Morning Message of Motivation Paul and Barnabas: 21 – Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Morning Message of Motivation

Paul and Barnabas: 21
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The Messiah was not supposed to be a shock or surprise to the Jews who knew the predictions of the prophets. Every detail of the Messiah had been predicted by the prophets.
Luke 18:31 NKJV
“Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.”

Jesus said the Scriptures testify of Him.
John 5:39 NKJV
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”

The prophets prophesied that Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah.
Micah 5:2 NKJV
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

Jeremiah predicted Messiah would come from David’s lineage.
Jeremiah 23:5 NKJV
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.”

This king from David’s lineage is the Messiah.
Jeremiah 23:6b NKJV
“Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Messiah is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Revelation 5:5 NKJV
“But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

May you see the revelation of the Scriptures about the Messiah. May you receive the blessings of the Messiah, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation Paul and Barnabas: 20 – Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Morning Message of Motivation

Paul and Barnabas: 20
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Salvation is based on accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Salvation is therefore based on faith.
John 3:18 NKJV
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

God’s special life is called “Zoe” in the Greek language.
John 10:10 NKJV
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

This word “Zoe” is translated as “Eternal Life.”
1 John 5:11 NKJV
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”

Everyone who has the Son of God, also has this “Eternal life” automatically.
1 John 5:12 NKJV
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

The whole gospel is founded on believing the words of Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:16 NKJV
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Confession brings possession.
Romans 10:9 NKJV
“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Faith in one’s heart, together with the confession of one’s mouth, brings salvation.
Romans 10:10 NKJV
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Paul introduced Jesus Christ in his gospel message in Antioch of Pisidia.
Christ is from David’s lineage.
Acts 13:23 NKJV
“From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—“

May you abide in the Saviour’s loving care. May you be established in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, in Jesus’s name.

Morning Message of Motivation Paul and Barnabas: 19 – Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Morning Message of Motivation

Paul and Barnabas: 19
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Paul’s fully recorded sermon had all the necessary tenets of the gospel. The gospel concerns man’s relationship with our Saviour Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 NKJV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Jesus Christ is the central message of the gospel. Paul began his sermon by tracing the history of Israel from their deliverance from Egypt up to king David.
Acts 13:22 NKJV
“And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’”

Paul then speaks about how God raised Jesus Christ our Saviour from the lineage of David.
Acts 13:23 NKJV
“From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—“

The gospel is actually the fulfilment of several promises and prophecies of God.
Acts 3:18 NKJV
“But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.”

All the life and acts of Jesus Christ were done in fulfilment of prophecy.
The birth of Christ.
Matthew 1:18 NKJV
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.”

It was a fulfilment of prophecy.
Matthew 1:22 NKJV
“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:”

Isaiah prophesied a virgin would give birth.
Matthew 1:23 NKJV
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

May you have faith to receive the fulfilment of all the promises of God. May you know the truth that sets free, in Jesus’s name.

Sunday Pulpit Series Recovery: 4 – Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Sunday Pulpit Series

Recovery: 4
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

God’s plan of salvation is a simple plan. A man does not need to be highly educated to be saved. Both a professor and an elementary school pupil can be saved, by hearing the same gospel message.
Psalms 19:7 NKJV
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;”

The word of God imparts understanding.
Psalms 119:130 NKJV
“The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.”

Almighty God even chooses the foolish things by worldly standards.
1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”

Our God has made Christ become wisdom for the Believers.*
1 Corinthians 1:30 NKJV
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—“

Human wisdom failed to find God.
1 Corinthians 1:21 NKJV
“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

God’s salvation flows through faith.
Ephesians 2:8 NKJV
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”

Everybody can choose to believe.
John 3:15 NKJV
“that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

May you choose God’s way, as you go to church.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Power of Truth: 13

Morning Message of Motivation

The Power of Truth: 13
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Teachers play a vital role in upholding truth in the church of Christ.
1 Timothy 3:15 NKJV
“but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

This simply means that the church is the place where God’s truth is taught, accepted, believed and practiced.
•God has placed teachers in His church.
1 Corinthians 12:28 NKJV
“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.”

