CENTRAL CATHEDRAL BIBLE SCHOOL,
AREA 10, ABUJA.
2019 1st QUARTER BIBLE SYMPOSIUM
25th February 2019
2019 1st QUARTER BIBLE SYMPOSIUM
25th February 2019
JESUS IS THE MASTER MISSIONARY, DISCIPLES NEED TO LEARN FROM HIM:
The topic before us is loaded with truths that concern the core of our faith.
The basic essence of our Christian faith is Jesus Christ no one else; not a man of God, prophet, bishop, Apostle, any biblical character or societal figure. Jesus is the point of reference for the believer and our hope of glory. The bible exhorts us to look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith as we run with patience the race that is before us. Heb.12: 1-2. Jesus is our role model, our compass and mirror.
As the end draws near the church is both encouraged and warned to maintain strong gaze (focus) on the Master. We must remind ourselves of the things that matter to God. The goal of Christian ministry and church leadership is to make us look like Christ. Eph. 4: 11 – 13. We are predestined by God to conform to the image of His Son: Rom. 8:29. Ephesians 4:15 tells us by speaking the truth in love, we grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
Becoming like Jesus however, will require ones deliberate enrolment into the institute of disciples; it will take intentional yielding to learn at the feet of Jesus. This discussion will focus on certain aspects of the Masters life on earth we should emulate but before we proceed let us look at the meaning of the words: master, missionary, disciple and learning or learn as extracted from the topic above.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
- Master: This word means to be in charge, to be in control, to be head, captain and possessor. It means Rabbi in the Hebrew language. Matt. 23:8 says be not called Rabbi for one is your master, even Christ. The word master also means an expert, an authority in a field, a teacher, a person with exceptional qualifications, etc.
There is no one that captures this definition like Jesus Christ. He is the saviour with an MSc: Master of Situations and Challenges. He is the name above all names. The Lion of the tribe of Judah who has prevailed. His rating as an expert makes Him most qualified to teach us. He remains our resting place and trusted tutor. Matt. 11: 28 – 29.
- Missionary: A missionary is a messenger on wheels, a traveling emissary or preacher. It literally means a person on the move with a mission. A religious messenger.
The dictionary describes a missionary as a person who travels with the purpose of spreading a religion or creed.
Jesus was a missionary because He was sent by God from heaven on a rescue mission; His assignment was to deliver humanity from sin and give mankind everlasting life: Matt. 1:21, John 3:16, John 10:10. John the Baptist declared that Jesus is the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world: John 1:29.
He embarked on the long trip from heaven to earth (the world of the living), then to the grave (the world of the dead) to restore man’s dominion and power. Upon successfully completing His mission He made a return trip back to His base in heaven.
His outstanding accomplishment of this missionary assignment makes Him a Master missionary worthy of emulation.
iii. Disciple: A disciple is a student, a committed learner, a pursuer, an imitator of another and a servant follower. Acts 6:5 gives us the word proselyte or faithful convert. A disciple is a fanatic of a person’s ideology, a bonafide member of a group, association or religion.
A disciple is one who learns from another especially to teach others. II Tim. 2:2. He or she is an ardent believer and follower of someone or philosophy.
We must see that it is not enough to believe in Jesus we ought to stick with Him as followers. There is both a saviour to believe in and a master to follow.
Jesus made this point very clear in John 8:31, to the Jews which believed on Him, if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. He further said in Matt. 10:38 that if one does not take His cross and follow Him, such a person is not worthy of Him.
There is not only a Christ to believe in, there is also a cross to carry and a master to follow.
A disciple is a person who has forsaken the world, a cross carrying follower who has denied himself and is ready to sacrifice anything including his/her life for the gospel.
Since Jesus left everything in heaven and gave His life for our sake we ought to be willing to forsake all and lay our lives down for Him.
We see examples of this in Elisha (IKings 19:19-21) who left everything including family to follow Elijah, Abram in Genesis 12 who was told to leave where he was to follow God to a strange land, Daniel and his friends or Esther who risked their lives for Who and what they believed, etc. This is what it means to be a disciple.
- Learning or to learn: is to be informed, to become aware of something, to find out by way of study or teaching. It means to acquire knowledge or ability to do something, to gain insight into a subject matter or to gain wisdom from an (unpalatable) experience.
In summary Jesus Christ is the Master missionary who has set an example for His disciples to learn from and follow.
LIFE LESSONS FROM JESUS (Things to learn from the Master).
- Dependence, Humility and absolute confidence in God Almighty. This was exemplified in His prayerful and submissive lifestyle. Jesus prayed all the time, everywhere. He taught in Luke 18:1 that men ought always to pray and not faint. Jesus prayed for 40days and 40 nights, He prayed all night, prayed on mountains, in the garden, at the tomb of Lazarus, at the wee hours of the day, on the cross, etc.
As a missionary he was always in touch with the God Who sent Him, no wonder He led a powerful life dominating all that came against Him. We must emulate this example as Disciples of Christ.
- Value for people. Jesus valued people so much that after blessing them in many ways He died for them. This is called “LOVE”. You can’t truly succeed in a divine mission without Love for people. God places a high value on man and is very mindful of him, Psalm 8:4. Man is more important than material possessions, more important than money, more important than any attainment. Jesus always had compassion on people. He healed on the Sabbath to show that love for man is more important than Sabbath regulation. We ought to learn this virtue or quality. He gave a parable of the Good Samaritan to show that no one should be left in a state of pain. He rescued a lady caught in adultery from hypocrites who wanted to stone her for her sin, John8:3-11. He told the religious leaders He was out to save the lost and heal the sick as a missionary physician (Mark2:17) – truly the Doctor of all doctors.
