Mountains of Influence (Part 1)
Join Pastor Tim as we kick off our "Be Salty" series, we will begin our series learning about the 7 Mountains of Influence.
Here are a few key points:
• Christians are called to be SALT (and LIGHT) in the world - When lives are transformed by the gospel, our community(s) will be impacted.
• Salt - enhances: adds to (INFLUENCES)
• Salt - add flavor to whatever exits in our city/culture: must see God values in everyone.... then we can enhance/influence!
• Culture is not bad as long as Christ is in the middle... be in the world not of the world!
• Healthy community (city) invites the supernatural…it's for everyone! It's how we do life together... God touches the sacrifice we make to each other. Love one another - prove you are my disciples.
• History of the Seven Mountain Message - In 1972, Loren Cunningham (YWAM)/Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ) seen seven strategic mountains that shape the culture of every nation. God told them to inform the other that if they could capture these strategic places, they would reap the harvest of nations as the nations are transformed by the Kingdom of God.
• This is a strategy for the Kingdom of God to influence key parts of our culture...not a theology!!
• Believers MUST BE involved in the arts, business, government, media, etc Influence the influencers, and you can change the world. Become an influencer yourself, and you can bring change that much more quickly.
• Seek first the kingdom of God.... not positions!! Preach the Gospel and make disciples. God may use anyone, regardless of how high on the "mountain" he or she is. God specializes in the unqualified!!
• All influenced the leaders of nations. Not always about being #1 but influence the person who's #1.
1. Mountain of Education
• Satan is after our children. Our children are being taught morality according to those who stand against everything the Bible represents - including curriculum, silencing Christian students, etc.
• Pray = God will be brought back into our schools, more Spirit-Filled teachers/principals/administrators/school board members, Christian parents will stand against evil curriculums and be a voice, educational institutions and educators will teach the full view of Creation and the truth about God.
2. Mountain of Religion
• Believed we could change culture through only being involved within the Religious Mountain. Many religions. There is only ONE way to heaven, ONE way to the Father~JUST JESUS! No Denominational Jesus - Just Jesus!!
• There is a fight for truth--in our nation. JESUS! To love others is not to step aside and sit quietly in a corner with your beliefs. Love rejoices in the truth.
• BE SALTY!! PREACH THE GOSPEL... Every area of our lives!!
• Pray = greatest revival this country/world has ever seen, we will return to gospel-centered messages and making disciples in the earth, spirit of unity in the Church and for the furthering of the gospel to all nations, our rights to speak the gospel freely will be protected, and that we will not be silenced and become a beacon of hope to a hurting world by loving others unconditionally.
3. Mountain of Family
• Perhaps the area most under assault is that of the family. The devil seeks to steal, kill, and destroy the family unit. It is at the core of who we are and what God intends for us to be.
• The family is the smallest unit and building block of every society. Families determine to a great extent, the outcome of individuals and their lives. God has a plan for family, and it is seen in scripture.
• Pray = marriage between one man and one woman, marriages to be healed and strengthened, against the spirit of divorce and for divorce rate to decrease, for families to understand and engage in spiritual warfare for their families, Americans will stand for life and defend the unborn, fathers will take their place as leaders in the home and church will help take care of children. Raise up Spiritual mothers and fathers in our house!
• We have preached the Gospel of Salvation (just the start) - but must apply the message of the Gospel to our everyday life. This is the difference between the Gospel of Salvation and the Gospel of the Kingdom.
• BE SALTY!!!! Education, Church & Family - pray, lead, get involved!
• When we all come together in unity and pray for the seven mountains of influence, God will hear our prayers, and we will begin to see a shift in our culture toward righteousness.
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