HGS – THE CHRISTIAN WORKER – B. B. John, Joseph

 

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General Introduction

Text: 2 Tim. 1 – 4

The Christian worker is God’s own servant, called to labour with God in His Vineyard. He must have being a saved fellow, for God chiefly uses His children to do His works.

Our services in the Vineyard must bring benefits to the Lord who called us to work. Of what benefits is your work to God and His Kingdom? The pertinent question is ‘how can our services be profitable to the Lord?

  1. We ourselves must first become acceptable sacrifices to God, if our services are to be acceptable. He who will serve must first become a new creature in Christ Jesus.
  2. We must do His work in accordance to His given pattern and in conformity to His will.
  3. We must meet God’s requirements in the divine service. These include serving with the spirit of love, obedience, humility, faithfulness, loyalty, purity, and diligence.
  4. We must keep friendly fellowship with God in Spirit. Friendship demands unbreakable companionship, which is fundamental to success in the supreme service.
  5. Never must we serve in the flesh. We must shed off the old man and put on the ne man created after Jesus Christ. Whatever is done in the flesh is sin.
  6. We are to serve in the Spirit. Only what is done in the Spirit is acceptable and profitable.
  7. We must never place greater value on charisma but rather on character. He who serves by the ego of charisma at the expense of character must end the race at the harbor of “I don’t know you, you worker of iniquity”

Transformation Discourse:

What does apostle Paul means by this saying: “our works shall be tried by fire…”

Mem. Vs. 1 Thess. 1: 3

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, break me down and mould me fitted for your glorious use.
  2. Father, make me a golden vessel in your hand.

 

 

 

2. MEN IN SUPREME SERVICE

Text: 1 Pet. 1: 12

The uniqueness of working for God is related to the sovereignty of God and supremacy of His divine service. The worth of God’s service is unequalled. Its benefits are greatest and eternal in values. He who works with God is noblest among men. But how should men in the service of God handle His supreme task?

  1. We must come to embrace the truth that God uses His blood purchased people to do His works on earth. He who desires to serve the Lord must be genuinely born again.
  2. We must also know that God looks at the heart. Being born again isn’t enough.  You must possess a loyal, meek and godly heart.
  3. We also need to seek God’s face for sovereign graces and divine enablement to serve Him faithfully, heartily and acceptably.
  4. We must humbly accept the truth that God’s work must be done in God’s way. He who does it any other way has labour in vain.
  5. We must learn to always give all glory to Him. Glorifying the Lord is the grand reason for working with Him. He who serves for fame or fortunes has no reward.
  6. We must live and operate by the Spirit. Whatever is done in the flesh is lost. Only what is done in the Spirit is counted for a reward.

Transformation Discourse:

Like Moses we all must learn to build the Tabernacle according to the pattern “shown to on the mountain”. How do we follow the divine prescription in serving God in His Vineyard?

Mem. Vs. Jhn 6: 29

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, teach me the way of acceptable service.
  2. Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and enable me to serve your aright.

 

 

 

3. YOUR OLD PERSONA

Text: Rom. 7: 1 – 6

You were once a man under the power and penalty of sin. Every born again was ‘only a sinner saved by grace’. Do not forget that your sinful old nature would still strive to work by the frailty of your flesh. This old persona will war constantly against your new persona in Christ. How do you handle it?

  1. When Your Old Persona raises its ugly head; you must to walk in the Spirit to shelve it off. With the Spirit always comes the grace to nail the flesh and put on the new man. {Gal 5: 24 – 26; Eph. 2:1-6, Rom. 6:11- 18}
  2. With the understanding of the war between the natural man and the spiritual man, you must partner the Spirit to be spiritually minded. { 7:14-23; Gal. 5:16, 17; 1 Cor. 9:24 – 27; 10:11-13}
  3. Always be thankful to God for Your Salvation. We are all sinners saved by grace. {Rom. 3:9, 23- 24; 5:6- 10/}
  4. Live to manifest your redemption right, graces and gifts. Strive to know your new position in Christ and live by by that knowledge. Seek to become an epitome of His life, love, gifts and power. { Rom. 8: 1 – 17; 5: 22 – 23; Luke 10: 19; 1 Cort. 7 – 12; Eph. 4: 10 – 16}

Transformation Discourse:

Jesus as the Savior of the World provided the needed salvation. He came, lived, died and resurrected to give repentance and salvation to all men’. Tell the class how you were saved.

Mem. Vs. Hebr. 9: 14

Prayer Points:

  1. Holy Spirit, help me to live and walk in your fullness in Jesus name
  2. Holy Spirit, empower me to exercise dominion over sin and carnality.

 

 

 

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YOUR NEW PERSONA

Text: Eph. 4: 17 – 32

Your new persona is connected to your new identity in Christ Jesus. It is the eternal life gotten in Him. You must know this and live it out to be effective and successful in God’s work. {Rom. 3:23}. How?

