Give God The Glory! The Power In The Local Church

Give God The Glory! The Power In The Local Church

by Kevin Wayne Johnson
     
 

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The Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals offers its international readers with a great set of best selling inspirational books. These best-selling Christian non-fiction books challenge readers to put God first and foremost in their lives. Give God the Glory! is a nine-book series with a focus on putting God first and foremost in all that we do each

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The Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals offers its international readers with a great set of best selling inspirational books. These best-selling Christian non-fiction books challenge readers to put God first and foremost in their lives. Give God the Glory! is a nine-book series with a focus on putting God first and foremost in all that we do each day (1) In our personal relationships, (2) On the job, (3) Within our families, (4) In the local church, and (5) While at rest and recreation. Each main title is accompanied with a companion devotional and gift book, about 54 to 60 pages in length. Five of the nine books have been released and sold worldwide. The next releases in the series are scheduled for the Winter of 2010 that focus on how to Give God the Glory (1) In the local church and (2) While at rest and recreation. This book focuses on the power within the local church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970590251
Publisher:
Writing for the Lord Ministries
Publication date:
08/23/2010
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

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Author’s Note

I love the church and what is represents. To me, the church is a place of comfort where, joy, peace, tranquility, rest, and contentment permeates the atmosphere. Over the years, the church has consistently and repeatedly provided an untarnished sense of pure power that is inconceivable to describe.

Power is referenced throughout the Scriptures 242 times! Its first reference is transcribed in Genesis 31:6 (KJV) – "And ye know that with all my power I have served your father," and concludes in Revelation 20:6 (KJV) – "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." In the former verse, ‘power’ refers to ability. In the latter verse, there is comfort in knowing that the second death, reserved for the unjust, has no power in the life of the believer.

Church is referenced throughout the Scriptures 80 times! The Greek word for ‘church’ is ekklesia, meaning "called out ones." Its first reference can be found in Matthew 16:18 (The Message) – "Jesus came back, "God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn't get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. The last mention in the Scriptures is located at Revelation 3:14 (NLT) – "Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning[a] of God’s new creation:" In both instances, the church represents a gathering place of believers who worship, celebrate, and praise the Lord corporately. Although I have served as an active member and ministry leader in three denominations – African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Pentecostal, and Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) - since my salvation experience in 1993, the common theme throughout each of these dynamic local churches is that Jesus is Lord! There is power in that name.

I still cherish the memories of my local church as a child. During those formative years, a solid foundation was laid based upon the center verse in the Bible: It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man (Psalm 118:8 - KJV). My parents understood, and valued, the statutes, commandments, and judgments of our Almighty God. These principles were instilled in them through their parents, also at an early age in life. Both of my grandmothers, ‘Grandma’ (paternal) and ‘Granny’ (maternal), were God-fearing women who demonstrated righteousness before God in every aspect of their respective lives. Grandma regularly attended Sunday morning worship services at Fifth Street Baptist Church, while Granny regularly attended Saturday morning worship services at Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in our hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Though each observed the Sabbath on different days of the week, I was undeniably convinced that they loved and trusted the Lord with all of their heart (Proverbs 3:6). Their mannerism, discipline, prayer life, service to others, diligence, and lifestyle was on display for all to witness. I remember our loving interactions as if it were yesterday. In fact, I still recall Granny’s prophesy that I would preach the gospel in due season. I was eight years old at the time. It was during the summer of 1968. The power of the gospel in their lives resonates perpetually because of their active involvement in the local church.

While observing their Godly lives week after week and year after year, I spent my impressionable childhood years at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, actively engaged in Sunday school, cub scouts, music, and youth leadership programs. The experience from active engagement was powerful. I remember my scout master, Deacon Ross, and my music teacher, Sister Flowers. They are still active ministry leaders at Ebenezer and I enjoy seeing them as often as I can. I experienced water baptism at the age of nine. Although I did not quite understand the significance at the time, there was power in this ordinance. I could not explain what I felt but it was real and meaningful. Between the ages of ten and twelve, I recall leading Sunday morning worship services, along with other youth in the church, from the pulpit, reading Scripture and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. There was power in these leadership positions during our annual youth day programs.

