GAINS OF UNITY

PSALM 133 vs 1-3

1 ¶  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

* The bible dictionary defines UNITY to mean a STATE OF BEING UNDIVIDED; HAVING ONENESS; A CONDITION OF HARMONY.

KILLERS OF UNITY

1. Satan and his agents:- Rev. 12 vs 11-12

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 ¶ Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

2.   Fault Finding:- Gal 6 vs 1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted  2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3. Jealousy/Envies:- James 3 vs 16. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work

Job 5 vs 2. For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

Prov 14 vs 30.A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

4. Strife:- Gen 13 vs 8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

5.   Unforgiveness:- Matt 6 vs 12-15. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

     14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly      Father will also forgive you

     15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matt 18 vs 21-22. 21 ¶ Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times

 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

6.   Unfriendly Attitude:- Prov 18 vs 24. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Prov 17:17. A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

7. Unrepentant Heart: – Prov 28 vs 25. He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Titus 3 vs 2-6. 2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men

 3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another

 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

8. Anger/Hatred: – Prov 29 vs 22. An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

1 John 2:9-11. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

         1 John  3:14-15. ¶ We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

       15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

9.   Gossiping: – Prov 26 vs 20-22. ¶ Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth

        21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

     22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly

10. Blood line pattern:-

  • Abraham and Lot quarreled
  • Sarah and Haggai      “
  • Isaac and Ishmael      “
  • Esau and Jacob           “
  • Jacob and the father in-law “
  • Jacob’s Children quarreled
  • Joseph now broke the pattern:-

WHY MUST WE PROMOTE UNITY/PEACE ROMANS 12 VS 18

1. God commanded us to live in peace- Romans 12 vs 18

2. Jesus prayed that we should be one- John 17 vs 20-23. ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word

 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

3. We are called to do so – 2 Cor. 5 vs 17- 19. 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

4. It shall make us God’s Children – Matt. 5 vs 9. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

5. We need each other to survive – Rom. 12 vs 9 – 16. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; {with…: or, in the love of the brethren

 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.

 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

6. It cleanses us from sin – 1 John 1 vs 7.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

7. It brings prepaid blessings, long life here & life eternal – Psalm 133 vs 1-3. ¶ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head that ran down upon the beard even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

8. It makes prayer to be answered quickly – Matt. 18 vs 18-19. 18 Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Mark 2 vs 1- 12

9. We need help – Gen 2 vs 18; Ex 17 vs 8-13

10. We are the same –

* From the same parents (ADAM & EVE)-Gen 2 vs 22-23

* Saved by the same Jesus – John 3 vs 16

* Have the same spirit – 2 Cor. 4 vs 13. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

1 Cor. 12 vs 13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

                                       HOW DO I DO THIS

1. BE WILLING. Isaiah 1 vs 19

19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

 2. CONFESS WHERE YOU ARE FAULTY.

1 John 1 vs 9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

3. REPENT FROM THEM. Isaiah 1 vs 16-18

16 ¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 4. ASK GOD FOR THE POWER TO DO IT.

1 Sam. 2 vs 9 b for by strength shall no man prevail.

Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.

 5. DON’T BE WEARY IN DOING IT.

Gen 33:4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

Ro 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

2Th 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

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STRATEGY FOR EVANGELISM AND SOULWINNING

MATT. 28 VS 18-20; MARK 16:15-18

  • The word strategy means A PLAN DESIGNED TO ACHIEVE A LONG TERM AIM.
  • The word Evangelism means AN ACT OF PREACHING IN ORDER TO CONVERT OTHERS TO CHRISTIANITY.
  • Evangelism is the heart beat of God.
  • Jesus did the two but more on PERSONAL EVANGELISM. John 4;
  • HE SENT HIS DISCIPLES TO DO SO:- Matt. 10 :1; Luke 10:1,17-19;Mark 3:14; Mark 6:7;Mark 9:1
FORMS OF EVANGELISM There were only 2 types of evangelism(1) Mass Evangelism

* Includes Open air crusades, major church conventions, Village Evangelism, Central Market Crusades, Beach and Park Crusades etc. Minor Mass Evangelism Techniques are also employed in Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Outreaches, Hotel meetings e.g. full Gospel Businessmen fellowship. Bus Evangelism, Team witnessing.

(2) Personal Evangelism (Soul Winning)

* It is the call of God on every Christian. Luke. 19:10.

* Christ took time to demonstrate it In.4.

* It is what turns you from being a spectator Christian to a motivator Believer; becoming a true fisher of men.

We are to personally seek out the sinners and bring then in- Luke, 14:23. Personal soul winning includes Door to door, House to House, Person to Person, Letter evangelism, welfare evangelism.

* Soul winning is done out where the sinners are, not inside church building. The early apostles were busy daily in the temple for fellowship and in every house for witnessing Acts. 5:42, Acts. 11: 19­21,20:19-21.

