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TUESDAY MEDITATION

TUESDAY 25TH APRIL, 2017

YOU ARE A WITNESS (PART 2)

“…we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness.… We were there with Jesus on the holy mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven” (2 Pet. 1:16-18).

 

In our world today, many people are sceptical about the authenticity of the message of Jesus. Why do you think the initial followers of Jesus considered it worthwhile to suffer not minding their own lives for the sake of the gospel of Jesus? Simply put, because of the assurance they had regarding the validity of the life and message of Jesus.

Peter the Apostle presents to us his own conviction about the message of Jesus. First, he talks about his encounter at Jesus’ transfiguration in company of James and John where God, the Father confirmed the authenticity of Jesus’ Sonship (Matt. 17:1-5). Second, the prophecies of the prophets about Jesus Christ spanning over five hundred years were intimately coherent. These are the foundations upon which Peter built his own ministry of witness (2 Pet. 1:18-19).

Many people find it confronting today to witness for Christ with their mouth today. We can all learn from Peter’s example. He was sure beyond the shadow of a doubt:

“When we told you about the power and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness. God, our great and wonderful Father, truly honored him by saying, "This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him." We were there with Jesus on the holy mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven. All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:16-18).

 

Everyone who has ever witnessed for Jesus has had some life-transforming encounters. Except you encounter Jesus Christ beyond the “scope of religion”, you cannot be a true witness to that change and difference that Jesus makes in a person’s life.

ACTION: You don’t need a special calling to be a witness for Jesus today. Position yourself for an encounter and tell others about it today.

This devotion is a gift of God to you through Bethel Gospel Centre. It will come to you every Tuesday morning. If it has blessed you, kindly share it and allow others to benefit from it. Please contact us to share your testimony or for questions or prayer support. Have a blessed day!

 

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TUESDAY MEDITATION

TUESDAY 25TH APRIL, 2017

YOU ARE A WITNESS (PART 2)

“…we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness.… We were there with Jesus on the holy mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven” (2 Pet. 1:16-18).

 

In our world today, many people are sceptical about the authenticity of the message of Jesus. Why do you think the initial followers of Jesus considered it worthwhile to suffer not minding their own lives for the sake of the gospel of Jesus? Simply put, because of the assurance they had regarding the validity of the life and message of Jesus.

Peter the Apostle presents to us his own conviction about the message of Jesus. First, he talks about his encounter at Jesus’ transfiguration in company of James and John where God, the Father confirmed the authenticity of Jesus’ Sonship (Matt. 17:1-5). Second, the prophecies of the prophets about Jesus Christ spanning over five hundred years were intimately coherent. These are the foundations upon which Peter built his own ministry of witness (2 Pet. 1:18-19).

Many people find it confronting today to witness for Christ with their mouth today. We can all learn from Peter’s example. He was sure beyond the shadow of a doubt:

“When we told you about the power and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness. God, our great and wonderful Father, truly honored him by saying, "This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him." We were there with Jesus on the holy mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven. All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:16-18).

 

Everyone who has ever witnessed for Jesus has had some life-transforming encounters. Except you encounter Jesus Christ beyond the “scope of religion”, you cannot be a true witness to that change and difference that Jesus makes in a person’s life.

ACTION: You don’t need a special calling to be a witness for Jesus today. Position yourself for an encounter and tell others about it today.

This devotion is a gift of God to you through Bethel Gospel Centre. It will come to you every Tuesday morning. If it has blessed you, kindly share it and allow others to benefit from it. Please contact us to share your testimony or for questions or prayer support. Have a blessed day!

 

#positionyourselfforanencounter #http://www.bethelgospel.org.au/blog #witness #tuesdaymeditation

 

TUESDAY MEDITATION

TUESDAY 18TH APRIL, 2017

 

YOU ARE A WITNESS (PART 1)

“You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:48)

Happy Easter celebration! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the point of departure between Christian faith and other world religions. After his bodily resurrection, Jesus reminded his disciples that they have been appointed “witnesses of these things.”  "These things" refer to at least three ideas. First, the person of Jesus as the Christ. Jesus is the Messiah, the appointed and the anointed of God who came to take the sins of the world. Second, his transforming message of the Kingdom of God. Third, he died and was buried, and he rose again on the third day and that forgiveness must be preached in His name. No wonder that the only message the earliest ‘communities of Jesus’ had was that Jesus was the Christ, and the crucified Lord.

A witness is conversant with a story. These disciples had earlier followed Jesus Christ for a space of three and a half years. They learned a new way of life. Jesus invested into them not as spectators but participators in His mission on earth.

The story of the Cross is normative for us today. What Jesus told his disciples he is still saying today: “You are witnesses of these things.” We are called to follow the resurrected Lord by living out his life, his message, and the difference he can make in people’s lives.

One of the profound ways Jesus identified his initial followers was a community of testifiers to a new order of the Kingdom of God. We can witness to Christ through our lifestyle, compassionate help/support for others, intentionally following the steps of Jesus to enable others discover Christ through us (1 Cor. 11:1), and by loving others freely.

