Be Concerned For Those Who May Have Strayed Away

BRING THEM BACK!

Be Concerned For Those Who May Have Strayed Away

Rhapsody of Realities TEEVO 5TH January 2021.

TO THE BIBLE Luke 15:23-24

“…Bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and
be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is
found….”

LET’S TALK

“Speaking of Jamie, I don’t think I’ve seen him in Church
for a while; perhaps I will give him a call?” “Better yet, let’s go visit him
at his place; I’m sure he will appreciate the visit,” Tom suggested to Phil.

n a church, particularly one with a large congregation, it’s
possible for some members to be inconsistent in their attendance; some may even
have stopped coming altogether. This may not be immediately obvious, especially
if the church is always full during the services.

As Christians and soul winners, we should be concerned
enough to know if anyone in our congregation has strayed away or fallen by the
wayside. In Luke 15, the Lord Jesus told the parable of a shepherd with one
hundred sheep. One of them got missing, and he left the ninety-nine in the
wilderness to search for the missing sheep. When he found it, he carried it
home rejoicing, and invited his friends and neighbours to celebrate with him.
Then, Jesus said, “…Likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner
who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance” (Luke
15:7).

Jesus was preaching here to the Jews. He was talking to them
about the lost. Understand that He wasn’t talking about one who had never come
to the Lord, but one who had strayed away. There’s a difference between the one
who has never been inside (the church) and the one who was inside, but strayed
away. Remember, Jesus was dealing with Old Testament church here; so He wasn’t
referring to the lost sinners of the world.

Matthew 10:5-6 says, “These twelve Jesus sent out and
commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not
enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel.” The Lord is sending you today to that brother or sister who no longer
comes to church. Don’t give up on them; find them, intercede for them and win
them back. When you bring them back, the Bible says there’ll be great joy in
heaven. This is something you have to do.

Go Deeper

Ephesians 3:14-17; Galatians 4:19; Galatians 6:1

Pray

Dear Father, thank you for making me genuinely concerned
about your children who have strayed from the way. I pray that Christ be formed
in them, and that they’d be established, rooted and grounded in your love,
being fully persuaded that in you alone lie their joy and total fulfilment, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading

ONE YEAR

Matthew 5:1-20, Genesis 12-14

TWO YEAR

Acts 7:12-21, Nehemiah 9

Through an anointed ministry spanning over 30 years, Pastor, teacher, healing minister, television host, and best-selling author Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome Dsc. DD. has helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s word.

He is the author of the bestseller Rhapsody of Realities, the number one daily devotional around the world. Several millions of copies of the best-selling daily devotional and Bible-study guide have been distributed in over 2010 languages of the world including Afrikaans, Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Mandarin, Myanmar, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili…and still counting! New languages are added regularly, making the devotional accessible to many more in different parts of the globe, thus bringing the richness of God’s Word into their lives. Little wonder the devotional, oftentimes, is referred to as the “Messenger Angel”.

Presiding over an ever-widening network of Christ Embassy Churches and campus fellowships on all five continents, Pastor Chris also pastors one of the largest congregations in Africa. He holds massive teaching and healing crusades like the Higher Life conference and Night of Bliss with crowds of over 3.5 million in a single night’s event.

The world-renowned Healing School is a ministry of Pastor Chris which manifests the healing works of Jesus Christ today and has helped many receive healings and miracles through the gifts of the Spirit in operation.

Pastor Chris in the year 2003, pioneered the first 24-hour Christian Network from Africa to the rest of the world, and this gave rise to more satellite stations on other continents of the world, the LoveWorld USA in America, LoveWorld TV in the UK, LoveWorld SAT in South-Africa and LoveWorld PLUS in Nigeria and still counting. Through this medium, millions of people have been reached with the beautiful message of salvation and many lives have been transformed. These stations are also available on the mobile platform.

Pastor Chris is also the host of “Atmosphere for Miracles”, a programme airing on major television networks in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Asia, Europe and around the world, which brings God’s divine presence right into the homes of millions around the world. With a burning desire to bring God’s word to all men in simplicity and with the power of the spirit, the man of God, 
Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome Dsc. DD, established the International School Of Ministry, specifically to train and equip ministers of the gospel of Christ, building in them the realities of God’s word and empowering them to carry the message of eternal life in Christ Jesus to their world, with a great demonstration of the miraculous power of God.

Pastor Chris also pioneered the establishment of the Inner City Mission of Christ Embassy, a ministry to children living in the inner cities of our world, to give them a hope and a future.

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