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Ambassadorial FOJs

 

 

Thank God for October! The month marked a milestone in the nation’s history. As we remember God’s faithfulness to us as Nigerians this month our conduct must exude Christ. Being Ambassadors For Christ simply involves being true representatives for Christ.  The Church at Corinth got the nudge by the Apostle to show Christ through their living for others to emulate.

We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

As I lay rest to this POT Series, one thing the Lord will want his house to remain for is representing him well every time, anywhere and at any cost. Friends of Jesus, being an ambassador for Christ will only become real when we truly walk in the Father’s light, ride on his wings and wait upon him every time. Isa 40:31

How well do we represent Christ in our daily living? What manners do we exhibit to our course mates, roommates and lecturers? Are they replica of the father’s attitude?

What will Jesus do? This question must always rule your mind at every given time concerning every issue. Will Jesus refuse to take the honorable path of receiving insults from a naughty roommate and talk back fire for fire? Will our Father stoop low to sell her priced assets for #2.50k for any man?

What will Jesus do in an examination hall where everyone is blank and results to micro-chips for help? As Christians, when confronted with these challenges we tend to “drop the bible” and want to “face the reality”.  Lord have Mercy on us. It is then you see a Spirit-filled brother who just led the house in a thunderous prayer session turning the pages of his text book for answers in MIC 401. Ah! How can you be for Christ and the devil? What is the relationship?

Those of the world know those who are for Christ. They are watching to see how well what you preach is replicated in your dealings with them. No wonder when we fumble, you hear them say: “I thought you were a Pastor!”

An ambassador is a representative. In Nigeria, there are ambassadors sent out to the nation’s embassies in other countries to serve as the point man for the nation. Whatever the person does over there now becomes generalized. If the individual is known to cut corners, it will be generalized that citizens of the nation he represents does such.

Currently, the image of Nigeria by the countries of the world is that of a “bunch of 419ers” and “internet fraudsters (Yahoo-Yahoo)”. Why is this notion so? It is because few Nigerians have acted in such manner duping and deceiving foreigners and as such denting the nation’s reputation.

This also applies to our representing Christ. As Christians, if anyone amongst the flock depicts an anti-Christ attitude, the whole is affected. Galatians 5:9 says: “A little leaven leavens the whole lump (NKJV). The little evil deed by a member of the body can put the whole body in a bad light. See how Message translation puts it: And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.

 

Dear Friend of Jesus, be that true representative of Christ. That’s the whole sum of our existence. Those at Antioch got this wisdom and lived by it. No wonder the people around as recorded in Acts 11:26 called them Christians!

 

Tenure of the Revelation of Christ

As this Sunday service marks the end of a glorious tenure of the revelation of Christ the prayer of Paul to the Church at Ephesus I pray this day for this house of God:

Eph 1:16-19

I couldn’t stop thanking God for you — every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. 17 But I do more than thank. I ask — ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory — to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, 18 your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, 19 oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him — endless energy, boundless strength!  (MESSAGE)

It is my prayer that generations after generations, this house will not stop molding lives, raising generals, being a solution centre, a family of cultured Christians, preaching and teaching Jesus as the Christ.

 

I love everyone all! Thank you for devoting time to read this column as the Holy Spirit held my hands to write it from November 16, 2014 till this day, October 11, 2015.

 

INDEED, I LOVE YOU ALL

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is still Room

Is there still a space to be filled? An increase only takes place in the atmosphere of lack and emptiness. A push only comes when there is a perceived weakness and call for help.

This month thus far, we have dwelt richly on the Supernatural Increase God expects us to operate on per time. The supernatural transcends the spectacular and natural. It is beyond human comprehension and calculation. It is the lifestyle of true believers.

This experience can only come alive when we own up to being weak, empty and helpless. The moment we are assured of a space for the Lord to fill within us. Our walk with the Father can only come alive when we learn to unlearn, learn and relearn daily.

There is sure still room for you to take in the father’s dealings. Apostle Paul realized this principle and applied this to the utmost. Hear him: “I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”  Phil 3:13

In the realization of our weakness, we find strength. In the thirst and hunger for more of God we get HIM wholly and instantaneously. How will I ever experience increase when I am always of the opinion that I have arrived? We daily cry for increase yet we fall into the category of those who feel they have attained. Those who feel that they have heard, read and chewed enough of God’s word.