  1. Know your present standing before God – You need to know where you are {a new creature}, and whose you are now {Jesus is now your legal owner}.  John 3:18; Eph. 2:2.
  2. Seek to understand the plights of a natural man and refuse its friendship.  {Gen. 6:5 – 8, 11 -13; Ps. 43:1-3; Matt. 15:18 – 20; Gal. 5:19-21: Rom. 5:7, 8; 1 Cor. 2:14.}
  3. Seek the way of the spiritual man and partner the Spirit to manifest your new identity. Consciously live and work by the Spirit. {Jhn 3:3, 5; 1:14, 16, 12,13; 1 Cor. 15:47-50; 1 Pet. 1:13 – 23; Gal. 4:4-7}.
  4. Take up your new responsibility of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone that comes your way. It is the major responsibility of all who are born again. {Mk 16: 15 – 18; Matt 28: 19 – 20}

Important Note:

The call to Flaminglamps membership isn’t a call to another religion association but rather a call to living and manifesting the fullness of the Holy Spirit. {Rev. 1: 4, 4:5; Eph. 4:13; Acts 1:8, John 7: 39; 1 Cort. 2: 4 – 5}

Transformation Discourse:

‘The natural man lives under the power of sin and flesh, but the spiritual man after the Spirit’. Discuss implications of both kinds of life.

Mem. Vs: Eph. 4: 23 – 24

Prayer Points:

  1. Holy Spirit, visit me in your fullness and ignite me with fresh fire.
  2. Jesus, baptize me in your rivers of living water.

 

 

 

5. THE RESPONSIBLE CHRISTIAN

Text: 1 Cort. 3: 1 – 15

How responsible a Christian are you? Be honest with your answer. It takes being a responsible believer to become a responsible Christian worker. And if you aren’t a responsible type, you had better forget serving the Lord.

 Why does God require responsible Christians to do His work?
  1. Because believer who lacks sense of responsibility is often a minus to the gospel. He causes harm to the Kingdom values. {Vs. 1- 5; Acts  5: 1-10}
  2. Because the irresponsible worker often inflicts negative impact on the soul winning mandate – i.e. the great commission. {Vs. 6 – 8, Mark 16:15}
  3. Because those irresponsible ones among us mostly do God’s work in their own ways, as if it is that of man. {Vs. 12 – 15}
  4. Because only those who are responsible Christians can pay the cost of working with God. The non-responsible ones can only work for God and not with Him.  {Vs. 9 – 11}

Transformation Discuss

How do we identify responsible Christian among brethren in our churches?

Mem Vs: 1 Cort. 2: 5

Prayer Points:

  1. O, Lord, teach me the way of responsible Christianity.
  2. Father, I am tired of working for you; teach how to work with you.

 

 

 

6. THE RESPONSIBLE WORKER

Text: Rom. 7: 6; 2 Tim 1: 11-18

When Jesus stated that “laborers are few” He was pointing to the inadequacy of responsible kingdom workers. He who will be a profitable servant must first be a responsible Christian worker. But who exactly is a responsible Christian worker?

  1. The one who serves God with pure devotion, practical dedication and total commitment. He is wholly and fully in charge of that which is committed into his hand. {2 Tim 1: 14; Lk. 16:10}.
  2. The person who works with a loyal, faithful and truthful spirit. He is honest, trustworthy and accountable to his senior/boss in church or ministry. {  Tim. 1: 14; 1 Cort. 3: 13 -15; {1 Sam. 12: 24}
  3. That meek, humble and lowly fellow. You will always found him teachable, responsive, and answerable both to God and his superior in all his doings.
  4. The one who readily accept being liable for whatever goes wrong or right in what is committed into his hand. He doesn’t apportion blame to others. He holds himself responsible.
  5. The industrious, hardworking, diligent and dutiful worker. He hates laziness, despise indolence and deride slothfulness. .

Transformation Discuss

How do we identify responsible Christian among brethren in our churches?

Mem Vs:  1 Cort. 1 Cort. 3: 8 – 9

Prayer Points:

  1. Father, deliver me of whatever has been making my service to you imperfect.
  2. Holy Spirit, make me your responsible  servant in Jesus name

 

 

 

7. KINGDOM SERVICE CODES

Text: Eph. 5: 1 – 21

Our lifestyles as God’s workers, within and outside the church, should decode Kingdom service code.   This is the prime key to impacting people around us quality of the divine life. How do I mean? It takes living-out the Christlike virtues to offer quality spiritual impartations to the world. So what are the given codes for the Kingdom lifestyles?

  1. A code of purity and holiness. Live as a sanctified vessel to the Lord. Shun waywardness, sexual immoral, drunkenness, smoking, drugs or any such ones. {Eph. 5: 1 – 6, 15 – 18
  2. A code of love and faith: Living the life of agape love and faith must be our lifestyle. He who manifests love and faith truly knows God. { vs. 2; 1 Tim. 1: 5; Col. 1: 23}
  1. A code of meekness: This depicts living a life of lowliness, gentleness and humility. {Acts. 20: 19; Eph. 4: 1- 3}
  2. A code of submission: Be submissive to authority. Submissive church worker don’t travel out of the base, or absent himself without obtaining official permission from the leader. {Vs. 3 – 4, 10; 2 Tim. 2:24 – 25}
  3. A code of true service: Serving God and man with a servant heart is the key. Be hard working, diligent and committed in using your talents, gifts and graces to prosper church’s vision/mission. { Vs. 1, 6; 1 Cort. 12: 6 – 12; 2 Tim 1:6 -7}
  4. A code of loyalty: Demonstrate loyalty in its trueness and totality. It takes transparent faithfulness to stay true to you leader and shun all forms or people of rebellion attitudes, gossip, strife, and disunity.{Vs. 3}
  5. A code of devotion: Be a spiritual minded worker, practice pure devotion in spiritual fellowship in prayer, fasting, word-studies and fellowship. {2 Tim. 3: 15 – 17; Luke 18: }
  6. A code of power: The kingdom of God is to be demonstrated in power and Spirit. 1 Thess. 1: 5; Mrk. 16: 15 – 18}

Transformation Discourse:

How do you keep away from rebellion attitudes, gossip, strife, malice, sectionalism, and disunity within or outside the church/ministry?

