Carl John Fechner
Carl is a follower of Jesus Christ. Author of the Growing Deep and Strong Series. Founder of Internet Secrets Made Easy. His life passion is to be a catalyst and facilitator in developing people who will become leaders and disciplers of others.

Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ?

Jesus Christ

Many people are asking, who is Jesus Christ? To some the name is a swear word, to others He is a mythical person that a group of people have created a story about, to others He is a religious reformer, a social revolutionary, a prophet who taught on religious matters.

Jesus facts

What do historians say about Jesus Christ, did He exist or is He the figment of the imagination of a few misguided people some 2,000 plus years ago?

Kristin Romey, a self-described archaeologist and journalist who works for National Geographic. has an insightful article and well worth reading. Here are a couple of standout points from the article.

Ancient pool of bethesda

In Jerusalem, Jesus healed a paralysed man at the pool of Bethesda, a ritual pool, archaeologists have discovered clear traces of it beneath the ruins of centuries old churches.

By far the most important discovery is traces of the ancient texts of the New Testament.

The Encyclopedia Britannica has written a comprehensive well researched article that is from Christian and non-Christian sources and well worth the read if you doubt the reality of Jesus Christ.

Wikipedia wrote an article simply called “Jesus” it is extensive in its research and again has many links to sources confirming and proving the historical evidence of Jesus Christ.

Who is Jesus and why is He important?

Messianic apocalypse scroll

To a Christian, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He is the second person in the Godhead or Trinity as Christians call it. We believe that He came to earth in the form of a man and lived amongst us. At the age of around 30 He was baptized with the Holy Spirit and began a “power ministry” with evidence of signs and wonders demonstrating the reality of the Kingdom of God. His “power ministry” lasted about 3.5 years—an unbelievably short amount of time to change the world.

His death on the Cross sounds strange to anyone who has no church or Christian background, and that was me for the first 42 years of my life on earth, to me it was the dumbest thing I had ever heard and did not see the connection of His death and my relationship with God.

Death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

Death and Resurrection

To understand why Jesus came to earth and allowed himself to be crucified on the cross we need to go back to the Book of Genesis at the beginning of creation and mankind where God had a deep and rich relationship with man and gave man complete authority over earth and creation. However, man disobeyed God’s divine laws and surrendered headship of earth to Satan, the ruler of the kingdom of darkness and lost his personal relationship with God.

Sin and lost relationship with God

What is sin? This is a strange term and to most people it is a misunderstood term. This is what it means.

  • Disobedience to divine laws, wrongdoing
  • Missing the mark, error, offence
  • Taking the wrong course

Why Jesus Christ came to earth and Sin

earth

After man’s disobedience (sin) to God’s divine laws, long story, but to keep it short for this article, Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of a man and “took our sins” upon himself and allowed His blood to be shed for our sins so that we could regain a personal relationship with God.

Anyone who calls on the name of Jesus Christ will be saved.

Saved from what? After man disobeyed God and lost his relationship with God and the Kingdom of Light, all of mankind came under the rule of the king of the Kingdom of Darkness, Satan and his demons. For more information watch the video called “Behind the Scenes.” In the Bible, Romans 10:9, says this, If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

What this means is exactly what it says, if you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and King, you will be rescued from the Kingdom of Darkness and be transferred into the Kingdom of Light, God’s Kingdom. Sounds too simple, doesn’t it?

Become a disciple of Jesus Christ

On the 23rd May 1990 after reading the book This Present Darkness by Frank E Perretti Christianity made sense once I understood that in the spirit realm there are two kingdoms who have rulers contending for the control of mankind. I made the decision that I no longer wanted to remain in the Kingdom of Darkness and cried out to God and had a very real and powerful encounter with God.

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

disciple of Jesus Christ

You may be like me and never attended church or received any Bible teachings. After a powerful encounter with God, I knew that He was real, I wanted to know God, who Jesus Christ was ,why He came, who the Holy Spirit was, and how to live a Godly life, but I struggled to read the Bible, I struggled to understand the “Christianese” language and found much of the available Christian Discipleship materials fragmented and difficult to comprehend or follow in a sequential manner.

Christian Discipleship and Discipling others

A desire began to grow within me to help others just like me and provide them with an intentional discipleship path that took them on a “journey” of personal growth and a transformed life, a learning path that was biblically sound yet written in a sequential manner that is simple to understand and easy to use.

