THE CHRISTIAN WORKER -BY PASTOR B. B. JOHN, JOSEPH

1. 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.

 

 

 

4. 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}

 

 

 

 

6. THE RESPONSIBLE WORKER II

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

 

 

 

8. 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

 

 

 

12. 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

 

 

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