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Sunday, 9nd June 2019

 

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NUGGETS OF WISDOM

 

Look at our Lords disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn’t have perfection, how do you think you could in our disciple making journey?

– Anonymous

 

“God has entrusted us with his most precious treasure – people. He asks us to shepherd and mold them into strong disciples, with brave faith and good character.”-  John Ortberg

“Who discipled Paul the Apostle? The other disciples, The Holy Spirit or Some undocumented person? Check out Galatians 1:11-24 for answers.” – Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe

 

“If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127:1-2

My Security, Your Security and Our Security as a People and a Nation is in God not in Guns, Government or Mammon, so fret not and relax through God and in God!” – Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe

 

 

Key verses for Today:

Matthew 28:18-20 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”

 

Galatians 1:11-24 – Paul Defends His Ministry

11 For I want you to know, [d]believers, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel [it is not a human invention, patterned after any human concept]. 12 For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a [direct] revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

13 You have heard of my career and former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to hunt down and persecute the church of God extensively and [with fanatical zeal] tried [my best] to destroy it. 14 And [you have heard how] I surpassed many of my contemporaries among my countrymen in [my advanced study of the laws of] Judaism, as I was extremely loyal to the traditions of my ancestors. 15 But when God, who had chosen me and set me apart before I was born, and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles [as the good news—the way of salvation], I did not immediately consult with [e]anyone [for guidance regarding God’s call and His revelation to me]. 17 Nor did I [even] go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia and stayed awhile, and afterward returned once more to Damascus.

 

18 Then three years later I did go up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas (Peter), and I stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other apostle except James, the [half] brother of the Lord. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you as if I were standing before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown by sight to the churches which were in Christ in Judea (Jerusalem and the surrounding region); 23 they only kept hearing, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the [good news of the] faith which he once was trying to destroy.” 24 And they were glorifying God [as the Author and Source of what had taken place and all that had been accomplished] in me.

 

Introduction

 

Dear brethren, on our series on the Christian church – Go make disciples, Today, we are exploring the modern-day Paul’s potentials at our backyard. The world is witnessing invasions of peoples and cultures into Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa as a result of harsh economic realities, civil wars, terrorism and instabilities in certain parts of the world. In Nigeria for instance, The migration of northern tribes into the Christian South has created an ’emergency’ for the Church in the South. And from all indications, the Church is ill-prepared to handle effectively this sudden influx of tribes from “the ends of the earth” into her neighbourhood. Instead of seeing the migration of the northern tribes into her orbits as opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission without crossing borders, some are perceiving it as a threat to the Church.

How do we respond to them? What practical steps can we take to initiate the process of integration into the body of Christ before the devil finds idle hands to us against us? God is not and cannot be taken by surprises. If we key into His frequency, and we are ready, willing to listen and obey instructions speedily, I believe, the threat can be exchanged for opportunity to transform lives into Gods kingdom. Are we ready

 

Bro John Idoko  of CAPRO has written a 410-page book –  Scattered to be Gathered, ministry to migrants, is a well-documented, practical hands-on book to help churches and those who a really willing to make disciples from the sea of humanity at our backyard. It is not a theory but a practical book based on ongoing field experiences garnered over the years.

Let’s take a sneak pick at a section of the book Appropriate  Ministry  Model

 

The  appropriate  ministry  model  that  will  equip  and

prepare  congregations  for  a broad-spectrum  outreach

among  Muslims  is  the  Hezekiah  model  of  leadership.  King Hezekiah  and  his  people,  Judah,  were  heavily  besieged  by

Sennacherib  and  the  Assyrian  army.  In  the  same  way,  the

heavy  influx  of  Muslims  into  the  Christian  South  is  a deliberate  and  calculated  attempt  of  Islam  to  besiege  the

Church  and  the  Christian  heritage.

