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CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD AND WHAT IT TAKES TO BE GREAT PART 4

Text: Phil. 1:27-28; Ps. 44:22; Ro. 8:36

Believers who walk worthy of the gospel and strive together with other believers for the faith of the gospel are not terrified by the persecution of the adversaries. This serves as token of perdition for the adversaries while it is an assurance of the salvation of the persecuted believer.

 

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CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD AND WHAT IT TAKES TO BE GREAT PART 3

Text: Phil. 1:27; Col. 1:10; Ep. 4:1; 2Thes.1:4-5; Ju. 3

When believers individually strive to walk worthy of the gospel thereby pleasing God, they are fruitful in every good works and increase in the knowledge of God. Collectively the church is able to be of one Spirit and of one mind and so move in the mighty power of God,

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CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD AND WHAT IT TAKES TO BE GREAT PART 2

Text: Phil. 1:27-30; Acts 1:1; Ro. 2:24-25; Ro. 14:16; 1Ti.6:1; Tit.2:5; 2Cor. 6:3; Ro. 15: 19; 29

Jesus Christ is the embodiment of the gospel of Christ. The purpose of all Christian doctrines is to create in a believer Christ-like character.

Christians must walk worthy of the gospel of Christ so that the name of God is not blasphemed among the heathen and the ministry not mocked.

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CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD AND WHAT IT TAKES TO BE GREAT PART 1

 

Text: Phil. 1:27-31; Col. 3:2; Ep. 1:3

A great Church of the living God comprises of people whose conduct befits the gospel of Christ. They have their affections set on things in heaven, not things on earth.

Such people know whom they are in Christ and that they are citizen of heaven.

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GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE PART 4

Text: Ep. 2:2; Is. 33: 22-24; 1 Cor. 15: 20; Ro. 6:17;

The process of resurrection of Christ guarantees eternal life.

Perfection and holiness has to do with changing to and walking in the right direction, it does not connote fastidious flawlessness.

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GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE PART 3

Text: Ro. 6:17; 22-23; Ep. 2:8; Phil. 2:12-13; 1Thes 4:4; Phil 2:12

Our justification is as a result of what Christ accomplished on the cross. However, we do not continue sinning so that grace may abound.

We are enabled by grace to live above sin by simply obeying from the heart the doctrine delivered to us knowing fully well that it is God that works in us to will and to do His good pleasure.

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GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE PART 2

Text: He. 6:5; Jn. 17:3;

Believers have a taste of eternal life while on earth. Unfortunately, because eternal life is a free gift from God through Jesus Christ, most people often trifle with it.

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GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE PART 1

Text: Ro. 6: 1; 15-23; Jn17:3

Every one has the freewill to choose between two slave masters – sin or God. However, no one can adjust the consequence of either choice which has been fixed by God.

To choose sin as one’s slave master is to earn the wages of death. The choice of God as slave master on the other hand earns the gift of eternal life.

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LESSON IN OBEDIENCE PART 4 – COSTS AND REWARDS OF OBEDIENCE.

Texts: Lk. 9:23; 2 Cor. 1:5; 2Cor. 4:14; Phil. 3:10; Ro. 8:17; Jn. 7:17

Complete obedience to divine instructions brings miracles. However, obedience requires deep and constant communion with Christ.

Obedience to Christ is the only proof of love for Him. This obedience is a commitment that comes with responsibilities.

An obedient Christian has his spiritual understanding enlightened and to access all that has been made available in Christ; most importantly, he has the futuristic hope of eternal union with Christ.

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LESSON IN OBEDIENCE PART 3 – DISOBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH.

Text: Jn. 2:1- 5; 2 Cor. 10:3-6; Ge. 2: 16-17; 3:1-3; Is. 53:6; Ro. 5:19; 1Cor. 2:14

God gave to man the freewill to choose. The very first man, Adam, exercised this freewill to disobey God. In Adam therefore, all men sinned but God demonstrated His righteous justice by giving Jesus Christ for the remission of sin of all mankind. All who embrace Christ as Savior are forgiven this original sin and credited with the righteousness of Christ.

All who are in Christ have by the same token been enabled to exercise their will to obey God. However, there is the need to constantly pull down strongholds erected by imaginations (logical and sound, but unscriptural reasoning). Sound mind that is not subjected to the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit will lead a man to disobey God.

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LESSON IN OBEDIENCE PART 2 – OBEDIENCE TO THE FAITH

Text: Jn. 2:1-8; Acts 6:1-7; 2 Cor. 4:6- 7; Ro. 1:5; Col. 1:19; Col. 2:9; Jn.1:16

Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can change the nature of man. Mere words, no matter how persuasive or philosophical, could only at best change some habits. No one can attain to righteousness by obeying laws; Jesus Christ is the end of the law onto righteousness.

You are not a Christian if the message of the gospel cannot change you. Obedience to the faith is vitally important because the essence of sin is disobedience. Obedience to faith works out our righteousness

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LESSON IN OBEDIENCE PART 1 – WHATSOEVER HE SAITH ONTO YOU, DO IT

Text: Jn.21-5; Lk.6:46; Mal. 1: 6-8; 1Jn. 5: 4; Acts 17:28; Ps. 138:8

Our obedience to God must be total, exclusive and specific. Such obedience that is immediate and complete brings about supernatural intervention/provision, wonderful transformation and significant revelation.

Obedience to God is very critical because whatever He says to us is the revelation of His will for our individual lives.

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THE HOLY IN YOU PART 4– HOW TO OPEN UP TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Text: 1Jn. 2:1; He. 6:4-5; Ro. 5:1-5

Holy Spirit is our helper and our advocate on earth as children of God. It is not possible to live a successful Christian life or obey the supreme laws of God or live a holy life without the help of the Holy Spirit.

