Behold, I Send My Messenger

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and
dreadful day of the Lord..” Malachi 4:5

Introduction
It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes
Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know and believe in the will of God that was
worked through John the Baptist. John the Baptist, the messenger whom God sent, was
the person who testified that Jesus is the Lamb of God Who had come to take charge of
the sins of the world. John 1:29

Among those born of women, there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist.
John was the last prophet of the OT who represented all mankind. He was the person
who was capable of doing the duties of the last High Priest. Let us identify some of the
scriptural basis that validate the united ministry of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist
that fulfilled all righteousness of God. Listed below are the righteous work divinely
carried out by John the Baptist as the messenger of God.

I. John The Baptist Was Sent To Prepare The Way For The Lord
John the Baptist’s birth and his family background are explained well in Luke 1. If we
look at the birth of John the Baptist through the recorded Word of God, we get to know
that he was born to do the special work of the providence of God’s salvation. Luke 1:76-
79 Also, the book of Malachi in the OT prophesized that God would send John the
Baptist to this earth with the spirit and power like that of Elijah in the OT. Mal 4:5; Mt
11:12-14; Isa 40:3; Mal 3:1-3

II. John The Baptist Was Sent To Reconcile Men To God
John the Baptist came to this earth by the spirit and power of Elijah to reconcile men to
God. Mal 4:5-6 This means that God sent John the Baptist to transfer the sins of
everyone in this world to Jesus Christ. The prophet Elijah was the servant of God who
had enormous power to make the people of Israel who were distant from God because of
idol worship returned to Him. Likewise, in NT times, John the Baptist was God’s
messenger who could transfer at once the sins of mankind to Jesus in order to fulfill all
righteousness of God. Mt 3:13-17 Hence, through the ministry of John and Jesus as
the peace offering, God reconciled Himself with sinful men.

III. John The Baptist Was Sent To Serve As The Last High Priest
If John the Baptist had not been born in the house of Aaron the High Priest, he would
not have been capable of doing the duties of the last High Priest on this earth. In
order to be able to do so, he absolutely had to be born into the house of Zacharias, a
descendant of Aaron the High Priest. There was a requirement in the OT that only the
High Priest could lay his hands on the unblemished scapegoat and transfer on to it the
sins which the Israelites committed over the last year. John the Baptist had to be born
into the house of the High Priest in order to fulfill the Word of prophecy of the OT.
John the Baptist carried out the everlasting statute established by God and was able to
represent all people, baptized Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God and transfer all the sins of
this world to Him once and for all. Heb 10:3-4 God established an eternal, unchanging
offering of salvation rather than the imperfect offerings that had to be offered
repeatedly every year by the High Priest. Lev 16:15-16 The eternal sacrifice of
redemption ordained by God was fulfilled when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist
as the High Priest under the Levitical priesthood. Rom 3:23-24

IV. John The Baptist Was Sent To Us By The Way Of Righteousness
John the Baptist approached us with the ‘way of righteousness.’ Mt 21:32 The ‘way of
righteousness’ that John the Baptist came with refers to the transferring of all people’s
sin to Jesus. Whoever knows and believes in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that
constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection receives salvation from sin. No
matter who it is or what sins they have committed, everyone must receive the cleansing
of their sins through the baptism that Jesus received through John the Baptist. To
fulfill God’s Righteousness, Jesus carried and cleansed all our sins, was nailed and hung
on the cross, died, resurrected in three days and saved from sin all those who believed.
There is no other path for us to go to heaven besides believing in the Gospel of God’s
Righteousness. John the Baptist was sent from heaven to witness the righteous act of
Jesus so that all men will believe in the Savior. John 1:6-7

V. John The Baptist Was Sent To Help Us Understand The Gospel
We came to understand the work of Jesus correctly only when we believe properly the
ministry of John the Baptist. It is recorded in the Bible, ‘and from the days of John the
Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence.’ Mt 11:12 ‘Violence’ refers to
use of physical force. Then, why did God say that the Kingdom of Heaven would suffer
violence from the days of John the Baptist. It is because the work of John is
indispensable. The time from the beginning of OT to the time before Jesus’
resurrection were the age of the Law. The prophecies of the age of the Law said that
Jesus would come to this earth in the future and take charge of all sins of humanity.
Jesus could completely fulfill these things through the baptism that John gave Him.
Violent implies bold faith. It means, through bold faith in God’s righteousness everyone is
qualified to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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What Keeps Us Pure?

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may
your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess 5:23

Introduction
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness
which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know what
keeps us pure as God’s messengers. Elects are God’s messengers on
earth who set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and
perfection of God Who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
God’s elect are sent into the world as God’s messenger to represent and
proclaim God’s true holiness and righteousness. How God makes us into
who He sees us to be? What keeps us pure? This is the question behind
a key point of biblical theology called sanctification. There were so
many articles on sanctification that I grew confused until I met the
Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Let us examine how God purifies and
sanctifies His messengers before they are sent into the world to serve
the Gospel.