In John 21: 11, the magnitude of God is exhibited. The catch made by Peter, Nathanael, Thomas and sons of Zebedee as assisted by Jesus was a great one. After their toil all night, at the appearing of Jesus confessed their failure. They confessed their weakness. They gave up on their wisdom, skills, strategies and strength.

The bible recorded that the fishes caught were great and yet the net was not broken. I’m thinking that the net still had capacity to carry more fishes than it did to the shore. There was still room. No matter how filled we are, there is still more room to be filled.

No matter how well you have preached in the past and lives were saved, there is still more room for you to grow and increase.

Don Moen’s song does it. He put it thus:

There is a longing

Only you can fill

A raging tempest

Only you can still

My soul is thirsty Lord

To know you as I’m known

Drink from the river

That flows before your throne

It is my sincere prayer that we all attain and reach out to those things which are before.

 

FINAL YEAR BRETHREN THANKSGIVING SERVICE

It’s happening today! FYB Thanksgiving Service…

As a member of this category of students, I completely grasp what it takes to reach this far in such a citadel of learning.

After four, five or six years, one gets to graduate to higher heights.

Even as these set of people thank God for sparing their lives, seeing them through and being their help thus far, I pray they will not miss out of God’s purpose and plan for their lives.

The sounds of Rejoicing shall not cease.

 

The Achievers it’s your day, do shakara…

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

Discipline: A Pathway to Experiencing Increase

Discipline.  Restraint. Self-control. Necessary is this to ensuring guaranteed increase.

For everyone desirous of a change in the status quo, there are certain things expected to be one. An obese person passionately wanting a fitter body size will always go through strict routines. If these routines are followed, the obese person within a defined period takes a different and fitter shape.

So, it is with us. If Christianity involves entering into what Jesus is, then there are weights we must not take in with us. There are attributes which must stick with us. There are characters/ traits which must not take dominion over us.

As someone said, discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. So is discipline the bridge between desire and the actual supernatural increase. Just as his parents departed Jerusalem after the yearly feast of the Passover, Jesus stayed behind. It takes discipline to forgo pleasure and pursue the utmost. This Jesus did. Hear his response: “How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49).

It is discipline which made Jesus rise in the morning (Mark 1:35), defy sleep (Luke 6:12), take strategic positions (Luke 9:28-29) to pray.

Apostle Paul typified discipline in his walk as well. Hear him: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13.

It takes discipline to put away attainments of the past, successes of the past, glories of the past. It takes one with determination to put away the hours of vigils kept praying on the mount in the past, completion of the bible three times before the end of the year and every other attainment of the past.

It takes discipline to wake up when others are fast sleeping to pray, study the scriptures and engage in spiritual exercises for increase. When roommates are engaged in the worldly affairs and still making it,  discipline says stay on the right path.

Discipline says spend time with the Father early in the morning while your phone notifies for a new WhatsApp message. Discipline says you leave the comfort of your bed to ray to avoid sleep while the mind says sleep a while. Self-control ensures your body-God’s temple is kept pure not minding the ‘pleasure’ obtainable.

I pray God help our hearts!

 

 

 

ALUMNI SUNDAY

The first of its kind! It’s the Alumni Sunday.

Thank God for those who blazed the trail, kept the torch and passed the baton.

Even as we worship God today, it is my prayer this will not be the end. We will be among the host of those who will worship God forever in heaven.

Happy Alumni Sunday

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

The Tiberias Experiences!

 

Tiberias was a rendezvous for some of Jesus’ activities while on Earth. Anytime any remarkable happening took place at that venue, the testimony was always going to be out of this world.

I am beginning to think the Supernatural had a field day manifesting at Tiberias.

Also spelt Tveria, is an Israeli city and considered as one of the four Holy cities. (Maybe, I might just be visiting there soon!). History notes that Tiberias was beautifully designed and enlarged by Herod in honour of Tiberius, the emperor.

The experiences at Tiberias are amazing.

John 6 highlights how well Jesus attracted the crowd wherever he went. These crowds were eager to hear him speak, heal and set free bondmen and women. They were always joyful in his presence. His words were always going to lift their spirits.

How well do we attract people with the LIGHT in us? Are people eager to have our company due to the fact we will always speak seasoned words? Or are people repealed by our presence?

The multitude was always attracted to the MAN called JESUS.

