For many of us, there may just be something missing. We The greatest mistake you could ever make, is convincing yourself that nothing’s missing. may eat until we’re full but get hungry again too soon. We may sleep a full night’s rest and wake up more tired then when we laid down. We may feel though we give our time and care to those around us- we never feel it being reciprocated or fully appreciated. Yes there is something definitely missing! Why is it there? Why is there always this subtle presence and secret inkling that we are not actually happy? When we zoom in and think about this feeling, it might grow to an overwhelming lack of a sense of purpose. Questions of “why am I here and what am I doing with my life?”, is too daunting of a thought for some, so we keep busy… we fill our life up with stuff, people and self-fulfilling goals. Deep down though, no matter how often we may try to avoid it, we know we continue to feel this great resounding void.
Welcome to the second edition of New Dawn! We encourage you as your reading this magazine, this very sentence even, to take a moment and think about yourself. Think about your life. Did you have a long day ? Or is it just beginning? Maybe you went to work, looked after your children, spent time with your partner or spouse. Now think outside of the busyness of the day, just focus on how you are feeling in this moment. At the end of the day when you reflect on your life as it stands in the grand scheme, do you feel satisfied with your current situation?
Blaise Pascal a brilliant French mathematician, physicist, inventor and philosopher who’s life work has contributed widely to the scientific world, blessed the world with an eloquent answer to this missing piece that we all struggle with, through a single quote from his book Pensees: “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”. The void you feel can only be filled by God. Please note carefully we did not say church, religion, or ideologies...but simply “God”. If you are feeling this void, and you’ve tried many things except Him, we encourage you to try God this time. And if you have tried God before, it might be time for a fill up! Stay prayerful, stay rooted and cling to God and his unchanging Word and He will renew your strength. We believe every person was carefully crafted by God and every person has a purpose. He is not mad at you, He has not forgotten you and no matter what you’ve been through or how you currently feel, He cares about you. Come back to your first love– He is waiting to reveal to you his purpose for your life and he wants to replace your weariness with his Joy! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Volume 1, Issue 2
September 29, 2013
In this issue: Righteousness Exhalts A Nation ...
Why Go to Church?
Recession Proof Your Faith Pt2
7 Reasons Why...
Pitched In and Out the Atoning... 5
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
It All starts with a Dream Mary-Ann Oniyimba
Ever wondered why a lot of people with great ideas and talent start a race but only few make it to the finish line? It is often said that the journey of a million miles begins with a sing step. Whilst the beginning paves the way, the content of a man’s heart sets the tone and pace of the journey. The vision of the mind is greater than the vision of the eyes. The mental picture of your goal makes it more tangible and achievable. A blank mind lacks aspiration and expects nothing; it can therefore not be disappointed.
The great mind on the other hand is so called because it pushes boundaries by dreaming beyond the realms of possibilities. One thing holds true for all of man’s great inventions; they all started with a dream. The idea was formed in the heart; developed by the imagination, the fact that there was nothing in existence that it could be compared to did not hinder the mind. It was the first of its kind, yet it was still possible for the mind to conceive it. The mind of a man is a hidden storehouse of vast treasures. The potential of which if tapped, births greatness and if not, remains ‘as is’- just a potential.
Righteousness Exalts A Nation but sin is a reproach to any People Proverbs 13:34
The Great Britain has a history of
However the importance of the Great
SOCIAL-GEO POLITICAL TERRAIN
success which were hung on the
Britain is declining, their influence in
CAN BE RESTORED. (2nd
knowledge and acknowledgement of
the world terrain is going downwards
God. The victories in the “battle field”, because the place given to God and the the “establishment of the throne”,
fear of God is been undermined. “A
leading the world on the demographic
nation that rules the waves” is now
philosophy and the successes of it all
referred as a small “Island”. There is a
“Let the voice of prayer arise again on our land, spear your people oh God! And restore our Land”.
were as a result of a place given to God revolt at the neighbour of our overseas and his church. The monarch was part of the church and the Bishop of Canterbury was part of the House of Lords. “Prayer to God is nationalised” (God Save the Queen). Some parts of the resources were dedicated to the service of God and humanity. Great men and women of God were praying and spreading the gospel to the whole world.