I. What Is Sanctification?
Sanctification is the Spirit of Christ in us – making us to be in reality
what God sees us to be already through justification. Plainly stated :
God has already made us ‘just’ or ‘righteous’ in His eyes and that is
wonderful holiness. Now God is bringing this holiness down to our
practical lives. This is the work of the Spirit of Christ in us – to conform
us to what God already sees us to be. 1 Thess 5:23 Paul writes ‘for this
is the will of God, your sanctification…..that each of us should know how
to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.’ 1 Thess 4:3-4 The
Apostle is saying, it is God’s will that we live a holy life, that no sin has
power or dominion over us. The Bible clearly states “for sin shall not
have dominion over us, for we are not under law but under grace.” Rom
6:14 The Lord intends for every godly messengers to have a controlling
power in one’s life and real authority to reign over sin. Rom 5:17 The
Greek word for ‘reign’ here means ‘to rule from a foundation of power.’
When Paul talks about ‘reigning in life’ he is talking about having ruling
power over sin and not just in heaven but in this present life. Godly
messengers are to reign over everything demonic, every lust and every
principality that comes against us. This is true sanctification. Another
powerful truth in this verse is ‘those who receive abundance of grace and
of the gift of righteousness.’ Paul calls righteousness as a gift. It is
something given to us, put into our possession and something we can
touch and feel.

II. How God’s Messengers Are Sanctified?
When we establish our faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, we
were adopted as sons and made joint heirs with God’s own Son. At that
moment, God sent forth the very Spirit of Christ to abide in us. Abiding
means Christ living in us, empowering us and actually living our lives for
us. 2 Cor 13:5 Jesus is the only victor over sin, flesh, devil, death, world
and in broader sense, the Law. Jesus alone is the conqueror, the Lion of
Judah. God sends forth the Spirit of His mighty warrior to be our
Sanctifier. We have no power in ourselves. All power to overcome the
hostile forces is in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, Who dwells in us. Do you
think God would justify us but then leave us totally powerless against the
principalities and powers of darkness? Christ did not do battle with the
devil, defeat him, return to the Father and then quit on us. No, our
blessed Savior ascended to Heaven with total victory over all the power
of the enemy. He is still there now, as God and as victorious Son of Man,
sitting in glory at the right hand of the Father. He has sent His Spirit,
Who abides in every true messengers of the Gospel Truth of the water
and Spirit. John 14:17 We are never to face the devil in our own
strength. Nothing we have is adequate. 1 John 4:4; Eph 3:20

III. How God’s Messengers Reign In Life?
Godly messengers reign in life only when we allow the Spirit of Christ to
live this life in us and through us. Rom 8:13 All power over the tyrant
forces lies in the indwelling Spirit of Christ. Eph 3:16 Every sin that
enslaves us and every demonic stronghold demands a miracle from God.
Only God knows how to deliver His people out of the power of darkness.
It must be done supernaturally. God works miracles not for those who
labor under their own power but for those who trust Him to do it
completely. Gal 3:5 Paul says the life of Christ was released in him
through a faith that worked by love. Gal 20:20 Paul was convinced the
Lord loved him. Rom 8:37 Indeed, this whole concept of reigning is all
about God’s love unto us. Paul further says, ‘God loved us even when we
were dead in sins.’ Eph 2:4-5 Now that we trust in God’s love, He gives
us resurrection power to reign in life. God has the power to purify and
sanctify us to reign as His messengers. That power is available to us only
as we rest in knowing that we are God’s children and that His love for us
is unconditional. 1 John 3:1-3 When God speaks to us, the inevitable
result is always peace and power to reign. Claim the miracle by the
hearing of faith and not by the power of the flesh.

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Word at work

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory
as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth..” John 1:14

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which
constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know what the Word of God is
capable of doing. Elects cannot underestimate the importance of God’s Word in our
daily lives and church ministries.

The Word of God is God’s chosen instrument to create, convict, connect and conform
His people. God gives life, health and holiness to His people through the agency of
Scripture. God’s Word is His spiritual power for accomplishing His spiritual work.
Our eloquence, innovations and programs are nothing compared to the manifestation
of God’s Word. Preaching and teaching the content and intent of God’s Word is what
unleashes the power of God for building His people in the Spirit. This will only
happen as elects immerse themselves in God’s Word.

I. Why Elects Must Immerse Themselves In The Word

Scripture is the source of saving truth. 2 Tm 3:15 Scripture implies the blessed
Word that God spoke and fulfilled towards mankind. Paul told Timothy that he was
taught from a child the holy scripture that were able to make him wise unto salvation.
The Scripture themselves do not provide salvation but they do point us to the Savior
Who has redeemed us through His baptism, death and resurrection. Therefore, the
heart and soul of effective ministry consists of the faithful teaching, preaching and
witnessing of the Gospel Truth as it is revealed in Scripture. Scripture comes from
God and it is powerful. Heb 4:12 Scripture is God-breathed meaning that it is given
by inspiration of God. Scripture point us to Jesus Christ and Him being baptized,
crucified and raised from the dead for the sake of sinners. From Genesis to
Revelation the Word reveals to man the way of redemption that God has planned and
how it is to be attained through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The
Word is life- giving. That is why we liken God’s Word to food. Food imparts life just
like the Word does. The more of the Word ingest the more abundant the life in
Christ. Furthermore, the Word of God is powerful which means effective. It is
effective for discerning our hearts. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart. The Word of God will reach into the deep recesses of the human heart,
probes, will leave nothing hidden and will lay bare the motives of our heart.

