Tag: Evangelism

📸Snapshots of Glory Word Focus 2 Day: Knowing God & Making Him Known

Someone’s destiny in God is dependant on your obedience to witness.

In John chapter 1:35-49, we are presented with the supernaturally called of God (Andrew & another) by John’s testimony of Jesus and the called by Jesus directly (Philip) being used as God’s instruments to bring others to Jesus (Nathanael and Simon Peter). Jesus then prophesied over them and they became his disciples.

Andrew and another disciple of John the Baptist heard him say of Jesus “Behold the Lamb of God!” (vs 36) and this was the appointed time of God for them to receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour and so they followed him. Andrew and the other person were convinced of who Jesus was and wanted to know where he was staying; They desired to fellowship with Jesus or have a relationship with him.

Some people have been called of God in a similar manner; they suddenly had a revelation of who Jesus is when they heard someone speak about him. It was their day of visitation when God’s plan in heaven for them as ones whose names are written in the book of life began to manifest on earth.

Then there are others whose experience of knowing Christ is similar to that of Philip. “Jesus…found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me” (vs 43)”. These people had a direct calling from God himself, they felt a desire to search the scriptures and as they did sensed God calling them to Himself through Christ. Some had dreams of Jesus speaking to them or calling them.

I read an account of several people in a town or village in Iran receiving dreams of Jesus calling them and as a result became Christians. When I was at bible school, a pastor who was also a student testified to me that he is from a Muslim family and was one day praying in a mosque during Ramadan, as he prayed he had a vision of Jesus and he knew within his heart that this Jesus he saw was the Christ, son of the living God of the Christian faith not Isa (name for Jesus in Arabic) of the Muslim faith who is believed to be only a prophet.

Whatever manner in which God called us to Himself, the fact is that we have been called and that is sufficient cause to praise Him daily and uphold him in every area of our lives.

As we rejoice in this journey of self discovery in relation to our identity and destiny in God, we must also remember those Jesus prayed for as he prepared for his death, those who will be his disciples. These people who also have their names written in the book of life but their time is yet to come for the manifestation of their salvation in the earth realm

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17:20 KJV).

Who is God depending on for their salvation to be made manifest? Yes, He will supernaturally reach out to some by His Spirit (who is the testimony of Jesus Rev 19:10/John 15:26) as Jesus did Philip directly. However believers in Jesus Christ, by virtue of being so, are mandated to witness about him through bearing fruit that glorifies God and to preach the gospel (Matt. 7: 15-23/Mark 16:15).

“How can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14).

Andrew “found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ)” and he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:41/42). “Philip found Nathanael and said to him. “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote-Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph”. (John 1:45).

Andrew and Philip made it their mission to speak to others about Jesus and these two people, Simon (also called Simon Peter or Peter in scripture) and Nathanael received prophetic words which gave an insight into their nature at the time or what they will be transformed to be in terms of their character as according to the will of God. Jesus who in his deity as the incarnate Christ, is all seeing and all knowing said to Nathanael as he came to Jesus “…Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (John 1:47).

Jesus said of Andrew’s brother Simon Peter “Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone.” (John 1:42 KJV).

Although it was very subtle at the time Jesus spoke in this manner to Simon Peter, Jesus used his name to prophetically highlight who he will become in time, after a journey of struggles with doubt, lack of understanding Jesus’ mission clearly and fear of man, Simon Peter was destined to develop into a man with an unshakeable faith or faith as solid as a rock or stone. Simon Peter would later vocalise his faith in Christ when Jesus asks disciples who they say he is. Simon Peter replied as follows “Thou art Christ, Son of the living God”.(Matt.16:16 KJV)

The confession itself was likened to a rock by Jesus when he replied to Simon Peter as follows “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”(Matt.16:17-18 KJV).

In the biblical book of Acts we read about how Simon Peter full of the Holy Spirit, boldly preached the gospel and performed miracles. He also wrote to the Church, canonised as first and second Peter.

As Simon Peter, our confession in relation to who Jesus is should be the foundation “stone” upon which we build our lives and again as with Simon Peter regardless of struggles in life as long as we stay true to our confession and do all things as unto the LORD, we will fulfil our glorious destiny or purpose. Multitudes have been evangelised, healed and blessed by the ministry of Peter since the early church until now.

Think of how many people like Andrew, his friend and his brother Simon Peter, Philip and Nathanael you and I have been predestined by God to witness to in our life time. Think of how God is reliant on us to be His instruments to ensure that people come to him, gain a revelation and understanding of their destinies or purpose in God and live to fulfil them.