territory (Gibraltar and France Land). The Economy is almost in shamble and our social and cultural values are fading out. Rebellion against God, parents and the government are increasing in an alarming rate. Violence is increasing
Pastor Godwin Bartholomew
in our streets. “GREAT BRITAIN IT IS
Faith Alive Ministries
TIME TO RETURN BACK TO GOD SO THAT OUR INFLUENCE AND RELEVANCE TO THE ECONOMIC,
Recession Proof Your Faith- Part 2 Faith L Brown
It’s time to recession proof our faith! That means that our walk with God is independent of our current circumstances. Our personal, the Country nor the Worlds economic recession has no barring on our consistent belief that Jesus is Lord and there is a God. Continued from “Recession Proof Your Faith” from New Dawn Volume 1 Edition 1… I wish now to address the plan Apostle Paul laid out for us when trouble arises: First, when trouble strikes, we must draw near to our heavenly Father to receive the promised comfort. John 14:2-10 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22J udas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. Second, ask other believers to pray for you. Paul told the Corinthian believers, “…you help us by your prayers…”( 2 Corin. 1:11). This emphasizes the need to become a part of a good local fellowship, (church family) with close friends who are there to pray for you in times of trouble. God uses trials and troubles to humble us and bind us together with fellow Disciples. We’re commanded to bear one another’s burdens, and if they’re to bear our burdens, we need to “bare” that burden, i.e., we need to let some fellow believers know about our struggle and tell them we need their help and prayers. Don’t be too proud to do that. Each of us have fallen short to God’s
expectations and yet he has forgiven and loved each one of us, no matter how at fault, who accept Him. So let’s remember as we pray for one another to do so in love. PRAYER- is the single most essential thing missing from church, our lives, and our spiritual growth. Not just prayer…but CORRECT prayer, because as Disciples, old and new we still have a hard time learning the correct way to pray. Fortunately God gives us specific instructions to pray. Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. The main benefit for belonging to a body of Christ– is the support system you get from a PRAYING church family. A body of Christ may contain people of different perspectives/ opinions is united through the Holy Spirit who flows through all of us. Not through our logical minds, but by our SPIRITUAL mind can we be connected. When someone enters our church the love they feel should be transcended from artificial phony how you doings, to shining with the love of Christ who is inside all of us. Therefore as church members we should strive for all that we say, and do in our daily interactions comes not as a natural reaction, but an inner response from our now transformed hearts. If you are avoiding going to church because you are upset with people who attend– then you are most likely confusing the purpose of church. It is not to find perfect people -it is to find God. God uses people to help you grow and it is important that you don’t confuse the faults of men for a fault of God. Each of us come short of His glory but each of us are forgiven. Third, realize that pain can help prepare you to minister to others. “God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” There is no better comforter than someone who’s been through
deep trials and suffering. What do you say to a believer who is experiencing overwhelming troubles? How do you respond to him or her? Hopefully not like Job’s comforters! They kept saying, “Job, you must have committed some terrible sin. God wouldn’t let you suffer so much if you were faithful to him.” But they were wrong. At the end of the book, the LORD rebuked them for their foolish theories (Job 42:7-9). Why do we constantly look for the counsel of evil to guide us? Dwell not in the counsel of evil for the only advice they could give you is of sin and iniquity (including the counsel we give to ourselves out of our Flesh). Why do we as Disciples, give advice to our friends/ family before first seeking the counsel of the Holy Spirit? When we hear a situation, when we listen to a sad story, when we go through something, anything… our first reaction is to think, when according to the word our first RESPONSE should be re-trained to PRAY! Apostle Paul said in MY/YOUR Flesh dwells NO good thing. So why do we constantly… time after time…THINK first pray later?? Our thoughts are NOT his Thoughts our WAYS are not HIS ways…every seemingly good idea doesn’t mean its God’s plan or purpose—in fact Proverbs 14:12 says, “there is a way that seems right to man, but it ends in death” …praying and fasting and looking for the Holy Spirit and in his WORD is the only way we hear from God. Just because you have experience in the situation doesn’t mean that you are trained in the knowledge necessary to tell someone else what to do. There are tons of books on parenting, people keep writing them, reading them, trying them, and finding that their situation is one where it doesn’t work. Because God doesn’t fit in the box we put Him in, His plan for our lives, our children lives, our friends lives, is NOT always our plan for our lives. Recession proof your Faith by correcting your behavior to the recession. DO NOT REACT-(showing the feelings or thoughts it arouses, taking immediate reaction), RESPOND-(have a positive, well thought out reaction), to situations; this means for a Disciple, praying and sometimes Fasting till we hear from God.
