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Why Isn’t It Working!!

Why Isn’t It Working!!

By Brendan McMartin

Have you ever asked yourself this question: “Why isn’t it working?”  When it comes to ministry we can have times where it’s just not working, momentum is going the wrong way, and we start to become frustrated.

I remember when I just got my licence I had an old Holden VB commodore. I went to start it one day and it just wouldn’t start. It wasn’t working. So I called the mechanic and he said when there is a problem you’ve got to check the air flow, fuel, and the spark plugs. He said in most cases it will be one of these three things causing an issue. So I got the car towed to the mechanic and he began to search for the problem. He would disconnect a pipe, or fiddle with the spark plugs and then he would say, “try turning it over now”.  And we’d keep trying this until the problem was fixed.

In my experience it is very similar to ministry. There are common problems just like with a car: air flow, fuel and spark.  I). The spark of a ministry is the vision or in other words the focus.  What we are all about.  Vision is what sparks people – it gives them something to focus on and stirs excitement. II). Fuel is the buy in.  People are sparked by vision and therefore buy in to that vision. They begin to throw themselves into serving that vision. III). Air flow is two fold. It speaks of releasing people to lead and carry the load. And it represents the Holy Spirit speaking and breathing life into all we do.

When we find ourselves in a position where it feels like things are just not working, have a think about your vision and focus. What are you communicating? It’s not so much about the vision statement on the wall, it’s about what is spoken down the hall.  Is it sparking people or is it all doom and gloom?  Learn to speak vision and give people something to focus on!

Vision is the thing that attracts buy in. Help people to see their part and make it easy for them to get involved. Protect them and try not to dump everything on them. Manage them well. Think longevity not just short term gain.

And lastly, are you empowering and releasing people to run with the vision? There should always be accountability, but give people a go. Learn to realise that we will probably not find the ‘perfect’ person, but don’t be scared to try the untried. You might just surprise yourself with how good they are! Also, how are you going with listening to the voice of God? Are you moving with the Holy Spirit, are you allowing room for God?

However, what is also important to note is that sometimes the motor is dead and the only way to fix it is to get a new one.  Some programs are dead and it’s time to focus on something new. Stop investing into what has had its day. It will break your heart and you will miss the new open doors God has for you.

Finally, don’t forget to ‘turn the key!’  It takes work to get this happening. Are you willing to turn the key and try something? You can have all the ingredients, and all the potential to go to new heights, but if you don’t turn the key nothing will happen.

Leaders, keep going, keep working on communicating the vision, help people buy in and keep releasing people into their God given potential by being led by the Holy Spirit. Keep turning it over until you get the victory!

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Dear Family

I hope this letter finds you well!

Family update:

It has almost been 9 months since we have been in our new home town of Wagga. We are absolutely loving it and we think Wagga would have to be Australia’s best kept secret! In the last 9 months a few exciting things have happened for us as a family. We had our baby boy Oliver Brendan McMartin who is now 6 months old, and growing oh so fast! Our eldest son Toby started kindergarten and he has settled in exceptionally well and is surrounded by lots of new little friends! Melissa graduated from her Physiotherapy degree, and the most recent news is after renting for the first 6 months, we have bought ourselves a house! We are so grateful for what God is doing in our lives and we’re delighted to call Wagga our home sweet home!  We want to thank our new church family for being so receptive and for partnering with us on the journey. We have seen such growth in our church so far and we truly believe God has more! And the best is still yet to come!

 

Church Update:

Next week we start our new connect series “What on earth am I here for”  and we have many groups that will be meeting all around our beautiful town. So don’t miss out on this 6 week connect study and get involved by clicking this link Connect Group Expression Of Interest Form and filling in the form. We will do our best to find you a great group that you can belong to! There are so many great things that we’re looking forward to in church so stay posted for more updates!

Your Friends

Brendan and Melissa McMartin

Lead Pastors

Inspire Church Wagga

Easter Words From The Cross (part 3)

Words From The Cross (Part 3)

“Trust”

By Brendan McMartin

 

trust-falls

Luke 23:44-46 (NLT)

44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.

