The compassion commission

Before we share the gospel, we need to show it in our action. Our actions should lead people to Christ and worthy of emulation by unbelievers.

The compassion commission involves God’s heart to justice, our response towards it, the compassion commission itself and how to answer the calling for the compassion commission that we are entrusted with.

1. God’s heart for justice:
Psalm 99:4, Isa 56:1
God cares about everything that is happening now. Persecution among Christians, hatred and war against preaching the gospel etc but it is written that all this things will happen and therefore God is aware and cares for our souls.

2. Our response:
Our response could either be judgemental or love embodied.
Isa 1:17, James 1:27, Matt 28:16-20, Matt 25:35-40
It is the holy spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge but our job is to love. We need to play our part (love) and leave the judgement to God and conviction to the Holy Spirit.

3. Compassion commission
Eph 2:10, James 1:27 , James 2:14-17.                                                                                                               The compassion commission is simply a calling to love which is the only religion that God accepts.

4. How to answer the call: be Christ like
Mark 8:2, Matt 9:36, Rom 12:10, col 3:12
To answer the call we need to love others

When the church is more focused on the preferences of their members and not the dying lost, church the church dies.

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Preacher: Pastor Kelsey

Lift up your eyes

Life is never going to be easy and quite often we are so focused on the negative things in life. We need to understand that we are in the ‘now’ moment and if we are not living in this moment now, we are in deep trouble. With the advancement in technology and rapid change weather and climate, understanding the times is an essential asset for our Christian work.
What is stopping us from doing even more than Jesus did is because we are not lifting our eyes up rather we looking at our problems.
Sometimes when we look up, we see our bosses, employers, and problems but we need to change our perspective and look up to God who is the author and finisher of our faith.
When we have challenges where does it draw us to? Is it to Christ or away from Christ?
God has called us to be a voice and not an echo in this world. God is willing to run with the runners, walk with the walker but does not sit with the sitters.

David, instead of being at the war front was at home and that costed him a lot because he looked down and saw a beautiful woman bathing instead of looking up and going to battle. Looking down is very dangerous. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus.

If you are to look with the eyes of Jesus, how will Jesus see the world today?

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Having a sense of urgency

We as believers have responsibilities but not just having responsibilities, we need to answer the calling with an urgency. As Christians we shouldn’t be unwise but understand God’s will for our life. So often we extract portions from the word of God to suit our life but we have to understand that our life should revolve around the word of God in lieu of the reverse. We can come up with several excuses why we can’t preach the word of God or reasons why we can’t sow at a particular time but God requires of us to neglect all excuses and start sowing now. The great commission for believers is to preach the word of God.

Jesus used his need to minister to the Samaritan woman at the well not minding the fact that Jews has no relationship with Samaritans at that time. Usually when we are tired, the first thing we think about is ourself but Jesus gave us a good example that even when he was tired, he still saw an opportunity to preach the word of God.

The woman knew that the messiah was coming but she didn’t know that the messiah was standing next to her so also most Christians. We hope for things that has already been settled. All we need to do is to go into the field and harvest, The Samaritan woman preached immediately, even to the people she feared.

There will always be things to do, there will always be challenges but in the midst of the challenges, we need to see opportunities for spreading the gospel.

How excited are you about the messiah? Are you enjoying your walk with God?

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Changing limitations to opportunities

God has giving us talents to use it for his glory. The lord wants us to be his ambassador. He wants us to be people who will spread the good news.

We have the choice to change our limitations to opportunities or live in it. Eph 5:15-17. We should not be surprised about what is currently happening but we should be prepared. We need to be proactive and not reactive because the days are evil. 1 sam 17:1,8-10.

The children of Israel saw giant but David saw opportunities. David got angry in his spirit and decided knock our the giant through the power of the God. When we get angry with the situations around us, do we see opportunities of glorifying God or we see giants (more problems).

Opportunity is defined as a favorable condition at a favorable time. If we wait for the perfect time, we will wait forever because there will always be limitations in our lives. One person’s limitation is another man’s opportunity.

