Tuesday, May 13, 2014

THE FOUR-FOLD SECRET *Pastoral Guide*

Hello dear, this is a divine piece that will be useful and be of great importance to Pastors and Gospel Leaders and their respective ministries, and will bring about growth in their churches.
So if you know anyone who is a minister of the Gospel, kindly refer that one to this article, so that one can also partake of this blessing.

The purpose of this teaching, is to put a stop to a pseudo-ministry (unreal ministry), and begin the genuine work the Lord committed into our hands.

Now, when a soul is won by a brother or sister, how is that soul managed such as they become excited about the ministry and hence committed? - Read on

Let's take practical steps from the Bible.

In scriptures, Four (4) pratical steps which I call secrets are revealed, and they are;

*Prayer            (Pray for them)
*Visitation           (Visit them)
*Teach               (Teach them)
*Interact    (Make them your friends)

So now, let's begin to analyse them individually;  

PRAYER
When a soul is won, they need to be prayed for. Why pray for them when they are already saved? The resson is because, prayer STRENGTHENS. When we pray, we are strengthened; also, when we pray for people, they are strengthened. So when we pray for these new converts, we strengthen their hearts to be firm in Christ, so as not to be moved by worldliness and hence return there. Thus, praying for the souls becomes an inevitable duty and task upon us.

'But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.' - Luke 22 vs 32 {KJV}

From this, we see that through prayer, the faith of a brethren can be sustained. This was Jesus telling Peter that he would deny Him, but He has already prayed for him so that his faith will not fail by reason of the guilt. Do you see that? As a Pastor or Christian leader, you must recognise that when new souls are won to the Lord, certain things tend to distract and discourage them from the faith, but your prayer(s) can sustain them. #Neverforgetthat!

Secondly, we see the VISITATION aspect.

 VISITATION

'And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.' - Mark 1 vs 29 {KJV}

From the scripture above, we notice something there, we notice that Jesus visited four (4) brethren in their house(s). And that is a very big secret.   When we visit the Brethren in their houses, we get to hear more from them, hear them express their circumstances and conditions to you, and you get to know what they are passing through either in their personal lives or in their family(s).   From the next verse of that passage, you will see that as Jesus entered into the house, he observed that Peter's (Simon) mother inlaw was sick of fever. 'Mark 1 vs 30' Question? What if Jesus had not visited, He wouldn't have recognised that problem, hence, she would have remained sick, and Satan uses such little loop hole(s) as opportunity to get members out of the church all in the name of 'they did not show me care.' God Bless You.

TEACH
As leaders, it is our responsibility to teach these souls the word of God so that they can come to maturity in the body of Christ.

'As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby...' - 1 Peter 2:2 {KJV}

Did you see that? We get from this passage, that what new born babies needs to grow is the simplified word which is described here as milk. Therefore, it becomes our responsibility as their Pastors to feed them with such words so they can grow. We know that physical babies don't have the strength and enough wisdom to feed themselves, that's why they have mothers. Hence, we are the mothers to these Spiritual new born babes, it's our duty to feed them with the word lest they die; as no man can live without food.

'And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.' - Jeremiah 3:15 {KJV}

Do you see it? From the above scripture, we see that it is our responsibility as Pastors or Christian Leaders to feed the infants with knowedge and understanding; and all that comes from the WORD. Hence, we are to teach them the word as that is Spiritual Nutrition.
May God bless His words in your heart in Jesus name. Amen!

 INTERACTION

Mark  1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.  

1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.  1:18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.  

1:19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.  

1:20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.' - {KING JAMES VERSION}

From this, you see that Jesus won those disciples and kept them by interaction, an active and regular interaction and relationship with them. They were His friends. At a time, Jesus called them friends and washed their feet with water.

John 15:15 'Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.' {KJV}

John  13:14 'If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.' {KING JAMES VERSION}

Do the same!

Interaction gives the flocks a sense of importance and relevance to the work of the ministry, and hence you get their commitment and humility just as it was with Jesus's twelve (12) disciples. That was Jesus secret, such that even when a multitude of His disciples left Him in John 6 vs 66, the twelve (12) still remained with Him because they were always with Him, they had an active interaction between themselves.

'Your interaction with the brethren has a rich way of holding them to yourself.'

God Bless You.
- Pastor Jenning Uweye

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