Heartland Church Induction of Lead Pastor Joel Spiridigliozzi

Heartland Church in Mississauga celebrated the official induction of their new Lead Pastor, Joel Spiridigliozzi, on Sunday January 22, 2012.

Tom Quinn, was there on behalf of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC)to conduct the induction ceremony. Tom also delivered the sermon.

The induction occurs after the church celebrated a week of prayer and fasting the week previously. Prayer was held at the church on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and the attendance was very, very, encouraging.

Below are my notes from Tom Quinn's sermon to the Heartland Church congregation.

When The Going Gets Tough by Tom Quinn

What the world is looking for and what God needs in a Lead Pastor and Congregation

The text for the sermon was 1Samuel 14: 1-23

1 Samuel 14

1 One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. 2 Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men, 3 among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD’s priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.

4 On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh. 5 One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.

6 Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.”

7 “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

8 Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands.”

11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.”

So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel.”

13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

Israel Routs the Philistines

15 Then panic struck the whole army—those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties—and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.[a]

16 Saul’s lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions. 17 Then Saul said to the men who were with him, “Muster the forces and see who has left us.” When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.

18 Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God.” (At that time it was with the Israelites.)[b] 19 While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”

20 Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. 21 Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. 22 When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit. 23 So on that day the LORD saved Israel, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven.

Look at verses 6 and 7. There you see that Jonathan was willing to take a risk to advance God's purpose even though he isn't sure in his heart that God will help him. He uses the word 'Perhaps' and this shows that God had not gave him any confirmation of his success.

The verse "Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.” is an amazing saying and thought.

The armor-bearer was a great follower as well. Notice his encouraging words to Jonathan:

"Do all that you have in mind. Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

That is something the Heartland Church congregation can say, and do, for Pastor Joel.

3 Essentials of Leadership

1 Initiative

2 Risk

3 Action

Jonathan exhibited all 3 of those characteristics in the story.

Hebrews 11:6

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

James 4:13-16

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.

Risk-Takers in the Bible

Joab

2 Samuel 10:12

12 Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight.”

Esther

Esther 4:16

I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

Daniel 3:17-18

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Paul

Acts 21:12-14

12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

From all the examples given it is obvious that it is right to take risks for the cause of Christ.

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Pastor Joel will be starting a 6 week teaching series at Heartland Church starting January 29th based on the book of Nehemiah.

Heartland Church is located at 9-145 Traders Blvd in Mississauga.

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