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Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba

Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba

Text: 1 Cor 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (NIV).

The word Love is a cliché in our contemporary world; it has been panel-beat and reduced to mere quotes, slangs, and name. Man’s definition of love remains shallow, defective and ineffectual which accounts for why consistent and unconditional love among people remains a mirage regardless of the huge investment of time and labour. The more we talk about it, the less of it we experience because love is supernatural and it takes the supernatural to operate in absolute love. Love was not manufactured by man, meaning you can’t assume authority over.

We clamour for love because it’s the spring of unity, joy and life but look for it incorrectly, Love is not emotion phantoms and it’s beyond affection. The best way to learn or understand Love is to borrow the definition from the manufacturer’s perspective.

Facts about Love:

  • God is love; God does not have love but he himself is Love. He is the ultimate love 1John 4:7-8 and whatever he does is an expression of his love.

  • You will always struggle to show true love until God’s love distils in your heart (1John 4:16) because humanity is coded to love only things that face the direction of his interest. Hence, it is natural to hate. Jesus was hated (Isaiah 53:2-3), it was normal for people to chant crucify him because the humanity residing in them was lending his voice.

  • You cannot actually value love until you drink from the cup of hostility, hatred gives us another definition of love

  • Jesus demonstrated how to find and live in love. He channelled his focus on God, John 5:19 -20, He did not only acknowledge that God loves him but also made a pious commitment to pleasing God always; prioritize Gods above other things. This is why it was easier for him to love people because God is living in him.

  • Love is God’s language and emphasis in every generation. If that is not your hallmark too, then something is wrong with your Christianity. Deut. 6:5, Matt 22:37,

  • God’s reward system is based on love; he recognises his love and advertises it to people. Mat 3:17, Mat 17:5 (NLT)

  • Love is the seal of sonship: Luke 6:35

  • Love is the platform for transacting with God, it’s the currency of heaven

  • Love is the ultimate need of man

  • Love is the new testament commandment Mark 12:28-31,

  • Love is the debt you owe everyman you come across and the recipe for an acceptable service to God. Rom 13:8, 1John 4:7-11, Lk 6:27, 1Pet4:8

  • Love reflects your closeness to eternity; the kingdom of God Mark 12:31-33, 1John 4:18-19

  • God requires you coordinate your love towards him before you can synthesize unconditional love toward fellow man,

  • Love reveals the direction of your life. The true test of your love is your pursuits, check your greatest appetite, your love lurks around it. God’s love made people (Abraham, Lots, Stephen, etc.) set aside their personal principles, ambitions and dreams in order to please God. Love goalpost of every believer is 1 Cor 13:4-8

Love gives; it’s sacrificial. God (Love) has given his best, Jesus did likewise, men of like passion also gave their all as an expression of love; Paul, Peter, Reinhard Bonnke, among others. The more you love God, the easier it will be to love people genuinely and unconditionally Rom 12:9-21, Eph 4:1-6

Now is your turn, what would you give to God and what would you give your generation before you step out from time into eternity.

The sermon, Love, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Adefarati Oloruntoba, was delivered on 19th November 2017 at the Special New Workers/Talent Audition Service.

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Joy, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Sister Patricia OBAWOLE

Joy, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Sister Patricia OBAWOLE

Introduction

The word ‘joy’ is defined as, “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires or, a state of happiness”. However, as we are not children of the world, a more apt definition can be found in the Bible. Today we will look at the biblical understanding of ‘joy’.

Worldly Joy is Temporary

The joy that the world offers is a pale imitation of the true Joy only God can give us. The joy that unsaved people experience is a temporary joy (Happiness actually). It comes and goes depending on the situation that person is in at the time. If things are going well, there is an excitement and they call Joy. When things are difficult, there is automatically nothing to rejoice for. In the book of Job, one of Job’s friends utters some insightful words: “the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?” (Job 20:5). There can be no true joy outside God.

Joy Is a Gift from God

The Joy we are considering today is a segment of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who resides in the heart of the believer, Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Since God is the author of all these good things, when one becomes a Christian, and is united to God through faith in Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit imparts these qualities to the believer. Joy is also an integral part of the Kingdom of God and will exist wherever believers are present, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Every believer has Joy.

