SUNDAY 23rd May, 2021
COVENANT DAY OF FAMILY SERVICE
"So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God's holy people. You are members of God's family" [Ephesians 2:19 ► (NLT)]
What is a family?
In our world today, there is an ongoing effort to redefine what the family should be but according to Genesis 2:21-24, the family is composed of one man and one woman. Into such a union children may then be born or adopted to form an extended family. In the Christian faith, there exists something like the family God. This is what next Sunday Service will be all about.
A Divine Initiative:: "
In Acts 10, the bible discloses a divine set-up that led to Cornelius, becoming the first Gentile to be welcomed into God's Great Family. This divine drama began when God Himself simultaneously gave a divine invitation to Cornelius; and a divine preparation for Apostle Peter. Their collective responses, cataloged in verses 1-20 culminated in great salvation.
As we begin our new lives in Our Promised Land, there are lots of Cornelius in our neighborhood. They possibly look and act good, may even be considered spiritual but the fact is that they have never made Jesus their Lord and personal savior. This is what this second phase of the wonder-double Prophetic agenda is all about.
God is consistently reaching out to persons in this category. His eyes run throughout the whole earth. He is seeking for the lost and He is sending us as his ambassadors to reach out to the lost souls by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them so that they too can be saved. He seeks after lost sheep in order to make them a part of His wonderful family!
The New Testament catalogs how God sent Jesus to this earth to seek and save the lost and pay for our sins on the cross. In the book of Acts, He sent the apostles everywhere to make disciples of everyone. The sound of the rushing wind on the day of Pentecost was a call out to the crowds. The Scriptures is rife with divine initiatives to reach out to humanity and make them part of God's family.
From sending His power to heal the lame man at the gate of the beautiful temple which led to thousands of conversions, to sending an angel to rescue the apostles from jail so they could resume preaching in the temple, sending Philip where he met the Ethiopian that made way for the message of Jesus to reach out to the upper Nile; and the amazing conversion of Saul of Tarsus, it is evident that God is in the seeking, sending, sharing and saving business!
The story of Acts 10 began when God sent an angel to Cornelius, and a vision and a message to Peter. By divine programming, both the seeker (Cornelius) and the speaker (Peter) were prepared for the unfolding divine drama. He did then. He still does today.
During the time in question, there existed an extremely wide gap between Jews and Gentiles, and Cornelius was pure Gentile. To worsen an already bad situation, Cornelius was a Roman Centurion who resided in the land of Israel. It took the grace of God to welcome a man like that into God's family; not even when it involved a good Christian Jew like Peter.
All things being equal, Peter would never have made that visit, yet God Himself prepared Peter to present the gospel to Gentiles via direct revelations to Peter and angelic instructions to Cornelius.
The Great Family of God is in the Making:
Long Life is every believer's Redemption Benefit.
Just as Cornelius got incorporated into the family of God, in this next phase of the Liberation Mandate, God has interrupted time and space and has enlisted us all in the Winners' World as ambassadors of hope, life, forgiveness, and salvation. We are to take the gospel to the streets, the malls, the parks and everywhere man is. If Cornelius responded when he was drawn to God, even as a Gentile outsider, the people in our harvest field will equally respond.
Come to Church this Sunday with an expectation that God will meet you at the point of your highest need from His Word.
Be sure to invite and also reach out to the unsaved and bring them along for the service together with your friends and family.
This Service will be the one chance you have been waiting for, for a change of story
The service time is 9:00am (1st Service) and 11:30am (2nd Service).
Jesus is Lord!!!