HARVEST SACCO AGM

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AGM FOR ALL HARVEST SACCO MEMBERS

Date: Sunday, 29th March 2009
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: Mavuno Dome

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  1. Greetings in the name of Jesus,

    To begin I must commend your work in the Lord, and your obedience to his word in accomplishing His will, to your entire team, God bless thee.
    A few points of concern will I point out. I should best begin with the following question ‘what must I do to get saved?’ Here’s a challenge if you were to randomly pick 10 people from a congregation and ask them, “what is 10+10,” undoubtedly they will all come up with the same correct answer. But if you were to ask the same group, “what must I do to get saved?” A myriad of answers even some not found in the bible will flow. I have done the same challenge with various people from various congregation….and here are some of the answers that I got
    1. Believe in the Jesus
    2. Trust in him obey his commandments
    3. Get born again
    4. Pray the sinners prayer
    5. Accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. Etc….

    To date am yet to find the term, “sinners prayer” in the bible and also the term “accept Jesus as your Lord and savior.”

    Here’s another challenge, ask, “What is the meaning of Born again?”
    This takes us to John 3:3., where we first come across this word in the bible. It’s from the lips of Jesus Christ talking to Nicodemus. Christ answers, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. In verse 4 Nicodemus queries Jesus statement. Verse 5, Jesus explains the meaning of born again, that is, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
    Here we get the exact meaning of the phrase born again from the lips of Jesus, unlike what we hear today.

    In Act 1:4 Jesus commanded the disciple not to leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the father. Which was the holy spirit. In Acts 2:4 they received the Holy spirit, and later to the amazed startled crowd , Peter filled with the Holy Spirit preached a great sermon. After Peters explanation some of his audience asked the most important question that anyone can ask. They wanted to know what God required of them.

    Acts 2:37 And hearing this, they were stabbed in the heart, and said to Peter and to the other apostles, Men, brothers, what shall we do?

    Peter gave them God’s answer. He gave them the most important answer that anyone could give anyone could give and anyone could receive. Inspire by the Holy Spirit he replied

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Interestingly the very answer that Jesus gave to Nicodemus in John 3:3-5 i.e. born of water (which is baptism)and of the spirit is the very same answer that Peter filled with Spirit gave to the crowd. I.e. be baptized and received the Holy Spirit.

    Look at the basic steps for salvation that Peter (filled with the Holy Spirit)was given by God to present

    1. Repent
    2. Be Baptized
    3. Receive the Holy Spirit.

    This is still Gods answer. His plan for salvation has never changed. On the first day of the Christian church the Lord directed Peter to state clearly, for all time and for all people, His simple requirements. So simple and so straight forward that anyone can follow them. So uncomplicated that there is no excuse for not following them exactly as given. True, the ramifications of God’s plan of salvation are immense, marvelous, beyond our full comprehension. However, the basic initial steps are the precise and plainly specified, easily understood by the simplest souls.

    Here’s a brief explanation of the 3 basic steps
    1. Repent. To have another mind to change direction, instead of rebelling against the Lord be obedient.
    2. Be baptized. In Greek, this word means to be immersed in water.
    3. Receive the Holy Spirit. A bible believer will go on to receive the Holy Spirit . No exception! as happened on the day of Pentecost. The following are graphic accounts of people receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4, Acts 10:46, Acts 11:15, and Acts 19:6.

    This I have heard people say, does not the bible say all you need to do is just believe Jesus and you are set for heaven….. In my study I have come across this verses

    Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.

    Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved, and your household.

    Let’s look at the later verse, this were the words of Paul, its true if you look at this later verse it says if you believe on the Lord Jesus you shall be saved you and your household. Sadly, people stop there, but if you continue 2 verses down its quotes

    Acts 16:33 And taking them in that hour of the night, he washed from their stripes. And he was baptized, he and all his, immediately.

    When it comes to Romans, this letter was written addressing the saints (the saved)

    What other verses support the above Acts 8:12-17, Acts 18:8, Acts 8:26-38

    In my study and research I have come across many questions, below are some of them.

    How can we indicate that we have been buried with and raised with Jesus? Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
    Can they who have received the Holy Spirit forbid baptism? On the contrary no. Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
    Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
    Here we see baptism is a command.

    Acts Chap. 19 is very phenomenal, Paul passed through Ephesus and found certain disciples. He did not keep quiet but prodded to find out more, from them. He thus asks them, Acts 19:2 Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. Paul doesn’t stop there he i.e. Paul also queries their baptism, that’s verse 3 and 4. Finally in verse 5 and 6, Paul baptizes them and laid his hands upon them and they received the Holy Spirit. (mark you, the above people were disciples and had believed but still had to be born again. This should be the best approach that any pastor should take regards their congregation)

    Should we go for baptism classes, there is no account in the that indicate people went for baptism classes, on the contrary people we baptized there and then, once they realized they were sinners. Acts 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. Also, Acts 8:35-38.
    My point is, it is absolutely wrong to prolong someone’s salvation.

    What about Baptism for children? There is no account in the bible where children were baptized, in fact Jesus equated them to the kingdom of God. Mt 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
    Once one has reached the age of conscience i.e. moral sense of right and wrong, recognizes he or she is a sinner. Then he or she should be baptized.

    How do we administer baptism, there are no account is in the bible regards sprinkling as a form of baptism rather we have several biblical examples that support immersion, e.g. the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip. Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. etc

    Finally,

    It is a great ignorance ask people how many want to be saved pray for them and send them home without baptizing them praying for them to receive the spirit, for assuredly as Jesus puts it in John 3:3 and John 3:5 they will not enter into the kingdom of God

    Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (A Great Warning)

    The greatest honor that can be bestowed upon man is to participate in the work of the Lord. I hope this will further the gospel in reaching out and winning more souls for Jesus Christ.

    God Bless.

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