 

 

In  order  to  check-mate  the  siege.  King  Hezekiah  went

into  action  by  mobilizing  his  people  to  do  the  needful:  they

blocked  all  springs  and  streams  so  that  the  Assyrians  would

not  find  water  to  drink,  repaired  all  broken  sections

 

of  the  wall,  and  built  new towers.  Above  all  else,  he  invested

heavily  in  making  large  numbers  of  weapons  and  shields,

thereby  equipping  his  army  against  the  day  of  battle.  While

doing  that,  he  trusted  in  God  and  moved  his  people  in  that

same  direction.  (2  Chronicles  32:6-8)

 

Every  pastor/church  leader  and  the  Church  should

emulate  Hezekiah’s  wisdom  and  foresight  by  blocking  every

loophole  and  weakness  in  the  church  that  has  made

Muslims  to  easily  creep  in  to  make  converts  out  of  the

church  for  Islam.  Beside  all  that,  members  need  to  be  fully

fortified  against  the  rebranding  of  Islam  in  the  Christian

South  to  make  it  attractive  and  appealing  to  Christians,

coupled  with  baits  being  dangled  at  them.  They  must  be

armed  with  Muslim  evangelism  skills,  with  “weapons”  of

offense  and  “shields”  for  defense  in  order  to  engage  in  the

battle  for  the  souls  of  Muslims,  the  battle  field  being  in  the

market  place.  Equipping  the  saints  for  the  all-important  and

difficult  ministry  to  Muslims  should  be  the  concern  and

focus  of  any  church  and  minister  who  understands  the  times

and  what  “Israel”  should  be  doing.

 

The  converse  will  hold  if  the  Church  takes  it  for  granted

and  refuses  to  prepare  the  saints  for  offense  and  defense.  If

the  church  does  not  take  the  challenge  of  Islam  seriously,

and  refuses  to  prepare  the  saints  for  offense  and  defense,

the  loss  will  be  great.  It  will  be  that  on  the  day  of

 

battle,  like  it  happened  to  King  Saul,  not  a  soldier  had  a  sword

or  spear  in  his  hand  with  which  to  fight.  (1  Samuel  13:6,19-

22)  The  situation  of  an  ill-equipped  church  is  becoming

critical  now.  Some  ‘Israelites’  are  beginning  to  hide  in  caves

and  thickets,  among  rocks,  pits  and  cisterns.  Those  who  can

afford  it  are  taking  flights  and  crossing  the  Jordan  to  go

abroad  to  avoid  the  siege  of  Islam.  It  is  all  because  the  ‘King

Sauls’  (the  leaders  over  the  people)  have  been  preoccupied

with  other  things,  in  disobedience,  and  have  neglected  to

prepare  their  members  and  followers  against  the  day  of

battle.  The  stuff  they  have  been  feeding  their  members  with

is  not  the  kind  of  stuff  that  could  make  them  a  match  for

Muslims  in  the  battle  field  in  the  market  place.  And  so  as

soon  as  their  members  confront  Muslims,  they  easily  give  up

in  confusion  and  discouragement.

 

“Reach-Your-Kind”  Strategy

 

Church  leaders  should  equip  and  train  their  members  to

reach  their  kinds.  The  “reach-your-kind”  concept  stipulates

that  you  become  close  friends  with  Muslims  of yourstatus.  It

requires  bold  love  to  allow  yourself  to  be  dependent,

vulnerable…and  to  expect  that  you  may  still  be  persecuted.

It       means,        for     instance,     Christian    lecturers     should

be      equipped    in      Muslim       evangelism  skills  to      reach

their  fellow         Muslim       lecturers  and      students,     doctors

 

reaching  doctors  and  patients,  traders  reaching  traders,

students  engaging  students,  businessmen  transacting  the

business  of  the  kingdom  with  fellow  businessmen  in  the

market  place.  Artisans  equipped  with  the  art  of  creative

evangelism  should  craft  the  gospel  into  the  context  of  their

fellow  Muslim  artisans,  and  so  on…

 

If  church  leaders  will  invest  into  all  their  members  who

interact  with  Muslims  in  different  walks  of  life,  those

members  will  be  engaging  Muslims  with  their  lives  and  the

witness  of  the  gospel  and  drawingthem  closerto  Christ.  This

will  lead  to  multiplication  effects  in  the  outreach  as  many

more  getto  hearthegospel.

 

Making  Contacts  that  Counts..with  Muslims

 

Christians  today  are  encountering  Muslims  in  all  walks  of

life.  Some  study  in  the  same  school,  college  or  university.

Others  work  side  by  side  in  offices  or  factories.  I  heard  that

Dangote  Group  is  driven  by  Christians.  Some  do  national

services  together  like  in  the  National  Youth  Service  Corps

(NYSC),  military,  police.  In  many  places,  Christians  and

Muslims  live  together  as  tenants  in  the  same  building  and

neighborhood.  Christian  doctors  and  nurses  and  other

health  professionals  have  Muslim  patients.  Some  of  us  have

relatives  and  friends  who  are  Muslims.  We  have  a  good  head

start.  Others  have  Muslims  living  nearthem  with  whom  they

are  not  yet  friends.