II. How The Word Works In Elects

How does the Word equip elects for ‘every good work.’ The Word does not equip us
for every good work by telling us the specific choice to make for every new situation.
Good works are done from a heart that treasures God, His help and from a heart
that loves to display the glory of Christ. Rom 14:23; Rom 7:4 Bearing fruit in ‘every
good work’ means that it comes out on the branches of our life naturally from

something that has changed inside. What has changed is that we are dead to the law
that constrains from the outside and are now united to Jesus Christ through His
baptism and death. This newfound relationship does something new where God’s
obedience which comes from within serves as the desire of our heart. The Word,
day after day, reveals to us the righteousness, grace, power, wisdom and the mercy
of all that God is for us in Christ so that by the power of the Spirit we find our joy in
Him. The ways of sin becomes distasteful, indeed ugly and repugnant. The Word
equips us for every good work by changing what we find satisfaction in so that our
obedience comes from within freely, not by coercion from without.

III. What Are The Benefits Of Immersing In The Word

The Word of God is profitable for teaching, reproofing, correcting and training. 2
Tim 3:16-17. Doctrine means teaching, not the process but the content. It teaches
us about God. Whether the reproof is personal or doctrinal, Word can show sinners
their failure, clarify the part of the mistake and lead them to a new sense of peace
and wholeness. Correction means to make upright. It is a positive term. We are to
be in the Word because of the correcting effect of our lives. Training is to provide
moral exercise that leads to righteous living. The great reservoir of the power that
belongs to God is His own Word. If we are to obtain fullness of power in life and
service, we must feed upon the Word of God. There is no other food so
strengthening. We cannot obtain power and maintain power in our lives and in our
work for God, unless there is a deep and frequent reading, meditation and
memorizing of the Word of God. Ps 1:2-3 Listening to the Word being preached
adds tremendous value in preparing us to do good works for the glory of God. The
Word full of God’s vitality and energy is effective to show us if we are living for
eternity or for this present life. Many Christians are still looking for peace today,
longing for peace and praying for peace. In fact, deep peace of heart comes from
the study of the Word of God.

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Gift Of Righteousness

“23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace
as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Rom 3:23-24 ESV

Introduction

It is important for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’
baptism, death and resurrection to know the significance of God’s free gift of Righteousness.
The ‘gift of righteousness’ is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. All righteousness of God was
justified by Jesus Christ through His baptism, death and resurrection.
The Bible declares that no man can ever stand un-condemned in the sight of God, the Judge
of all, unless he receives righteousness as the gift of God’s grace. As elects at NCCkl, we
are so grateful to God that the Lord Jesus Christ took the condemnation and judgment for
our sins upon Himself. He did it through His baptism by John at the River Jordan and
willingly faced the vicarious judgment at Calvary so that His righteousness might be imputed
to us by grace through faith. Let us examine Rom 3:23-24 which tells us our true condition
as human beings and what God has done to save those who put their trust in His Son, Jesus.

I. Unshakable Foundation Rom 3:23-24

If the truth of these two verses become the foundation of our lives, we will be able to
overcome all crises and circumstances. If these verses become the sun in the solar system
of our lives, all our planets will orbit in harmony around the will of God. However, if we put
these verses on the rim of our lives, then we need not be surprised if there is confusion,
uncertainty, fear and weakness in our lives. There are some truths that are so foundational
and so central that elects should memorize, meditate and bind them to our mind and heart.
Many so called professing Christians are very weak and pretty much like unbelievers because
they don’t hold on to these verses the way a drowning man hold of his rescuer’s arm. Verse
23 gives the universal need ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ All of us
have sinned. No exceptions. That was the point of Rom 1:18-3:20. The outworking of that
sin is that we are falling short of God’s glory. Falling short is literally ‘lacking’. What does
this mean? It doesn’t mean that we are supposed to be as glorious as God is but we aren’t
and so we lack glory. In describing those who ‘suppress the truth in unrighteousness’ Rom
1:18, Paul says in Rom 1:23, they changed the glory of the incorruptible God for an image.
In Rom 1:28, Paul says ‘they disapproved of having God in their knowledge.’ The picture we
have is that all have sinned and that sin is essentially rejection of God and His glory as the
supreme value of our lives. Sin considers God and His glory and instead of loving God’s glory
and treasuring God’s glory, sin exchanges God’s glory for something else. That is what sin is.
Sin has to do with God, mainly. It is not mainly hurting people, though it does hurt people.
Mainly, it is dishonoring God. Sin is belittling God’s glory by not trusting Him,
treasuring Him and wanting Him as the foundation and the center of our lives. How shall we
get right with God and be saved from this God-dishonoring condition of sin? How shall we
ever be accepted in eternity by God when all of us have scorned His infinite Word so deeply
by treating Him as if He had less worth than everything else.

