The Doctrine Of Prayer: The Lord Who Cares

FIRST EVANGELICAL CHURCH WINNING ALL (ECWA) CHURCH
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THEME: THE DOCTRINE OF PRAYER
TOPIC: THE LORD WHO CARES
TEXT: First Peter 5: 1-9
Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

The word, “The Doctrine Of Prayer” was written by the man T. W. Hunt in the year 1986.  In reference to Robert R. McLaughlin, it could be explained or emphasized thus;  

An important point to note first is that we are not to use prayer to try and get God to do what we want done.  Many believers try and use prayer to get their own way, not God's way.  Prayer must be compatible with God's will and God's way. Sometimes that may be our will and our way, but other times it may not.

"And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him" (1 John 5: 14-15).

Prayer is not designed to get us out of trouble, but rather to express our helplessness, our humility, our total dependence on God, and our recognition of His grace and His mercy toward us.  Prayer is not what we want for ourselves, but what God wants for us.  In fact, prayer is an expression and an extension of Bible doctrine resident in the soul.

We fail in prayer because we fail to understand and utilize Bible doctrine correctly. The Scripture says,

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you" (John 15: 7).

Prayer was never designed to fulfill our lusts and desires; prayer is designed to fulfill the will, plan, and purpose of God for our lives (Robert R. McLaughlin).

 

According to the Scripture, prayer must be built on the foundation of the sovereignty and the character of our Lord Jesus Christ.  That is, Prayer is as old as a man; it permeates all of history and is common to all people.  In order words, prayer is a universal in time, in space, and in the scope of its content.   The Bible narrated the story of the man Hezekiah, the man Paul, the man Samuel, the man Josiah, the woman Miriam, and the woman Anna in many ways.  The above named people were made in the likeness of God and they had great unity and fellowship with God.  The Scripture narrated it in various ways and it could be explained thus;    

  1. Prayer Is Universal
  1. Genesis 4: 25-26 (NKJV).
  2. 1 Kings 18: 17-26 (NKJV).
  3. Acts 2: 14-21 (NKJV).

             A New Son

25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”  26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. [a] Then men began to call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:25-26 (NKJV).
 

17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah that Ahab said to him “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.  19 Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah,[a] who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory

20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.  21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.  22 Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.  23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.  24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”

25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.”

26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made (1 Kings 18:17-26 (NKJV).

Peter’s Sermon

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.  15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.  16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.  18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants.
I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.

19 I will show wonders in heaven above, And signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.  20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 21 And it shall come to pass.  That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved (Acts 2:14-21(NKJV).

Brethren, in the above narrated messages we just viewed, what is your ultimate relationship with God and how honestly and faithfully do you wait and depend on Him?  Be assured that our Almighty God is beside you no-matter your sorrow, discouragement, or sadness.  Depend on Him and honestly trust in Him the more and victory will be yours in our Redeemer’s name.
 

  1. The Prayer Life Of Jesus Christ    
  1. Mark 1: 32-39 (NKJV)
  2. Matthew 14: 22-23 (NKJV)

The occasions for the prayer life of our Lord Jesus Christ are many.  That is, He prayed in the early morning and at night.  That is, He often prayed alone.  This could be seen in the Gospel of John Chapter 6: 15 – 21 and in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 11: 25 – 30. The above narrated phrase that is, “The Prayer Life Of Jesus Christ” could be viewed or narrated in this way;

Many Healed After Sabbath Sunset

32 At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.  33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door.  34 Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.

 

Preaching in Galilee

35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.  36 And Simon and those who were with Him searched for Him.  37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”

38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons (Mark 1:32-39 (NKJV).

Jesus Walks on the Sea

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.  23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
(Matthew 14:22-23 (NKJV).

CONCLUSION

Dearly beloved, be assured that the prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ is very, very, important.  That is, He faithfully, prayerfully, honestly, and obediently prayed in the morning.  Also, He diligently chose His   disciples after praying all night.  And, when He prayed in the City of Gethsemane, He expressed unwillingness to die on the Cross of Calvary.  Be aware that the final recorded words of our Lord Jesus Christ before His death was a word of prayer. 
       Brethren, how do you face your problems in times of difficulty, in times of sadness, in times of sorrow, and in times of calamity?  Understand that the Lord is on your side no-matter your situations, problems, or panics.  When you face all of these calamities and problems, tell the Almighty God that He is there for you, then, you we win the battle and victory will be yours in Jesus’ name!  Again, no matter your problems, sadness, tribulations, issues, or difficulties, trust more and depend more on Him and you will gain and win the battle in Jesus name.  Amen!    