 

These  Muslims  speak  different  languages,  and  have

customs  that  differ  from  ours.  After  a  training  session  in  Port

Harcourt,  a  participant  stood  up  to  tell  how  his  Oga  (leader,

head)  in  the  office  went  for  pilgrimage  in  Mecca  and  brought

for  him,  as  a  gift,  a  cap  which  he  was  reluctant  to  wear.  I

encouraged  him  to  wear  it,  and  make  time  out  to  visit  him  at

his  home,  particularly  during  one  of the  Eids.  The  Oga  would

be  very  happy,  and  somehow,  a  good  relationship  would

ensue  which,  if  managed  well,  could  lead  to  the  Oga  hearing

the  gospel.

Some  Bishops  and  pastors  have  Muslims  as  their  drivers

(that  has  its  own  inherent  risk  in  ignorance),  some  churches

are  guarded  by  Muslims,  so  also  are  estates,  homes,  schools,

and  other  Christian  establishments.  Shoe  repairers/shiners

are  circulating  everywhere  on  the  streets.  They  are  hawking

food  items  on  wheel  barrows,  roasting  suya  on  campuses,

drinking  joints,  and  major  street  corners,  riding  Keke  all  over

towns.  We  buy  beef  from  them  in  markets,  and  goats,  cows

from  them  to  celebrate  our  parties  and  occasions.  

People

everywhere  are  in  one  form  or  the  other  in  contact  with

Muslims.  And  so  the  remarkable  opportunities  before  us  at

this  time  to  reach  Muslims  in  our  Christian  environment  are

innumerable.  But  it  is  one  thing  to  be  in  contact  with

Muslims,  it  is  another  thing  to  make  the  contacts  count  for

kingdom  gains.

  

We  need  to  study  1  Cor.  9:19  -23  in  order  to  learn  how

 

to  share  the  gospel  with  them

 

Making  Yourself  a  Slave  to  All…to  Win  As  Many  As

Possible

 

  • It  means  to  look  for  ways  to  help  them,  even  if  it

inconveniences  us.

 

  • Look  for  opportunities  to  help  Muslims  when  they

are  in  need.  Our  love  to  them  will  open  up  contacts  for

evangelism  and  discipling.

 

  • We  need  to  respect  their  customs  or  ways  of  doing

things  as  much  as  possible.  That  their  customs  differ

from  ours  doesn’t  mean  they  are  evil,  unless  such  a

custom  is  clearly  unbiblical.

 

  • In  sharing  the  gospel  with  Muslims,  we  should

become  like  Muslims  and  obey  their  cultural  rules  as

much  as  possible  in  order  not  to  offend  them

unnecessarily.  This  we  do  with  a  GOAL:  to  win  them…

But  for  us  to  win  some  of  them,  we  have  to  be

winsome.

 

  • If  Paul  were  alive  today  among  Muslims,  he  would

become  all  things  to  them  too.  He  would  follow  their

ways  of  doing  things  as  much  as  possible  so  that  he

could  win  as  many  as  possible.

 

  • We  need  to  understand  some  of  the  cultural  rules  of

Muslims  and  see  which  ones  are  similar  or  different

from  our own  cultural  rules

 

Some  Muslim  Rules…Our  Responses

 

  • They  dress  modestly,  covering  their  arms  and  legs.

Women  put  a  scarf  over  their  heads,  or  wear  the  veil

when  they  go  out,  and  men  wear  caps.  This  is  biblical.

Christian  women  need  to  learn  how  to  dress  from

Muslim  women.  If  going  to  heaven  will  be  by

modesty  in  dressing  only,  almost  all  Muslim  women

will  be  on  the  front  row  seats  in  heaven,  and  many

Christian  women  will  be  at  the  back  side  of  heaven,  if

theygetthere  at  all.

 

  • They  take  off  their  shoes  before  entering  into  a

house,  or  a  place  of  worship.  They  often  sit  on  mats.

There  is  no  sin  in  this  as  it  is  biblical.  God  commanded

Moses  and  Joshua  to  remove  their  shoes  for  standing

in  holy  places.