The Elect Lady: john 2 Lady Esther Bartholomew (Faith Alive Ministries)
The Elect Lady is a chosen Lady that gives life to her family, the church and impacts her generation positively. Chosen because she is relevant, able to make a difference and equipped for good works. Her hair is her glory, with her eyes she sees a piece of land and buys it from the profit of her
gives pleasure to her husband and feeds her offspring as her hands rock the cradle that rules the world. Energetic and efficient because she clothes herself with strength and honour only speaks in wisdom and acts in integrity Proverbs 31 25:26.
merchandise, her mind conceives ideas and visions to God’s glory. She is wise and certainly does not eat the bread of idleness.
A joyful wife that builds her home; she is vigilant and proactive. Her husbands safely trust her and she secures the future of her home. In benevolence she reaches out to the poor and needy.
Her womb brings forth nations; her breast
The Elect Lady mirrors Deborah in the book of
Judges who through multitasking was able to successfully act as a mother in Israel, a prophetess, a judge, a business woman, an intercessor and the Lord used her to bring deliverance to the Israelite The secret is in her virtue is that fears of the Lord, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (psalm 111:10 NIV).
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PITCHED IN AND OUT – THE WORKINGS OF THE ATONING BLOOD OF JESUS
By Evangelist Ezekiel Anyanwu (President and Founder): Grace Revolution Evangelistic Association (www.gracerevangass.com) When God was going to destroy the world by water in Genesis Chapter 6, He told Noah who found grace in His eyes to build an Ark to the saving of His household. He told him to “pitch it within and without with pitch”. Let’s follow the account in Genesis 6:13-14 KJV: 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
atonement. The atoning Blood of Jesus is what pitch us in and pitch out the world. In order words, it is what seals us in and seal out the world. Just as God’s judgment on sin fell on Noah’s Ark, we were in the Ark called Christ when God’s judgment fell on Sin (noun). The scripture says “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness”. Romans 1:18 NKJV.
The atoning blood of Jesus Christ was what sealed us in from escaping the Ark so that all our sins were sufficiently punished/judged on Jesus 2000 years ago. As an analogy of what the atoning Blood of Jesus does as a powerful Sealant, I remember working with gaskets and seals in the inspection and maintenance of There are two Arks in the Old Testament: Cylinder Heads and other mechanical Big Ark and a small Ark. The small Ark is components of a gas Engines while the one Moses was asked to build to employed as a Mechanical Maintenance specification (Exodus 25: 10-22) and the Engineer in PHC, Nigeria. The purpose of big Ark is Noah’s Ark. The big Ark the seal with the right torque applied was represents us in Christ and the small Ark to seal in gas and other working fluids in represents Christ in us. the engine cylinder to prevent leakage and to seal out materials external to the The Ark of Noah is a picture of Jesus who cylinder head from getting in. Not only is our Ark. Just as God preserved Noah did the atoning Blood of Jesus seal us from and his household from destruction, when within, it sealed us from without such that we come to Jesus by faith, we come into God’s judgment on Sin, did not fall on us an Ark by which God saves us from His but on the Ark Jesus. Hallelujah!!! “For wrath and judgment both in this age and in the love of Christ compels us, because we the age to come. The word salvation in judge thus: that if One died for all, then the original Greek is “soteria”, translated all died; and He died for all, that those health, wholeness, preservation, safety who live should live no longer for and deliverance. Salvation is more than themselves, but for Him who died for just being saved from sin. It is God's them and rose again”. II Corinthians: 14inclusive word for all that was obtained 15 NKJV. for us through the dead of Jesus on the cross. Thus, all of our sins was in the future when Jesus on our behalf took all of God’s Let’s go back to the text in Genesis 6: 13judgment on Sin. We appropriate what 14. The word “pitch” in verse 14, is the Jesus did on the cross by faith when we Hebrew word “kaphar” that is translated
come into the Ark of the new covenant. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. Romans 5:1 ESV. Our judgment is not in the future, our judgment is in the past once we have been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus. His judgment was our judgment; His dead was our dead“… Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him”. Hebrews 8:28 NLT. By law of Double Jeopardy, no one stand trial second time for offense they've already been exonerated from. Finally, it is not an accident that Noah’s Ark lands on top of a mountain called Ararat. Genesis 8:4. It will blow your mind to know that Ararat in the Original Hebrew means “the curse reversed”. Wow!!! With us pitched within and pitched without in the Ark called Christ, Jesus, bore all our sins in His death at the cross and travelled through the stormy waters of God’s judgment all alone, landing us safely on a different mountain called Zion where all of God’s curse and judgment on Sin was reversed. “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles…”Galatians 3:13-14 ESV. Beloved! Your Salvation is a complete package! It is health, wholeness, preservation, safety and deliverance. Not only is He the One Who saved us from Sin, He is the One Who is saving us from the problems and troubles of life and yes, He is the One Who is going to save us. Let’s give Him praise!
