Make Disciples Who Rise Up In Power
This Bible Study is taken from Chapter Nine: Make Disciples Who Rise Up In Power of "Working The Works of God" By Dr. Andrew M. Nkoyoyo
When I first started in ministry, I only engaged myself in evangelism, and I desired to see hundreds of thousands of people come to the Lord. One day the Holy Spirit asked me, “What did Jesus say in Matthew 28:19-20?” I replied, quoting what He said in that portion of Scripture. He then asked why I was only doing half the job. He not only wanted me to win them to Christ; He also wanted me to equip them for service. He wanted me to make disciples.
It has been over 21 years now. We conduct crusades designed to reach the lost, and believers’ conventions, ministry seminars and schools of ministry to equip the saints for the work of service.
Now, as part of our system of operation, whenever we have a Gospel crusade, we follow it up with either a convention or seminar in that location. In the first-century church, God used the saints to bring forth revolutions in diverse places by the power of His Holy Spirit. Such revolutions were accomplished, not by the apostles, but by people like you and I – believers.
The Bible says that Stephen’s preaching of the Word pierced the hearts of his hearers. He was a disciple, not an ordained preacher. He was a deacon (servant) set to serve tables, but he was full of faith, wisdom and the Holy Spirit, and God used him to witness to his murderers. He knew that the consequences of speaking out were not going to be pleasant, that it might even mean his death; but he was not afraid to share his faith with others. He was stoned to death, choosing to die rather than hide the testimony of Christ (Acts 7: 51-60).
Persecution broke out against the Church of Christ, and Philip went from Jerusalem to Samaria. The Bible tells us that while in Samaria he preached Christ, and people were getting saved by the thousands. The bound received deliverance from the powers of Satan, and the sick were getting healed by the power of God. Again, Philip, like Stephen, was just a believer and disciple of Jesus Christ, yet God used him powerfully.
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the Word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. (Acts 8:4-8)
In the Kingdom of God, there are no insignificant people. We are all part of the army of God, and it is going to take more than a few generals to reach the world. The very least person can have a tremendous part in preaching the Gospel to the whole world and making disciples.
In the early Church, disciples became witnesses (proof-producers), capable of working the works of God and demonstrating the power of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
Beloved, if we are ever going to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is going to take more than just a few people. God is calling us to raise up a group of adherents in this day, as spoken of by the prophet Joel:
They run like mighty men, they climb the wall like men of war; everyone marches in formation, and they do not break ranks. They do not push one another; everyone marches in his own column. Though they lunge between the weapons, they are not cut down. They run to and fro in the city, they run on the wall; they climb into the houses, they enter at the windows like a thief. (Joel 2:7-9)
This is the time for the third-day Church, the end-time Church, to rise in power and glory and fulfill God’s ultimate purpose—winning souls into His Kingdom and make them into disciples of Jesus Christ. As we equip, train, mentor, activate, mobilize and release disciples into various areas of ministry, the whole world will be touched and reached with the Gospel.
Ask yourself this question: Am I the disciple Jesus wants me to be? Whatever answer you may have, ask the Holy Spirit to help you take inventory in every facet of your life.
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