Mem. Vs. 2 Cort. 6: 1

Prayer Points:

  1. Forgive my misdeeds, my misgivings and mismanagements in your church, O, Lord
  2. Holy Spirit, help and impart me with you graces and virtues

 

 

 

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THE LOYAL WORKER

Text: Jhn. 12: 26; 2 Tim. 1: 8-18

Loyalty remains one of the greatest requirements for the Kingdom worker. He who lacks it isn’t qualified to work with God. Loyalty here has to do with the Biblical concept of loyalty. Let’s briefly examine a few facts about the true Biblical loyalty:

  1. – It is a kind of loyalty that shows respect, love, friendship, fellowship, and cares for leadership – the kind that existed between Paul and Timothy
  2. It rests on Christian allegiance to God’s and His delegated leadership. {Eph. 4: 10 – 13}
  3. It implies standing with, for, and up for your leader. You are to be loyal to him and to his divinely given mission or vision. {Vs. 15 – 18}
  4. It involves seeking out your leader, to understand, encourage and refresh him. This demands that you stay with him, minister to his needs and stand by him, even in trouble times. {Phil. 2:22; 2 Tim. 3:14; 4:9–10 a; 2 Cort. 9:23, Tit.}.
  5. It entails holding on to what you have been taught by him. Especially, all Biblical truths and apostolic doctrines.  2 Tim. 3:14
  6. It means not forsaking the vision/work even when you have reason to do so. { 2 Tim. 1:8, 16; 4: 16; }

Transformation Discourse:

How dangerous, rebellious, divisive, heartbreaking and judgmental could disloyalty in the church/ministry be? Beautify your answer with Biblical examples. {2 Tim. 1; 15; Numb. 16}

Mem. Vs. Jn. 12: 26

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord Jesus, heal my heart of any vices of rebellion and disloyalty.
  2. Father, I need your healing power to purge my heart of all uncleanness and dirt.

 

 

 

9. LOYALTY TO LEADERSHIP

Text: Titus 2: 1-10; 2 Tim. 1: 8-18

Throughout the Bible, God establishes the follow-the-leader arrangement as the ideal way to His working among men. Being loyal to the leader is therefore a basic requirement in serving God right and in positioning yourself for His blessings. How did it work?

  1. God places graces and unction on His appointed leader for the benefit of all who submit to his leadership. {Lk 4: 18 -19}
  2. God only appoints assistants/associates into supportive positions to serve as vision-Helpers, like Aaron, Joshua, Elisha, Gehazi, and 12 disciples.
  3. He who is rude, disobedient, or disloyal to the leader is counted as being rebellious to God who appointed him. {Read Numb. 16}
  4. God holds you disloyal when, as worker or vision helper, you begin to criticize your leader or his policies before people. Your calling is to help and not to criticize him – as Joshua and Elisha did, (Tit. 2:9–10)..
  5. When a leader calls you to join the church/ ministry staffers, God demands that you give your primary loyalty to him, other than to the Lord. {Acts 16:3}.

Transformation Discourse:

Use the stories of Aaron, Joshua, Joseph, David’s mighty men, Elisha, Gehazi and Timothy to elaborate Biblical supportive ministries.

Mem. Vs. 2 Tim. 1: 8

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, forgive me all my past acts of disloyalty and give me a new heart.
  2. Father, give me the true heart of loyalty in Jesus name

 

 

 

10. WHAT LOYALTY NEVER DOES

Text: 2 Tim. 4: 7- 22

A Christian minister or worker is loyal when he lives and serves faithfully and with loyalty. There are things loyalty will never do. Those who have it never exhibit the following vices against leadership:

  1. Loyalty never stabs the leader in the back. Every loyal worker knows it is unwise, rebellious and dangerous to do so. {Vs. 10, 14 – 18}
  2. A loyal worker will never express disagreements with the leader to others and in public.
  3. He never receives an accusation against his leader unless such accusation can be boldly proven by the accuser in front of the accused. (1 Tim. 5:19 )
  4. He never gossip against the leader / pastor, even when there are doubt and dismay over what is being sayings about him.
  5. He never fails to stand loyal to the leader/ preacher even in hours of crisis.
  6. Even when it becomes apparent that the leader has fallen, that loyal worker stands by him to bring him back to God.
  7. Loyalty never stops from being friendly and supportive. True loyalty calls for positive support and efforts

Transformation Discourse:

One is not a loyal worker simply because he has not acted or spoken disloyally”. Discuss

Mem. Vs. 2 Tim. 3: 14

Prayer Points:

  1. Holy Spirit, renew your grace in me and fill me with your character of loyalty
  2. Father, change me completely, in all areas where I need changes.

 

 

 

11. LOYALTY TO THE WORK

Text: Rom. 12: 1 – 8; 2 Tim. 4: 1- 5

Loyalty always stands true to the gospel work. We are saved to serve the gospel of Jesus Christ and t it we should be committed. How do we stay loyal to the work?

