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Raising a Godly Family.

Key Scripture:

Heb 11:23 (ESV) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.y faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

SUMMARY

The world we live in is going from bad to worse. We live in a virtual world with fake relationships and emotionless emojis. It is in this world that we live and raise our family. This sermon helps us understand how we can raise godly families and withstand the pressures of the world to make a difference starting from our family.

SERMON POINTS

Need for raising a godly family.1

Hebrews chapter 11 is called the faith chapter. Here, we read the chronicles of saints who were able to live godly lives that hated the culture of this ungodly world. Similarly the Lord calls us to live and raise a godly family which will be able to stand for God in this generation. We can stay separate from the culture of this world only through our faith in Jesus Christ. This faith has to be translated into our actions and words. That’s what sets your apart. Faith spoken and nurtured into your family and children are what aids you in raising a godly family.

BEING A GODLY WOMAN-

Some Misconceptions of being a spiritual woman.

We tend to evaluate our spirituality based on the external. For example to qualify to be a “spiritual woman” we arrive at some wrong conclusions. We think its all about church attendance, dressing and the way we praise God is what makes a woman spiritual. These are needed, yet this cannot be a standard. We can do it all and neglect our relationship with God. Its never about the external, but the inner transformation should percolate to our lifestyle.The Lord requires the women also to come out of their misconceptions and live exemplary lives that resonate faith to the entire household. You can do that by following:

1.Keeping a check on your spiritual well-being.

Proverbs 31:10 (KJV)  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Irrespective of who we are, we need to have a constant check on the spiritual well-being of both ourselves and our families. We can do that by taking time to speak to our children, getting to know what is the centre of their attention, teaching them the value of things, being particular in biblical principles like tithing, holiness and family prayer.

2. Don’t be a prisoner of the past.

Isaiah 43:18,19 (KJV) Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Some of us our prisoners of our past. We are confined in by our fears to do something for God because we want to avoid what happened in the past. But the Lord wants to deliver us from this prison. We were never meant to live by being fearful of the past. God has promised to do something new in our lives. We can be truly delivered as we read and meditate on His word. So let’s trust Him for the future, instead of letting our past defining it.Often this comes in the way between us and what God desires of us.

3. Serving the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Serving is a huge part that defines living a godly life. We serve God by Serving Him and by serving others.

The Lord requires us to serve Him with a grateful heart, full of love for Him and not for the blessing He will bestow for serving Him.

Similarly as Jesus commanded, we are to love others as ourselves, doing unto them what we would expect to be done unto us. Like Tabitha who allowed God to work through her to reach others with the work of her hands.

4. Unforgiveness or Bitterness

Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV)  These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Our imaginations deceive us when we think we are not guilty of the deadly sins like murder, theft or adultery. The Bible very clearly defines what God hates six things. The worst amongst them, which can eat you up from the inside is bitterness that is harboured from unforgiveness. We need to be quick to forgive as Christ forgave us liberally. Bitterness leads to gossip making you the reason for discord among God’s people. Let us ask the Lord to help us forgive as He did and uproot that bitterness out of our lives. It only cripples our ability to be happy.

5. Pride.

James 4:6 (KJV)  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

God loves the humble; He gives grace to them. God cannot lift up the proud. Pride comes in different forms and ways. By remaining unteachable, we are proud. An all-knowing attitude, stops us from restoration. God resists the proud. So let us be eager to learn, humble to accept advice and transform into the person God wants us to be.

How to setup a godly family?

1.Faith

Hebrews 11:23 (KJV) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

Faith is the first and foremost thing we need in order to raise a godly family. It starts with the faith of the parents. This shows us how important it is to marry the person of the same faith. (1 Corinthians 7). Faith is the knowledge of Jesus Christ and it has to be shown in our actions, without which it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)

This faith when portrayed in your family is like a magnet, then you can be sure that your children cannot depart from it as they pick it up and learn from you.