The Missionary Call

THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH WINNING ALL (ECWA)
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TOPIC: THE MISSIONARY CALL
TEXT: ROMANS 1: 1-17

Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

In reference to the man Bruce Dipple, the phrase, The Missionary call, Theological, or Mythological, could be explained in this way:

Is it evangelical jargon? Is it a key aspect of mission? Is it an out of date phrase?  Is it just one of those things we say without thinking?  The missionary call is a phrase that rolls off the tongue so easily when discussing missions, but we don’t often stop and reflect on it from a biblical perspective.

The Scripture continues by saying;

Those involved in mission, however, are being forced to do some reflection on the use of the term, as it is becoming an excuse for not being involved in mission.  “I don’t have to think about global mission because I haven’t received a missionary call,” is an increasingly common position being adopted by Christians.  The term also has the tendency to reinforce the highly individualistic nature of our society by putting the whole emphasis on the subjective experience of the individual.  This can occasionally lead to individuals ignoring very helpful advice, declaring “because God called me,” which frequently leads to someone being hurt in the long term.

  1. The Biblical Doctrine of Calling
    1. I Corinthians 1: 1-9
    2. Acts 9: 1-16

What does the word “The Biblical Doctrine of Calling” really stands for in the Scripture?  It could be viewed thus,  

“Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism, and direction lived out as a response to his summons and service.” 

Distinctions and Descriptions of Calling

1.  Primary calling to salvation in God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 2: 9)

  2. Called to faith in Christ (Rom. 8: 28-30; 1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Thess. 2: 10- 12)

  3. Called to the kingdom of God (1 Thess. 2: 10-12)

  4. Called to eternal life (1 Tim. 6: 12; Heb. 9: 15)

  5. Called to holy living (1 Cor. 1: 2; 1 Pet. 1: 15)

      The above narrated issues or points were said by Dr. Davey Naugle.

      The Scripture also continues by saying; 

Greetings

1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Gifts at Corinth

4. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (NKJV).
 

The Scripture again continues by saying,


The Damascus Road: Saul Converted

1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.  4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”  5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”  Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”  Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”  7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.  8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.  9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Ananias Baptizes Saul

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”  And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”  11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.  12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”  13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.  14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”  15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.  16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:1-16 (NKJV).
 

B.  Motivating Incentives

1.  Romans 5: 1-11
2.  1 John 4: 1-10

In reference to a woman by the name “Elizabeth Keating,” the word “Motivating Incentives” could be explained as, “How to get to know and bring out the best in your Field employees.”
She continues explaining it has it could be viewed below.  It says;  

Motivated employees are worth their weight in gold. Their hard work sets an example for their coworkers. Their work satisfaction and positive attitude make your company look good. And they need less supervision than less motivated workers.

She again continues by saying;

However, motivating and developing employees can be a delicate balancing act for even the most experienced contractor. Those who succeed use techniques that motivate employees in the long-term and start each worker's employment with a positive, career-focused orientation.

Brethren, be assured that the phrase “Motivation and Incentive” are important matters in each person’s daily life.  In other words, parents must work so hard to motivate their children to obey and spend their time adequately and profitably.  The Scripture emphasize it thus:

Faith Triumphs in Trouble

1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,  2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


Christ in Our Place

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation (Romans 5:1-11(NKJV).

Brothers and Sisters, what a joy we have in the Lord Jesus Christ, for the above Scripture says;

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation (Romans 5:8-11(NKJV).

The Epistle of 1John 4: 1-10 also indicated it in this way;

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,  3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.  6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Knowing God Through Love

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:1-10(NKJV).


CONCLUSION

Dearly beloved, how can the truth about a missionary call be obtained, gained, and be effective? The only way to obtain this is through the Scripture, the word of God.  Be assured that, the only major usage of the word “Call” in the Scripture is the call to “Salvation.”  The apostle Paul used the word “Call” as a comprehensive term to encompass all that pertains to our conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is, hearing the gospel, repentance, faith, and the immediate consequences of our new birth.  Brethren, be assured that the phrase “Motivation and Incentive” are important matters in each person’s daily life.  That is, each parent must work so hard to motivate their children to obey and spend their time adequately and profitably.

Again, in reference to the lady, “Elizabeth Keating,” the phrase “Motivation and Incentive” are important matters in each ones’ daily life.  Therefore, each person must work so hard in other to motivate their children so that they can be obedient to their missions call and spread their time adequately and faithfully.  How do you and I focus our call into the ministry that the glory of our Almighty God could be explained and narrated to the people in the neighborhood?  Be assured that doing these things faithfully, honestly, and importantly will give you and I the ability to know the Lord more and trust Him more.  Beloved, be obedient to the mission that is being entrusted into your hands and you will see the joy and faithfulness of the Almighty God in your life.  May the Almighty God bless and keep you the more in Jesus’ name.  Amen!



