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Salvation

What does the term being born again mean?  It refers to a new beginning with the Lord our God. (John 3:3-7).  When you accept salvation, it means you want to be a child of God. God adopts the born again as his children (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5, 1John 3:1).

So how is it that we are adopted by God? How does it come about, and what does it involve?

When we receive Christ by faith, we have the privilege of becoming his children. We are adopted into His family. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”  – John 1:12. Just like children who are adopted in other families experience a change of status, this is a similar situation when one becomes child of
God. (2Corinthians 6:18)

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5.

To redeem means to obtain or to set free by paying a price. It cost God the price of his Son’s life.

In John 3:4, Nicodemus asked Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Nicodemus was right to ask this question. Is it possible for us to be born a second time? 

Well, being born again doesn’t mean a physical rebirth; it’s a spiritual one. It refers to a change or transformation or conversion of heart—from indifference or insignificance or dislike toward God to a love for Him and a desire to live out our best for Him.

First, we have to understand the state of our heart. Jesus said it begins in our hearts. The problem is something called sin, which means to miss the mark—to fail to do what we ought to do. 

You must admit your sin; that you can’t live up to God’s perfect standard on your own. Then you must ask forgiveness for that sin and repent, which means to make every effort to turn away from that sin. Finally, you ask Jesus to be part of your lives. That’s when God’s Spirit penetrates your heart to guide you and help you be more like Him. That’s when you are Born Again.

Our Father says: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:26). From then on, He gives you a new purpose and new goals for living. We no longer live for ourselves but for Him (II Corinthians 5:15).

Nothing will fully satisfy us unless we have Jesus in our lives and the eternal hope of being with Him forever in heaven.

Jesus was telling Nicodemus that no matter what good he did on the outside, he needed changing on the inside. That can only happen through a supernatural act of God when His Holy Spirit convicts us of wrongdoing and brings new life to our very being.

Additionally, this is a lifelong process of learning, self-examination, prayer, and a conscious effort to put our old self off and our new self on. Rebirth may start with the verbal confession, the conversion experience that some called “born again,” but it then continues for the rest of our life.

 “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”. Romans 10:9 NKJV

Before we can change our lives for the better, we have to know the difference between right and wrong. Then we can know what needs to change in us to be a new person 

Only when we start turning our eye on our own thoughts, feelings, words, and actions can our knowledge of right and wrong become effective. Before we can change for the better, we must identify what needs changing in ourselves. (James 4:17, Matthew 26:41NIV)

John 3:3 says that “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” In other words, being born again is infinitely serious. We will not see the kingdom of God unless we are born again. 

This means becoming a new person. We all have our faults and flaws. Some of them are obvious, some are hidden. When we engage in them knowingly and intentionally, they are called “sins.” 

Reasons why you should be born again:

  • So that you will not burn in hell fire for the rest of your life after death.
  • To see the kingdom of God (John 3:3)
  • It prepares you to rule with Christ in God’s Kingdom,
  • It gives you with an everlasting inheritance – (1 Peter 1:3-4)
  • It’s a guarantee you will rule as Kings. (2 Timothy 2:12, 2Corinthians 1:21-22).

When Jesus discussed the subject, he said that those born again would be “born from water and spirit.” (John 3:5) This expression refers to baptism in water followed by baptism with Holy Spirit. Acts 1:5; 2:1-4.

Jesus was the first person to be born again. He was baptized in the Jordan River, after which God anointed (or, baptized) him with Holy Spirit. Jesus was thus born again as a spiritual son of God with the hope of returning to life in heaven. (Mark 1:9-11) God fulfilled this hope by resurrecting Jesus as a spirit creature. Acts 13:33.

Jesus looked at him and said, “Nicodemus, you need to be born again” (Cf. John 3:5). In fact, He said, “Verily, verily”—and any time Jesus used that expression, He meant that what was to follow was very important. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee … ye must be born again” (John 3:5, 7, KJV).

Have you been born again? Call it transformation, call it commitment, call it repentance, call it being saved, but has this happened to you? Does Christ live in your heart? Do you identify with it? Many people have thought about Christ and yet have never made this vow. Have you made a commitment to Jesus Christ?

Nicodemus must have been dumbfounded when Jesus said, “You must be born again.” It wouldn’t seem shocking if Christ had said that to the thief on the cross or to the woman caught in adultery. But Nicodemus was a religious leader and yet he was searching for certainty.

Perhaps you are an ardent church goer, never miss a Sunday or maybe not, or perhaps you are still searching and you feel that you’re not right with God. Figures this, as a religious leader, Nicodemus fasted, taught the word in the Synagogue, tithed and spent some time every day in prayer. So why did Jesus say that Nicodemus must be born again? Because Jesus knew what was in Nicodemus’ heart. He was religious but did not have a personal relationship with God.

