Welcome To Lions Mountain Church
-Rev. R. S. Hoekstra
Lions Rain Ministries has been serving the Michigan community since June 2006. We are a Bible-based, Holy Spirit led Ministry. We believe in inviting God into every area of our lives on a daily basis not just confined to Sunday mornings. In this ministry, we are trying to get back to the original pattern God set forth in the Bible. We are exploring: What is Church? Why do we do Church? Why do we go to Church? How did God want to do church and ministry according to the pattern He set forth in the Bible? What did it look like after Jesus came? If man had not changed God’s Pattern over the centuries, what would it look like now? God wanted a relationship with the people He created. Scripture says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” One of the things that Rev. R. S. Hoekstra learned in all his 25 years of ministry is that most of us have learned we go to church to be ministered to, but God set forth in His word that we come to church to minister to God. Ezekiel 44:16, “They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.” Matt 6:33, “seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The vision: while on a 8 month sabbatical the lord met with Me and Shared His heart with me that there are so many churches with so many visions. But He wanted a house that was Holy Spirit led and controlled. Many have told me this is impossible. But we were already seeing this happen on Monday nights at the Prayer Center. We saw marriages restored, and we saw a body ministry, in which everybody gets to participate, many times while the leaders stayed hidden the members of the body were doing the ministry, and signs and wonders followed.
We saw that if we came together and ministered to Him, and loved on Him and lifted Him up and sat in His presence amazing things would happen, and that this is really what a gathering is about.
My "heart cry" for many years was... What is Church???
I have since seen with my own eyes after 20 years of ministry. That it is all presence based and it can not even be understood by mere words. It has to be experienced there has to be an encounter. I realized that many of the things I pressed into so hard for so long that I may know him were actually Caught not Taught.
Much of my pride had kept me from experiencing deeper and more satisfying realms of Him. Things such as, "oh we have the presence of God at my Church and why should I go there to experience more God?" (just like Namaan who said "We have much cleaner rivers in my country, why dip into your dirty pond?").
Vision Continued: The other thing the Lord did was break my heart for His Prophets, Intercessors and Watchmen. He said to create a place of safety for them. So many are rejected, beaten up and misunderstood and a safe haven needs to be created so that they can be healed, restored and loved on.
A place of refreshing, and drinking deeply of the River, and a place of safety. A place for Mothers and Fathers to raise up and learn how to undergird those they are mentoring. A place for teaching by relationship and impartation and being loved on by the Father through each member of the congregation.
To Equip... Raise up... and Release, teach them to build His kingdom and not their own. No agendas, no programs, The Five Fold ministry is to serve the church as LOVE SLAVES.
We also will be exploring what things have been stolen from the church. Things that God is restoring to the church and the body.
What about End-Time things??? We are willing to and will go where few dare to go. Unlike so many that just got there stuff from another's teachings and books.
So if you want to be a part of the NEW THING and drink of the NEW WINE and NEW REVELATIONS and Good Solid Teaching. We will be changed and challenged in His Presence...
Any Questions or comments feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at our Ministry Phone line - (231) 425-3450.
Lions Mountain Church