It is also the power of the Holy Spirit that energizes the Word of God to bring forth a performance.

 

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THE HOLY IN YOU PART 3– HOLY SPIRIT AT PENTICOST

Text: Lu. 24:49; Acts 1:4; Jn. 20:19-22; Ro. 10:9; jn.7:39; 1Cor.3:16

All who are born again at first, receive the newness of life by the breadth of the Holy Spirit – ‘The in-breadth Spirit’.

There is then the infilling of the Holy Spirit, a promise of the Father, to all who believe in Jesus Christ, such as was experienced on the day of Pentecost – ‘The out-poured Spirit’. There is need for the regular in-filling of the Holy Spirit in order to operate in the power of God as a believer in Christ.

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THE HOLY IN YOU PART 2– HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST

Text: Ep. 6:19; Mt. 12:28; Lk.11:20; Ex. 8:19; Ro. 14:17; 1Cor 4:20; Lk. 1:35; Acts 10:38

The Holy Spirit is given the to believers so that they may live a successful and fruitful Christian life.

Jesus Christ was only able to fulfill the purpose of God for his earthly ministry after he was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit; this underscores the importance of the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.

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THE HOLY IN YOU, PART 1 – THE HOLY SPIRIT BEFORE PENTICOST

Text: Je. 23:23; Ps.139: 1-12; Ps. 33: 6; Ge. 11-3; Acts 5; 3-4

God’s presence throughout the universe is The Holy Spirit who has been active since creation.

The combination of The Word and The Spirit of God have been the creative agents of God from the very beginning. Marriage of the Word of God and the Spirit of God always cause things to happen.

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS PART 5 – TO WHOM DO YOU PRAY?

Text: Ps. 106:13-15

It is imperative to know God and have a relationship with Him in order to render prayers to Him acceptably.

If prayers must be effective, it must not center on lustful desires but be in accordance to God’s will. It is also important to avoid errors of forgetfulness and impatience when directing prayers to God.

Unbelief, self- reliance and tiredness are the backbone of prayerlessness, while sin is the main hindrance to payers.

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS PART 4 -THE LORD’S PRAYER, A MODEL

Text: Lk. 11:1; Mt. 6:9- 15; He. 12:15

The popular Lord’s prayer is a model of prayers that Jesus Christ provided for those who follow him. This model of prayer was not intended to be taken as a prayer by itself per say; rather, it was to be a pattern / guide to prayers.

To pray aright, there is need to understand that those who have been saved through Christ are expected to commit their lives to the  fulfillment of God’s purpose.

 

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS PART 2 – IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND FOR HIS SAKE

Text: 1 Thes. 5:17-18; Jn. 7:17; Jn. 14:6; 1Jn. 5:14-15; Ep. 4:32

Every prayer directed to God must be in the name and for the sake Jesus. God is glorified by such prayers.

This implies that our prayer, apart from being continuous; must encompass all that the name of Jesus represents.

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS PART 3 – POWER OF PROCLAMATION

Text: 1 Pe.5: 6-11; Ex. 4: 1-4, 17; Ex. 7:8 – 12; 2 Ti.3 :8-9; Is. 66:2

All of satanic forces are directed towards getting us to make the wrong confession.

Prayer of proclamation involves declaring the word of God out loud.

 

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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS PART I

Text: Mt.6:9-14; Ro. 8:26- 27; 1Jn. 5:14-15

Prayer is an act of worship by which we offer our praises and thanksgiving to God and then bring our request before Him. It is fellowship with God through Jesus Christ expressed in worship, in adoration and in thanksgiving; it is the only way by which we draw near to God and God draws near to us.

The Holy Spirit plays a vital role in stimulating and guiding our prayer life.

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LIVING IN THE SPIRIT PART 4 – BRAND (MARK) BEARING

Text: Gal. 6:11-17; He. 13:11-13; 1Pe. 4:14-15

As believers, our willingness to crucify the flesh and be subject to the Holy Spirit enables us to operate as sons of God that we are.

The marks of Jesus Christ that Christians are expected to bear are real and not superficial; they are products of reproaches borne for Christ ‘outside the camp’.

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LIVING IN THE SPIRIT PART 3 – SEED BEARING

Text Gal.6: 7-9; He. 12:22-24; Ps. 126: 1-6; Mt 21:44; Jn. 12:24

 

There is a due season of reaping for every seed sown.

Fruit produced by the Holy Spirit in the life of believers nourishes souls, but the seed must be planted for propagation of the fruit. Usually, sowing is accompanied with tears but the harvest is always joyous.

In a believer, the flesh entombs the Spirit of God. Therefore, the power of the Holy Spirit within a believer becomes manifest only in lives of those who die to the flesh. To die to flesh, there is  need to be broken by the Word of God.

 

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LIVING IN THE SPIRIT PART 2 – BURDEN BEARING

Text: Gal. 5:25, 16; Gal. 6: 1-2,5; 2Cor. 1:8; 2Cor. 5:4; Ro. 14:1; Rom. 15:1;

The evidence of spirituality is also demonstrated in the ability to help brethren that are weak in the faith.

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LIVING IN THE SPIRIT PART 1 – FRUIT BEARING

Text: Gal 5:24-25, 22-23; Jn. 15:1-5

The first of the four-fold picture of living in the Spirit is ‘Fruit bearing’. Every fruit is seed bearing, and every seed produces after it’s own kind.

Fruit bearing means Christ –likeness. Flesh produces works of the flesh but the Spirit produces Fruit. As believers, we are called to bear Fruit by subjecting ourselves to the Holy Spirit who produces His Fruit in us.

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