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Exploring The History and Purpose of the Bible

Exploring The History and Purpose of the Bible
The Bible is the written revelation of God’s perfect will. It is an inspired book written by about forty authors (some say between thirty five to forty authors) over the space of one thousand five hundred years. Men from different backgrounds wrote under the inspiration and the influence of the Holy Spirit. See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21. The Bible has a common theme because it has one main author who expressed Himself through several writers. That main author is the Holy Spirit.
The word Bible is from the word “Biblos” which means “The book.” Originally it was called “Biblia” means “The Books.” It is a collection of sixty six books apportioned into two sections. One is called “The Old Testament” or “Old Covenant” consisting of thirty nine books and the second part is called “The New Testament” or “New Covenant” comprising of twenty seven books.
The Old Testament is called the Tanakh comprises of three sectors namely: The Law (The Torah) consisting of the first five Books written by Moses, The Prophets (Nevi’im) comprising of all the prophetic writings (Major Prophets and Minor Prophets) and the Writings (Ketuvm) consisting of the poetic and the historical books of the Old Testament. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew.
The New Testament is called ha Kaine Diatheke consisting of four canonical gospels, the Acts of Apostles, thirteen epistles written by the Apostle Paul, eight general epistles and the book of Revelation. The New Testament was written in Greek.
The Bible has outlasted those who were bent on eradicating it. It has transformed nations, built civilizations, preserved the dignity of human life, healed diseases and cured sicknesses, saved marriages, changed lives and defined generations. See Psalm 107:17-20; John 17:17-19; Hebrews 4:12-13; James 1:21-25;
The Bible is the RULE BOOK for all matters of faith and practice. Therefore, all visions, revelations and prophecies MUST be TESTED with God’s Word because the Holy Spirit never violates the truth of God’s Word. He confirms the Word.
The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth which means He never violates the Word but affirms it. The Bible says, “It is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.” (1 John 5:6c) The Bible also says that the Word is truth. (John 17:17b).
Therefore, if it is not consistent with God’s Word it is not truth because the Scripture is the standard of truth. See Daniel 10:21; Deuteronomy 32:4 NKJV; Psalm 31:5; Isaiah 65:16
The Holy Spirit will only guide you into all truth. This shows that the Holy Spirit will never lead us away from the Word of God. See John 16:13. All Scripture was given by the inspiration of God. 2 Timothy 3:16. Holy men of old spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. See 2 Peter 1:20-21.
The Bible is the voice of the Spirit in print form. Remember what Peter the Apostle said in Acts 1:16, “And said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.”
The writings of Scripture are the thoughts and Words of the Spirit captured in print form. The next time you study the Word of God approach it differently. E. W. Kenyon put it this way, he said, “The Bible is God speaking to us.”
The Bible is a Living Book. It is alive and active. It is full of power to change, transform or alter the situation or condition of any life when believed and acted upon.
The Bible is the written documentation of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. It shows us the road to redemption. We can call it the written revelation of God’s redemptive plan. It is the documentation of the story of our redemption.
The Bible is also our written guide. It teaches us God’s ways. It shows us how God thinks because it is God’s thoughts captured on paper. Read it, Study it, MedItate it, Confess or Declare it, Live it. Let it guide your life and actions.
Let the Bible govern your speech. Make it final authority for all matters of faith and practice and you will open the door to a world of limitless possibilities and endless adventures of faith and exploits. See Hebrews 10:5-9; 2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 40:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Samuel 10:25; Deuteronomy 17:14-20
In His Majesty’s Service,
DWF

