What happened in Indianapolis?
What did the Spirit say to this Fellowship at 2000 Celebration? Scripture states, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established" (2 Corinthians 13:1). Here are some observations that have been confirmed by many who have written, called or spoken to us:
We must rely upon the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the work of the ministry preaching, teaching, worshiping, giving, singing to be effective. The anointing blesses, lifts, encourages and strengthens.
We must continue to build the church of Jesus Christ through prayer and fasting. Wherever God is moving India, Africa, Brazil, Singapore, Korea, Staten Island or small-town U.S.A. prayer and fasting are moving the hand of God.
We must reach people outside the church by loving them through caring, compassion ministries. With evangelism must come discipleship bringing people to maturity in Christ and grounding them in the Word of God. Then the Lord will add to the church daily those who are being saved because He can trust us with newborn babes.
We must keep the altars open in our churches. We saw that people respond to preaching, worship and testimonies when the altars are opened for them to pray for healing, to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, to rededicate their lives to the Lord or to be saved. This was evident the first night when an RCA Dome security guard gave his heart to the Lord and on the final night when hundreds of young people anointed pastors, general superintendents, world leaders and laypeople who in turn anointed the young people.
We must preach our four cardinal doctrines: salvation, divine healing, baptism in the Holy Spirit and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Gods people are hungry for Bible-based preaching and teaching. Then Mark 16:20 becomes reality: "And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following."
We must continue as a worldwide Fellowship to come together for inspiration, instruction, fellowship and challenge. Many testified of what God has wrought because this Fellowship is organized and is using its structure, resources and personnel and is casting vision for the 21st century.
We heard, felt and saw this: Stay with what has brought this Fellowship to the 21st century, and the God of the first century will continue to build His church.
Thomas E. Trask
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