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SALTS & LIGHTS IN A CORRUPT NATION

THEME: SALTS & LIGHTS IN A CORRUPT NATION

Matt. 5; 13-15, Jn.3 19.

 

We are in the era of do it as they do or do it as you like. The slogan is ‘if you cannot beat them, join them’. Many persons who cannot persevere eventually join the bad wagon. The challenges before believers are enormous especially seeing the wicked prosper, and unbelievers thriving well (Mal.3: 14- 15). We should however understand that there is a great price on us and very high expectations. Let us remember that the children of this world know how to get what they desire and it is either a do or die affair. A child of God must be the salt and light to his generation. We are expected to like exemplary life. A life of compromise is not welcomed by our Lord. We have been chosen especially for your generation and not to lose our flavour.

 

ANORMALS OF A NATION

Corruption is an anomaly in any society. It is willingness to use power to do dishonest deals. Our nation and the world are filled with wickedness, corruption and dishonesty. Many persons including professed Christians and church-goers usurp authourity, use their position to oppress, take advantage to amass the societal wealth unto themselves. The youths are not exempted from the corruption. Examination malpractices, internet fraud and addiction, commercial prostitution and immorality, alcoholism, etc. are common vices found in our society today. Believers are meant to be the salt and the light of the world despite the pollutions. Salt is a substance that adds taste to food to give it a better flavour and to season/preserve it. We are to be separated from the world corruption, dishonesty, ill use of power, etc.

 

Discussion

How can a believer distinct him/herself from the corrupt society according to the following references?

1.      Josh.1: 8…………………………………………………………………………

2.      Ps. 1; 1-2…………………………………………………………………………

3.      Rom.12: 1-2……………………………………………………………………...

4.      2 Cor. 5: 17……………………………………………………………………….

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POINTER TO YOUR WORLD: Ps 119: 105

A light gives direction unto dark path. It shows way out of a problem, confusion and perhaps calamity. A child of God must be a pointer to the world. We are to be living proofs to the sinners. Children of God are to portray a life of renewal, dedication and consecration to their God which would ultimately draw men to Christ. Believers are to live godly experiential life to the extent the individuals and the nation at large are affected for God. In our schools, work places, business locations, neighborhood, etc., we must be truthful, honest, sincere and genuine. We must put in all it takes to gain Christ (Lk.9; 25, Gal. 2: 20, Phil.1: 21).

 

Joseph (Gen.41: 25), Moses (Exod.3: 12), Esther (Est.3: 16), Jesus (Jn.3: 19), Paul (Act. 9: 15), to mention just a few are Biblical examples of men who were rare godly samples in their corrupt community.

 

Conclusion

The salt can lose its flavour and be trodden under the feet of men; light can be hidden to the extent that it no longer has effect. Begin to affect your generations for Christ NOW!

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RAPTURE

RAPTURE

Matt. 24: 1-5

 

Rapture is one of the teachings in Eschatology. Eschatology is referred to as the study of end time events which are series of occurrences to show the believers that we are getting closer to the end of the world. It is a group of teachings on last day events, signs, hope and future plans of God as relate to the situation before, during and after the judgments of God on man. Eschatology includes such teachings as, the Rapture, Christ’ Second Coming, Great Tribulation, Marriage Supper, White Throne Judgment, Heaven, Hell, etc. This teaching is intended to:

§     Intimate us about the divine calendar.

§     Challenge us to live holy lives so that we make the rapture.

§     Assist & motivate us to run with patience, purity and purpose of heart, the race that is set before us (Heb. 12; 1-2).

§     Mobilize us to persuade our colleagues, friends, neighbours, family, etc. who are still in sin to repent (2 Cor. 5: 17-20).

 

1.                  GOD’S AGENDA:   Eccl.3: 1-9

When man fell as recorded in Genesis chapter three, God provided a spiritual recovery program for him through the Seed of the woman (Gen. 3: 15).He provided His Son to come to the world (called the first advent), suffered and died to give men justification. Today, it is an established fact that Jesus has fulfilled divine agenda and is seated in heaven.

