And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. Colossians 4:17
Introduction

God rewards consistency in any matter. It is not the beginner but those who follow till the very end that will be rewarded. Praise God you started well, have you also make up your mind that if it remain you alone, you will pursue to the end.

To continue to pursue one’s vision all of one life can become very tasking. This will demand you to learn patience, endurance and suffer long. When you painstakingly continue, you will become known with it and others will want to learn from you.

How to Fulfill Your Ministry

  • Have the assurance that the vision is from God
  • Have an understanding of the vision
  • Know what the Lord want to achieve with the vision
  • Cultivate patience, endurance and long suffering
  • Remain focused on your mandate
  • Do not compare yourself with others
  • Balance being people oriented and result oriented
  1. Men want results by your life and ministry, no amount of talking will convince them.
  2. Not very many want to join you when it has no form or shape but you have to continue until there are tangible evidences.
  • When you continue then people are convinced you are not gambling because no correct person want to gamble with their lives to pursue what you cannot stay put on.
  1. You must be ready to let people know that you are ready to die in the pursuit of the vision. When a minister gets distracted, the very loyal brethren will desert him and the ministry, because men of understanding do not want to chase shadows.
  2. If you want the gift of correct men in your ministry, let your trumpet in ministry make a certain sound consistently.

INTRODUCTION

The prophet is a seer, a person who has some abilities to see into spiritual realities. He could hear and discern the mind of God in all areas of life as long as the fellowship with the Lord is sustained. Number 12v6

THE OFFICE OF A PROPHET

There are persons called by God into the office of a prophet. Such people can help to groom the prophetic destiny of young zealous and immature upcoming prophets by training their spirit to hear the voice of God and to know how to resist the voice of strange spirits.

The ministry of a prophet is open to both male and female, for God is not gender bias. He calls the readiness of our hearts and not our gender or backgrounds. Judges 4v4

Eli trained Samuel to hear the voice of God. 1Sam 3v1-10; 2Kings 2v3, 5,7,15.

WHAT HELPS THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY FOR GREATER PERFORMANCE

  1. Great worship quickens the spirit of the prophet. Exodus 15v20, 1Sam 10v3-7.
  2. The altar of great prayers strengthens the performance of the ministry of a prophet 1Sam19v18-24.
  3. The place of worship; a spiritually charged atmosphere.

FEATURES OF A MAN IN THE MINISTRY OF PROPHET

  • The Lord shall raise again and again a prophet like any other mighty one that has gone or still serving if we can pay the price to remain God’s voice only. Deut 18v15-22
  • The prophet is raised by God to rebuke sin without fear and favor 2Sam 12 1-12
  • The prophet is raised to make proclamations to end national, states or local disasters 2Kings 7v1-2
  • The prophet is raised to defend the faith. I king 18
  • The prophet is raised to give direction to the nation and the body of Christ, including making known the choice of God to salvage the nation. 1KINGS 20v11-15

We need the older prophet to help guide our growth so deceptions, greed and search for personal convenience do not cut us short in growing a global prophetic ministry. 1 Kings 13v3-24; 2Kings 5v25-27.

MISSIONS – The word “Missions” is derived from the latin word “Mitto” which means to send and Greek “Apostello” which also means to send. Missions generally, is the process of making disciples among tribes and ethnic groups, not just winning converts or church goers. Study – Mat. 28: 19-20 and Acts1:8.

The scriptures shows the last injunctions on evangelising the world i.e. World Missions, which our Lord Jesus Christ left with entire church just before He ascended into heaven. Therefore, in this sense, missions could be defined as any effective step taken by a Christian or group of Christian towards fulfilment of the great commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, within and beyond their usual ambit.

God has entrusted to His people the task, or missions, of spreading the message of His salvation to the world.

Missions is proclaiming the gospel in our neighbourhood as well as preaching the gospel among the unevangelized peoples of the earth.

Therefore, missions embrace what we do by ourselves and what others are also doing to effectively fulfil the Lord’s commission. It means reaching our Jerusalem and Judea, our Samaria and the ends of the earth, either directly or by proxy. It should be noted that, missions should not be noted specifically to unreached people groups. It is summarized as “reaching the unreached” whether the unreached are identified within cities or a remote house or in the  remotest parts of the country, or anywhere in-between, it must of necessity be what is done beyond the normal evangelistic scope; or boundary of a specific church or  denomination.

