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Evangelism and the local Church

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and the Local Church

By Evangelist Siegfried Tomazsewski

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After my years as youth pastor, I had the privilege of working

alongside the world-renowned Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. I

was able to watch and learn from the man of God for 18 years, ministering as an evangelist myself at our crusades or teaching at our Fire Conferences. I also did preparation for such events. All of this was always in very close cooperation with the local churches.

Many times we broke records in church unity in places where there was strife, bitterness and un-forgiveness between pastors of different churches in the same city.

In one particular city it seemed to be impossible to get the local pastors to sit at the same table because two pastors had

not spoken to each other for 18 years! The reason? Apparently

one split from the original church and started a new one with 20

people whom he took with him from the 200-member congregation

– his church grew.

When I asked the “old” pastor for the reason he did not talk to his brother, he replied that he had split his church (well, 20 is not really splitting 200). So I asked him why after all those years the one with the 20 now had over 300 and he still had less than 200! They eventually both joined in. At the end of our events all of the participating pastors hugged each other, cried and asked one another and God for forgiveness.

Since that time they meet regularly for prayer and strategicLahore altar call 10-2014 (2016_03_19 03_15_34 UTC)

planning for reaching their city.

This is only one of many testimonies that we experienced

around the world.

Now what has that to do with evangelism and the local church?

 

The Pastor and the Local Situation

Traveling around the world and talking to thousands of pastors I see a lot of frustration in today’s leadership. Just the other day I talked to a young pastor who was to take over an “old conservative church”, according to his own words. After 8 years he was so frustrated and said he would never again do it. Why not? He had to take over someone else’s vision (if there was a vision at all), pattern, strategy, leadership (elders) and had no personal vision, no leadership skills and no experience or mentor to help him handle the situation.

 

The devil uses many circumstances.

I come from a traditional church background myself and experienced many in my own ministry.

The battle between choir or hymns and modern worship songs;

the arguing between the Wednesday night bible class church group and the new cell group movement, to things that we smile about today like “is going to the beach sin”. They sound so trifling today and yet many churches have been brought to stagnation by these things.

Where I see a pastor with a vision for his church and a shepherd’s compassion for his sheep, I see situations changed. A pastor is the shepherd that has to give direction to the sheep, lead them, carry them and stand in the gap before God in intercession for them. Moses was willing for his name to be blotted out of the book of life for the sin of his people (Exodus 32:32).

Let’s be honest, who today would be willing to give up his salvation for the salvation of his people? Pastors, I want to encourage you never to give up, lead and feed, wait patiently for the sheep to follow.

Give direction and walk ahead!

 

The Pastor and Evangelism

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke stated many times – “a church that DSC08270

doesn’t seek the lost is lost itself”.

I can only agree with this statement. The question I asked

myself many times is why are there many churches that do not

grow? Well, there is surely many reasons, just let me give you only 3 that I find significant for church growth.

 

 

* Some churches have become modern entertainment centers and are no longer rescue operations.

We want to compete with the world in order to draw people and forget that we should set the standard for the world, not the other way around. Too often the motivation is just to keep the “flock” satisfied to stay and not really to seek the lost.

 

* What portion of our church is actually focusing on evangelism and soul-winning?Preaching in Papua NG

What portion does it take of our funds, time, preaching/message or each group?

Let’s be serious about this: if I had a company and only focused on the internal, on employees, building, administration, even if my product was the perfect item to satisfy human desires, but I

did not communicate with the potential customer, how in the world would he/she know about it?

 

What do we really do to promote the Gospel, our church, each group that we have? Do we have something to offer to the world?

If yes, well, then let’s get on with it and offer it!!! Do you offer a message of deliverance? Let your community know. Do you have a message of healing? Well, let the sick in your town know. I could go on with this almost endless list.

The problem is that the moment we start thinking about it, the devil comes with his old speech. You cannot promise something that doesn’t work in your church. Get over it, get the devil out of your mind and be concerned with what God has called you to do today. If we don’t do what we are called to do, it actually means that we believe the devil more than God!

 

Even if it doesn’t seem appropriate, make an altar call and in time you will see results.

 

* One very serious reason is a simple pioneer syndrome.

When a pastor takes over a small church, he seems to have to do everything himself, from greeting the people to leading the worship, from preaching to administration and so on.