How to Find Hope and Encouragement In a Brokenhearted

THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH WINNING ALL (ECWA)
5007 SOUTHSIDE DRIVE
LOUISVILLE, KY 4021
(502) 375-1904

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TOPIC: How to Find Hope and Encouragement In a Brokenhearted
TEXT:  PSALMS 6: 1-10

Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

The word “Brokenhearted,” could be defined or viewed as the heart-cry of any person who has experienced or going through loss, loneliness, rejection, shame, or abandonment.  That is, a time of life’s darkest, empathy, or moment.  In his book titled, “Singing the Songs of the Brokenhearted,” the man Bill Crowder says;   

The heartache of hurting people is a universal reality that calls us to cry out to God, and to seek                                              relief and help and hope in Him” (Crowder, 2009, page 12).

A.  Universal.
1.  Romans 12:3-16 (NKJV).

What does the word “Universal” really mean in the Bible?  It could be explained thus;

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,  5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Behave Like a Christian

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.  10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;  11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;  12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;  13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion
Romans 12:3-16 (NKJV).

           Brethren, the statements above clearly indicate what we ought to focus on, but if we refuse to do it, it means we are not working in a better relationship with our Lord.  The best and most important way to honestly and faithfully relate with the Lord is to work in His steps and put our hope and trust in Him.  That is why the Book of Romans says,
 
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

The Book of Romans again continue saying,

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”

            Brethren, unless you truly and faithfully work with the Lord Almighty, you will fail in your determinations.  Therefore, trust the Lord, depend on Him, and wholeheartedly focus on Him no-matter what might be your sorrow and calamity.  

 

B. King David’s Grief

1.  Psalm 6: 1-6 (NKJV)
2.  Psalm 136: 1-9 (NKJV)

KING DAVID’S GRIEF

               Some theologians said there was no specific indication for King David‘s grief, but that may not be true because King David narrated some predicaments in the following way;

A Prayer of Faith in Time of Distress

1. O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure. 2. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled. 3. My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O Lord—how long?

4. Return, O Lord, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake! 5. For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?  6. I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears (Psalm 6: 1-6 (NKJV).
 

When King David was in a horrible despair and pain, he sought for help from the Lord Almighty.  He thought the Lord was rebuking or punishing him for something.  He also thought that the Lord had deserted him therefore he cried unto the only person he knew could help him.  

Brethren, for the fact that we cannot handle or carry our grief alone, therefore, we need God’s help. Be assured that only our Almighty Father can permanently rescue us from sorrow, disappointment, discouragement, doubt, and grief.  We really need our Lord’s help because He is the only person who can stand in the gap for us.

Truly speaking, King David was not being proud by saying he deserves rescue.  But he faithfully and honestly trusted in the Lord who was so merciful and always there for him.  The man Crowder says; David seeks what he did not deserve, but what is in keeping with the character of the great God that he still trusts in spite of his grief.  The Scripture again indicated it in this way;
 

Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy

1. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever.  3.  Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever:  4. To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever; 5. To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever; 6. To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, For His mercy endures forever; 7. To Him who made great lights, For His mercy endures forever— 8.  The sun to rule by day, For His mercy endures forever; 9.  The moon and stars to rule by night, For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136: 1-9 (NKJV).

CONCLUSION

Dearly beloved, the burden of fatigue may be invisible but it is a reality and is exceedingly heavy.  In time of grief, you will find it difficult to sleep when nobody is there to comfort you.  During the time of depression, you will not be able to see with clarity and accuracy the situations that surround you.  Things may be very hard and painful when you are overwhelmed with fatigue, tear, sorrow, and fear.  But there is always a situation and a rescue through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Therefore, call on Him and put your trust in Him.  Be assured that He will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you never think can happen.  Be assured that our Lord is able and He will do it if you faithfully, truly, obediently, and honestly seek Him and depend on Him the more.  May our Almighty God bless and uphold you in Jesus name.  Amen!   



