YOUR DEDICATION TO GOD MUST BE YOUR HEART DESIRE IN THE YEAR 2019.

SHARON BAPTIST CHURCH

YOUR DEDICATION TO GOD MUST BE YOUR HEART DESIRE IN THE YEAR 2019.

HOW TO START 2019 WITH GOD?

PASTOR JOHN SIGUDLA

DATE: 06/01/2019

NEHEMIAH 7:73B–9:21

Now in mid autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled together as one person at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had given for Israel to obey. 8:2 SO on October 8 Ezra the priest brought the scroll of the law before the assembly, which included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand.

3He faced the square just inside the Water Gate from early morning until noon and read aloud to everyone who could understand. All the people paid close attention to the Book of the Law. 4Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform that had been made for the occasion. To his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah. To his left stood Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam. 5Ezra stood on the platform in full view of all the people. When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet.

  1. Introduction

In everything there is a beginning and also as the year start, there is a beginning of new life, new hope, new anticipation, new readiness, new dedication, new looking forward to serve the Almighty God, new respect to one another, new preparation to give more than we use to give in the previous year. Can we look into this new beginning of the year 2019.

  • The people came forward to the Priest Ezra and it was not Ezra who went to the people.
    • When the people were settled in their towns. Verse
  • We are all from the year 2018 and it has treated us differently from our different lives.
  • We are now over with 2018 and 2019 has come and let us welcome his coming in style.
    • The people gathered together as one person at the squire just as we are gathered together in this church this morning, first Sunday of 2019, which we normally do not spend it with you.
    • Why were they gathering? That is the question and why are we gathering in the beginning of the year in this place?
    • They gathered together for the Book of the Law of Moses which is the Bible. “They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses,”
  • That means they were thirsty for the Word and not full of all the festive season’s food and good time.
  • They wanted to hear afresh for the new beginning of the year.
  • They were thirsty to hear from above, Can we be like this people in the beginning of this year, seeking for the Word of God rather than concentrating on their New Year resolutions.
  • Let the Word of God be our first New Year resolution and we will see how great things is God going to accomplish with us in the year 2019.
    • Ezra the Priest never disappointed them, but he brought the book of the Law before the people.
      • I beg to bring to you and submit to you for this year 2019, that the Word of God is the only remedy of our lives if we put it into practise.
      • It is easy to hear the Word and that is not enough, we need to put that into practise in our lives. I urge you to go home and make a resolution that this year I want to see only 5 things to happen in my life about others, such as:
  • Bless someone with eternal life, winning a soul for Jesus this year.
  • Visiting 10 people with the gospel of Jesus Christ every month.
  • Visiting 5 Christians for prayer every month.
  • Praying for my Church and my spiritual leaders every day, morning and evening and during the night.
  • Give something practical to someone that will change his way of thinking and love God more than he did before.
    •  The congregation composed of all the people.

“This included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand.” Verse 8:2

  • As the year start, Sunday school, you are needed.
  • As the year start, Fathers, men you are needed.
  • As the year start, Mothers, women
  • Young people and young adults you are all welcomed.
  • No one is supposed to be left outside of what God is just about to do for all of us in this beautiful year of 2019
  • EZRA TOOK HIS POSITION. Verse 3.
    • Please as the year start; let every one of us take his/her position in the church, at home, at your working area, and in the community.
    • The church exist to impact the communities where the church live.
    • You cannot take a position that you don’t know, therefore know your position first and thereafter, occupy your position without fear.
    • Move away from other people’s positions please and stick on your position.
    • Ezra knew his position and he went straight to his position. God is going to use you mightily if you stand on your position not on other people’s positions.
    • Worshippers enjoy your worshipping as you lead us, you are doing a terrible and destructive work in the kingdom of the devil as you praises God. The devil hates you that is why you are under attack always.
    • Ezra read aloud the Word of God. Verse 3
    • The people listened attentively to the word, as much as today we see people listening attentively to lies, we need to change the culture of listen, that we make a resolution of listening to the Word of God attentively rather than listen to lies and gossip.
    • We must make a decision of reading and studying God’s Word more than spending our time on the social media. The highest percentage should be the Word of God more than the social media. That is a decision you ought to make intentionally.
    • Monitor that decision closely and gauge whether you are winning or you need more help. We are available to help you.
  • THE PLACE OF THE PULPIT AND CHURCH ORDER.

4Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform that had been made for the occasion.