In our day people are moved to please the rich in society. Many scramble to minister for personal gain but Jesus never discriminated in His mission to save mankind. He ministered for love and not for personal benefits.
His close friends were the outcasts, oppressed, forgotten and hurting. We ought to imbibe this virtue of love for people that the master had.
iii. A leader that empowered His followers to rise.
Jesus empowered the people around Him; leaders who are not deliberate about empowering their loyalists are not good leaders. There is no success without successors; your biggest trophies are not the awards or applauds you get but the lives you blessed and the people you raised. A leader must have a plan to make his followers empowered.
Jesus always showed His disciples His secrets (Matt.13:11), so that they too can operate with the same authority. In Luke 10:19 Jesus said I give you power to trample on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Mark 3:14-15 is a portion that tells us Jesus was a raiser of people. Today we have rich people who will stop at nothing to make others perpetually poor. We have powerful people who pride themselves in the weakness of others. These people will prefer men depend on them instead of empowering them so they can rise and bless others too. May God save our generation from lone rangers and self-centred pride. The Master missionary even said His disciple will do greater works than He did (John 14:12). How many of us are saying that to our children, congregation and followers.
There are many Elishahs today who want to take their anointing to the grave. The whole chapter of John 17 are prayers that the great Master Missionary offered for His followers but look at what He said in verse 22 the glory which thou gavest me I have given them: that they may be one as we are one.
– You are raised to raise others
– Helped to help others
– Blessed to be a blessing
– Saved to save others
– Favoured to favour others.
- Single keen focus on His assignment.
Jesus was never distracted from His mission. His assignment was more important to Him than food, no wonder He told His disciples my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work, (John 4:34).
Focus on His mission is a virtue we should learn from the Master Missionary.
– He was never threatened out of His assignment, (Luke 13:31-32).
– He never allowed applauds or rewards from people to blind Him from His goal, John 6:14-15.
– Even when things were tough He still kept on doing what He was sent to do.
– The cross and shame were endured and despised because He was looking at the joy before Him, Heb.12:2.
The missionary work is a task that takes great focus or else success is not guaranteed.
- Devotion to truth and courage to proclaim it.
Jesus said things that made people want to throw Him down a hill and stone Him yet He didn’t shut up (Luke 4:28-29, John 10:30-31). He taught truths that made many of His disciples leave Him yet He was not moved (John 6:59-66). He confronted popular myths, rebuked hypocrites, silenced men who were classed as high and mighty with words He received from heaven. Jesus was fearless of the faces of men even though He was meek and lowly. He was a Lion in courage and the lamb in tenderness. As His followers we must learn to be both. There is a balance that is necessary for mission success and we see this exemplified by Christ.
- Missionary Work
The Lord Jesus left all His glory and honour in heaven. He came down to the earth to take the form of ordinary human being and died the death of a criminal. Phil 2:5-8. He gave a charge that we should go into the whole world and make disciples of all nations. Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-28 and Acts 1:7-8.
Every disciples is to be involved in missionary work. You can go for the missionary work by making yourself available for the missionary work. i.e you can become a full time missionary. You can pray for missions and missionary work in a situation where you are not able to go. You money can go for you i.e you can support missionary work with your financial resources.
There is so much to learn from Christ as can be seen in the entire scriptures but more vividly in the synoptic gospels.
Learning from the Master missionary is a lifelong discipleship experience. The disciple must accept, learn and be fully involved in missionary work and exemplified by the master and that is the way we can be true disciples. May God teach and mould us by His Spirit and grace to make a difference in this dark world.
GOD BLESS THE BIBLE SCHOOL IN JESUS NAME.
THE FOUR C’S OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
ARE CALLING, COMPETENCE,
CONFIDENCE AND CHARACTER.
1. OREBIYI ‘TUNDE
2. OKOSUN JOHN
3. ABIORO TOPE
4. MOFEHINTIOLUWA OLUWATUYI
INTRODUCTION OF LEADERSHIP
Have you ever been told that as parent, you shape the future? This is a very important spiritual assignment given to you as a parent by God. How much time do you spend with your children, your wife, or your husband? Do you know and are you aware those periods set aside by you shapes the future of your family? You are smoker, a boozeman it will definitely reflect on your children as they grow. The bible tell us In Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Ephesians 6:1. Says Children, obey your parents in the Lord….
It is therefore important to lead your family first, hence your ability to lead others.
Leader is the person who inspires for the fulfillment of the mind, body, nature and the activities of the environment to a particular purpose in business, career and life.
Leadership is the art of initiating, motivating a family, a group to act, function, performs towards achieving a common set goal.
The Four Key Elements of Christian Leadership Follow the Sequences (aka 4Cs)
- CALLING (doing what God wants you to or doing the willing of God)
It seems appropriate to begin with Jesus’ words. John 5:30 KJV records Jesus’ statement “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me.”
If Jesus have proclaimed in different context that his primary role is to do the will of God, then it seems logical that as a Christian leader it is our primary responsibility to comply to God’s will. In terms of how one discovers the will of God is not clear from the verses. 1 Samuel 3:1-10 gives us insight into how one might know the will of God in which we find God calling Samuel. He thought Eli called him but learned later that it was God who was calling him instead. Calling is something that comes from God and is not something that one can be educated/trained to receive.
- COMPETENCE (being good at what you do or doing what you do well)
God has endowed us with unique set of God-given talents, strengths, and potential. While knowing and acting on your calling without competence can still lead to success but calling with competence can lead to greater success.
Exodus 31:1-5 KJV. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2. See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3. And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4. To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5. And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving
Proverbs 22:29KJV ‘Seest thou a man diligent his business? He shall stand before kings; shall not stand before means men’.