  • Make daily prayer a must, and don’t be afraid to be honest with God. Psalm 139:2 says “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
  • Spend quiet time with God.
  • Read your Bible
  • Spend time with other believers (attend fellowship)
  • Live out your faith

Healing School

The disciples of Jesus faced a real dilemma when they couldn’t cast out a demon from a boy. As a result of their failure, a crowd gathered. When Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James and John He asked what they were arguing about, 

“A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” Mark 9:17-18

The LORD rebuked His disciples for their unbelief, then He asked the father of the boy how long he had been in that situation, “From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Mark 9:21-22

Jesus response to His disciples and then to the father of the demon possessed boy is the very basis for the Healing School to help enlighten both those who seek to be healed and the healing minister. 

‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  – Mark 9:23

WHM whose objective is to teach healing to those who need to be healed. Without perfect knowledge on healing, it may be impossible for one to receive healing from the LORD. Perfect knowledge casts out all fear and doubt. Perfect knowledge can only come from the word of God. 

Majority of those who haven’t received their healing never really understood that God wants to heal them, and that healing has already been provided for them by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

Healing School addresses the following fundamental areas that are critical for your healing.

  1. The Origin of sickness/disease
  2. Deception around healing 
  3. Why you haven’t been healed
  4. God will on healing 
  5. What you need to do to be healed 
  6. How to receive your healing 
  7. How to keep your healing

Ministers

There is a common misconception that praying for the sick is for a select few. This is far from the truth. The great commission is for all who shall believe. God wants to use you in the healing ministry provided you will be willing to believe Him. If you will preach healing to the people, God will come and confirm His word by healing the sick. 

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.”

Mark 16:17

You too can pray for the sick and they will be healed provided you are trained according to the word of God. Healing School wants to equip you to be a teach healing to your congregation and to believe God to heal everyone who believes.

Sample Post by Risbond

After the praise and worship, I huge man took to the pulpit and delivered such a warm message on forgiveness. I hadn’t heard anyone preach that passionately. Uncle Ben is such a gentle soul, loving and charming. The service seemed too short perhaps because I was so hooked to the word that night.

When he was done, pastor Yusuf approached him and they spoke for a few minutes, then he beckoned us to join him. He sat right on the pavement just beneath the pulpit then he shock my hand and said, ‘I am Benoni Mugarura but everyone calls me Uncle Ben, what do they call you?” Arnold, everyone calls me Arnold I answered. Then he looked at Shamim and asked her the same to which she answered then he adds, ‘I have been told you came in last night from Mbale, so what is your story?

At this point I was really concerned, why was everyone asking for this story? What was special about us? But because I had fallen in love with Uncle Bens gentle person, I quickly told him how I got saved on Sunday then Shamim came to me with job offer which I accepted and on Tuesday we were headed to Kampala to a job that didn’t exist only to end up on the streets until Aunt Grace found us.

Then he asked tell me more about this Aunt Grace. Pastor Yusuf interjected and said, she worked with him at the guest house and that’s how we met him earlier in the day. Then he asked, so where are you staying at the moment? At Aunt Graces home we answered. For how long? We are not sure. Then he said something that changed everything. He reached his hand and pulled out a 20,000 Shilling note and said, “This money has been in my shirt pocket since Thursday last week, I have had a need but I never used it because God knew you were coming, here take it is for you.”

I reached out my hand to take the money then he added, “And Arnold, I have to see you on Sunday I must introduce you to the church. They have to know you and I believe there is more to you than what you have said and I want to hear your whole story.” That meant we weren’t going back to Mbale just yet. He bade us good night and off we left with an over joyed Pastor, he kept saying, “Praise the LORD, I cant believe what has happened, he is going to introduce you to the church, such blessings don’t come that easy.”

We talked for a while as he explained the importance of Sundays meeting. He needed to make sure that we didn’t skip the meeting. He helped us get a taxi to City Square and then we hoped onto another one taking us to Nakawa. When we got back home, we found Aunt Grace waiting eagerly, she wanted to know if our meetings with the Pastor had been productive and what Uncle Ben said. When we told her the whole story, she burst out in praise, I had never seen someone so excited like she was. She lifted her hands and said, “I praise you God because you never fail your children.” She wept as she sang songs for almost half an hour, Shamim joined in. I had never felt so heathen like I did that day, I knew no song at all, I sat there with a strange look on my face. The best I could do was clap but that too wasn’t organized because the songs they sang flipped from one to another with no set format making it hard to even follow.

Faith Fest

A Leading Voice Of The Grace Revolution

“IF YOU DON’T PREACH PURE, UNADULTERATED GRACE, PEOPLE’S LIVES WILL NEVER BE GLORIOUSLY BLESSED AND GLORIOUSLY TRANSFORMED.”

With more than two decades of full-time ministry behind him, Joseph Prince is today a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his books, teaching resources, and television ministry.

