Thursday, February 25, 2021

Book of the Week: Now Concerning Teachers: Establishing the Role of the Teacher in the Body of Christ

 

The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the ministry of the teacher. This information will help individuals to recognize the operation of this gift in their lives and in the lives of others. It is our hope that believers will develop a greater respect and appreciation for  the teaching   office and gift. 


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Navigating the Call to Teach
Since the teaching office is a foundational ministry, bringing men into the stature of the fullness of Christ, those who want to operate in this ministry must be certain and clear in recognizing and accepting the call to teach in their lives and in the lives of others. Therefore, in concluding our examination of the call of a teacher, we will discuss briefly certain signs of the call to teach. This will help in the acceptance of the call to teach on an individual’s life.

Love of Christ

The individual who is called to the teaching office will have a profound love for God and Christ. He will speak of Christ in the most personal terms. He will also have a love and deeply personal concern for others in the Body of Christ. The love of Christ will bring balance to the knowledge that the teacher will receive. It causes the teacher to expound upon the written word with a personal zeal and reverence.

We must remember, however, that all believers are to love Christ and the Church. God will impart a deep compassion to those called so that they will passionately defend and promote spiritual growth. Though the teacher will have this level of love and compassion, any believer is a candidate for it. Again, this is given as a sign of a call to the teaching office.

Love of the Scriptures

Teachers will have a deep love and reverence for the scriptures. Those called will love to get into conversations about the Bible. They will spend long hours studying and meditating upon the word of God. They will possess an insatiable hunger for spiritual truth.

Problematic scriptures will trouble them until they find a solution. They will want to know so that they will be able to help others in the Body of Christ. God will do this to the one called so that they will be equipped to teach others.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16-17 (KJV)

Those called to teach will not find bible study, boring or preaching, ineffective. They will learn from all aspects of the presentation of the word of God. It will supplement their personal study and pursuit of knowledge and understanding in the Church.

Love of the Body

Teachers, again, will have a deep love for Christ and the Church. Because of this, those who are called to this office will be committed to prayer. Much of their prayer will be for the Church, its members, and for a deeper understanding of the Word. They have a desire to see Christ formed in those whom they teach. Therefore, consistent prayer for themselves and others will characterize the teacher’s personal life.

In his letters, the apostle Paul would tell the churches of his constant intercession for them. He told the Galatians that he would labor (which includes prayer) so that Christ would be formed in them. Teachers travail for the Body by seeking Christ for greater revelation of the scriptures.

My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you…Gal 4:19 (KJV)

Conversely, we know that Jesus challenges all believers to be consistent in prayer. In addition, the scriptures continually admonish believers to be intercessors for one another. Again, consistent intercession for others and spiritual truth may be a sign of the call to teach, not the manifestation of it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Book of the Week: Teach Us to Pray: Biblical Studies in Prayer

In this publication, we will discuss how to approach God in prayer. Christ gave us access to the Father. The Bible is full of prayers and admonitions to God’s people to trust Him in prayer. Through prayer, we can receive comfort, hope, strength, and help in the time of need. As a kingdom citizen, you can go to God in prayer. 




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What a wonderful promise given to the believer by Jesus! While delivering the famed, “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus reveals this assurance to the believer. We can pray in confidence, expecting to receive what we ask for. 
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

God is willing to give us our requests. This publication is to serve as a reminder of the hope we should have in prayer. If we pray in a consistent manner, we can stand in expectation of receiving our requests.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

The believer relates to God in various ways. Regardless of the manner, God offers us an assurance in prayer. However, in order to guarantee the reception of our requests, faith has to be in operation. In addition, our requests should align with the will of God for our lives. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Book of the Week: The Apostolic Ministry: Exploring The Apostolic Office And Gift

 


The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the apostolic office, the apostolic anointing. This information will help individuals to recognize the operations of this anointing in their lives and in the lives of others. It is our hope that believers will develop a greater respect and appreciation for the apostolic office and gift. Available Here and Amazon.com.


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There are individuals in the Church who are not apostles, but there is a definite apostolic touch on their lives and ministries. These individuals are said to possess an apostolic anointing. This is the next level of apostleship. How does this differ from someone who has an apostolic gift? In simple terms, the person who has an apostolic gift will demonstrate apostolic grace and ability occasionally.

However, an individual with an apostolic anointing will demonstrate apostolic power, grace, and authority regularly as they minister to the Body of Christ. Possessing an apostolic anointing does not place one in the office of the apostle, but it does make them a part of the emerging apostolic company of believers.

The apostolic anointing is seen oftentimes in believers who are called to the five-fold ministry. They will operate in their respective offices while exercising apostolic power and authority. The apostolic anointing adds a depth and dimension to their ministries. In addition, one does not have to be called to a ministry office to possess an apostolic anointing (discussed earlier). These individuals are strategically placed in the Body of Christ that all may be partakers of the apostolic ministry.

