Monthly Archives: September 2015

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 27TH OF SEPTEMBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Shepherd
TODAY’S TOPIC: His House
KEY TEXT: Ps. 23:1-5
KEY VERSE: Ps. 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”

INTRODUCTION
Last Sunday, we saw the two attributes of The Shepherd that takes on this journey with us. The Shepherd always provides the support we need throughout life’s journey. Today, we look at the dwelling place He has provided for His sheep.
What does His house connote? What does it mean? We consider below these things:

1. HIS SHELTER
One of the things a house does is protect one from the harshness of the weather. The ones inside a house do not feel the heat and dryness outside the house. Another thing is the house is a place of rest. Everybody returns to the house after an outing. It is in the house that there is refreshing. Because after one comes back, he drinks and eats in the house. He also sleeps there. The Shepherd provides His presence to be that house for us. Whenever we run to Jesus, He is always there. It does not matter what we need—comfort, rest, refreshing, or shield from the fierce darts of the world—Jesus has everything1
(Ps. 18:2; Prov. 18:10; Ps. 62:2,7; Ps. 114:2)

2. HIS FAMILY
People who stay together in a house are related. They are either family or they are friends, somehow there is a connection. The house of The Shepherd provides other sheep with whom a sheep can relate. In this life’s journey, the Shepherd has other sheep in the fold. Some have been in the house longer then you, some are just getting into the house. What the shepherd has taught them, you can learn when they teach you. This is the place of mentorship, prayer or study partners, spiritual fathers, etc. Utilize this opportunity. Do not be proud. Meet other Christians who are more experienced than you are and ask certain questions. Learn from others through coaching and mentoring. Read books and grow. In addition, you are in this family to grow others who are just coming in. Don’t be proud it—do it!
(Prov. 13:20; Ps. 119:63; Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:24)

FURTHER STUDY:
2Chrn. 19:2; Ps. 27:4; 1Cor. 15:33-34; Ps. 61:4; Ps. 91:1; 92:13

theTASK:
* Read a book this week, written by one of the undiluted fathers in the faith.

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask that the Lord keep His word in you.
3. Pray that God opens your eye to see the importance of spiritual family.
4. Pray for journey mercies for the family of Joy (MTN).
5. Pray as led for all leaders in COD.
6. Pray for the coming outreach planned by us (Codites). Let the Holy Spirit touch men and deliver them from the evil vices of this land.
7. Secure your week in the hands of God.

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VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 20TH OF SEPTEMBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Shepherd
TODAY’S TOPIC: His Goodness and Mercy
KEY TEXT: Ps. 23:1-5
KEY VERSE: Ps. 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”

INTRODUCTION
At this point of our study, if you have followed carefully, you would see that the 23rd Psalm is actually a journeying Psalm. One would not be wrong to call it the Psalm of life; for life, itself is a journey. In verse six, which is the concluding part of this psalm, there is a farewell promise. It speaks of two co-travellers with every Christian in this journey of life. This co-travellers, Goodness and Mercy, we shall look at in our study of today.

1. HIS GOODNESS
The goodness of something is the virtue or excellence in it. It is the benefits in something. When the Psalmist was speaking of goodness here, he was NOT being specific; he was being general. He saw that, because the sheep is under the care of the shepherd, everything the sheep will ever see is GOOD. Just like in the case of a child, though some decisions made by the parents may not go down well with him, they are ALWAYS for his good. Read Jer. 29:11.

