Sunday, October 21, 2018

21st of October 2018

Title: You are the light of the world

Main Text: Matthew 5;14-15

Preacher: Pastor Paul Orimolusi

Seven Different Grades of Light

1) Candle Light:
- It is very weak, feeble and it burns briefly (doesn't last forever)
- Some Christians would fall into this category.
- Such Christians come to church only when they want to get something from God
- Treat God as a spare wheel and enjoy living a worldly life.
- If you fall into this category, you are more than likely influenced by bad company

2) Lantern Light (Matt 25:1-13)
- Limited range of illumination
- Light only illuminates based on the quantity of oil in the lantern
- Once the oil runs out, light goes out.
- Such Christians are saved, but never witness to others, rather hide their identity
- Another feature of such Christians is that, they do not fellowship where they would hear the true word of God. E.g bible study, daily fellowship with God
- Example would be the five foolish virgins in the book of Matthew 25:1-13

3) Electricity Light (Matthew 16:22-23)
- It is very strong and bright, BUT, it could be switched off
- Such Christians are subject to discouragement
- Prone to anger and bitterness
- Very Unforgiving
- Don't check with God before taking decisions

4) Moon Light (Numbers 23, Mt 18:3)
- Gives light to others, but does not have light of its own-self
- Such Christians are great evangelist/preachers, whose efforts benefit others while they live a life of frustration.
- They can be described as teachers that preach the gospel but don't practice what they preach "Do as I say but not do as I do".
- Such Christians are like bus conductors, they show the way to salvation, but make no effort to go in.
- An example are the pharisees (religious leaders)

5) Sun Light
- Produces its own light
- Such Christians don't keep their mouth shut about the word of God
- anywhere they go, they show the light
- They also carry out self examination and evaluation of themselves frequently

6) Star Light
- Shine wherever they go
- Incurable soul winners (don't give up easily on a soul)
- Neither do they repay evil for evil

7) Pure White Light (2 Tim 4:7, Gen 5:21-24, Acts 7:60)
- Perfect as their Master (Jesus)

Examine yourself, which category do you fall into?

Have a blessed week.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

14th of October 2018

Title: Intercession

Main Text: Ezekiel 22:30

Preacher: Pastor Paul Orimolusi

God is looking for a person that would stand in the gap for the nation, church, family, individuals etc.

What does the term "Intercession" mean?
- Pleading on behalf of others to avert Judgement 
- Easing pain and sorrow off people's life
- Becoming a burden bearer.

Jesus our intercessor came to earth to stand in the gap for us.
He wants us to do the same for others

You may ask, who could be an Intercessor? 
God expects everyone of us to be intercessors. Weather or not you are a leader, a follower, a worker/employee etc

Characteristics of an Intercessor

1) Wants good things to happen to others (Gen 18.16-33)
2) Empathetic to others (Mt 5:7)
3) Not easily provoked (Ecc 7.9)
4) Doesn't keep record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:4-7)
5) Is meek and humble
6) Ready to forgive others (Mt 6.12)
7) does not repay evil for evil, rather repays evil with good ( 1 Pet 3:9)
8) Peace maker (Mt 5.9)

Benefits of Being An Intercessor
1) God will call us his children (Mt 5.9)
2) God will fight your battles (Jude 1.9)