The Great Commission Evangelist
considering what Jesus says in Lk 12:47. How would it sound if Jesus calls a fellow a foolish son when we are gathered before him for reward? In order to be a wise son, we need to gather in summer according to Proverbs 10:5 “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.” We shall not cause shame in the name of Jesus! I pray that God the H.S will use the revelation in this message to unleash your potentials & make you fruitful in the name of We thank God for His infinite mercy and His Jesus! good work of reconciliation to man. We are What is EVANGELISM? saved by grace, and the same grace He is giving This is the sharing of Jesus Christ in the power us on daily basis to bring the unbelievers to the of the HOLY SPIRIT and living the results up cross. He wants to safe many others through to God. That is go out, tell the good news us. Brethren, how well are you with this about Jesus Christ with the backing of the responsibility? Perhaps, you are innocently Father in the third person of trinity ( H.S). ignorant of the task. But Hear the Bible in Brethren, God’s formula for evangelism is Luke 12:48: found in Psalm 126:5-6, “They that sow in But he that knew not, and did commit things tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forthand worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few weepeth bearing precious seed, shall doubtless stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves of him shall be much required: and to whom with him.” men have committed much, of him they will A. Action: “Goeth forth.” God is depending on ask the more. us. Beloved, Ignorance is not an excuse! B. Attitude: “And weepeth” God wants us to For all of us as co- workers, this deliberate act have an unselfish concern for the lost souls. of unfaithfulness will not be taken lightly C. Conditions: “Bearing precious seed.” Text : Matt. 28: 18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
D. Results: “Shall doubtless come again, with rejoicing, bringing...” · Go forth in His name. · Weep for the lost. Bear precious seed & ensure they abide. · Reap a harvest. H. S will unlock the creativity you require to be fruitful in the great commission today in Jesus name! Why do we have to win souls? (i.e. Reasons) 1). It is a command. Mt. 28: 19-20 2). There is need for labourer. Luke 10:2 3). Because the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Luke 21:29-31 4). To depopulate the kingdom of darkness. 2 Pet. 1:3-4, Eph. 2:11-13 5). To teach & warn the unbelievers of the imminent damnation awaiting them. Mt 16:16 Who can win soul? 1). Anyone who has received Jesus Christ as his Lord & Saviour! 2). Anyone who has a connection with divinity & heaven. 3). Anyone who hopes to receive a mansion in heaven. 4). Anyone who hopes for rewards both here & in heaven.
SENSE OF HUMOUR Corner (LAUGH OUT LAUGHHHH) Overcrowded Church Service The two thousand member church was filled to overflowing capacity again one Sunday morning. The pastor was ready to start the sermon when two men dressed in long black coats and hats entered through the rear of the church. One of the two men walked to the middle of the church while the other one stayed at the back of the church. They both reached under their coats and withdrew automatic weapons. The one in the middle announced, “Everyone willing to take a bullet for Jesus stay in your seats!” Naturally, the pews emptied, followed by the choirs, the deacons, the choir director and assistant pastor ran out of the door. After a few moments, there were only about twenty people left sitting in the church. The pastor was holding steady in the pulpit. The men put away their weapons and said gently to the pastor, “All right, pastor, the hypocrites are gone now. You may begin the service”!!!!!!. (BRO SEYI ADEBIYI)
THE WEDDING VOW During a wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the pastor with an unusual offer. He said “look I’ll give you £10,000 if you’ll change the wedding vows”. When you get to the part where I’m supposed to promise to ‘love, honour and obey’ and be faithful to her forever, I’d appreciate it if you’d just leave that out. He passed the pastor £10,000 and walked away feeling satisfied. On the day of the wedding, when it was time for the groom’s vows exchange, the pastor looked the young man in the eyes and said “will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you will not look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?”. The groom gulped and looked around and said in a tiny voice “yes”, then leaned forward towards the pastor, hissed and said “I thought we had a deal”?, the pastor put the money into the grooms hand and whispered “she made me a better offer”.