The Lord Jesus Himself prophesied about events that would happen before the world would come to an event as recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and a few other Scriptures. Certain signs are supposed to take plan before the coming of the Lord e.g. deception, false christs/prophets, wars/ rumours of wars, famine, pestilences, betrayals, backsliding, martyrdom, sex crimes, etc. You would agree with me that all the signs have come to pass. The event that is expected now is the Rapture of the church (catching away from the earth, of all living saints and all who died in the Lord). The time of Jacob’s trouble, called the Great tribulation proceeds the rapture, when for seven years (divided into 2- 3 ½ years each) the antichrist would literally take possession of this world for a reign of terror (Jer. 30: 6, Rev. 13: 1-10). This event would hold simultaneously with the Marriage Supper of the Lamb for the Raptured saints (Rev. 19: 1-10). The raptured believers are expected to accompany Jesus to the earth literally and visibly at His Second Coming for a one thousand years reign termed, Millennium reign which would terminate with the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 20: 1-10). The God of justice will finally judge all persons who ever lived on earth and who refused to accept Jesus in a project called the White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20: 11-15). The result of various judgments will indicate and determine the eternal state of man (New heaven or lake of fire).

 

2.                  THE RAPTURE: 1 Cor.15: 51-54, 1 Thes. 4: 13-17

This event concerns the Church of God (the regenerated & redeemed). It is the catching up of believers in Christ to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes. 4: 16-17). The rapture is also part of the second coming of Christ called Parousia in Greek (Matt.24: 3, 1 Thes. 2: 19) meaning personal presence & appearance of Christ. The rapture is the first of the two comings of Christ. It is not a coming to earth but in the air. At the rapture, Christ will not appear visibly to those on the earth but will  only appear in the air to resurrect the saints who have died, change the bodies of the living saints and catch them up to be with Him. It would all happen ‘in the twinkling of an eye’. (1 Cor. 15: 52).

God intends to use the rapture as an opportunity to take out of this world; all the saints before the great tribulation takes place (1 Thes. 5: 9). It would also be a time to gather the saints together to partake of the marriage supper of the lamb and to receive the reward of their labour (2 Cor. 5: 8-10, Rev. 19: 1-11). No particular sign is been expected before the rapture takes place. It could occur any moment from now. To partake in this memorable event is to enjoy eternal bliss with God. Participants must be saved from sin and maintain a regular righteous living with God (Jn. 3: 3, Heb. 12: 14).

 

3.                  DAILY ACTION PLANS FOR BELIEVERS: Phil. 4: 15

Believers are charged to be prepared for the coming of the Lord (Lk. 12: 40). We are to remain spotless and holy (Rev. 16: 15), be patient (Jam.5: 8), be steadfast to heavenly things (Rev. 3: 11), be spiritually engaged (Lk. 19: 13), joyfully expecting our Redeemer (Titus 2: 13) and be active witnesses of God’s grace to the sinners (Matt. 28: 18, Act. 10: 39-42).

 

CONCLUSION- 1 Pet. 4: 7-11

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THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST 14th April 2010

Resurrection is a rising from or rising of somebody from the dead, or the state of having risen from the dead. In the natural sense, resurrection is a mystery that cannot be explained except by belief in God. The Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead rests on the central doctrine of the resurrection of Christ, which the apostles understood as testimony to and a guarantee of the resurrection of each individual. The Gospels contain the stories of Christ's resurrection. This study would consider salient issues about the resurrection of Christ.

1.       PROPHECIES ABOUT CHRIST RESURRECTION
The resurrection is spoken of as the act of God the Father (Ps. 16:10; Act 2:24; 3:15; Rom. 8:11; Eph. 1:20; Col. 2:12; Heb. 13:20); that of Christ Himself (Jn 2:19; 10:18); and that of the Holy Spirit (1 Pt 3:18). The resurrection of Jesus was foretold by the prophets (Ps. 16:10; Ac t 13:34, 35; Isa 26:19) and by Christ Himself (Matt. 20:19; Mk 9:9; 14:28; Jn 2:19-22).