My dad served twenty years in the United States Marine Corps. As he approached the end of his career, his love for his family compelled him to decline a promotion to the rank of captain in order to avoid another tour of duty overseas. During his illustrious career as an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer, Dad served admirably in Okinawa, Japan and Vietnam (twice). His decision not to leave us again was a sincere demonstration of love. In exchange for an overseas tour, Dad retained his rank as first lieutenant and our family relocated from Richmond to Virginia Beach in 1973. Dad would serve his final three years of military service at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. We would not return to Richmond until 1976. During our time in the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area, and during my pivotal middle and high school years, we did not attend church services regularly. I lost my connection with God, but not my need for Him. Once my dad retired from military service in 1976, we returned home to Richmond and once again actively attended church at Ebenezer. While I temporarily strayed away from the power in the local church for a brief period of time, God’s Word kept me from falling - "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6 - KJV).

As a result of the solid foundation that my grandmothers’ laid for my parents to build upon, who in turn passed their Godly love on to their children, I am able to write this next book in the award-winning Give God the Glory! series. This book series has reached a global audience in multiple languages. It is my prayer that you will experience The Power in the Local Church and pass this revelation along to the next generation as well as those within your sphere of influence. Notice the multiple references to how people across the globe are revealing the power in the local church. Their acts of service, togetherness, good works, and God’s blessings are the true manifestation of the power of God in the hearts of men and women.

Together, let’s Give God the Glory! as we journey through the power in the local church.

Kevin Wayne Johnson

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Kevin Wayne Johnson delivers another powerful glimpse into his best-selling book series: Give God the Glory! A thorough look into the power that resides inside of the local church is clearly written and revealed in this book. A must read for all who sincerely desire to Give God the Glory while understanding the role of the local church in that regard. - Willie Jolley, CSP, CPAE (Speaker Hall of Fame), Best Selling Author of "A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback" and Host of the Willie Jolley Radio Show, on CBS-TV, PBS, XM Radio & WHUR-FM www.williejolley.com (Named "One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World," by Toastmasters International)

Where two or three are gathered there is power! The Power in the Local Church will teach you about the purpose of church and our roles as Christians. We must recognize that we are the church and the power is within us. Kevin Wayne Johnson has eloquently penned this book and it will help us to better understand our purpose and our power. Not only will this book inspire us, but it will allow our souls to grow. - Linda Pate, Proprietor, Precious Memories Reading and Collectibles Bookstore, Richmond, Virginia(Essence and New York Times Reporting Store),www.preciousmemories.com

A revelation is unveiled after flipping through the first ten pages of this book. Awesomely written, filled with wisdom, power, and instruction. I highly recommend this book!" - Resa Mitchell, Resa Mitchell Report Gospel Magazine

Just when I think that you have surpassed excellence in your former work, once again I am awed by the soundness, the relevance, the depth of research, and the impeccable ability demonstrated to masterfully weave the spiritual and the practical together. Being a seasoned Christian and "church-goer", did not impede my ability to learn and embrace a refreshing perspective. My love and appreciation for the Church has deepened as a result of reading this great literary work. Thank you Kevin for your obedience and for sharing your gift with the world. - Paulette C. Holloway, LICSW, LCSW-C Director, Bethany Christian Services of Maryland

This book really made me wonder how many parents, grandmothers, Sunday school teachers, pastors and evangelists today are indefatigably sowing richly in the lives of our young people so they will not only grow up in the power and wisdom of God but also write books like Give God the Glory! The Power in the Local Church to help others in their life-walk with God. - C. Paschal Eze, preacher by God's grace, and author of 11 books, including Prosperity Power Kit, and Rebranding Race