If Andrew had not called his brother Simon Peter, think of how Simon Peter’s destiny for the sake of multitudes would never have taken place. God may have found someone else to draw Simon Peter to Himself, but we do not have evidence of this. What we know is that it was Andrew his brother’s mandate. Are we fulfilling our God given mandates or falling short? It is never too late to take stock or assess our Christian lives and the condition of our hearts before God.

It is a privilege to be chosen as God’s instruments. An honour that should not be taken lightly. Some people will never accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour even if we preach the Gospel to them. Others may doubt at first as in the case of Nathanael, (John 1:46-49) but they may eventually be convinced through God induced events that He is indeed their Lord and Saviour.

We are however not to look at people and wonder whether it is worth preaching the gospel to them or not. Our zeal for God and especially our knowledge of God’s command that we preach and disciple ought to be enough to compel us to do so.

Only God knows those who will respond, He will however bless and reward His people for their obedience to preach the Gospel or witness to others about Christ.

©December2016 DENyamekye

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Biblia Poesy SocialCare:A Creative Literary Social Action initiative 

ATTENTION A NEW INTERNATIONAL CHARITY – ARE YOU INTERESTED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE? WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS.

Biblia Poesy SocialCare

A Creative Literary Social Action initiative (Not for Profit Charity) mobilising the Body of Christ to encourage and teach hearts one nation at a time ((Matt24:14/28:19-20)

Subsidiary of Bearwitness-Forerunner Ministries Int.
1.Vision Statement: 
We aim to use scripturally inspired and formulated Spoken Word Prose/Poetry to exhort, evangelise or engage in community outreach in personal homes, residential care homes, youth/learning disability Homes/Centres, Prisons and Home/cell groups for the purpose of spreading the gospel, encouraging & strengthening the faith of believers and bringing healing & deliverance to multitudes.

2.Background 
In May this year, the LORD put on my heart to get my poetry books Our God Reigns- Inspirational Prophetic Christian Poetry Volume 1 & 2 (Volume 3 is underway) into Residential Homes for the elderly.

There is a niche among the aforementioned; This is a creative way to evangelise or share the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
I later felt led to include Youth/Learning difficulties Recreational Centres, Church cell or home groups and Prison ministries as well. 

Link to my poetry books on Amazon (Amazon allows you to see table of contents and a couple of pages as well) Click here
The books are sent free to those who want to partake of this charity, the link is just to show you what they look like. 

When I had this idea, I felt that I was to start this initiative and then encourage other believers in Christ to do the same. I have been praying and getting ready to start contacting places with this Ministry project, however my first chance basically fell on my lap! 

At church during a bible study last week in which we were asked to think of ways to reach others for Christ, a lady who works in a residential care home for the elderly encouraged anyone to come and meet with the residents for a chat and that many are lonely and would welcome visitors or people to chat with. 

I spoke to her afterwards about what I feel led to do and she thought it was a great idea. She gave me her details & the address of the care home.

3.How exactly can the poetry books “Our God Reigns” be used for evangelism, outreach or encouragement?

My poetry in these books covers a variety of topics, some are straight forward evangelistic, others express the nature and might of God/Jesus Christ giving thanks and glory to him for all things.

Others are an expression of the believers hope in,love for,dependence on,expectations of (etc) God and Christ. 

I believe each poem is inspired by God. The poems are written with scriptures in mind and some are formulated from specific scriptures. At times there are bible quotes within the poems. 99% have scriptural references at the end of the poems.

The person who decides to use a poem can do any of the following:

-simply read the poem out (or perform it – some are spoken word /story telling prose) and welcome comments and questions.

-start of or end with reading of the scriptures referenced within or under the poem in question before reading it.

-do the aforementioned but also prepare a short exhortation or teaching around the subject of the poem. 

-before starting of course one has to pray and also ask the LORD to use them to ask questions or say things related to the poems or the poems themselves would result in discussions intended to plant redemptive seeds, cause people to make a decision for Christ or rededicated their lives to Christ. 

My hope is that the person will use this as an opportunity to also ask if anyone wants prayer or would like to attend a Church if these readings are outside the church setting e.g. Residential Homes & Youth Homes/Centres.

A list of local churches that one has researched should be on hand and one or two suggested if the answer is yes. 

4.Who can get a free copy?

Anyone who agrees to pursue a similar Ministry in Residential Care Homes or Youth/Learning Disabilities Recreational Centres, Prison ministries or use it for their cell or home groups will get a free copy of one of my poetry books to start with. 

