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Live @ Lunch Bible Study with Rev Bruce and Pastor John Powell, Jr.
God & Government Part 1 10-1-20

On October 1, Pastor John Powell, Jr. of Christ Temple Church of Holiness in San Diego and I launched our online Bible study series on God & Government. We had just wrapped up a series on the Living as the Temple of God in September, so we found it appropriate with the upcoming election and the current social climate to delve into the social-political aspects of the Word of God.

Why Bible Study at Lunch?

Oddly enough, the Bible encourages the believer to live a life of honor before the eyes of others. More specifically in 1 Peter 2:13-17, the believers are instructed to live as an encouragement and example before Gentiles in the hopes of quelling “ignorant talk.” But this is learned behavior, and if we are to apply this to our daily lives among others, lunch provides a perfect storm of a midday break with another opportunity to show and share as we return to our cubicle or workstation.

How Live @ Lunch Bible Study Started

If the Christian is to learn about it, he or she had also better be ready to apply it. Lunchtime learning gives us that midday moment of reflection to check ourselves and how we have gone about our day thus far. It’s the perfect halftime for us to reflect, recharge and return with new insights or just a simple reminder on how to live as a follower of Christ moment by moment.

Live @ Lunch Bible Study is just another element of Life Path Multimedia Ministry. You can still access Coffee & Chat with Rev Bruce and mini motivational video segments like Stepping Up with SMART Goals and the Ministry Minute playlist.

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Discovering More Clarity with My Calling

In business, you set up and maintain a business identity.

It speaks to who you are and what you do. It becomes your brand. And it is how others come to know your business.

Ministry is similar, but there is a subtle difference between the two.

Firstly, the ministry calling is based on God giving you your marching orders. He usually pricks the heart of the believer for a cause or concern that invokes compassion or conviction, causing the believer to follow the leading of the Lord and His Spirit in that given direction.

Secondly, the ministry calling evolves over time. After one’s initial calling, God reveals more along the way. Greater clarity on the big picture is provided along the way during the journey.

My journey started around 2005 with an idea that would eventually take the form of Life Path Ministries & Services in 2008. It include Bible Stories & Beyond (Bible lessons and activities), All Men Edified Now (A.M.E.N.) (a monthly small group Bible study), and Operation Reach Out (evangelism and outreach). I added a weekly newsletter, self-published books of poetry and ministry guidance, and Bible study activities for A.M.E.N. over the course of several years.

I was content with what I was doing for God. I was confident that I was in the right place and on the right track.

Comfort Zones Cloud Clarity

Comfort zones can become dangerous places for anyone with a calling from God. That’s a particular place where business and ministry are truly similar. The amount of overlap is difficult to determine by degrees, but they at the least run parallel to one another once you get into the danger of comfort zones.

I knew what was doing in both ministry and business. I was struggling with completing my degree between Organizational Leadership at Chapman and Business Administration at Azusa Pacific. I knew how to do the work. I knew that the work was both important and critical. I even knew that the Lord had more in store for both myself and the ministry.

I was in a strange place. I was in an unknown zone. People applauded my work and what I was doing in the name of the Lord, but I felt an uneasy tension or frustration of the unknown lying ahead. I was engaged in what Keith Haney points out as motivating others like Jesus, but I had no name for it.

The evidence of the work was visible with tangible results, but I struggled with pinpointing what exactly it was that I was doing. Let me clarify that to say I struggled with what to call it. I was stumped with how to categorize it. I didn’t know what box to check when describing it.

Was it a ministry like Prison Fellowship, Salvation Army or YMCA? Was it a para-church ministry like Focus on the Family or 700 Club? What was this thing that I was doing?

I could not articulate it with clarity or with confidence if asked.

It took me over 12 years to realize . . .

I am in the inspiration business.

I am a preacher, rooted in a steep biblical basis of study and interpretation. I am a teacher and facilitator, focused on making tangible life connections for those with whom I study and lead. I am an evangelist, fired up with a passion for both those who the Lord calls “the least of these” and “sheep without a shepherd” similar to other street ministry efforts across the country.

I am in the inspiration business.

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