II. God’s Action For Sinners Rom 3:24

In verse 24, the answer is given with 4 descriptions of God’s action for sinners. What is so
great of this verse is that it is all about what God has done to save us, not what we do to
save ourselves.

a. Justified – Consider the phrase, ‘being justified.’ Notice three things about it. First,
the verb is passive, it says, ‘being justified’ not ‘justifying.’ We are not doing this, it is
being done to us. Justifying is something that God does, not something that we do,
Second, notice that the word ‘justified’ is the word ‘just.’ Now, ‘just’ is essentially the
same as ‘righteous.’ Justification is the act of God, once for all declaring us just and
righteous in His sight. Third observation about the phrase ‘being justified.’ In what
sense do we receive righteousness? It is an act of God that declares us righteous.
Righteousness is attained through faith in the Gospel Truth of Jesus’ baptism, death and
resurrection for all who believe.

b. Gift – This great act is done for us as a ‘gift.’ That is the next phrase in verse 24. Being
justified ‘as a gift.’ The point is that we are justified in a way that we cannot pay for it.
We cannot purchase our justification. It is a gift. It is free. There are no payment we
can make. God’s act of justification is a gift.

c. Grace – Now this is underlined in the third phrase, ‘by His grace,’ Being justified is a gift
by His grace. This is one of the most important words in the letters of Paul. He uses it
95 times. What does Paul mean here that God’s act of justifying is by His grace. The
easiest way to see it is to look a few verses later in Rom 4:4. If we work for somebody,
we don’t get grace, we get wages. If we work for someone, what we bring about is not
grace but debt. This is why it is an abomination to try to work for God. God cannot be
put in anyone’s debt. Rom 11:35

d. Redemption – Now can God declare a sinner to be righteous? If we don’t pay for it, we
don’t work for it, then what is the basis of it? How can it be just to justify the ungodly?
The last phrase in verse 24 gives the answer. It is provided through the redemption
which is in Christ Jesus. Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption
which is in Christ Jesus. What does redemption mean? It means deliverance at a cost or
release by payment of a price. In other words, the idea of redemption is deliverance or
release by payment of a ransom. In redemption, someone’s release or deliverance is
accomplished at the cost of a ransom payment. The answer is that the life of the Son of
Man is the ransom paid in redemption. Redemption is in Christ Jesus because Jesus is the
ransom. From what? From the guilt, condemnation and power of sin which is the universal
problem of verse 23. The basis of justification is not in ourselves or anything we do, it is
through the redemption that is found in Christ Jesus.

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My Gospel

“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead
according to my gospel,.” 2 Tim 2:8

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which
constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that the Gospel of God’s
Righteousness is the heart of our message and the basis of our unity in the faith.
Paul often declares it is ‘My Gospel’ to emphasize the reason why he exist after
being born again in Christ.

In the end the doctrine does not save us, the Gospel saves. Yes, we need the correct
doctrine to tell us who Jesus is, who we are and how we can be saved according to the
Scriptures. However, it is Christ alone through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness
that saves. It is not enough to know the truth, elects must believe and walk in the
truth. It is not enough to possess the Gospel truth, the Gospel truth must possess
the elect. Paul called it ‘my gospel’. Can we say that now in our new creation life?

I. Our Gospel

The Gospel of God’s Righteousness is good news, the best and most important news in
the world. It is good news because it tells us what Jesus Christ has done for us
through His baptism, death and resurrection. It is good news because it can change
our lives. The Gospel Word is the reason why NCCkl exists. Our mission statement
is : Endeavoring through Spirit and Word centered ministries to empower elects to
emulate, endure and reign with Christ. God has put heavily upon my heart that we
must reaffirm the Gospel of God’s Righteousness as our central message in 2020.
We must be bold in our proclamation, bolder in the future than in the past. The
Gospel of God’s Righteousness is the central message of the Bible. Therefore, elects
must know it. That means knowing enough to oppose any and every false gospel. We
must get the gospel right. We must have the courage to point out when someone else
(who may be a nice person) gets it wrong. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian
is truly preaching the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The Gospel is God’s plan for
salvation. Therefore, we must believe it. The Gospel of God’s Righteousness is meant
for everyone. Therefore we must preach it since it is everything. It is our only
message. The Gospel teaches us that in Christ our sins are being forgiven and that
all righteousness of Christ is added to us the moment we trust in Him. It happens by
grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

II. God’s Gospel

In Rom 1:1, Paul called himself an apostle of ‘the gospel of God.’ The Gospel begins
with God. God made the first move and if He didn’t make the first move, we would
make no move at all. The Gospel is not about us. It is about what God has done for
us through the baptism and death of Jesus Christ. God is the author of the Gospel.
When confronted with human rebellion, God chose to become our Redeemer and our
Deliverer. That is why the Bible tells us that the Father sent the Son to the earth.