The Power Of Pentecost

THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH WINNING ALL
(ECWA)
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THEME: CHRIST’S INDICATIONS OF A GLOBAL PURPOSE IN MISSIONS
TOPIC: THE POWER OF PENTECOST
TEXT:  Matthew 16: 13-23

Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

In reference to the man by the name John Josephus, the phrase, “The Power of Pentecost” could be explained or viewed in this way;

Pentecostalism or Classical Pentecostalism is a renewal movement within Christianity that places special emphasis on a direct personal experience of God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit. The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. For Christians, this event commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the second chapter of the Book of Acts.

The second chapter of the Book of Acts is recorded thus:

Coming of the Holy Spirit

1. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place.  2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  3. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  4. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Crowd’s Response

5. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:1-5(NKJV).

 

In today’s sermon we will narrate the following topics:

  1. The Holy Spirit’s New Ministries

What does the word “The Holy Spirit’s New Ministries” mean in the Bible? This could be emphasized or explained in this way:

The World’s Hatred

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.  21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.  22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  23 He who hates Me hates My Father also.  24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.  25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’[a]

The Coming Rejection

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.  27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning (John 15:18-27(NKJV).

The Promise Of The coming Spirit

27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, [a] ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.

29 “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.  30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.  31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here (John 14:27-31(NKJV).

Brethren, the above narrated message is the messages spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ. That is, the message He discussed with His disciples. You can also view the rest from the following Epistles which are narrated thus;

 

1 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.  3 And these things they will do to you[a] because they have not known the Father nor Me.  4 But these things I have told you, that when the[b] time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’  6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.  8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged (John 16:1-11(NKJV), Matthew 24: 4-14 (NKJV).

Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ will give you and me the power and ability to rely, to trust, and to depend in Him the more.  But if we fail to rely, to trust, and to depend on our Lord Jesus Christ, it then means we are not been obedient to Him faithfully and honestly. Brethren, No-matter what might be your sorrow, your difficulty, your calamity, or sadness, do not worry but belief that He is on your side and victory will be yours in Jesus’ name. 

  1. The Unique Church at Antioch   

In reference to the Gospel of Acts, the Christian Community at Antioch began when Christians who were scattered from Jerusalem because of persecution fled to Antioch.  This people were joined together by Christians from Cyprus and Cyrene that is, those who migrated to Antioch.  It was in this city of Antioch that the followers of our Lord Jesus Christ were first referred to as Christians.  These groups of people were also called “Followers of the Way.”  It is fully explained in the Book of Acts thus:

Barnabas and Saul at Antioch

19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only.  20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus.  21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.

22 Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch.  23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.  24 For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

25 Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul.  26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:19-26 (NKJV).

This could also be viewed in the Book of 1 Corinthians that says;

Unity and Diversity in One Body

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.  13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into[a] one Spirit.  14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?  16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?  17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?  18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.  19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body (1 Corinthians 12:12-20 (NKJV).

Brethren, how often did you commit or devote yourself to the great mission that our Almighty God the Father, entrusted into your hands?  Or are you still saying I will do it latter because I have no time for that presently.  Be assured that committing yourself to the mission entrusted into your hand will give you and me the power, ability, and strength to minister to the people in the community faithfully, honestly, and obediently.

  1. The Unique Ministry of the Apostle Paul       

Why was the Apostle Paul very important and dedicated to the church? The man, Apostle Luke, narrated or recorded the story of his conversion in different ways.  For example, the Scripture says;

The Damascus Road: Saul Converted

1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest  2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.  4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.  8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.  9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Ananias Baptizes Saul

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.  12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.  14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.  16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake (Acts 9:1-16 (NKJV).  See also Acts 26: 16-18 (NKJV).

CONCLUSION

Dearly beloved, how are you going to put today’s sermon you have heard into action?  When are you going to reach out into the community and faithfully, truly, honestly minister to those that are lost?  Bringing them to the church and meeting their needs no-matter their sorrows, problems, difficulties, and discouragements?  Be assured that the Almighty God will be on your side if you honestly and faithfully commit yourself to all these things.  Brethren, please devout yourself honestly to the mission that the Almighty God dedicated into your hands and you will see His glory and mercy.  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ keep and uphold you the more in our Redeemer’s name. Amen!      



