Embrace spiritual maturity
Published: May 02, 2013
A good dose of God’s Word would positively change the lives of people, and that is exactly what Jesus Christ Centered Ministries International (JCCMI) pastor Bishop Sheldon Newton will give out when he hosts his Word Immersion Conference.
Under the theme “Embracing Spiritual Maturity”, JCCMI will stage its first Nassau Word Immersion Conference May 2 to 4 at the church in the Old Dad Plaza on Carmichael Road.
After overseeing a powerful Word immersion experience last year in North Andros, Newton, the conference host, said that one of his main goals was to ensure that those who attend the conference leave with more knowledge and a greater hunger for God’s Word.
“When we talk about Word immersion we are talking about completely filling a person up to overflowing to where the Word actually flows out of their hearts and mouth,” he said. “The Word Immersion Conference came out of my desire to see people walk in a clearer understanding of God’s Word.”
“Many Christians are full of things that they don’t need to be full of... things like television, violence, bitterness and the like and although I’ve been a Christian for over 30 years, I’ve noticed that there are not a lot of Christians who are full of the Word.”
According to Newton, his Word Immersion conferences, which began last year in North Andros at Pastor Abraham Colebrooke’s Word of God Prayer Ministry on Queen’s Highway, will soon spread to other Family Islands.
He said the meetings are designed to give people a good dose of God’s Word in an effort to positively change their lives.
The Nassau conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Friday. On Saturday, service will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
“A few years ago God dealt with my heart along the lines that Christians needed to become diligent to God’s Word because of the overflow of evil that is in the world,” Newton said.
“Since that time, it seems that evil is abounding at every turn. This is the time that Christians need to actually make sure that they have the words of the covenant [God’s Word] on the inside of them.
“In Colossians 3:16, it says that we must ‘let the words of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom’. This is what these conferences are all about, to get the Word into believers.”
Conference speakers will include Newton and Pastor Stephen Gilbert. Minister Tina Rahming is the musical guest.
According to Newton, conference attendees will leave with a better understanding of the role of the five-fold ministry, which includes the apostle, prophet, teacher, pastor and evangelist.
“Based on Ephesians 4:12, people need the apostle, prophet, teacher, pastor and evangelist that Christ has set in His church in order for them to grow and develop spiritually and so that they can come into whatever God has called them to do,” Newton said.
“As a matter of fact, God’s intention was to give the five-fold ministry to the Body of Christ for the equipping of the Saints so that they [Saints] can do the work of the ministry.
“It’s only as these ministry gifts are allowed to influence our lives we’re able to come into that place that God has for us, bringing us into spiritual maturity and being able to carry out what God set in our destiny to do from the foundation of the world.”
Newton said that believers who fail to embrace spiritual maturity never get too far in their walk with God. He said that all too often they fall into a cycle of backslidings or become inconsistent in their Christian life.
“When I got saved a lot of the people who were born-again when I was backslid after a short time because they did not have a firm foundation of God’s Word on the inside of them,” he said.
“When we are talking about spiritual growing and maturity, what we are dealing with is teaching people in how to grow... teaching people the keys to walking this life one step at a time, one day at a time until they come into a place of spiritual maturity where they are now standing steadfast in Christ and walking in the victory that he provided for us through the cross.”
Newton said that some other areas of ministry will include: faith; hearing the voice of God; understanding your call; qualifications for God’s service; character development; walking in love; how to be faithful to your place in the Body of Christ; how to put our bodies under subjection and recognizing your spiritual fathers and mothers.
“This conference is going to have something for everybody,” he said. “Young, old and middle-aged are invited.”
The conference is free to all, however conference workbooks will be on sale for $25. People wishing to purchase the workbook are asked to call the church at 341-8084 and order in advance.