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Managing the Family as a Single Parent
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
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1 hr 31 mins 14 secs
Single parenthood is a condition that is very common in our world today and can be a very challenging experience for those who have it as their lot in life. The reality of single parenthood is acknowledged by the Bible where God reveals His love and concern for single parents. One notable single parent in the Bible is Hagar, the concubine of Abraham who had a son named Ishmael for him. Her story can be found in Genesis 16, 17, and 21. Hagar was rejected by her mistress, Sarah, and sent packing from the family of Abraham along with the son she had for Abraham at the instigation of Sarah. She, therefore, became a single parent to Ishmael and was saddled with the sole responsibility of taking care of him. She later found a wife for him from Egypt. A second notable single parent in the Bible is Eunice, the mother of Timothy. Eunice was a Jewess and a believer who got married to a Greek.
Living with an Unbelieving Spouse
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
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1 hr 6 mins 43 secs
One situation that many believers in Jesus Christ need the light of the word of God to deal with is how an unbeliever may live successfully with an unbeliever within marriage. Whatever may be the reason for this unequal yoke with an unbeliever, the Christian soon finds out that living with an unbelieving spouse can be very difficult indeed. The Bible offers help to such persons whoever they are and wherever they may be. Two passages of Scripture speak directly to this issue, namely, 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 and 1 Peter 3:1-7. The fact that the Holy Spirit used two key figures among the Apostles of Jesus Christ write on this subject is an indication of God’s concern for those hurting Christians who have found themselves in this situation. What, then, does the Bible say to Christians who are married to unbelievers? In the first place, confess your sins to God and receive His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). This applies to those who entered into this union in obvious violation of the Word of God against unequal yoke with unbelievers. Second, accept God’s view of marital commitment. Marriage is to be for life. Divorce should never be seen as the way out of an unequal yoke (1 Corinthians 7:12, 13). Thirdly, live a godly life before your unsaved partner; let your life proclaim the gospel that you have received. This is where many born-again Christians fail in their responsibility to their unsaved spouses. We can never justify our claim to faith in God if it does not affect our conduct. A believer who intends to influence his or her unbelieving spouse for Christ should make sure he or she lives a godly life. But what happens when, in spite of the believer’s effort in living the Christlike life, the unbelieving spouse does not notice but appears to be going from bad to worse? It is very tempting to want to give up trying to please the unbeliever and also be careless about their relationship. But this should not be so. Rather, develop patience and understanding, and learn to prayer. A judgmental spirit and insensitivity to the spiritual state of the unbeliever will turn the individual off and make him or her your enemy. Also, do not develop an attitude of self-pity. Through prayer and persistence in well-doing the believer will reap the fruit of godly living. Don’t take your spouse’s rejection of Christ as a rejection of yourself. The two are not the same and where they are regarded as the same, enmity develops and all manners of evil have a fertile ground to grow. Fourthly, the believing spouse should learn to say “no” to whatever offends God that the unbeliever may require him or her to do. Some believers have been and are being pressurized to compromise their faith by their unbelieving partners in order to keep their marriage. They have succumbed to threats of divorce issued by their unbelieving spouses. Such believers should note that God must be first in their lives and it is only God who can keep their marriages for them. No amount of compromise can help in the long run. Fifthly, a believer who is married to an unbeliever should be a man or woman of prayer. Prayer is communing with God. Through prayer, God makes strength available to us for living according to His will in any situation. Sixthly, share the gospel with your unsaved partner. When the believer perceives in his spirit that he has won the right to be listened to and taken seriously by the unbelieving spouse, he should allow the Holy Spirit to use him to share the gospel with the unsaved partner. He may also invite his spouse to a Christian gathering where others can share the gospel with the spouse (1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 15:1-3; 10:9-10).
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
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
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