Our Guest: Chris Estrada
Raised on the border of the United States and Mexico, in no time at all Chris found himself in a lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, lust and trouble. Not understanding why his dad slept at one house and his mom at another sent him on a search that landed him at church. Here he was invited to youth camp in the summer of 1999. Chris received the gift of salvation, experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit and a calling into full-time ministry all in one night!
Chris Estrada is now a voice impacting generations. His roaring excitement and ability to address current issues with solid, life-changing truth makes him a dynamic communicator for everyone that hears him. He carries a mandate: to release courage and power into risk-takers and dreamers who desire divine turn-arounds. Chris passionately pursues ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ, developing leaders who want to transform society and consulting organizations to have a strategic and lasting influence. His books, curriculums, and materials come from his 19 years of ministry experience being a Missionary, Pastor, and Professor. He currently serves on the Executive Leadership of Missions Me – helping move the vision of 1Nation1Day and 1Day forward.
Chris and his wife, Erica live in Texas with their four children.
Scriptures and Key Points from Chris’ story:
- However as Chris journeyed, he realized that he couldn’t do his calling alone.
- Chris and his wife never wanted to do ministry out of function, but rather out of family.
- God’s greater playbook is about unity.
Isaiah 49:2 NASB He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; and He has also made Me a sharpened arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.
Luke 1:41 NASB When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Therefore we’re coming into a season where God is raising up a multi-generational corporate call to prepare the way.
Matthew 3:3 NASB For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one calling out in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”
Acts 2 NKJV When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place…
Joel 2 NKJV …Call a sacred assembly; Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes…
Psalm 110:2-3 NKJV …Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power…
Chris states that it’s time to lay down our labels, logos, and egos.
- It’s not about the person; it’s about the purpose.
- Also, we need to look at each other, not as competition, but as covenant worthy.
“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” ― Frederick Douglass
- Relevance doesn’t mean results.
Matthew 3:7 NKJV But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
- John the Baptist wanted to be reliable to heaven, not relevant.
- “Lord, where do you need me?”
- Focus on being reliable and faithful.
“You can be anointed and cool at the same time.” – Will McFarlane
We are victorious because we serve the victor.
- Many times our prayers aren’t off, they’re just too small.
- There’s something to be said about being hidden.
- Hiddenness is much more productive than visibility.
- Hiddenness shows us what has value.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 NKJV Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Gold, silver, and precious stones must be dug for.
Romans 8:17-18 NKJV If children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
- If it’s not getting fixed on this side of eternity, that just means you’re going to get a greater reward in the next one.
- God is watching over the word He put on your life to perform the prophetic destiny that’s on your life.
- Don’t hold back the grace for others that God has shown to you.
- Always give grace because we need grace everyday.
- We have too much ground to take and we can’t afford to lose more people.
- In fact, we’re all a mess that need the grace of God.
- No one sets out to fail.
- When we run into situations that need solutions, we need to take it before the Lord and follow His lead.
- Remember those around us need our care.
The strengths in others’ lives can heal the broken inside of you.
“The Kingdom of God is built on relationships. First with God, then with one another. And the degree of influence that we have in this generation, or leave for the next generation, is determined by the level, or degree, of those relationships with God and with one another.” – Doug Stringer
- As Christians, we speak the truth in love seasoned with grace, but we speak the truth nonetheless.
- “If I’m being used, but I know that I’m being used. Then I’m not being used; I’m giving it away.”
- Because a church that serves is irresistible; but a church solving problems is irreplaceable.
- The local church is the most sustainable vehicle of any society.
- When we engage the culture, they will come into the environment of the presence of God and their lives will be transformed.
- To get our families back, we need our fathers back.
- It’s Time To Cross the Jordan by Doug Stringer
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