#GLS14 :: Wilfredo De Jesus – Courage

Wilfredo De Jesus

Under De Jesús’ leadership, New Life has grown from 120 to more than 17,000, and is known for outreach ministries to the homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts, gang members and the broken-hearted. De Jesús was featured on TIME’s April 15, 2013 cover, The Latino Reformation, which explored the growth of Latinos in Protestant churches across the U.S.
Vice President of Social Justice for The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which serves 18,000 churches. A graduate of Trinity University and North Park Theological Seminary

  • The police commander came to us in the church to help with gangs and prostitution.
  • We cannot allow prayer to be a crutch to not do anything.
  • 500 women have been rescued from prostitution in the streets of Chicago because
  • You cannot let your budget dictate your faith.
  • When the moral condition of your community has been revealed to you, we must move to action.
  • Today the gaps are wider and more destructive.
  • As a pastor I decided in Chicago that I was going to engage that gap.
  • As pastors we must engage our community. You must see them as your church.
  • What’s sacred is the message, not the method.
  • We must not be afraid to take our faith into the communities.
  • Fear is the absence of faith.
  • If you’re not going to do anything about the answer you get, then don’t ask.
  • When Nehemiah heard about the problem he did 3 things:
  • 1. He prayed.
  • 2. He planned. Planning is the process.
  • Many pastors like the end product, but they don’t like the process.
  • How many pastors have been in the huddle for 5 years, but taken no action? Let’s get out of the huddle!
  • 3. He proceeded.
  • When you have been revealed a problem, you must act to fill the gap to the glory of God.
  • When God is with you who can be against you?
  • Nehemiah asked “How is Jerusalem?” That question is relevant for us all today. “How is ____?”
  • Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles. Courage breeds creativity. Cowardice produces fear.

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