PROSPERITY WITH A PURPOSE

PROSPERITY WITH A PURPOSE:
The Primary Purposes of Prosperity.
Ecclesiastes 7:11-12; 9:13-18; 10:19
We live in a world that is run based on money whether cash or digital, or as commodities even in the form of fixed, durable assets. We have to know how to function with kingdom principles to prosper in a fallen and perverse world.
Money is the medium of exchange in the natural world. All transactions are money based. You cannot get anything done without money. Therefore, we must let God show us how to make money His way without compromise or corruption.
The Goal of this teaching series is as follows:
  1. To teach you the purpose of prosperity in the kingdom of God
  2. To teach you the power of prosperity
  3. To stir within you the desire to prosper
  4. To teach you how to prosper
  5. To see that many are raised to finance the work of the kingdom
  6. To bring you into your wealthy place
  7. To help you have more than enough reasons for the fulfillment of your God given vision and dreams
Genesis 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 8:18; Psalm 35:27; Proverbs 10:22; 3 John 2
Everything that God does, He does according to a plan in order to fulfill a purpose. See John 10:10; 18:37; Luke 4:18; 1 John 3:8
What are the Purposes of Prosperity? Why does God want you to Prosper? It has been said that, “When purpose is NOT known abuse is inevitable.” The man who knows how will always have a job but the man who knows why will always be his boss. To get ahead in life you must understand the purposes of God.
  1. For the glory of God. God blesses us for His own glory. God blesses us for the credit of His good Name. God blesses you for His good pleasure. See Psalm 35:27; 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 67:1-7; 96:8; 102:13-18; Exodus 16:1-16; Deuteronomy 8:18; Isaiah 60:1-7; 62:1-7; Malachi 2:1-3; Jeremiah 13:11; Matthew 5:16; 2 Corinthians 9:10-13; Hebrews 13:16
  2. To demonstrate His goodness: Your prosperity and your welfare is a testimony of God’s grace, His love and His goodness. See Psalm 35:27; Jeremiah 33:9; 2 Corinthians 8:9; 9:8. God blesses us in honor of Christ’s finished works and as a demonstration of His love towards us. See Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; Galatians 3:6-9; 3:26-29; Romans 4:13
  3. To establish His Covenant. Prosperity is our right by covenant and by virtue of the redemption. Remember that the redemption was carried out based on a covenant. See Deuteronomy 8:18; Genesis 12:3. Without prosperity, the families of the earth will not be blessed. God prospers us to fulfill His Word. See Genesis 26:1-5; Deuteronomy 7:7-9,12-15; Galatians 3:26-29; Acts 3:25-26; Romans 4:13; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 3:13-14; Proverbs 10:22; Genesis 24:1,35; Ephesians 1:3. Being born again is an upliftment. It is a divine lifting from the earthly places under the control, influence and intimidation of darkness into the heavenly places of God’s kingdom. See 1 Samuel 2:8; Psalm 113:7-8; Ephesians 1:17-23; 2:4-8; Isaiah 43:7; 60:1-7
  4. To demonstration His dominion through us. Money is power in the natural realm. See Genesis 1:26-28; Proverbs 22:7; 18:23; Ecclesiastes 10:19. The person with the most money dominates and controls the affairs of men. Money gives you influence with men. See Proverbs 14:20; 19:4,7; Money is a defense. See Proverbs 10:15; Ecclesiastes 7:12. Money gives us purchasing power to buy radio and TV stations for the promotion of the Gospel.
  5. To reward our obedience and our service in the kingdom of God. Prosperity is a reward. It is also a kingdom motivator. See Genesis 12:1-3; 26:1-5,12-14: Deuteronomy 28:1-13; Ezra 7:1-10; Job 36:11; Isaiah 1:19. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ also presented prosperity as a reward. See Matthew 19:27-29; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 5:1-7. John the Apostle also postulated that prosperity is a reward. See 3 John 2. James the Apostle corroborated the same in James 1:25.
  6. To amplify the voice of the Gospel and to find its spread. It takes money to spread the Gospel. Money is a tool. Money is a facilitator. See Luke 8:1-3; Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10; Philippians 1:4-7; Acts 16:12-15; Philippians 4:15-19; Ecclesiastes 9:13-16. Money amplifies your voice. It takes money to buy airtime, print tracts and books and fund missionary projects. See 2 Corinthians 11:7-9
  7. To fund the needs or causes of His Kingdom. Luke 8:1-3; 12:16-21; 2 Corinthians 9:8. The primary reason why God blesses or prospers us is for the purpose of funding the needs of the kingdom of God. See Ezra 2:68-69; 7:11-24: Nehemiah 7:70-73; Nehemiah 11:22-24, 12:44-47; 14:4-14; Haggai 1:1-11; Matthew 6:33. Ignoring the needs of God’s house can surely lead to poverty or financial hardship. Deuteronomy 8:18. God gives you the power to get wealth to establish His covenant in the earth. See Psalm 67:1-2; Luke 8:1-3
  8. To meet your own needs. God wants your needs to met. He is concerned about you; He is mindful of you. He seeks your wellbeing. See Psalm 8:4; 115:12-15;; Romans 8:31-32 NLT; Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Matthew 6:11.
  9. To meet the needs of your family members. God blesses you so you should be able to provide for your own household. See Genesis 30:25-30; 2 Samuel 6:10-12; Genesis 39:5; Genesis 12:2; 1 Kings 17:8-16; 2 Kings 4:1-7; 1 Timothy 5:8
  10. To take care of our parents. God expects you to honor your parents by taking care of them. As you do this, God prospers you more and more. Matthew 15:1-9; Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
  11. To meet the needs of the poor. God blesses you so that you can be a blessing to others. It takes money to help the poor. It has been said that the only way that you can help the poor is by not becoming one of them. You cannot help others if you are not blessed. See 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-37; 11:27-30; Genesis 12:2; Hebrews 13:16; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Leviticus 19:9-10; 23:22; Psalm 112:3,9; 2 Corinthians 8:1-8; 9:6-10; Proverbs 3:27-28; 19:17; 28:8; Deuteronomy 15:7-11. Our generosity is a demonstration of our love for others. See 1 John 3:16-18; Proverbs 11:24-25
  12. For you to lay up wealth for your children’s children. God expects you to save up for your children. Don’t just spend everything you own, save for the future, especially the future of your children. See Proverbs 13:22; Ezra 9:12; Psalm 37:25-26
  13. To take care of your Man of God and those who minister in God’s house. This is one of the reasons why God prospers His people. See Genesis 14:13-24; Numbers 18:8-32; 1 Kings 17:8-16: 2 Kings 4:1-7; Malachi 3:8-12; 2 Chronicles 35:15; Ezra 2:68-70; Galatians 6:6-10; 1 Timothy 5:17; Romans 15:27; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14; 2 Corinthians 11:7-9