Like how Moses’ parent’s modelled faith, Moses was keen to model it in his generation. The biggest treasure we can give to the next generation is our faith!

2.Growth

Hebrews 11:24 (KJV) By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

There must be growth within the family. We need to grow everyday. We grow by reading the Bible and learning the ways of God. Iron sharpens iron. Let there be everyday learning by reading various books and giving time for daily devotion. Everyone in the family is to have physical growth, emotional growth-knowing what is right and wrong along with spiritual growth .

3.Truth

John 8:44 (KJV)   Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We need to walk in truth. When we know the truth, it shall set us free. The world and its systems run on a foundation of lies.The present day world has replaced love with lust and the generation is confused of its identity. With this as the stage for us to live on, let us spend less time on falsehood. Let our homes be places where the truth and the false are taught to the children. Moses knew to select the truth. He refused to be called as Pharaoh’s daughter. He knew to select the truth than the fleeting positions.

4.Wealth

Hebrews 11:26 (KJV)   Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Moses by faith decided to forsake the treasures of Egypt and esteemed the reproach of Christ as greater riches. These days we run for riches and not for the reproach of Christ. We need to be eternity focussed than the fleeting pleasures of the world. This was because of his faith of the reward that was to come. Our focus is to be on the rewards that Christ has for us. Those are eternal riches, eternal in comparison to all the riches the world could ever offer.

5.Strength

Hebrews 11:27 (KJV)   By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Moses saw the invisible. Moses went on to be mistreated with the people of God. He was able to do that because he saw the invisible God in the midst of all that was going on. That was his strength.

6.Health

Hebrews 11:28 (KJV)   Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Through faith, Moses kept the Passover. The question we have to answer is, are we able to keep the requirements of the Lord, when it comes to what the Bible commands us. Everyday we need to come under the covering of the blood of Jesus, that becomes our health. When we come to His presence, His sprinkled blood is over us. We should take part in spiritual disciplines that ensures our spiritual and physical health.

CONCLUSION.

Biblical greatness is completely different from this world’s culture. If you as a family have been toiling in pursuit of greatness, in terms of the world, it’s time to stop. The Lord wants us to live godly lives and raise godly families. So let’s prioritise our times of prayer and Bible reading, creating a room to speak at home, a space of trust for you children and spouse to grow and learn in faith. Let us raise up godly families

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The Rapture.

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 (KJV)  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

SUMMARY

“Jesus is coming soon!” We all have heard this phrase often but wonder how exactly. This sermon on the rapture helps us understand what it means, how and why it is going to happen.

SERMON POINTS

What is the rapture?

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (KJV)  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Though the word ‘rapture’ is not there in the Bible, the closest word to it in greek, ‘Harpaso’

Means being caught up or a strong and massive evacuation. This is the perfect explanation of the rapture. Our world is going from bad to worse. It is time for the church to start standing up for Christ, pray and prepare ourselves to meet our Lord. To be a part of rapture you need to have faith in Jesus and to have lived passionatly for the Lord.

Why we need to believe in the rapture?

1.Death will be swallowed up in victory.

1 Corinthians 15:13-14 (KJV)  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

We need to believe in rapture because death is not the end. Jesus conquered death. We who believe in Christ experience everything that He went through. Death is the final enemy and Christ overpowered death and we too would overcome death.Christ is not just in this life but in the life after this as well. Therefore death is swallowed up in victory. Our focus should be on where will our life after this be

2.Faith in Christ will not be in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:17,19 (KJV)  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Rapture is sure to happen when your hope is in Christ. When you put faith in Him then you’ll experience the same glory He experienced when He rose from the dead. We too will rise up in the twinkling of an eye and thereby our faith in Christ will not be in vain.

3.Saints have experienced harpazo in the past.

Rapture will happen; there’s no denying it as many saints in the past have experienced it. Enoch who walked with God experienced the harpazo moment , so did Elijah. Our Lord Jesus ascended on high. St Paul in 2 Cor 12 experienced this. The Bible records about 10 instances about the experience of the rapture. We need to believe this and walk closely with our Lord.