Mission is the sole task for the church (body of Christ). The task of mission-minded church does not just stop at evangelising its immediate of area; it includes the planting of local churches where none existed.

Mission is rooted in the nature of God, who sends and saves. The fall of Adam and Eve into sin prompted God to seek them out for healing and reconciliation.

In the scriptures, we encounter a God whose nature is rooted in love and concern, to the extent that seeks out those who are alienated from Him. The exodus is not only the account of a great deliverance from slavery; moreover it is the record of God on missions – Exod.3:18.

CONCEPTS OF THE MISSIONS OF GOD

  1. Because missions flow from the character of God, it cannot be neglected by the church.
  2. Since the missions is of God, God will equip people for the task of missions, whatever the need may be.
  3. The missions of God enable Christian missionaries to understand themselves under God’s sovereignty. God’s people must be engage in this work out of selfish motives, not for personal glory.
  4. The missions of God imply and demands sacrifice. “It is a mission worth living for and dying for.
  5. Because the mission of God flows from God, it will not fail.  People may fail and the message may be rejected, but ultimately God will triumph.

 

LET MY GATE BE OPENED OF THE MEN OF ISSACHAR VISION INC

BIBLE IN WORLD MISSIONS

The Bible has an indispensable place in world missions. There are four reasons why Bible is indispensable to world evangelism. These include:

Mandate for world missions:

The Bible gives us the mandate for world missions. We certainly need one. In the         face of all

Oppositions we need to be clear about the mandate the Bible gives us. It is not just the great commission (important as that is) but the entire biblical revelation. Let’s see the revelation briefly:

There is but one living and true God, the God of the Spirits of all flesh. Some 4,000 years ago He called Abraham and made a covenant with him, promising not only to bless him but also through his prosperity to bless all families of the earth (Gen. 12:1-4). This Biblical text is one of the foundation stones of Christian Mission. For Abraham’s spiritual children and have a responsibility to all mankind.  (Psa.2:8; Isa.42:6; 49:6).  When Jesus came, He endorsed these promises. During His earthly ministry He was restricted “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” – Matt.10:6; 15:24, but He prophesied that many would “come from the east and west, and from north and south,” and would “sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” – Matt.8:11; Lk.13:29. Further, after His Christ the heir and the light of the nations.

(Psa.2:8; Isa.42:6; 49:6).When Jesus came, He endorsed these promises. During His earthly ministry He was restricted “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” – Matt.10:6 15:24; but He prophesied that many would “come from the east and west, and from north and south,” and would “sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” – Matt.8:11; Lk.13:29. Further, after His resurrection and in anticipation of His ascension, He made the tremendous claim that “all authority in heaven and on earth” had been given to Him, Matt.28: 18. It was in consequence of his universal authority that He commanded His followers to make all nations His disciples, baptizing them into His new community and teaching them all His teaching – Matt. 28:19.

And this, when the Holy Spirit of truth and power had come upon them, the early Christian proceeded to do. They became the witnesses of Jesus, even to the ends of the earth – Acts 1:8. Moreover, they did it “for the sake of His name” – Rom.1:5; 3 John7. They knew that God had super exalted Jesus, enthroning Him at His right hand and bestowing upon Him the highest rank, in order that every tongue should confess His lordship. They longed that Jesus should receive the honour due to His name.

Beside, one day He would return in glory, to save, to judge, and to reign. So what was to fill the gap between His two comings is the worldwide mission of the church! Not till the gospel had reached the end of the world, He said, would the end of history come – cf Matt.2414; 28:20; Acts 1:8. The two ends would coincide.

Our mandate for world missions therefore is the whole Bible. This global dimension of the Christian mission is irresistible. Individual Christian and local churches not committed to world missions/evangelism are contradicting (either through blind or through disobedience) an essential part of their God-given identity. The Biblical mandate for world missions/evangelism cannot be escaped.