Who We Are, Why We Are and What We do

Who We Are, Why We Are and What We do

Psalm 82:5; Ephesians 5:15-17; Colossians 1:9-11; Philippians 1:9-11

Purpose is the reason for a thing. It is the original purpose for which a thing is created or made.

Your purpose is your why. It has been said that the man who knows how will always have a job but the man who knows why will always be his boss.

You cannot fully enjoy divine provision until you first of all discover and align with Divine Purpose. Purpose is the key to unlocking Divine Power and unleashing your potential. See Ephesians 1:15-19

What is the Church?

The Word “Church” is from the Greek Word, “EKKlesia” it refers to a calling out, a popular meeting, an assembly or a church. It also refers to a religious congregation. The Church is the called out ones assembled or the assembly of the called out ones.

There are several expressions of the Word Church:

  1. The Global Church. This refers to everyone who has made Jesus Christ their Lord. It refers to the entire Body of believers the world over. See 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 2:21; 1 Peter 5:9.
  2. The Local Church: This refers to a Body of Christ in a particular locality. See 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; Galatians 1:2; Colossians 4:16
  3. The House Church. This refers to the Body of believers who meet in a home setting. See Acts 2:46; 5:42; 20:20-21; Acts 8:3; Romans 16:3-5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15 (Women can lead house churches. 2 John 1:1,13; 1 Peter 5:13)

What is the Church?

Identity is one of the keys to fulfilling destiny. Identity is also one of the keys to unlocking your authority. Identity is also the key to enjoying your rights and privileges, that is, your inheritance. Identity is the key to security. Until you know who you really are, you will be insecure.

It is important to note that the Church is first of an organism before it is on organization. It is the living, breathing, pulsating temple of the Living God.

