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Blowing the Trumpets 

By Pastor Joseph. 

1 Corinthians 14:8 NIV
Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?

A trumpet sound provides signal to the people- whether to get ready for battle, attack, or retreat. 

Nehemiah 4:17-18 NIV
who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, [18] and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

Joel 2:1 NIV
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—

Joshua 6:6 NIV
So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.”

There’s a spiritual battle going on wherein people are going to hell. We need to shout a warning to people with our life’s testimony . Common concerns are churches stopped soul winning or there’s no result. Why?Some Christian research showed that churches are filled with unconverted people. People have trumpets but these are not blown. Or sometimes the trumpets are unheard because the one blowing them are not blowing hard enough. 

There are also the uncertain trumpets – those who are not sure about the direction. In John 3:3 Jesus said that Nicodemus must be born again to be able to enter the Kingdom of God. This is a very certain trumpet sound. There is an ongoing war between the forces of darkness and the light, we must push on what is right and we must blow the trumpet hard to save people. Being nice is not Godly if its obstruct the truth to be known.  We must not be timid but blow the trumpet loud and clear for people to hear the warning and take action.

John 3:3 NIV
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”

2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Paul encouraged Timothy to preach the word at all times – in season and out of season. Paul wanted Timothy to guard the truth carefully – encouraging and rebuking the believers to stand on the gospel of the Lord. We as believers should be ready to preach the truth to others! We must be ready to blow our trumpets!

2 Timothy 4:2 NIV
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

We must study the Bible – the word of God. We must study it more than any other books. Sometimes, even Christian books can hinder us from knowing the will of the Lord – e.g. a 400-page book will talk only on 1 biblical truth. So ask God for wisdom whether you are reading enough of the Bible or not.

If you encounter problems, prioritize what the bible says versus what some people say.   And in case we fail to blow our trumpets, the Lord will surely sound it but we will lose our chance to participate and have our rewards. 

Zechariah 9:14 NIV
Then the Lord will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south,

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Kingdom of God Revealed

Mark 4:21-25

The Parable of the Lamp
21 And he said to them, “Surely a lamp is not brought so that it may be put under a bushel basket or under a bed, is it? Is it not so that it may be put on a lampstand? 22 For nothing is secret except so that it may be revealed, nor has become hidden except so that it will come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” 24 And he said to them, “Take care what you hear! With the measure by which you measure out, it will be measured out to you, and will be added to you. 25 For whoever has, more will be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” 

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Hardened heart – if God is talking to you, listen and obey. 
  2. Gossipping and listening to useless arguments.  Watching things full of worldly ideas and lust. 

PROMISES TO CLAIM :

  1. The mystery of the Kingdom of God is granted to everyone like a lamp on the lamp stand, giving light to those who are willing to see. 
  2. Whoever has more, more will be given and whoever has nothing, whatever little he had will be taken from him. In God’s economy, the faithful will receive more. Desires things that God approves, ask God, and wait expectantly for God’s provisions. Take active part in the advancement of the Kingdom of God now! Be forceful!

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Be careful what you are hearing! What you hear feeds your mind, it will neither nourish it or poison it.  In the same way, be careful what you watch in TV, movies, and the internet. 
  2. How do you treat others, the same standard will be used back by others in treating you. The world is round and what you did to others will be done back to you one way or the other. 

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY :

  1. Be actively involve in the spreading the gospel lovingly.  The more you take part, the more will be given to you. But if God can’t trust you with small things, how can He trust you with bigger things. 

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Evangelism 101

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Passage: John 4:28-30,42

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

 

DISCOVERY:

1. What did the woman left when she hurried back to town (v28)?

2. Why did the woman came back to town (v29)?

3. How did the people responded (v30,42)?

UNDERSTANDING:

1. Why did the woman left her water jar? Was the water jar not important?

2. Why did the people responded to the the woman’s invitation? Did she study how to invite people to Jesus before?

3. How important is the woman’s testimony and action in bringing the town’s people to the Lord Jesus Christ?

APPLICATION:

1. What is your water jar? Are you comfortable leaving this behind and rush to people around you to share Jesus?

2. What is your Jesus story? Share how did  you personally encounter Jesus in your life and how did it changed your life.