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!



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

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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! 



The Self Revelation of God

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THEME: THE ESSENTIALS OF GLOBAL MISSIONS
TOPIC:  THE SELF REVELATION OF GOD
TEXT: REVELATION 19: 1-16

Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

In reference to the man by the name C. S. Lewis, the word “The Self- Revelation of God” could be explained thus:  "The greatest poem in the Psalms and one of the greatest lyrics in the world."

The above narrated statement was written or composed by King David around 1000 BC.  This phrase or word consists of three distinct parts which could be explained thus;
1.  Through Nature:  Revelation 19: 1-6
2.  Through His word:  Revelation 19: 7-10
3.  The key to Benefiting from God’s word:  Revelation 19: 11-16  


A.  The Lord’s Covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

          What does the word “Covenant” really mean in the Bible? This could be viewed in several ways.  For example, after Noah’s day the descendants of his sons degenerated into godlessness and idolatry.  The Bible records that at Babel the Lord judged human rebellion with confusion of languages.  This could be seen in the book of Genesis that says;   

The Tower of Babel

Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.  2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.  3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.  4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.  6 And         the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.  7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.  9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth (Genesis 11:1-9 (NKJV).

Brethren, be assured that Babel was the beginning of idolatry.  The tower was what archaeologists called ziggurat, which was upon the top of where idolatrous worshiped.  In reference to the Lady by the name Kay Arthur,  in her Book titled “Lord, Teach Me To Pray” the town Babel is actually the Hebrew name for the city known as "Babylon" or the “Tower of BABYLON, that is “The Babylonians.”  The ancient Babylonians and the Assyrians spoke the same language known as "Akkadian", that is, "The gate of the gods," where heaven and earth met.  The above narrated points are also fully explained in the Epistle of Romans thus;

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,  23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things (Romans 1:18-23 (NKJV).

B.   God’s Covenant with Israel Through Moses

                Be assured that it was the sin of Jacob’s sons that got the Israelites into bondage in Egypt, and they fell into the idolatry of the Egyptians.  The ten plagues were God’s judgments upon the very gods that the Egyptians worshiped, and their idolatry was closely tied in with animals and insects.  This was carefully emphasized in the book of Exodus:

The Seventh Plague: Hail

13 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise early in the morning and stand before Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me, 14 for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth.  15 Now if I had stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, then you would have been cut off from the earth.  16 But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth (Exodus 9:13-16 (NKJV).

Our Almighty God brought the Israelites from the land in Egypt with a great miracle and led them into the land of Sinai and gave them His law. This is also explained in the book of Exodus thus:

Israel at Mount Sinai

19 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai.  2 For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain.

3 And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:  4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.  5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for that all the earth is Mine.  6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

7 So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him.  8 Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord (Exodus 19:1-8 (NKJV).

The above narrated stories indicated that after our Almighty Father reminded His people that He is the Lord of the Heaven and the Earth, He then told the Israelites that they should be a kingdom of priests.   This statement is fully loaded with great meaning, that is, a priest is a mediator between God and Man.  This means, Israel must be a whole nation of priests, intermediaries between the Lord who reveals Himself to them, and to the pagan nations around them.  That is, they must be a Missionary Nation.  But before they can do this faithfully and obediently, they must be loyal to His word and keep His law with humility and honesty.    

C.  The Place of Gentile Converts in Israel

The place of Gentile Converts in the Land of the Israelites could be emphasized or explained in this way:             

20 Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word;  21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord  22 because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,  23 they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.  24 But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.  25 Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea (Numbers 14:20-25 (NKJV).

Also, the Book of Genesis could the narrated thus:

18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:  “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—  19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites,  20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,  21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jobsites  (Genesis 15:18-21 (NKJV).

The Book of Leviticus could also be viewed or explained in this way.

The Sanctity of Blood

17 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  2 “Speak to Aaron, to his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say to them, ‘This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, saying:  3 “Whatever man of the house of Israel who kills an ox or lamb or goat in the camp, or who kills it outside the camp,  4 and does not bring it to the door of the tabernacle of meeting to offer an offering to the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord, the guilt of bloodshed shall be imputed to that man. He has shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people,  5 to the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they offer in the open field, that they may bring them to the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, to the priest, and offer them as peace offerings to the Lord.  6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and burn the fat for a sweet aroma to the Lord.  7 They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.”

8 “Also you shall say to them: ‘Whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice,  9 and does not bring it to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, to offer it to the Lord, that man shall be cut off from among his people (Leviticus 17:1-9 (NKJV).

CONCLUSION

Dearly beloved, I wish I have more opportunity to go into the Book of Ruth.  Ruth, a Moabite widow, was highly impressed with Naomi, her mother-in-law.  The lady Naomi requested that Ruth should return to the land of Judah where she came from but Ruth refused to retune to Judah.  Ruth said to the lady Naomi;

Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I     will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her” (Ruth 1:16-18 (NKJV). 