The author of best sellers such as The Power of Right Believing, Destined To Reign, and Unmerited Favor, Joseph is also a highly sought-after conference speaker. He has impacted church leaders worldwide by preaching the unadulterated gospel of Jesus with boldness. He is known for teaching God’s Word in a fresh, practical, and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus. His humorous, dynamic and engaging style of preaching has also endeared him to a wide spectrum of viewers who tune in to his daily television program. His broadcast currently reaches millions of homes across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Israel on both secular and Christian networks.

A Faithful Pastor To His Church

A founding member of New Creation Church, Joseph initially served as an elder and associate pastor. However, his unanimous appointment as senior pastor in 1990 marked a turning point in the history of the church, which started experiencing phenomenal growth. Under Joseph’s leadership, the church congregation has grown by more than a hundredfold—from about 150 to more than 31,000 attendees.

Having built and established the leadership and congregation of New Creation Church on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ, Joseph is now actively fulfilling, around the world, the mandate that God has given him to preach God’s unmerited favor without compromise. He heads Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc., an international, non-profit organization that seeks to build, encourage, and inspire people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through television broadcasting as well as new media technology. Joseph’s ministry as pastor, teacher, conference speaker, and author continues to transform many lives, setting people free from the heavy yoke of the law, guilt, and condemnation by pointing them to Jesus and His finished work at Calvary.

Revealing Jesus To The World

Joseph believes the best in people and is committed to helping them discover how they can reign in life through the abundance of grace and gift of righteousness. His desire is to help this generation of believers understand the new covenant of grace and realize how greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved they are by their heavenly Father.

In addition, both Joseph and Wendy are moved by the plight of less fortunate children, especially in Asia, and consider it a calling and an urgent priority to provide practical help through Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc.’s missions initiative and humanitarian projects. To find out more, click here.

Wendy Prince: EMBODYING THE PROVERBS 31 WOMAN

A devoted wife to Pastor Prince and a loving mother to Jessica Shayna and Justin David, Wendy Prince epitomizes the virtuous woman mentioned in Proverbs 31. She is a constant source of love and support to Joseph, and has committed herself to bringing Jessica and Justin up in the ways of the Lord. Her humility, warmth, and genuine love for God and people have led to her counseling and touching many lives.

Salvation without borders

Your relationship with God and fellowship with His Spirit shouldn’t be limited to church attendance. Salvation without boarders is meant to help you enjoy a continuous communion with the LORD wherever you find yourself. It is possible to remain in the presence of the LORD all through the day by taking His word with you. Here is how 

  • Christ at Home – Fellowship and share the word of the LORD as a family. “The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.” 2 Samuel 6:11. Sign up today and get access to unlimited content for your House Church with Christ at Home
  • Christ at School – Sharing the word of God together at school. Stay in fellowship with other believers and help spread the good news in your school by joining Christ at School fellowship or you can start a school church today. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14. Sign up your school today and get access to unlimited content for your School Church with Christ at School. 
  • Christ at Campus – University Evangelism starts here. Help spread the gospel today by joining any of our Christ at Campus Fellowship in your university or you could help start a University Church now. Together we can fulfill the great commission. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19. The purpose and objective of Christ at Campus – Make Disciples. Will you serve the LORD today! Sign up now and get access to unlimited content for your University Church with Christ at Campus.
  • Christ at Work – Make Jesus known in your work place. “As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20. Every day, the Holy Spirit creates opportunities for you to share the gospel to those around you. Share the good news today while you work with friends and colleagues, let them know of the saving grace of our LORD Jesus, encourage one another in the faith and strengthen your relationship with the master. Cultivate a habit of sharing scriptures with one another at work – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16. Sign up today and get access to unlimited content for your Work Place Church with Christ at Work.
  • Christ on the Road – Take the gospel with you. “what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed, our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3. Stay connected in the Spirit with the word of the LORD wherever you go. Find fellow believers on the journey like yourself, take the mobile app with you and locate a church or fellowship near you. sign up today and get access to unlimited content, summons, music, scripture, word of the day, great testimonies to encourage you and lots of information to help you stay connected while on a trip. Download the app now on apple store and google 
  • Christ in Business – Let Christ be at the center of your business. Doing business Gods way is very possible and you will find it worthwhile. With Christ in Business, we want to help our members build string business principles based on the Word of God and His Spirit. 

Will provide materials and other related information that can help business people succeed with Jesus at the center of what they do. Christ in Leadership – Leadership comes from God. We believe that without God, nothing holds together not even leadership. With Christ in Leadership, we want to create a community of Christian Leaders who fear and honor God. We want Christ to be at the center of everything and His Spirit leading and guiding leaders to make Godly, wise and thoughtful decisions. In this corrupt generation, only Spirit led leadership can set you apart.

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