Hi! Welcome to forwardleader.org, where we (Terry and Cheryl LaMasters) do our best to equip and empower your spiritual growth so you can walk in an audacious relationship with God: a relationship that is extremely bold, daring, recklessly brave, unrestrained and uninhibited. Reaching and releasing the potential that God has for you to walk in purpose and power is directly affected by your spiritual health. Our passion is to see you fulfill all that God has for you and that your leadership is anchored in faith, engaged in culture, and submitted to God.
Cheryl and I have been married for over 26 years and have raised 5 amazing children. Through the years, we have been involved in all aspects of leadership, business, and ministry. Leadership is difficult, especially amid the challenge of everyday life. Passion and purpose can often be drowned out by the noise of life, distractions, circumstances, and unmet expectations. We know you are stronger than what you think, not defined by the past, and have hope for the future. We are here to equip and empower you as you mature in your relationship with God, continue to fall in love with Jesus, and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 3:20 says “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE
This blog exists to be a resource as we partner with you on a journey of spiritual growth. Spiritual growth is a wide and varied topic so we try to categorize our posts into the following categories:
- Leadership – to be the best leader possible where you are and where you want to go
- Bible – to gain a better understanding and make the Bible relevant and applicable
- Communication – how to become a better communicator in our relationships personal and professional
- Family – to grow a stronger family relying on God’s word and others mistakes
- Ministry – strengthen ministry and revelation of God’s power in and through you
- Church – how to practically minister and support your local church
Spiritual growth will accomplish the following:
- Brings clarity and alignment to God’s purpose and plan.
- Recognizes the value God places on our relationship with him individually and collectively.
- Accepts the high value that God places on each of our lives.
- Brings peace and stability in all seasons of life including the difficult times.
- Is a process in which we become more like Christ in all that we do.
- Pleases God and raises our standard of living to bear fruit and gain knowledge.
We usually post three times a week, sometimes more. In every post expect to be challenged and getting both valuable and applicable knowledge that will equip and empower your spiritual growth.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
BIBLE//GOD WROTE A BOOK
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. Human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. Because God inspired it, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
(Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11, 89, 105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16)
TRINITY//GOD: THREE IN ONE
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19)
THE FATHER//GOD IS GREAT, GOD IS GOOD
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
(Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)
THE SON//GOD BECAME MAN
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.
(Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16)
THE HOLY SPIRIT//GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT
His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
(Genesis 1:2; Psalms 51:11; 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Lk 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17)
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16, 36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)
MAN//GOD’S IMAGE BEARERS
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
(Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; 3; Psalms 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18, 23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11)
SALVATION//GOD’S ONLY WAY
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
(Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22-66, 28:1-6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 9:24-28; Revelation 3:20)
THE CHURCH//GOD’S DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
(Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)