When our Lord Jesus ascended He gave gifts to men. One of the vital gifts is the “teaching gift.”
Ephesians 4:11 NKJV
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,”

The office of a teacher developed later in the Early Church. Initially, the only office that was recognised and mentioned was the office of the apostle. In the process of time, the other offices developed and were given recognition. The first men to be recognised as “Teachers” in the book of Acts were in the church of Antioch.
Acts 13:1 NKJV
“Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.”

The Old Testament had men called “Teachers of the Law,” but these men in Antioch are the first called and anointed teachers, given by Jesus Christ.

May you have excellent teachers of God’s word. May you be nourished by God’s wholesome truths to grow into the fullness of Christ, in Jesus’s name.

Sunday Pulpit Series – The Seven Churches of Asia: 1

Sunday Pulpit Series

The Seven Churches of Asia: 1
Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

The last book of the bible is Revelations. It is a peculiar book because it contains seven epistles written to seven churches, directly from Jesus Christ our Lord.
Revelation 2:1 NKJV
“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:”

•All the other epistles were written by various apostles, as they were inspired by the Holy Ghost.
•All the other epistles were written separately but in Revelations, we have seven epistles together.
•The epistles in Revelations, are also unique because they are part of a larger book. All the other epistles stand alone.
The seven churches of Asia Minor were in seven cities, Ephesus, Smyrna, Philadelphia, Thyatira, Laodicea, Pergamos and Sardis.
There are very few references to these seven churches in the rest of the bible.
Apostle Paul wrote a separate epistle to the Ephesians.
Ephesians 1:1-2a NKJV
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:”

Paul also wrote a letter to the Colossians, that he commanded should be read by the Laodicean believers.
Colossians 4:16 NKJV
“Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.”

Paul had also written a separate letter directly to the Laodiceans, but we do not have that letter in the bible.
Jesus Christ sent His epistles to the seven churches to correct, encourage, commend, rebuke and warn the seven churches.

May you receive the “Rhema word” of God, as you go to church.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 36

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 36
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Christ demonstrated His great compassion fo sinners, when He told the “Parable of the Prodigal Son.” Jesus’s compassion attracted sinners to hear Him. His messages were not condemnatory.
John 3:17 NKJV
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

The Jewish religious leaders ostracised and shunned sinners. On the contrary, Jesus shared fellowship with sinners.
Luke 15:1 NKJV
“Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.”

This created a conflict. The Pharisees complained loudly that Jesus was eating with sinners.
Luke 15:2 NKJV
“And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Jesus responded to their criticism with three parables. The first was the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the second was, the Parable of the Lost Coin, and the final one was the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

•The purpose of the parable of the Prodigal Son.
Christ’s purpose for giving this parable was to explain His mission on earth to save sinners.
Luke 19:10 NKJV
“for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

•The main characters of this parable.
The “Parable of the Prodigal Son” has three main characters, the father, the elder son and the younger son who became the Prodigal son.

To err is human, and everyone who has ever made a mistake appreciates the opportunity for a “Second chance.”

May you have the divine opportunity to repair all past damages and mistakes. May you boldly declare your total redemption in Jesus’s name.

NB:
2nd Fresh Oil Conference of 2019
Dates:- Sun. June 9th – Tues. June 11, 2019.
Venue:-A.M.A New Head Office, Opposite Kimbu SHS, Accra Central.
Time:- 6pm prompt.
Speaker:-Rev. Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 14

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 14
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

We need a proper knowledge of God’s will, before we can receive the things He has provided for us. We cannot guess the will of God, from the things that are happening or not happening.
James 4:2 NKJV
“You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.”

