The Hope of All Nations:Boston ICC Prayer Goals for 2014 – Coltin Rohn

The Hope of All Nations!

Boston ICC Prayer Goals for 2014

Welcome to the Boston International Christian Church, member of the SoldOut  Movement. Today we will be presenting our 2014 Prayer goals for the church so we can witness God answer those prayers and give us “fruit that can be seen in 2014”!

In an age of lukewarm standards in Christianity (Revelation 3:16) and false religious teachers (1 Timothy 1:3), the hope of finding truth through God’s Word and His church has faded for many.  “Hope” is simply defined as “the person or thing in which expectations are centered; believing that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” As disciples of Jesus, our hope must be in the Lord as we trust in His will and hold to His Word! Despite our worldly and spiritual challenges, we must believe that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28) so we can be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)! It is through our faithful expectations (hope) that we can be faithful in prayer to our God!

 

In keeping with the unity of our Movement and our focus on having a joyful hope that leads to faithful prayers, our theme for the coming year will be The Year of Prayer! As we begin 2014, it is inspiring to reflect on all the miracles and highlights that God has done in 2013!

 

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Kevin Carr, Naomi Guteng, and Tim Power are our first missionaries to be sent out from Boston!

Last year the Lord graciously added to our church 35 souls: 23 baptisms, 5 restorations, and 7 place memberships – many who came to us directly from our former fellowship seeking revival! Our average weekly attendance was 73, and our average weekly contribution was $2,435! Highlights of the year included our 2013 Northeast Winter Workshop – “Entrusted to the Saints”, the send out of 3 Disciples, Tim Power & Kevin Carr to Dallas and Naomi Guteng to DC to

help start the DC Deaf Ministry, our Women’s Day – “Fearless”, our Men’s Forum – “What’s Inside You?”, and the launch of our Song Leaders College! Also encouraging was the Marriage of Will & Chelsea Stevens a few weeks after their baptisms! To God be All the Glory! Another remarkable highlight was in August at our Global Leadership Conference (GLC) – Prophets and Kings – where the Spirit gathered almost 2000 on Sunday morning to witness the First Commencement Ceremony of the International College of Christian Ministries! Coltin & Mandee Rohn were two of the 90 recipients of Bachelor Degrees in Ministry! In addition,three Master’s Degrees were granted, and one Doctorate Degree was awarded! The service ended powerfully as the entire auditorium fell to their knees in prayer to send out the Denver Mission Team! Incredibly, in the SoldOut Movement’s short seven-year history, God has spread His new movement to build 51 churches in 21 nations on all six populated continents of the world!

 

The SoldOut Movement’s commitment to developing a powerful teen ministry was evident in 2013 as we celebrated our Second Annual IGNITE program! This nine day event gathered 28 of our strongest teens from around the world for a special time of bonding through spiritual strengthening, community service and fun activities. In the summer of 2014, IGNITE will be held in Orlando, Florida! Let’s beg God for powerful teen ministries to develop in all of our Northeast churches! Mandee and I want to commend the Boston church for its incredible sacrifice of $42,959 collected from our two Missions Contributions! This sacrifice served to support the four plantings of Las Vegas, Denver, Gainesville and Sydney, as well as sustain the faithful work in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Let’s continue to have joyful hope and faithful prayer as we look forward to our Crown of Thorns plantings to Moscow, Russia (2014), Johannesburg, South Africa (2015), Manila Philippines (2015), Cairo Egypt (2016), Chennai India (2016) and Hong Kong China (2016)!

Pray for the financial support for these teams and the ability to hire more ministry leaders.

With this year’s theme – The Year of Prayer, the Leadership has set before the Lord the following Prayer Goals for 2014:Jerry Cooper is baptized!

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Ted Karonis prays for benevolence at our Congregational Midweek!

1) “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John
taught his disciples.’”
(Luke 11:1) As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are the hope of the world as we lay out the gospel of Jesus Christ! We must recommit ourselves to restore the biblical focus on prayer more than ever before in order to accomplish Jesus’ dream of evangelizing the nations in this generation! As a result, our first goal is to call every disciple to refocus on their personal relationship with God.

2) “Brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1) During 2013, the church experienced its first full year and was privileged to send out 3 disciples to other churches in the movement. Given the age of our congregation and this sacrifice, our goal is to continue to have forceful advancement throughout our ministries! It is our second prayer to have a record attendance at our February 23rd Bring Your Neighbor Day!