When in future I have connected with management in centres who would welcome such a Ministry, I will also let those who connect with Biblia Poesy SocialCare know of them. My vision is to have a database of such centres.

They will decide which one of the volumes they will start with first by having a look at the table of contents which I can email or forward via Facebook. I can also meet with them to show them the books if possible.
Any one from any nation can request for a free book (or more) by sending

-Name:

-Address:

-email:

-Tel no.

-Explain how you intend to use the Poetry book “Our God Reigns” to be a blessing in your community or through a Ministry at your church:

How many copies are needed (note the Volume 1 or 2):

Contact: Deborah Esther Nyamekye

Email: admin@bearwitness-forerunner.org

5.What is the Author’s request?

The author requests for quarterly reports as to how those who have copies of her books are getting on in terms of pursuing the vision statement (point 1) or goals of this Social Action for the glory of God.

The reporting is informal and can be verbal, by email or handwritten.

A willingness to pray with others doing the same thing locally or through a conference call across nations would be great. 

6. Can anyone give a donation?

As this is a Not for Profit charity, we welcome donations which includes postage costs.

Please contact me personally if you would like to donate. We will supply account details on our website. 

We ask for your prayers as we take this Ministry forward, trusting God that He will fulfil this mission as He birthed it. 
This is part of us doing our part in spreading the Word of God in all the earth before the end of the age so that as many people would hear it, make a decision for Christ or be strengthen in their faith.

God bless you Deborah E. Nyamekye 

Biblia Poesy SocialCare

A subsidiary of Bearwitness Forerunner Ministries Int.

Obedience: A key to being a true witness – to display God’s “wisdom & intelligence”

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Deut. 4:6

Something to grasp a hold of today; to be a true witness of God, it suffices to obey the commandments of God. When we obey God we display His “wisdom and intelligence” in all we do.

This is because we are bearing witness to who God is; His laws or doctrines confirm His  nature or attributes. When we obey God we are transformed so that our mindset, attitudes, and actions glorify God.

Moses said Israel would display their “wisdom and intelligence” (Deut. 4:6 NLT)  among the surrounding nations if they obeyed God’s commands just before they crossed into the promised land. Moses said the people who hear about Israel’s decrees will exclaim ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’ (Deut.4:6 NLT).

Obedience to God by His people therefore makes a way for His “wisdom and intelligence” to be displayed through them and the world inevitably takes notice.

When we obey God, the words of our mouth also give Him glory because we seek to please Him in not only what we do but what we say.

Jesus glorified God not only by his actions but with his words. He was a true witness because he knew his purpose. How well do we know our purpose?

When Jesus spoke to the crowd and in the synagogues many were astonished at what he said, they said “he taught them as [one] having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:29 KJV) also after he read from Isaiah 61, “they wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?”.(Luke 4:22 KJV)

Jesus said that he only did what he saw the Father doing (John 5:19) and said only what the Father told him to say (John 12:49).

Jesus’ manner of teaching which was bold, as one with authority and with gracious words in the face of adversity reveal that he was an unrelenting prophetic channel of God for the fulfilment of God’s plans and purposes. Do we take a radical fearless stand against any attempts to derail us from our God given mission as Jesus did?

As Jesus, who made it possible for us, we are called to display the wisdom and intelligence of God in what we say and do because we have access to God directly and through His Word. We therefore know our calling as believers in Christ. Living as a witness for God through Christ should therefore be seen as a gift and a privilege because it is a product of the gift of salvation.

Exercising our authority over demonic control and possession, sickness and oppression as well as preaching, teaching and speaking boldly for Christ are all ways in which we are privileged to witness for Christ, do the works of Jesus and even greater works. Whatever we may call it, the truth of the matter is that we are individually playing our part in displaying the “wisdom and intelligence” of God as labourers of Christ in his harvest field.

Let us therefore remain obedient so as to continue being harvesters as well as making the fields all over the world ever ready for harvest.

In addition, let us also obey this call  to prayer: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”(Luke 10:2 NLT)

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah Esther

©Deborah E. Nyamekye 25/03/2016

“…Everyone of us is a Witness” J.John

witness“Not everyone’s an evangelist or apologist. But everyone of us is a witness” J. John

Introduction
I hope you had a good week. Today I feel compelled to present to you The Word 4U 2Day’s (also called Word for Today) interview with Canon J.John, a British evangelist, minister, social activist, writer and speaker. I have listened to Evangelist J.John speak on Christian Television and at a conference and I have great respect for him. I also discern that he is not only a truly God ordained evangelist, but he is also a man blessed with a great measure of God’s wisdom and a remarkable gift of communicating the Gospel simply and humorously in a way that everyone can understand.