4.Jesus talks about rapture.

John 14:1-3 (KJV)   Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 11:25,26 (KJV)   Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Jesus Christ Himself spoke about rapture. He promised that He is preparing a place for us and will come back to say us. Jesus also said that whoever believes in Him will live even if he dies, these words give us hope.

How to be part of the rapture?

1.Learn to Listen to the Voice of God.

Luke 21:36(KJV)  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Our Lord Jesus clearly mentions here that we need be watchful in prayer that we may be accounted worthy. Being accounted worthy is very important statement. God is the one who judges us and it is He who would account us so that we may be worthy to escape all these things . We need to listen to His voice. God desires that we look around and watch out for the signs of His coming that He has already said that would come to pass. Without being alert and praying for these things we cannot be a part of the rapture. Let’s deepen our prayer life and cultivate an intimacy with our savior.

2. Love His Appearing

2 Timothy 4:8 (KJV)  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Bible clearly tells us about a crown of righteousness given to those who love His appearing. Apostle Paul tells us that we need to love and wiat for His appearing. Our prayers have to be ‘Maranatha- Come, Lord Jesus!’

3.Holiness

Hebrews 12:14 (KJV)    Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

The writer of Hebrews is very clear on how important it is to have holiness in order to be a part of the rapture. Let us strive to be holy in every aspect of our spiritual and physical lives ,because without sanctification we cannot see God. Here St Paul clearly says that we need follow peace with all men. Even when there is offense, we need to forgive and let go. Sanctification is the secret to see God.

4.Denying Ungodliness.

Titus 2:11-13 (KJV)   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Through the grace of God, salvation has been made available for all men. But to be taken up in the rapture, we need to deny all forms of ungodliness and lusts of this world. The rapture is not for the disoriented, disorganized or the irregular. Grace teaches us to say NO to the ungodly passions looking forward to the appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let’s prepare for rapture by living soberly and righteously in this ungodly world.

5.Having Spiritual Gifts.

1 Corinthians 1:7 (ESV)   “so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Spiritual gifts should be manifested from our lives for the extension of His kingdom. When a believer ceases to operate in the gifts , he becomes worldly and secular in outlook. Gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Romans 12, 1 Cor 12 should be what we are known for -not for our glory but for the extension of His kingdom. Spiritual gifts reveal the in-working of the Holy Spirit and we should allow the Holy Spirit to take all of us and use us for His glory as we wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

CONCLUSION.

The prophets of the Bible foretold the birth of Jesus and Jesus was born as prophesied. The Bible particularly repeats and emphasizes on the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is bound to happen and very soon too. It’s high time the church of Christ prepares for it. Let us ask the help of the Holy Spirit to help us prepare to meet our Lord.

Mustard Seed Faith!

Key Scripture:

Matthew 17:20 (KJV)   And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

SUMMARY

Our Lord Jesus teaches us to have faith like that of a mustard seed. This sermon talks about what it means to have faith like that of a mustard seed. Is it a small faith that Christ talked about here? Let us learn the basics of the faith in our lives and see the impossible take place.

SERMON POINTS

The Concept of mustard seed faith.

Matthew 17:20 (KJV)   And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

The disciples who could not rebuke the spirit behind the son’s epileptic attack in Matthew 17. They came to the Lord Jesus in private and asked Him on why they could not cast the spirit out. Our Lord Jesus Christ, talks about a faith that can move mountains. The faith, Jesus describes is likened unto that of a mustard seed. To understand more of what He meant by that we should know what He spoke about Mustard Seed and the kingdom of God in Matthew 13. It is implied that when Jesus spoke about the Mustard seed Faith, the disciples could figure that out easily as He had already explained about it. Mustard seed is small in a way But the man took the insignificant small sized mustard seed. Faith starts small,but when we regard this faith as important-it changes the outlook.