We see here that it is in the mind of the Good Shepherd (Christ) towards us is good always. God never intends for us to suffer. We are His responsibility. We must see things that way.
(Ps. 36:7-10; Gen. 39:3, 23; Ps. 128:1-6)

2. HIS MERCY
If one is merciful, they have the quality of feeling and showing compassion to everyone (especially offenders). Now, the Mercy of God is very complicated to explain, very complicated. One of the best ways to see this is, we do not always please the Shepherd, but His Mercifulness covers that up. This is not telling us to be lax or loose. It is reminding us that no matter how hard we try to be righteous, His Mercy is what speaks for us. Read Eph. 2:8-9, Rom. 9:16. This should keep us in awe of His mysteriousness.
(Lam. 3:22-23; Neh. 9:31; Ps. 86:15; Ps. 78:38)

FURTHER STUDY:
Ps. 16:10-11; Ps. 9:10; Isa. 26:3-4; Jer. 17:7-8; Mal. 3:6; Micah 7:18-19; Lk. 1:50

theTASK:
Speak God’s goodness and mercy into your life, throughout this week.

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Seek God’s Mercy in all areas of your life.
3. Ask that the Goodness of GOD be the portion of you and your family.
4. Pray for Joy Oluchi (MTN). Let God Himself be the Shepherd of that family.
5. Thank the LORD for the possibility of a COD family gathering that started last Sunday in Ugbokolo, Benue State. Pray that God grows them from grace to grace. Pray for God’s guidance on Victor Obande (V.I.C). He is currently the one coordinating that extension.
6. Pray for God’s favour on all Codites who are currently seeking admission.
7. Pray that God grows and sustains the faith of all Codites. Let God keep them from the power of sin and hell.
8. Bless your week, cover it with The Blood.

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 13TH OF SEPTEMBER 2015

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Shepherd
TODAY’S TOPIC: His Honour
KEY TEXT: Ps. 23:1-5
KEY VERSE: Ps. 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”

INTRODUCTION
There is always a reward after every passed test. There is always promotion after a successful exam. Last week, we were looking at how God uses trials and unpleasant circumstances to grow us in him. However painful it may be, the Shepherd wants us to grow; and if we are willing, He will do all it takes to make us grow—even if it means that He “scorges” us.

Today, we look at the honour that comes from the Shepherd to any one of His sheep that will patiently go through their own valley. This honour, however, comes in three levels. These are the three levels of the Shepherd’s honour to His obedient sheep:

1. THE TABLE
Note that it is the Shepherd who prepares the table. THOU preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies…” (Ps. 23:5). The Shepherd prepares the table Himself. In addition, He did it before enemies. Now, the place of the table is the realm of vindication. During your journey down the valley of the shadow of death, you will encounter mockeries from foes. There are people who mocked you while you trekked down the valley. Maybe they simply hate you. Alternatively, maybe they thought you were being punished for a particular sin. The reason for the table that the Shepherd sets before your enemies is to wipe away those tears from your eyes. Anyone who has a table before them is always the CELEBRANT. It is God’s way of celebrating you before all. It is His way of celebrating you before the devil. It is way of showing you to the world.
That is why we must follow the Shepherd through all times and seasons.
(Isaiah 60:14-15; Ps. 126:1-2; Job 42:10-11)

2. THE OIL
Again, the Shepherd is the One who anoints. Now, anointing the head is a symbol of announcing an authority. When one is anointed, he is announced; he is proclaimed. Since it is the Shepherd who anoints, it can be said that it is the Shepherd that announces. Scriptures say, THOU anointest my head with oil…”. as disciples, the Shepherd is the One who should announce us. It is His responsibility. Many Christians struggle to make names for themselves by what they rush into doing. Let the Shepherd anoint (announce)you; do not anoint (announce) yourself. Anyone that is anointed of the Shepherd will last.
(John 3:34; Jer. 1:5-10)

3. THE CUP
When someone holds out a cup for filling, what he or she is given becomes his or hers automatically. The quantity that is given is the quantity that belongs to the cupbearer. What is yours is what is given to you, whenever you hold out a cup. The cup, therefore, connotes, “portion”. Your cup collects your own share. Therefore, the Shepherd fills us whenever we pass the test of the valley. It is just like a child who gets a treat from his dad after passing an examination. Apart from the usual, something else is added. God will commit much to that disciple who is faithful in little. Of course, his portion shall be increased.
(Matt. 25:20-23; Isaiah 61:7)

FURTHER STUDY:
Ps. 92:10-15; Ps. 16:5-11; Isaiah 43:1-28

theTASK:
Read through Isaiah 43:1-28, everyday this week.