3) “Then all the army officers…and all the people…approached Jeremiah and said to

him, ‘Please…pray to the Lord your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. Pray that the Lord your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do.’” (Jeremiah 42:1-3) In 2013, several remnant (veteran) disciples joined God’s new movement! Internationally of note, 18 joined from the Sao Paulo ICOC and four new remnant churches have formed in Haiti alone! Other new Remnant Groups include: Amsterdam, Caracas, Davao, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and the host city of our Winter Workshop, Philadelphia! Our third prayer goal is that even more remnant disciples join in 2014!

4) “We…will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.” (Acts 6:4) It was encouraging to witness Brian Carr, Mahleek Grant, and Mercedes Bonilla serve as ministry interns! Since the prayerful raising-up and selection of new ministry staff is an important aspect of church growth and development, our fourth prayer goal is that God will add to our ministry Staff those who are paid full time!

5) “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.’” (Matthew 9:37-38) With increase of new disciples in our ministries, we must continue to bring them all to maturity in Christ, which includes being “fruitful.” (Luke 8:14-15) We will continue to work on the retention of these valuable new disciples through the accountability of Follow-up Studies, New Christian Orientations, D-groups at Midweek Services, and Spiritual Strengthening Groups. In order to accomplish these goals, our fifth prayer goal is to raise-up at least one Shepherding Couple and two Deacon Couples by the end of 2015.

Our incredible single mother, Sherry Wilder, is baptized!

Our incredible single mother, Sherry Wilder, is baptized!

6) “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24) Our yearly Missions Contributions must be a joy and not a burden as we save and fundraise to bring salvation to the ends of the earth! We must keep our hope in Jesus’ promise that if we believe that we have already received what we need, God will give it to us! Through new jobs, raises, fundraising, tagging, restaurant support, and asking friends, our sixth prayer goal is to increase our pledges to $3,000/week on February 9th to meet our financial budget and to give a 20X Missions Contribution on Easter Sunday, April 20th. Of course if unseen needs arise, as they have in some past years, a small Thanksgiving Missions Contribution in November will be taken to assure that “there [are] no needy persons among [us].” (Acts 4:34)

7) “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to Heaven, but he beat his breast and said, ‘God, have MERCY on me, a sinner.’” (Luke 18:13) As the benevolent arm of the SoldOut Movement, the impact of MERCYworldwide now extends to all six populated continents of the world! Last year, the New York City and Los Angeles Churches partnered with the Red Cross for a blood drive. The Red Cross was so thrilled with this partnership with our MERCY Ambassadors that they have agreed to hold a National MERCY/Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, September 20th! Our seventh prayer goal is that Boston, along with all the Churches will again participate in our Movement’s global events of the Day of MERCY in June and the MERCY Christmas Toy Drive in December as well as the Red Cross Blood Drive!

8) “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him…and to worship Him, these will I bring to my holy mountain and give them joy…in my house of prayer for all nations.” (Isaiah 56:6-7) In order to give vision to world missions, we are committed to send representatives to November’s European Missions Conference (EMC) in London or this coming February’s Central and South American Missions Conference (CSAMC) in Santiago. Our eighth prayer goal is to motivate as manyas possible from our congregation to participate in these conferences thus sharing in “the joy in [God’s] house of prayer for all nations.”

9) “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church…forever and ever! 

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The 2014 NE Winter Workshop in Philadelphia!

Amen!” (Ephesians 3:20-21). In order to be the hope of all nations, we must imitate the heart of Jesus to serve in any capacity necessary in our churches so that we can glorify our God! This may include being on a mission team, becoming a Bible Talk Leader, being selected as a Shepherding or Deacon Couple, or even the conversion or restoration of someone close to you. Our final prayer goal is for every Boston disciple to have at least one prayer goal that is “immeasurably more than [anything] we imagine.” 

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Many times people lose faith when certain goals are not achieved. Our challenge for 2014 is to work at these goals as if it depends on us, but to pray believing, on our knees as it depends on God! With all of us on our knees begging God to move, He will give us answered prayers in 2014! Let us embrace The Year of Prayer and these prayer goals so that it’s not just the Boston ICC prayer goals, but “Your” prayer goals!

And to God be all the glory.

 

Coltin L Rohn

Evangelist of the BostonICC

(portions taken from Kip McKean’s “A House of Prayer for All Nations” – Prayer Goals for 2014 and

from Andrew Smellie’s “The Hope Of All Nations”- NorthEast Prayer Goals in 2014)