Leadership is the gift of discipleship with the art of delegation.

We must learn to involve as many church members as possible. They need to take ownership over an area, become responsible and they will be accountable to you as the leading pastor as you are to God. Learn to trust others to do an even better job and forget your pride. You will receive more honors by doing so.

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From hate to healing

I was once called to the bedside of a dying man. The couple had been married for many decades and grown old together. However the man was a very hard man, drinking, beating his wife and giving her truly a hell of a life. She was a believer and no matter what he did, she prayed for him and stood by his side. One day he got sick and couldn’t move any more, but had to lie in bed all the time. Now this would have been her chance to pay back to him. She paid him back alright; with all her love she continued standing by his side. Day after day, week after week, month after month… she washed him, changed him, moved him in the bed – and loved him. When he realized that his lost moment has come, he asked for me to come. I gladly went to him to read the bible and pray with him. To my astonishment he seemed to be so different that day. With tears in his eyes he confessed all his wrong doing, asked Jesus and his wife for forgiveness. When I asked him how this change came about, this tough old German answered with tears in his eyes: “This unfathomable love of his wife has led me to the cross”. We prayed and he went to be with the Lord.
Remembering this makes me think about our present situation. There is so much discussion going on about the refugees and I don’t want to get into any political discussion here, but share what I feel in my heart. When Jesus lived and died, he was not only loved, but also hated, persecuted, beaten and killed! Yet, he loved each one with the same undying love. When he was about to be arrested, Peter raised his sword, ready to fight and kill because of a human fire, a fervency that was not born in heaven.
The Jews persecuted those who had been with Jesus, the threatened them – and many had been killed. Yet, after the day of Pentecost, Peter did not hide or run away, but went down, raised his voice and explained the love of God – until he died.
To this day, many have shared the Gospel, been persecuted and died. The tragedy is that during all this time the devil managed to create hate against those whom Jesus loves. Things got mixed up and it turned from hating sin to hate the sinner. Well, we don’t say it, but as a matter of fact, many come from fear to furious. Instead of love we turn against the people. To me a soul is a soul, whether it is German or American, African or Asian, black or white – the same applies to their religion. A Christian that is not saved is as much a prospect of Gods love as a Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or any other person.
Not all Christians are saints and not all Muslim are devils – as a matter of fact, NO Christian is a saint, but can be sanctified through the blood of Jesus. So can every body else!
What do you see if you talk to an Arab with a long black beard? What do you think if a woman with Burka (veil covering her face)? Have you made up your mind before knowing her or him? Is the prejudice we fight against still in your own heart or do you see a prospect of Gods love?
Think about it and decide for yourself – What would Jesus do?

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A new breed – a new generation!

A new breed – a new generation!

I have been in ministry for over 37 years and was raised in a Christian home. This is the background to my observations regarding the development of our Christian faith over the centuries.

From a political point of view there has been obvious decline, rejection and liberalization in most of the western world. The outlook would seem bleak, with no hope and no future. In fact, to many, response to the mission call is a waste of energy and not worth the investment of time and effort.

This is absolutely wrong. I travel a great deal and this is not what I have observed.

Let me go back to when I was a young boy at home with my parents. It was after WWII. Much of Europe lay in ruins. Cities were bombed, with many losing husbands, sons and home. There were no jobs to be had and Germany was in crisis. But this was a generation of men and women who did NOT give up. They started to rebuild – cities, hopes, and relationships. They also had a great hunger for God to help them.

Missionaries and evangelistic groups from the US came to preach, teach and reach out to the people with a message of reconciliation, forgiveness and love. My parents received Christ at an evangelistic meeting in Berlin with Youth for Christ. These precious people came from the US with music, testimonies and the word of God. Churches were built and grew strong. Outreach was a natural part of the church and the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit a normal experience in people’s everyday life.

The next generation was privileged to take over what the past generation had planted and built. They continued with the same spirit they had experienced firsthand and learned from their elders. But there was a slight slowing of pace from 3 meetings on a Sunday in 3 different villages – with all expecting a different message! – and the customary meetings 5 nights a week.

This became the model for the third generation. When they took over in the late 80s, the Jesus People movement had already passed into history and people had become skeptical of many moves around the world. Young people who came out of the Jesus Movement were often criticized for not working hard enough, for making mistakes, for doing everything differently and so, by definition, wrong. It was no surprise that they lost confidence in themselves and confidence in the power of God. They had been given responsibility, but no authority. It was like a relay runner handing the baton to the next runner, but NOT letting go. It slowed the runners down and no one won.