Can we be attractive for the world to turn away from evil?  The world will continue to degenerate because of lack of PREACHERS. Romans 10:14 notes how the absence of preachers can cause people not believe in HIS name.  We must be those who will preach the gospel. Meet for the Masters’ Use in depopulating the Kingdom of devil.

The Tiberias experiences revealed the compassionate nature of Jesus. John 6:5 and 21:5 noted how Jesus cared for the people. At Tiberais, the toiling stopped, the wait ended and hunger disappeared. Those at Tiberais were now to experience God in a greater dimension. This is the God we serve.

Most importantly is the supernatural increase recorded at Tiberais. It is my sincere prayer that you will experience such as pertaining to your situation. When the supernatural takes place, it gives no room for doubt. It satisfies to the utmost!

I am also thinking that the SUPERNATURAL takes place in order for God to show supremacy. Every time such happened in the scripture, there were always reaffirming words from those who witnessed such ( John 6:14,  21:7, Luke 5:8, 8:25).

The increase recorded by people at the Sea of Galilee (Tiberais) was unimaginable and unthinkable. The supernatural transcends the periphery. There is always a significant difference. In this month of September and beyond, may we all experience remarkable, undeniable and unusual differences in our lives giving glory to God.

I key into the SUPERNATURAL INCREASE DIMENSION

I serve a God of Tiberais.

 

Meet for the Master’s Use

 

What an apt theme for this year’s Sisters’  Week.

 

Meet for the Master’s Use as taken from 2 Tim 2:21 is for us all as believers. This was an epistle written some years back by Brother Paul to his Spiritual son, Timothy and an extension to us.

 

 

According to The Message translation:

 

In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets — some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.

Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. (2 Tim 2:20-21)

 

One key message is being the kind of container usable by God. Can we be such? Can our lives be such that is pleasing and worthy to be used?

May we all be Meet for the Master’s Use.

 

 

 

 

Happy Sisters’ Sunday!

 

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

OBEDIENCE BEGATS MATURITY

“The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way — never have and never will.  

The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture.  

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies,  tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. “2 Cor 10:3-6

 

Since the beginning of this month, the Lord has been gracious tobring our way the theme: Total Obedience.  

This cannot be overlooked  if we desire a fellowship with the Father (1 John 1:3). Our walk with the Father only becomes true when we are willing to listen to him while he speaks (1 Sam 3:10), carry out instructions as it comes (Gen. 12:2) and the innate attentiveness for his pruning at his feet (Luke 10:39a).

For every bible character that keyed into this, grew in knowledge of Christ as well as became spiritually upright. The revelation of Christ only becomes possible when we are constantly doing the Father’s bidding.  Our Lord God is not interested in the number of times you arrived fellowship first neither is he interested in the best of robes you adorn every service day.

He IS KEENLY INTERESTED IN SOULS WHO ARE SOLELY YIELDED TO HIM. The father will require only those willing to go through him cause he is the way, truth and life. He shows the path (John 14;6) , teaches in love (Heb 12:6)  and disseminates life in abundance (John 10:10).

This world is unprincipled, so says Apostle Paul. I strongly believe it. The world we live in is full of those who want to bring others down to excel.

Let me digress a bit. For any careful observer of Nigeria politics, you will agree that the current politicking towards the appointment of ministers for the Federal Government has become very dirty. There have been claims, counter-claims, character assassination and piggish fights on every front.  That is the world system.

But the system we operate in is that of the Spirit which daily requires our pruning by the horticulturist, breaking by those at the quarrying site and incubation by the master incubator, CHRIST.

When this takes place, maturity in things of the SPIRIT becomes inevitable.  Samuel was naïve. He couldn’t distinguish the voice of the priest from the Father. However, the moment he got the rhema, he didn’t look back. When the voice called him again, hear his response: “

  Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

 

Samuel was one who had been in the house of the Lord for a while but was unable to hear clearly from the Lord. He refused to stay at that level. So, he sought for help. Most times we are very quick to continue in our deceit in church. Most times, we want to keep talking, exhorting and showing dint of braggadocio in church, on the pulpit and while speaking to fellow believers.

Most believers see the church as a dumpsite to pour what the Father taught them in their personal quiet time. That is pure deception. No wonder you will hear something like: “While I was having my quiet time” talk.  Can we leave out such?  The Father will require we do more of listening than talking.  Can we come to a level where we will always seek to know more.  Until we come to the level of helplessness, God will never help. Samuel sought help and he got.

