Welcome to EVER INCREASING MIRACLE CHURCH IN UGANDA, called into existence by Jesus Christ, as the community of Disciples churches in KAMPALA.
Our mission is to nurture and support congregations, encourage initiatives of Christian stewardship, promote ecumenical activities, and provide resources for ministry, outreach and education.
We join 700,000 plus members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) across Uganda in our journey of faith development, mission and witness.
We welcome all who are exploring what it means to be part of an inclusive Christian community, serving others, and witnessing to the love of Jesus Christ. We look forward to you visiting our church soon.
God has been conceived as either personal or impersonal. In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, while in deism, God is the creator, but not the sustainer, of the universe. In pantheism, God is the universe itself. ... In agnosticism, the existence of God is deemed unknown or unknowable.
Most of my life-long friends have developed through a connection to a church family. Whether it was people I knew through church as a child or the parents of children my kids played with or friends I made belonging to varies church activities – most of my current relationships are tied to that church anchor. Making and having friends that share the same beliefs and values help us all navigate this bizarre world we live in.
2. Opportunities to Make a Difference
One of the biggest benefits of church membership is its collective resource that provides opportunities to help others and make a difference. Church volunteer opportunities are available at most churches and these opportunities provide the system and structure to serve or support a cause. For example, my church does disaster relief work and provides the structure for Volunteers to get involved in helping other people. These kinds of experiences reinforce the Christian call to love and help other people. When we know we make a difference for a cause it gives us hope for a better world.
Belonging to a church provides a level of accountability for its members. Members that receive good biblical teaching learn to make good decisions, are held accountable by just showing up and being reminded of their core beliefs. The world offers many distractions and contradictions to Christian beliefs so having a community of people to interact with who think the same way helps to reinforce and hold us accountable to biblical principles.
4. Sense of Community
Our fast paced culture has many of us living in isolation so much that we often live in neighborhoods and don’t even know the people down the street. Belonging to a church body provides interactions with other people and creates a social community.
5. Personal Development
As Christians we are all on a journey of personal, spiritual and ethical development. Whether we are new Christians or have been a Christian for a long time, a dynamic church can offer church leadership, discipleship and spiritual development and growth.
6. Social Events
One of the many perks of being part of a church body is the availability of social events and interactions with others. Whether it is participating in a bible-study, a baby shower, or the Wednesday night pot-luck dinner – the opportunities are there to participate in church events with friends and other church members.
It breaks my heart when I speak to people who don’t go to church because of some misperceptions about the church experience. It is common for people to get offended or hurt by someone at a church and they decide to boycott the entire institution. I’m not suggesting that churches are perfect places with perfect people – because they are not – but I am suggesting that finding a great church that you can call home and make life-long friends is well worth the time and effort.
Here is a small selection of verses about God's glorious promise to us: victory over sin! The Bible is clear in that it promises the faithful disciples of Christ victory over sin. It doesn't mean that you are without sin, but that temptation is overcome before it can become sin.
Sin is any action, feeling, or thought that goes against God’s standards. It includes breaking God’s laws by doing what is wrong, or unrighteous, in God’s sight. (1 John 3:4; 5:17) The Bible also describes sins of omission—that is, failing to do what is right.—James 4:17.
In the Bible’s original languages, the words for sin mean “to miss a mark,” or a target. For example, a group of soldiers in ancient Israel were so adept at slinging stones that they “would not miss.” That expression, if translated literally, could read “would not sin.” (Judges 20:16) Thus, to sin is to miss the mark of God’s perfect standards.
As the Creator, God has the right to set standards for mankind. (Revelation 4:11) We are accountable to him for our actions.—Romans 14:12.
No. The Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23; 1 Kings 8:46; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8) Why is that so?
The first humans, Adam and Eve, were sinless in the beginning. That is because they were created perfect, in God’s image. (Genesis 1:27) However, they lost their perfection by disobeying God. (Genesis 3:5, 6, 17-19) When they had children, they passed on sin and imperfection as inherited defects. (Romans 5:12) As King David of Israel said, “I was born guilty of error.”—Psalm 51:5.
Are some sins worse than others?
- Yes. For example, the Bible says that the men of ancient Sodom were “wicked, gross sinners” whose sin was “very heavy.” (Genesis 13:13; 18:20) Consider three factors that determine the gravity, or weight, of sin.
- Severity. The Bible warns us to avoid such serious sins as sexual immorality, idolatry, stealing, drunkenness, extortion, murder, and spiritism. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 21:8) The Bible contrasts these with thoughtless, unintentional sins, for example, words or actions that hurt others. (Proverbs 12:18; Ephesians 4:31, 32) Nevertheless, the Bible encourages us not to minimize any sins, since they can lead to more serious violations of God’s laws.—Matthew 5:27, 28.
