Friday, April 23, 2021

Book of the Week: The Teaching Ministry: An Introduction to the Teaching Office and Gift

The focus of this book is to bring clarity and understanding to the teaching office and the teaching 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 teaching office and gift.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Book of the Week: The God of Another Chance: Overcoming Your Failures, Possessing Your Divine Destiny


God is the God of another chance. He will ensure that the good work that He has started in you will be completed. In this book, we will examine the failures and ultimate successes of biblical characters. If they overcame, then, the Christian today can come out of any personal Egypt and enter into their promised Canaan. Their examples provide hope and strength for the Christian today.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Book of the Week: The Call to Serve: An Examination of the Deacon and Servant's Ministry in the Church


 
In this book, we will examine the history and subsequent development of the Deacon's office in the Church. In addition, we will learn how the first men who were appointed to serve in the Church are the standard for which deacons and servants are to evaluate their service today. In doing so, the Church, deacons, and those called to serve will benefit from mutual understanding and cooperation.





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THE DEACON’S CHARACTER

To begin his directives for the placement of individuals into the deacon’s office, Paul lists certain character traits for the deacon. Remember, your qualification as a deacon rests in your character and not your career. You may have abilities and knowledge, but they are of no use to the Church if they are not tempered with godly character.


The Deacon is Honorable


The first character trait that Paul gives for the deacon is grave. It comes from a Greek term, which means honorable or honest. In order to effectively serve as a deacon, you must be able to tell the truth in every circumstance and situation. From the examination of the first servants, we discover that a deacon then will act as a liaison between the people and those in leadership.

To do this effectively, the deacon has to be honorable and not biased in decision making as well as reporting issues, which may arise in the Church. The deacon has to be able to speak the truth in love. He must have an honorable reputation among the people so that his decisions can be received without substantial suspicion. 

To remain honorable, the deacon must do 2 things according to the scriptures.

Have no respect of persons. The deacon who only stands for Christ and the welfare of the assembly will not be tempted to operate without integrity.

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1 (KJV)

He will represent God by not having a respect of persons as he executes his duties in accordance with established leadership.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Book of the Week: Dreams and Visions: A Biblical Perspective to Understanding Dreams and Visions

When Jesus made us citizens of the Kingdom, it came with advantages. As members of the kingdom of God, we are eligible to partake of the outpouring of the Spirit. The books of Joel and Acts declare that the direct result of the outpouring of the Spirit of God would be revelation. Men and women could receive and communicate by the Spirit of God; two ways this is done is through dreams and visions. In this book, we will discuss the various aspects of dreams and visions. We will examine the different types of dreams and visions; how to interpret dreams, and how to apply them to our lives. 



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Throughout the ages, discovering the interpretations of dreams and visions have troubled many and excited others. We have discussed the types of dreams and visions and reasons for their occurrence.

Now, we will discuss the actual interpretation of dreams and visions. As we discuss dream/vision interpretation, keep one truth in mind:

*ALL INTERPRETATIONS COME FROM GOD*

Though we will offer some guides and clues to dream interpretation, we must remember that if God sends or gives a dream or vision, He has a particular purpose in mind.

Hence, your confidence to find interpretation will not rest upon your ability or intellect, but upon God who is able to reveal all things.

We make this initial statement of truth from the biblical account of Joseph in Egypt. While in the Egyptian prison and before Pharaoh, he made the following two declarations.

And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you. Gen 40:8 (KJV)

And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. Gen 41:16 (KJV)

When you approach the interpretation of dreams and visions understand that:

1. It is not in you, but in God – you can trust that He will give proper understanding.

2. The interpretation rests with God – He knows the reason and purpose behind the dream or vision.

These two facts should provoke a sense of peace in those who are faced with discovering interpretations. We also know that sometimes God will reserve the interpretation of a dream or vision to be shared by someone other than ourselves. This is to promote unity and interdependence in the body of Christ.

We began this chapter by stating that interpretation belongs to God. The burden of interpretation does not rest upon us, but God. However, there are things we must know to be in a proper place to receive the correct interpretation.