Church Membership and the Value of God's Kingdom - Part 4, Volume 2
TEXT: 2 Tim 2:20-21, 1 Cor. 3:13-15, 2 kings 4:1-2
MEMORY VERSE: Matt 26:13 – “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached IN THE WHOLE WORLD, there shall also THIS, that this woman has done, be TOLD for a MEMORIAL of her.”
To understand that members have responsibilities toward the kingdom and their pastors. For members to realise that they can go the extra mile beyond tithes and offerings in doing the work of the kingdom. To remind members that God will not be happy seeing his servants suffer and also that every labour will be rewarded.
Once upon a time, a Christian woman after listening to our mother Mama Josephine; the wife our bishop, she sent her these words! “Ah! You are a woman of God with a good reputation, so gentle in heart, a loving and caring mother. What else can I say; in fact you have it all. The Ruth of this generation; mummy more grace to you. An able teacher of the gospel, may the world hear your voice ma. Your message is so enlightening. Thank God for giving us people like you. God bless you and your family, more grace and long life”. She did this because she had been following the teachings of Mama James over the internet. Prov. 31:10-30.
Notice this; here is another person speaking, encouraging, praising and appreciating a woman who labours on others like you. How do you grade your spiritual parents and your pastors as they labour in your life? It is not easy to be a Pastor! It is not easy to lead people! Many people complain about the little department they handle, yet accuse the pastor of doing nothing in the church! Here Paul was addressing Timothy, telling him all he had gone through, and yet God deliver him. What you hear from people are complaints, while they do nothing. It is easy to preach on an altar on which another man has laboured and raised souls; but when it is your turn to win souls and raise a church you complain against your leader for being wicked. Think about this. 2 Tim 3:10-17.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AS A MEMBER SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS
- The Centurion built a Synagogue (Cathedral) for the church. The Israelites never forgot him. It was said of him, “He loves our Nation and he built us a Synagogue.” Luke 72-5. You can see, “One man equipped the office of the Bishop after the fire incident, and One woman equipped it before the fire incident.” We may contribute to achieve certain things in the church, but great things done in the church are not always achieved by contribution. Some individuals set themselves apart before God and before His servants to do great exploits. You can still do the same as we are building our cathedral. God needs your attention right now. Psalm 126:5-6.
- An individual member can buy a land either inside the city or some lands or acres in an undeveloped area of any country to help the church get established. You can see it very practical when an elder gave us a land in Bonaberi where the Wonder Cathedral is situated today. Acts 4:32-37, Prov 11:24-25. May your name be set apart for good works in Jesus name. Acts 4:32-37.
- Members may be equal in fellowship but they are not equal in good works, labour, commitment, value and reward in the sight of God. Some members distinguish themselves by good works, some by giving both finance and material things, some others make themselves special by physical commitment, yet you see some who go beyond giving in the church and grow into sons and daughters who decide to always make the pastor smile by establishing his life and future. 1 Thess. 5:12-13, Gal. 6:6-10.
SONS AND DAUGHTERS – MEMBERS THAT MAKE THE PASTOR SMILE
- When the pastor is neglected it is clear evidence the church wants him out of the church to search for a better job. That simply means that the church has neither love nor value for the servant of God. Neh. 13:10-14
- If God wanted every pastor to go and work, then the word of God will not have commanded that pastors and their families be catered for. 1 Cor. 9:7-14. You often see this in the bible, “And they left their work and followed him”. None of the apostles that walked with Jesus did another job from the day they followed Jesus. Does it mean they were lazy? No! They were all doing great jobs before he called them. Matt. 4:18-22, Luke 5:8-11, 27-28.
- Be mindful the way you treat pastors, they are God's agent for your blessing. Sure a pastor can establish anything that can be controlled by others to help him have financial freedom, but not leaving the work of the Lord daily to stay in another office from morning to night. 1 Cor. 9:7-14.
- If the church must receive real anointing to solve their problems; God's servants must have time to seek His face to bring the real word of God to God's people. Listen to this, Acts 6:2, 4. “Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said it is not REASON that we should LEAVE the word of God, and SERVE TABLES....But we will give OURSELVES CONTINUALLY to PRAYER and to the MINISTRY of the word.” Read Acts 6:1-7, Gal 6:6-10
- Make the prophet of God have rest because God sent him into your life as a gift and for a purpose. Hosea 13:12, Acts 4:36-37
- We must have high consideration for God's servants in every area of life. They are gifts to the body of Christ and God has commanded that they should be treated with care and respect. 1 Thess. 5:12-13
- Paul was addressing Timothy, “...You have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.” 2 Tim. 3:10-11. These are what pastors go through to take care of the church, yet church members and many leaders are not considerate, appreciative or thankful; they are only selfish and interested in their personal wellbeing while they trouble the church but we thank God for those whose eyes are open to care for God's servants. Paul says, “Esteem them VERY HIGHLY in LOVE for their WORK sake.” Is this exactly the way you treat your pastor or bishop? 1 Thess. 5:12-13, 1 Cor. 9:14, Phil. 4:10-20, Gal. 6:6-10.
It is time to be sincere as children of God, doing the right thing serving the Lord as a strong church member. As a disciple of Christ and as one that knows that his reward is waiting here on earth and over there in heaven. 1 Cor. 15:58