ACTION: Are you a true witness for Christ? Take a personal decision today to allow the life of Christ Jesus reflect in you.

 

This devotion is a gift of God to you through Bethel Gospel Centre. It will come to you every Tuesday morning. If it has blessed you, kindly share it and allow others to benefit from it. Please contact us to share your testimony or for questions or prayer support. Have a blessed day!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Happy New Year 2017 to you and your loved ones from Bethel Gospel Centre!  

Every New Year should begin with an attitude of praise and gratitude in anticipation of wonderful events ahead. We can join our voices with the Psalmist who declares in Chapter 103:1-5

With all my heart I praise the LORD, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! With all my heart I praise the LORD! I will never forget how kind he has been. The LORD forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our heads. Each day that we live, he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle. (CEV) 

Every year comes with its unique opportunities and challenges. Opportunities to develop new relationships, to do things differently, to set new goals, and most importantly to examine how we live in the past year. There isn't nothing that can't be improved upon. Take a conscious decision to improve on yourself.

For us at BGC, this is a significant year. We'll be launching in the second quarter of this year by God's grace. There are expectations to be met before we can have a full fledge ministry activities running. Details of the announcement would be made available at a later date. We have commenced our initial local connections and outreaches. In the last quarter of 2016, we had two major events through which we introduced our ministry to the community. Those who want to know more about our ministry have been meeting with us. Our interactions with other Christian bodies have been growing and we anticipate greater manifestation of God's glory this year.      

Let me leave you with some thoughts as we kickstart the year 2017. 

  • POSITION YOURSELF FOR A BETTER YEAR. Your positioning determines what you see, what becomes of your goals, deams and what you eventually become.
  • LIVE WITH A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. Human beings are created to be responsible.Take yourself accountable this year or if you like, give trusted persons around you the permission to hold you accountable. One known attribute of the weak and undetermined is blaming others for their failures.
  • Think of ONE THING THAT MUST CHANGE  in your life now and BE COMMITTED TO IT. A catalogue of New Year's resolutions that could be forgotten before January ends would not help.  

Recognise that only God makes all things possible. We can trust God and His promises as we go through this year. He will never fail. May you have the courage to walk in the fullness of God's blessings and plans for your life this year. May your accomplishments be great in every way.   Shalom!

(Pastor) Titus S. Olorunnisola

BGC Lead Pastor

THE VISION OF BETHEL GOSPEL CENTRE (BGC)

Every vision first existed in the heart of God before it was released into a human heart. This is very true of Bethel Gospel Centre's (BGC's) vision. God's desire for all of humanity is to walk in perfect liberty, peace, love, and harmony with Him and with one another. The Lord released this vision into our hearts

to help people encounter the transforming love of Jesus Christ and to spread their stories to support others.

When people experience true love, they will be empowered to live with the consciousness of God's eternal plans and values on a daily basis. Love propels an encounter. 

This vision is a journey. A journey into the reality of God's love and calling. On the one hand, the vision excites us to walk and work with God. On the other hand, it confronts us with enormous challenges. We have walked through different stages since over a year period when we began to sense this new direction God was leading us. We had our doubts and fears initially. But we overcame them. We have had to discern this path as what is meant for us at this time. We are now in a stage of hope and trust. This hope banks upon God's promises that He will build His church (Matt. 16:18). Our trust also rests upon God's words, that He is "watching over His word to perform it" (Jer. 1:12). God is ever committed to His church and our role is to follow as His agents.

Being convinced of God's instructions, we've stepped out in faith and obedience. We have continued to share this vision boldly and passionately, but also humbly with different people the Lord has brought our way. The first step is forming a team, a Dream and Launch Team (DLT), with whom the vision of launching strong will be actualised. The team is growing. Every team member is working towards what the Lord may help them contribute to this vision. As we continue to reflect upon what the Lord is set to do through us, we have started engaging our immediate Craigieburn community as this is key to our strategy. We are nearly half the number we anticipate for our team.

Irrespective of background and social status, everyone needs to encounter God's transforming love and to spread their story to help other people in their own lives. BGC wants to support people to the point that a personal encounter is possible. Think about this for a moment:

  • Would it make any difference if everyone in your neighbourhood were to experience true and compassionate love of God today?
  • Would it make a difference if every family became an arena where children are raised with a consciousness of self-less living and care for others?
  • Would it add any value to our existence, if our schools and other social institutions became training grounds for upholding our collective, edifying values of humanity?

Answers to these questions testify to why BGC exists. Our vision is beyond us. We need other people to bring it to reality. Let me highlight a few things you may want to do to support this vision.

1.     You can pray for us and our needs.

2.     You may contact us for more information about our progress and activities.

3.     You may also give towards this vision.

4.     You may want to help with Dream and Launch Team to get us started.

To contact us, you may call 0456629501 or 0383518723 or email connection@bethelgospel.org.au. You can get in touch through our website www.bethelgospel.org.au as well. We will be pleased to hear from you. In the next blog, I will be highlighting how we plan to carry out our mission. God bless!

(Pastor) Titus S. Olorunnisola 

Lead Pastor, BGC.