Gleans from Monday Bible Study with Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
DLBC Old Ajegunle Location, Lagos
7th November 2016
Topic – MINISTERING DIVINE LIFE TO A DEAD CHURCH
Text – Revelation 3:1-6; Acts 27:23; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Matthew 16:18; Mark 16:15; Luke 8:1; Titus 1:5
The study of the word of God is to do something transforming in every one of our lives, so we don’t just look at it on the surface, but we go deeper into the studying of the word of God. When the word of God comes, it brings conviction, and this will lead to conversion, and you turn around to reach the grace of God. As you are convicted and converted, then as you go deeper into the studying of the word of God, and then there will be consecration, to be a better man or woman, and then there will be the continuation of the word you are learning, we continue in the word, that we have the word in our heart. if these things are not there, then we are not His disciples. But if we have them, then we are His disciples, and I pray that we will be His disciples in Jesus Name.
You see the way He started, unto the angel of the church. Although, John was the pen man, errant man, yet he is the the originator, Christ is the Origin of this Revelation. He speaks to His Church, the people He has converted and purchased by the blood of the Lamb. And now, He has appointed some ministers and preachers as the head over His church. And they are responsible for
The Preaching of the gospel, and the penetration of the gospel all over the world. And because of that He has to have real contact with them, so that they will know the mind of Christ. The appointed minister exist only for one thing on earth, we exist just like the angel just to serve the Lord. We may do all other things, we work, eat, rest, recuperate, have our strength restored, married, have children, build your own house so that you can preach. If you are tried, weary, set on a long journey yet that the Will of God must be done. This is why we exist as ministers and leaders, to be like the angels, only to do the Will of God. And we will do it in Jesus Name.
We are a purchased possession, this is what we exist for, belong to the Lord, divine ownership, totally, without any reservation. This means that every day of the week, we are to serve the Lord. And I pray that we understand our calling in Jesus Name.
The Church. What group of people is this? What is the church? You must be saved, sanctified, Spirit-filled, saturated with Scriptures, submissive unto the Lord of the Church if you are going to be a leader in the church. We are ministering to a purchased property of the Lord, so you need to take care of your life and tongue. The Holy Ghost has made you a overseer to feed the church of God, of Christ, belonging to the Lord. You must be very careful with what you do in the church. What a price He put on the church. So you want to do with all your heart, affections, commitment, that the affections you have for Christ, you show it to the Church of God. For the members in the church, you are not your own, you belong to Christ, as His property. The church is a great property of Christ, purchased with His own blood, and He is even preparing Heaven for that church. The church is the property of Christ, you are not to steal the property of Christ nor usurp His authority. This is not your church, it is His church. Thank God, I belong to His church. This is the kind of Church He is building, a saved and holy church.
Unto the church in Sardis write. He has been writing to those churches in the 7 cities in Asia. The Lord wants His church in every city, town, village, places. This was why He gave the Great Commission to the people of God. We are to preach the gospel to every creature. And we are to gather them together as His church, the local assembly. Jesus went to every town, and the 12 disciples were with Him. So this is what the Lord wants for His church. He wants the church in every city, local govt, town, village and State. There was a church in Sardis, and there will be a church in every city, town, state and nations in Jesus Name.
The Lord wants the dead church church to come alive to the life of Christ and of the Spirit of God.
Point 1. The Reputation and Works of a Dead Church
Revelations 3:1; Isaiah 11:1; John 3:34
The book of Revelation is a pictorial book. Seven means fullness. So the seven spirits refers to the fullness of the Holy Spirit of God. The totality of the fullness of the Spirit as revealed in Isaiah 11. It is still the same Spirit of God, the fullness of the Spirit. This Christ, has the fullness of Spirit without measure.
The seven stars are the ministers and angels of the church. They are high above all the members of the church in every area of their lives, they are shinning lights, in lifestyle and conducts.
I know thy works. He is Omniscient, He knows everything, and you cannot hide behind opinions of men, He knows all men, He knows our thoughts, nature, motives, words, actions, He knows how many are rotten though they profess to be sound spiritually, but they are rotten at heart, though they profess to be in good standing with God, but they are rotten. He knows you.
What is a dead Church? A dead church is an assembly of dead believers, dead christians, dead worshippers, in spirit, in heart, they are dead.
Why did He said that they were dead? They were dead because of
- Self deception – Revelations 3:1; Galatians 6:3
They deceived themselves. They said that they are saved, but the evident of being saved is not there, they say they love the Lord, but the evident of that love is not there. You say that you are a member of deeper life, but you are not deep at all not to talk of deeper. You are shallow in life and character.
- Spiritual death – Ephesians 2:1; Jude 12; 1 Timothy 5:6
They were dead and deaden. When you repeat evil continually, it deadens you. The root and stem are dead, so the wind of adversities, corruptions and misbehaviour will blow them down. They will not have the backbone to stand for righteousness. They are dead.
She is living physically but she is of the world, the pleasure of merriment, worldliness, carnality, the heart, pattern, pursuit, program of her life, appearance, dressing is of the world.
We are not going to be apolizing for teaching the word of God.
- Serious deficiency – Revelations 3:2; 2 Chronicles 25:2
They are those who are ready to dead, so you need to strengthen them.
The Lord wants you to do whatever you are doing in His kingdom with a perfect heart. God is looking at the heart. You might do the right thing in the sight of men, but you know that your heart is not perfect, your heart is not right before God, and God knows your heart. There is deficiency, lacking because it is to done with a perfect heart.