Faith revealed!

Romans 1:17 (KJV) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Faith is no faith unless it is revealed. The Old Testament, under the Law given by Moses couldn’t perfectly fulfil it. Jesus Christ was the only Jew who could fulfil it and through faith in Him we are made righteous.

Now it is this truth that we ought to know and stand for it. When you stand for this truth, your faith is revealed. This is when there is nothing that shall be impossible to you.

Romans 3:23 (KJV) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Faith in Jesus Christ is the philosophy for our lifee. The disciples couldn’t understand how Jesus was able to do what they couldn’t and He points out the reason as their little faith.

Faith in Christ is not to what we profess with our mouths or the religious duties that we fulfil; Faith in Jesus fuels a passion and conviction in you that doesn’t compromise with this world.

Basics of faith.

1.Seed Faith

Matthew 13:31(KJV Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

This world we live in values the high and mighty things. However, our Lord talks about the Kingdom of God likening it to a mustard seed. So small, that it could be easily overlooked. The kingdom of God is likened unto grain of mustard seed and so is Faith. We should not ignore those small moments of faith that can just bless our lives. It might be while singing that chorus or meditating a verse. The faith moments can bless us and take us to the next level.

Never take your times of prayer and Bible reading for granted.

2. Sowed Faith

Jude 1:3 (KJV)   Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

This small precious seed of faith is to be sowed. We cannot lose it. Every time we learn from the word of God, each word is like a seed that has to be sowed. This is what determines our growth in Christ Jesus. Faith is not something that we can show on the outside, it is something that you earnestly contend for . That is when the Kingdom of heaven is manifested in our lives. Mustard seed Faith thus is faith that is sowed in our hearts by the Lord Jesus Christ.

3.Cultivated Faith

Hebrews 10:35 (KJV)   Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward..

The mustard grain grew up to be a tree. The seed that was inside the soil sprout out. Our faith that is sowed inside should be cultivated.Cultivated faith grows up strong. This happens when you speak and live your faith. We need to guard our faith in a compromising world. The saints of the Old testament like Abraham, Noah, etc. were able to stand for their faith and that was credited to them as their righteousness.  We need to pray for our faith to grow. There is great reward for your faith. Cultivate it to grow more than anything else in this world.

4.Stable Faith

James 1:6 (KJV)   But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

This mustard seed faith though the smallest of all seeds grows into the greatest of all trees. As you cultivate this small mustard seed like faith, it grows to be a stable like a tree, unwavering in nature. A faith without compromises helps you stay rooted strong in the Lord, no matter what kind of life’s storms blows your way, you can be sure that you will still be standing after troubles pass. Let us cultivate our faith into a stable faith.

5.Shade-Giving faith

Acts 6:8 (KJV)   And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

People will come to you for your faith. Stepen was a man full of faith and power. We see that this faith in him set him apart. It drew people to him to witness the power of God at work in Him. as he was stoned, Saul who witnessed this was transformed into an apostle. That’s the kind of faith God expects us to showcase. True revelation of faith starts with your forgiveness qoutient. It brings people who are in need to be rescued to you.

Colossians 1:4 (KJV)   Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Faith doesn’t work alone. Faith and love are like twins working within us by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what draws people to the love of Christ.  Let’s  introspect if the faith in us has been able to reach out to those in need around us.

6.Branching out Faith

2 Timothy 1:5 (KJV)   I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Like the Mustard seed plant that grew and became a strong tree and had branches, our mustard faith should have branches.This mustard seed faith when it is grows is not stagnant, it branches out, spreading with it the good news of the Kingdom of heaven. It spreads from person to person, from generation to generation. We need to be people of such faith that it branches out into the lives of those around us, leaving behind a rich heritage of faith.

CONCLUSION.

Mustard seed faith necessarily doesn’t mean a small faith. It essentially means faith that starts small but grows to be a stable ,branching out faith. Allow faith inside of you to grow. Your faith will speak out and you will be a blessing!