Apostle James, in his letter reveals some reasons why some Believers could not obtain certain promised blessings.
•Excessive dependence on carnal methods
To try to get the things they wanted, some Believers were lusting, fighting, and coveting.
Romans 8:6 NKJV
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

James even accused them of “murder.” The apostle was referring to hatred among the brethren. Bitter infighting breeds hatred.
1 John 3:15 NKJV
“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

•The Believers had stopped praying.
They had quit praying and trusting God for their needs. God couldn’t give them anything because they did not ask God for anything. They didn’t have because they didn’t ask.
Matthew 7:7-8a NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives,”

God’s word is true. God is a God of faith.
Human fathers give good gifts to their children who ask them.
Matthew 7:9-10 NKJV
“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?”

Our Heavenly Father is better than all human fathers.
Matthew 7:11 NKJV
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

God does not just give good things to those that need them. God rather gives good things to those who ask Him. If you fail to ask God for your needs, God will not supply them.
Not even one of the Israelite lepers asked God to heal them, but Naaman the Syrian came to Israel asking for his healing, and he got it.

May you have a clear revelation of the channels of ministry that almighty God has provided for you. May you not miss your visitation, in Jesus’s name.

Sunday Pulpit Series – From the Cross to the Throne: 3

Sunday Pulpit Series

From the Cross to the Throne: 3

Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

 

The cross represents Christ’s crucifixion. Christ’s crucifixion represents His humiliation, reproach and shame.

Acts 8:33 NKJV

“In His humiliation His justice was taken away,

And who will declare His generation?

For His life is taken from the earth.”

 

The Ethiopian eunuch was reading this scripture when evangelist Philip stopped his chariot. An angel had instructed Philip to leave the revival in Samaria, and go stand by the Gaza roadside.

Acts 8:26 NKJV

“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.”

 

The Early Church abounded in supernatural guidance. The apostles and disciples, commonly had divine instructions from angels, the Holy Spirit, visions and dreams.

The angel didn’t tell Philip the reason why he had to to leave a great revival in a city, and go and stand in the desert, but Philip obeyed. Obedience is more important to God than explanation. God had a plan.

Acts 8:27 NKJV

“So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,”

 

The Ethiopian eunuch had traveled a very great distance of about 1,600 miles, to come and worship Jehovah.

He was returning home without the religious experience, that he sought at such a great cost. The cost of his journey was threefold.

•Time: This journey would take several weeks, one way.

•Money: The Ethiopian eunuch would have to travel with a large convoy, meaning he would be catering for a large company for several weeks.

•Physical stress: Such a journey was very stressful and physically taxing on the body.

The Ethiopian paid the price, because he wanted a spiritual encounter with Jehovah.

Isaiah 55:6 NKJV

“Seek the Lord while He may be found,

Call upon Him while He is near.”

 

May you have a fulfilling encounter with the Lord, as you go to church.

Morning Message of Motivation – The Compassion of Christ: 11 Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Morning Message of Motivation

The Compassion of Christ: 11
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi

Christ’s compassion was demonstrated most strikingly through His healing ministry. It is through His healing ministry that people could personally feel His love and compassion.
A leper came up to Christ and worshipped Him.
Mark 1:40 NKJV
“Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

The leper was fully assured of Christ’s power to heal leprosy. He just wasn’t so sure about Christ’s willingness to heal him in particular. Most people rightly believe that God is omnipotent, and that He can do all things.
Mark 10:27 NKJV
“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

The challenge many people like this leper face, is to believe that God is willing to intervene in their own personal issues and difficulties.
They believe in God’s power, but they have doubts concerning His love and compassion, towards them.
Jesus responded immediately to dispel this leper’s doubts.
Mark 1:41 NKJV
“Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

Our Lord Jesus lovingly settled the doubts of this man. His words were a powerful reassurance of His love and compassion for all mankind, in any kind of need.
Jesus didn’t criticise the man for his uncertainty. The man simply lacked knowledge and wisdom, concerning Christ’s compassion.
James 1:5 NKJV
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Our Heavenly Father, graciously invites us to ask Him for wisdom, in any area we are lacking. The leper asked Christ to enlighten him, about God’s willingness to heal a poor leper. Christ assured him that God was willing to heal him.

May Christ’s compassion and love, minister solutions to all the challenges you may face. May you have a clear revelation of God’s love and compassion, in Jesus name.