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  1. The Church is the Body of Christ. That is we are members of His Body. Whatever flows in Him, flows in us. See 1 Corinthians 6:15-17; 12:12-14,27; Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4,15-16; Colossians 1:18,24; 2:9-10; 2:19
  2. The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. See 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. He dwells in us. His Person, His Presence and His Power is available to us because He lives in us. The Holy Ghost is in you 24/7. See Ephesians 2:21-22
  3. The Church refers to the family of God. You cannot be a member of the Church until you are born again. That is, you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Savior. The Church is an assembly of God’s children. See Hebrews 12:22-24; John 20:17; Ephesians 2:19-20; Matthew 6:9; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 3:14-15. You cannot be a part of the Church unless you have been reborn.
  4. The Church refers to the body of believers both Jew and Gentiles, male and female who believe in Jesus Christ as the only means of salvation. See Matthew 16:13-19; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Acts 2:41,47; 4:4,12; 11:15-18; 15:14; Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:11-19
  5. The Church refers to the citizens of heaven who are living on earth. See Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:20 NIV; Colossians 3:1-4
  6. The Church refers to the Saints of God: Saints is from the Word hagios which means holy ones, sacred, pure, consecrated. We are separated unto God and called to live a holy life. See 1 Corinthians 1:2; Romans 1:7; Ephesians 1:1; 4:1,13; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:1; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Peter 2:17-22
  7. The Church refers to the Bride of Christ. We are the Bride of Christ. See Hosea 2:19-20; Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 3:14; Ephesians 5:22-33; 2 Corinthians 11:2-3; Revelation 19:7-9; 21:9
  8. The Church is the Army of God. We are the army of the Lord on the earth advancing the purposes and the interests of the kingdom of God in the earth. See Acts 7:37-38; Exodus 6:26; 7:4; 12:17; 12:51; 13:18 MSG; Numbers 13:1; Matthew 16:18-19; 16:13-19; Matthew 16:18-19 AMPC, GNT, NASB, MSG. We are God’s Law Enforcement Agents. God has delegated authority to the Church on earth. See Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 10:17-19; Matthew 23:1-3; Acts 25:6,10,17. We are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. See Ephesians 2:19-23; 2:4-7; Revelation 3:21. We are an army defending and protecting the interests of the kingdom of God in the earth. See 1 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Timothy 1:18; 2 Timothy 2:3-4 NASB; Ephesians 6:10-19
  9. The Church is a Assembly of Kings and Priests. As Kings we defend and advance the purposes of the kingdom. As Priests we intercede for the people and we teach them God’s Word. As kings we have authority. As Priests we have intimacy with God. See Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10; Matthew 16:18-19; 18:18-20; Luke 10:17-20; 1 Peter 2:5,9; Isaiah 61:6
  10. The Church is God’s Building, I mean, a Spiritual House. We the people are God’s Building. He is building our lives into a spiritual habitation for His Spirit. See 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:21-22; 4:15-16; Colossians 2:7; 1 Peter 2:5
  11. The Church is God’s field, His garden or His vineyard. Individually we are trees; Together we are His field or His garden. See Psalm 1:1-3; 80:15; 92:12-14; Isaiah 53:2; 60:21; 61:3; 1 Corinthians 3:9; John 15:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:6
  12. The Church is the assembly of His prized possessions, the redeemed, those He bought with His own blood. See Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 7:23; Colossians 1:12-14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 3:4; Revelation 5:9
  13. The Church refers to those who are spiritually circumcised, that is, the circumcision of the heart. It is the assembly of the changed ones, those who have a new heart and a new spirit. See Ezekiel 36:25-27; Ezekiel 11:19; Jeremiah 32:39-40; Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 6:15-16; 5:6. The Church is the assembly of the New Creation.
  14. The Church refers to those who have a covenant with God through the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Their sins have been remitted, washed away and they are in covenant union with deity. See Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 2:11-16; Hebrews 7:22; 8:6; 9:11-22; 10:19-22; 1 Corinthians 6:17; John 17:22-23; Hebrews 8:10-12; 10:16-18
  15. The Church is a new race. We are chosen race, a new breed of people who have union with deity. See Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 7:6; 14:2; Deuteronomy 26:18-19; 1 Peter 2:9 AMPC; Revelation 1:6 AMPC; 5:10 AMPC; Deuteronomy 10:15; Isaiah 43:20
  16. The Church is a sheepfold. We are the Lord’s sheep, His sheepfold or His flock. He is our Shepherd and the Bishop of our souls. See Numbers 27:15-17; Acts 7:37-38; Psalm 23:1-6; 100:3; Matthew 9:35-36; Luke 12:32; John 1:1-16; Ezekiel 34:31; 34:1-31; 37:24; John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28-30; 1 Peter 2:25: 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:20-21

Now let us look at the primary purposes of the Church

Now let us look at the primary purposes of the Church:

  1. To Magnify God: The primary purpose of the Church is to glorify God and to magnify Him before the sons of men. All that we do in the Body of Christ has one primary purpose, that is, TO GLORIFY GOD. When this becomes the chief aim or goal of all our activities, it streamlines our focus and purifies our motives. See Isaiah 43:7; 43:21; Psalm 86:9; Matthew 5:13-16; John 15:8; 17:4; Romans 1:8; 15:5-6; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:31-32; 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10; 1 Peter 2:9; 2:11-12; 4:10-11
  2. To Mirror Him. We are called to reveal and to reflect the Charisma and the Character of Christ, that is, the Love and the Life of Christ, the Person and the Power of Christ. Christianity is the revelation of Christ in a human person. It is Christ reproduced in a man. That is the essence of Christianity. The Church exists to show Christ to the world. They should look at us and see Jesus. See Acts 4:13; Galatians 4:19 KJV, GNT, NLT, MSG; John 14:12; 13:34-35; 15:12-13; Romans 8:28-29; 1 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Philippians 2:14-15; Colossians 1:24-27; James 2:14-26; John 17:22-23,26; 1 Peter 2:21-22; 1 John 2:5-6
  3. Missions: We exist to expand the influence and the impact of the kingdom of God in the earth by winning souls. It’s our primary purpose. The Church is a soul winning venture. It is a spiritual organization with the sole aim of bringing people out of darkness into the light. See Acts 13:47-48; 26:16-19. The Church is more than a gathering. It is the consulate of the kingdom of God for the purpose of colonizing the nations. See Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10. We are called and commissioned to reach out to the lost. See Luke 19:10; 15:1-10; Acts 8:4-13. Soul winning is the primary aim of the Church. See 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 10:31-33; 1 Peter 3:1-2; 1 Corinthians 7:16
  4. Membership. Those we win have to organized into a local church and cell groups for the purpose of fellowship and mutual edification. A Church is no church if there’s no mutual interaction or fellowship amongst its members. There must be mutual connection between members. It is association of likeminded people. See Philippians 1:27; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:1-4; 41,46-47; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 12:12
  5. Maturity. We have to work to see that our members grow up spiritually. This happens when teach and preach the Word of God and make it our Rule Book for all matters of faith and practice. A Mature Christian thinks, speaks and does the Word. See 1 Peter 2:1-2; Galatians 4:1-2 KJV; Romans 8:14-17; 8:18-22; Galatians 4:1-7; Ephesians 4:11-16
  6. Mutual Love and Edification: We exist to build one another up and to edify one another. We are called to encourage one another, pray for one another share with one another. The Church is a place of mutual love. It is community that thrives on selflessness and self sacrifice. See Acts 2:44-46; 4:34-37; John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 15:1-6. We are called to help and support one another in times of need. See Acts 11:27-30; 12:25; Romans 15:25-26; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
  7. Mentorship. The Church is a place of mentorship and apprenticeship. People need to be mentored and discipled by mature believers. Every church must set up a system and structures that will facilitate mentorship. See Mark 3:13-15; Philippians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 4:15-17; 1 Timothy 4:6-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  8. Ministry. We have to equip and empower the saints to serve and minister in the Body of Christ. Every believer has a Ministry within and outside the Body of Christ. We are called to serve in the kingdom and in the Marketplace. The Church is a place of Equipping and Empowering people to effectively use their gifts and abilities to serve the interests of the kingdom of God by creating value within the Church and in the Marketplace. See Ephesians 2:10; Acts 11:22-26; Acts 13:1-4; Ephesians 4:11-12,16; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Romans 12:4-8
  9. Manifestations: We are called to demonstrate and manifest the Power of God to the church and to the world. We are called to make God real to the peoples of this world by the demonstration of God’s Power wherever we go. See Mark 16:17-18; 16:20; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 12:4-11; Acts 4:29-31,33; 5:12-16; 8:5-13; 14:3; 19:11-12
  10. Multiplication. God has called us to multiply disciples and churches everywhere. Every church is called to reproduce itself by raising disciples. We are called to plant churches that plant other churches. This is a kingdom and every kingdom seeks to spread and expand its geographical territory and influence. The kingdom of God is no different. We must keep planting and pioneering new churches by multiplying disciples through an active, effective leadership development system. See Acts 8:4-13; 11:19-21; 16:9-10; 2 Timothy 2:2