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International Leaders School Manual

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INTERNATIONAL LEADERS SCHOOL

STUDENT MANUAL

Module 1 - BEING REAL

Notes written or edited by Nigel and June Hamilton

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IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF THIS COURSE


The ILS is a School of the Heart. The main focus is on our hearts, so it is important tha when you read each module, you allow time for the Holy Spirit to touch your heart, and do not simply read through the teaching notes. In our own experience, we found that much of the teaching we had received had focused on knowledge and did not encourage us to deal with the issues of our hearts. Because of this, the wounds of our hearts went largely untouched until we began to receive teaching and ministry that was particularly directed towards this area. We have also learned that we need to pray for one another for our hearts to be healed (James 5:16). And we have found that physical healing often follows healing of heart issues. While we are forgiven completely and immediately when we come to God with our confession (1 John 1:9), for healing we need each other Pray for one another so that you may be healed. The ILS takes you through the themes set out in the FIRE acrostic that is on the following page. The first section of the course sets out the Biblical foundations for the teaching, and explains why these themes are so important. Then each of the themes are developed in more detail. We suggest that as you read each module, you take time to pray before starting and specifically open your heart to the Holy Spirit. Approaching the teaching in this way will result in your becoming aware of issues that need to be prayed through. To some extent you will be able to do this alone, but there will also be things that touch you deeply and you may need help from someone else to pray with you. Please note that these notes focus on the principles and Biblical foundations for the teaching. Few of the personal stories that bring the material to life are included in the notes . These stories are an essential part of the teaching, but it is very important that the stories are personal, recent, and relevant to the subject. It is our hope that these notes will help pastors and leaders who have been through the ILS programme in teaching their congregations. But in order to teach the subjects dealt with in this School of the Heart, it is essential that the teacher can speak from personal experience of his or her encounter with the Father's love. And it is essential to be able to tell of how blockages to receiving the Father's love have been removed. There are four key reasons that stories of personal transformation are essential.

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Personal testimony shows that what you are teaching is real to you, and that you are willing to be real with the people you are teaching. If you teach the theology without the stories, people will learn in their heads, and not be changed in their hearts. Personal stories help people to begin to take down their defences. They may begin to realise that there is real hope for personal change for themselves. They may be able to identify with the story, to some extent. And the Holy Spirit will bring to mind memories that have been supressed or denied. Jesus used stories all the time to communicate truths because the spiritual eyes and ears of the people he was speaking to were closed.

Please feel free to write to us about any issues or questions that you have.

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Partnering To Spread The Fire Of Gods Love, Presence, and Healing Throughout The Nations

F I R E

Fathers Love Revealed Through Jesus Christ Intimacy, Presence, & Hearing Gods Voice Restoration Of The Heart / Soul Extending The Kingdom Through The Equipping, Empowering And Anointing Of The Holy Spirit.

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Introduction:1.1 A Time of Refreshment:


For input and refreshment. Not so much a focus on new knowledge that will help you function better in ministry, but a focus on you. A time for receiving and renewal. Psalm 23:2,3

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Our Story and the Story of Revival


We became Christians when we were only 5 years old. We both became teachers, while being leaders and pastors in the church. We worked hard in our jobs and in the church. We had three wonderful children and had the privilege of caring for them as they grew up. But we did not see much of the power of God either in our ministry, or in changing us to be more like Christ. We knew that Gods purpose for His people is nothing less than total transformation into the image of Christ ( 2 Corinthians 3:18), but we did not see ourselves changing as much as we wanted. We studied the Word, expecting that deeper knowledge of the Word would change us, but it did not. We became desperate for an experience that would move us into the realities that are promised in the Bible. Through the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, God began to work on us, and to soften our hearts, a nd we began to experience his presence, love and healing. In 1994, we heard that God was doing something new in a Church in Toronto, Canada.

