Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience. James 1:2
The Promise Of God
Everything starts with a promise. Whether wealth, companion, healing.
Word of God will never fail, cos God is not a liar unlike the Son of man. The promises will come to pass within your life time.
Matt 14:2 Jesus was moved with compassion. Thus they were healed.
People can have pity or sympathize, nothing will happen. But when God is compassion, transformation will happen.
They hunger for God, despair and desparate will attract God’s compassion. Matt 18:24 desparate people all received healing.
Acts 10:38 how God annoited Jesus with Holy Spirit and Power. Many people have the Holy Spirit but without power. Cos they have not gone through prayer and fasting.
Miracles proves that our God is a living God and God is with us. God approves of you by giving you miracles in your life.
We serve a bigger God and the size of the man is bigger than any problems. Cos the Holy Spirit within you is the Lion of Juddah.
God is God, he will approve you with miracle, science and wonder. In order for you to disprove your enemies. So that you can be a testimony of his glory.
Sickness does not come from God but from the devil and demon. Most sickness are demonic possession.
It’s God annoiting that will break all yok and all burden of bondages and set you free.
The most important mission of every Christian is to make disciples and spread the salvation of God.
Matthew: 28. 19. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
Matt 28:20. teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
What are the characteristics & practice of a disciple under Discipleship?
In Ruth’s case, she was obedient and reliant on her mother in law for wisdom. Naomi although a widow herself but cares alot for Ruth, as though she was her own daughter. She also wished that Ruth would have a fulfilling life.
In ch. 2 food is used to indicate Boaz’s acceptance of and generosity towards Ruth beyond all expectations by consciously shaping his actions in a direct reversal of Deuteronomy’s ban on Moabites.
In ch. 3, Boaz tells Ruth to hold out her garment and then places six measures of barley on her—an unrealistically heavy amount—which makes her appear pregnant. Ruth tells Naomi that Boaz did not want her to return to her mother-in-law ‘empty’. This use of ‘empty’ plays off of the other occurrence in ch. 1, implying that Obed’s birth fills Naomi’s emptiness.
Boaz measured six ephahs of barley: As a proper gentleman, Boaz did not sent Ruth home empty-handed. Not having any chocolates, he gave her six handfuls of grain. The added word ephahs is almost certainly incorrect; that would be more than thirty-three gallons (120 liters) of grain, more than Ruth could carry home in her shawl.
Jewish traditions say that the six measures of barley given as a gift to Ruth were a sign of six pious men who would descend from her, endowed with six spiritual gifts: David, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, and the Messiah.
Without Ruth’s faithfulness and obedience, there would not the lineage of King David and Jesus. Even as a non Jewish decent, God can still make use of Ruth for future generations.
Bible about Christian Life, Becoming a Testimony for God & Discipling Others Like Jesus Loved his Disciples.
Value Of Friends
– Ecc 4:9-10
Two is better than one, when one fall, one will lift up his companion
Comfort & edify each other
Give us correction & edify lovingly
Benefits Of Discipleship
Doing life together
Mutual support & encouragement
Power of agreement in prayer
Gods Overall Plan For Missions & Evengelism Matt 28:19
-Reaching out by making disciples-Go make diciples of all nations-
Paul emphasized on Unfeigned Faith
Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
2 Timothy 1 :4
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
2 Timothy 1 :5
1. Declaring Our Faith
Declaration of faith will determine your response. As strong faith can open path & push you forward.
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4 :12
Every action & words shows your faith. As we are given many opportunity to exercise our faith.
Exercise of faith that can be seen by others. Undisguised Faith can also encourage other.
When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Matthew 8 :10
2. Being The Encouragement
Making a choice or decision will affect the people faith around you. Cos their faith can be encouraged & inspired by your faith. Passion & love can be seen easily as well as your faith.
3. Being The Evidence
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11 :1
Your actions can portray your faith that things not seen will happen. Thus we need to live our lifes as an evidence to faith.
Go make diciples of all nations (Matt 38:19)
Imitate me (1Cor 11:1) and you also become Imitators of us & Lord (1 Theo1:6)
Theology of Discipleship
A. What Are Disciples
Character of a disciples
Of You abide in me (John 8:31)
By living one another, you will be known to be my Diciples (John13:35)
If you abide in me and my words abide in you. So you will be my disciple (John15:7)
B. How to Enter Discipleship
1) Relationship & Submission
– Jesus as model of diciples, had personal relationship with his diciples.
– Building trust through making life together.
– Accountable & open for teaching & correction.
2 way relationship & amount of time spent in relationship.
2) Resemblance of Dicipler (1Cor11:1)
3) Replication ( 2Tim2:2)
Target of Discipleship
is to be perfect.
Testimony of Discipleship
Two is better than one
You must have faith like David who will stand until the end no matter what. So that all churches can arise together for the glory of God.
Over come the disappointment, delay, opposition and giant to gain victory for God.
Despite days of discouragements and disappointments, look towards breakthrough in the market place, schools and Church to become a of missions and Evengelism for all nations.
John 2:1-10 tells story of changing water into wine.
7 Things (T’s)To Observe In Story
1. Trouble – They have no wine – in life things run out or crisis in life. There will always be trouble. Is how you respond to it. Cos challenges that grows us.
Look to Jesus in times of trouble. Like Jesus’s mother did. This important to have Jesus in your life in all times.
2. Timings – God always have timing and seasons, as mentioned by Jesus that is not his time yet. Not time yet not mean rejection.
We have to wait for God s timing. It might be a long wait that it might not happen. But Jesus is a God of breakthrough.
3. Tank (vessel) – we are God’s vessel of transformation. God transformation us so that we can be transformers.
2 types of vessel of honour or dishonour. Choose to be the later.
4. Thought Out – 6 big vessels. 6 represent man and flesh. Speaks of man being vessels.
Jesus asked that the vessels be filled with water to the brim. Water represent the spirit and word. To see transformation in your life, we need to top up with Holy Spirit and Word of God regularly.
5. Totally (full) – Jesus ask to draw out wine and to pass to guests. Freely you received, freely you give.
God wants us to live life to maximum. We need to fill up all 6 tanks and pour out maximum. Is Not ok to just do the minimum to avoid living on fine line.
God bless us to live abundantly in order for us to bless others. How little we can give God before we get into trouble. But we should maximize our minimum.
When we give all we have, transformation happens. 1Kings 8:16 Ilijah and widow and little flour.
2Kings 4-1 tell story of Widow and oil vessel.
Matthew 25:1 story of 5 wise virgins. 1 brought extra. We should bring extra for God, cos it’s your best.
John 6:1 story of 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Jesus took the boy’s everything, but he return 12 baskets of extras.
6. Tested – every test is opportunity for testimony. God is interested to know what you will leave behind.
God gives us tests to pass. So that we testimonies.
7. The End – Rom 8:28 all things will work together for good. The end is always better than the beginning. It’s called Hope, it’s God’s plan and it’s a good ending.