FROM THE PULPIT
For Death Could Not Hold By Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE Him Captive
O one likes to be a captive. One of the most desired quests of man is freedom. All over the world, the pursuits of mankind has always been to be free of one thing or the other. Whether it's freedom from political oppression; financial hardship; race and tribal subjugation; emotional torment; spiritual attack; sickness and disease; gender repression; etc. We all want to be free. The challenge however has always been that freedom does not come with ease. It is usually difficult to achieve. For example, most political freedoms are gained by revolution; sickness and diseases by rigorous medical research; spiritual attack by fasting and fervent prayers; the power of sin by the death of the Son of God; etc. Man, as a creature of God is a very knowledgeable being, who has been able to overcome many things in life, except for three: 1. Death - it is appointed to man once to die and after that judgement (Heb. 9:27). 2. Grave - dust are you and dust you shall return (Gen. 3:19). 3. Hell/Lake of fire - whosoever name is not found in the book is cast in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15). That is why the most remarkable miracle yet, is the restoration of life from death. Or the most sought after power is not to die. Throughout history, it's only one Man that has successfully gained freedom from these three facts of existence. Today, we are here to celebrate that Man - Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The joy of Easter and of those who believe in Jesus Christ is that He rose again from the dead as He has said (John 2:18-19). The preaching of Peter on the Day of Pentecost was on this issue. Acts 2:22-24:- Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. Many scholars, religions and even the Jewish community has tried over time to discredit or refute the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Some people have said that Jesus actually fainted and later became conscious again. But we have convincing evidences that Christ died through crucifixion and later rose from the dead. When the disciples came to the tomb, it was empty, except for the cloth they used to cover Him. There were detailed evidences of how the corpse of Jesus was handled after He had died. Some have claimed that though Jesus died and was buried, but his corpse was stolen. Again, this was not so. Who would have stolen His body? There were Roman soldiers guarding the tomb day and night; there was a huge stone at the entrance the tomb; more importantly is the seal of Caesar that none should attempt to remove. Could the disciples have stolen His body? No. They were already perplexed about His death. They were even hiding. It was Joseph Aramathea and the women that came forward for Jesus body. More so why would it be difficult for them to believe the resurrection if they had stolen Jesus body? Could it be the Jews or the Romans that arranged Jesus body to be stolen? No. Otherwise, when His resurrection news came out, they would have produced His body to shame the disciples and stop further escalation of His resurrection. Some have also claimed that it was the spirit of Jesus that the disciples saw. That His body would have still been in the grave. Such that some have been trying to fake their resurrection in that fashion. However, Christ rose with a glorious body and not just a ghost. He had a touchable body which could not be denied. Jesus therefore is the only Man that has lived who was able to defy death, grave and hell. Excerpts of a message delivered by Pastor Samuel OBAFAIYE. on April 20th 2014 (Easter Sunday). To read/download or share full version please visit – http://rccgleeds.org.uk/for-death-could-not-hold-him-captive/
My Faith Has Found A Resting Place My faith has found a resting place, Not in device or creed; I trust the ever living One, His wounds for me shall plead. Refrain I need no other argument, I need no other plea, It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me. Enough for me that Jesus saves, This ends my fear and doubt; A sinful soul I come to Him, He’ll never cast me out. Refrain My heart is leaning on the Word, The living Word of God, Salvation by my Savior’s Name, Salvation through His blood. Refrain My great Physician heals the sick, The lost He came to save; For me His precious blood He shed, For me His life He gave. I need no other argument, I need no other plea, It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me.
RCCG EFA LEEDS APRIL THEME - TIDINGS OF VICTORIES
IDING is defined as a report of recent events or facts not previously known. While victory is the success or superior position achieved against any opponent; opposition; difficulty; obstacle or problem. The Israelites were on the journey to the Promised Land when they encountered the Amorites on the way. Sihon, king of Heshbon refused to let the Israelites pass through their land, instead he gathered his soldiers and fought against the Israelites (Num. 21: 23-24). God however delivered Sihon and his people into Moses and the Israelites hands. As the Israelites continued on the journey, they also encountered another Amorite king, Og king of Bashan. Similarly, Og and his people went out to battle with the Israelites, again God gave Israelites the victory (Deut. 3: 18). The Amorites were seasoned warriors, with giants among them. The Israelites who were physically disadvantaged were supernaturally empowered by God to be victorious. Under Moses, they enjoyed tidings of victories throughout! In this month of April, which coincides with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, God says He will fill our mouth and lives with tidings of victories; He will subdue any opposition before us; He will grant us success over every difficulty and problems; He will empower us to surmount any kind of obstacle and also make us to triumph over life challenges. May the zeal of the Lord of Hosts bring these to pass in Jesus name. Amen Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
THE RCCG (EVERLASTING FATHER’S ASSEMBLY) 2014 PROPHECY. THEME: OUR YEAR OF NEW BEGINNING Exodus 12:2