O, Holy Sight!

Key Scripture:

Matthew 2:11 (KJV) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

SUMMARY

The night Jesus Christ was born was not just a holy night, it was a time for all to experience and behold a holy sight .Mankind who saw sin and its effects had to see this heavenly sight that would turnaround their situations. God desires that we live in the light of this holy sight.

SERMON POINTS

The Holy Sight!

Luke 2:4-7 (KJV)  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Joseph was a just man and that’s why God chose Him to be the earthly father of the Lord Jesus. His mission to take Mary to be his wife and take care of Jesus as his son was a difficult thing for him. In fact it would question all the righteousness he earned till now. Yet it was through this decision that his faith would be revealed. When our faith is revealed that becomes the holy sight. We are justified by our faith and this righteousness is credited to us by the Lord when we chose to believe in Him. It is in our trying times, we can choose whether to show our faith in how we respond to it.

How can you have the Holy Sight?

1.Scriptures

Matthew 1:22-23 (KJV) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

This prophesy by Isaiah was the sign, that a virgin will have a son who will be God with us. (Isaiah 7:14) The birth of Jesus in our lives is more important than celebrating the season. He wants us to see Him and experience His glory. This happens only when you have a close association with the Word of God and experience Him closely. All the types and images in the Old Testament points us to the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus.

2. Signs around us.

Romans 1:20-23 (KJV) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

If you are a seeker, you will find God. When you seek for the Lord who created the world, you will be able to witness the holy sight. There are signs all around and equal opportunities for all of us to know Him as God. He has been clearly seen from the creation of the world. Sometimes we tend to miss out on glorifying our God. We need to carefully consider what happens around us and give God the glory.

3. Spiritual Songs

Luke 2:13,14 (KJV)  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

The angels came to the shepherds and announced the birth of Jesus by singing praises to God in the highest. This led them to the manger. Spiritual songs are an instrument in ushering us into the presence of the Almighty God, where we can behold Him in His Majesty.

CONCLUSION.

The birth of Jesus is best celebrated when we learn to perceive of His sacrifice when He, the creator of all the earth became a man for us and took our place on the cross. This is the holy sight we should never miss out on. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the depth of Christ’s love.

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Giving Thanks!

Key Scripture:

Colossians 3:17 (KJV) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

SUMMARY

The Bible teaches us to be thankful at all times . Thanksgiving is echoed all through the Bible and its the hallmark of a christian. This sermon beautifully explains the reasons why we need to be thankful.

SERMON POINTS

Being thankful.

Colossians 3:15 (KJV)  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

The Bible tells us that we are to be thankful in all things, whether word or deed. In this day and age where everything and everyone is taken for granted, Apostle Paul in his letter to the Phillipians, lets them know that he thanks God every time he remembers them. (Philippians 1:3,4). In this context we should also make all efforts for the men of God to be thankful to God for our lives as we partner with them and be their support.

This indicates we need to be thankful continuously as well. Below are some of the reasons why we ought to be thankful.

Why should we be thankful?

1, It’s the sign of a true Christian

Colossians 4:2 (KJV) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Being thankful is a sign of a true Christian. As a person who has received the Lord Jesus as his/her personal Saviour, we stop having an independent existence. We are part of the same body. We are to watch and continue in prayer and thanksgiving. Not just when we receive blessing, but in all things. Your thanksgiving is a sign that you are a true Christian. The Old Testament Israel erred in it as they cultivated an atmosphere of murmuring and grumbling. Hence St Paul repeatedly in all His epistles stresses the discipline of being thankful.

2. Helps you not take things for granted.

Luke 17:17-19 (KJV) And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Ten lepers cried out to the Lord Jesus for healing. One Samaritan decided to return to the Lord, falling at His feet and thanking Him. The Lord Jesus asked where the others were. This shows the heart of the Lord, who doesn’t want us to take things for granted. When we thank Him everyday, for the little things in our daily lives, be it our jobs, homes, family, etc. it seals our blessings. Our Lord looks for that attitude of gratitude which stands as a sign of our faith.