 

Jesus trusted that God had it all under control! He trusted that what God said would happen, would happen, and that what He had done was sufficient.

In high school I remember my teacher illustrating trust with the ‘trust fall’. I had to stand there with my eyes closed and someone was told to go and stand behind me. Then I was told to fall back and let them catch me. I had to trust that they were there and that they would catch me! I hesitated for quite a while and my thoughts were going wild. “Are they right behind me? Are they close enough? Are they strong enough? Are they going to drop me?” Eventually I realized that no amount of worrying or questioning would change the outcome. I just had to take the plunge!

 

Our desire to be in control is one of the most difficult things to overcome. We often waste time worrying and questioning our way through life. This adds no benefit to our life it only limits our experience of what God can do. Jesus showed us that even He had to relinquish control of his own life and trust in His Father’s plan. He shouted ‘I entrust my spirit into your hands’. We can do the same today. Trust that God can do what He said He can do. He will not drop you, leave you, or forsake you. He is there at work in all areas of your life. Take the plunge today and put your trust and faith in him!

 

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.

 

Easter Words From The Cross (part 2)

Words From The Cross (Part 2)

‘With Me’

By Brendan McMartin

 

washedLuke 23:42-43 (NLT)

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

What an incredible display of the Gospel! What hope it gives us all! This man, this undeserving thief, has done nothing to earn his way into God’s Favour. All he had was brokenness, but he also had a heart that believed that Jesus could rescue him. Jesus’ grace was greater than this man’s evil. A lifetime of sin was washed away in but a moment as he repented and put his faith in Jesus.

 

When it comes to sports teams, the talent scouts are looking for the ones with the best skills, attitudes and behaviours so they can have the best team. It is all very much performance based. If you want to belong to ‘our club’ you must perform at ‘this level’.

 

We sometimes take this mindset into our Christian walk. We think, “If I behave right… if I perform well… if I have the right ability… then I’ll be saved.” However this is not how it works in the Kingdom. Jesus died on the cross while we were still sinners! We did not earn his love, we do not deserve his redemption! As we simply put our faith in Him we can have relationship with Him. We belong to God not because of our performance but because of His love. This personal relationship with Jesus causes a change from the inside out.

 

Romans 10:13 (NKJV)

13 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Easter Words From The Cross (Part 1)

Words From The Cross (Part 1)

“Father, Forgive Them.”  

By Ps Brendan McMartin

ForgivenLuke 23:33-34 (NLT)

33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

The first words recorded of Jesus on the cross are “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” These few simple, yet powerful words summarise Jesus’ entire purpose of his mission to earth. He came to bring forgiveness of sin to people who are lost and completely ignorant of their need for a Saviour.

I recall an event that happened in my life as a child. I was misbehaving and my mother told me, “When your father gets home you will be getting a smack!” Because of my own wrongdoing there was going to be a punishment. In other words, I deserved it! When my father came home I decided to run to my room and lock the door. I heard my dad approaching, then I heard him try to open the door, but he couldn’t get in because I had locked it. His voice calls out, “Let me in!” I think to myself, “No way! If I let you in I’m in trouble!” So I refused. Then I hear, “If you don’t let me in you will get two smacks!” I still refuse. He continues, “Now you are going to get 3 smacks!” He persisted for some time. As this was happening I could hear my brother saying, “Don’t smack him, he doesn’t know what he is doing.” He was pleading with Dad to forgive me and to not give me all those smacks. I did eventually let my Dad in and he gave me a good talking to! I actually don’t even remember if I ended up getting smacked, but I do remember my brother standing up for me.

Thinking back on this event after many years, I’m reminded of what Jesus did for us. We all have sinned and fallen short. The wages of our sin was death, but Jesus asked the Father to forgive us. Jesus did something far better than what my brother did. He took MY punishment, for MY wrongdoing, and set ME free, so I can live an abundant life in right standing with God the Father. What an incredibly humbling thought!

 

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.