Nothing changed but David’s mentality changed. It takes the right mentality and right spirit to see opportunities in limitations.  If u don’t take the opportunity, someone else will.

Are you satisfied living in your limitations or you want to make an opportunity off it?

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

We are not moving backward

In Gen 26:1-2, there were different famines both Abraham and Isaac had famine and there was a striking pattern. Growth is a product of active resistance. Without challenges it will be difficult to grow. Therefore challenges are healthy.

What we do when challenges happen is not what matters but how we deal with the challenges. Daniel saw challenges and fled from the woman but Samson saw a similar challenge and fell into the hand of the woman.

Challenges will surely come but when they come will we be moving forward or moving backward? Challenges make us grow.

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Preacher: Bro. Sali Phillip

Meaning, Purpose, RE-vision AND Revision

Meaning and purpose are similar yet different when put in context. Meaning = widely accepted perception. Purpose = intent or reason for which something is done
Meaning answers the question WHAT while purpose answers WHY.
When a purpose of an object is not known, the object is subject to abuse or misuse. Meaning gives a general insight based on beliefs but purpose gives a detailed insight based on fact. Purpose is given by the author or creator of a thing but meaning can be decided by anybody
Most dangerous thing in life is a man without a purpose: The trip to Nineveh is free but you pay your fare to Tarshish. (Jonah 1)
The meaning of life is to satisfy the purpose of life and the purpose of life is to give it away: Jesus is an example.
What you do before the fulfillment of the purpose of life matters: godly or ungodly?

Re-vision = birthing of a new vision or fresh vision. Revision = reread or reconsider work done previously
Most people wants to have a vision but ends up in revision. Our past is the stronghold of revision  (lam 3:22-24). One of the important attribute of God is that he forgets if not then we would have been condemned long ago. We need to emulate this.

Mistakes are part of life, everyone makes them, everyone regrets them. But, some learn from them and some end up making them again. It’s up to you to decide if you’ll use your mistakes to your advantage. –(Meredith sapp). It is very easy to revise but quite difficult to have a re-vision.
Have status but don’t be a statue in God’s presence. Your imagination sets the pace for your destination

Lesson learnt  ON pursuing God’s given vision

  • The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter — paulo Coelho
  • Its never too late to start all over again.
  • Expect BIG challenges on your way to greatness
  • Visions may be given but it must be contended in prayers
  • Daniel lost his strength but he didn’t loose his God.
    The ground may shake so much that you loose your legs but the God that gave you those visions will not cancel the vision
  • Salvation does not eliminate trials. Jesus didn’t kill the devil, he only cast him out.
  • It may not be your sins that brought your trials. It might be a test of faith  (1 peter 1:7)
  • Don’t build dominions in valleys. Walk through your valleys (psalm 23:4)
  • Vision can make you dumb but stay by the vision. Stay by the revelation
  • Until there is expectation there is no manifestation. Manifestation produces conviction.
  • How do you keep all this? Answer phil 2:13
  • There is so much that is possible but so little that is doable without God
  • Food for thought: in reality those you think you will lean on in times of trouble have no back. Those you think you will rely on are also looking for someone to rely on. Will you quit your dreams because of this?

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Preacher: Bro Emmanuel

Thrust in thy sickle and reap: For the time is come for you to reap

Thrust is defined by oxford dictionary as: push suddenly or violently in a specified direction while sickle is a tool for harvesting.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 corth 10:4)
Thrust in thy sickle = Entering the pool, Wakeup, Being a part of it, Strive, Get involved.
Thrusting is one thing, reaping the right harvest is another. God doesn’t start something until he has finished it. Sickle is not to be played with. It hurts if mishandled. God is not tired of doing miracles but the unavailability of men and women is limiting him.

2 important things are needed to thrust your sickle and reap: 1. Availability and 2. Strategy
Sickle is a tool and thrusting requires force or energy.