John 17:3 It is not as if a group of people petitioned God to send Jesus to the earth.
That was entirely God’s doing. Furthermore, what we know about the gospel comes
from God Himself. We know what we know because God has revealed His secrets and
mysteries of the gospel to us in His Word. The truth of the Gospel does not depend
on the church, human tradition or any particular denomination. Therefore, we base
what we say on the authority of God’s Word. We deny there is any gospel other than
the one revealed in the Bible. Not only does the gospel begin with God, it centers
upon the Lord Jesus Christ – Who He is and what He accomplished through His
baptism, death and resurrection. To say it in this way means that the gospel doesn’t
center in our feelings or our sentimental notions. The gospel is rooted in time and
space, in the facts of history, in the Incarnation and in the truth of what God did
when He sent His Son to the earth.

III. Only Gospel

There are many reasons why the Gospel of God’s Righteousness should be preached in
every sermon. If we are not preaching the Gospel, then what message of hope are we
possibly bringing to our congregation. Throughout history God’s servants have
reigned as kings and prophets in this fallen world by proclaiming the baptism of
Jesus, the blood stained cross of Christ and the empty tomb of our Risen Savior as
central to their message. Preaching the message is absurd to those who are
perishing but to us who are saved it is the power of God unto salvation. Preaching
the only Gospel of God’s Righteousness honors the Lord Rom 5:5-6, sanctifies the
believers 1 Cor 1:18, elevates Jesus Christ Rom 15:16-17, reaches the lost Rom 10:14,
matures the church Col 1:28-29, advances God’s Kingdom Col 1:6, opens the door to
spiritual intimacy with Christ Phil 3:8-10, accomplishes the eternal purposes of God
Eph 3:7-11, unleashes the power of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 2:4-5 and frustrates the
forces of darkness Acts 26:16-18

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NCCkl is purpose driven

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” Isa 6:8

Introduction

It is pertinent for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that NCCkl is purpose driven. What makes a healthy church, not necessarily a growing church but a healthy church? I believe health creates healthy church. I don’t have to tell my children to grow. If they are healthy, they grow automatically. Every church that is going to be healthy has to worship, has to evangelize, has to help elects grow (discipleship), has to do ministry and has to have fellowship. If you notice, this is the approach I adopted throughout 2019.. In fact, I derived this approach from the Lord’s royal commandment and the Great Commission for our 2019 theme ‘Send Me.’

The Royal Commandment

The royal commandment gives us two purposes. The royal commandment expects us to love God with all our heart, soul and strength, that is worship. Worship is expressing our love to God. Secondly, the royal commandment expects us to love our neighbor as ourselves, that is ministry. Ministry is serving one another. Two purposes of the church, worship and ministry comes from the royal commandment.

The Great Commission

The Great Commission gives us three purposes.The Great Commission says to go and make disciples, that is evangelism. It says to teach them to do everything that I have commanded you, that is discipleship. Right in the middle it says, to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Why did God put baptism in between these two great purposes of evangelism and discipleship? I think because of what it represents. Baptism doesn’t just represent new life in Christ. It represents incorporation into the body of Christ. Only faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection has the power to save one’s soul and unite us into the body of Christ, the church. Spiritual baptism is our union with Christ. Water baptism is a symbolic act of declaring what has happened inwardly in the heart of one who has truly believed in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Without faith in the baptism of Jesus, one has no spiritual connection and a relationship with Jesus’ death and resurrection.

NCCkl Is Purpose Driven

If we fail to have a strategy or structure to balance the five purposes derived from the royal commandment and The Great Commission intentionally, the church may tend to over-emphasize certain purposes and neglect the others. For instance, if we focus too much on teaching, then there are possibilities we may neglect winning new souls. If our focus is too much on evangelism, we may tend to produce a soul winning church where there is no depth. We can have gifts in the area of worship and build what I call an ‘experiencing God’ church but no ministry or fellowship. Our objective at NCCkl is to ensure we meet the five purposes of a purpose driven church without neglecting any one of them.

1. Worship

How worship with others changes us? When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment was, His answer was to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. As human beings, we have all been hard-wired to worship or express our love. We were made to be loved by God. When we do what we were made to do, God will bless us in ways we didn’t know was possible.

2. Evangelism

Sharing our hope with others. Everyone wants to leave a legacy. The only way to make an eternal impact is to bring someone else into God’s family, We are ambassadors of Jesus Christ. God has qualified us with His power, ability and sufficiency to be the dispenser of His New Covenant message. We are privileged to preach the Gospel Truth to others.

3. Ministry

The secret to greatness. How do we become successful? How do we become the greatest? According to Jesus, the secret to greatness is serving. In Mt 23, Jesus said, “the greatest among you will be your servant.” Being a servant may sound like being weak or a push over but the fact of the matter is, serving will transform our lives in great ways.

