Stephen Füssle is a man who has selflessly served those around him who are in desperate need of life change. He has helped those with drug/alcohol addiction turn their lives around, he has counseled couples saving marriages, and he has loved and served those living lives of desperation into choosing a lifestyle of hope. He has made an impact in the world and his community.
At the age of 20 while living on the island of Maui, Stephen had his first encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. A few months later on a mission trip to China he decided to surrender his life to God. The moment Stephen relinquished control of his life God's power became evident. Stephen experienced positive changes in his daily life and actions, and was healed from all of the hate that consumed him.
God soon set Stephen’s feet on a new path: he graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with a degree in Biblical Studies/Pastoral Leadership, served on staff at The Crossing Church, and married the woman of his dreams, Amber. Stephen is the founding pastor of The Awakening Church located on Maui. He had big ambitions as a young man, but he never imagined the joy and fulfillment he would experience in sharing God's love with others.
Excel Leadership Network exists to support church planters and high level leaders in the work God has called them to do. We plant churches and network church planting entities with church planters in order to do more together than we can do apart. We’re developing a movement where church planting leaders are reproducing healthy churches. Our mission and philosophy comes from Acts chapter 13:
“The Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.” —Acts 13:3
JD Pearring is the founder of Excel Leadership Network. Stephen has been mentored and coached by JD and his team for over seven years and acknowledges that The Awakening Church would not have existed, or even so survived without the support of JD Pearring's church planting expertise. JD's vast experience includes planting churches, leading growing congregations and assessing potential new church planters. He also currently serves as the Director of the Excel Leadership Network, Church Planting Lead for Transformation Ministries, and Teaching Pastor at Journey Church in Elk Grove, CA. JD is a graduate of UCLA and Denver Seminary. JD and his wife, Lori, have four children and four grandchildren.
1.) About God
God is the creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
2.) About Jesus Christ
Jesus is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.
3.) About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and Jesus, the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.
4.) About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 119:105, 160; Psalm 12:6.
5.) About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2.
6.) About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to human beings but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer for forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1.
7.) About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by self-effort of Christians. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
John 10:29-30; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5.
8.) About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will exist either eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with God is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; 2:25; 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelations 20:15; Matthew 1:8; 25:44, 46.