  1. By being spiritually minded in the pursuit of our individual calling: Stay spiritual and beware of any forms of hypocrisy and dishonesty. {Josh. 22: 5}
  2. By being loyal in the right sense of loyalty, and never give an improper, distorted kind of loyalty. {1 Cort. 3: 4-6; 2 Tim. 1:8, 4:10).
  3. By staying true to our calling: Abide within the boundaries of your calling. Whatever you are called to do, do it with integrity and in the fear of God.
  4. By refusing to waste the grace of God in our life. How do men waste the grace of God and thus ruin their calling?
  1. By seeking to control, criticize, undermine, or upstage their leader, instead of giving support and loyalty.
  2. By showing up a better way of doing things than their leaders, sometimes egoistically. But loyalty demands that you await your opportunity to assume headship and hence show off your better way of doing things.
  • By trying to enforce or intrude leadership, when they ought to stay faithful in their subsidiary positions.

Transformation Discourse:

What exactly are the boundaries of the calling of an assistant/associate minister in a local church?  Discuss.

Mem. Vs. Josh. 22: 5

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord Jesus, show me my areas of unfaithfulness in your Kingdom
  2. Father, cure my heart of critical spirits and rebellion attitude

 

 

 

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LOYALTY TO LIFE INVESTORS

Text: 1 Tim. 5: 17 -19; 2 Tim. 1: 13 – 18

All those who have invested into you life, in one way or the other deserve your loyalty. These include the person who lead you to Christ, the leader who disciple you for Christ, and those who train up men in ministry. The question is: ‘How do we relate to those who have invested their lives into our lives’?

  1. By showing gratefulness to the one who led you to Christ. He/she is your real spiritual father and thus a fountain you dare not forget or neglect. Be loyal to him.
  2. By showing good respect to those who built you up: Every disciple maker deserves loyalty and a great deal of appreciation for building converts up by words and examples. { Hebr. 13:7}
  3. By expressing gratitude to our ministry leaders: These should be blessed with repeated gratitude, even from those who wandered off. {2 Tim. 3: 10, 14 – 17; 1 Tim. 4: 6}
  4. Loyalty to these types of spiritual leaders should be for a lifetime, and not just for the days we draw benefits from their ministry.
  5. To be loyal is to retrain from speaking about and against them. Others may, but not you. Being his his spiritual son, you might incur a curse, if you do.
  6. To be loyal is to love, befriend and fellowship withGood spiritual children ought to be true caring friends, appreciative givers and warm companions to their spiritual parents.
  7. You are also to remain loyal to the truths they taught you. your relationship with them thrives on mutually received doctrinal truths.( Rom. 14; 1 Tim. 4: 16)

Transformation Discourse:

“We all can be loyal to a person because of his investment in our lives and yet be careful not to endorse his misdeeds”. Discuss how.

Mem. Vs. 2 Tim. 1: 13

Prayer Points:

  1. Father Lord, deliver me from the curse of disloyalty incurred from any leader who’ve invested his life in me.
  2. Lord Jesus, give me the humble heart to correct my wrongs

 

 

 

13. SPIRIT OF GEHAZI

Text: 2 Ki. 5: 1-27

Many Christian workers are like Gehazi. Though they have been with the leader and had seen notable miracles done by God through him, yet they serve the Lord with the spirit of Gehazi. Let’s briefly answer tow vital questions here:

  1. What really is this spirit of Gehazi?

It is a spirit of lying, self-worship, and greed. {2 Ki 4; 2 Ki 5: 20 -23}.

  1. How do we identify people who serve with Gehazi spirit:
  2. He who tells lie against/to his master, as Gehazi did against/to Elisha, serves God with Gehazi’s spirit.  {vs. 20-22, 25}
  3. He who runs after rewards or material values, even against the wishes of his master is actually serving the Lord with a sprit of Gehazi {vs. 23}
  4. All who are on self-sent errand serve with Gehazi’s spirit
  5. He who greedily returns from his self-sent mission to hide the ‘reward’ from his master serve with Gehazi’s spirit. Vs 24

The Consequence: Except they repent, the end of those who serve the Lord with Gehazi spirit is tragedy. ” {2 kings 5: 27}

Transformation Discourse:

Considering the way Gehazi ended his ministry with “the leprosy that was Naaman’s, what are the lessons to learn by gospel ministers/ church workers.

Mem. Vs. 1 Tim. 6: 10

Prayer Points

  1. Father, deliver me from the spirits and the pathway of Gehazi
  2. I rebuke demons of lie, greed and self worship, come out of me in Jesus name.

 

 

 

14. SPIRIT OF GEHAZI

Text: 2 Ki. 5: 1-27

This is a continuation of our last study: The Spirit of Gehazi. Today, we shall be given seven summary points of who Contemporary Gehazi are in the church of Jesus Christ.

Gehazi of today include:

  1. All those who are in ministry for material and monetary rewards.
  2. All habitual liars in churches/ministries. Think of Ananias and Sapphira
  3. All who, despite being closer to truth, are never changed by the truth. Think of Judas Iscariot.
  4. All who cannot trust the Lord for their supplies, and must employ some clever means to raise funds/materials.
  5. All who are in ministry for self-glory and applause of men.
  6. All who offer miracle for sale.
  7. All those who sacrifice their spiritual authority or ministry at the altar of greed and rebellion.