 

  • They  do  not  stand  up  when  urinating,  but  always

squatdown.  There  is  no  sin  in  how  one  urinates  for  us

as  Christians.  So  we  shouldn’t  have  a  problem  with

this  if  it  will  help  us  to  get  close  to  them.

 

  • They  do  not  eat  meat  that  has  not  been  killed

properly.  The  animal  must  be  killed  with  a  certain

prayer  and  with  cutting  its  throat.  We  all  eat  meats

killed  by  Muslims.  It  is  a  non-essential  for  us.

Besides,  in  the  Old  Testament,  we  are  commanded

not  to  eat  meat  that  is  not  properly  killed.

 

  • They  never  eat  pork  because  to  them  pork  is

haraam,  or  “unclean”  meat.  They  eat  only  meat

that  is  halal  or  “clean”.  In  the  Old  Testament,  pig

was  one  of  the  unclean  animals.  For  their  sake,  we

should  bearwith  this,  and  put  away  pork  in  order  to

make  them  feel  free  with  us,  and  even  eat  our

foods.  Your  relationship  with  a  Muslim,  no  matter

how  good  it  has  grown,  can  be  permanently

damaged  if  he  knows  you  eat  pork;  and  he  can  even

kill  you  if  you  ever  give  him  pork  or  pork-related

food  unknowingly.

 

  • The  one  walking  by  should  greet  someone  sitting

down.  That’s  ok  with  us.  Jesus  commands  us  to

greetall.

 

 

  • In  Islam  the  right  hand  is  usedfor  “clean” purposes

like  greeting,      eating,        and  giving  or  receiving

something.  The  left  hand  is  only  for  “unclean”

purposes.  That  is  also  biblical  and  even  traditional

hygiene.

 

 

 

  • Dogs  are  considered  unclean  and  should  not  be

petted.  Those  who  eat  dogs  will  have  to  make  a  lot  of

sacrifices  here  for  the  sake  of  those  they  need  to  win.

If  keeping  dogs  or  eating  dog  meat  will  be  a  stumbling

block  to  the  salvation  of  those  for  whom  Christ  died,

we  should  have  the  courage,  like  Paul,  to  say  we  will

never  eat  meat  again.  In  order  to  save  souls,  there  are

a  lotof  sacrifices  we  have  to  make.

 

  • Some  Muslims  consider  it  rude  to  sit  cross-legged.

This  is  one  of  the  several  issues  we  consider  as  non-

essentials  that  Muslims  are  concerned  about.  But

even  in  some  of  our  cultures,  it  is  frowned  upon  as  an

act  of  disrespect  to  sit  cross-legged  in  front  of  parents,

chiefs  and  other  dignitaries.

 

  • Muslims  give  and  receive  hospitality. To  refuse  to

give  or  receive  hospitality  could  be  offensive.  We  are

commanded  to  be  hospitable,  although  in  practice,

Muslims  are  more  hospitable  in  every  sense  than

many  Christians.

 

  • There  is  separation  between  the  sexes.  In  general,

women       interact  mostly  with  women,  and         men

with  men,  except  for  close  relatives.  To  be  seen  as  being

free  with  the  opposite  sex,  which  many  of  us  as

Christians  have  no  decorum  about,  is  considered  a

 

 

 

sign  of  promiscuity.  It  is  biblical  that  males  and

females  have  healthy  boundaries  in  relating  with  each

other.

 

You can find the book on amazon,  okadabooks.com and shop.Otakada.Org 

 

1) Amazon Paperback link 

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973358700/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=john+idoko&qid=1559661111&s=gateway&sr=8-4

 

2) Amazon ebook link. 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Scattered-be-Gathered-Ministry-Migrants-ebook/dp/B07SN7KPHK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=john+idoko&qid=1559661212&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

3) Okadabooks 

 

https://okadabooks.com/search?query=john%2520idoko

 

4) Otakada.org shop site. 

 

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Conclusion and prayer.

 

In our Christian race, the call to discipleship or disciple making is the core of the matter. Everything else rises and falls to the level of our commitment to discipleship or disciple making. That is the last command to us by Christ Jesus and we must of necessity make it of utmost priority. The way to be committed to disciple making is to make one.

 

Thank you Lord for helping us to make disciples among the modern day Pauls potentials around us. Help us to be equipped to do the work of ministry to the migrants in Jesus name, Amen

 

Shalom!

 

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