 

According to Brother James this should be our guide: “Dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear” (James 1:19-20).

 

Abraham’s walk with sky-rocketed the moment he took out of his comfort zone to an unknown destination (Gen 12:2). From then onwards, he began experiencing the dealings of the Father.

 

These made him mature in Christ, earned respect from God and men. No wonder, he would not let pride set in but sought for peace between him and his nephew, Lot (Gen. 13:8). However, most of us still live in the era of pride. The place of obedience dispels self, pride and dispute.

 

Martha was the busy-bee. Mary was the seeker of truth, way and life. When this two collided, we came to understand that Mary’s occupation was superior(Luke 10:42). Enough of running round the church to please the president, executives and pretend to be spiritual in the eyes of fellowship members.  Only by this can we attain maturity in Christ.

 

 

 

 

Welcome, Our Alumni Body Convener

 

It is a privilege to have in our midst our dogged, rugged and dynamic Alumni Body Convener, Pastor Timilehin Odeyale.

 

Having served as a prayer co-ordinator and president of this fellowship at some point, indeed he has been instrumental to where FSF UNILAG is today.

 

Welcome sir!

My predecessor’s predecessor.

 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Sunday!

 

 

Your Brother,

Kelechi AMAKOH

KOA

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL OBEDIENCE 2

THEME: TOTAL OBEDIENCE
TOPIC: TOTAL OBEDIENCE 2
TEXT: ACTS 5:29-32
DATE: 19|08|15
AIM: Our obedience to God be in reverence and not fear

INTRODUCTION
Our reason for coming to fellowship should be to know more about Jesus. It should be that we are constantly fed God’s word. Heb 10:25 says we ought to encourage one another each time we gather.
Last week, we examined the resoluteness of apostles to obeying God. This single-mindedness was demonstrated twice (Acts 4:18-20, 5:29-32). Also, we took a look at the book of Samuel (1Sam 15) where Saul chose to be obedient to men rather than God.

OBEDIENCE TO WHAT?
For us to be obedient there must be an instruction. Man is a product of influence, a product of instructions (Jer 10:23). In Gen 41, when Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, we saw that total obedience caused them to be in abundance.

HOW GOD DOES SPEAK?
Elijah expected God to speak in certain ways, but it wasn’t so (1Kings 19:9-14). We expect God to direct us in the way we think. Most times when we are looking for the spectacular, we miss the supernatural.
Man is described as spirit, soul and body (1Thess 5:23). God does not lead man by feelings. The body responds to feelings, the mind responds to intellect. Being led by the spirit of God is to be led in my spirit. We can’t contact God with our eyes or ears or mind, but by the spirit of God (1Cor 2:7-10).
The two unbiased ways to receive instructions from God are:
1. Meditation on the Word (Jos 1:8, Col 3:16, 1Tim 4:15-16, Jam 1:22-25)
2. Prayer (Eph 6:18, Rom 12:12, Phil 4:6, Heb 5:7)

CONCLUSION
God’s leading is our priority. He guides and leads us in the way that we should go (Psalm 32:8). Every one of God’s children is entitled to God’s leading and direction (Rom 8:14). But, not every one of God’s children listens to God’s leading.
It is never old school to obey the leading of the spirit (Prov 3:5-6). It is better to be slower than God than to be faster than him.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
I’m led by the Spirit,
I have the Light of Life,
I don’t walk in darkness,
I walk in the Light,
I’m obedient to the Word.

QUESTIONS

TOTAL OBEDIENCE 1

THEME: TOTAL OBEDIENCE
TOPIC: TOTAL OBEDIENCE 1
TEXT: ACTS 5:29-32
AIM: Our obedience to God be in reverence and not in fear

INTRODUCTION
The Word of God is in a person: Jesus. (John 1:1, 14). The Bible is thus being referred to as the word of God because it testifies of a person; it speaks expressly about the person of Christ. The bible is the written word and Jesus, is the Living word. The written word testifies about the living word. (Luke 24:44-45)
A proper bible study which entails rightly dividing the word of truth, (2Tim 2:15) is thus one that sees Jesus as the singular message of the scriptures. The truth is a person and that person is Jesus. (John 8:32, 14:6)