  • Each and every platform has something to do in the lives of the people. E.g. when a politician addresses us, he stood on something like a platform, elevated to be seen, above everyone as a point of attraction.
    • Same in the house of God, the pulpit must be respected and not each and every person can stand on the pulpit. We are going to account of whatever we say on the pulpit.
    • Pulpit derives from two words ‘PUL’ and PIT. Meaning the person standing on the pulpit has the great work of Pulling people out of Pits. In English we don’t use the word such as Pull if it goes with another word such as Pit. We omit the last L since there are two LL then it becomes Pulpit not PULLPIT .
    • These pits which stand for holes are many, some for Christians and some for sinners. All of us have some holes that the devil has thrown us in as Christian such as :
  • Excessive hatred to others that is a pit.
  • Broken communication between couples.
  • Broken relationship between children and parents.
  • Broken relationship between Christians of one denomination to another.
  • Broken relationship between Christians of the same denomination/church. Etc.
    • The preacher has a great work to accomplish, pulling the people out of all these holes and this is a serious process. If you don’t get out, and run away from this church, God is waiting for you, where you are going, same message you run away from is waiting for you where you are going.
    • Please pray for the pulpit ministry, it is a very serious and most hated ministry by the devil. Why do people sleep during preaching? Why do people leave the church during preaching, why do children make lot of noise during preaching time, why do babies cry during preaching time?, why do we have disturbance during preaching time? Those that were with me in Marapyane they know what happening during preaching time. Why do people curse and make lot of noise during preaching time.
    • Why after preaching everyone cooperate as if we are all Christians, have you heard people speaking positively about the message after a funeral or a church service. Praise and worship team will not be blamed but the pastor with his message from God will be the point of discussion as they will be eating at home.
    • All the people paid close attention to the Book of the Law. Verse 3.
  • This is my prayer for this year that you pay attention to the Book of the Law. You can disrespect me as a mere servant of God, would you please pay attention to the Book of the Law. Why!!! Because we are what we are because of the Book of the Law. 
  • You can disregard me as a pastor, but please don’t disregard the Word of God.
  • When God speaks to you, you better respond regardless of who is preaching the Word of God to you.
  • If God says “Come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest…” He really means that, there is rest in God.
  • When God’s Word says Luke 6:38 “Give and it shall be given to you…” he really means that.
  • All the people paid attention to the Word of God during the time of Ezra, to whom are we paying the attention today, man or God!!!!?
  • Conclusion.
    • 6Then Ezra praised the LORD, the great God, and all the people chanted, “Amen! Amen!” as they lifted their hands toward heaven. Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
    • People stood as the word was being read, they were not told to stand on their feet, but as a reference to the Word of the Master, they willingly stood up.
    • When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet.
  • When they saw Ezra reading the Book of Law, they stood up.
  • This means we need concentration in the Church, not our minds being torn around by many things, more especially our Cell phones that are being visited time and again when the service is on.
    • Ezra praised the Lord, the great God.
    • Al the people chanted, Amen! Amen” as they lifted their hands towards heaven and not towards an individual.
    • The people bowed down and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
  • What a powerful way of worshipping God.
  • All hearts concentrated on what was happening as they worshipped the living God.
  • No person looked at another person, but they were all clued to God their hope.
  • This is exactly that I am appealing to all of us this year 2019; let us look unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith.
  • Let us please god rather than pleasing one another, then we shall be friends to all.

LET OTHERS BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF.

BIBLE STUDY

06/01/2019

By Pastor John Sigudla

LET OTHERS BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF.

24 Don’t think only of your own good. Think of other Christians and

what is best for them. 1 Corinthians 10:24

  1. Introduction

The secret of Indians, Pakistanians, Chinese, and many other nations from outside South Africa, is the importance of supporting one another.

When anything happen to another fellow brother or sister, they all meet there and help the situation out without any charging. They buy stock for each other and boast each other without expecting any from the one they are helping to stand. These are Christian principles and not foreign principles.

  • Christians living in the year 2019.
    • Don’t think only of your own good.
  • That is called selfishness.
  • That is called narrow mindedness.
  • That is called individualities
  • That is called living a lonely life as an individual.
  • That is called self-sufficiency and that is very dangerous.
  • That is called isolationism
  • That is called living a life of an island, caring for you alone.

That is indeed a serious dangerous spirit that is going to destroy you at the end of the day.

  • Life is all about other people.
  • Making others happy is all what God want from us.
  • When you make me happy, you will be made happy too.
  • Love is beyond hatred, as it covers many sins and many wrong doings.
  • The family is sustained not by lot of money, food or education but love keeps the family together.
  • You can have all the money of this world but without love your family wouldn’t stand.
  • Let us serve one another in the year 2019.

Think of other Christians and what is best for them.

  • This is an intentional decision that you take, thinking of others rather than thinking of yourself.
  • You purposely do that without someone telling you to do so.
  • You look around and discover someone in the church who needs your help.
  • You do not tell others, but you take action to help the situation alone with God.
  • By so doing, you will see the mighty hand of God upon your life and people rejoicing in the Lord because of you good heart.
    • Let us make 2019 an enjoyable year that will bring glory to God.
  • Let us live selfless lives towards one another.
  • Let us love without conditions.
  • Let us go all out to help others spiritually and materially.
  • Let discipleship be a lifestyle of all of us.

Originally posted on https://pastorjohnsigudla.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/let-others-be-better-than-yourself/

06 January 2019 was the best way to start the year, first Sunday of the year @rhemasa What a Sunday, it was powerful. Pastor Neville van Wyk prayed for the whole congregation then he said a powerful prayer for the senior Pastor Ray McCauley and Mrs. @ZeldaMcCauley Sharing telling a tale of grace #Umusa

What a Sunday, it was powerful.

06 January 2019 was the best way to start the year, first Sunday of the year @rhemasa

Pastor Neville van Wyk prayed for the whole congregation then he said a powerful prayer for the senior Pastor Ray McCauley and Mrs. Zelda McCauley

Pastor Ray McCauley sermon theme was on the vision of the church

Sharing telling a tale of grace Umusa

By

@billysigudla

As I go to church my first Sunday of 2019 @rhemasa second service with the song by Michael W. Smith – BUILD MY LIFE LYRICS

Build My Life

Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You, we live for You

[Verse 2]
Jesus, the Name above every other name
Jesus, the only One who could ever save
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for You, we live for You

[Chorus]
And holy, there is no one like You
There is none beside You, open up my eyes in wonder and
Show me who You are and fill me with Your heart
And lead me in Your love to those around me

[Verse 1]
Worthy of every song we could ever sing
Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring
Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe
We live for you

First Sunday of 2019. 06 January 2019