(BRO SEYI ADEBIYI)
Jesus, Lover of My Soul David Flowers
“While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.” Mark 14:3 I’m not gonna lie to you. There are things that I just don’t like about the way in which the Lord works with us. In time, I do see the wisdom and the genius in it, but I have yet to grow accustom to the periods in life where the Lord is breaking you like the woman’s alabaster jar. It does help to remember the breaking is for Jesus. Maybe you’re like me. I keep thinking about what’s in the jar… and the aroma that will fill the room. I like those moments. I often find myself trying to skip to the “good stuff”… wanting to leave the jar the way it is. But the Lord is concerned with the process of breaking vessels. If you’re looking for a big theological word… it’s called “sanctification.” It’s being continually fashioned into His holy image. For He knows the aroma is the reward of a willing piece of clay. He is that aroma. And His fragrance comes only through a crushing blow to our souls. I have been giving this a great deal of thought. I think the nature of this process is interwoven into the very fabric of the Triune God. I don’t know what all that means yet. Nevertheless, I do believe that it is somehow rooted in the community shared by the Trinity. The Lord of heaven knows about self-denial. Yes, the Lord must grow us up into His image through self-sacrifice. It is what exists between the Father, Son, and Spirit. Without a continual denying of self, the believer will not be fashioned into His image, nor can he be built together with other living stones. The sweetness of the sacrifice will never come unless there is a willing disciple who is broken and spilled out. The Potter makes us and therefore has the right to break us. And that breaking can only bring forth a glorious display of His beauty IF we will surrender our constant obsession with self and learn the altruistic faith that unlocks the depths and riches of Christ. I’ m learning that I can give up my desire for control and hand
the reins of my life to Christ. He has relieved me from my post of being the watchman of my own soul. You know what I’m talking about? You know… that feeling when fear and uncertainty set in. It causes us to scramble. It says, “I’ve got to do something!” “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against my enemies.” Psalm 61:3 If I can only remember the Lord is not only the watchman of my soul… He is the watchtower. I climb the stairs of this tower… I see the Lord there… and he reminds me that He has indeed relieved me of my burden. I’m not the captain of my soul. I’m not the “master of my fate.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “The command of Jesus is hard, unutterably hard, for those who try to resist it. But for those who willingly submit, the yoke is easy and the burden is light.” (The Cost of Discipleship, p. 37.) I guess it’s just really difficult to grasp. Lord, did you really mean your “yoke is easy” and your “burden is light”? Have you really taken care of all my needs in one sweeping victory? Will you cloth me like the flowers of the field? Is your well really that deep? Living water? Lord! Help me to receive it! Jesus said, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” And I cry out, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24) So… I start my descent back down the tower… taking what the Lord has shown me. He knows I’ll be back soon. And He never grows tired of my coming. He never grows weary of reminding me how much He loves me. It reminds me of the movie 50 First Dates (2004). Lucy (Drew Barrymore) was involved in an accident that caused her to forget everything about her life. She could be reminded of who she was, but after she slept during the night, she forgot it all and was back to square one. (The movie is worth watching… check it out.) Henry (Adam Sandler) loved her so deeply. He decided that he would make a video for Lucy to wake up to every single day. The video would remind her of who she was, where she was, who loved her, and whom it was that she loved. Henry was
committed to having his bride fall in love with him all over again… each and every day. Henry reminds me of the Lord. This truly is the greatest mystery to me: the Lord’s ability to bring life out of death; an empty tomb after a bloody cross; a new man from the mud and mire of a selfcentered existence. And He does it over and over again… new creation breaking through the old. There is not a word in my vocabulary to describe the creative power and magnificence of my Jesus. And no matter how often we forget it… the Lord is patient and his mercies are new every morning. He is glad to begin again with us. Things move much slower in the Lord’s economy. Not only is the Lord slow, as we consider slowness, but His way seems foolish. He moves when we sit. When we are weak, He is strong. When we fall, He rises up. When we stop, he starts. When we die, He lives. Are you getting the picture yet? (Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength). “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” Psalm 127:1 So… relax. Stop trying to make something happen in your life and in the church. Let go! Enjoy the Lord where you are… in the season He has you. He loves you. Trust that He will work it out. Believe He will bring it to pass. Turn from your own thinking. See the Lord there in the tower of your soul. He’s watching. He’s got you covered. Every morning He’s there… telling you who you are in Him and that He loves you all over again. Brothers and sisters, receive it. “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.” Lamentations 3:22-26