PREPARATION
Adequate preparations are required for success in evangelism both physical and Spiritual.

  • Physical-especially mass evangelism, there is the need for good money to provide good lightings, good stage, public address system, rentals of chairs, bush clearing, food for workers, securing security personnel provision of literatures, decision slips, posters, flyers, hand bills, banners, Radio and Television Announcements, bill boards, Lodging, first-aid equipments and Transportations. It is required to set up various committees to handle each aspect of the planning Spiritual – Chain prayers, fasting, training of counselors, ushers, Deliverance Team, On the spot Intercessors, Warfare Task Force God’s Enforcement Agents (G.E.A). Isa. 62:1, 6&7.
  • Archbishop Idahosa said “Prayerful preparation prevents poor performance”. Our success on the mission field is based 90% on our preparation before we embark on the assignment.
  • Appropriate consultations should be made to secure permission if such is required by Govt.

FACTS ON EVANGELISM

Salvation is personal; Christ must live in us personally. In. 14:23.

* You cannot be an effective witness for Christ except you have experience His salvation.

* Be truly born- again with a testimony and filled with the Holy Spirit. II Tm. 1:12-14.

* There must be a meeting place with Christ even as Saul met Him on the way to Damascus Acts. 26:12-19.

* Be sure you are born-again or else you are a false witness.

1. There must be an assurance of Salvation.

2. Freedom from unconfused sin you must stand blameless.

3. Your must have a passion for souls, a love for sinners. I Cor. 9,16,22&23

4. A life of witness the beauty of Christ must shine in us, Act. 4:13

5. A readiness to speak out the message of salvation Rm. 10:14,lpt.3:15

6. Learn to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, leaving the result to God. Acts. 8:35­39.

7. Study the Scriptures and know the appropriate words/quotations that are suitable or relevant to the subject matter. II Tm. 2:15, In. 5:39

TITBITS ON EVANGELISM

It is the Great commission God’s heartbeat for now- Matt. 24:14, Mk. 16:15

The responsibility of every believer Luke. 9:1 &2,10: 1, Matt. 28:18-20

1. We are to preach to all creatures and make disciples of all the Nations

2. The urgency of the matter Eph. 5:15&16, II Tm.4:2, II Cor. 6:2

3. The importance of the matter Rm.1:16

4. The compulsion of the assignment I cor. 9:16

5. The power of the Gospel in Transformation. In. 1 :12

6. The joy of the gospel is Hope.

Col. 1 :27, In. 14:1-3

7. The message of the Gospel is Christ crucified and resurrected. In. 3:16, Acts. 4:10-12

8. The method of Evangelism is Simplicity and Clarity. I Cor. 2:1­5

9. The Strategy of Evangelism is Versatility and Adjustability I Cor. 9:22-27

10. The Ingredients of evangelism is Love, Grace and Faith Eph. 2:4-9.

11. The Price of evangelism is Praying and Fasting 1Tm. 2:1­6

12. The Strength and dynamics of evangelism is the Holy Spirit Acts. 1:8

13. The Goal of evangelism is Salvation and Discipleship. Acts. 10:42&43, In 8:31

14. The Reward of evangelism is crown of Righteousness II Tm. 4:8, Rev. 3:11

15. The Mark of True Discipleship is commitment Lk.14:33.

Commitment is what separate doers from dreamers and professions from professors. Be genuinely committed to the Task.

DO’S AND DON”T”S OF EVANGELISM

1. Never aim at just one sin, preach Christ forgiveness and New life.

2. Don’t be involved in an argument II Tm. 2:16 Titus. 3:9-11

3. Don’t give a tract you haven’t read

4. Don’t neglect follow-up, conversion of a soul does not end in a day.

5. Strive lawfully 2 Tm. 2:5. Don’t color the facts or express half-truths in order to make an impression. Give true testimonies.

6. Refuse to be provoked or embarrassed. Maintain your cool.

7. Don’t make yourself a nuisance by frequent visits, insisting on decision. We are to inform and not to enforce. Rather persuade and encourage.

8. As you close the discussion remember to take their prayer points and with politeness ask if you can pray. Don’t appear super-spiritual.

9. Use few scriptures and work on the curiosity of the unbeliever.

10. Remember to first bring the people to Christ on your knees before you take the message of the Gospel to them.

11. Dress well, maintain a good personal hygiene, reflect the glory and beauty of the Lord

12. Be bold and confident, make your boast in the Lord expressing unshaken faith in the power of Christ. PS.44:4&8, Pro. 3:26.

4 MAJOR METHODS OF PERSONAL EVANGELISM

1. PRAYER

* List names of sinners you know 5 to 10 and pray for them

* Join hands with another believer to pray for their conversion.

2. CARE

* Look for an opportunity and do good to them

3. SHARE

* Tell them about Jesus and Salvation

4. INVITE THEM

* Invite them to the church and the church programmes.