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“As you know the truth the truth will set you free” - John.8:32

January 12, 2007

Today’s Rhema

Bible Reading

Old Testament

Gen 23:10-24:49

Psalm

Psa 13-14

Proverbs

Prov 6:12-35

Gospel

Mat 9:1-17

Epistles

Acts 8:1-24

 

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Important Days and Events

Jan 15,16   2007

Seminar at Baroda

 

 

Acts 8:5, “Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.”

Dear brothers and sisters,

Loving greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today let us see, how we can proclaim the name of our lord Jesus Christ in a new place or how we can start new City evangelism in a successful manner? The bible has answers for all our present day problems. Especially for those who like to proclaim the name of the lord and do the Evangelism in the Cities or in big towns, there are some good points to learn from the life of Philip.

Like our Lord Jesus Christ did during His earthly life, Philip also had two fold ministries right from the beginning, namely preaching the word of God to all and proving the power of God to all with the signs and wonders. Because of this two fold approach he had in his City ministry, the crowd came in good number and paid close attention to what he said as in Acts 8:6, “When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.”

He could demonstrate to the crowd the love and power of God almighty because of the deliverance they had from the demons and the miracles as in Acts 8:7, “With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed.” The city received the word of God which came to them with its signs and wonders very happily as in Acts 8:8, “So there was great joy in that city.”

In his ministry he could attract even such people who had a good control over the city people through their sorcery as in Acts 8:9 to 11, “Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, "This man is the divine power known as the Great Power." They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic.”

When the word of God is preached to any city people with its power through the demonstration of the Holy Spirit people will definitely believe the lord Jesus Christ and take water baptism as in Acts 8:12, “But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

At lost the great man who was called the “Great Power” Simon the sorcerer also believed the lord and took water baptism in obedience to the word of God as in Acts 8:13, “Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.” That is why the earl apostles also prayed to God when they had any persecutions that God may stretch forth His hands and perform many miracles in the name of our lord Jesus Christ as in Acts 4:29 & 30, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."

May the lord help us today to have this type of two fold approach to the Evangelistic outreach what we may be doing in the cities and make a real impact our its population for the glory of God. Amen.

Your Web-Site Pastor,
Rev. Dr. T. Marcus Devasahayam

 

Further Bible Study

(John 4:48 NIV) "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe."
 (Acts
4:30 NIV) Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus."
 (Acts
5:12 NIV) The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade.
 (Acts 14:3 NIV) So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders.
 (Acts
15:12 NIV) The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them.
 (2 Th 2:9 NIV) The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,

Decision To Make

Prov 6:32, “But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.”

Things To Thank God

Psa 13:6, “I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.”

Today's Prayer

Africa

A few of the major international trends are given for prayerful attention
1 AIDS in Africa now overshadows the future of the continent — 71% of the world’s AIDS cases in 1999 were in Africa
a) The focal areas of infection
b) Radical changes in society that deal with the moral, social and spiritual deficiencies that spread the disease
c) Mobilization of churches to tackle the causes and effects of AIDS
d) Deployment of Christian agencies and skills to empower the Church in this new realm of ministry
2 The ongoing weaknesses of African democratic institutions
3 The Muslim-Christian fault-line stretching from Senegal across the Sahel to Ethiopia and along Africa’s Indian Ocean seaboard
4 Africa’s deepening poverty and the right means to alleviate it in the long-term
a) The governments of richer trading nations need to implement a range of measures to ensure a fair price for African produce and realize that failure leads to raised need for aid
b) Secular and religious NGOs from the World Bank to the smallest Christian aid agency need a humble sensitivity to local culture and needs in the short- and long-term
5 The continued power of African traditional religions

 

Your Web-Site Pastor,
Rev. Dr. T. Marcus Devasahayam

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