Even with calling and competence, success may not occur to the level that it could if the leader lacks confidence. We can see an account of this in the account of Elijah’s confrontation with Baal’s priests After the priests of Baal failed, Elijah took his turn and increased the difficulty by soaking the wood and the offering with water. Filled with confidence, Elijah prayed and fire came from Heaven and consumed not only the wood and the offering but the entire altar. 1Kings 18
From Matthew 14:28-31 we see an example of both confidence and a lack of confidence in the account of Peter asking Jesus to let Peter walk on the water.
For the Christian leader to be confident and successful in the commission the following are necessary:
- He must receive Holy Spirit or must be spirit filled. It is not the work of canal minded. The bible say in Act 1: 8 you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. It is the Holy Spirit that gives boldness (confidence) and encouragement to speak the word of God. In Romans 8:15, the bible says ‘you have not received the spirit of bondage against fear ’.
- Know the words of God and discover what God says about a thing. The commission of God to Celestial church of Christ, the church will cleanse the world. This is true with the confidence we have in God that His covenant will never fail. Psalm 89:34 and the God is not a man that he should lie. Number 23:19.
- Faithfulness: The leader must have faith as without faith, it is impossible to please God Hebrew 11:6. The Lord is faithful from generation to generation. We do not rely on our own expertise, intellect or training but on the Lord. Romans 15: 17-19.
- Preparation and studying: A leader who fails to prepare and study wide has actually planned to fail from the beginning because you cannot give what you do not have. Preparation and studying boost confidence in Christian leadership.
- Pleading the blood of Jesus: The Christian leader must have positive thinking and strong conviction that there is power in the words and that God is on their side. The leader must develop the attitude of I will succeed. When a leader lack confidence, the success rate is always low Hebrew 10:19.
From calling comes a large measure of success followed then by competence and then confidence. While each is sufficient, it seems to build as the elements are added together.
In addition to the prior elements of calling, competence, and confidence, character is a key element of Christian leadership as evidenced in the passages of Psalms 1 and 15; The Beatitudes, Philemon, 1 Peter, and 2 Peter 1:5. For example:
- Exodus 2:14: But he said, “Who made you a prince or a judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and said, “Surely the matter has become known.”
- Abraham when he presented his wife as his sister to the King Genesis 20:2 Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
- David committed adultery with Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 11: 3-4
Psalms 1 provides us with a view of the righteous leader who, through his/her beliefs, demonstrates characteristics in line with biblical principles. This passage shows that a Christian leader does not interact with the wicked nor participate with evil people.
Psalms 1:1-6 NIV: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,……
While Psalm 1 begins with what not to do and then moves into what to do, Psalm 15 begins with what to do and then moves into what not to do.
Psalm 15: 1-2 NIV: Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;
1 Timothy 3 provides us with the traits and characteristics of a good leader, or overseer as Timothy states. 1 Timothy 3:2-3 NIV: Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
James helps us understand the character of a leader by admonishing us to listen well, react in a controlled manner, similar to what the beatitude “blessed are the meek” calls for, to be humble, which is akin to the beatitude “blessed are the poor in spirit,” to be active rather than passive, and controlled in his speech.
James 1:19-20 NIV My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Titus 1:5-6 ; 1 Peter 2:1 NIV; 2 Peter 1:5-7
From the passages above, a leader needs the following character traits like integrity, righteous, truthful, helpful, discrete, desire to do good, discriminating, integrity, sober etc.
There is therefore a common belief that leadership is vital for effective success.
We could also conclude that leadership is the ability to direct a group of people in realizing a common goal. This is done by people who apply their leadership attributes so well. We also know that Leaders who create commitment and enthusiasm, commands followers to achieve goals. Hence Leadership is achieved through interaction between leader, follower and environment.
In summary, the 4Cs of Christian leadership in a hierarchy of firstly, Calling:– doing the willing of God. Secondly, Competence:– doing what you do well. Thirdly, Confidence:– knowing what you can do by yourself and what you can do with God’s help. Lastly, Character:– living a life according to the Old Testament and New Testament character values.
The conclusion is that, with each successful level of the 4C’s, greater success will happen. There may well be many more examples of the 4C’s in the Old and New Testaments, but due to the time constraints, it is not possible to cover them all. But then, this presentation is to support the concepts of the 4C’s.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
1. M/C SALAMI
2. EVANGLIST DOSU ALABI
3. M/C AHGO . E. ABIGAIL
4. PROPHETESS OGUNMUYIWA
5. BROTHER JABAGUN BABATUNDE OLUWAGBENGA
As a child of God you should always rejoice in the Lord. He delight in the praises and Worship of the righteous. A man of note in this generation. Dr. Myles Munroe of blessed memory said “ When the purpose of a thing is not known abuse is inevitable” The Lord is Faithful, His word is right all His works are done in truth. God said through Moses that let my people go so that the can worship me. He created human being to praise and worship him. When we don’t know what we are created for we rob ourselves the Chance to enjoy the full potential of that particular thing.
Many are careless with their lives because the essence of the existence has not been revealed to them.
praises and Worship is a primary reason for our living. The book of Psalm 150:6 says, let everything that has break Praise the Lord” “Praise ye the Lord. The Psalmist asked God what benefit is the dead person to Him when he asked” Can the dust Praise God?
All things are Created for God’s pleasure. Rev. 4:11, Praise- Worship is a wonderful way of giving God the pleasure. He created us for. Praises and Worship is a powerful weapon to commune with God. We Praises and Worship God because of our acknowledgement of his power, authority wisdom and worthiness.
Praises and Worship the offering of grateful homage in words or song as art of Worship.
Lifting up and glorifying the Lord. Praises and Worship is unidirectional in nature. Music is one of the components of Praise.
Praise usually precedes worship in Christendom.
Praises and Worship is one of the most powerful weapons which God has given to bring down the power of God upon our life.
