The Whole Point

Imagine a death row inmate who is just about to be executed. He has just eaten his last meal. The electric chair is warmed up and ready. Suddenly someone knocks on the door. It’s a pardon from the governor. This man—as good as dead a few moments ago—has now been released. He’s been given his life back. This sort of story has often been used to illustrate our salvation. But when it comes to what Jesus did for us on the cross, it goes so much deeper. When we were rescued from eternal death, the Governor did not merely send a pardon. He entered the execution chamber, sat in the electric chair Himself, and took the execution we deserved as prisoners on eternal death row. Paul’s point is that Jesus exchanged His life for ours. Are you living your life for Him? Love begets love and His sacrifice should kindle a desire to sacrifice in us. Paul continues with the same thought in the next verse…

He died for all that, those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (v. 15, NKJV)

As Leonard Ravenhill asked: “Are the things you’re living for worth Christ dying for?” Do you evaluate your life and your priorities in light of the price Jesus paid for you? The natural response might be, “Well, it’s my life. I can live how I want to live.” No, my friend, it’s not your life. You have been bought with a price and your life is not your own, “therefore, glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:20).

I love to tell this story when I preach the gospel in Africa. It’s the true account of an old Baptist pastor from the 1800s, preparing his Sunday sermon on Saturday afternoon. After several hours of study, he got tired and went for a walk to stretch his legs. As he walked through town, he saw a boy carrying a birdcage in one hand and a stick in the other. Inside the cage were a dozen little field birds, and the boy was jabbing the birds through the bars with the stick. The birds were shrieking, feathers were flying, and the boy was laughing. The pastor approached the boy. “Son,” he said, “why are you tormenting those birds?”

The boy said, “Sir, I love to hear them shriek. I love to see their feathers fly. It is so much fun.”

“What will you do when you are finished having your fun?” the pastor asked.

The boy smiled broadly. “Oh sir, that’s the best part. I will bring them home, take them out of the cage one by one, pluck their feathers, and feed them to my cat.”

The pastor’s heart was broken. “Son, let me have those birds,” he said.

“No, these are my birds. I caught them myself. You can get your own birds. You can catch some in the field.”

“But I want those birds.”

“Why? They don’t even sing. They aren’t canaries, you know. They are just ordinary field birds.”

“Please, son. I’ll buy them from you. How much do you want?”

The pastor took out his wallet and opened it up. Suddenly the boy saw a business opportunity. “How much money do you have, sir?” The pastor counted two dollars, which was a lot of money in those days.

“What a coincidence,” the boy said. “They cost exactly two dollars, cage included.”

The pastor knew the boy was ripping him off, but he took all the money out of his wallet and handed it to the boy. The next day the pastor told this story as he stood before his congregation. He said, “I took that cage out into the field. I opened the door and I backed away. One by one the birds hopped to the open door. One by one they spread their wings, and one by one they began to fly. And as they flew to freedom they began to sing the same song. And this was their song: ‘Redeemed, Redeemed, Redeemed.’”

This is what Jesus has done for us. When God looked down on a world full of helpless souls trapped in the prison of sin—tormented by fears and tears, by addictions and compulsions—His heart was moved with compassion. He knew that we could do nothing to save ourselves and He knew that without His deliverance, we would spend eternity in hell. This does not mean that God made a deal with the devil. I don’t believe any such thing. But it does mean that God truly “redeemed” us from our bondage.

The word “redeemed” in the New Testament means to liberate by the payment of a ransom. But what was the price of our ransom? Peter tells us explicitly: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Pet. 1:18-19, niv).

We have been redeemed. We have been purchased—not with dollars or Euros, not with silver or gold. In fact, the currency God used to purchase your redemption was the most precious substance in the universe—the very blood of Jesus Christ. When God purchased your salvation, Heaven went bankrupt. For even the streets of gold are worthless by comparison to the blood of God’s eternal Son. God could create a whole new universe with a word. But only that precious blood of Jesus Christ could redeem our souls. So Paul says, “Those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again!” The next verse takes it even further. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. (v. 16, NKJV)
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This extract is culled from “The Judgment Seat of Christ” by Daniel Kolenda

Sign up for the BEST JOB in the world!

If you attended NILOM last year, then you must know by now that soul winning is God’s number one job! God wants all men to be saved and you are His vehicle for prosecuting this great agenda!

Now more than ever the Gospel must go out, but how will it go if there aren’t labourers to carry it to the nations? Jesus told His disciples to pray the Lord of the harvest that He would send labourers into His harvest (Matthew 9:38).

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On the 30th of June and the 2nd of July, 2018, the Youth Evangelism wing of Calvary Baptist Church (Awoshie) shall hold a 2-day Evangelism Conference. It is aimed at equipping the young and the old to be effective in this glorious ministry of reconciliation!

The following are the speakers scheduled to address pertinent issues concerning reaching out with the Gospel:

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Pastor Samuel Fianko

He has an undying passion to reach the lost with the Gospel. He serves as a pastor in Gospel Light International Church. He is the author of Everybody Needs Jesus: The Evangelism Manual and will be teaching on the following:

# The Ministry of Reconciliation

# The Message of Reconciliation

# Tips for Winning a Soul a Day

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Minister David Quao

If you’ve ever heard of the Gadites, you must know this great General of God! He functions from the third Heaven, establishing the counsel and purposes of God through intercession and prophetic decrees! Minister David will be teaching on:

# Intercession: Where the labour is

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Elder Jessica Mawuena Debrie

Ever heard of the Dancing Stars? She is an Elder in the First Love Town Church in the UPSA enclave and a Dancing Star! You should see her boogie for the Lord! She is full of the Spirit and pregnant with divine revelation and truth. In the Q & A session on 2nd July, Elder Jessica will answer pertinent questions on evangelism, discipleship and retention. Not only that, she’ll also be sharing from her great wealth of experience as an Elder in First Love Church, and of course, impart the great grace she has received from her Father and Prophet, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills.