The main focus of the church then became preserving and maintaining, instead of proclaiming. Cell groups where established, not primarily for evangelistic purposes, but to have fellowship, grow and enjoy one another. There certainly is nothing wrong with fellowship, but when people were asked to go out to evangelize and do outreach, the inevitable response was that the times had changed and outreach no longer was effective. Evangelistic efforts were minimized and reduced to what proved to be wishful thinking – one-to-one witnessing only. However, the fact was that there was no training and people were so overwhelmed by the challenge that they simply did not do it.

Wonderfully, there is also an eternal truth that cannot be disregarded. It remains a fact that the Holy Spirit has been poured out and is looking for empty vessels, men and women, boys and girls – people who make themselves available for HIS purposes.

Through outpourings like Toronto, Pensacola, CfaN Fire Conference in Frankfurt and many others, something has been ignited and has triggered a new wave. The youth of the past have become the mature leaders of today, and many are following.

Here is my current observation. For some years now I have seen this new breed, this new generation. It is a generation with a great desire to see and experience again what they have heard of.  Faith is growing in them and they go out willingly. They witness without being asked and they believe without being forced – and they are starting to experience what the Apostles experienced. There are testimonies from teenagers who go and pray for the sick on the streets and they see people healed and delivered. Drug addicts are being set free as we experienced it during the 70’s. Many other wonderful miracles happen today on our streets in Europe, all because of this Holy Spirit-driven young generation. This is what I experience and see.

This is my plea to the older generation:

Let us stop criticizing, obstructing or getting in the way of the young generation. Let us rather learn how to mentor, coach, train, encourage, disciple, love these wonderful people.

When we learn to understand, we run together, allowing the young to pick up speed, run alongside for a time and then take over the baton. The important thing is to LET GO and run behind them for a time, encouraging, cheering them on and being a role model for them of fathers and mothers in Christ!

By God’s grace we will one day finish our race. From heaven we will cheer them on, crying “Keep going, don’t give up, you will make it!” In this way, the baton will not be dropped and the past generations will not be failed.

Let us pray for our young people and rejoice when they do better than we did!

There is a mighty move of the Holy Spirit and I want to be a part – not a hindrance!

Pastor Siegfried Tomazsewski

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April 30, 2015

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Love made Visible

Throughout the ages mankind has been searching for God. However when Adam and Eve turned away from God, doing their own will and realizing that without Him they are vulnerable, ashamed and full of fear, God did NOT turn away, saying: “you got yourself into that mess, now see how you get out of it” – but He came down from His throne to seek and save. Adam where are you, is the cry that we hear until today.

He would have had all right to destroy, turn away… but through the Prophets of old he cried out: I have stretched my arms out to YOU! To a rebellious people. People that did NOT ask for me, did not walk in my ways, that walked away from me. Let’s be honest, who of us would do that? If someone is disappointing us, what do we do?

But that was not enough. He knew that to hear is one thing, but we need to see – so He sent His only son, Jesus Christ. Christ on the Cross is the stretched out arms of God made visible. The greatest proclamation of Gods love for YOU and me. We not only hear, but now we can see His love.

There were many people standing at the cross. They have heard – and they have seen – yet, they where lost. Only some accepted HIM as the lamb of God who died for them. So they also experienced HIS love for them.

Today you can come from hearing to seeing to experiencing the love of God for your own life!

He has still stretched out His arms for you – why don’t you reach out to Him and touch Him for forgiveness and healing. Call upon His name and you will be saved!

Joel 2:32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved;

Have a blessed remembrance day of Christ dying for you!

Reach out and take His hand
Reach out by Faith
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Maintenance required

I don’t know how often an airplane needs maintenance, but I surely wouldn’t want to fly with a plane if I knew it is not regularly maintained. IMG-20130319-00319

To make sure all is o.k., the captain walks around the plane and checks it out each time before he takes off.