Worship is the act of showing respect (Bowing and Kenneling down). It is relational in native i.e, it is our communion with God and It is also His communion with us.
Worship is a state( an attitude) of Spirit. Therefore worship conveys the idea of “Prostrate oneself, to bow down, to fall face down to pay homage and to pay respect.
IMPORTANCE OF PRAISES AND WORSHIP
- It’s an attitude of the heart.
- It is an out power of the Soul
- It is an overflowed of the spirit.
SEVEN HEBREW WORDS FOR “PRAISE”
- YADAH: To extend hands in order to worship, to praise, to confess to give thanks.
- TODAY: To give thanks to God for things received and things yet to receive.
- BARACH: to bless God (as an act of adoration) by kneeling down.
- ZAMAR OR ZAW-MAR: To touch the strings, to sing songs, to sing Praises , Worship and Hymns; to make melody playing a spring instruments; to celebrate in sing.
- HALA: To sing Praises and Worship, to shine, to boast; to celebrate, to command to make a show about to the point of foolishness.
- TEHILAH: To sing high Praises and Worship, to celebrate in sing to the point of foolishness.
TWO GREEK WORD FOR PRAISES
DOXA: STRONG, GLORY
EPAINOS: Strong, Laudation, a Commendable thing.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRAISES AND WORSHIP
- Worship is reserved for God alone in our innermost being
- Praises has to do with our telling God and other how wonderful he is.
- Praises can be part of worship.
- But Worship is not easy, because worship get to the heart of who we are.
- Worship is a lifestyle, not just an occasional activity.
- Worship is an attitude of heart.
- But Praises can go through someone outward motion and exhibiting it properly.
GOD IS WORTHY OF OUR PRAISES AND WORSHIP
- Malachi 1:6:Says a son honors his Father and a servant his Master: If then I be a Father, where is mine honors? And if I be a Master, where is my fear? Saith the Lord of host unto you. Honors and fear to God is Praise and Worship.
Everybody knows that God are worshipped good men are Praised for their good deeds and great men are honored for their greatness. Since Jehovah is God, Lord of Lords, King of Kings and the highest should He not worshipped, Praise and honored.
- God Commands It: Jesus spoke of it when He replied Satan’s tempting offer in Matt. 4;10, it is written thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and only Him shalt thou serve. In Psalm 100:4 we are told to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His Courts with Praise and Worship: be thankful and bless His name, which brings us to the next reason why we Praise and Worship God.
- GOD IS GOOD AND FAITHFUL:Psalm 100: 5, and His Mercy is everlasting. A great writer wrote that we thank God for His goodness; we praise and Worship Him for His Holiness.
(1 Chronicles 16: 25, 16:25, 29b Psalm 96:4, 9). His goodness is clear in creation, it is Vivid to humanity and manifest in redemption. God gave us His son, His only
begotten son Jesus to redemption us; He provides rain to refresh and sustain us. He feeds the birds of the air to teach us about His power, and provides our needs according to His riches in glory to nourish U5. What a good God we serve! Air to breath is never in short supply. Day and night run their shifts, with sunrise and sunset balancing with theseasons that go with the rains year in year Out for farmers to grow their crops; all these because our God never goes on break, leave or vacation; ever faithful and kind to us — we truly have a Father whose goodness should make us praise and worship Him. 4. PRAISE AND WORSHIP GETS OUR FOCUS OFF US AND BACK ON GOD
In our often “selfIe” Focused world, we need tins constant reminder life in not all about us. We way know that in oar heads, but yet our hearts think differently so often. We’re prone to selfishness; He desires oar eyes he set firmly on Him, because that’s where our true hope is found. He is worthy of
our praise, no matter what we face from day to day.
“Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to kin excellent greatness” Psa. 150:2
“And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.” Psalm, 35:28
- PRAISE AND WORSHIPOPENS HEAVEN FOR SHOWERS OF BLESSING
Recall Elijah in I kings 19 who proclaimed there will be no rain for 3 ½ years? That came about because the Israelites gave the worship that belonged to God to an idol — call Baal. This was during the wicked era of Ahab and-his evil wife Jezebel. Anytime people don’t praise and worship God they become dry from lack of rain. This can lead to famine, scarcity, poverty, spiritual and physical death, emotional crises etc.
Zech. 14: 17 drives the point well by saying and it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the king, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
There will be no need for an Elijah to stop the rain, life empty of praise and worship is capable of stopping rainfall upon a person’s life — This will not be our portion in Jesus name.
- PRAISE AND WORSHIP BRINGS US TO A PLACE OD HUMILITY
We remember our dependency on God, as we acknowledge our need for Him. As me praise Him as Creator and King of this world, we admit and recognize that we’re not in control, bat He is. He it is above all.
“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord ore a great God arid a great flog above all gods.” Psa. 95:2-3
“I will glee you thanks le the great congregation: I will praise you among much people.” Psa. 35: 18
- PRAISE AND WORSHIPLEAVES NO ROOM FOR COMPLANING AND NEGATIVE
Sometimes even within our prayers, we can tend to complain about our problems, God knows our hearts. And He cares about all that concerns us.But through Praise, we’re focused on Him, so longer allowing too much attention tobe centered on the struggles. We’re reminded of what Ha has already done in our lives. We’re reminded that He knows what concerns so,and is capable of taking care of all that burdens us“ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgive all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” PSa.103:2.4 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continuality, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Heb. 13:15
- PRAISE AND WORSHIPMAKES ROOM FOR GOD’S BLESSING OVER OUR LIVES
He will not hold back His goodness; praise opens the gateway of blessing as we come into
the Presence of our King.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with Praise and Worship! Givethanks to
him; bless his name” Psalm, 100:4
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places n Christ:” Ephesians 1:3.