 2.       APPEARANCES OF CHRIST PROVINF HIS RESURRECTION
Ten different appearances of our risen Lord are recorded in the New Testament. (1.) To Mary Magdalene at the sepulchre alone. (John 20:11-18, Mark 16:9-11). (2.) To certain women, "the other Mary," Salome, Joanna, and others, as they returned from the sepulchre. (Matt.28:1-10, Mrk 16:1-8, Lk. 24:1-11) (3.) To Simon Peter alone. (Lk. 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5.) (4.) To Cleopas & the other disciple on the way to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection (Luke 24:13-35). (5.) To the ten disciples (Thomas being absent) and others "with them," at Jerusalem on the evening of the resurrection day. (John 20:19-24). (6.) To the disciples again (Thomas being present) (Mk 16:14-18; Lk 24:33-40; Jn 20:26-28). (7.) To the disciples when fishing at the Sea of Galilee. (John 21:1-23). (8.) To the eleven, and above 500 brethren at once, at an appointed place in Galilee (1 Cor. 15:6; Matt. 28:16-20). (9.) To James (1 Cor. 15:7). (10.) To the apostles immediately before the ascension (Mk 16:19; Lk 24:50-52; Acts 1:4-10).  In addition, He appeared to Paul on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:3-9, 17; 1 Cor. 15:8; 9:1). It is worthy of note that it is distinctly related that on most of these occasions our Lord afforded his disciples the amplest opportunity of testing the fact of his resurrection. He conversed with them face to face. They touched him (Matt. 28:9; Luke 24:39; John 20:27), and he ate bread with them (Luke 24:42, 43; John 21:12, 13).

 Discussion: Mention those who attested to Christ’ resurrection

(i).     Matt 28:5-7………………………….................               (ii). Mt 28:11-15……………………...............   

(iii).   Act 1:22; 2:32………………………………………

  

3.      ESSENCE OF CHRIST RESURRECTION:
This is of fundamental importance in Christianity, both historically and doctrinally. It is one of the cardinal facts and doctrines of the gospel. The whole of the New Testament revelation rests on this as an historical fact. So significant is the resurrection of Jesus that without it there would be no church or Christianity, and we would still be in our sins (1 Cor. 15:17). Christ’ resurrection was necessary to fulfill Scripture (Lk. 24:45, 46), forgiveness of sins (1Cor. 15:17), justification (Rom. 4:25; 8:34), hope (1Cor 15:19), the efficacy of preaching (1Cor. 15:14), the efficacy of faith (1Cor. 15:14, 17). It is also a proof of his being the Son of God (Ps 2:7; Act 13:33; Rom. 1:4)

CONCLUSION
All believers are expected to be begotten to a lively hope of His resurrection (1Pt. 1:3, 21), we must desire to know the power of His resurrection (Philp 3:10) and should keep in remembrance of it  (2Tim. 2:8).

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THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. 21st April 2010

 

TEXT:   1 Cor.15: 53-54

The teaching on resurrection is as old as the Bible itself. From time immemorial, several persons had risen from the dead temporarily in miraculous circumstances (1Kg. 17:17-23, 2 Kg. 4:32-37, 13:21, Lk. 7:12-15, 8:49-55) but generally there is the belief that the dead would rise again. (Job 14:12-15; 19:25-27; Ps 16:9, 10). Isaac (Gen. 22:13; Heb 11:19), Jonah (Jon 2:10; Mt 12:40), etc typified resurrection. In the figurative sense, regeneration also is similar to being raised from the dead (Rom. 6:4; Eph 2:1, 5-6; Col 2:12; 3:1). 

