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The Macedonian Call

The letter of Paul to the Philippians was written from prison among other things to encourage their walk in the Lord (1:25).  Paul had four main purposes in writing this letter: (i). To thank them for their love and their partnership in the gospel (1:5, 4:10-19).  (ii). To report on his situation, that he was not discouraged even though he was in prison (1:12-26, 4:10-19).  (iii). To warn them about false teachers and their damaging doctrines and the need to stand firm against errors (2:27-28, 3:2-4, 18-19).  

(iv). To share his desire for reconciliation between two women whose conflict was affecting the unity of the church (4:2-3).

Although written from prison, there is a joyous upbeat tone in the letter.

Scholars have observed that the word “joy/rejoice” occurs ~16x in the letter. While the church at Philippi may appear to be a healthy congregation, they must not rest on their past achievements (3:12) but must like Paul “press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (3:14).

But the occasion for the Philippian letter started in Acts 16, during Paul’s 2nd Missionary journey.  Up until when Paul and his team had the vision to “come over to Macedonia and help us”, his ministry had focused around Asia Minor.  The response to the Macedonian call signified the first time the gospel crossed over into Europe and from there to the rest of the world.

In this study we will see that even though God called Paul to carry the gospel into Europe, the path was rough with imprisonment and beatings.  But in the end Paul’s mission to Macedonia was accomplished.

1. What roll did the Triune God play in the Call of Paul and his team to take the gospel into Macedonia, Europe and the rest of the world (vv. 6-10)?

2. What does the conversion of Lydia teach us about church attendant (worshipper of God) and responding to the gospel of Christ (Paul’s message), vv. 11-15?

3. Paul and Silas had been beaten, and thrown into prison for delivering a demon possessed girl. What is wrong with the girl’s testimony of Paul and Silas?  

What is the outcome of their imprisonment? What can we learn from Paul and Silas’ attitude to suffering and pain (vv.16-27)?

4. What was the Jailer desperate question? What was Paul’s candid answer (vv. 29-31)? Have you personally responded to Christ’s good news?

 

Conclusion:  

This is one of the most fascinating stories of missionary work in the Bible.  Here we see God calling Paul and Silas to go into Macedonia; using their preaching, and attitude to suffering and pain to convert Lydia, the Jailer and his household to faith in Christ.  We also saw that church attendance does not equate to salvation.  We must all place our personal faith on God’s good news for our own salvation.

Memory verse: 

Acts 16:31.

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household (ESV). Pressing On …(Moving Forward)

A CHILD AND AN HEIR

ISAIAH 62: 10-12, GALATIANS 4: 1-7, JOHN 1:14-18

We give thanks to God for this New Year 2019. The year of MOVING FORWARD. My prayer is that you and I will move forward in Jesus name. Amen

On the topic today, It is known that the ideal thing is that a child should inherit his/ her father’s wealth after he is gone. It is unusual that a help becomes the heir of the father. No wonder Abraham, when he was old without a child, he asked God a question according to

Genesis 15

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward  But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.”

Also according to 2 Samuel 9

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”

“At your service,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”

Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

“Where is he?” the king asked.

Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”

So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.

David said, “Mephibosheth!”

“At your service,” he replied.

“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[a]table like one of the king’s sons.

12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.

So, it takes a child to grow and become an heir. This mean that to enjoy God’s benefit and reward, you must first be His child.

WHO IS AN HEIR: An heir is a person who is legally entitled to inherit some or all of the estate of another person who has died without legal will and testament. If a person dies intestate, without a valid will, their heir receives property according to the laws of the state in which the property is probated. The only difference here is that Jesus died and rose to get us our inheritance. He said to Abraham “ I am your shield, your very great reward”

ROMANS 8 17, Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

The challenge here is that many who are supposed to be heirs are strangers, They are in the church but do not know Him who bought the Church with His blood, hence they are strangers and not children.