I have read "The Power in the Local Church." It is really good and really powerful from a writing man of God. For example, the motive for Ruth to have the willingness to follow Noami was derived from her love for Noami. That love motivated her to go with Noami to help or serve her until she died. This is a true act of love and service that is consistently exemplified throughout this excellent and highly recommended book. - Kap Khen Thang, World Theological College, Yangoo Myanmar (Burma)

Kevin Wayne Johnson has delivered a much needed and important look at this compelling issue. Bravo Kevin! - Marilyn White, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, Precious Times Magazine, www.precioustimesmag.com

Once again, Kevin Wayne Johnson has penned an outstanding book! It clearly explains what the Church is, its role in the Kingdom of God, and the power it has been given to operate on earth. The wisdom revealed in this book should be mandatory teaching for every person at the time or before they join a local church. It provides understanding of God's Love, purposes, and desires for the Church, thereby allowing for us to operate on a much higher level. - Stephanie L. Jones, Survivor, Speaker, Author & Sexual Abuse Victim Advocate, www.stephanieljones.com

Meet the Author

With the fundamental belief that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things, Pastor Kevin Wayne Johnson lives to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. His passion is reflected through his national best-selling book series (Give God the Glory!), that earned 17 literary awards from 2001 to 2012, all published through his Christian-based publishing company – Writing for the Lord Ministries, as a former radio and television host, and in several leadership positions within the local church, the Christian publishing industry, and the National Association of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana).

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Johnson was introduced to the Bible and the Christian doctrine as a child and active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. At the age of eight, his maternal grandmother (Granny), a devout Seventh Day Adventist, prophesied that he would preach the gospel in due season. From these planted seeds, Johnson, alongside his wife, Gail, confessed Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior on May 2, 1993. This spiritual transformation occurred slightly less than two months after their marriage on March 6, 1993.

An active member of the Purpose Management Team and Pastor of Discipleship at Celebration Church, Columbia, Maryland, Pastor Johnson oversees the following ministries: Prayer, prison (men and women), Christian education (Bible Institute), Christian guidance, and the Good 4 U Health and Wellness. He also serves as Secretary, National Association of the Church of God Men’s Ministry (2009 to present). Johnson was initially ordained into the Christian ministry as a deacon while at Shiloh Pentecostal Church, Incorporated, Christian Love Center, Somerville, New Jersey, with his wife, in 2000. He is an Evangelical Training Association (ETA) certified instructor (2000 to present).

Johnson is a professional in government as well as private industry. For 27 years, he has performed successfully in numerous middle and senior-level positions in the areas of workforce development, training, organizational change, acquisition/procurement, customer service, client relationships, and program management, to include the Department of Defense, Department of the Treasury, the Government of the District of Columbia, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Department of the Army, Defense Logistics Agency, and in the private sector at Vivendi Universal and Reuters America. He has testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, and has prepared testimony that was presented before the District of Columbia Committee on Government Operations. Johnson is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School’s Executive Potential Program (1996). During this program, he assisted the Office of Federal Procurement Policy with several procurement reform initiatives that were tied to the National Performance Review under the Clinton Administration. In 1999, he was awarded the distinction of “Fellow” by the National Contract Management Association Board of Directors.

Johnson maintains an active involvement in community service and retains membership in several professional and civic organizations to include Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni Association and African-American Alumni Council, serving on the School of Business Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996, the African-American Federal Executives Association, the Christian Small Publishers Association, and the Autism Society of America, Howard County, Maryland Chapter.

Pastor Johnson is the eldest son of Ernest and the late Adele Johnson. He attended and graduated from the Richmond Public School system and Virginia Commonwealth University earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Management/Economics/Finance. He also completed course work towards a MBA degree at Marymount University and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 2002, Johnson graduated from the True Disciple Ministries Bible Institute, Somerville, New Jersey, earning three Church Ministries Certifications through ETA, Wheaton, Illinois. Johnson lives in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife and three teenaged sons, Kevin, Christopher, and Cameron.

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