This is as good a time as any to share this interview with you, as I feel that it will encourage us to witness more. It will also strengthen many of us who have already planned to spread the gospel during this Christmas season or are seeking God for more creative ways to engage in evangelism. As well as encouraging us to be witnesses of Christ by sharing the Gospel,  J.John also highlights the importance of sharing what God has done for us in our lives or our testimonies as a form of witnessing.

Word4U Meets J.John (JJ)

W4U: What is the hope of the Gospel?

JJ: If I had to summarise Christianity, the conclusion would be this: forgiveness from the past, new life here today and a hope for the future. Everyone in the whole world needs forgiveness, and only Jesus can give that. Everyone in the whole world needs new life and a hope for the future; only the Holy Spirit can empower us for that. That’s what God the Father is inviting us into.

W4U: So why should we share that Gospel?

JJ: We read in Acts Chapter One, that the Holy Spirit was given to the first followers of Jesus and it says the spirit was given to empower them to be witnesses. So the main reason that we have God’s Holy Spirit is to be share the Gospel. We’re either a good witness or we’re a poor witness, but we are definitely a witness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be able to convey and communicate to the people who don’t know this Good News.

W4U: Whose job is it to do that? Is it for everyone, or just evangelists?

JJ: Like I said, I think every Christian is a witness. In a court of law, you’ll have a witness and you’ll have a lawyer. The witness gets up and says, ‘let me just tell you what I know’ – and that’s what they do: let me just tell you what I know, what I saw, what I felt, what I experience. Now, a lawyer gets up and presents the facts in such a convincing manner to get the jury to make a decision. I’m what they call an evangelist, so I take the facts of Christianity – like an apologist – and I present them like that lawyer, in such a way as to make the jury come to a decision. Not everyone is a lawyer, not everyone’s an evangelist or apologist. But every one of us *is* a witness. And so we’ve got to begin to be more intentional in telling our story.

W4U: How can we take that step to be a witness, and share God’s hope with this world?

JJ: Okay, going back to Acts Chapter One, when we’re told about the Holy Spirit, empowering us to be witnesses, we then are given a strategy and the strategy is to go into Jerusalem, then into Judea, then into Cymera, then to the ends of the earth. Now, Jerusalem, to the first disciples, is where they denied Jesus. Where were they at the crucifixion? Only John was there. So Jesus said ‘Start in the place of your greatest failure’. Where is that for most of us? Family, friends, neighbours, colleagues. So if we’re going to reach the world, we’ve got to reach *our* world. People often think about going on a missions trip and I say, ‘Look, go on a missions trip, just walk next door’.

W4U: Tell us more about that idea. How can we be ‘go on a mission trip’ in our local area?

JJ: Three things: We start by praying into the lives of all those people that we have a relationship with. Secondly, caring. Our sociology has to reflect our theology. A lighthouse doesn’t make any noise but you can see it – so sometimes our communication has to be visible, and practical, as well as verbal. Then, thirdly, by sharing something of what God has done in our lives, to somehow engage with those people who don’t know God.

W4U: Finally, then, what should we expect when we do share our faith? In your experience, how do people who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves Christians respond to that Gospel?

JJ: I don’t think people who don’t consider themselves Christian are hostile. I actually believe that they’re receptive. But we live in a very pick and mix culture. A lot of people like a little bit of this and little bit of that. A lot of people’s understanding of Christianity is a misunderstanding. So we have that awesome responsibility of trying to clear through misunderstandings so that we can somehow convey what the truth is. If you take Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John Chapter Four, when they encountered each other, there were so many social, moral, and religious barriers. However, they had one thing in common. They both wanted H-2-O. So, that’s what Jesus started speaking to her about. Don’t focus on the barriers, focus on what you’ve got in common and use that as your starting point.

W4U: In conclusion, if you could say one thing to the person reading this, what would you say?

JJ: A missionary isn’t someone who crosses the sea, it’s someone who sees the cross. If we’ve seen the cross, and understood what Jesus did for us, then in the words of the Apostle Paul in Two Corinthians: “The love of Christ compels us”.

(source: http://www.ucb.co.uk/w4u-meets-jjohn   – my own highlights in blue)

You are blesses, determine to stay blessed!
Deborah Esther
©Deborah E. Nyamekye 20/12/2015