• FORGIVENESS
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    FORGIVENESS

    Philemon 1 Forgiveness literally, implies having no more wish to punish someone for an offence earlier committed; or simply, to show mercy to someone, no longer having ill-feelings towards him. In the New Testament of the Holy Bible, forgiveness is used to show God’s initiative by which He restored man, full of sin to His fellowship. The offender must have shown a sign of remorse and must have decided for Christ to live a new life. Paul began by congratulating Philemon on his creditable role in the service of the church and for his love and faith in Jesus. In Paul’s Epistle to his friend, Philemon, he appeals to him…

  • MISSION TO THE GENTILES
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    MISSION TO THE GENTILES

    In those days, whosoever was not a Jew was designated a Gentile. Jews regarded Gentiles as outcasts and sinners. No form of communication whatsoever was allowed between the two set of people. However, any Gentile who wished to embrace the Jewish religion was first circumcised. On the other hand, Jesus’ order to his disciples before his ascension was that they should take the gospel to every nook and cranny of the world, Jewish territories as well as Gentile territories. Among the apostles, Peter and Paul played a significant role in taking the gospel to the Gentile nations. Paul took the gospel to Cyprus, Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium and Lystra. In…

  • JESUS TEACHING ABOUT HIMSELF
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    JESUS TEACHING ABOUT HIMSELF

    JESUS AS THE LAMB OF GOD (John 1:29 -34) As John the Baptist was baptising people at river Jordan, Jesus came to him to be baptised. John later identified him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the world!” John, as the forerunner of Christ had given the true position of Jesus as the messiah but he himself could not identify him physically. John was baptising with water so that Jesus Christ might be revealed to Israel, but when Christ came to him, John saw the spirit in Jesus and said: “I saw the spirit descend like a dove from heaven, and it remained…

  • DISOBEDIENCE AND CONSEQUENCES
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    DISOBEDIENCE AND CONSEQUENCES

    Saul Made King One of the issues we raised in the last chapter was Israel’s decision to meet Samuel at Ramah for the purpose of giving them a king. The Israelites had passed a vote of no confidence on his two sons. Samuel was displeased with such a request as it amounted to rejecting God. However, after many prayer sessions, God finally led Samuel to select Saul, the son of Kish in a very rigorous selection process as the very first king of Israel. Thus, Samuel presented Saul to the people, anointed him with oil and kissed him. He shall reign over the people of the Lord and will save…

  • LEADERSHIP
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    LEADERSHIP

    A leader is a person who manages or directs others. Leadership therefore entails guidance and direction to people for the achievement of their ambitions. A good leader must possess some qualities and potentials. In this chapter, we are focusing our attention on four great leaders in Israel namely: Joseph Moses Joshua Deborah.   Joseph As a Leader: Genesis 37:1-28; 41:1-57; 45:1-15. Joseph was one the twelve sons of Jacob. Jacob had a special love for him because he was the son of his old age. This made his brothers to hate him. He had a gift of vision. He narrated his dreams to his father and his brothers. His father…

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