- Motive. Some sins are committed in ignorance of what God requires. (Acts 17:30; 1 Timothy 1:13) While not excusing such sins, the Bible distinguishes them from sins that involve willfully breaking God’s laws. (Numbers 15:30, 31) Willful sins come from a “wicked heart.”—Jeremiah 16:12.
- Frequency. The Bible also makes a distinction between a single sin and a practice of sin over an extended period. (1 John 3:4-8) Those who “practice sin willfully,” even after learning how to do what is right, receive God’s adverse judgment.—Hebrews 10:26, 27.
Those guilty of serious sin can feel overwhelmed by the weight of their mistakes. For instance, King David wrote: “My errors loom over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too much for me to bear.” (Psalm 38:4) Yet the Bible offers this hope: “Let the wicked man leave his way and the evil man his thoughts; let him return to Jehovah, who will have mercy on him, to our God, for he will forgive in a large way.”—Isaiah 55:7.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Given the fact that we belong to God and that life is all about stewarding or managing what God has given us, the question naturally arises in the heart of a Christ-follower: “How do I choose a career that honors God and brings me true fulfillment?”
Let’s look at a few key Scripture verses to get started:
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Isaiah 43:6-7: “Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Psalm 139:13-16: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
These passages indicate that:
God shaped you for a purpose,
You are unique, and
You are wonderfully complex.
About 20 years ago, a mentor of mine, Pastor Rick Warren, came up with a tool called SHAPE to talk about the five things that make you, you. SHAPE is the way God wired you for your life’s work. Understanding the SHAPE God uniquely gave you is the key to finding His will for your career.
SHAPE is: Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences
The Bible teaches that God gives every believer certain spiritual gifts to be used in ministry and in your career (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 8, Ephesians 4). However, I believe spiritual gifts are only one part of the picture. Sometimes, spiritual gifts are emphasized to the point at which believers excuse themselves from service because they claim they are not 'gifted' in that area. But the absence of a spiritual gift is never an excuse to disobey a command such as the one to share the gospel. That's a responsibility we all share. Natural abilities that you were born with also came from God. So do your experiences and inborn personality traits. Your creator planned these factors as well.
The Bible uses the term “heart” to represent the center of your motivation, desires, interests, and inclinations. Your heart determines why you say the things you do (Matthew 12:34), why you feel the way you do (Psalm 34:7), and why you act the way you do (Proverbs 4:23).
Physiologically, each of us has a unique heartbeat. Each person has a slightly different pattern. Likewise, God has given each of us a unique emotional “heartbeat” that races when we encounter activities, subjects, or circumstances that interest us.
God had a purpose in giving you your inborn interests. Your emotional heartbeat reveals a very important key to understanding his intentions for your life. Don’t ignore your natural interests. People rarely excel at tasks they don’t enjoy doing. High achievers enjoy what they do.
These are the natural talents that you were born with. Some people have a natural ability with words. They came out of the womb talking! Others are naturally good with numbers. They think mathematically and they can’t understand why you don’t understand calculus.
Exodus 31:3 gives an example of how God gives people “skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of crafts ….” in order to accomplish his purposes. In this case, it was artistic ability to be used in building the Tabernacle.
It’s obvious that God has not used a cookie cutter to create people. He made introverts and extroverts. He made people who love routine and those who love variety. Some people work best when given an individual assignment while others work better with a team.
There is no “right” or “wrong” temperament. We need all kinds of personalities to balance the church and the workplace and give it flavor.
Your personality will affect how and where you use your spiritual gifts and abilities. For instance, two people may have the same gift of evangelism, but if one is introverted and the other is extroverted, that gift will be expressed in different ways.
When you minister or work in a manner that is consistent with the personality God gave you, you experience fulfillment, satisfaction, and fruitfulness. It feels good when you do exactly what God made you to do.
God never wastes an experience. Romans 8:28 reminds us of this: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Consider five areas of experience that will influence the kind career you are best shaped for:
Educational experiences: What were your favorite subjects in school?
Vocational experiences: What jobs have you enjoyed and achieved results while doing?
Spiritual experiences: What have been the meaningful or decisive times with God in your life?
Ministry experiences: How have you served God in the past?
Painful experiences: What are the problems, hurts, and trials that you’ve learned from?
God sovereignly determined your shape for his purpose, so you shouldn’t resent it or reject it. “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” (Romans 9:20-21)
Instead of trying to reshape ourselves to be like someone else, we should celebrate the shape God has given to each of us.