They preach about Him but do not know Him whom they preach about.

They profess to be His, but are far away from the truth about Him, hence the reason they live a life that is double standard by nature. They are white on the outside but black on the inside.

Behold His love and His warning according to Revelations  3:15-17

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

The truth is that he wants you to be His child because He’s got so much for you. He’s got peace, joy, wealth,…. For you and most importantly eternal home for you.

You can only enjoy this by being His child.

As we close year 2018, I think you need to retrace your steps to return to the one who owns you or better still, return to where you belonged.

You gave yourself to other things because you are angry with your maker

I know you gave up on your father and chose to be an atheist because you didn’t get what you wanted

I know that you went to other places for help because He was too slow for you

I know you decided to take your life in your hands because you feel right now that He doesn’t love you

I know that deep inside you, you feel like a dirt stinking to yourself

I know you feel because your wrongs are so much He cannot forgive you

Think of it, did you get that joy, peace, fulfillment, love among many that you seek? The answer is no, I mean NO

His love towards you is that you don’t perish and or be destroyed.

He wants you back, so that what he has for you, you can get

Remember, you should be an heir not a servant.

Return to your maker and claim back all the enemy took away from you.

It is time to return

It will be a great time to return so that you start a new year with your maker.

God bless you

ActMckinney’s Parish Church Council

Another Major Milestone was completed Sunday 02/17/19 as the Church formed a formal Parish Church Council. Mr. Fisayo Ajala and Mr Nnaemeka Ekaneme were appointed into the Parish church Council as Church secretary and Financial Secretary respectively. Please join us in giving thanks to God for this development and praying for God’s grace and strength for these two men as they commit themselves to doing good work.

God is SEEKING True Worshippers, Are You One?

Prayer moves mountain, praises move God

Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration to God. 

Worship is gotten from Worth-ship. Worth means value.

Spirit: John 4:254 says God is Spirit.

1 Corithians 10-11 says no one knows the thought of God except the spirit of God. 

Worshipping God in the spirit involves you putting your whole heart and mind into it and connecting yourself to the Holy Spirit.

Matt 15:8 this people worship me with their lips but their heart is far from me.

Your whole heart must be involved.

Truth: actual, fact, reality, sincerity

Worshipping God in truth means:

 Worshipping God with knowledge and facts of who God is by studying the scripture. No better place to get the truth. Study to show thyself approve a workman ………
 Truth of what God has done in your life { personal testimonies}
 Truth about your present circumstances

Putting all these together, we can then say that worshipping God in Spirit and in truth means- proclaiming the worth of God with all of your hearts and mind with the help of the Holy Spirit having clear understanding of who God is, what He has done for you and what He is capable of doing even in your present situation or circumstances. 

The book of psalms is filled with various forms of worship and worthy of note is the man David.

Check out his conversation with Goliath. 

WHEN DO WE WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

 In good times e,g Miriam when God parted the red sea
 When you have victory e.g the Israelites
 In times of battle e.g David with Goliath
 In trials and persecution e.g Paul and Silas etc
 When you are downcasted
 When you are lonely or feel forsaken

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH

 Chains are broken e.g Paul and Silas
 Walls are pulled down e.g wall of Jericho
 Enemies are defeated e.g David with Goliath, Jeoshaphat
 God takes care of your matter. You can go to bed.

Mothers union Women’s Guild Sermon notes

Title: Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth

Preacher: Mrs. Oluwabukonla Adenekan

ATBGG DIOCESAN QUIZ

Celebrate this young man with us!!!

On September 14, 2019, the amazing young man, OluwaNimilokan Adenekan came first place in the ages 10-14 category of ATBGG Diocesan Bible Quiz, thereby bringing the winning Trophy to the Archdeaconry of the SOUTH, ( and, of course, our local parish, ACT MCKINNEY).

We are especially grateful to God because this is a first for our church, and we pray for God’s continued anointing upon this young man.

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