s 2013 was running to an end. I began to ask God what He will do for us in the year 2014. Few weeks ago, God impressed it on my heart that He is making us to enter into an era of New Beginnings. He said, He will fulfil our time in the year 2014. Our time will be 8 years in 2014, 8 been a number of new beginning. God said, ‘Though I have taken you to a time of completion at 7 years, yet I’m ready to start work on you afresh’. In Gen. 1:1-4, prior to the beginning, God made the heaven and the earth. God reside in heaven, but the earth was without form and void, and also dark. At a later stage, God decided He wanted to make a new beginning with the earth and He began with light and other things, until He could confirm that the earth was equally good. God recently told me that what He intends for Everlasting Father’s Assembly to become is not yet revealed.’I am about to begin anew with you’, He said. ‘I will take you back to Genesis i.e Creation and re-make you’. He said, He will make us into a more impressive form, shape and brilliance.’I will also introduce a new kind of light into you to make your difference from before very obvious’. He said. Do you know that Manufacturers remake their products mainly for two reasons? (1) They identified a fault or error in the system after usage. (2) They just desire to make something nicer; more current or a newer model. God said regarding Everlasting Father’s Assembly, He will repair every faults within our system in 2014. He has also desire to make us into something more glorious. When we started in 2006, we were like something without form and shape, it looks like few people joking. Thank God for then and glory be to God for now. Today, God says, ‘I will start you again in your 8th year’. He said, He will take us back to the things we enjoyed in our first start and then make us to experience even more. God then gave me our anchor scripture as: Exodus 12:2 -This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. The daylight of 1st January shall be the beginning of months and years to us; it shall also be the first month of 2014. Everything that has happened to us before now are just occurrences before our real beginning. He said your enjoyment up till now is just like a test drive. You will now begin to move about confidently and comfortably. Hear again the promise from God to us for 2014. Revelation 21:5-6 -And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. By Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
RCCG WORLDWIDE 2014 PROPHECY
ORDER OF SERVICE Workers’ Trg, Teens & Children Sunday School - 09:40am Adult Sunday School - 10:15 am Call To Worship - 11:00AM Praise & Worship Liberty Prayers Special Number Message Offering Announcements Tithes Closing Prayers & Benediction - 13:00pm
Year of OVERFLOW BLESSINGS
YEAR OF OVERFLOW BLESSINGS General – INDIVIDUALS 1. God says that a divine promise of more than a decade ago will begin to find fulfilment. 2. God Says that someone can expect a prominent divine visitation that will radically alter the cause of his or her life. 3. Daddy says that someone will have the first taste of real dominion. 4. The Lord said that there will be quite a few narrow escapes from tragedies. NIGERIA 1. The Lord says that the future of Nigeria will be determined this year, not in 2015 as some think. 2015 will be mere formalities. 2. The equations at the beginning of this year will be different from the equations at the end of the year, therefore don’t jump into conclusions. INTERNATIONAL 1. There will be more major breakthroughs in Medicine and Science. 2. God wants us to pray against noisy highly destructive storms. 3. God asked us to pray against monumental fire outbreaks. By Pastor Enoch Adeboye (Gen. Overseer RCCG Worldwide)
FROM RCCG EFA YORK
Focus & See The Risen Lord, High & Lifted Up
By Dr. Abayomi SANUSI
NTRODUCTION. Happy Easter. We celebrate the rising up from dead of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming, suffering, death, resurrection, elevation of our Lord was act of love. He continues to show us that love today. (John 3.16) We rejoice in the WEEKLY ACTIVITIES knowledge of the fact that there is nothing so SUNDAYS precious God would not give up for you! Romans ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL: 8.31-35 assures us He was raised form the dead, is at 10:15 the right hand of God and is interceding for us this CELEBRATION SERVICE: 11:00AM - 1:00PM moment. He is risen, high and lifted up! Already, and HOUSE FELLOWSHIP: currently Our Lord is High and Lifted up. His status BTW 5:30PM - 7:30pm and position is high and lifted up above all things, WEDNESDAYS powers, dominion, principalities. He is above all DIGGING DEEP: created things- visible or invisible. 6:30PM - 8:30PM We rejoice because He has purchased for us the SATURDAYS victory over sins, trespasses, prejudices and EVANGELISM (4th Saturday) condemnations, unfavourable and adversarial 3:00PM circumstances, principalities and powers. The DRAMA MEETING: 5PM practical and spiritual consequences are that we CHOIR MEETING;must daily rise above these things. Romans 8:31-35. 5:00PM By consequence of the love of God, His elevated SINGLES MEETING:(3rd Sat) - 3PM position, His power and provisions for us, all that is MONTHLY ACTIVITIES recorded in the gospel are for our beneﬁt, to understand our place in the grand scheme of things; Celebration Service:1st Sunday of the Month. and having done so obey God’s word. Colosians Anointing Service:2.13-15. Last Sunday of the Month. In a very elaborate and information packed Holy Communion:introduction several things were exposed at the Last Wednesday of the Month. Fellowship:start of the book of Romans. Rom 1:1-6: Paul is a Women 3rd Saturday - 1:00pm servant of Jesus Christ. He was set apart for the Men Fellowship:gospel and called to be an apostle. God achieved Bimontghly - 6:30pm this through ‘Power’, ‘Spirit of holiness’, and NIGHT VIGIL ‘Resurrection from the dead’. The consequence is 1ST FRIDAY (10PM -1AM) that we have received ‘grace’ and ‘apostleship’ by obedience achieve the great commission. By virtue of what Christ has done for us, it should not be a surprise that this should be also true about you and I even today. God is already High and Lifted up, and even if nobody lifts Him up, He still will remain High and lifted up! If you do not lift Him up, He still will remain High and lifted up! In addition the justice of God will always be done, regardless of who lifts The Father’s Minstrels Choir Him up, and who does not. The demands Everlasting Father’s Arena, York and requirements of God are perpetual. presents Those who see their place in the grand scheme of God’s plan like Paul do not yield to God one day, and withdraw Worship Him In The Evening 3rd May, 2014 | TIME: 6:00PM - 8:30PM God’s lordship over their life another day. THEME:John 4: 21-24
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Excerpts of message delivered by Dr. Abayomi SANUSI on April 20th 2014 at RCCG Everlasting Father’s Arena, York. To read/download/share full version please visit: http://rccgefayork.org.uk/focus-andsee-the-risen-lord-high-and-liftedup-isaiah-6-1-3/
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