Transformation Discourse:

Aside, physical leprosy, what again could ‘leprosy of Naaman  on Gehazi’ means spiritually and otherwise? 

Mem. Vs. Prov. 22: 1; 23: 4

Prayer Points:

  1. Fire of God; go through me now and to consume fountains of worldliness and materialism out of me.
  2. Lord Jesus, cure me life of any form of spiritual leprosy, by your Blood.

 

 

15. PRINCIPLE OF TOUGHNESS

Text: 2 Timothy 2: 1 -7

The Christian Worker is to live and work by the Principle of Toughness. He must be mentally, physically and spiritually tough to excel in the kingdom task. Why?

  1. Because as a soldier of the Cross he must exemplify the inner toughness needed to endure hardness. (2 Tim. 2:3-4).
  1. Because he needs the focus of disciplined soldier to effectively eliminate all competing interests. {2 Tim. 2: 3}
  2. Because as spiritual fighter, he must be very tough to handle difficult flock, hard situations and hot spiritual warfare. {Eph.  6: 10 -12}
  3. Because he is to be a well trained combatant who knows how to wield mighty spiritual power in prayer, word of faith and ministry. {2 Tim. 2: 2}
  4. Because multitude of wailing captives wait for his manifestations, and he needs be tough in the anointing to liberate them. {Rom. 8: 19 -21; Isa. 61: 1-3}
  5. Because the success largely depends on the toughness of God’s graces and anointing on him. {Acts 1:8; Eph. 4: 7; Zech. 4: 6}

Transformation Discourse:

How can we employ this principle to avoid being entangled in devil’s destructive net and ‘wiles of the enemy’ so as to be vessels in God’s hand for the liberation of the captives?

Mem. Vs.: 2 Tim. 2: 2

Prayer Points

  1. Holy Spirit, enable me to be a victorious soldier of the Cross.
  2. Jesus Christ, implant in me your soldierly spirit of courage and valiance.

 

 

 

16. THE OBEDIENT WORKER

Texts: 2 Tim. 2: 1 – 7; Col. 3: 22 25

God want obedient Christian workers who live and serve by the Principle of Obedience. Today, let us examine necessities for obedience while we serve in Christ’s kingdom.

  1. It takes true obedience to run the heavenly race successfully and win the trophy.
  2. Obedience is the basis for obtaining God’s favor and blessing {2 Tim 2:5
  3. As spiritual athletes, we need obedience to lawfully “strive for masteries”. 2 Tim 2:5
  4. It takes unreserved obedience to truly observe the Christian laws of love, faith, persistence and hope.
  5. It takes obedient spirit to eagerly and rigorously train ourselves to virtue and excellence in life and ministry. {1 Pet.
  6. Only obedient Christian workers can live out the Christ-like virtues on this earth.
  7. Without total obedience many Vineyard workers will certainly end up in hell.

Transformation Discourse:

Obedience has enemies’. Discuss who or what those enemies are and how to conquer them.

Mem. Vs. 2 Cort. 10: 4 – 6.

Prayer Points:

  1. Holy Spirit, fill me with a heart of total obedience in Jesus name.
  2. Jesus, lead me daily in the way of true obedience to your word and Spirit.

 

 

 

17. THE DILIGENT WORKER

Text: 2 Tim 2:6-15

Diligence is a virtue we all must cultivate, most especially in Kingdom service. It takes a company of diligent workers to move any church forward. Church workers must be meticulous, hard working, and wise if progress and harvest must come. Why?

  1. Diligence is a key to maximizing our God given productive graces and thus become “partakers of the fruits.” {2 Tim. 2: 6-7}
  2. It is the pathway to wise toiling in God’s farmland towards becoming Christ’s wise virgins. {Matt. 25: 1 – 13}
  3. It is the pointer to our seriousness, eagerness and passion ass Spirit filled workers.
  4. It is the means we encourage others to keep on plowing Christ’s fields, even when confronted with poor soil, bad weather, and doubtful harvest. {2 Tim. 2: 15}
  5. It is the proof of our enduring patience in God’s service. By it we go on sowing even with weeping, believing that there will be rejoicing in the end. {2 Tim. 4: 5; 2: 8-13; Psm. 126: 6}
  6. It is the active virtue that opens wider doors of opportunities and promotion before us.

Transformation Discourse:

Expatiate the saying: “It takes being a good student of the Word of God and spiritual warfare to become a diligent servant of God”. {2 Tim. 2: 15}

Mem. Vs. 2 Tim. 4: 5

Prayer Points:

  1. Every spirit and habit warring against diligence in my life, lose your power and come out of me.
  2. Father, teach me the way of diligence in your service

 

 

 

18. THE DISCIPLINED WORKER

Text: 2 Tim 2: 16 – 22

We live in a world that has thrown caution to the wind. Yet, the Christian worker is to live a disciplined life of caution, modesty, purity and power. How do we live such a life as Vineyard workers?

  1. By making a clean break with our sinful past. Doing this demands that you consciously “depart from iniquity”, and be a sanctified vessel. (2 Tim. 2:19).
  2. By endeavoring to live transparent pure life. He who will become vessel of gold in God’s hand must be thorough purged by fire.  (2 Tim. 2:20-21).
  3. By living as ambassadors for Christ.  He who will truly represent Christ Kingdom on earth must live the light of the world and as the salt of the earth. {Matt. 5: 13 – 16}.
  4. By walking tall in God’s high way. We must carefully guard our hearts against sexual impurity, youthful lusts, worldly compromise and indulgence. { 2. Tim. 2: 22; Isa. 52:11}
  5. By faithfully serving the Lord. As a people divinely set apart for the Kingdom royal service, we must be highly focus, dedicated, loyal, and enthusiastic in service.