- PRAISE AND WORSHIP INVITES GOD’S PRESENCE
God dwells close to us when we praise Him. “He inhabits the praises of His people,”
“ But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the Praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; “ 1 Peter. 2 :9.
- IT PAVES THE WAY FOR GOD’S POWER TO BE DISPLAYED, MIRACLES HAPPEN.
People’s lives are affected and changed. God shakes things up through praise. As Paul and Silas sat in prison, shackled, and chained, they kept right on praising God. And God sent an earthquake that shook the cells and broke the chains. The jailer and all his family came to know Christ that very night.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bond were unfastened.” Acts 16:25-26
We have a choice every day in this life. To live absorbed in worry and stress, on the fast track of busy, focused only on what surrounds us, tuned into the roar of the world.
Or, we can ask God to help us take our eyes off all that may be swirling around, our problems and mess, or the voices of others. And we can lookup…to Him, the One who holds it all together, and who holds us in his hands.
Knowing well that Human beings were created to Praise and Worship God.
We as Christians should make praise and worship our lifestyle, so that we can enjoy God’s fullness of Joy, Peace and at the end reign with Him in eternaity.
JESUS THE MASTER TEACHER
Teaching is the profession of those who give instructions.
A teacher is a person who helps others to acquire knowledge, competence or values.
If there is one person who in all human history that personified the joy of teaching it truly must be none other than Jesus Christ of Nazareth. More than two thousand years ago, he emerged from his modest village to change the world forevermore. He ived his lifestyle and also taught, that by the age of thirty-three he had become the greatest teacher that ever lived.
His compelling messages of loving God first and then others be fore self threatened the political in fighters, encroached on the rules of the society and undermined the selfish. But more importantly than his confrontation, he gave hope to the downtrodden, equality to the helpless and a passion for God in the hearts of true believers. Today We have heard often and often that experience is the best teacher. Yet today financial experts go bankrupt, doctors die from sickness, marriage counselors can fail in their marriage. But there is a better teacher and that is the Holy Spirit (Jesus Christ). There is a limit to what experience can do.
Jesus is a teacher from God as documented by the signs He did (John 3:2). Even His enemies addressed him as a teacher, Matt 19:16, teaching the way to eternal life even though their claim is not genuine Matt 22:16-24. In John 7:15, the Jews were marveled at the way Jesus spoke and he was not taught. He became the master of a team of disciples, fishermen, bureaucrats, political activist an unlikely bunch that became teachers in their own way. Acts 4:13
Christ was addressed as “Rabbi” Teacher between (29) twenty nine times to (45) fourty five times in the gospels. The noun “Teacher” and verb “Teach” combined are used of Jesus ninety times.
Jesus christ teachings were informative, logical, buttressed by the Old Testament evidence and well illustrated by the divine power that is original and uniquely authoritative (Matt 7:28),it was fresh, compelling with logics brilliantly used. His questions and illustrations were poignant ( ) and memorable. Yet he exuded humility. He knew how to handle the situations with the right amount of firm but loving resolve. When some officers were sent to arrest Jesus, they returned to their superiors empty-handed exclaiming “Never before a man so spoke” (John 7:46).
He (Jesus) thought through sermons that set forth principles for discipleship. Dealing with blessedness. (Bliss & Happiness) of Holy living. Matt 5:1-12. His powerful source is enshrined in his submission to God.
Godly influence Matt 5:13-16 the nature of mosaic law Matt 5:17-20.
Moral issues Matt 5:21-40, facial appearance, behavior (demeanor) in worship. Matt 6:1-18
- Danger of materialism – Matt6:19-24
- The stress free life – Matt 6:25-34
- Proper attitude towards others and God – Matt 7:1-12
- The consequences of wrong doing – Matt 7:13-29
The teaching on mount olive discourse (Matt 24 & 25) which was delivered shortly before His death. It teaches, thought and dealt with the impending destruction of Jerusalem Matt 24:1-34.
- The second coming of Christ and the Judgment. Matt 24:35-50.
- Parable and instructions concerning how prepared we should be. Matt 25:1-46.
Jesus was more of a conversationist than orator. He walks with people, talked with people, sitting with them and speaking of soul matters. He was interested in individuals and also recognizes the value of each soul. His teaching introduced people to the kingdom of God; this is what transpired in the Lords conversation with Nicodemus at night. The process by which one enters that regime (Heaven) the conditions of the new born and the rich dividend it pays(Matt 3:3-5).
Also considering the Lords conversation with Samaritan woman at Jacobs well.
(John 4:11-42). Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman who has come to fetch water. He encountered overcame two cultural barriers: one is gender, the other is racial because she is non – Jewish (John 4:9-22). Gently, Jesus led her into a conversation, arousing her curiosity with the promise of the same sort of water that could quench ones thirst eternally. With prophetic authority, He revealed details of her past with authority that no ordinary person could possibly have known. This made the woman to hasty return into the village and spread the news of a remarkable personality – prompting an envoy from the village to come and see Christ, invite Him into their village – making more to believe in Him.
Jesus Christ is not a rabble rouser (does not speak with intentions of inflaming the emotion of crowd), unlike many people today, always spoiling for a fight. He is a Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
None the less, the nature of the mission and message was such that it was bound to ignite controversy and certainly it did. Great truth comes to light in these engagements between God’s son and those who adopted the position of adversaries.
When a demonic was brought to Jesus; the poor man was both mute and blind.
