpson back to full accreditation.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
God takes what I am, who I am, and what I do and manifests himself through me in a variety of ways. And it’s all by one spirit.
A Prayer for our time together at Encounter 2019
"Hope is Rising"
As Encounter 2019 approaches, we are praying this prayer for our time together- Join us!
Join us in praying and join us in person on February 25-27 in Chico for our Central Pacific District Conference.
Father, there is no one like you. And we ask that as we gather together for Encounter 2019, we would dream the dreams that are on your heart. That as a family, we would ask what would it look like to represent our Father to a world in the midst of tragedy. That we would see that we are not alone but that there are brothers and sisters around us who also long to see you known in this world. And that we would be able to declare together that hope is rising.
Here's our DexCom leaders answering the question, "Why are you excited about Encounter?"
Encounter is one of my favorite times of the year, as I get to step out of church and ministry context to connect with friends over times of worship, hearing from amazing speakers, but most importantly, having meaningful conversations that feed my heart and my soul.
The word of knowledge is not a physical, intellectual capacity. It is not an ability to memorize scripture. That’s not the gift - or manifestation - of knowledge. God certainly uses knowledgeable people and God uses knowledge.
As we continue to look at the spiritual gift or manifestation of prophecy, we see that there are basically two applications. The first is reiteration (preaching) of the word of God and the second is revelation. Hopefully, as we hear the word of God preached, taught, and applied, we are also hearing the voice of God through that word. The people of God need to hear His voice, and one way is through reiteration. But I also believe revelation is at work today.
Christmas Eve was a historic day in Paradise, CA as they had the first large-scale public gathering since the Camp Fire with the theme, "I'll be Home for Christmas." Paradise Alliance Church received special permission to open up the church for the three services which ended up totaling about 4,000 people in attendance, with pastors from numerous churches in the community, all representing the whole "church" of Paradise. The water is still not potable, and PG&E brought in special gas tanks to heat the building, but the services went on as a tribute to the HOPE God is inspiring in Pastor Josh Gallagher and our church family there.
A.B. Simpson, the founder of this movement we call "The Alliance," said "God is preparing heroes, and when the opportunity comes, He can fit them into their places in a moment. And the world will wonder where they came from."