Message for World Missions:

The Bible gives us the message for world missions. Evangelism has been defined in terms of evangel (the gospel). “to evangelise is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the liberating gift of the spirit to all who repent and believe”. Our message comes out of the Bible. We are not been given to us as a single, neat, mathematical formula, but rather in a rich diversity of formulations, in which different images or metaphors are used.

Model for World Missions:

The Bible gives us the model for world missions. In addition to a message (what we are to say we need a model (how we are to say it). The Bible supplies this too: for the Bible does not just contain the gospel; it is the gospel.

Through the Bible, God is Himself actually evangelising, that is, communicating the good news to the world. You will recall Paul’s statement about Gen.12:3 that “the scripture …preached the gospel before hand to Abraham” (Gal. 3:8 RSV). All scriptures preach the gospel; God evangelises through it. Through the medium of human world and images, God was speaking of His own word. Our evangelical doctrine of the inspiration of scripture emphasizes its double authorship. Men spoke and God spoke. Men spoke from God (2 Pet. 1:21), and God spoke through men (Heb.1: 1). The word spoken and written were equally His and theirs. He decided what He wanted to say yet did not smother their human responsibilities. They used their faculties freely yet did not distort the divine message.

Power for World Missions:

The Bible gives us the power for world missions. It is necessary for us to emphasize the need for power, for we know how feeble our human resources are in comparison with the magnitude of the task. We also know how armor-plated the defences of human heart are. There is power in the word of God and in the preaching of the gospel. 2 Cor.4 shows us that “the god of this world” has “blinded the minds of the unbelievers”, to keep them, to keep them from seeing the light of the glory of Christ” (v4).

If human minds are blinded, how they can  they ever see? Only by the creative word of God. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness”, who has shone in our hearts to “give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (v6). The apostle thus likens the unregenerate heart to the dark primeval chaos and attributes regeneration to the divine fiat, “Let there be light”.

If Satan blinds people minds, and God shines into people’s hearts, what can we hope to contribute? Would it not be more modest for us to retire from the field of conflict and leave them to fight it out? No, this is not the conclusion Paul reaches. On the contrary, in between verses 4 and 6 which describe the activities of God and Satan, verse 5 describes the work of the believers/missionaries/ministers; “we preach… Jesus Christ as Lord.” Since the light which the devil wants to prevent people from seeing and which God shines into them is the gospel, far from being unnecessary, is indispensable. It is the God appointed means by which the prince of power of salvation (Rom.1: 16). We may be very weak. Faced with the forces of evil, we are often tempted to put on a show of Christian strength and engage in a little evangelical sabar rattling. But it is our weakness that Christ’s strength is made perfect, and it is words of human weakness that the spirit endorses with His power. So it is when we are weak that we are strong (1Cor.2:1-5; 2 Cor.12:9-10).

ISRAEL THE COVENANT PEOPLE

“And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant…” Gen.17:7.

From the early stage of human race, mankind has been rebellious through Adam’s and Eve’s initial sin, through the conditions which brought about the flood, and on to the third great failure at Babel. By rejected God’s dominion and choosing a life of self-exaltation and self-rule, the human race placed itself under Satan’s chaotic control. In spite of mankind’s rebellious heart, God initiated his plan by approaching a man named Adam in Ur of the Chaldeans (present day Iraq). The Lord made a proposal to Abram, which has become known as the “Abrahamic covenant” Gen.12:1-3. The covenant made was not a narrowing of His concern to one man or one people, but the creation of a nation for worldwide missions: to communicate His redemptive message to all the other nations. God would no longer deal people in a general way but would aim at reaching them nations by nation.

Much of the Old Testament is the account of how the Hebrew people came into being; their response to the opportunities God gave them to fulfil their covenant obligations, and the consequences of their actions. The Old Testament can be better understood by keeping these three points in mind:

  1. Obligation – Israel was created with the expectation that she would be a blessing to all other nations.
  2. Opportunity – Israel was given the means and the opportunity to fulfil her charge to be a blessing.
  3. Response – Israel failed to respond voluntarily to her part of the covenant. God continually reminded Israel of her obligation and used her to touch the nations regardless of her disobedience.

