Friday, May 24, 2019

What Is Upper Room Gornja Soba?

What is Upper Room Gornje Soba?

House of Prayer

First Jesus said His House would be a House of Prayer.

Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.

And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

Then we have the Tabernacle of David, where David set up 24 hour prayer and worship.

In both tabernacles the center piece was the Arch of the Covenant which was the presence of God. The Temple in Jerusalem was where the Jewish nation sacrificed to God to atone for their sins. The Tabernacle of David (ToD) was a preview of what worship would be like after God had completed the atonement through Jesus.

Since Jesus has completed the atonement (washed away our sins with His shed blood) we should follow the example of the ToD. Here at Upper Room Zagreb the ToD is our guide line. Why is the ToD our guideline? Because the prophet Amos and the Apostle James said it would be a key guide for fulfilling our mission on earth. Jesus commanded us to disciple the nations. (Matthew 28:19)

Amos 9:11 “On that day I will raise up
The [i]tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,
And [
j]repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old;

 Acts 15: 16 ‘After this I will return
And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down;
I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will set it up;
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,
Says the Lord who does all these things.’

An important key here is “So the rest of mankind may seek the Lord”.

So why Upper Room Gornje Soba?

As you study out the Tabernacle of David you learn two things. First it made a way to accomplish Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” God is always with us but when we praise (worship) He comes in a greater measure. Second, it is very evident that when God is enthroned on/in His people, a canopy of protection and guidance is present.

Therefore, Upper Room Gornje Soba is set up to be first of all a place where Christians can gather and worship God. Second, we pray for His guidance and protection. Since we are located in Croatia and we as Christians are commissioned to disciple the nations, we feel responsible to pray for Croatia.

Upper Room Zagreb is here to be a safe place to worship God because He is worthy of our worship and to pray for Croatia. God is glorified and the country is blessed.

Personal Rewards
It is a well-established principle that when you honor God with worship and pray for others, you are blessed. God rewards those that diligently seek Him. Those that participate in the house of prayer have been physically and mentally healed. They have realized greater purpose for their lives.

Is Upper Room a church?


URGS is a place for Christians to meet with God. Everyone is welcome, even those that do not know God. (For those that do not know God we hope they will experience Him in the prayer room)

Is URGS a substitute for a church?


Everyone that participates in URGS is encouraged to be part of a local church of their choosing. All denominations are welcome. We do not teach doctrine in the house of prayer. (Principles of prayer and worship are shared to protect unity)

Key verses:
Matthew 6: 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Isaiah 4: 5 then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

In and Out Lifestyle

Moses and Joshua
    Deut.31: 1 Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in.
    Numbers 27: 15 Then Moses spoke to the Lord, saying: 16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, 17 who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”
    Joshua 14: 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.”

King Solomon
     I Kings 3:5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

Come in one way and go out a different way.
      Ezekiel 46: “But when the people of the land come before the Lord on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite gate. 10 The prince shall then be in their midst. When they go in, he shall go in; and when they go out, he shall go out.
Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

This is why the Lord shows up in a more powerful way when saints are together to worship Him.

Exodus 33:14-16  (NKJV)
14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”

Why Pray For Croatia?

Matt. 28: 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Amen.

Isaiah 62:6-7

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall [
a]never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

URGS is here as a ministry to Croatia.

Seven Mountains or Spheres of Cultural Influence: Family, Religion, Media, Education, Government, Arts and Entertainment, and Business

Family is the most basic unit of the culture. Family was instituted by God with Adam and Eve. Within the family children are to be nurtured and set on a path to adulthood.
Psalm 127:4  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.

Man’s search for a creator.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

All religions are man reaching out to God. Christianity is the only religion where God reaches back. All others connect with created objects or beings.

Media is the announcement and publishing of information.

Where knowledge is taught. Facts are truth – opinions are just opinions.

To control the un-pure motives of man. Regulations that set the expectations and procedures of the culture.

Celebration and display of man’s creativity. To lighten the heart, fun.

Exchange of goods and services. Build honest relationship centered around fairness.