I have ministered in countless churches, and the temperature is different in every body of believers and in every service. You may think I’m talking about AC and heat. Although that is true also, I’m talking about the spiritual temperature. I’ve preached in a lot of cold and lukewarm situations, but I have also had some opportunities to minister where the spiritual temperature is hot.

As a pastor, I have to help set the atmosphere. Ultimately it is a work of God’s Spirit. Yesterday, I knew by the atmosphere before we started that it was going to be a tough day. I’m not saying that because we have bad people. We have great people, several of which were tired. I opened the service (as one of the tired people) and we sang a song. I asked the people to be seated. One of our guitarists began his Christian life in a bluegrass church, so I put him on the spot. I asked him to play and sing something a little upbeat from his bluegrass days. It changed the atmosphere. We are primarily a contemporary church in that we sing the modern worship songs, but we have not abandoned other styles of worship. The temperature had to be changed.

As a believer in Christ, you can help change the temperature where you are. You can chill it with negativity and lack of vision, or you can set it on fire with faith and vision.

My prayer is that God uses our group at Overcomers to be temperature changers. Oconee County needs us (as well as the other gatherings of believers in the area) to shine in the darkness. Wherever you are, determine that you will help to positively set the spiritual temperature there. You may be the instrument God uses to bring revival where you are.

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Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

4 thoughts on “Temperature”

  1. I have a wonderful church but unfortunately they are very comfortable. I believe firmly that comfort is not ever something we are called to or should strive for or even accept. Maybe I am too much of a literalist, but if the church body rejects a new idea (which happens in my church and awesome if it doesn’t happen in yours) to change because they are comfortable with the same old same old, I believe they are “controlling” the Holy Spirit out of His work, if you know what I mean. We are not called to comfort but service and worship and encouraging each other and communion and hearing the Holy Spirit together and so on. My opinion, I guess.

    1. Let me ask you this. Do you really think that criminals are going to to say ” aw shucks” a new law says no guns in school. I better leave my AR-15 at home today’” ?????
      Come on! Do you really believe new tight gun laws will stop lawbreakers from breaking the law? Your not making any sense at all. ( Although I appreciate the comment)

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