OVERVIEW
Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to empower the disciples to be witnesses (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4). Thus, we are not surprised to learn that they proceeded to witness in great power (Acts 2:38,41, 3:6). However, their witnessing did not go unnoticed or unopposed. It led to great controversy. Luke in the book of Acts of the Apostles provided considerable detail about both the witness and the opposition. This was the second time the apostles expressed their resoluteness to obeying God. (Acts 4:18-20, 5:29-32)

OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN 1Sam 15
Obedience is the act of following instructions, complying with rules, or submitting to authority.
a. The instruction v3
b. The implementation given v7-9
c. The interest Saul expressed v13
d. The inadequate obedience v 19-20
e. The influence of Men v 15,24
Peter (1Pet 1:14) calls believers obedient Children. We should obey man only in so far that in obeying him, we also obey God. (Eph 6:1).

CONCLUSION
Our obedience is always to an instruction. Thus, there is a need for us to constantly receive instructions from God for us to obey Him. God’s will for us as believers is to be led by the spirit. Not by circumstances, conditions, occurrences, situations, environments, etc.
John 8:12, says that Jesus is the light of the world and John 1, calls Him the Word of God. i.e., the word of God is the light of the world. Therefore, for me to walk in light and not walk in darkness, I must know the word.

TODAY’S CONFESSION

 

QUESTIONS
a. How does being obedient differ from being submissive?
b. To what extent am I to obey man?
c. From 1sam 15, determine the nature of pressures that led Saul to disobey.

PRAISE & WORSHIP III

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP III
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

PREAMBLE
As Christians, we must keep learning and keep making discoveries of what belongs to us in Christ. Different people have different ideas. But, we need to understand that the bible is our authority. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus went to the house of Martha. Martha was concerned about serving Jesus, but Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Sat at the feet is a term used for learning. Many of us are busy with some many things, such that we have less time to learn from the bible. One thing is needful. Spend your time with the word.

FROM PREVIOUS LESSONS
In John 4:22, Jesus made a statement that we need to take note of “Ye worship ye know not what”. That means you can practise a lot of things but lack understanding. Knowledge is so important.
So, in previous weeks, we have been studying what worship really is, what it entails, how it is being done, how a believer ought to do it, what worshipping in spirit and truth means, amongst others. This week we will dive into praise, looking at what it means, and how it is different from worship if at all it is.

PRAISE
Praise is an action. It means to express approval or admiration especially through words. It consists in a sincere acknowledgment of a real conviction of worth. (Rev. 4:11, Rev. 5:12)

SOME DETAILS OF PRAISE
1. Praise magnifies the object of the word (Luke 1:46)
2. Praise should be done in rejoicing (Phil 4:4)
3. Praise can accompany prayer (Col 1:3)

PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS
(Eph 5:19, Col 3:16)

In the New Testament, Psalms is used in two ways.
1. For the writings of David
(Luke 20:42, Luke 24:44, Acts 1:20, Acts 2:25, Acts 13:33)

2. For a piece of music to the Lord.
(1Cor. 14:26, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Jam. 5:13)

In (Matt 26:30; Mark 14:26), we see that Jesus and the disciples sang hymns after the Passover. In (Acts 16:25), Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God.

A Psalm is a hymn which is a spiritual song. While praise may not be singing, our singing should be praise. We are to sing praises to God.
We do not necessarily sing the psalms of David anymore but we sing the fulfilment of Jesus in the psalms.

CONCLUSION
Just like we have studied that our worship to God is our Christian service. Jesus spoke about a new order of worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Then, worship should be the attitude in our praise. Therefore, not praise and worship but a praise that is worshipful.
As believers, we offer sacrifices of praise through Jesus (Heb. 13:15). Our giving of thanks and rejoicing, should be in Christ (Col 3:17, Phil 3:3).

TODAY’S CONFESSION
I sing praises to your name, for your name is great and greatly to be praised.

QUESTIONS
a) How is praise related to worship?
b) In what better way can I make use of the psalms now?
c) How best can I praise God?

PRAISE & WORSHIP II

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP II
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

FROM LAST WEEK

The bible is a Christocentric book, it testifies of Jesus (John 5:39). Wrong interpretation of the scripture produces wrong information, wrong information produces wrong thinking, wrong thinking produces wrong confession, wrong confession produces wrong action, and wrong action produces wrong result. Our understanding of the scripture is we seeing everything in the Light of Christ (Luke 24:45).
Last week, we saw how that our worship as believers isn’t about singing slow songs but rather Christian service. It is our service, adoration, gratitude and as well honour to God. Also we saw that in worship, it is not worship that elevates the object of worship. Rather, the object of worship is in an elevated status hence, the worship.

