THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD
Dr Wole Gbogboade
Text: Acts 6: 2-4
“The twelve apostles called the whole group of followers together. The apostles said to them, “It would not be right for us to give up our work of teaching God’s word in order to be in charge of getting food to people.
Act 6:3 So, brothers and sisters, choose seven of your men who have a good reputation. They must be full of wisdom and the Spirit. We will give them this work to do.
Act 6:4 Then we can use all our time to pray and to teach the word of God.” Acts 6: 2-4 ERV
From the text, we see that the Ministry of the word and prayer is paramount to the early Apostles. Of course, The Lord had mandated them to “Go and make Disciples of all Nations. How? Preach, Baptise, Teach, Obey.” Matt. 28: 18-20. And that’s exactly what they went to do.
Until recently, there was no Healing ministry, Deliverance ministry, Prosperity ministry etc. These things follow when the true gospel is preached. Also, when the Lord gave gifts, it’s to preach and teach the saints for the work of ministry and to mature the believers in Christ so, they will not remain infants tossed about by every wave of doctrine by charlatans to deceive or rob them of the truth.Eph. 4: 11-14
Therefore, no matter the ministry we have received from the Lord, it is essential to pray, preach and teach to make the believers disciples of Jesus Christ.
Concerning the Ministry of the Word we Receive and Release or Give the WORD.
1- Hear the Word- Messages from CDs, electronic media etc
2- Read the Word- The Bible, Christian literatures from print media
3- Memorise the Word- memory verses, memorise scriptures
4- Study the Word in depth, deeper knowledge into the heart
5- Meditation- chewing the cord, ruminate on the word, selah or ponder on the word
1- Preach the Word: messages in Church, the media
4- Pray the word and prophesy accordingly
THE QUIET POWERFUL EVANGELIST
THE PRINTED WORD: PUBLISH IT Isa. 52:7 KJV
The importance of the printed WORD cannot be over emphasized. When we preach and teach the word verbally, it is good but, better when it is written. You can trust your brain for memory. But, when you write, you can always refer to the note. Paul never joked with his parchment or note pad and books. 2Tim. 4:13 (ERV)
The Epistles are letters written by the Apostles. These are helping the saints to understand the Bible and to grow to maturity till Jesus Christ comes. When Paul and others were writing these letters, little did they know it will be canonised to make it part of the Bible.
Therefore, it is good to write and read, Holy Spirit inspired TRACTS, PAMPHLETS, BOOKS. CDs and other social media: electronic or printed are good tools to publish the word because, it will reach places and people you may not even meet and do a lasing work of grace in their lives. PTL!
“The Lord gives the word: great the host of the publishers. Psalms 68:11 (DARBY)
“The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” Psalms 68:11 (KJV)
THE WORD: WHAT & HOW TO PUBLISH
1- Pure and undiluted gospel through the print media is vital.
2- Tracts & pamphlets explain to people even when you are gone
3- They may not all concentrate but, when they read, they can understand
4- The written word outlives the writer
5- It goes from hand to hand, city- to city, nation to nation
6- Before crusade, it’s good to give tracts. Apart from prayer, even you don’t just share the handbills to invite the sinners to crusade ground, it’s an opportunity to preach the word of God as well sharing of tracts. Before the crusade, many would have given their lives to Christ as the hear you preach and read the tracts. After crusade, it’s better to give pamphlets for follow-up.
Dr Billy Graham share, In His Steps. Dr R. Bonnke, Now that you have received Christ. While Dr Uma Ukpai share follow-up letter to the converts. These pamphlets contain what the new believers need to know and do immediately:
1- Explain the New life
3- Daily Bible reading from John’s gospel
4- Attend a Bible Church
7- Distribution: Banks, Hospital, Post office, Public library, Shops & Supermarkets, Police station, Prison, Hotels, Museum, Parks, Markets. Train station etc
8- Pray over tracts & pamphlets before sharing. Always go with your Bible and Tracts. After preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, leave a tract with the one you have preached to so he/she can read and ask questions when next you visit. Don’t preach yourself! The gospel message is in the Bible especially in the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John as well as in the book of Acts. There are many Bible stories that can be used to preach the gospel. The lives of the apostles of Christ before and after they’ve been with the Lord are useful testimony.
Then, you can give your own testimony of how Jesus Christ saved you or your family, friend or neighbour etc. Your lifestyle is a good tool of evangelism. Matt. 5:13-16
To the ones who give their lives to Christ, give them follow up literature.
Isa. 52:7. Isa. 53:10-11. Mt 5:14-15. 2 Cor. 18-21. Mt. 3:16-17. Matt. 4:17. Ez. 3:18-19
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