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask that God cause you to be announced before your generation
3. Pray that the mockeries of your enemies will not discourage you.
4. Ask for the anointing of the LORD upon your life and your family.
5. Pray God’s blessings on all Codites, home or abroad.
6. Bless your week.

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 6TH SEPTEMBER 2015

THEME FOR THE MONTH: The Shepherd
TODAY’S TOPIC: His Rod and His Staff
KEY TEXT: Ps. 23:1-5
KEY VERSE: Ps. 23:1
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”

INTRODUCTION
Two very important things did we consider last week. One, God knows about the storm. He fully understands what it is that we are passing through. He sees it many miles ahead, and may not say anything about it. Two, we understood that God could be the One leading us into the storms. Now, this is very funny…to think that He who should guard us is He who takes us to that danger. This, again, is the place of discipleship.

Today, we see that the storms have some importance. For one, discipleship and growth does not take place outside storms. When the Shepherd leads us to the storms, He knows that it is a mission to grow us. Moreover, He stays with us throughout the storms. The psalmist wrote, “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…”

Through the valley of the shadow of death, there are two properties of the shepherd evident: His Rod and His Staff. These two properties we shall consider today.

1. HIS ROD
Now, this part is frightening. The rod here could mean a stick, a cane, a sceptre used for ruling. Ruling here also includes the responsibility of correcting the sheep. And when we say “correct”, we are looking at every way possible, including punishments. One would hardly see a shepherd without a rod. The rod is for the herd. Sometimes, the rod strikes the herd. Yes, this is that point in your walk with God when you are smitten. The same rod that points the way is the rod that strikes. How many times have we wondered at God: He leads us some minutes back (or some days back) and now He lashes us?

Hard times are painful. They take away our comfort, our pleasure and, sometimes, our peace. When God intends to train His people, He does just those—He removes the satisfaction we derive from the physical. The rod just whips as God instructs it to. It does not ask you whether you are wrong. That is why disciples do not ask the question, “why me?”
(Prov. 29:15; Prov. 22:15; Prov. 23:13-14; Heb. 12:5-11)

2. HIS STAFF
Thus says a proverb: when an elder beats a child with the right hand, he draws him closer with the left. The Hebrew word for staff here is “mish‛ênâh”. It means “support”. One can view it as sustenance. The picture that comes to mind is a “walking stick”. He who uses the walking stick is afflicted in some kind of way. The walking stick is something one leans on. Our Shepherd is NOT wicked. He always provides support in our times of pain. In the Garden of Eden, God was punishing Adam and Eve his wife, but He (God) made clothing for them to cover their nakedness. During our times of pain and affliction, He offers us something to lean on—His shoulder. We can cry to Him when it seems someone is not there to listen to us. Crying—pouring out your heart—to God is definitely allowed here. This is because at those times when it seems to you that The Shepherd is far away, that is when He is right beside you.
(2Cor. 12:7-10; Isaiah 40:29-31; 1Cor. 10:13;

FURTHER STUDY:
Prov. 24:10; Rom. 5:3-5; 2Cor. 6:4-6; James 1:2-4; Matt. 10:19-20

theTASK:
Study Heb. 12:5-11.

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for giving us His word.
2. Ask God to give you that rugged determination which will keep you moving.
3. Pray for divine support to be able to go through our own storms.
4. Pray that God’s peace rests upon all Codites who are either home or away from home.
5. Commit the family of Oluchi (MTN) before God. Ask that God alone will take them through this hard time of their lives. Demand for divine protection and provision on their behalf.
6. Secure the month of September in God’s hands.
7. Receive grace to be greater in you walk with God this month.