OFFERING: THE BASIS ELEMENT IN WORSHIP
Due to the fall of man, man began to seek forgiveness of sins. Thus, offering blood sacrifices for propitiation i.e. to appease, to conciliate. (Gen 8:20, Gen 22:5).

JESUS’ BLOOD, THE PERFECT OFFERING

The offering of the old testament was symbolic of Jesus offered for us (Heb. 9:11-12)

Jesus’ blood purifies our conscience (Heb 10:1-5)
Jesus went in on our behalf. (Heb. 6:20, Heb 9:12)
Jesus sacrifice was once and for all (Heb 10:2,10-14)
Sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary (Heb. 10:17-18)

OUR BODIES IN SERVICE
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19, 1Cor 3:16)
It has been bought with a price (1Cor 6:20, 1Cor 7:23)
We are to honour (worship) God with it (1Cor 6:20)
We are to present it in service to God (Rom 12:1)

 

CONCLUSION
The man who comes through Jesus (i.e. a man in Christ) is perfect, sanctified and is a true worshipper (Heb. 13:15). When a man is born of the spirit, he is a true worshipper based on what Jesus has done. Our singing is valid not because of the melodies neither is it valid because of the harmony but it is valid only because of Christ offering.
As believers, if we look at the value of our worship to God today, we look at the value of the blood of Jesus. Jesus’ offering has qualified our bodies to serve God (1Pet 2:5). Thus whatever we do with our body, we are accountable for.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
Now that I am in Christ, I choose to Worship God with my body.

QUESTIONS
Based on our study so far,
1. What can be deduced from the discussion Jesus had with the Samaritan Woman in John 4?
2. Explain the term “Worship”.
3. What makes our worship acceptable

PRAISE & WORSHIP I

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP I
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

INTRODUCTION
In this day and age, a lot of frivolities which ought not to, especially with things that have to do with the Christian faith have been surfacing. We realize that people do things with wrong motives, even when it comes to worshiping God. Some say that worship is singing slow songs while praise is singing fast songs. As touching Christian practices, the scripture should be the basis i.e. where we draw instructions as to how they should be done. (2Tim. 3:16) says all scripture is inspired of God, (2Pet. 1:21) says it is borne by the Holy Spirit. Our lifestyle and conduct is expected to root from it.

LAW OF FIRST MENTION
The very first mention of the word worship in the scripture was when Abraham was to offer Isaac as a burnt offering at the region of Moriah (Gen 22:2,5). He called it worship. So, we see clearly that it had nothing to do with singing.
IT’S MEANING
Worship is translated in Hebrew as shachah , while the Greek translation is proskuneo. They both mean depress, bow down, prostrate mainly reflexively in homage to royalty or God (Exo. 4:31). It can be summarised as an honourable action to pay obeisance.
Whatever must be worshipped must be held in awe. Worship does not elevate the God. Rather, God is in an elevated status hence the worship. An example is the case of Jesus’ birth when the wise men called him king of the Jews and they fell down and worshiped him (Matt 2:2,11). The worship did not make him the king of the Jews but was to acknowledge His kingship over the Jews.

SOME INS AND OUTS OF TRUE WORSHIP
The Father seeks such John 4:23
God alone deserves it Rev 4:10-11
Humility is essential Jam 4:6
Only one with nature of God (born of the spirit) can offer such John 3:5
The state of the heart is important in worship Matt 15:8-9, Prov 23:7
 Worship involves an offering i.e. something given (Heb.10:1-2) the offering they brought was why they were called worshippers.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION
Worshiping God in Spirit and in truth is not just singing or dancing as we have seen, but Christian service. An example is in (Luke 2:36-37). We presenting our bodies a living sacrifice is what Paul calls our reasonable service (Rom 12:1). The most important thing is that we worship God in Spirit (based on God’s nature) and in truth (Christ John 14:6)

Worship that is accepted by God is a privilege unique to the Christian (1 Pet 2:5). As we will see in subsequent lessons, it is not a right rather it is based on what Christ has done.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
As one in Christ, the reason I live is to worship God.

QUESTIONS
a. What does God want me to understand most about Himself?
b. What does God want me to understand most about others?
c. What does God want me to understand most about myself? And in light of all this, what would He have me do?