Individuals who possess an apostolic anointing will manifest the revelation and power of the Spirit consistently. They will have encounters with the Lord frequently. This may be in dreams and visions or in visitations of the Holy Spirit. In addition, they will be able to help others grow in their relationship with the Lord. Some will function like missionaries (sent ones) between churches. They will travel from assembly to assembly, strengthening pastors and leadership through their service.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Book of the Week: The Christian Teen's Guide to Relationships: Exploring Issues and Answers for Healthy Relationships


In this book, we will discuss relationships and the Christian teen. The Christian teen will discover how to have positive and wholesome friendships and relationships. They will learn strategies for dissolving bad relationships. Christian teens will learn to set boundaries for their interactions in order to maintain a proper relationship with God. In addition, they will learn to be honest about their feelings and temptations and abort any relationship that will have a negative impact on their future successes. The Christian youth will understand how to have fruitful, peaceful, and beneficial relationships in his/her life. 



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THE MOST IMPORTANT FRIENDSHIP

Before discussing, in detail, friendships and the Christian teen, we want to talk about the closest friend that a teen will have. No other friendship can take the place of the one that you can have with Christ. 

Through the scriptures and inspiration of the Spirit, we learn of Christ’s love and loyalty to us. He serves as the ultimate example of a friend. Before the Christian teen can form truly lasting, healthy friendships, a solid friendship with the Lord should be formed. 

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:14)

Jesus called the apostles His friends. Because you now have received Him, you become His friend. However, to be a true friend of Christ, we have to do what He instructs us to do in the Word or by inspiration of His Spirit. 

As a Christian teen, you should be willing to follow Him because His commands come to bless and prosper you, if obeyed. You establish your relationship with Christ not only through prayer and Bible Study, but through obedience.

If you are walking with Christ in obedience, you will not be vulnerable to bad friendships that may hinder you rather than help you. The Christian teen has to remember that regardless of any other friendships; his/her friendship with the Lord is the most important one.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Book of the Week: Samson, the Nazarite: A Brief Expository of God's Strong Man


In this book, we will explore the life of Samson, the Nazarite. Samson was known as God's strong man. He possessed great physical strength through the Spirit of the Lord. He judged Israel for twenty years. However, his life and ministry ended early due to personal character flaws. Believers can learn from his mistakes and emulate his successes (he was listed as a hero of faith in Hebrews 11). It is our hope that Samson's story will challenge believers to pursue righteousness in their service to the Lord.

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The scriptures are silent about Samson’s youth and upbringing. It is understood that his parents obeyed the angel’s words and warning. Samson was raised as a Nazarite and the Lord blessed him.

And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. (Judges 13:24)

In addition to this, the Spirit of the Lord began to come upon Samson. This was the beginning of Samson fulfilling his purpose.

And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol. (Judges 13:25)
Samson demonstrated his connection to the Lord by his long hair. The Lord confirmed His choosing of Samson with His presence. This brings us to other important truths:

Spiritual Truth - If you are called to a ministry, the presence of the Lord will be evident in your life.

Spiritual Truth - Many people claim to be called to particular ministries, but have no gifts or manifestation of the Spirit to confirm it. 

Moreover, the Spirit’s presence was manifested before Samson came into a place of notoriety. 

Spiritual Truth - Evidence of your gifts and calling will be seen before God sets you in place. 

This was revealed in Samson’s story.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Book of the Week: Study to Show Yourself Approved: Exploring Christian Concepts for Victorious Living


In this book, we have compiled select teachings and exhortations to the Christian become the proverbial master of his domain. Some areas of interest are the image of the Christian, the internal struggles of the Christian, and the inevitabilities that come with Christian life. It is our hope that this collection challenges and encourages the Christian today. 



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Since the advent of the television, there has been the commercial. Commercials sometimes can prove to be annoyances rather than vehicles that connect the consumer to the best products. Today, a marriage between the entertainment and advertising industry has occurred where celebrities are becoming walking endorsements.  However, unknown individuals exist who become the face and voice of a particular product or brand name.

Regardless of the company, they have an expectation that those who endorse their product will lead a life that is reflective of the advertiser. However, we have seen individuals throughout the years who lost their positions as product endorsers because of misdeeds in their personal lives.

What does this have to do with the Christian? It is simple. When we receive Christ, we instantly become spokespersons for God’s timeless product of salvation. Thus, God expects us to be representatives of this salvation even when we are not in front of the camera; that is, involved in religious activities or among other Christians.

As Christians, we have to abstain from worldly lusts and demonstrate love, integrity, and character in our lives. This is how we remain respected endorsers of the work of Christ.