Transformation Discourse:

What discipline does it take to “follows righteousness, faith, charity, and peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”?

Mem. Vs. Rev. 3: 19.

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, empower me with your grace for faithfulness and self-disciplined
  2. Holy Spirit, enable me with your fruiting of self-control.

 

 

 

19. THE HUMBLE WORKER

Text: Matt 5: 5 – 9; 2 Tim. 2: 23 – 26

God hates pride. It was the reason for the fall of Lucifer. Jesus doesn’t use the proud. He who would serve God must first exemplify the virtue meekness, lowliness and humility. But how can we live such a life in a world where pride is worshipped?

  1. By always asking for the grace and spirit of meekness and humility in our daily prayer. {Eph. 4: 1-2}
  2. By our determination and resolve to be “gentle unto all men”; even to those who oppose us. (2 Tim 2:24-25; {Gal. 6:9}).
  3. By constantly asking for the enabling grace to use the Word of God like a surgeon, and not like a butcher. Mind you; both use knives but differently. {Hebr. 4:12}
  4. By walking and working in such a spirit of meekness that moves us to go for the liberation of those who are caught in the snare of the devil. {2 Tim 2:26}.
  5. By show of humble obedience to our superiors and willingly serve our subordinates, even when being offended by same people.

Transformation Discourse:

How do we truly live out the lifestyles of Biblical meekness amidst proud and arrogant friends?

Mem. Vs. Matt. 5: 5

Prayer Points:

  1. I rebuke you spirit of pride and arrogance in my life; come out of me now in Jesus name.
  2. Spirit of meekness and humility, come upon me and enrich my heart in Jesus name.

 

 

20. THE DYNAMIC WORKER

Text: Luke 4: 19 – 19; Mark 16: 15 – 18

It takes the Spirit dynamo {fullness} to live and work with vibrant, dynamic spirit. The dynamism, enthusiasm, and vitality required in God’s service always come with the Spirit unction upon our lives. We must be dynamic Christian workers to bring needed benefits to the Kingdom of God.  How do we become just that?

  1. By being constantly filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. {Eph. 5:18}.
  2. By possessing the ability to express the divine call upon our lives and the eagerness to serve God efficiently. {Isa. 61: 1-3}
  3. By immersing ourselves daily in the spiritual disciplines of praises, worship, prayer, fasting, and studying of the word of God. {Eph. 5: 18 -20; Lk. 18: 1}
  4. By garnering needed emotional prowess, mental soundness and relational maturity to positively influence and prosper other people around us. {Eph. 4: 7 -13}
  5. By always burning with passion for lost people: we are to demonstrate gifted leadership ability to motivate, train and lead others to reach out for lost souls. {Acts 8: 5 – 8}.

Transformation Discourse:

How do we employ our lifestyles and material possessions to practically promote Christ values and Kingdom?

Mem. Vs. Lk. 4:18 – 19

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit and set me on fire for the gospel.
  2. Holy fire, go through me now and consume lukewarmness and mediocrity out of me.

 

 

21. THE VISION CARRIER

Text: John 15: 1 – 8; 2 Tim. 19 – 21

Every good organization has vision. Likewise, every true Christian ministry is divinely envisioned. Though the vision is often given to one man; it takes many people to carry and execute it. The bitter truth is that every Christian worker is called to be a vision carrier of the church/ministry he belongs. What then does it takes to be a vision carrier?

  1. It takes good understanding of the vision of your church/ministry. Personally seek to understand the vision and the mission and get involved for its accomplishing.
  2. It takes recognizing the church as Christ’s spiritual body and submits yourself to her leadership. Submission to Church delegated authority is submission to Christ the head.
  3. It takes sharing or selling the vision to others. It is not enough to understand it, you must become a vision sharer and mission servant. Get zealous and passionate about it.  Choose to be a player and not spectator.
  4. Prepare to spend your life serving the Lord Jesus by serving the gospel and the brethren.
  5. Be eager participant in Christ global mandate through your material and monetary contributions.

Transformation Discourse

How can one become a true follower of Christ in confession, habits and duty? Be practical in your contribution.

Mem. Vs. Jhn. 15: 16

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, enrich my soul with burning passion for the church vision and kingdom mission.
  2. Make me a golden vessel  unto honour in your kingdom, Lord Jesus

 

 

 

22. THE SERIOUS WORKER

Text: 2 Tim. 3: 14 – 17

Serious Christian workers are known by their fruitful studious and prayer life. They have in-depth knowledge of the Word of God and are praying champions. How do we cultivate the seriousness of spiritual living?