In 2002, my team and I write the ©Growing Deep and Strong Series, an intentional Christian Discipleship and Small Group leadership path designed to quickly transform a new Christian with no church background into a mature Christian in 12 months or less.
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What does Christian Discipleship mean?

What does Christian Discipleship mean?

Christian discipleship

To understand what Christian Discipleship means, we need to look at the life of Jesus in the Gospels, we find that His priority here on earth was not just to preach, teach, and heal, although he did all these and more. First and foremost, Jesus concentrated on making disciples. These were ordinary people, many of whom had, to our eyes, questionable credentials, but Jesus knew what He was doing choosing the twelve who followed Him. That gives us hope today, because God mends the broken, and we can become His disciples, imperfect and scared as we are.

Jesus made Disciples

disciples

So how did Jesus make disciples when He was here on earth? Firstly, He called them and chose them as they responded to His call. Then, by His public preaching He showed His disciples what the message of the Kingdom was all about. And often afterwards He taught them privately in order to help them understand the true meaning of His messages. Not that they seemed to get it all at once, but after His resurrection and the Day of Pentecost when they were filled with the Holy Spirit they understood much more what Jesus had taught them and were empowered to preach the Gospel message and make disciples themselves.

What does disciple mean?

disciples

The word disciple literally means one who is a learner, someone who learns by use and practice. And so, Jesus did not just fill the heads of the disciples with academic knowledge but got them to do in practice what He was teaching them. They basically were apprentices learning to be His apostles by doing what they had seen Him doing.

Christian discipleship by example

Thirdly, Jesus demonstrated His teaching as He healed the sick, caused the lame to walk, and dealt the spiritual agents of the kingdom of darkness with authority. He SHOWED His disciples what they were to do as He sent them out as His apostles.

Christian Discipleship by application

Fourthly, having demonstrated the message of the Gospel while He and the disciples were together, Jesus then sent the disciples out to preach and do what He did. You can check that out in Luke 10:1, and see their joy as they returned, that what He had taught them had WORKED! See Luke 10:17-20.

That is what the Growing Deep and Strong® Series is all about—to make disciples, as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19-20.

Making disciples must be our priority, too, because they will not only SEE and LEARN what the Christian life is all about through teaching and example, but they will be able to DO what they are learning, and in due time become those who, by their example and teaching, make disciples themselves. That is what transferable training is all about!

Christian Discipleship Matters

Christian Discipleship MattersHaving observed church life over the past, it seems that some have understood discipleship to be sitting in a group taking furious notes from a lecturer or teacher and then their notebook sits on the shelf for ever after. Some have thought that because they have HEARD it they have DONE it.

But that is not what discipleship is all about. The key is hearing AND doing, as Jesus taught in Matthew 7:24-27. Hearing alone is not sufficient. It is only the first part. The next part is to put into practice what has been heard. Without that, there is no true learning and certainly no true discipleship.

In the natural an apprentice learns from the master craftsman by hearing his instructions and also watching how he plies his trade, what tools he uses for what task, and how he handles the tools. And then the craftsman becomes a coach to the apprentice as he tackles the same task, guiding him by instruction and encouragement, which is a vitally important part of the learning process.

Discipleship tools

bibleIn the Growing Deep and Strong® Series the New NKJV Spirit Filled Life Study Bible is used with the aim of training the disciple in how to use this good tool for maximum benefit. The old saying is, “Give a person a good tool and show them how to use it, and it will last them for life”. I remember as a young person seeing at home a tool called The Stanley Universal Plane that my father had acquired to make wooden mouldings etc. as he had time. Time seemed to be too short for him and thought I may be able to use it. But after examining this wonderful tool, I replaced it into the cardboard box where it stayed, because I had no one to show me how to use it. A valuable lesson!

The Master Craftsman and his apprentice

apprenticeNotice how the master craftsman has the role of coach to his apprentice. This is so valuable in learning the trade. So in the Growing Deep and Strong® Series, the new Christian, called a disciple, has a coach for caring oversight, training, encouragement to follow through with the practical part of the training, and review and feedback on the tasks that have been completed. That is why it is important for a coach to have completed Growing Deep and Strong before he/she becomes a coach. It is not just a matter of hearing, but the DOING bit is vitally important. As Jesus said in Matthew 7, “He who hears these words of Mine and DOES them…”

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Do Angels exist?