 

 

 

 

 

Every couple of thousand miles, my car indicates that it needs an oil-change, maintenance etc… Car maintenance required
We take those things serious because we want to make sure we are not going down, being stranded or have a breakdown.
If this is true for a plane or a car, how much more is it true for our spiritual life? Do you allow the “captain” to check out every area of your life? Do you allow the Holy Spirit to do “maintenance” on your character, personality and spiritual life? Don’t wait for New Years Eve to make a kind of balance and write down your intentions for the new year. Get things right with God, right away and start afresh – in the right direction and allow HIM to set your goals.


“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
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Rev. Siegfried Tomazsewski

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Doing the will of the father

The last couple of days I was busy praying – no, not to know the will of the father, but to do His will. I think many of us know the will of the father, but there is so much resistance in us when it comes to the actual point of doing it. I quickly want to share what came into my heart when I read the parable of the two sons in the vineyard again. ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” (Matthew 21: 28-31)  It is not about what we say or would love to do, but about our action. Our actions speak louder than our words.  I still remember when my mother at times asked me to do something and I delayed and when I was asked a second or third time I lost my joy of doing it and did not do it. Other times when I got up and did it, I received joy while doing so. Here is a spiritual principal. If we only do things because we have the joy to do it, or we do things we like to do, we will never experience the joy that comes from obedience.  The joy of obedience doesn’t come from the result, it comes from being it.

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The Testimonies are copied as they have been sent to me to keep it authentic.

  •  A lady who had difficulties breathing and the Lord healed her and now she can breath; She got healed immediately.
  • A woman who has severe Anemia, she was not able to stand alone and her heart was beating rapidly. She was in this evening and the next week she came and gave a testimony that the Lord healed her after you prayed for her.
  • Since they opened the church they never experienced God’s presence like this evening and they felt the Lord’s hands and movement upon them. A husband was not talking to his wife because they had a problem with each other. On the same day of meeting, the Lord spoke to him to reconcile with his wife. He went back home and he reconciled with his wife and their relationship is very good now.
  • In this evening a lady who could not move her hand and shoulder and the Lord Healed her. She gave a testimony a week later that Lord had healed her in this evening. Also, there was a woman who has a problem with her family and after the prayer in this evening with you , the Lord resolved all the problem with her family and peace came back. The prayer for the families was an encouragement to the family and blessing to them and did make people feel God’s hands and touch their hearts.
  • A woman the Lord has delivered her from a demon.
  • A woman with headache for many days the Lord had healed her.
  • Four people were having struggles in their lives and stress; they were able to get freedom from their spiritual chained.
  • A man who had colon pain and the Lord has healed him.
  • A man who had pain in all his body. He was suffering from this pain and he felt the Lord hands in this evening and the Lord set him free from this pain and he did give a testimony
  • a Muslim couple gave their life to Jesus
  • A Muslim mother brought her daughter for prayer. The gave their life to Jesus (they had problems with nightmares, breathing problems etc….) Jesus healed them
  • Many filled with the Holy SpiritHadiayat Masih, his trunk was totally damaged due to an accident and when brother preached and prayed for the sick, he was healed and walked himself without the help of any stick.
  • Samina Bibi, was completely blind and after she heard the significance Gospel by brother Siegfried she had build her faith upon Jesus and she was able to receive her miracle from Jesus
  • Sadiq Masih, His sight was removed from his eyes due to an road accident so as he attended the crusade and heard Gospel , his personal communication made possible for him to cry out to God for his life and became  His witnessed after receiving his sight back. Amen
  • Asgar Ali, was a heart patient and doctors told him that he will have only a few days’ life to live and can’t live more for long time. He came and after hearing messages got faith in Jesus and he kept his hand upon the heart while brother Siegfried was praying and then he went for his medical report and doctors were amazed that he was not found with any heart issue anymore…
  • Muhammad Reyasat, Doctors refused him by saying that his liver is completely destroyed and he has liver swelled too much, he said he saw the advertisement on the wall of street and since then he aimed in his heart for the day to come to the meeting and ask brother to lay his hands upon him for recovery. That night he received his healing
  • Sadique Amant Umar , he had gallstone and couldn’t eat and drink from 6 month so as he cried out to God in the meeting and allowed Jesus to touch him got His miraculous power which removed his pain and stone afterward he went for ultra sound and Doctor amazed that there were no stone at all.
  • Muskan Sharif, she was filled with blisters & boils on her whole body so after prayers her mother gave witness that within 3 days she was as clean body as new born baby
  • Nazia Barkat, she was having brain tumors since she was 7 years old; she said doctors were astonished to check her because there was no tumor in her brain any more.
  • Tara Masih was demon possessed and he witnessed and gave his whole life to Jesus
  • Liza Rahmat, she has swelling on her kidneys, she said on the stage that as brother prayed she saw one hand coming toward her kidneys and touched her, next day she went to the doctor again and he said there is no swelling on her kidneys.
  • Pastor Naveed, his wife was angry and had left her from 3 years, he said I prayed for my family and according to his words wife came back home herself with his 3 kids.
  • Many more Muslims from locally and from very far away place attended in it. They experience God presence and came to know Jesus is alive and still performs miracle, still saves people from their sins and free them from all bondage.