1.      FACTS ABOUT RESURRECTION:Resurrection is a doctrine of the Old Testament (Job 19:26; Isa. 26:19; Dan. 12:2; Hos. 13:14). The resurrection of the dead will be simultaneous both of the just and the unjust (Dan. 12:2; John 5:28, 29; Rom. 2:6-16; 2 Thes. 1:6-10). The qualities of the resurrection body will be different from those of the body laid in the grave (1 Cor. 15:53, 54; Phil. 3:21); but its identity will nevertheless be preserved. It will still be the same body (1 Cor. 15:42-44) which rises again. Resurrection of the wicked shall be to shame and everlasting contempt (Dan. 12:2) and to damnation (Joh 5:29). It is a first principle of the gospel (1Cor. 15:13, 14; Heb 6:1, 2), expected by the Jews (Joh 11:24; Heb 11:35) and denied by the Sadducees (Mt 22:23; Lu 20:27; Act 23:8). The doctrine is explained away by false teachers (2Tm. 2:18) and called in question by some in the church (1Cor. 15:12). The dead would resurrect either they like it or not or either they believe in the doctrine or not. Saints shall rise through Christ (Joh 11:25; Ac 4:2; 1Co 15:21,22), rise first (1Cor. 15:23; 1Th 4:16), rise to eternal life (Dan. 12:2; Joh 5:29), be glorified with Christ (Col 3:4). Resurrected believers in Christ would be as the angels (Mt 22:30), have incorruptible bodies (1Cor. 15:42) and possess glorious bodies (1Cor. 15:43).

2.      NATURE OF THE RESURRECTION BODY:
When the dead is to be raised; it will be spiritual (1 Cor. 15:44), i.e., a body adapted to the use of the soul in its glorified state, and to all the conditions of the heavenly state; glorious, incorruptible, and powerful (1 Cor. 15: 54); like unto the glorified body of Christ (Phil. 3:21); and immortal (Rev. 21:4).

DISCUSSIONS

Deduce from the following references on the subject matter.

1. Dan. 12:2 …………………………………………..2. Joh 5:28…………………….………………………….

3. Joh 5:29 ……………………………………………4. Act 24:15 ………………………..…………………….

CONCLUSION: - Saints should look forward to this resurrection (Dan. 12:13; Php 3:11; 2 Cor. 5:1). Righteous living is a necessity to be part of resurrection of the saints.
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WORSHIP  5th May 2010

 

TEXT:               Ps.96: 1-9  

Worship is said to be reverence offered a Divine Being or supernatural power. It is also an act of expressing such reverence. In another vain, it is an extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem worship of the naira/dollar. Some theologians refer to it as reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God. The English word worship comes from the Old English word worthship, a word which denotes the worthiness of the one receiving the special honor or devotion. The act of worship is the main focus of the Scripture. God demands it from us (Col 2:18; Rev 19:10; 22:8). Children are not exempted from worshipping God (Jos 8:35, 2Ch 20:13, Ezr 8:21, Neh.12:43, Mt 21:15). This study would further enlighten us on what worship is all about.

  1. WORSHIP IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: 2 Kg. 17:36,  1 Chron. 16:29   

In Old Testament times Abraham built altars to the Lord and called on His name (Gen 12:8; 13:18). This worship of God required no elaborate priesthood or ritual. After God's appearance to Moses and the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, the foundations of Israelite ritual were laid. This worship took place in the light of history, especially the Exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt. Through Moses, God established the form and principles of Israelite worship (Ex 25-31; 35:1-40:38).

  1. WORSHIP IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: Mt 4:10,  John 4:24

New Testament worship was characterized by a joy and thanksgiving because of God's gracious redemption in Christ. This early Christian worship focused on God's saving work in Jesus Christ. True worship was that which occurred under the inspiration of God's Spirit (John 4:23-24; Phil 3:3). The Jewish Sabbath was quickly replaced by the first day of the week as the time for weekly public worship (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor 16:2); it was called the Lord's Day (Rev 1:10). This was the occasion for celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, since He arose on the first day of the week (Mark 16:2).