- Scarlet defilement – Revelations 3:4; Isaiah 1:18,19; Ezekiel 36:25
Only few are clean, many are defiled, there is scarlet defilement in the church. Scarlet defilement at the brink of eternity, you need to come before the Lord for cleansing so that you can be cleansed and washed in the blood of the Lamb.
The Lord wants us to do something about this. Your life will turn around, He will cleanse your life, and you will be prepared for heaven in Jesus Name.
The stony heart, impure, defiled heart will not please the Lord. The Lord is coming very soon, we do not know the last Bible Study we will have before the Lord will come, so the Lord wants me to be ready, to take care of any deception, deadness, defilement, deficiency in my life, and be washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Point 2. The Realisation and Watchfulness of a Deficient Congregation
They should be a congregation of deeper christian, but it is not like than. So there was deficiency in that church.
If you hear the word of God, and you cannot remember, you will not be able to compare your present state spiritually with what you use to be when you got saved. You will not be able to prepare yourself for the rapture, but today you will be remember, and there will be revival in your life.
What us the Lord telling us here;
- Be Watchful – Luke 21:34
There are people that forget themselves, they are extremely happy that they lose themselves, lost their souls, like the drunkards. Watch your steps, decision, interaction, intimacy with the people of the world, your relationship with those who are careless. You are all by yourself, you came into this world all by yourself. I pray this spirit of watchfulness will come upon every one of us in Jesus Name.
- Strengthen the dying remnants – Revelations 3:2; Acts 18:23
You as a preacher you want to strengthen members of the church to have a strong backbone, you are not preaching so that they can appreciate you, neither are you preaching to entertain people, but you are preaching to make them strong in conviction, to make them strong in their consecration unto the Lord, that is the real ministry.
So as you interact with people, we are to strengthen their conversion, consecration, holiness and their convictions in the word of God. We are to strengthen the people under us.
- Perfect your work – Revelation 3:2; Colossians 1:28
Preach, pray, counsel, teach so that the people will be perfect. Everything you do in the ministry should be to perfect the people. Do you have that goal, desire, aspiration, at the back of your mind, that this bit of ministry you are doing is to bring every one perfect before the Lord.
- Remember what you have heard and received – Revelations 3:3; Acts 20:26-27
Remember what you heard and received the first time you got converted.
So that you will continue with the same fervency, fire in Jesus Name.
- Hold fast – Revelations 3:3; 2 Timothy 1:13-14
The devil is trying to take away what you have through people. So you need to hold fast, and don’t forget what you have.
I will hold fast. Nobody will take this full, firing, transforming gospel away from my hands in Jesus Name.
If this is necessary before you can see the Lord, and escape hell fire, then you need to hold fast.
- Repent – Revelations 3:3; Jonah 3:6-9
You find deficiency, deadness, defilement and deception in your life, repent. Turn around and stop. There will be a total turning around in Jesus Name. He is writing to the members, and the leaders as well in every section of the work,. to turn around and repent. For repentance to be effective, it must start from the leadership.
Instead of repenting, we are reacting negatively to the word of God, this is not the Will of God, but this church will not be a church of reaction, but of repentance. We are going to repent. We will have a heart to repent. We will return to the Lord in Jesus Name. By the grace of God, there will be repentance today. When that repentance takes place, the Lord will forgive, and there will be regeneration, restoration, and we will be have a church saved, sanctified and a church of rapturable people. And if there is restitution to make, you come, and return and make the necessary restitutions.
- Take heed to the warning – Revelations 3:3; Matthew 24:42,44
Point 3. The Recognition and Worthiness of Dedicated Conquerors
Revelations 3:4-6; Psalms 119:1-2,9-11; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 1 John 2:13-15; Exodus 32:32,33; Luke 10:17-20; Revelations 20:11-15
I pray you will conquer.
When we are obedient to the word of God, take heed to the word of God, repent and return, that is how we shall conquer.
They overcome their bad habits, rebellions in the hearts, their bad reactions to the word of God.
How did they maintain their garment of righteousness? They have not soil their garments of holiness and righteousness. Not living in deliberate sin, disobedience.
That is the righteous man, he wants to be careful not to sin against the Lord, not defiled in any way, unblameable in holiness and righteousness.
The overcomer. They overcome the world, bad habits, overcome the negative reaction to the word of God.
Thank God, I will be an overcomer. This will show in your office, home, community and every where you go, it will show that you are overcomer. The people that have a change of life, heart, spirit, disposition, behaviour, action, and they do not do what they were doing before, they say Lord, now I want to be a real disciple, and whatever will be happening, I want to show that I can live in peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. These are the overcomer. Worldliness, carelessness, ideals of the world will try to knock at your door, but you will say no, these are the the overcomers. They overcome the devil, the flesh, the world, and God will not blot out our names out the Book of Life.
Those who sin against the Lord, stealing church money, your name is not in the book of Life anymore, backsliders have their names erased from the book of Life. People may not know.
I pray your name will be in the Book of Life.
That is why you are careful, committed and consecrated unto the Lord, so that you can maintain that name in the Book of Life.
Everything you do in secret, away from the perfect Will of God is written down.
Ponder on this! I know thy works. He is Omniscient, He knows everything, and you cannot hide behind opinions of men, He knows all men, He knows our thoughts, nature, motives, words, actions, He knows how many are rotten though they profess to be sound spiritually, but they are rotten at heart, though they profess to be in good standing with God, but they are rotten. He knows you. Pastor (Dr) W.F Kumuyi.
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