4. Fellowship

We need others for spiritual support. In today’s world, dependency is often considered a weakness. We are taught that we don’t need anyone to figure things out on our own. God did not create us to be alone. God created us to depend on a spiritual family for support. The church today is God’s answer to loneliness, fatigue, defeat and despair.

5. Discipleship

Discipleship is teaching biblical precepts, while modelling and guiding others toward living righteously as followers of Jesus. This should be a cyclical process –meaning once we are discipled, we are to disciple others.

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Why Me?

 “remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.”  1 Thess 1:3

 

Introduction

It is pertinent for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that elects are divinely appointed to make an impact for Jesus.  Why me?  Each elect needs to be an evangelist.  Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread. 

Think about the day you got saved by the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  As for me, I remember how clean I felt after making my confession of faith in the Gospel Word of the water and Spirit.  I remember the joy that was in my heart when I realized my sins were forgiven forever.  I also remember the desire that I had to see others being saved by this beautiful Gospel.  Over the years, I never failed to witness the Gospel that saved me no matter what the circumstances was.  Our church will never rise higher than the leadership.  Everything in the church rises and falls in leadership.  At NCCkl, our battle cry is for souls,  fighting till the end and never to give up to any other gospel besides the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that saved our souls.  In 1 Thess 1:3, Paul shows three evidences of a life that has an impact for Jesus Christ.

Elect’s Life That Is Marked By Change

Let your lives prove the change of heart.  I am afraid there are going to be some who think that they are saved, who in reality are still lost.  Show me a life that has no real change and I will show you a life that does not have Christ.  2 Cor 5:17 ; Eze 18:31; Rom 6:4-6   Anyone who rejects or is not completely faithful to the Gospel of God’s Righteousness and its clear teaching is usually lost.  Mt 5:20 ; Mt 7:18-23 ; 1 John 5:21  Someone may be thinking that I am judging them and trying to make them doubt their salvation.  Let me warn them of the thoughts that Satan will try to fill their hearts.  Satan will try to convince them  that everything is okay.  True change is when an elect’s life is marked by a change of direction and a desire to serve the living and true God.  1 Thess 1:9 ; Phil 3:10a ; Mt 5:6

Elect’s Life That Is Marked By Commitment

If an elect say that he or she is saved and do not serve God, that person is a spiritual fraud.  1 Thess 2:3-5   When we do not serve God, we have a love problem.  Remember  when Peter denied the Lord Jesus three times.

 

When the Lord showed up on the shore with breakfast, I believe Peter had a hard time looking Jesus in the face.  Instead, Christ, I believe, took him alone and dealt with the root of Peter’s sin.  John 21:15-17  If we don’t have a genuine commitment to Christ, then we have a love problem.  When we don’t read the Word, we have a love problem.  When we don’t pray, we have a love problem.  When we don’t witness, we have a love problem.  When we are not faithful to the things of God, we have a love problem.  The commitment to Christ means following His command.  John 14:15 ; John 15:14 ; 1 John 3:22  Elects share the fellowship of the suffering Messiah and are called to preach the Gospel without fear or favor by the power of the Holy Spirit. We have been sealed as God’s possession and have crossed over into the Kingdom of God.  The decision has been made.  We are not going to look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.  Our past is redeemed, our present makes sense and our future is secure.  Our goal is heaven, our road is narrow, our way rough, our companions few, our Guide reliable and our mission clear.  We cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turn back or deluded.  We are disciples of Jesus.  We must serve until He comes, offer ourselves until we run dry, preach until all know the Gospel and work until God stops us.  When Jesus comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing us – our banner will be clear.

 

Elect’s Life That Is Marked By A Confidence

This ‘patience of hope’ is verse 3 means a steadfastness. The Thessalonians  had been saved only for three weeks and they lost their pastor.  Yet, they were steadfast and geared up to the return of Jesus Christ.  1 Thess 1:10 ; 1 Thess 2:19 ; 1 Thess 4:13-18  The foundation of this confidence is rested solely on their faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus lives, we can face tomorrow.   Jesus lives and all fear is gone.  We know who holds the  future and life is worth the living just because He lives.  The fulfilment of the confidence is that Jesus rescued the believers through His baptism, death and resurrection.  Jesus rescued us from the wrath to come, from power of the devil and  eternal damnation.  The Thessalonians were under fire but did not quit.  They had the confidence that Jesus would come again and they wanted to be found waiting and working for Him.

 

Conclusion

Why me?  Are  our lives having an impact for Christ?  Will NCCkl have an impact on the lost souls in these last days?  We could if our lives are marked by a change, commitment and a confidence in Christ Jesus. 

 

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Positive Impact

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar……. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, ……… words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;……And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” Luke 3:1-6

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that elects are to herald the imminent coming of the King. The King of course, is Jesus Christ. When Jesus was born, the angels came and trumpeted His birth and gave Him a kingly welcome. In Luke 3:1-6, the herald ‘the one who will announce Jesus’ coming is John the Baptist. John has come as a herald to make sure that the King’s subjects are well prepared for the King’s coming. John prepares the way by preaching baptism and repentance to invoke positive impact on those who were under the bondage of sin. The Scripture provides a very detailed timeframe, about who God uses and why sinners must repent before accepting the Savior.