At first , worship services were conducted in private houses (Act 1:1,3,14; 5:42; 12:12; 20:7-9; Rom 16:5; 1Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; Phm 1:2). Possibly for a time the first Christians worshiped in the synagogues as well as private homes. Some scholars believe the Jewish Christians would go to the synagogues on Saturday and to their own meeting on Sunday. Although the New Testament does not instruct worshipers in a specific procedure to follow in their services, several elements appear regularly in the worship practices of the early church. Some of which include prayer (1 Thess 5:17), praise (either by individuals or in hymns, Acts 4:24-30; Eph 5:14; 1 Tim 3:16; Rev 4:8, 11; 5:9-10,12-13), Scripture reading, prophecy ( inspired preaching by one filled with the Holy Spirit). Contributions were also collected on the first day of each week (1 Cor 16:2). The place of singing is very crucial in worship. Choirs assist in it through Orchestra, led by Precentor (1Chron. 9:33, 15:16, 27).

DISCUSSION A: Highlight 4-fold reasons for worship as stated in 1Pt.2:9

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 DISCUSSION B: What can we infer on worship according to the following?
1. Gen. 4:4; 8:21…………………………………….……….2.    Gen. 4:5,7 ………………………………………………..

3. Rev.19:10; 22:8,9……………………………………………………………………………………….…………………….

CONCLUSION:                        God demands our worship (Exd. 20:3; Deut. 5:7; 6:13; Mt 4:10).

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SPIRITUAL SONGS 12th May 2010

 

TEXT:      Eph.5; 19, Col.3; 16

Song is used in the New Testament in praise to God or Christ. Spiritual is added because the word in itself is specifically used in religious cases and connected to human spirit. Song is a short piece of music with words that you sing. It is musical sound expressed from the mind in appreciation to God. The song of Moses and the song of the Lamb are classical examples of spiritual songs of deliverance (Rev.5:9, 14; 3, 15:3-4).

  1. DIVERS SONGS:

Psalm is a major type of spiritual songs composed by individuals during very critical stage of their life. Moses while celebrating the deliverance at the Red Sea sang a special song (Exd. 15:1-19). He also composed didactic songs to celebrate the providence, righteousness, and judgments of God (Deut. 32:1-43; Ps 90:1-17). Didactic- designed or intended to teach or convey instruction. Deborah was not left out as she sang to celebrate Israel's victory over Sisera (Jg 5:1-31). When Hannah was blessed with a long awaited son, in thankfulness, she sang (1Sam. 2:1-10). Several examples abound for David in celebrating his deliverance (2Sam. 22:1-51), upon the occasion of moving the Ark of the Covenant (1Chron. 16:7-36), at the close of his reign (2Sam 23:2-7; 1Ch 29:10-19). What of Isaiah (Isa. 12:1-6; 25:1-12; 26:1-21), Hezekiah, celebrating deliverance from death (Isa. 38:9-20) and song at the Passover meal by Jesus and His disciples (Matt 26:30; Mark 14:26) to mention but a few. Songs can be sung in the night or at any time of the day and at all occasions (Job 35:10,  Ps 42:8, 77:6 ,149:5).

DISCUSSION: What can we infer on Spiritual songs according to the following?

1.      Ps 33:3; 40:3………………………………………….……….2.  Ps 69:12 ………………………………………………

3.     Am 5:23………………………………………………………….4. Rev. 5:9, 10 …………………………………………

  1. SINGING SPIRITUAL SONGS: Ps. 100

Songs are used to express joy which might a times involve crying loud in praises to God (Ps.32: 11, 66; 1-4). It is a tool to get the attention of God to our challenging situation (Isa.12; 5, Rev.15: 3). Instruments are used to make singing inspirational. Instruments were invented by Jubal (Gen. 4:21), as well as David (1Chron. 23:5; 2Ch 7:6; 29:26; Amos 6:5). They were also made by Solomon (1Ki 10:12; 2Chron 9:11; Eccl 2:8). Cornet (Dan 3:5,7,10), trumpet , cymbal, dulcimer-a double pipe (Dan 3:5,10,15), flute (Dan 3:5,7,10,15), gittith- a stringed instrument  (Ps 8:1-9; 81:1-16; 84:1-12), harp, organ-probably composed of pipes furnishing a number of notes (Gen. 4:21; Job 21:12; 30:31; Ps 150:4), etc are instruments used in aiding songs.

CONCLUSION:    
When our hearts are clean, anointed songs proceed from it and it attracts heaven’s attention and edifies man.
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