Do Angels exist?

Do Angels exist?

Angel

Do Angels exist? The answer is a resounding yes, read on and I will give a few biblical examples. In this article I will only cover “good angels” and in another blog I will talk about “bad angels.”

What does the word angel mean?

angel

According to Dictionary.com the noun form of Angel is, one of a class of spiritual beings; a celestial attendant of God. A messenger, especially of God.

In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the noun form of angel is; a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence; an attendant spirit
or guardian

What does the word angel mean in the Bible?

In the Bible Study Tools, it is more precise and quite a comprehensive article.
Angels are mentioned almost 300 times in the Bible. They are superhuman or a heavenly being who serve as God’s messengers and act decisively in fulfilling God’s will in the world.

Right from the beginning of time to today, their general purpose is to declare and promote God’s will and are actively involved in human affairs. Angels are invisibly present in the assemblies of Christians and are appointed by God to minister to believers.

God’s messengers

angels are God's messenger

As mentioned earlier, they are God’s messengers, an example of that is when Daniel prayed to God, his answer came via an angel, In Daniel 10, it says how an angel appeared to Daniel and in verse 12, it says, Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.”

Angels protect us

angels protect us

There are many accounts of angels watching over us and protecting the lives of humans. Angels have been cited all throughout the Bible for their amazing ability to protect those in harm.

The Bible says in Psalm 91:11 For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go. I know of one specific incident in my life where supernatural intervention saved my life from a car accident.

Psalm 34:7 says, For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear Him.
Exodus 23:20 says, “See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.”

Guardian angels watch over us

angels watch us over

Each of us has our own private guardian angel. Dr. Billy Graham observed the plural “angels” in Psalm 91:11 and concluded that each Christian believer must have at least two angels whose assigned duty is to protect them.

On my 54th Birthday I was in quiet prayer and meditation with God and I had an open vision of when I was born, and I saw five angels excitedly standing beside me with a crown and a small treasure chest. As I dialogued with God, I got the impression that He had assigned them to me when time began and finally the person they had been assigned to had been born. We are not to worship angels, but it has been of great comfort to know that God has assigned angels to watch over me.

In the Growing Deep and Strong® series, I dedicated a complete and extensive session called “the existence of angels”.

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What is Christian Discipleship?

What is Christian Discipleship?

christian discipleship

Christian discipleship primarily refers to a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. It is the process by which a disciple is a convinced adherent to an individual and a prescribed school of thought.

According to the Book of John, Christian Discipleship began with Jesus choosing and discipling twelve men in the ways of God.

In modern history, Christian Discipleship begins when a person makes a conscious decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ, His teachings and using the Bible as the benchmark to their lifestyle.

In todays society, most people have no church upbringing and are devoid of any knowledge of the Bible, the teachings of Jesus Christ and live a lifestyle far removed from what the Bible and Jesus Christ teaches.

I fell into this category and struggled in my early years to follow and understand the ways of Jesus Christ and His teachings.

I found most of the Christian Discipleship material was fragmented, it was not written in a manner that took a person with a godless background on an intentional Christian discipleship path to help them grow into a mature Christian believer following the Christian lifestyle taught throughout the Bible.

It was for this reason that I wrote a 19 weeks and 37 weeks intentional Christian Discipleship and Leadership program called the ©Growing Deep and Strong Series to quickly establish new and maturing believers in their faith and walk with God.

For more information on Christian Discipleship, go to our website www.growingdeepandstrong.com
or click on the link, “Discipling Others” to download your free 120 page copy of how we disciple new
Christians to become small leaders in 12 months or less.

In His Service
Carl John Fechner

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What does revival look like

What does revival look like

Are you ready for revival?

revival

  • Are you and your Church ready for a harvest of souls?
  • Have you got in place the mechanisms to disciple large numbers of people?

It was during a time in my life when I was co-leading Intercessors for Melbourne that God spoke to me and asked, “What does revival look like”? From study, I knew that during the Welsh Revival some 80% of the population was touched by God and professed to be Christians, yet 10 years later there was very little evidence remaining of the mighty outpouring of God’s Spirit, when I read this, I was saddened to see the harvest lost back to the Kingdom of Darkness and concerned that history did not repeat itself.

What Does Revival Look Like?

revival We are told continually by respected Prophets that what is coming is larger than any previous outpouring of God’s Spirit, and it is on a global level not just restricted to one locality.