1.3 Three Pots of Cream


In January 1994, the Holy Spirit came powerfully in this church which is near Toronto Airport. Before long, people were coming from all over the world to catch this move of God, and when they went back to their countries and churches, powerful manifestations of the Spirit broke out in many different places. The church (which became The Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship TACF, and is now Catch the Fire Church) began holding meetings every night except Monday. They also arranged a number of large conferences each year, and these were attended by thousands from all over the world. All this went on without interruption for over 13 years. Over this time, what God was doing became more and more clear. Many people, especially pastors and leaders, were coming to the meetings exhausted and dry. As they attended the conferences and regular renewal meetings, and as they received prayer, they found refreshment and renewed vision They found themselves falling in love with Jesus once again, and discovered the love of the Father as a personal experience, not a theological abstraction. Then, rather than dying out, the revival moved into a different phase, with an increasing emphasis on spreading the message of the Father's love across the world, into every continent. The senior pastors of TACF at this time, were John and Carol Arnott. When John was asked why he thought that the revival had been sustained, he told of a dream that he had
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dreamt before the revival broke out. In his dream, John had seen the Lord come to him and give him three pots of cream. When he woke, he shared the dream with Carol, who suggested that it meant that the Lord giving them three precious things. She said they needed to look out for these and value them. The pots of cream did not come to them in the precise order given below, but we have put them into the order of the FIRE values that are the core values of the Partners in Harvest Movement.

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The first pot of cream came through Jack Winter. Jack's Ministry had a special focus on the Father Heart of God. Again, the Arnotts went to one of his conferences, then invited him to their church to teach and impart to their leadership In the dream the Lord told John to go to a place in the USA, called Buffalo, where there are a lot of dairy farms. There they met a man called Mark Virkler, who was teaching on Hearing God's voice and on Communion with God. John and Carol attended this course and had Mark come and teach it to all their leadership in the church. They recognised this as one of the pots of cream. The third pot came from John and Paula Sandford. John (a part native American Indian) had ministered to many church leaders from different denominations and churches. The Lord had taught them a great deal about healing life's hurts. Once again, the Arnotts went to learn from the Sandfords. They received ministry for some of their own wounds and hurts, before inviting the Sandfords to bring the message of healing to their church leadership and train them to pass it on.

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This was all established in TACF before the broke out in 1994, and the Arnotts continued to emphasise the importance of all three pots of cream for their leadership. For example, no one is taken into senior leadership in TACF unless they commit to continuing the process of personal transformation by receiving personal ministry every year. When the revival broke out, it soon became clear that the Father's love had a central place in what God was doing. It also became clear that unhealed areas of people's lives could hinder their ability to receive the Father's love as an experienced reality. And hearing God's voice was a key for both receiving the Father's love and receiving healing for life's hurts. We believe, therefore, that paying attention to these three pots of cream has been a key to the continuance of the revival, and that they are, in fact, what the revival is about. Jack Frost was a many whose life was transformed by the revelation of the Father's Love. He then went on to minister this message all over the world. He called this time, the Agape Reformation. The Reformation that took place in Europe in the 14th Century through men like Martin Luther and John Calvin was about Justification by Faith; the Evangelical Awakening in the 18 th century was about spreading the gospel throughout the world, and Azuza Street in 1906, was about the gifts of the Spirit. All these things were in the Bible, but, until the revivals came, they were neglected truths by most of the church. So we build on Father God's past revelation and incorporate all that he reveals, to keep the wine skins and our hearts soft.

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God is After our Hearts


2.1. The Importance of our Hearts
In Matthew 7:24 27 the Message version puts Jesus words like this: "These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a cyclone hit--but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards."

We often use these words to preach the gospel, but the reality is that Jesus was teaching his disciples, and in this passage, he had been speaking about what is in the heart, and that what we look like on the outside is less important than what is in the heart. We frequently meet people who are undoubtedly Christians, but their lives are falling apart. When we have the opportunity of ministering to such people, we always look at what is in their hearts. When we do not pay attention to what is in our hearts, Jesus says, we will not be able to withstand the storms of life. Also, as the Apostle Paul points out, we can start with a good foundation and the building that we put up may be no good at all 1 Corinthians 3: 10 15. This applies equally in individual lives, in families and in churches. Some peoples lives are like houses with holes in the roof, and gaps in the walls. They are easy picking for demonic forces to rob and steal from, and they have little protection from the storms of life.

