Though in the concluding weeks of the semester with examinations trending, students still gathered to hear the word of God at the midweek service on Wednesday, 27 April 2016.
The current president introduced the speaker, Elder Martinson Joy Dadson who is the former president of PENSA to minister on the topic “As you see me go”
He began by reading the verse, 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 and stated that our faith is built on two critical foundations. First, the ministry and life of Christ Jesus which make up the person of Jesus and secondly, the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Since Christ is the foundation, focusing on his works and that of the Holy Spirit will cause us not to lay any other foundation.
He mentioned four characteristics of the person of Jesus:
1. He is the righteousness of God.
Jesus as God’s righteousness taught us true righteousness is not attained by just “doing” but also “being.” This means that, what we do on the outside is a reflection of the righteousness of God within us.
2. He is the rest of God (Matthew 12:8)
He gives rest to all those who are burdened. (Matthew 11:28) To get this rest, we as believers are required to be truly repentant and serious with our faith.
3. He is the standard of life (John 14:12, Ephesians 5:25-27, 1 John 3:1-2)
Christ expects us to be more than him in works. To achieve this, we must desire to do more to become like him in nature.
4. He is the only way
We need to question why we have come into Christianity, if we came through the enticement of our friends or we are it because everyone is in it then we are lost. We must come to first accept Christ as our Lord and personal saviour because He is the only way to Christ and from there, we need to have a personal walk with and in Him and His Spirit is available to guide us.
What the Holy Spirit does for believers
- He refines us. He is our present Emmanuel; he is God with us.
He brings out the Christ-like nature of the believer and makes the believer bold in propagating the gospel.
- He equips believers for good works
He gives us gifts, which are only discovered by working them out.
- He breaks obstacles to the gospel.
Just as he broke the language barrier to sharing the gospel on the day of Pentecost, some barriers in the lives of believers can only be broken by the enablement of the Spirit.
What to do
- Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness.
Seeking the kingdom and its righteousness is like a horse and a carriage. With the kingdom being the horse, it is only sane to take the horse by its reins to procure the blessings in the carriage than to take the carriage and forfeit the horse.
- Engage the word of God
- Work out our salvation as much as we value it.
By holding onto the ministry, all other blessings will follow (Matthew 6: 33)