  1. Accept the truth that leadership position makes no one a true spiritual leader. It takes cultivating spiritual seriousness to become one. {Matt 23: 11 -12; Lk. 22:25 – 27}
  2. Possess the key to enjoying God’s ever refreshing presence through establishing personal spiritual closet with Him. Be a good and continuous student of the Bible and a fervent prayer Christian. {Jhn 15; 1 – 3; Psm. 24: 3-5}
  3. Study the Bible to discover God, man and the world. The Scriptures unveils God and gives us the capacity to learn about ourselves and of the world we live in. {vs. 15 -16; 2 Tim 2:1 5}
  4. Learn to acquire the secrets to solving many life problems through meditation in the Word and fervent praying. { Psalm 1: 1 -3; 25:14}
  5. Study the Bible to find out what God has said about man’s struggles in life. Use Bible study aids and the power of ‘prayer of faith’ to bring solution to life challenges. {Rom. 1:20}
  6. Explore the Internet to find truths related to Godly values, life-uplifting nuggets and Kingdom building. We can do this without being polluted by online worthless information.
  7. Research good books of Christian authors with the aim to obtain spiritual blessings, knowledge, and counsels needed for personal development.  {Jhn 5: 39 – 40}

Transformation Discourse:

‘Unserious Christian workers are they who have no time to study the Word. All they are after are their secular jobs, family matters, and church activities/ meetings’. Discuss.

Mem. Vs. Jhn 5: 39

Prayer Points:

  1. Lord, make me a soberly committed Christian
  2. Jesus, deliver me of every habit of unseriousness and empower me up and going for you.

 

 

23. HANDLING LIFE CHALLENGES

Text: James 1: 2- 8;

Being a Christian worker doesn’t free one from facing the storms of life. Jesus made it clear that the house built on the rock suffers the same fate as the one built on the sand. So, both believers in Christ and unbelievers will face challenges of life, but the difference will always be one being a victor and the other a victim. How do we emerge victorious over the storms of life?

  1. Seek to rise above your challenges. They are meant to work for your good. Understand that God works through all things for our good – good or bad and rise up as valiant on the wings of faith.
  2. Refuse to be caught up emotionally:  As gospel servant, channel your emotions suitably towards joy, excitement, and love. This implies that you shut out sorrow, depression and anger and express sweetness, loveliness, peace, and happiness. {Eccl. 3}
  3. Personally ‘bear your own burdens’ before the Lord: This is part of being a responsible worker. To a level, we can keep going on in life while casting or “heavy yoke” before Christ.  (Galatians 6:5).
  4. Work hard on your problem prayerfully: with prayer and fating, work ceaselessly on the problem but be sure that all you do about it is Biblical.
  5. Call for intercessors’ helping hands: You can as well engage the intercessory commitment of known trusted brethren who has all it takes to stand in the gap for you. Jms. 1: 5- 8
  6. Seek divine covenant dimension: Like Moses and David use resources at hand such as material possession, graces and gifts to covenant with God to turn those challenges to opportunities.   (Exd. 3; 1 Samuel 17).
  7. Do exercises: No matter what you are going through, be devoted to both physical and spiritual exercises. Though the spiritual is more important, physical training is often of great value. (1 Tim. 4:6-8).

Transformation Discourse:

How true is the saying: “Whatever challenges we face in life, we transform it to opportunity when we consciously commit to doing something about it”?

Mem. Vs. 1 Pet. 1: 7

Prayer Points:

 

 

 

24. THE WORKER’S CHILD

Text: Prov. 22: 6

Home life is fundamental to your earning success in Kingdom project. You must therefore take careful looks at raising your household in the fear of God. It is the responsibility of the Christian worker to train up his/her children in the way of the Lord. Eli’s and Samuel’s sons place stigma on their father’s ministry. So train up your children, lest the also become thorns in the flesh of your Christian service.

How do we train up our kids?

  1. We must exercise self-control in our show of love toward them, if we to truly monitor, correct and discipline their behaviors. (Eph.  4:25-32).
  2. We are to consciously lead each of them to Christ, teach them the Word of God daily, and diligently build them to become triumphant saints.
  3. We must let our kids know us as truth-telling parents; father and mother who always tell the truth in love, practically honest, humble and assertive. {Rev. 2:4, 14; 3: 19}
  4. We should be devoted to offering them the needed cares, helps and guidance. To do these successfully, we must be close to them to know their feelings, aspirations, struggles, and challenges.
  5. We shouldn’t be ‘lions’ or ‘wolves’ of our own homes but rather a loving, caring shepherd. Don’t forget: lions roar and tear; wolves snarl and snuff tear, but shepherds tender and guide.
  6. We should never hurt our kids and when we do, we shouldn’t be too big to say sorry. Every corrective quarrel should be done in love and truth.

Transformation Discourse:

Tell the class how you have been training each of your kids “in the fear of God  and how they have been committed to serving the Lord in your local church church.

Mem. Vs.

Prayer Points:

 

 

 

25. GROUP TUTORIAL ON GOSPEL BASICS

Texts: Acts 20: 28 – 32; 1 Tim. 4: 16

{Teacher should divide the class into three or more tutorial groups for today’s exercise. Each group must submit their joint answer paper after the class to the coordinator.}

In this study, we are starting our practical discussion series on basic queries every church worker is expected to answer. While some of them are often silently asked by our own hearts, others may have been asked by people we meet here and there. Our goal is to find Biblical answers to each. Let’s begin:

  1. Is there God?

Answer Tips: – John 1:14, 18; 14:9-14; 20:29-31; Rom. 1:20; Ps. 19:1; Isa. 43:9, 10; Hos. 3:4, 5; John 8: 47.

  1. Is the Bible is true?

Answer Tips: John 5:39, 40; John 7:17; Acts 17:11, 12.

