I was pastoring a church in the city of Ibadan named House of Faith ..
I had just concluded a 13 week series on " Giving and Receiving" and taught it around how to prosper materially ..
Then I visited a friend ,and saw Kenneth E Hagins new book "The Midas Touch "
He couldn't lend me to take away because he was still on it,so I took a "long distance journey "in the rest room , been a fast reader ,I read through every page ..
Lo and behold I found out the core of my teaching on the recently taught series( giving and receiving ) was wrong .
Immediately ,I asked that the series be withdrawn from further distribution . I publicly corrected what I taught .
No need letting ego get in the way of feeding the flock properly .
This has been my attitude for several years ..
Those I look up to taught me that ..,including my late Dad, I correct myself too in my teaching .
I counsel every minister no matter how many years in the work ,should realize that those years and it's results don't necessarily count for Rightness
Peter had a rich pre and post Acts 2 ministry experience ,with crowds ,miracles etc But a MAJOR shift took place after ,In Fact he had to publicly admit this in Acts 15 over 20-25 years rich ministry experience ! In his second epistle he admitted learning from paul ,a far younger minister ,who had earlier rebuked him publicly .
You know why ? It's not about us but Him,if it's about Him ,it will never be about us..
I pray ,as much as younger ministers be humble to learn and receive godly wisdom from older ones definitely not peddlers,
Older folks stop getting arrogant and stand offish,that when questioned over their teachings ,visions and practices ,they quickly try to intimidate with antiquated historical boasts,material acquisitions etc at times veiled threats and curses
It irritates !
And causes the stomach to go sick !
That's straw man .
It makes you lose your hitherto deserved respect .
Simply explain with scripture and verse ,well explained ,contextually and grammatically .
It's the same way Africans shout down their kids who ask them questions ,and later find same children discover their ignorance elsewhere .
In this media age ,you can't gag many folks for long
Truth will come out and your ignorance ,deceit or error will be found out
Mo ti ni Jesu lore O j'ohun gbogbo fun mi Oun nikan larewa ti okan mi fe Oun nitanna ipado Oun ni Enikan naa To le we mi nu kuro nin'ese mi Olutunu mi lo je ni gbogbo wahala Oun ni ki n kaniyan mi l'Oun lori Oun n'Itanna Ipado Irawo Owuro Oun nikan l'Arewa ti okan mi fe
Olutunu mi lo je ni gbogbo wahala Oun ni ki n kaniyan mi l'Oun lori Oun n'Itanna Ipado Irawo Owuro Oun nikan l'Arewa ti okan mi fe O gbe gbogbo banuje At'irora mi ru O j'Odi agbara mi n'gba danwo Tori Re mo k'ohun gbogbo Ti mo ti fe sile O si f'agbara Re gbe okan mi ro Bi aye tile ko mi Ti Satan' dan mi wo Jesu yoo mu mi d'opin irin mi Oun n'Itanna ipado Irawo Owuro Oun nikan l'Arewa ti okan mi fe
Oun ki yo fi mi sile Be ki yo ko mi nihin Niwon ti m'ba figbagbo pofin Re mo O jodi ina yi mi ka N k'y'o beru-keru Y'o fi manna Re bokan mi t'ebi npa Gba m'ba dade n'ikehin N o roju 'bukun Re Ti adun Re y'o ma san titi lai Oun n'Itanna ipado Irawo Owuro Oun nikan l'Arewa ti okan mi fe 🎶🎶🎶
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He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
He all my griefs has taken, and all my sorrows borne; In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower; I’ve all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn From my heart, and now He keeps me by His power. Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore, Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal:
He’ll never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here, While I live by faith an and do His blessed will; A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear, With His manna He my hungry soul shall fill. Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face, Where rivers of delight shall ever roll: ... See MoreSee Less
Today is another Church service A Family meeting It's an opportunity to bond,edify each other and strengthen our common resolve to reach the world Church services are different from Stadia or a cinema where we often go to be entertained In Church, we don't come to watch but rather participate We pray,worship,study,listen Moreover,we don't dash out after the service like"show is over" We bond with other members High or low,big or small, young or old,we are from the same Father Endeavour this morning to relate with members of your local church Start by saying "good morning,how are you,God bless you,my name is so and so..etc We are not to be strangers but familiar folks In the Book of Acts they had this,yet the church was numbered in thousands, so size isn't an excuse Bond with fellow believers today! Remember to pray Ephesians 3:14-21 for yourself and other church members and Ephesians 6:19 for Pastor. Don't forget your offerings and any pledges you should redeem Anything for the welfare of other?Childrens church etc Remember to call up or pick up invitees and disciples It's going to be a service filled with glory Same here Have a great one I call you blessed ... See MoreSee Less
The local church is your family . It's likened to the physical body.