God’s Time For Positive Impact Lk 3:1-2a

Through this passage, we know exactly when this event took place. Luke, the author included several names to set the date for us and to show how far Israel had fallen away from God. Politically, the Jews were ruled by foreigners and religiously, Ananias and Caiaphas had been illegally put into their position by the Roman authorities. The Roman officials constantly use their power to line their own pockets and increase their own authority. The situation is a clear reference to the prophecy in Gen 49 that the scepter has departed from Judah because of the moral decadence of the people. The political and religious condition caused the Messiah to be revealed. Likewise, the world is fallen and utterly corrupted these days. It is imminent for the Messiah to be revealed in our time and the elects are chosen to call the people back to God like how John the Baptist impacted the people in his days.

God’s Servant For Positive Impact Lk 3:2b

God can only use the elects who are born of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. At the end of Luke 3:2, with distinctively OT terminology, elects are introduced to the last of the OT prophet. We read there that the Word of God came to John the Baptist, the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. Zacharias was told by the angel that his son, John would be a prophet in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Lk 1:17 Now, 30 years later, this promise comes to pass, John is living in the wilderness and the Word of the Lord comes to him. Though, we have earlier read in Lk 3:1-2a of one emperor, one governor, three tetrarchs, 2 religious high priests and many prominent and prestigious people in the world, the Word of God does not come to them. It comes to a relatively unknown man living in the wilderness. Do not feel that we have to be somebody well known and of good influence to be used by God. God uses us, not the most prominent or popular. Just walk habitually with God by contending for the precious faith in the righteousness of God and God will use us. That is what we see here with John. He was in the wilderness and the Word of God came to him. John received the Word of God because of two things. In Luke 1:80 we read , “so the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.” First it says, John grew and became strong in spirit. If we want to become strong in the spirit, we simply need to become strong in the Word. Elects need to chew, meditate and practice the Word of God to become spiritually strong. Secondly, he lived in the desert. This shows us that John lived a life separate from the world. Being separate from the world means we choose not to participate in worldly things or habits. Instead, we decide to fill our lives with things that matter to God’s Kingdom. To live life separate from the world is to be a light in the darkness for people to seek out.

God’s Preparation For Positive Impact Lk 3:3-6

Lk 3:4-6 is a quotation from Isaiah 40. We learn from these verses that John is the herald for the Messiah. What herald would declare is exactly what John declares here about the Messiah. It is prophesied that John will tell the people to make the paths straight and the rough ways smooth. To fill the valleys and bring every mountain low. Notice this prophecy from Isaiah even mentions that the herald would come from the wilderness, just as was true of John. John was in the region of the Jordan River also point to him being the Prophet Elijah who spent his last days there. 2 Kings 2:1-13 John was to come in the spirit and power of Elijah to herald the way for a King. It says in Lk 3:4, that this King will be LORD. John was announcing the salvation of God that would be for all flesh, in other words, salvation made available for all people. John the Baptist was teaching them that in order to get saved they must repent and be baptized. In fact, John is preparing the way for the Messiah Who will fulfill all righteousness with him when he lays and baptizes Jesus Who will carry the sins of the world and die on the cross for all men.

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Significance Of Service

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that elects are designed for service unto the Lord. Have you ever considered the impact service has? Why did Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory say, ‘I didn’t come to be served but to serve.’ Isn’t a symbol of success the idea of people serving us?
Fundamentally as elects, we are called to ‘serve’ not ‘be served.’ In my message today on ‘Significance of Service’ after reading Mt 20:28 I discovered that the Bible extends practical help to make us become more like Jesus in the area of service. Let us identify the common misconception of godly service before dealing with the matter of service.

Misconception of Service
There is a tendency today to think of Bible characters as almost fantasy. For instance, most times we think of the disciples as ‘spiritual giants’ who live above sin, yet the Bible seem to teach us that they were just as fallible as we are. They experience some of the same feelings and problems. When I think about Jesus’ disciples, Peter would probably be the one who epitomizes the same type of struggles and recklessness that we endure. However, Peter wasn’t the only one who had problems and shortcomings. It seem that James and John had their set of problems which was generational, being adults they even got their mum involved in fighting for their rights for position and prominence. There are many more cases in the Bible that openly reveals the vulnerability of those who served God in their time. The Bible does not sugarcoat to make God’s servant look good at all times.
Service is a matter of :

Elects Health Is Paramount

Do elects realize that our bodies and mind were regenerated for activity? Not for passivity. I personally had to take a hard knock before realizing this simple truth. God’s elect ought to use their strength and godly knowledge for action. In fact, today many elects have become so lethargic and fatigue simply because they fail to maintain a good health for godly service. Adequate exercise and good eating habits play a pivotal role for us to render effective service with an able body. It is the responsibility of the elects to cultivate and care for their bodies and mind. When we are serving others, our health is strong. Listen, it involves both our physical health as well as our mental health. If we are serving others, we have no time to idle.