(Matt 12:22). Christ cast out the evil spirit and the crowds were amazed and audibly wondered. Whether this might be the son of David. The pharises promptly charged him with operating by the power of Satan. Knowing their thoughts; Jesus brilliantly refuted their allegation with a devastating, deductive logic proceeding from a well known general truth to a specific point, Christ argued that:
- Every kingdom divided against itself will come to ruin
- Demons are servants of satan
- If therefore Christ is casting out demons by Satan’s Power, then the prince of demon is undermining his own diabolic efforts and has difficulty understanding the Lord’s teaching and the Lords power is divine and supreme.
The Lord Jesus identified himself as the light of the world (John 8:12), which implies that those who refused His teaching are in darkness and whoever that did not believe will die in their sins (John 8:24).
He equally fortold that he would be killed. And He still maintained His integrity, he demonstrated this servant hood in his selflessness. Philippians 2:7, always doing the things of His father, even when the interaction between Jesus christ and the Jews became intense and the jews claimed to be Abrahams offspring which Christ denied that they were seed in the loftiest, imposing, elevated sense of expression. They made damage, insulting allegations, slurred Him, suggesting He was born of fornication (John 8:4) Jesus challenge them to convict him of sin, which they could not.
In the early part of His ministry Christ taught open prose in ordinary form as animosity, story, dislike against Him intensified. He changed His method employing the use of parables. Parables served a twofold function. They were delightful, realistic stories that reveal important truth when explained. without explanation however, the lessons remained obscure, not discovered, not clearly expressed. But conveying instructions to His disciples yet concealing from His enemies. Mathew13:1-13
Jesus taught in character, investing in the life people, and not only preaching, performing miracles and people were astonished because he taught with authority. Meshing his teachings with situations so that people will know that salvation, forgiveness, blessings comes from trusting and believing him alone. He used rhetorical questions to make listeners examine their ways, motives, point out weaknesses. Mark 10:38.
The benevolent, well meaning influence of Jesus teaching is beyond reasonable doubt. Jesus Christ will ever be the creator of the pure spirit religion. A goal to raise up generations like unto Him Jesus, Harvest souls into the kingdom of God.
Note : The only vocation the remains the greatest, most rewarding is Teaching the word of God. In words, in acts, in ways. To be like Jesus in our hearts.
May God (Jesus Christ ) enable us with the Holy spirit to be like Him. We–
What is the Divine Mission/Order of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC)?
(1) S/S/L Isaac Olu Akerele
(2) L/S/E/S Oritsewino Gbubemi
(3) Sister Odeyinka, O. Afusatu
(4) Brother Oritsewino Emmanuel
Mission can be introduced as a power, an order, a command and a request to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Total redemptive purpose of God is to establish His Kingdom. Thus Jesus Christ gave his Disciples the mission when he said: “Go ye into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” Matt: 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-20, John 1:29. Act 1:8.
Literally, mission means a task or specific job given to someone to do by a Superior being especially a religious assignment.
How would the mission be realized?
When a mission is given, there must be certain fundamentals that will facilitate the accomplishment of the mission such as the enabling environment, rules and regulations, doctrines (teachings) and consistency in the implementation.
Biblical Interpretation of mission is to evangelize and preach Jesus Christ whose ideology is “love your neighbor as yourself”. More so, sow seed of God in the mind of people through aggressive advancement which connotes powerful confrontation with the gods of this world.
DIMENSION FOR MISSION
There are 3 fundamental Basis or Dimension for Mission:
- Biblical Basis of Mission: Every believer should be able to identify, understand biblical theme of world mission as God’s plan for the ages.
- The Historical Dimension: Knowledge of the major expansion routes and period of Christianity from the apostolic period to the present.
- The Cultural Dimension: The culture dimension, contextualization is the new generation of missionaries must be able to understand the interaction between Christianity and culture and how to sensitively adapt communication appropriately within a given cultural settings.
MISSION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
God sent deliverer such as Moses, Judges, Kings, Prophets and Priests specifically to people of Israel.
MISSION IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
In the New Testament, the blessing, grace of God truly floods out to the nations. It focus on mission consistently includes all the world rather than only community of God’s people.
Jesus sent His disciples into the world just as he had been sent by God. Mission should be a joyful responsibility of all believers. However, Christian must fully obey the call of Christ to service.
IMPORTANCE OF MISSION
- We are commanded by Jesus! He called us to participate in making disciple of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to keep His commandments – Matt 18:18-20.
- Disseminate the gospel! How else will they hear without preacher? Rom 10:14-15.
- The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few in the vineyard. We are therefore chosen as the workers to preach His words. Matt 9:37-38.
- Missionaries must depend on churches to feed the folks –Philippians 4:10-18.
- We have been blessed for a reason! To whom much is given, much is expected. Therefore, your talents must be used to disseminate the gospel.
- Safe investment – Matt 6:20 says “But lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” vs33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”.
- Reward – steadfastness in faith – Hebrews 10
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves – Matt 22:36-40
- Glorify God in your life. Appreciate God for what He has done for your family.
- Establish His kingdom on earth. In your office, church, environment and among your peers.
ORDER OF CELESTRIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST
Late Pastor Founder Papa SBJ Oshoffa was called by Jesus when he was in the wilderness for days and given the following Assignment:
- To preach the Gospel to nominal Christians and fetish Priests who upon a small problem they went to the idol worshippers to seek solution or assistant whereas the solution is with Jesus.
- Again, the late Pastor Founder was given an assignment that the church so found by him will cleans the whole world. The name of the Church was given 3 years later after the late Founder started his preaching by Alex Sandra.
In the later years other churches before celestial church of Christ was confused as to why another white Garment church should come up to say it is the one to cleans the world and to save nominal Christians and idolaters from going to Hell if they did not embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and their personal savior and they heard of late Founder’s miracle works.