Circumstances Should Not Take Away Our Joy

In the book of 2Corinthians 6:10, Paul says that Christians can even be “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”. This means that even when we are in the midst of a situation that “legitimately” brings us sorrow, our inner joy is never taken away. The very core of our being can still rejoice in the fact that we are forgiven children of God who enjoy an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe. Our joy is strengthened when we remember that, no matter what the circumstances, God is with us and He is above all.

*We see this in the writings of several New Testament authors:

James 1:2-3 says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness”.

Philippians 2:17-18 says “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise, you also should be glad and rejoice with me”

The apostle Peter encourages us with, “…rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” I Peter 4:13.

As I round up, one of the things that can steal our Joy is Sin. Godly joy is a wonderful thing; it is a supernatural gift from God to every believer. However, one warning must be issued. Sin can steal our joy. It is difficult to experience the joy of our relationship with God when we have done something that damages that relationship. Joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit; when we grieve the Holy Spirit by our sin, we interfere with the flow of joy (among other things) from God. If we find that we are experiencing joy less and less, we may need to re-evaluate our relationship and our knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Finally, Christians Should ‘Rejoice Always

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘rejoice’ in this way, ‘to feel joy or great delight’. There are several passages in the New Testament where Paul instructs us to ‘rejoice’. These passages carry a sense of urgency or command as if Paul were saying that a Christian is to be full of joy and he is urging believers to make sure that their relationships with God and others are relationships that produce joy (Philippians 3:1 and Philippians 4:4).

Most people know the shortest verse in the Bible (John 11:35 “Jesus wept”). However, the second shortest is just as important. This can be found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 and it tell us to “Rejoice always.” Followed by “pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. This joy, prayer, and thanksgiving should characterize the life of a Christian. It is God’s will for the believer. This is how God wants us to live. “Rejoicing always” does not mean that we are to paste a fake smile on our faces no matter what is going on in our lives or the lives of those we love. It means that we are to remain steadfast in our knowledge that God is our strength and comfort, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves.

May we all experience supernatural Joy in Jesus name.

Thank you for listening.

The sermon, Joy, A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Sister Patricia OBAWOLE, was delivered on 19th November 2017 at the Special New Workers/Talents Audition Service. 

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Peace – A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Arinze Ngonadi

If you are asked to close your eyes and think deeply about something or someone that brings you peace, a lot of people might go to their significant others, their children, a place or even food. As much as these things do bring peace, they all have one thing in common. That is that they are all temporary. The peace derived from these things is momentary and fleeting. True peace, everlasting peace comes from Jesus. This period we are in is the dispensation of grace and because God cannot behold sin, when we sin, what God sees is Jesus interceding for us. With Jesus in our lives, everything changes. For example, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey everything about that donkey changed and now because of that one donkey, previously thought to be for the poor and less privileged, every wasted donkey everywhere are celebrated even till today. Why? It’s because that donkey had Jesus. Peace has four main types:

– False peace
– Inner peace
– Peace of God
– Peace with man

Peace is simply a gift from God that stems from obedience and faith.
In the Old Testament, peace referred to relationships between people, nations, and God with men while in the New Testament Jesus came and changed how we define peace. Peace in the New Testament refers to rest and security.

Today, we still use peace as a form of greeting. Regardless of race or gender, peace is universal. This is why when Jesus was leaving he said to his disciples that he leaves them his peace and they are to share that with others.

The most important thing to know is that peace is not external. That conviction has to come from within. With this, your mind, body, soul, and spirit will be at rest in trying times.

In the book of Psalm, Chapter 91 verse 7, David believed that no matter how many fell on his side, he knew nothing could harm him because God was with him. In Psalm 23, he believed that even though he walks to the valley of the shadow of death, nothing again could harm him. Why? Because God was with him and this gave him peace.

Today it is important to find peace as that is what God commands us to do but carefully. Today, peace can be used manipulatively and create a false sense of security. It is important to discern what is what and seek the peace that comes from God.

In conclusion, Romans chapter 8 verse 6 says that letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death but a mind controlled by the spirit leads to life and peace. I pray that the peace of God be with you and all your loved ones, in your place of work and every aspect of your life. Always remember, much like that donkey, when Jesus is with you, you will be celebrated.