3. It cuts off pride.

1 Peter 5:5 (KJV)   God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Pride in any form or kind is dangerous in our walk with the Lord. The following lists pride:

  • The feeling of I’m entitled to everything
  • Not being concerned about others, but keen that all should go well with me.
  • Wasting things
  • Being spendthrift
  • Being not teachable.

But when you start thanking God, it cuts off every form of pride. Thanksgiving cannot spring out of a proud heart.

4. Makes you more Christ-like.

John 11:41 (KJV)  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

As Jesus stood in front of the tomb of Lazarus, He lifted up His eyes to the Father in heaven and thanked Him. Thanking God makes us more like our Lord Jesus. Jesus Christ thanked the Father for hearing Him always. We need to reflect on how we are faring in this respect. As we begin to thank God for His faithfulness in our lives we start to become more like Him.

CONCLUSION.

The attitude of gratitude determines our altitude. Let us become more thankful and thereby become more like Christ. Let’s cut off pride and ask Him for more grace that we would be so thankful to God. God judged the murmurer but blessed the thankful.

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Being a Soul winner.

Key Scripture:

Proverbs 11:30 (KJV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

SUMMARY

This sermon teaches us on how to be a soul winner. This is our greatest priority in life. Jesus Christ has commissioned us to do the same with the help He gives us by the Holy Spirit.

SERMON POINTS

Following Jesus to become a soul winner.

Matthew 4:19 (KJV)  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, when He came down to the earth brought the kingdom of God down to us. In the Gospels we read the various ways wherein God was revealed to us through Jesus Christ. However the other aspect was that Jesus wanted to make us into ‘fishers of men’ or soul winners.

That is what He said to His followers; if we follow Him, He will start His work in us, transforming us into soul winners by which we would impact lives, communities and nations

How can you become a soul-winner?

1.Have an encounter with the Lord.

2 Peter 1:16 (KJV) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

The first and foremost thing that you need to be a soul winner is to have an encounter with God. These spiritual experiences make one a soul winner. Paul could not stay the way he was after the damascus gate encounter. Peter took the gospel to the gentiles after the heavenly vision.The Bible is a record of ordinary people having amazing spiritual experiences that transformed them to heroes of faith.

The apostles themselves didn’t just happen to follow Christ, they were eyewitnesses of His glory and majesty. It was this encounter they had with Jesus that made them into soul winners.

2. Being deeply rooted in God’s word.

Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

To be a soul winner we need to be deeply immersed in the word of God. We need to read the word of God from cover to cover. Sitting at the feet of God, praying and meditating on the Word, thinking about it again and again asking God to teach us His ways; this is what helps us win souls.Once the Word of God takes deep roots in our life we can’t sit quiet. We would be ambassadors of His word.

Galatians 1:17  (KJV)  Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

Apostle Paul before being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, after his conversion on the road to Damascus, went of to Arabia to meditate and learn the scriptures. When we are completely given to the learning and meditation of God’s word, then we can become soul winners.

3. Cultivate a divine burden for souls.

1 Corinthians 9:16 (KJV)  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Apostle Paul says that the necessity to preach the gospel, to bring souls into God’s kingdom is laidupon each one of us. We need to cultivate this divine burden. God has already called us to carry this burden for souls. As we start to cultivate this burden, God will add grace to our lives to help fulfil it.

4. Minister with authority and grace.

1 Corinthians 2:2,4 (KJV)  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Once you have an encounter with the Lord, get deeply rooted in His word and carry a divine burden for souls, we have to minister with authority and grace. We minister His healing and word with power and through the Spirit, but also ministering through grace and humility. This comes only through Jesus Christ who was crucified. God seeks for soul winners who minister with authority from the platform of grace.