  1. How can one understand the Bible?

Answer Tips – 1 Cor. 2:9-14; John 16:13: Luke 11:13.

  1. If a man does his best, will he not go to heaven?

Answer Tips John 3:5, 6, 36; Rom. 3:19, 20; Gal. 3:10.

  1. Can one be a Christian without believing in Jesus Christ?

Answer Tips: 1 John 5:9-13, 20; John 20:28-31; Matt. 16:13-18.

  1. Is the death of Christ needed to save men?

Answer Tips: Rom. 8:3; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 5:12, 19.

  1. What are the main things to do in becoming a Christian?

Answer Tips: Matt. 12:28; John 6:29, 37; Acts 16:31/Matt. 10:32; Rom. 10:9, 10; Heb. 13:15, 16.

Transformation Quote:

To be ignorant of truth is to err from truth”

Mem. Vs.: Acts 20: 28

 

 

26. GROUP TUTORIAL ON GOSPEL BASICS 2

Texts: 1 Tim. 4: 16; 1 Pet. 5: 2 – 4

Continued from last study:

{Teacher should divide the class into three or more tutorial groups for today’s exercise. Each group must submit their joint answer paper after the class to the coordinator.}

  1. What is repentance all about?

Answer Tips: Luke 24:46, 47; Acts 5:30, 31; Acts 20:21; Luke 15:17, 18.

  1. How do I accept Jesus into my life?

Answer Tips:  John 1:11, 12; Rom. 6:23; John 4:10; Eph. 2:8.

  1. How can I know that my sins are forgiven?

Answer Tips: Mark 2:5; Luke 7:48-50; Acts 13:38, 39; 1 John 1:9.

  1. How do I know that I have the Spirit of God in me?

Answer Tips: John 16:8; 1 Cor. 12:3; Gal. 5:22, 23; 1 John 3:14.

  1. Why do some Christians misbehave though claim to be saved?

Answer Tips:  Phil. 3: 18, 19; 1 Tim. 4:1, 2; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Gal. 5:17; 6:1.

  1. Why do we have so many churches?

Answer Tips: 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 1 Cor. 11:19; 2 Pet. 2:1, 2; Eph. 1:17-23.

  1. Do I need to join a church to become a Christian?

Answer Tips: Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-42, 47; Heb. 10:25.

Transformation Quote:

“You will never come to recognize the false until you know the truth”.

Mem. Vs. 1 Pet. 5: 2

 

 

 

27. HOME TEST ON BIBLE TRUTHS 1

Texts: John 5: 39 – 40; 1 Tim. 4: 16

{Each Student should attempt the seven questions below during the week and submit their individual answer paper to the coordinator before the commencement of today’s general revision exercise.}

  1. How can I overcome the world?

Answer Tips:  Col. 3:1-6; 1 John 5:4, 5; Gal. 1:4.

  1. Why is it that many good believers have so much trouble in the world?

Answer Tips:  1 Cor. 11:32; Ps. 94:12, 13: Heb. 12:6-11; 1 Pet. 4:12-19.

  1. How can I get deliverance from the power of besetting sins?

Answer Tips:  Rom. 6:9-14; Eph. 6:10-18; 1 Pet. 5: 6-l0.

  1. Suppose I sin after I got born again, will God forgive me?

Answer Tips: Rom. 13:14; 1 John 2:1, 2; Heb. 4:14-16; Jas. 5:16: Matt. 18:21, 22

  1. What exactly is the sin against the Holy Ghost?

Answer Tips: Mark 3:28-30: Heb. 10: 28, 29; Acts 8: 18-23

  1. What is the greatest sin?

Answer Tips: 1 John 5:10; John 5:38; Num. 23, 19.

  1. How can I know I am an elect of God?

Answer Tips: John 3:16; John 6:37; John 10:9; Rev. 22:17.

Transformation Quote:

“The real cost of liberty is the truth you know!”

Mem. Vs.: 1 Tim. 4: 16

 

 

 

28. HOME TEST ON BIBLE TRUTHS 2

Texts: Psalms 19: 7 – 14; 1 Tim. 4: 16

Continued from last study:

{Each Student should attempt the six questions below during the week and submit their individual answer paper to the coordinator before the commencement of today’s general revision exercise.}

  1. Must I forgive my enemies first to become a Christian?

Answer Tips: Matt. 5:23, 24; Matt. 6:12, 14, 15; Eph. 4:31, 32.

  1. Must I make restitution now that I am born again?

Answer Tips: Mark 12:31; Rom. 12:17; Luke 19:8; 2 Cor. 8:21.

  1. Will Christ accept so great a sinner as I am can?

Answer Tips: Isa. 55:6-9; Isa. 43:24-26; I. Tim. 1:15, 16.

  1. What should be the principal desire and pursuit of a Christian?

Answer Tips: John 14:16-18; John 20: 22; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:39; Eph. 5:17-21.

  1. What could be the greatest challenges of the Christian life?

Answer Tips:  Phil. 2:3-5; Rom. 12:3, 16; John 13:12-17.

  1. Is it my responsibility to train up my kids after the fear of the Lord?

Answer Tips:  Prov. 22: 6; Eph. 6:4;  2 Tim 3: 15

Transformation Quote:

“He who masters the truth secures the future.”

Mem. Vs.: Psm. 19: 7

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