At a place in Yaba, in Lagos they invited the late founder/Pastor to give evidence that he was truly sent by Jesus Christ.His reply was that, the white Garment church known as Cherubim and Seraphim is just a forerunner just as John the Baptistis a forerunner to Jesus. In addition, the Cherubim and Seraphim are dealing with Angels that’s why they used different candles while Celestials Church of Christ deals with Jesus and it uses white Candle.
In fact when the late Pastor/Founder was asked to give a sign that he was truly sent, he sang a hymn – Emi mimo sokale sarinwa, Awa nse IretiRe – Holy Spirit descend into our midst, we are expecting thee “Hymn 229”. And he did this to connect Heaven and truly the Holy Ghost came down! Great Miracles were performed through our founder SBJ Ochoffa in different places that make people to be amazed!
The Divine order of Celestial Church of Christ therefore is to go to the world on a mission of Preaching and exhortation /perform miracles of Healing so as to testify to the fact that God actually sent us. Members of the CCC must steadfast in their services of worship because worship will be the ultimate salvation of mankind.
Emphasis is made in the following:
- In the name of the Church – Celestial Church of Christ. (b) The Tenets and mode of worship of the church (c) The service Hymns of the church were all revealed through the Holy Spirit as promised by our Lord Jesus Christ – John 15:26, John 6:4-11.
Tenets and Mode of Worship
It is ordered by the Holy Spirit that:
- Members of CCC are forbidden to engage or participate in any form of idolatry, fetish ceremony, cults, black magic and charms.
- Cigarette, weed smoking, snuffing of intoxicating particles or powdery things and taking of alcoholic drinks that in capable of intoxicating.
- Consumption of pork meat or any food offered as a sacrifice to idols or any god of darkness is forbidden.
- CCC members are forbidden wearing of black or red apparels other than on professional ground.
- Members should not wear shoe when wearing their white garment or sultana.
- Male and female members are not allowed to seat besides each other within the premises of the Church.
- A woman menstruating should give 7 clear days and take a bath before entering the Church.
Do we Celestian actually follow the Divine order /mission of the Church?
The Answer is No.Reasons for this answer are:
- We have misplaced priorities – we ask people to come and hear what the Lord says about them and their prophesies.But let it be noted that our priority is to go to the Nominal Christians and Idolaters. Celestians are here to preach against idolatry and asked people to trust God that whatever worldly problems, they have Jesus that came to save the world. Jesus only needs one to accept him as our personal Lord and Savior. Our preachers who want to preach the Gospel must be well grounded in the Bible and speak it out when occasion demands.
Theological sanctuary or Bible School must be given priority because you cannot give what you don’t have.
- Our Evangelical mission should spread more to the inter-lands where mobile networks are unavailable. Though we commend the Evangelism on – Aso Radio 93.5FM. We can do more by sharing handbills, we must establish schools that will teach both secular and spiritual subjects with sufficient Celestial contents by incorporating Celestial doctrine in the school curriculum.
- The internet where our worship is being showcased every Sunday and at other important occasion is highly welcome and it is a giant stride in the right direction.
- Above all, the mission of CCC is to cleanse the whole world and we should remember that it is the last boat of salvation to save humanity.
Hymn 176 – Baba Palase Latorun Wa……
Thanks for listening. God bless you all.
THE PREACHING MINISTRY
IS ESSENTIAL IN
- Evang Adeleye Peter
- Prophet Ogunboye
- MC Oboko Grace
- MC Agunbiade
- Sis Orebiyi Oluwadamilola
Christianity is a way of life in which the called out, the Redeemed ones need to be informed
and properly educated in the doctrine of Jesus Christ not as a religion, but in practicing
follower of Christ, deeply rooted in the Word and practicing same. Matt 7:21
WHAT IS A MINSITRY? It is an office of service that a person is called to by God. It also
means “carrying forth Christ mission in the world”.
WHAT IS PREACHNG?
Preaching otherwise known as Homiletics, sermon; According to Mk
1:14; means ‘to proclaim’, or ‘to herald’, ‘to cry aloud’. Preaching is the communication of
truth from man to men. Preaching is one of the 3 major ministries of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which includes: preaching healing and teaching (Matt4:23)
When Paul preached the gospel (1 Thess 2:9-13), he was not preaching the word of men but
the Word of God. This suggests that preaching of the gospel is not only a communication of
truth about God and Christianity way of life, but is a phenomenon, a Holy event, in which
the same Word that is at work in the heart is now heard by the believer.
Preaching is fits for all types of occasion; graduations, funerals, baptism, weddings, revivals,
conferences, launching, prayer meetings, naming ceremonies, child dedications, film shows,
board meetings, conventions etc. It has universal appeal to communicate truth simply,
clearly and convincible
WHAT IS PREACHING MINISTRY?
It is an integral part of evangelism. It is a prominent assignment
in which prophet of old spoke on behalf of God to the people of their time and season,
delivering message as they were called and directed by God.
Preaching ministry as a message is an exhortation, beseeching, and entreating people to
accept Christ for their salvation and to those who have known Christ to remain steadfast
with Him. It is not merely a discourse; true preaching is an avenue for flow of Divine Grace
to human. Christ affirmed this by telling the people, that His Words are Spirit and Life (Jn
To preach is not merely to say something but to do something, but to do something, to
become the living vessel in which Christ personally confronts men in judgment for
redemption. God might have written His message in letters of fire in the sky, but that would
not have been preaching. A man must come and speak the Words of God to other men.
WHO IS A PREACHER?
The main job of a preacher is to bring the Word of God or
scriptures from the Holy Bible, to the people.
A preacher is therefore a man with a message. A preacher is one called and commissioned
by God to communicate HIS mind to people on HIS behalf. Every living preacher must
receive his communication directly from God, and constant purpose of his life must be to
receive it uncorrupted and to deliver it without addition or subtraction.