WHY GO TO CHURCH: CAN YOU BE A CHRISTIAN AND NOT GO TO CHURCH? SEYI ADEBIYI
The objective in going to church is to seek
your life and also see how God works in
meet the needs of others, using our
and build our relationship with God and
other people’s lives, while also
strengths to help in their areas of
others. The place of worship is all about
experiencing the friendship of other
weaknesses. We are to gather with other
an encounter with God and others that
believers. As a Christian, you are a
Christians because we are commanded to
changes who we are with time. Ponder
member of Gods assembly, the church is
comfort one another (1thessalonianians
this! You do not control your life; you
now your family, and they are God’s gift
4:18), build up one another (1
cannot guarantee you existence the next
to us in living Christian lives (Roman 8:28
Thessalonians 5:11), confess our sins to
week, day or hour. Human life is a gift
-30). The essence of the church is for
one another and praying for one another
from God and he controls the measure of
believers to come together to fellowship
(James 5:16). Hearing the word of God
it all (Psalms 139:16). Although it is not
with one another through studying and
preached, in preached, in person, face to
the action of going to church, rather the
face is effective and powerful in helping
encounter/experience through fellowshipping that changes our lives for the better, however going to church will enable us seek to have a life changing experience through worship, prayers and other activities. The bible says we should not keep apart from each other as believers (Hebrews 10:24-25). So you should go to church because that is where you can hear a vivid explanation of the word of God and how it can be applied in
1John 1:3 makes it clear that we enter a fellowship that goes two ways with God and other Christians. It is illogical to say that you are merely part of the worldwide, universal church yet refuse to gather with the segment of that universal church that exists in your geographical area. We meet with other Christians so they can use their various gifts to strengthen us. God intends each of us to
our sanctification and having an impact in our lives. God’s command will resonate more deeply in your soul as you hear it coming from the preacher standing in front of you. Nothing can replace the experience of hearing the word of God in person every Sunday.
7 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD GO TO CHURCH SEYI ADEBIYI
1. The Church is a place of Prayer,
go with a receptive, hungry heart and a
6. The church is a place of preparation to
therefore when we go to church; we must
burning desire to hear the voice of God
of the “bridegroom”, so we should come
go in an attitude of “PRAYER”. We must
and also to learn his ways. (Psalms 40:9).
to church with the humility and realisation
take all our burdens to the Lord in prayer and present our petitions to him. This is because there is a great power in the united prayers of the church as a body of Christ. (Isaiah 56:7). 2. The church is a place of PRAISE. We ought to go with an attitude of praise and worship, with a heart of thanksgiving and gratitude to God for all the many blessings he has bestowed upon us. (Psalms 100:4).
4. The church is a place of the power of God; therefore we must go to church with an expectation and a strong faith to see the power of God in action. To bring deliverance to God’s people from all bondage of satan. (James 5: 14-16). 5. We must go to church with an attitude of “unity and partnership”, to work in harmony with others and be united with God’s people to fulfil the task of the
3. The church is a place of proclamation of church. (1Cornithians 3:9). God’s word and God’s truth. We should
that we are preparing to meet with Christ as the Groom. Therefore we should realize our need for correction and the willingness to receive instructions. (Ephesians 5:26-27). 7. The church is a place of the presence of God, and so we should go to church with a longing to enjoy and experience the fullness of the presence of God that creates a deep satisfaction in our hearts and soul. (Matthew 18:20).
Children’s Page At Faith Alive Ministries children are celebrated, educated, encouraged and treated with respect. The children in our care are taught the act of Christianity using Biblical examples.
Children's Day Celebration
There are many types and range of indoor and outdoor teaching and learning activities to help the children reach their full potentials. Some of the teaching and learning activities include: •thoughtfully planned activities which takes into account the individual abilities of children. •Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy is taught through engaging the children in activities such as matching and counting. •Co-operative and collaborative teaching activities such as using demonstration, explanation and questioning to promote good learning and to engage children, ensuring enough challenge to develop children’s collaborative skills especially mental calculations. •Outdoor activities are carried out each year to encourage children to learn and care for their environment.
A rigorous, detailed, planning and assessment system which provide stimulating rich and varied experience in all areas and fully acknowledges children’s interest and individual learning needs is used extremely effectively to guide planning.
Sunday School Lessons