The Ministry of The Gentiles

THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH WINNING ALL (ECWA)
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THEME: A GLOBAL PURPOSE IN THE PREPARATION FOR THE MESSIAH
TOPIC: THE MINISTRY OF THE GENTILES
TEXT:  JOHN 2: 13 -25

Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

In reference to the man by the name Wayne Blank, the Gentiles could be explained thus;

                The English word “Gentile” originated from a Latin word, gentilis, which meant nation
              –a person’s race of birth, not necessarily their place of birth (the reason that “nation”
             and “country” actually mean two very different things; “nation” is a union by family,
             while “country” is a union by politics).  The word genesis originated from the same root
             word as gentile, as did genealogy.  That reality is made obvious by the first Biblical reference
             to “gentiles,” in listing the families that descended from the sons and daughters-in-law of Noah,
             who then grew into nations, who later made countries for themselves –which included the
             family from which the Israelites, of which the tribe of Judah, known by the abbreviation “Jew,”
             originated many centuries later.
             Technically, by its actual definition, Jews are “gentiles” as much as are any other nation of
             people; the differentiation came when the LORD told them (when He told all of Israel, actually;
             see Where Jacob Became Israel) to separate themselves from the other nations – after which
             the custom developed in which Jews called all of the other nations “the nations” i.e. the
             “gentiles.”

The Scripture then narrates it thus:

5 From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations (Genesis 10:5 (NKJV).

  1. THE MINISTRY OF THE GENTILES                                                                      

During the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, He visited the city known as Jerusalem and asserted His messianic authority by cleansing the temple.  The Apostle Mark also records at the second time of the end of Jesus’ ministry, how He cleansed the temple.  This could be seen in the Book of Isaiah that is stated thus:           

Salvation for the Gentiles

1. Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed. 2. Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”  3. Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the Lord Speak, saying, “The Lord has utterly separated me from His people”; Nor let the eunuch say, “Here I am, a dry tree.”  4. For thus says the Lord:  “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, 5. Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them[a] an everlasting name That shall not be cut off.

6. “Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants—Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant—7.  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.”  8.  The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, “Yet I will gather to him Others besides those who are gathered to him” (Isaiah 56:1-8 (NKJV).

Although most of our Lord Jesus Christ’s three-year ministry was devoted to His own people, Israel.  Nevertheless, there are a number of significant incidents in His early ministry in which He focused upon the Gentiles.  For instance, the first example is His extraordinary trip through Samaria, the conversation of the woman at the well, and the conversation of many other Samaritans also.  This is narrated in the Scripture thus:
 

The Savior of the World

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”  40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.  41 And many more believed because of His own word.  42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ,[a] the Savior of the world.”

Welcome at Galilee

43 Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee.  44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.  45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast (John 4:39-45 (NKJV).

 

  1. THE MINISTRY OF MATTHEW’S GOSPEL ACCOUNT

The gospel of Matthew gives the most familiar form of the “Great Commission,” which is also a direct imperative command.  The Scripture says; 

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them.  17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.  18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  19 Go therefore[a] 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 (Matthew 28:16-20 (NKJV).

Brethren, be assured that in order for us to make disciples of all nations, we must first of all go to them.  That is, in connection with making disciples, we must teach them and baptize them in obedience to God’s word.  This means, making disciples involves more than “evangelism,” although that is very important and it should be the first step.  These could be viewed from the following Bible passages:

The Apostles Commissioned

19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,[a] for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:19-23 (NKJV).

The Gospel of Luke also narrates it thus:

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise[a] from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  48 And you are witnesses of these things (Luke 24:44-48 (NKJV).

The Scripture again continues by saying;              

8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me [a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:8-11(NKJV).

  1. THE ACCOUNT OF LUKE AND ACTS GOSPELS

In the Epistle of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, the story could be emphasized thus:

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”  45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise[a] from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  48 And you are witnesses of these things (Luke 24:44-48 (NKJV).

The Apostle Luke had been speaking about the prediction of the Old Testament prophecy which must necessarily be fulfilled.  This means, the proclamation of repentance for the forgiveness of sins are just as necessary as His death and resurrection, if we are to be saved.  That is, the Apostle Luke referrer to the proclamation of the gospel to all the nations in order for them to be saved.  Therefore, if this is not done adequately and honestly, it means our missions are impossible to win the lost and bring them to faith in Jesus Christ.  This is why the Book of Acts of the Apostle says,

8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me [a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8 (NKJV).

CONCLUSION

Dearly beloved, waiting, looking, depending, and trusting in our Almighty God will definitely give us the power and wisdom to focus on Him the more.  But when we refuse to wait on Him, when we refuse to depend on Him, and when we refuse to trust in Him, we are then not been faithful to His commitment. 

Beloved, how often do you depend on Him, wait on Him, and put your trust in Him?  Be assured that unless you do the following things adequately, honestly, and faithfully, you will not be able to achieve your goal.  Therefore, brethren, trust more in Him, wait more in Him, depend more in Him, and you will see the mighty grace and power of the Almighty Father  in your life every-day.   Thanks and may God bless and uphold you the more in Jesus’ name.  Amen!