Well I can think big, but, on a global level? So to help it make sense and comprehensible to my mind, I asked myself this question. “What would revival look like in my city, Melbourne Australia?”
So, I decided to crunch some numbers, first, I thought, what if only 20% of Melbourne was touched by The Spirit of God? How many people would that be? The numbers are staggering!
Are you and your church are ready for revival

Thousands of Converts

The June 2019 Census, reveals Melbourne has a total population of 4,850.000
It is made up of a total 31 municipalities of various size populations
but, for the sake of the exercise, let’s just average out the numbers
4,077,036 divided by 31 = 156,452 people per municipality
Divide that by 20% = 31,290 people
That’s 31,290 new converts in your municipality if you live in Melbourne!

Now, I know I have oversimplified this because this includes every man, woman and child. BUT, do you get the picture? God is saying very clearly to His people, “the coming outpouring of My Spirit is larger than any previous outpouring of My Spirit!”


Are you ready to catch the harvest?
Can you and your Church contain the harvest?

Fishing Trawler Vision

God gave me another vision, that I want to share with you

One time in recent years during worship, God showed me a vision of a fishing trawler and I was standing with others (deck hands) on the rear deck, looking at a huge fresh catch of fish swinging in the air in a large fishing trawlers net, the net was attached to the trawlers crane that lifts the net and catch into the trawler, I could see in the vision that the fish in the net were fat, healthy, freshly caught and prime for harvest, the catch of fish was massive and would be a fisherman’s dream. Water was still dripping from the net and the odd small fish was slipping through the net mesh and falling on the deck.

Next, I saw in the vision, a rope attached to the bottom of the net and to my left someone was hanging onto the other end of the rope. As I looked back at the huge catch of fish swinging in the air, I realised the rope was attached to a section of the net, that when tugged upon, it opened the bottom of the net and all the fish would spill onto the deck and it would then be responsibility of the deck hands to gut and clean the fish as quickly as possible, otherwise the fish would spoil and be lost. It was a matter of “all hands on deck!”

Vision Revelation

As I pondered on the vision, the interpretation became apparent, the revelation of the vision was this, the trawler was the Harvester that harvests souls, the catch was the harvest, the Man holding the rope was Jesus and the “deck hands” are us, the Christian Community.

And I got the sense that the Man (Jesus) holding the rope was waiting for us to get prepared for the Harvest, and yes the odd small fish slipping through the net is like the current situation where the odd person is being saved (harvested) and discipled (cleaned and prepared ready for use).

As I watched and interpreted the vision, a quiet discontent, desperation and resolve rose in my heart, we must not lose the harvest that the Lord is about to give us. I began to ponder, seek God and ask these questions;

  • “Lord, what can I do to prepare for this coming harvest?’
  • What can I do to prevent a loss of the harvest?
  • Is the Christian community prepared?
  • Are we ready for the harvest?
  • Can the Christian Community in its present state reap the harvest
  • Does it have the mechanisms in place to disciple the coming harvest?”

A strong resolve was rising in my heart.

heart After much searching, I found the Cleansing Streams 20 week course and one evening I mentioned in our home group and immediately 18 people wanted to do the course with us.
To cut a long story short, we completed the 20 week program, had the ministry weekend and saw the lives of 18 people transformed.

God spoke to us and told us to bring the ministry to the Church in Australia. It was amazing times, the miracles, the provision of God for the trip to USA, the printing, the connections we made, the growth etc. and from 1998 to December 2000 we saw some 150 churches get involved and approximately 3-4000 people in Australia and New Zealand go through the course.

But, as good as it was, I could see that people needed more, that we caught the Christian where they were at in their walk with God, it was based on an assumption that they already had some knowledge of God and his Word, and at the conclusion of the 20 weeks, the small groups and relationships that had developed were disbanded, plus some needed further ministry, yet we had no further input or influence, so, once again I started talking with God. Well, sometimes God answers in very unexpected ways.

God answered my prayer in 2000 with two very unexpected events, first, in August 2000 through a prophetic word which at the time I did not fully understand, and second, in December 2000, we resigned from the ministry. We loved the ministry of Cleansing Streams, but God had a bigger plan.