2.2. The Scribes and Pharisees


When Jesus was speaking to the Scribes and Pharisees, he was speaking to the Pastors of Gods people. What he has to say to them is relevant to pastors and leaders of the church today. It is so easy for us to see the Scribes and Pharisees as the baddies, and it is true, of course, that they were opposed to Jesus, and that they plotted his death. However, the Scribes were men who studied and taught Gods word and the Pharisees were originally a renewal movement within Judaism. They knew their Bibles much better than modern Christian people do; they learned the whole Bible by heart, and knew exactly where on each page to find each word of the text. We were teaching this module to a group of Pastors in one African country, and read through part of Matthew 23 with them We encouraged them to listen to see how much was true of themselves. As we read through in the presence of the Holy Spirit, they said in amazement, We do these things!

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One of the things that Jesus pointed out about the scribes and Pharisees was that they had worked out ways of invalidating the word of God (Matthew 15:6). We too can do this, if we think that what Jesus teaches does not apply to us, but is for people of another time, for our congregations, for anybody but us! But, in spite of their tremendous efforts to live a blameless life, Jesus said of the Scribes and Pharisees, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20). Again and again, Jesus said that he had not come to take away the law. It was the way that people used the law that was the problem.

2.3. Being the same on the Inside as on the Outside


In this course, we focus on our hearts, on what we are like on the inside, as opposed to what people are allowed to see. Notice the following: The reason that Jesus said that the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was inadequate was that they only thought about how they looked in front of people. Everything they do is for show Matthew 23:5 NLT God cares much less about how we look on the outside than how we are on the inside. The Lord doesnt make decisions the way you do. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at peoples thoughts and intentions 1 Samuel 5:7 NLT (The Lord looks at the heart NASB)

In Isaiah 6, the prophet has an amazing vision of God. The message that God gave him to take to his people, was that they would become spiritually blind and deaf. The reason for this curse on the people becomes clear if we look at the preceding chapters. God complains that although they were zealous in their religious performance, they were neglecting issues of justice and compassion.

In Ephesians (1:18), the apostle Paul prays that the eyes of the believers hearts would be opened. Thus, recognising and dealing with the issues of our hearts is not optional for us. If we fail to do this, what is in our hearts will come out sooner or later. An English Pastor, who was well known in the country, wrote a commentary on the book of Romans. In this he said that a radical commitment to Christ is our safeguard against falling into sin. If this is only from the mind only, it is not true, because Jesus said that out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. (Mat 15:19) What happened later was that his heart issues came to light and he left his wife and family, his ministry and his friends to go off with a young man. In an African country, a group of pastors met to consider their churchs core values. They decided that they were weakest on the values that emphasised integrity and compassion. Both of these are issues of the heart. Integrity is about character; compassion is an emotion. The way forward for those pastors would not be to try
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harder to be compassionate. The way forward is to have a revelation of the Father's love. The Bible says that we love, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19) When we know we are loved, we can give out love. Without this, our attempts to show compassion are ineffective, failing to give comfort. Our failure to love comes from our lack of experience of love. Often it is in childhood that we find the roots of our problem. Other people are busy serving the Lord, but their motive for service is rooted in their own search for significance. What we want through this module is to help you to see that our hearts are of great importance to God. We want you to ask the Holy Spirit to help you to be prepared to look at what is in your own heart, and what he wants to change. However, it is not easy for us to actually address the things that need to change until we have experienced for ourselves what it means to be loved by our Heavenly Daddy. While we regard him as distant and harsh, waiting to punish us for our mistakes, it is impossible for us to face the issues in our hearts. We need to be real. And we cannot experience the love of the Father until we can hear his voice, telling us that we are loved and precious. Our next module, therefore, will teach about learning to hear his voice better.

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