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The Role of Deacons II
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
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36 mins 56 secs
In a few weeks our church will elect and ordain a new set of deacons and deaconesses. Therefore, we need some teaching from Scripture about the role of deacons in the local church. As we begin this message on the role of deacons, we need to begin by learning what deacons are not: One, deacons do not have the responsibility of policing the pastors. Two, deacons are not the ruling body of the church. Three, deacons are not the defenders of church tradition. Four, deacons are not the old men of the church. Five, deacons are the controllers of the church’s finances. Six, deacons do not have the final say on church decisions. Having looked at what deacons are not, it is important that we also consider what deacons are or at least what they should be. One, deacons are servants. The word "deacon" comes from the Greek term diakonos, which originally referred to a waiter, an attendant, one who ran errands or other menial duties. Two, deacons are advisors. They are often important advisors to pastors and congregations. Three, deacons are examples. They are to have such character, dedication and integrity that others in the church can look to them as examples and role models. Four, deacons are leaders. Because of the very nature of their calling and work, deacons are to lead out in the church. From the passage dealing with the calling of the very first deacons, we see Four Aspects of the Ministry of Deacons. One, Why Were Deacons Needed? (vv.1-2, 4). Deacons were needed because the Church was Growing. v.1 says "in those days" that "the number of the disciples was multiplying." They were experiencing rapid church growth. Acts 2:47 says "the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved." As the church grew, so did the problems.
The Role of Deacons Part 1
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
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1 hr 26 mins 42 secs
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Divine Restoration of The Institution of Marriage II
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
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1 hr 14 mins 4 secs
For a couple of weeks now, we have been having a church-wide bible study series on the Christian Home and Family. This is borne out of our appreciation that the institution of marriage and the home are undergoing a lot of crises today. If the evils ravaging the homes can be contained within them, it is bad enough, but this is not so. Rather, these evils reach out beyond the dysfunctional homes and families on to the farthest recesses of the earth through the individuals that are brought up within them.
Divine Restoration of The Institution of Marriage I
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
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1 hr 13 mins 50 secs
For a couple of weeks now, we have been having a church-wide bible study series on the Christian Home and Family. This is borne out of our appreciation that the institution of marriage and the home are undergoing a lot of crises today
Divine Restoration of Our Concept of Service- Part II
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
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1 hr 3 mins 49 secs
What kind of person is God looking for to serve Him? Or what kind of person must those who serve God today be if they would be pleasing to the Master? Prophet Elisha models for us the kind of servant God wants us to be. From his life we can learn the following about the person that God will be pleased to use in His service. One, he must be a person who rejects the prevailing spirit of the age in which he or she lives. The age in which Elisha lived was one in which the people had abandoned the service and worship of the true God and had gone into idolatry. Indeed, things were so bad that the true prophet, Elijah, became so frustrated that he complained to God in 1 Kings 19:14-18. The age in which we are living is also controlled or strongly influenced by certain evil spirits with Satan at their head. The Spirit of God spoke about this in Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy chapter 3 verses 1 to 9 and in 1 Peter 5:1-9. We live in an age in which many believers are not eager to serve God and many of those who are yearly inducted into God’s service do not make the service of God a priority for their lives. They are not willing to pay the price necessary for serving God. Two, he must have intense spiritual desire. This inward intensity will cause him to long for things beyond the material things of the world. This was true of Elisha. One day Elisha was sweating behind his team of oxen. Over the next hill, he spotted the familiar figure of Elijah the Prophet who threw his cloak on Elisha and kept on walking. Elisha reckoned that God wanted him to serve Him in a special way. Three, he must make an irrevocable commitment. Elisha burned his plow and killed his oxen. That would be like someone driving his N20million tractor off a cliff. He was cutting off his own retreat. Now there was no going back. He would follow Elijah and never return to farming again. The curtain closed on one epoch of his life and opened on another. He had acted out the commitment of his heart. Four, he must rely absolutely on God for the meeting of his needs. Elisha gave his oxen to his friends with abandon and with joy. In giving everything he had left to his friends, Elisha was indicating that he would now totally depend on God to provide for his sustenance. Five, his God-ties must be stronger than his family ties. Elisha honoured his father and mother as we see in his reply to Elijah: “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you” (1 Kings 19:20). He had strong family ties but his God-ties were even stronger. Six, he must possess a “servant attitude”, the key to success. We are told in 1 Kings 19:21 that Elisha “arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.” He did not seek a position for himself, but sought only to make himself useful to his master. In fact, Elisha became famous for his servanthood (2vKings 3:11) long before he became famous for his miracles. He found contentment in being Elijah’s servant.
Divine Restoration of Our Concept of Service
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
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What kind of person is God looking for to serve Him? Or what kind of person must those who serve God today be if they would be pleasing to the Master? Rev Dr. Kayode Ilupeju leads us to re-examine the concept of Service from God's Perspective.
God's Methods and Agents of Restoration
Fri, Jan 06, 2017
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1 hr 36 mins 15 secs
2017 Week Of Prayer and Fasting
Restoring the Lost Years
Wed, Jan 04, 2017
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1 hr 38 mins 35 secs
The third sermon in the week of Praying and Fasting for the year 2017
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
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24 mins 35 secs
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