1 Corinthians 12:12 KJV  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
You are meant to care for it as yourself and in many cases more than yourself .
Philippians 2:30 KJV  Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
Epaphroditus exemplified this much . Just like Jesus as put by John
1 John 3:16 KJV  Hereby perceive we the love of God , because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
The local church is a primary place to demonstrate this .
The church has needs that aren't spiritual and saying "bless you" to solve is hypocritical .
1 John 3:17 KJV  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? James 2:16 KJV  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Giving is faith in action .
Gods love isn't convenient giving but sacrificial . The immediate context here is needs of individuals,however the local church has physical needs that's corporate ,it affects us all, Places to meet.
Buses to transport members. Sound equipments . Seats. Welfare of individual members Salaries of paid staff Salaries ,allowances etc for clergy These needs aren't met by prayer but by giving material things .
You must NOT treat giving in church like a casual exercise .
You must prioritize it .
1 Corinthians 16:2 KJV  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Lay in store. Set aside your offerings / gifts / etc. Don't just think about it during " offering time "! Examples abound in scriptures of how men gave with much seriousness .
Acts 4:36-37 KJV  And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,  Having land, sold it , and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
Sold a property ( a status symbol to the Jew ) and brought the Money to church .
Acts 20:34 KJV  Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Paul used his income / salary as offering . David gave us a very good description of attitude .
I chronicles 21:24But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”
He gave something of worth and value . it COST him .
David even upon discovering he will not build the temple still offered to pay for it !
1 Chronicles 29:3-4 KJV  Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house ,  Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal :
Over and above !
The church at Macedonia demonstrated this too
2 Corinthians 8:2-3 KJV  How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.  For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;
They gave beyond their capacity ,even though they had lost their jobs etc and had financial crisis . Jesus commended a widow for giving much .
Luke 21:2-4 KJV  And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.  And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:  For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
All she had !
Paul requested Timothy to look for this generosity from widows needing support too
1 Timothy 5:10 KJV  Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
You must be generous even when you have your own needs !
Giving and generosity is a major requirement in appointing leaders in the local church .
1 Timothy 3:2 KJV  A bishop then must be .....given to hospitality,... It means supportive materially .
I teach none generous members should NOT be allowed in leadership in the local church where I serve. It's as important as prayer and gifts of healing .
Many times even more . It's wrong thinking to think you are doing the church a Favour by giving No you are not ! It's an obligation .
Galatians 6:6 KJV  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Your church teaches you ,through your pastor . This is not a suggestion but an instruction .
1 Timothy 5:18 KJV  For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
Stop muzzling your church ! It's worthy of good giving .worthy here means what is due to.. So ,on Sunday ( tomorrow ) and church services ,what are you planning to give ?
Some spare change or tip in your wallet or you will sell,withdraw from your account something of worth for your church .
Your giving must commensurate with your income .
1 Timothy 6:17-18 KJV  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
A special sermon for the well to do . The more you have the more you give .
You can't be driving a Mercedes Benz and be giving an " Okada " offering !
Give well. The local church needs it . God is counting on you . Any teaching which reduces your material support for the work of ministry is error . Start tomorrow morning ...get ready a very good offering . We need to get the Word out more ,support material needs of the church ,support more ministers and show much grace upon our lives !
Seen this? Say ,I give qualitatively from tomorrow ,I am naturally inclined to give generously . I call you blessed Jesus is Lord, We Win! ... See MoreSee Less