QUALIFICATIONS OF A PREACHER
Spirit filled and Spirit taught
Must love souls
Called and commissioned by God, not men
A man of prayer;
When a preacher embraces his preaching with prayer, heaven opens. A
candid example was Jesus Christ while HE was been baptized, HE prayed and the heaven
Student of the Word
Exemplary character within and outside the church.
FIVE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PREACHING
Preaching is domiciled with 5-Basic principles which includes;
The conviction of the Need, its relevance to the time, power of the Word and
importance of the Word in preaching…..1 Cor 15:1-2
Adequate preparation of the preacher…..Eph 6:15. Preaching should not be taken
with levity, it is of uttermost importance (preaching is a spiritual assignment).
MEN NOT BE IN A HURRY TO GO OUT AND PREACH, BUT BE PREPARED.
Thoughtful preparation of the preacher (the mind of the preacher)…..Phil 2: 1-3
Logical arrangement of the sermon: the topic, outline, body, objective, conclusion.
Forceful presentation and delivery of the message.
ESSENTIALS OF PREACHING IN CHRISTIANITY
One thing we should know is that “THE DEVIL DOES NOT MIND THE WRITTEN WORD, BUT
HE IS PUT TO FLIGHT WHENEVER THE WRITTEN WORD IS PREACHED ALOUD.
essence of preaching.
IT IS GOD ORDAINED
And HE said unto them, ‘Go into the entire world and proclaim the gospel to the whole
creation…Mk 16:15. This is the great commission given to us by Jesus Christ.
And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal….Luke 9:2
ACTIVITY TO ALL CHRISTIANS
I Pt 3: 15-16; Mt 10:8. The work of preaching is the fulfillment of actively instituted
ambassadorship (2 Cor 5:20). The Gospel is put into the hands of Christians for distinct
purpose, and is to be administered in accordance with the plan of God (The Author).
“But even as we have been approved of God to be entrusted with the Gospel, we speak;
not as pleasing men, but God who prove our hearts”….1 Thess 2:4.
It is a command to all Christians to go and preach, and what better way to demonstrate
our love for God, than to obey HIS commandments. Any contrary action is an act of
disobedient and it’s a sin.
PREACHING MINISTRY; WITNESSING MINISTRY
Preachers are witness or narrator. A forerunner (a preacher) was sent ahead to prepare
the way for HIM….Jn1:6-8. The scripture says, this man John was sent by God to serve as
a witness, to the Light, that all men through HIM might believe, though he was not the
Light but to bear witness of HIM.
Examples of preachers/forerunners in the Bible include
John the Baptist preached the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and his purpose on earth.
John the beloved preached about what is to come after this world and also gave an
insight on what heaven looks like.
SERVE AS AN APPEAL, SO THAT THE WORLD DOES NOT PERISH
The very heart of Christ message: “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at
hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel”…..Mk 1:15. HIS preaching was definite and
AS CHRISTIANS, HELP IN SPIRITUAL MATURITY
Spiritual maturity is a process by which a believer grows in wisdom and understanding of
biblical teachings in such a way that it changes them to be more like Christ. God has
given us preachers, to preach to us, so that we can mature spiritually and teach others
also (Gal 6:1-6; Eph 4:11-16; 2Tim 2:1-2).
When we hear what is being taught, it has the effect of increasing our faith. Through our
faith, God saves us and matures us….1Pt 4:16. The preaching of the WORD awakens the
spirit man and faith is renewed, the power of the Word wrought miracles…..Acts 20:8-
12. Faith is awakening to the hearers and faith is essential to salvation.
REJUVENATION OF THE SOUL
Preaching has great power, potential and capacity to bring about change in individuals,
institutions and societies…..Matt 28:19-20. Through preaching the soul of man is
regenerated by the Word of God because it is life impacting. The Word that I speak, they
are spirit and they are life……Jn6:63; 1 Cor2:4-5.
GIVES A CLEARER INSIGHT ABOUT GOD AND JESUS CHRIST
If the Word i.e. Jesus Christ was not preached to the people, the whole essence of Christ
birth, His resurrection will make no meaning to mankind. Through preaching we are able
to show God’s love for His people….Jn 3:16
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…..Phil 3:10a
Even though we can’t see God, but through preaching and preachers sharing their
personal experience, we get a better understanding of whom God truly is.
HELP TO PUT US IN CHECK
Preaching help us to check our excesses and help put us in order, this is done by making
the bible our manual and Jesus Christ our role model. PREACH THE Word; be ready in
season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort…..2 Tim 4:2-4. With this we are
able to stay in the Truth (Jesus Christ).
CHANGES MAN INTELLECT AND EMOTIONS
Preaching is designed to change total intellect of man and personality of his emotions
tender and prepared for heaven…..Jn 14:21; 15:16; 17:24.
LIMITATIONS/CHALLENGES OF THE PREACHING MINISTRY
Monologue sermon format; fails to fully challenge people and allow them to get
their religious “fix” without any meaning contribution.
Language barrier; just to mention a few.
Yes Christ was a king, healer, savior, and all in all. If his birth, growth, teachings,
miracles, generosity, sufferings, death, resurrection and ascension to seat at the right
hand of God Almighty were not documented, disseminated and propagated. The coming
of our lord Jesus Christ would not make any sense, even to the whole world at large.
Also the purpose of God to redeem the lost souls through the death of HIS only begotten
Son would not hold water if Christ is not preached from generation to generation.
God commands us to preach when it is convenient and when it’s not; to reprove,
rebuke, encourage with great patience and instructions…..2Tim 4:2. In fact, salvation,
sanctification, redemption, judgment and eternity would only be for Christ centurions
and the Word Christ eternal kingdom will be meaningless to many generations after the
death of Christ.