APOSTOLIC FAITH CHURCH
Bible Study Intensive
Brett D. Weber, Pastor
April 17, 2002
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).
Religious experience was not a routine, a ritual, or faith experience. It was viewed as a mastery of the art of living in accordance with God's expectations. In their definition, the words “skillful’, "mastery" and "art" signify that wisdom was a process of attainment and not an accomplishment.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15).
When we sanctify God in our hearts before others, then our conduct invites and encourages them to glorify and honour Him. Many will ask the reason of our hope. As a believer, we should be able to give an answer of our faith with meekness, in the fear of God. There should be no room for fear when winning a soul for Christ.
DESIGNED and DEVELOPED
The church is designed by Christ to develop the believer for ministry, to preserve and perfect them in the faith.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:11-13). (Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Peter2:5).
TODAY’S SALVATION MESSAGE
As the Body of Christ, now is the time to work together with Christ and reach out for souls and proclaim the gospel message of salvation. For many that have not heard this message of salvation, their time was not yesterday, it’s not tomorrow but NOW is their accepted time.
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:” (2 Corinthians 6:1-3).
“Wise men seek them” CON’T…..
The WISE RESCUES FROM DESTRUCTION
“Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).
“And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 1:22-23).
ZEAL of the WISE
A wise believer full of the Holy Ghost and faith will have a zeal (fervent desire or interest) to win souls for the Kingdom of God. Wise men seek them at any cost, place or situation, not being concerned of what others may say or think about them or even what others may do to them (persecution).
“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours” (John 4:35-38). See also Matthew 18:11; Romans 10:1, 11:14 and 1 Corinthians 9:22
You’ve got the VICTORY
Attempt at every opportunity, as you are led and prompted by the Holy Ghost to share and witness to an unsaved person the risen Lord and Savior. Expect GOD to do great things because you have the victory.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:57-58) Also Philippians 4:13.
WISE are HONOURED
“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 12:26). (1 Samuel 2:30, 1 Peter 1:7)
If anyone will serve and follow Christ and make him or herself available for service then this individual will be of great value to the Kingdom of God. God will indeed honour them. In it’s original Greek the word honour is defined as to estimate, fix the value of something belonging to one's self.