Elects Happiness is Paramount

Now, there are some notable exceptions but as a general rule people who serve because they ‘want to’ are generally happy people. Watch, they are happy because they are healthy and they have meaning in their lives. Jesus’ concerns were not for the things of this world but rather the eternally lost souls. The tears He shed were never for Himself but rather for those who were like sheep with no shepherd. Jesus’ happiness came from helping others. Show me a cranky, grumpy, bitter person and I will show you one who doesn’t serve. Even if they serve, they do it for the praise of men and not the praise of God. Know why?

Elects Heart is Paramount

The entire expression of our lives comes down to our heart. We will never find happiness if we expect to be served as if the world owes us something. We will never be healthy physically and emotionally if we expect others to look out after us and thus become ‘takers’ and never giving anything. I want to challenge every elects at NCCkl to find a way ‘where you are’ in your own ‘path of life’ to find a way to serve. No matter what station of life you are in, God has a plan to prosper you in all that you do. It does not matter who you are or where you are, you can make a difference, if you only serve the Gospel of God’s Righteousness and His Church.

Elects Heritage is Paramount

If we choose to serve, which is by the way our free choice, the heritage that we leave will be long lasting. Maybe we will impact the next generation of seekers for Christ. Maybe seeing us serve will be exactly what they need in order to serve unselfishly, with integrity and honesty. We don’t want to be in a statistic of people whereby the impact of service is least appreciated today.

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Everyday Influence

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…..to Timothy, a beloved son……. I remember you in my prayers night and day….. when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 2 Tim 1:1-5

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know the power of influence. What is influence? Influence is the ability of a person to compel others to think, feel or behave in a specific manner. In 2 Tim 1:1-5, we discover that Timothy had the influence of his mother, grandmother, father and the Apostle Paul. In our message, ‘Everyday Influence’ I would like to show how we as elects can play a role in helping the unsaved become mighty for Christ through our everyday influence.

Power Of Influence

The future belongs to those who believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Elects ought to thank the church for helping us embrace our future in this beautiful Gospel Truth. Elects would not have attained true salvation for their souls if it wasn’t for the support God has provided each step of the way through His Word. Through every setbacks, struggles or unexpected twist, the church has encouraged us to press on and persevere. Most importantly, the church taught us the importance of having spiritual dreams and necessity of making our relationship with God the very center of our future. Though elects are continuously being bombarded by people and things trying to influence us but the church never fails to help us to become the individuals that we are today. Even as your pastor, I hope that my life would influence you in a positive way to encourage elects to love the Lord more by walking in the way He has prepared in advance for us.

Influence In Timothy’s Life

Timothy received tremendous influence within his family circle namely, grandmother, mother and father. In Acts 16:1, we read something that is very important concerning influence in Timothy’s life. Luke says, Timothy’s father was a Greek, indicating he was most likely an unbeliever. It is very possible that in addition to having the influence of a godly grandmother and mother, Timothy also may had the influence of an unsaved and ungodly father. Divided homes are not new to our time and culture and we know the effects of them. Lois, Timothy’s grandmother, appears to have been the first one to embrace the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. Her life influenced her daughter Eunice and both attempted to raise Timothy in the Christian faith. We have a responsibility to be godly influences in the lives of those in our family. We may not see them saved by our influence alone but we can plant the seeds of faith in the Gospel. Influence

Outside Of Family

It appears that it was the Apostle Paul that was the ultimate person that led Timothy to Christ. I believe there were many influences in Timothy’s life, both godly and ungodly. His mother and grandmother planted the seeds of faith in the Gospel Truth. The Apostle Paul watered those seeds and Jesus Christ brought the increase that empowered him to surrender his life to God. Pro 22:6

The Ultimate Choice Is Up To The Individual

How are we influencing the lives of people? Timothy had many influences in his life but it was ultimately his choice to serve Jesus Christ. He did it supergloriously by the power of the Holy Spirit in the most paganistic environment of his day. Timothy became a man who was mightily used by the Lord to set the tone on what it is to be an elect. The godly influence of the Apostle Paul had shaped Timothy’s spiritual life. A person can be instructed in spiritual things, understand Scriptures, know all the words of the water and Spirit and yet their heart not be changed. Instructions precedes conversion, conversion should follow transformation but it doesn’t always happen the way that we expect it or according to our timing. We must not forget that God is sovereign in all that happens. There are times I feel depressed, thinking that I am losing the battle with some elects at NCCkl when it pertains to their spiritual well being. I feel at times that I am working against major influences in their lives. I feel that I am not getting the support that I would like to have from them to keep them saved in Christ. However, the Lord keeps encouraging me to be a positive and godly influence at all costs. Not to give up on them but to keep imparting faith in God’s Righteousness, hoping that something beautiful will stimulate their love for the Lord. May 2020 bring a harvest of souls that we can make a positive impact on them

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