5. Soak the ministry in prayer.

Acts 20:31 (KJV)  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Above all of it, we need to soak the ministry in prayer. Soul winning cannot take place with talent alone. We need the Holy Spirit to minister. Let us guard the ministry with our prayers and tears.

Soul-winning- Points to remember.

Luke 12:31 (KJV)  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Below are some pointers that give us the wholesome meaning of soul winning in the view of Christ.

  • Luke 12:13- Jesus approached to play a judge in dividing inheritance between brothers. He plainly says that He is not called for that. The same applies for us.
  • Luke 12:15- Beware of covetousness. Those who covet cannot be soul winners. Once we fall into the trap of deceitfulness of riches, we tend to go for it more.
  • Luke 12:22- As we make soul winning of greatest priority, we can be sure that God will provide for us. We can choose to be a rich fool or a blessed soul winner.
  • Luke 12:31- As we seek His kingdom, all that concerns us will be perfected by God.
CONCLUSION.

The Lord has called each one of us to be soul winners. That is a necessity that has been laid upon us. Let this become our goal from this day forward, that we will give ourselves to the study of God’s word and spending time in His presence to cultivate that divine burden for souls, so that we too can follow Jesus and transform into ‘fishers of men’.

God’s Passion for Souls-Part 1.

Key Scripture:

Proverbs 11:30 (KJV)   The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand God’s passion for souls. This passion of God is fulfilled when we become soul winners. Let’s learn the passion of God’s heart so that we too can become wise by winning souls to be added to the Kingdom of God.

SERMON POINTS

 God’s heart is for souls.

Luke 15:1 (KJV) Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

The passion of God for souls is seen in Luke 15. Our God is the mission of saving souls and He sent His only begotten son so that no one will perish and that all maybe saved unto eternal life. The crowd that drew around Jesus consisted of sinners, tax collectors and those far away from God. But they liked listening to His life-giving word and Jesus revealed to them the way of life

God’s passion for soul-winning.

 Ezekial 18:4 (KJV) Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

All souls belong to God.

 We need to understand that God’s passion for souls begins with the understanding that all the souls belong to Him. All souls are rightfully His but the enemy wants to steal ,kill and destroy. It is not His will that even one of them must be given over to sin and its wages of death.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 We also belong to the Lord and we are to live to fulfil His purpose in our lives.

 Isaiah 43:4 (KJV)   Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

  • All souls are precious to God.

 Every soul is precious to God; if it wasn’t true then Christ wouldn’t have set out to save them. God wants all men everywhere to repent. Therefore He calls everyone to take a U-turn from living in the ways of the world unto eternal life.

 Acts 17:30 (KJV)   And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

  • God is determined to find the lost.

 Once God starts the search, He will bring the lost. He is so determined to find the Lost. That has been the very mission of Christ. (Luke 19:10) that is the purpose of God. He has chosen each one of the souls to be saved. (John 15:16)

 Luke 15:6 (KJV)   And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

  • God’s joy is in finding the lost.

 With every soul saved, there is great joy in heaven. It makes the heart of God glad when a sinner repents to become the child of God. Just like how the shepherd who found the lost sheep rejoiced instead of punishing it, the Lord is filled with joy with the repentance of the wayward.

  • God wants to bring souls into His house.

 Luke 15:6 (KJV)   And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

 God doesn’t want to just witness sinners saved, He wants to bring them into His House. The house of the Lord is the local church; a place of growth and fellowship. It is in the church that we find restoration happening. Every soul brought into the house of God learns his ways and start living with Him.

How to be a soul winner?

  • Have the heart of a shepherd.
  • Have the determination of a woman.
  • Have the passion of a father.
CONCLUSION.

Our God is the Lord of all the earth and His heart is for souls. The Lord wants us to have the same passion He has towards souls. Only by understanding this passion can we learn o become soul winners. May the Lord grant us this same passion and determination to win souls for Christ.

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