Brethren, how do you show your attitude toward each another?  Be assured that no-matter your sorrow, discouragement, or calamity, the Almighty God is on your side.  Call on Him each day and you will see that He will not leave you nor forsake you because He is there on your side.  Thanks!



Dispelling The Fog

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THEME:  THE BIBLICAL DIMENSION
TOPIC:  DISPELLING THE FOG

TEXT: MATTHEW 10: 1-15

Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

In the Scripture, what does the phrase “The Biblical Dimension” really stands for or mean?  In reference to the man John Paul, in his Book titled “The Essentials of Global Missions” it could be explained or narrated in different ways.  Such as:                
(A). The God in dialogue.  (B). The analogy of the word of God.  (C). The cosmic dimension of the word.  (D). The creation of man.  (E). The realism of the word.  (F). The Christology of the word.  (G). The eschatological dimension of the word of God.  (H). The word of God and the Holy Spirit.  (I). The Tradition and Scripture. (J). The Sacred Scripture, the inspiration, and the truth.  (K). God the Father, the source, and the origin of the word.  (L). Our Response To The God Who Speaks.  (M). Called to the covenant with God.  (N). God hears us and responds to our questions.  (0). Our dialogue with God through his words.  (P). The word of God and faith.  (Q). Sin as a refusal to hear the word of God.  And, (R).  Mary, “Mother of God’s Word” and “Mother of Faith.”

  1. THE APOSTLES, THE FIRST MISSIONARIES

Our Lord Jesus Christ set apart twelve of His disciples and called them Apostles.  He then send them only to their own people, the Israelites.   This people, the Israelites, were sent to announce that the Jews should repent since their Messiah, the King, as come and His kingdom is impending.  Also, the Lord set apart others, such as the Apostle Paul and Barnabas as Apostles to the Gentiles as well.  The Scripture narrates it thus:        

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.” 

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[a] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”  18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.  19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus (Acts 9:10-19 (NKJV).

Defending the Gospel

1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me.  2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.  3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised.  4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), 5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6 But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.  7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter  8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),  9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.  10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do (Galatians 2:1-10 (NKJV).

There is another story that narrates the parable of a sower.   It could be viewed in this way:

The Parable of the Sower

1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.  2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:

 

3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.  4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air[a] came and devoured it.  5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.  6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.  7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.  8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”  9 And He said to them,[b] “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

The Purpose of Parables

10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable.  11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, 12 so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them (Mark 4:1-12 (NKJV).

Brethren, in all the above narrated stories, how do you view yourself?  Be assured that if you and I should commit ourselves for the ministry that the Almighty God entrusts into our hands, we will change the whole world. 

  1. WHY IN THE WORLD DO WE NEED MISSIONARIES TODAY OR WHO ARE OUR MISSIONARIES?

Some Churches or Denominations spend a lot of time talking about missions or missionaries today.  In order words, it is about planning a mission trip or supporting missionaries around the world.  For example, Missionary Work narrated by our Lord Jesus Christ could be explained thus:

Christ’s Commission to the Eleven
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.  17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;  18 they[a] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV).

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).

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 above narrated or indicated stories mean that churchgoers understand what Missions are and what Missionaries are commanded to do.  Evangelism is a huge part of Missions and the purpose of Missions and Evangelism is to take or bring the gospel message to others around the world.  That is, Missionaries are called to reach out to the nations just as the Apostle Paul was faithfully and honestly committed to the Missions given to him.  That is, he reached out into the neighborhood with great commission.  
 

CONCLUSION

Brethren, be assured that the Evangelism of Missions means more than just standing on a soapbox preaching the gospel to anyone walking by.  But, Missionary Evangelism comes in numerous forms and is done in a variety of places.  Some of the two most notable missionaries of the Bible were Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul.  Prophet Isaiah was more than willing to be sent out because he had a heart for missions.  The Apostle Paul was called to travel to the nations and make disciples of all nations, most importantly to the Gentiles.    
               Let’s say you are called to missions, what does that mean?  Bear in mind that there are numerous types of missions.  Some Christians are called to preach and plant churches.  They may travel around the world preaching, creating disciples, and building churches.  Other disciples may be sent to use their skills to teach children in underdeveloped countries.  Also, some Christian missionaries show God by doing things that aren't seen as overly religious.  That is, showing God's love in tangible ways.  This means providing medical care to those in need, teaching English as a second language, and providing emergency services after a natural disaster.  
               Bear in mind that there is no right or wrong way to be a missionary.  As seen in the Bible, missionaries and evangelists are used by God in God's own way.   Our Almighty God designs us to be unique and He called us to work with others in a faithful and better way.  If you feel called to missions, it's important that you examine your heart for how God wants to work with you.  For instance, you may be called to missions in Europe, Ethiopia, Liberia, Ghana, Africa, or in Nigeria.  Beloved, follow what God tells you because that's what He designs or commands you to do.  You may view this in the following Scripture, please.  The Epistle of Romans Chapter 15: 14-33.  May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ keep, bless, and uphold you.  Amen!