The sermon, Peace – A Segment of the Fruit of The Spirit, by Brother Arinze Ngonadi, was delivered on 19th November 2017 at the Special New Workers/Talent Service.

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This Gospel, by Brother Abiodun Aremu Oliyide

This Gospel, by Brother Abiodun Aremu Oliyide

Introduction

Hebrews 2:1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him

Most people that heard Jesus in the days of his flesh could not understand the depth of revelation of the message of salvation. 1Corinthians 2:14, they were natural men that could not receive the things of the Spirit of God. Hence Jesus has to leave a bulk of His message un-preached John.16:12 until the fulfilment and the coming of the Spirit of truth

What is the Gospel?

The word gospel is the word good news; when the scriptures say “how beautiful are the feet of those that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things” Rom. 10:15. The words there gospel and glad tiding are from the same Greek euangélio. It means good news.

What is the Good news about?

Could it be Miracles, Healing, Provision, Good Job, Breakthrough, Car, Visa, Degree, etc.?

NOTE: For the NEWS to be good, it has to be relevant to the hearers’ situation. It is NOT everyone that is poor, not everyone needs a new job, and not everyone needs a new wife/husband. Since the news is for all creatures, it must have a singular application and relevance to humanity. SIN is the common condition, Romans 3:23.

Let us take a look at what Paul said. Romans1:1-4; the message that was promised afore by the prophets in the scriptures was concerning Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

This therefore implies that the gospel has specific facts. That is, for a message to be described as the gospel of God (Christ), there are facts that must be evident in what is said, else it is not the gospel. 1Corinthians15: 1-3

  1. Christ’s Death: He cannot die as God, so we also have to talk about his humanity

  2. How he was buried. Matthew 12:40

  3. His resurrection

  4. His ascension to heaven Mark 16:19

Christ’s Death

Christ’s death was not just like Lazarus’s death (three days stinking body that came back to life); Death is actually a separation. James 2:26, the body without the spirit is dead, that is physical death. Jesus’s death was in two phases. His first death was a separation from God (Spiritual death). That is why he cried Eloi Eloi lama Sabachthani (Mathew 24:46), He had been separated from God spiritually before He died physically. When Adam ate the fruit of the knowledge of truth and evil, Adam was separated immediately from God, that was Adam’s spiritual death (Genesis 2:17), he later died physically at 930 years old. Spiritual death entered the world through Adam’s SIN (Romans 5:12). So when Jesus was made SIN on the cross (2Cointhians 5:21), He was also separated from the father, the SIN of Adam was laid on Him. God made him to be SIN, so as to taste spiritual death for everyman. Jesus’s death took him to HELL, because that is where sinners go. He did not just remain in the grave waiting for the 3rd day. He had to suffer and be judged for man. 1Pet1:10, Luke24:26.

Christ’s Resurrection

Christ’s resurrection is what validates the gospel. 1Corinthians 15:17 says that “and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins”. Hence, this is a very essential point in the message of the gospel.

When Is a Man Saved?

Faith in the Gospel of Christ is Salvation, Romans 1:16. The Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto Salvation. Romans 10:8-10; the moment a man believes in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead for his justification and he confess the same with his mouth such man is saved.

  1. Is believing in miracle the same as salvation? NO! Many people who followed Jesus believed he had power to perform miracles, but that is not the same as having faith for Salvation. In Matthew 8:5-13, the subject of faith of the centurion was healing and nothing else. In John 6:26, they were looking for Jesus because of the earlier miracle he performed “food”

  2. Is it possible to be among the brethren and not believe? YES! Many Disciples followed Jesus John 6:60-64 and they did not believe in his message v 64 says “and there are some of you that believe not (His followers)”. This category can easily fall into Matt7:21-23. When the Lord will say “depart from me, for I know you not”. Because they never believed.

Conclusion

Faith in the Gospel is faith in the resurrection of Christ and this is the ONLY message that saves. The gospel is the message concerning Jesus’ resurrection for our Justification; salvation and righteousness. This Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. John 1:12. 2Cor5:16-21. Rom8:1-3 Rom4:24, 5:1-2.

The sermon, This Gospel, by Brother Abiodun Aremu Oliyide, was delivered at the Special Youth Service on October 22, 2017