Many repented, accepted Jesus as their personal savior, got miracles, blind eyes saw, deaf and dumb listen and spoke, crippled walked and it was very first time that we had International Speaker who was anointed one through him Jesus performed awesome and wonderful signs and miracle, Lives of people were changed and many more astonished to see God’s hand and Mercy upon us all. It was awesome experience of God with us in Pakistan. We thank brother Siegfried Tomazsewski.  We thank all who made brother Siegfried trip possible by their funds and prayers so people grow in faith and step unto rock. There were and are many witnesses which is not yet recorded.

©Calling Ministry 2014

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Pile of Bricks

When I travel in countries like Egypt and Pakistan I see a lot of destruction, result of war, fighting and the work of the devil. However, there is also a lot of brokenness in the lives of the people. No hope, depression and fear as a remainder of the long suffering, pain, persecution and killing.
When I passed this pile of bricks on my way to the first meeting, the Lord spoke to me. We may look at such a pile as junk, rubble or trash. Jesus however is the master builder and He can use those bricks to build a most wonderful temple for himself. Every person can be such a temple, if we allow Him to be the foundation on which we stand and lay hands on us to mold, form and build us. No matter how messed up your life may be, how hopeless your situation may seem or how broken you are – He can rebuild you and make out of the pile of old bricks a most precious temple to the Glory of God.

HE makes all things new
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I press on toward the goal. (Phil. 3:14)

Kissimmee, August 5th, 2014

Treadmill Christians
 
„After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I!” (Luke 10:1-3a)
 
Have you ever been standing on a treadmill – or watched someone else perhaps in a fitness studio or gym as they have been walking for some time on the treadmill? Just for fun I am saying sometimes I love to go to the gym in the Hotel when I travel – for 10 minutes, watching the people. Well, that is just a joke, but as a matter of fact it is truly interesting to think about it if it couldn’t be the case in our spiritual life? You may have had a physio-therapy, a rehab or just to keep your body in shape and fit and start walking on a treadmill. It may be a good experience, but it can not be compared to an outdoor experience. When you have been hiking in real nature in our beautiful countries, a walk on the on the treadmill, starring at the 4 walls is a poor comparison.

Anything I want to say with this example? Yes, in deed there is many Christians that go to church as a spiritual gym, but never get out of the 4 walls to fulfill their true calling. They walk in the church like on a treadmill, day after day, month after month and never really move forward one foot. At the end they are where they started off, are tired and weary and not capable any more to get out and about.
 
In the above mentioned scripture of Luke we see how Jesus commanded his disciples and empowered them to go! They had finished their “dry-land-swim-training” and now where to get into the ocean for the rescue operation!
When you read the chapter to the end you will realize that they returned as changed people. Almost out of themselves about what they had experienced. I am also excited about what we experience – many times behind the scenes, in the little – in the underground – in the will of the father.
 
When you read these lines we are already on our way to Africa…. (for details, please sign up to our newsletter https://www.callingministry.org/newsletter/

I am truly excited about what God is doing – opening doors, but we need very serious prayer support.
 
I also want to share a personal need. Coming October I will be in Egypt as you know. 2 days ago I had another wonderful SKYPE service in Lahore/Pakistand and now will go straight from Egypt to Pakistan for a 4-day Gospel campaign and leadership training. I have accepted by faith in spite of the fact that I don’t have the finances yet. But I believe the time has come to minister the Gospel to them to see salvation and healing.
I would be happy if you could share this also with others that they also can participate.
Thank you once again for all intercession. I will, internet permitting, report about what the Lord is doing.
Be richly blessed. Praying for you,
Your
  Siegfried Tomazsewski
        Evangelist