You definitely have to be present at this glorious convocation as participants will have firsthand experience of going on an outreach to the Awoshie town and market to proclaim the Gospel on Day 1. On Day 2, you will be afforded the opportunity to ask a panel of young and inspiring soul winners any questions you have about evangelism and follow-up.

Remember, the dates are Saturday, 30th June, 2018 and Monday, 2nd July, 2018 at 9:00 am prompt each day.

MOCKUP

Copies of Everybody Needs Jesus: The Evangelism Manual will also be on sale at a breathtaking GHS 5.00 only! Do make plans to get copies for yourself and loved ones!

God bless you and see you soon! For further details kindly contact 027 162 2619 or 026 504 4415 or post a comment below.

NILOM 2017 was more explosive than Dynamite!

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

(John 15:16)


A Heavenly Ambience

In the heavenly ambience that was set by the Holy Spirit and angels present at NILOM 2017, participants were truly blessed to receive deep insight from the Word of God on the Gospel, intercession and discipleship.

About NILOM

NILOM is an annual soul winning conference organized under the aegis of High School Campaign for Christ (an outreach arm of G-Youth) to train God’s people to effectively reach out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. NILOM means necessity is laid on me.
The theme of NILOM 2017 was “Lasting Fruit”. It was held at the Harvest Cathedral of Gospel Light International Church, Nungua, on Monday 3rd July, 2017. In John 15:16, Jesus said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” Thus, the focus of this year’s conference was to teach delegates how to retain souls won. It was power-packed as the Word from Pastor Sam and Minister David came forth to ignite explosive desire and love to preach the Gospel and intercede. 

Senior Apostle Henry Dodoo-Amoo

The man of God, Apostle Henry Dodoo-Amoo shared riveting insights on discipleship and follow up that stirred participants to bear lasting fruit!

A Time of Refreshing

Sheriff was enveloped in the glory of God

It was a time of refreshing in God’s Presence as Minister Alice, Brother Isaac and Minstrel Gloria ministered in seraphic worship unto the Lord.

Brother Francis ministering “I’m in love with a Man”

Brother Francis also shared an awesome spoken word with the audience entitled “I’m in love with a Man”

What Message are we sent to Preach?

Opening the conference with the first session, Pastor Sam shared on the Gospel that we are sent to preach. He enunciated, “We are not sent to condemn them but to bring hope to them. The Gospel is a Message of hope.” He disclosed, “Our Gospel is not about skirt and blouse or about earring and make-up!” 
Pastor Sam adumbrated three key elements of every Gospel message viz.:

# It shows man’s need for a Saviour.

# Jesus Christ is the focal point of the Message.

# Salvation or eternal life is a free gift that is received by faith.

Pastor Samuel Fianko teaching the Gospel

Reading from Romans 5:1-17, Pastor Sam walked participants through the Gospel in simplicity.

The session wrapped up with a time of prayer for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in Ephesians 1:17-19.
From Akon to Intercessor

In the highly anointed second session, Minister David Kwao taught on “Developing the spirit of an Intercessor”. Reading from Ezekiel 22:29-31, the man of God explained that God is looking for intercessors. He noted, “Ghana is enjoying peace not because of good governance but because there are intercessors in the land.”
He pointed out that there are two categories of Christians: accusers and intercessors. Choose to be an intercessor!

Minister David in earnest prayer

Minister David further outlined three keys to developing the Spirit of an Intercessor:
# You need a burden

# You have to develop the Spirit of prayer or travail

# An intercessor is a soul winner

Amidst declarations and prayers, the man of God led participants in a time of fervent intercession for Ghana, our families and our communities.
Lasting Fruit!

The hearts of attendees welled up with great expectation as they looked forward to receiving the ministry of Senior Apostle Henry Dodoo-Amoo. The man of God lauded the organising committee for putting together such a glorious conference and commended attendees for denying themselves of the pleasure of rest on such a holiday.
He shared deeply revelatory truths on causing our fruit to remain. He said, “To let your fruit remain, you yourself must remain.”

The man of God laid the foundation of first principles.

Senior Apostle Henry Dodoo-Amoo teaching on Discipleship & Follow-up

He taught on true saving faith, saying, “Making Christ your Saviour is different from making Christ your Lord.”
He noted that making Christ Lord is what makes the difference. He emphasized that the Lordship of Jesus in a man’s life enables him to obey Him totally.

He shared on how costly it is to be a disciple of Christ.
Six Essentials of Follow up

Senior Apostle Dodoo-Amoo walked participants through six essentials of follow-up viz.:

# Pray for the new soul (Galatians 4:19)

# Feed them with the true Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:7-9; 1 Peter 2:2)

# Build a loving relationship (1 Thessalonians 2:7-9)

# Make sure that the person fellowships with other believers (Acts 2:42-46)

# Encourage them to share their conversion story

# Teach them how to relate to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis through quiet time.
NILOM 2017 ended on a high note as Apostle Dodoo-Amoo knelt together with the army of soul winners in prayer. There was a mighty outpouring of the Spirit upon everyone present!
Oh! What a day it was! We shall continue to bear fruit that remains forever!
God bless each partner abundantly! May your seeds sown yield lasting fruit!