RHAPSODY OF REALITIES FRIDAY, 18TH NOVEMBER.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT IN THE CHURCH BY PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME
Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments (Psalm 119:66).
There’re things people do that put them in bondage, and destroy the works of their hands, unbeknownst to them. In Matthew 22:29, Jesus said “…Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” One of such errors you must avoid is treating Church services lightly. You must make it a priority to attend church services and meetings consistently, and make it a habit to be punctual. Abhor lateness. Just as you’d strive and make all the efforts to be at work early, and be on time for your regular appointments, be even more committed to be early to church.
The different activities that make up the church service were designed for your spiritual growth, comfort, and edification. By being present, you make the corporate ministry of the Word and the ministry of the Holy Spirit available to yourself. In church, the Holy Spirit brings you knowledge, understanding, and sound judgment.
If for any reason you’re not going to be able to make it for a service in your local church, find out about the possibility of online attendance, so you can participate from wherever you are. The Church is the ground and pillar of truth; it’s the place where you’re taught God’s Word and thoroughly equipped to live the authentic christian life, and carry out your evangelical work effectively. It’s the place where you’re taught how to use the Word, live in the Word, live by the Word, and live through the Word.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:66, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.” In other words, “Teach me how to say what I should say, when to say it, and to say it rightly.” This can only come as you yield yourself to the ministry of the Word and the Holy Spirit, and being in church gives you such an opportunity. Through the ministry of the Word and the Spirit in the church, you receive divine counsel and sound doctrine that help you live victoriously.
Dear Father, thank you for teaching me sound judgment through your Word. I’m delighted to belong in a local assembly, where I’m taught the Word, equipped, trained, nurtured, built and edified for victorious living, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Luke 4:16; Matthew 16:18
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
James 1 Ezekiel 17-19
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 John 4:1-14 Daniel 1-2