When viewed from this perspective, all of the events in the old testament take on new significance. Instead of simply presenting the old testament as a series of historical and cultural events in the life of a struggling people whom God choose for His own reasons, this outline shows purpose and planning behind each incident. The old testament take on new meaning when read with God’s missions to the nations in mind.

THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT

Throughout the ages, God’s relationship with the human race has been expressed in various covenants found in the Bible. These covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David have provided clear experiences of God’s intended relationship with His people. In our study of world missions, the Abrahamic covenant is of particular significance. There is a great importance of the Abrahamic covenant to the entire missionary enterprise.

A MISSIONARY GOD

Millions of people in today’s world are extremely hostile to the Christian missionary enterprise. They regard it as politically disruptive (because it loosens the cement which binds the national culture) and religiously narrow minded (because it makes exclusive claims for Jesus), while those who are involved in it are though to suffer from an arrogant imperialism. The attempt to convert people to Christ is rejected as an unpardonable interference in their private lives. “My religion is my own affair,” they say, “mind your own business, and leave me alone to mind mine”.

It is essential, therefore, for Christians to understand the grounds on which the Christian missions at rest. Only then shall we be able to persevere in the missionary task, with courage and humility, in spite of the world’s misunderstanding and opposition. More precisely, Biblical Christians need Biblical incentives. For we believe the Bible to be the Revelation of God and of His will. So we ask: Has He revealed in the scripture that “missions” is His will for His people? Only then shall we be satisfied. For then it becomes a matter of obeying God, whatever others may think or say.

THE CALL OF ABRAHAM

The story of missions begins about four hundred years ago with a man called Abraham, or more accurately, Abram as he was called at that time.

Study Gen.12:1-4 for the  account of God’s call to Abraham. God made a promise (a complete promise) to Abraham. And an understanding of the promise is indispensable to an understanding of the Bible and of the Christian missions.

There is perhaps the most unifying verse of the Bible; the whole of God’s purpose is encapsulated here. This shows that God chose one man and his family in order, through them, to bless all the families of the earth. Therefore, God is seen in this chapter:

  1. He is the God of the history. History is not a random flow of events. For God is working out in

time a plan which He conceived in a past eternity and will consummate in a future eternity. In this historical process Jesus Christ as the seed of Abraham is the key figure. Let’s rejoice that if we are Christ’s disciples we are Abraham’s descendants. We belong to His spiritual lineage. If we have received the blessings of justification by faith, acceptance with God, and if the indwelling spirit, then we are beneficiaries today of a promise made four thousand years ago.

  1. He is the God of the covenant. That is, God is gracious enough to make promises, and He always

keeps the promises He makes. He is a God of steadfast love and faithfulness. All God’s promises come true, but they are inherited “through faith and patience” Heb.6: 12. We have to be content to wait for God’s time.

  1. He is the God of Abraham (Gen.12: 2). “God…sent him [Jesus] to you first, to bless you,” echoed Peter (Acts3: 26). God’s attitude to His people is positive, constructive, enriching. His principal and characteristic work is to bless people is to bless people with salvation.
  2. He is the God of mercy. God is interested in showing mercy to mankind despite the rebellious state of man. He through His mercy is seeking to redeem the lost. He never wanted any to perish.
  3. He is the God of missions. The nations are not gathered automatically. If God has promised to bless “all families of the earth,” He has promised to do so “through Abraham’s seed”

Gen.12:3;  22:18

Now we are Abraham’s seed by faith, and the earth’s families will be blessed only if we go to them with the  gospel. That is God’s plan purpose.

I pray that these words, “all the families of the earth,” may be written on our hearts. It is this expression more than any other which reveals the living God of the Bible to be a missionary God. It is this expression too, which condemns all our petty parochialism and narrow nationalism, our racial pride (whether white or black), our condescending paternalism and arrogant imperialism. How dare we adopt a hostile or scornful or even indifferent attitude to any person of another colour or culture if our God is the God of all the families of the earth? We need to become global Christians with a global vision, for we have a global God.  So may God help us never to forget His 4,000 years old promise to Abraham; “By you and your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

 

DOUBLE STANDARD

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