Prophesy predicting our future

I have added extracts from the prophetic word so that you understand how the next phase came to pass. The word was this;

“I saw you standing with a book in your hand and the pages were blank, And I saw the Lord writing the vision He was going to put in your heart and as the vision was written down the Lord spoke to me about Habakkuk and He said, “I will give this man a vision that he will write down and when he writes the vision down there will come a time again for him to run with the vision and when he runs with the vision many will herald it, many will hear the cry of this man’s heart and the vision that’s inside him and it will cause the next generation to erupt. It will cause the next generation to say I want stand with this father in the faith.”

And I felt like the Lord said to me I saw a picture of an old vision in the book and the Lord said, “I have taken the old out and I’ve blanked the pages and now I am going to rewrite in the book a new vision and that new vision is going to catch the hearts and it’s better than the old one, it’s a whole new one, it’s not a renewal job it’s a brand new one with a whole lot more details than you could imagine.” The Lord said, “at times you will be a prophetic voice to some that will come that are covered in leprosy and you will tell them to dip in this river and they will be healed like Elijah said to Namun.” I felt like the Lord said, “the next stage of the vision carries with it a whole new dynamic of power and freedom for marriages and families and for the next generation.”

Little did the prophet know that already in my heart, I knew we needed more than just the Cleansing Stream Ministry course to catch and hold the harvest, but my plan was different to God’s plan.


In 2001 two significant events took place, one is that we did a year in Ministry Training College and the vision for a complete discipleship package continued to grow within me and second, I met a very gifted theologian, our friendship began to grow and I began sharing the vision I had about a complete discipleship course for brand new Christians, who like us, came from an unchurched background and had no or very limited knowledge of God and his Word.

At the end of 2001, my wife and I believed that God was asking me to write a complete discipleship package for new and maturing Christians. After much prayer and discussions, I accepted the call thinking that it may take about six months, not realising that it would take six years and collectively some 35,000 hours. I think if God had told us six years, I may not have accepted the call.

Growing Deep and Strong is born

In early 2002, I began to formulate and write a discipleship/mentoring program for new Christians.
And the program is this; it is a complete step by step off-the-shelf 12 months Bible Study Mentoring Program, called the Growing Deep and Strong® Series, and it consists of 4 nine week modules and two encounter weekends, it’s simple to use, easy to understand and multiplies small groups organically, the program takes a person from a pagan background to a Small Group Christian Leader in 12 months or less.

We have seen many lives absolutely changed and transformed.
I now feel ready to “catch and clean” the harvest, that I can say to The Lord, “I am ready Jesus, I have done what you asked us to do, we are ready to catch the harvest, we have in place a mechanism for the Christian to not only clean the catch, but also raise up others to do the same.”

Discipling the Harvest

Now, you may want to take our complete-off-the-shelf 12 months discipleship program, or you may want more information on the Growing Deep and Strong® Series, simply go to our web site and you will find a complete description of our 12 months mentoring/discipleship program www.growingdeepandstrong.com
You will find testimonies, in-depth descriptions, instructions on how to run our program and shopping cart.

Are you and your church ready for revival, my prayer is that His church is ready to catch the greatest harvest in history, that we do not lose the harvest to the Kingdom of Darkness, that history does not repeat itself.
God bless and thanks for taking the time to read my story.
Sincerely
Carl John Fechner


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Does your congregation struggle to explain Christianity?

Does your congregation struggle to explain Christianity?

Does your congregation struggle to explain Christianity?

After AlphaMost Christians have difficulty explaining Christianity to a non-believer, particularly to someone who comes from an unchurched background.

Like myself, as a pre Christian, most non-believers have a distorted view of God. Most non-believers cannot come to terms that a so-called loving God would allow so many atrocities happen on earth.

It wasn’t until I understood the two Kingdom principle, the Kingdom of Light and the opposing Kingdom of darkness and how they influence mankind that Christianity made sense.

With this in mind, we have created an online video that your church member can show their non-believing friends.

We have made it easy for you


Behind the Scenes

This simple yet graphic 18 minute video exposes the invisible forces that are at work behind the scenes in our society today.

It’s easy to follow and explains what we see in the natural is heavily influenced by invisible spiritual forces represented by two opposing spiritual Kingdoms, one good and one evil and both are influencing the physical world we live in.

Check it out, you will find it to be one of the most relevant and impacting evangelism tools available today. It is freely available on this link growingdeepandstrong.com/behind-the-scenes-evangelism/

In His Service
Carl John Fechner

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