Sickles that needs to be thrusted

1. Outreach: The harvest is full but the laborers are few: thrust in thy sickle. 1 peter 2:8-10
2. Work: You cannot reap until you work: thrust in thy sickle. 1 peter 2:15
We can influence people to accept Christ through diligence in our work place. Christians are not lazy people; we are hardworking.
3. Prayer life: No justification for your poor prayer life: thrust in thy sickle. Romans 8:26-27, Prov: 20:27
When you have the right spirit, you have the right prayer life.

Benefits of thrusting your sickle

1. Confidence: Because you have a relationship with the true God. Romans 8:15, Heb 4: 16
2. Peace: Because you will be spiritually minded. Romans 8:6. You can have peace 365 days a year. 2 thes 3:3, 2 thes 3:16
Food for thought: In the end 2 sickles will be thrown down, will you be on the Lord’s side or on the angel of destruction’s side?

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Preacher: Bro Emmanuel.

Power of the Holy Ghost

Too often we commit sins over and over and we ask God for forgiveness every time but the power of the Holy Ghost gives us the power to overcome sin and temptations. We want to be a witness in our comfort zone but being a witness starts from out personal life.
Is you life a real witness for God? If people cannot emulate your life, then for who are you witnessing for?
It is easier to lift up our hands on Sunday morning but when challenges comes in our life, do we do the same thing? God of the good times is also the God of the bad times. He remains unchanged. Act 4:33-35. When you have the power of God, the devil will trembles. Act 4:31

What the Holy Spirit brings:

1. Turns weakling into witnesses. It is the counsel of the Holy Spirit that gives us utterance. Are you an effective witness? That is the purpose of the Spirit of God.

2. It brings in fellowship and not division. At this point, devotion with Christ becomes more important than devotion with man and humility becomes more important than greatness. The holy spirit wants to clean us from inside out.

We are not aquarium keeper but a fisherman.

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Intimacy with the Holy Ghost : Being a witness

The main purpose of the power of the Holy Ghost is for us to be a witness. In this world, people likes to be a sales man. However just because you are a witness does not make it right. You can be a witness for the wrong cause. The jihadist are also witnesses but when you receive power, you will be a witness of God. Living a Christian life is not difficult, but it is impossible when u try to live it on your own strength.

Martyr is the Greek word for witness. They are people that wants to die with Christ. A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted. Your true faith is exposed when you go through trials. Zech 4:6, John 16:15, John 5:5, eph 2:3, psalm 51:5.
We can be martyr by dying to our desires. Ezekiel 11:19
By default, we have the heart of stone. God does a heart transplant through the power of the Holy Spirit and that gives us the boldness to witness.
The sad thing is that we are try to live Holy through flesh. John 3:5-6
When you are fearful, do you go the way of surrender or rebellion?
Jesus chose the way of surrender. 1 corth 2:1, John 3:8.

Propose in your heart to be a witness of God and not a witness for the wrong cause.

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit 2

Devil wants us to feel like evil is normal. Until you have the Holy Spirit, there is no discernment of evil and no confession of Jesus as our Lord. Its not a question of if God wants to have a relationship with us because he always does just as he came down from heaven daily to check on Adam and Eve, the main question is do we want to have fellowship with him?

You cannot have a relationship with the Holy Ghost and still maintain a relationship with the world. You need the communion with the Holy Ghost to live through this perilous times. Acts 8:29, 10:29,11:27-28
Every single step of ours should be led by the Holy Ghost else we are bound to make mistakes. Rom 9:1-2
Communion is to have an intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ and communion with the Holy Ghost is key to a successful Christian walk.
In the old testament, Holy Spirit was living with them but in the new testament the Holy Spirit is living in us. The Holy spirit now dwells within us. 1 corth 14:39-40
Praying in tongues helps defeat our weaknesses. Rom 8:26.
The meaning of speaking of tongue is for unbelievers as in 1 Corinthians 14:22 is that when unbelievers see you they will see the presence of God when you pray in tongues.

We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and not just having the Holy Spirit.

Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor