SABBATH TEACHINGS

 EVANGELIST PETER MWAWA MESSAGE ON 13TH JANUARY 2018 DURING THE SABBATH SERVICE. 

I salute all the elders, and the sisters from the house of covenant. May the peace of the LORD God be with you all. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) When we honor and revere God, we attain, a higher level of wisdom and understanding leading us to become wise in his eyes, and become wise in how we manage our lives in the present times, and for posterity.

From the scriptures we can learn from God’s promise to Israel – for many years, they were the nation that bore the word of God in the same way that we have been blessed today. Through the prophet Isaiah, Israel is reminded, that if they the descendants of Jacob keep the Sabbath holy – if they avoid work, idle talk, travel and set aside the day in honor of the LORD, they will enjoy tenancy in the land that he had given them, and in turn be respected worldwide (Isaiah 58:13,14).

It is therefore incumbent on us who have received the word of God in our time, to be astute in observing the Sabbath as was the case with those who came before us – including the apostles of Jesus Christ. It is in this regard that we relate to the message from the book of Joshua – earlier read by our pastor. We are reminded to be courageous through our faith in God, and not our own strength or power. Let us remember that God’s angels surround those who fear or honor him (Psalms 34:7) recuing them and keeping them from danger. Most dramatically we see this in the book of Daniel – for he was one of the Israelites who were sent to slavery in exile when the nation disobeyed God. But even in exile, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, all stayed true to the word of God. They kept away from eating ritually unclean food and drinking the wine they were offered (Daniel 1:12-15), and thereafter we see them protected by the LORDs angels in the fiery furnace and the lion’s den. Such is the weight of God’s promises to those who honor him day and night.

As was said in our earlier reading by the prophet Isaiah, the LORD remembers to those who do his will. Thus Ezekiel also restates to the promise to the house of Jacob: And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince forever.26: Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

27:My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Because we received the word of God in our midst, and the messenger John the Baptist brought the everlasting covenant, we are most privileged to have the word of God in the last days. As the LORD states through the prophet Zephaniah (Zephaniah 3:10):

10:From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. That prophecy encourages us to bring our offering to God – which we all do by taking care of the house of covenant and providing for it, for is we who were seen beyond the rivers of Ethiopia (or Cush).

With those words and scriptures, we are reminded to seek God when we still have the opportunity to find him, and observe his laws because we are his temple, and in return he will stand by you. May you all therefore be encouraged by remembering that the sincere believer cannot be disgraced by the LORD.


PASTOR MICHAEL SIBINDI, SENIOR PASTOR MESSAGE  DURING THE SABBATH SERVICE OF 13TH JANUARY 2018.

On behalf of the council of Elders, allow me to begin by thanking all of you for your attendance, active participation, and continued commitment to honoring the Sabbath Day as prescribed in the Commandments. Every week, on this day, the Seventh Day, unites heaven and earth in the worship of the living God. On this day, even your visitors, workers and animals, are to be exempted from work and entered into God’s rest. Every time the LORD God has reached out to a people, he has always given them a path to follow – one that is narrow in some respects but one that leads to eternity (Matthew 7:13-14). Many however chose the wide road that leads to destruction – for they do not wish to be guided by God’s laws – and seek to do their own will.

Since believers are required to walk in the path that the LORD has demarcated, all others who stray beyond its boundaries are in the wrong path, guided by their disobedience and disbelief. When the LORD God decided that it was time to fulfil his promise through the prophets (Isaiah 19:1, Zephaniah 3:10) he reached out to us through his messenger (Malachi 4:5) – who was given the mandate, knowledge and power to unite a nation that would tend the vineyard and bring fourth good dividends (Matthew 21:33-43). When the messenger began his mission in Southern Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe), great signs, wonders and truths were encountered by many – some of whom believed and became the first apostles or members of the Gospel of God Church. Despite the occurrences of that time, our founding father John the Baptist looked back at the past covenants and was disheartened by how the enemy, through deceit, trickery and bloodshed had swayed the very elect from the path or righteousness and godliness.

While in this state of reflection, he prayed and asked: “What should I do to guide the faithful in the times to come, that they may not stray or be misled?” In response, through the Holy Spirit, was asked repeatedly to present to them the eighth verse of the first Chapter of the book of Joshua (Joshua 1:8). Reading that verse in the context of the previous and succeeding verses; we find an important lesson and reminder. We are asked to uphold God’s commandments, as written in the holy scriptures, and as articulated to us, in our times in this covenant and in this Church by the messenger – because in every time and age, God has always been known to a people when he sends a representative or a prophet in their midst.
At every time the LORD makes known what he expects of a particular people. His word spoken or written becomes law among them. They are judged obedient or otherwise by their adherence to the word of God.

This is not to say that we are entirely under the laws of Moses. We read them as a guide and relate them to our current context guided by the council of elders, and the Holy Spirit who speaks often in our midst through prophets and teachers.
The Apostles of Jesus Christ, like we who are gathered here today, were left in the custody of the helper – the Holy Spirit. They were sent to minister to other nations as the word had departed from Israel. The LORD God has never been a God of lawlessness – the reason why the apostle Paul like Jesus Christ reminds that the laws of God must be upheld (Romans 3:31, Matthew 5:18). With these few remarks I would now like to remind the Youth Council, the Women’s Church Welfare Group, and the Apostles’ WhatsApp group, and any other team that are mobilizing resources, to remember that we are preparing for another evangelical trip like we did at the coast in Kilifi County recently – where we have a congregation in Gede. So kindly include the travel costs for this activity in your respective budgets and targets. Allow me to stop there because the council still has another message for you. Peace be with you all (Matthew 10:11).