Wise stewardship of your life begins by understanding your SHAPE. You will be the most effective and fulfilled in your life’s work when you use your spiritual gifts and abilities in the area of your heart’s desire and in a way that best expresses your personality and experiences.
What God made you to be determines what God intends for you to do.
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cupbearer to the king.
The book of Nehemiah is the true story of how Jerusalem was rebuilt after the Jews returned from the Babylonian Captivity. It’s about leadership, hard work and organization. It shows a servant who understood his own role, and would not allow himself to be discouraged or distracted from his mission.
Direction for the Discouraged
Critics of the rebuilding project made many attempts to discourage Nehemiah from the work. One accusation was that Nehemiah’s true mission was a rebellion against King Artaxerxes. If they could make Persia’s leadership believe that, all would be lost. Nehemiah wrote, “…they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’” Nehemiah confronted them in his answer, but addressed his main attention to the Lord: “But now, O God, strengthen my hands.” (Nehemiah 6:9)
Direction for the Doubting
Nehemiah talks about the mockery, the criticisms and challenges he encounters. He writes his prayers with his own comments. Here is one: “Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads…” (Nehemiah 4:4)
But so that we do not get the impression it was an easy victory or that his people had unshakable faith, he admits: “In Judah it was said, ‘The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.’” (Nehemiah 4:10) Nehemiah also reports the strategy he and the people used for safety. We must not assume their success was due to a clever method either. Nehemiah points out that it was God who frustrated the plans of their enemies: “When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.” (Nehemiah 4:15)
Direction for the Distracted
Nehemiah dealt with a striking variety of side-issues. In addition to the enemies’ taunts, accusations and threats, he had to correct or manage:
An indifferent nobility (Nehemiah 3:5),
Oppression of the poor by the wealthy (Nehemiah 5:1-13),
Concerns of genealogy and inheritance (Nehemiah 7:5-65),
A lottery to solve the overpopulation within the city walls (Nehemiah 11:1-2),
The eviction of an enemy from quarters provided for him in the temple (Nehemiah 13:4-9),
The people withholding wages from the Levites (Nehemiah 13:10-14),
The people profaning the Sabbath (Nehemiah 13:15-22), and
Intermarriage with pagan people (Nehemiah 13:23-28).
Nehemiah’s attitude toward distractions from his calling can be summed up in his response to initial attempts to divert his attention: “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3) As a result, the wall was finished quickly: “So the wall was finished… in fifty-two days.” (Nehemiah 6:15) This was a great victory. It was also an important defense from the enemies outside the gates.
Even so, Nehemiah’s concern to straighten out these internal problems shows that he knew his people’s biggest threat was inside those gates. It had been disregard for God’s rule which brought about Jerusalem’s destruction and captivity to Babylon. Nehemiah’s people needed to be reminded that this kind of indifference is more than a distraction. It’s actually rebellion against God’s rule. He told them that God had “…dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly. Our kings, our princes, our priests, and our fathers have not kept your law or paid attention to your commandments and your warnings that you gave them.” (Nehemiah 9:33-34)
Think about what Nehemiah’s people accomplished under his leadership. Is it surprising that a domestic servant became such a decisive leader? It had been his job to wait on the king, serving and tasting his drinks. How, then, did Nehemiah manage to cultivate such authority, sharp thinking and initiative? Nehemiah may have been a servant. But he was the servant of a king of kings: Artaxerxes I, ruler of the Persian world empire, which encompassed the kingdoms of Egypt, Assyria, Babylon and much of Asia Minor. The first chapter closes with the note that he is cupbearer to the king, but when he prays, it is not as a servant of Artaxerxes, but servant of God.
“O Lord… give success to your servant today” (Nehemiah 1:11)
A study of Nehemiah’s brief prayers throughout his book would be helpful to any believer looking for direction and wisdom from God. He was a leader who never forgot that God was the source of his authority and success. This reminds me of Matthew 8:9, in which a Roman Centurion made a similar statement to Jesus Himself. He was a man “under authority” but he had authority of his own because of that. If you are willing to humble yourself enough to adopt the identity of a servant of God, like Nehemiah, you will see the great dignity which goes along with being servant of the King of Kings. May it give you Nehemiah’s confidence that God will enable you to do everything He calls you to do!
Pray this week:
God, please show me how I can use the gifts you have given me in the way that best honors you and maximises the talents you’ve provided me. Thank you for your daily blessings in my life and walking through this with me. Amen.
What is one thing you have done in life that you have talent in and have found great joy in? How could this relate to a possible career choice?