Yes, we have had to turn down invitations. It’s time you knew why. We live in an evil time with explosive changes. We are assigned to the front line to see unprecedented miracles. I am honored by invitations to come and minister. We are prepared to help advance the Kingdom of God in any area…in your area, but we simply cannot be a part of business as usual. I want to tell you the best way we can help you and the reasons we have had to turn down invitations.
We reach out to unchurched people–especially youth. We offer proof of Christ’s power to heal, deliver and save. We pray our event with you will lead to a general ongoing awakening in your area.
We can help when leaders are willing to do certain things. Here is the list and the Bible verses that confirm them.
1. Invite other churches to be involved. We do not require a certain number of churches to be involved but we consider it vital to open the meeting to as many as possible. No true move of God has ever blessed just one church. Luke 5: 6, 7 “And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. “
2. Invite community leaders to participate. Leaders from business, education, law enforcement, politics and the media should be invited to participate. People in these fields often have access to people and resources that ministers do not have. They may also have just as great a burden for the city. By asking for their help, you can greatly multiply your resources and impact. Acts 16:14 “Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.”
3. Be willing to move the meeting from your church to a neutral auditorium. We have no problem beginning a meeting in your sanctuary, but we need a willingness to move to a neutral site. Whenever we do this, the level of power intensifies. We have also learned that the unchurched are far more likely to attend if the meeting is in a neutral auditorium. Acts 26:26 “For the king knows of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.”
4.Understand the difference between church growth and advancing the Kingdom of God.
A.Church growth: One big reason we lost this generation is “Attraction” church models simply do not lead to moral awakening. The pressure to get new people by surprising them every week with creative cutting-edge entertainment is never-ending. There is simply no room for God to act.
B. Advancing the Kingdom of God: If the servant of God cries out for their church to advance the Kingdom of God, many wonderful things start to happen. They will grow in quantity and quality. Not only this, they will touch the urgent needs of their community and strengthen other churches.
1 Corinthians 2: 4 “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
5. We want to demonstrate the supernatural with balance and integrity. Groups that engage in out-of-Bible experiences do just as much harm as attraction churches. Bizarre behavior damages our cause. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit will feature outbursts of joy and sorrow. We dare not ban these life signs of revival. What we’re against is behavior that distorts the Holy Spirit to outsiders.
1 Thessalonians 1: 5 “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.”
In some churches the excuses were creative for why they could not do these things. Sadly, we had to walk away.
We were even willing to offer training and other resources. NEVER FORGET: WE HAVE NEVER REJECTED AN INVITATION BECAUSE A GROUP WAS UNABLE TO DO THESE THINGS BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE UNWILLING TO DO THEM. The size of your church is not nearly as important as the depth of your commitment. Some churches came up with creative excuses for why they could not do these things. Sadly, we had to walk away.
If your heart is open to all that I have written then be assured—we are ready to work alongside you to reap a great harvest in your area.
We want to help wherever there is a pure hunger for a true intervention of God. We would love nothing better than to be able to work with you to win souls, heal the sick, and to see revival.
P.S. email us at mariomurillo.org click here to contact us or text us at 775 238 3473
Your words are so very refreshing in truth and wise council …
I think these requirements are very logical/needed.
Thanks, understand I live in Illinois so I pray for your ministry.
Spot on Mario! I do worry however that sometimes we run the risk of throwing out the baby with the bath water. “Out of Bible” experiences aside, many “outsiders” would consider speakers in an unknown tongues a “bizarre” behavior.
What are the pros and cons working with other churches in your or my city?
Are there risks?
If so what are they and how can they be minimized?