The Pedagogy of a Christian Life

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TOPIC:  The Pedagogy of a Christian Life

TEXT: John 5: 17-24

Rev. (Dr.) Stephen K. Awoniyi

INTRODUCTION

                What does the phrase “Pedagogy” really mean?  In reference to a man by the name William Alexander, the word Pedagogy could be viewed or explained thus:

What constitutes pedagogy is complex and not easily defined.  Even the definition of pedagogy appears to be somewhat obscure.  Watkins and Mortimer (1999) define it as “any conscious activity by one person designed to enhance the learning of another.   Alexander (2003) has his own preferred definition which suggests that pedagogy requires discourse.”

Pedagogy is the act of teaching together with its attendant discourse.  It is what one needs to know, and the skills one needs to command in order to make and justify the many different Kinds of decisions of which teaching is constituted.

In today’s sermon we will focus on the following topics:

  1. JESUS CHRIST, THE SELF STRONG CENTERED OR SELF-CONCEPT

For we Christians knowing whom we are is an essential part of learning who we are.  Also, knowing who we are in the Lord gives us the confidence that we need to teach others.   Be assured that our Lord Jesus Christ was a man of mission who fully dedicated Himself for the task committed into His hand.   That is, Jesus Christ work is the result of His Father working through Him.  The Scripture says;  

The Father Revealed

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.  11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. 

The Answered Prayer

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it (John 14:7-14 (NKJV).

The Scripture continues again by saying;

13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.  14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Jesus Identifies His Betrayer

18 “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me[a] has lifted up his heel against Me.’[b]  19 Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.  20 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (John 13:13-20 (NKJV).  

Brethren, be assured that our relationship with one another is the best way to acknowledge and appreciate each other.  But if we fail to acknowledge and appreciate each other, how can we live successfully?  Be assured that our Lord Jesus Christ worked faithfully, sufficiently, and honestly with His disciples and He obtained victory.  But the question is, how faithfully, honestly, and obediently do you associate yourself with the people in the community each day?  The Lord as called us for His mission and we need to be obedient to it and do it honestly, obediently, and faithfully. 

 

  1. JESUS IDENTIFIES WITH THE FATHER THROUGH PRAYER

In the Scriptures we can find several specific references from Jesus Christ’s prayers.  For instance, in the Book of Luke it is recorded thus:

The Twelve Apostles

12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.  13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:  14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor (Luke 6:12-16 (NKJV).

The Apostle Luke narrates how Jesus Christ prayed often in a lonely place and how His disciples tell the Lord to teach them how to pray.  It is recorded thus:

The Model Prayer

1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,[a]
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come[b]
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

3 Give us day by day our daily bread.  4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.  And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. (Luke 11: 1-4 (NKJV).

The Scripture again continues by saying;

Keep Asking, Seeking, and Knocking;

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.      8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?  11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11(NKJV).

Dearly Brethren, looking unto the Lord Jesus Christ, depending on Him, and relying on Him as your Lord and King will give you more ability and hope in Him.  I wish you understand that unless you honestly and truly depend on Him you may not gain victory in Christ Jesus.   That is the reason why a Hymn says, “Emi ni yi, ran mi (Isaiah 6: 8)

  1. Pelu ayo I’ a osise fun Jesu
    Pelu ife I’ a o f’ owo wa se
    Isekise ti O ba yan fun wa,
    L’ ododo I’ a o sise, ‘ranse wa 

Egbe:     Sise fun Jesu,
               L’ ayo I’ a o lo, I’ ayo I’ a o lo,
               Sise fun Jesu
               Ninu ogba Re I’aiye

    2.        Pelu adun Ii a o so itan naa,
               Ti ‘fe nla Re s’awon enia,
               Kristi itansan Ogo ti Baba,
               Lofe I’On y’o fi ‘bukun fun wa

 

  1. Pelu ‘reti I’o sise f’Oluwa,
    A o fi otito rin lona Re

A o t’asako sodo Olugbala,

A o f’ Od’agutan han elese.


CONCLUSION

Dearly beloved, looking unto the Lord as our Savior and deliverer gives us the ability and opportunity of trusting, depending, and believing in Him the more.  But if we fail to put our trust in Him, focus on Him, and depend more on Him, it will be difficult for us to achieve any goal or success.  Therefore, Look on to Him the more then success and victory will be yours.