Author: Deji Okegbile

BATTLE OF THE AGES: Past, Present and Future in Perspective.

Bookstores and libraries have shelves of books on warfare, battles, demons, the occult, and the devil. The Bible does teach that Satan and his emissaries, the demons are at work in the world affecting people daily. It is impossible to live in this world and escape temptation or evade enticement to evil. In our materialistic world riddled with evil, the Bible’s teaching on spiritual warfare and battle is an urgent appeal to reverse culture of declining moral and biblical literacy.  Battle of the ages is about the positives of the Christian faith bearing in mind, “greater is he that...

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How can Satan cast out Satan?: Overcoming Scribes’ Missional ‘Blind Spot.’

Donald Barnhouse in his book, ‘The Invisible War’ said, “The Devil’s cleverest ruse is to make believe that he does not exist.” Satan is a terrible adversary, but the one, Jesus, who is in us as Christians ‘is greater than he who is in the world’ (1Jn 4:4, Rom 8: 35-39). The Lord’s Prayer is meant to be our pattern of prayer. A missional clause in the Lord’s prayer which says “but deliver us from evil” shows us that as we totally dependent on the Spirit, we should pray daily to be delivered and protected from Satan’s assaults (Matt...

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HAVE YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT? – Senior Partner to Christian Witnesses.

The Acts of the Apostles that ‘gives us an account of a Church destitute of the Spirit,’[1] begins with a missional promise. Jesus speaks His final words to His men before ascending to heaven. The missional key verse in the book of Acts is “Ye shall receive power” (Acts 1:8). Here, Luke does not relate the baptism in the Spirit to the first experience of personal spiritual salvation. Luke describes the Holy Spirit as senior partner, power that comes upon someone who is already a follower of Jesus Christ, then working within him or her to effectively communicate Christ’s...

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GROWING 21ST CENTURY MISSIONAL CHURCH: Forward to the Past.

The Church’s role as a “sent church” is sacrosanct.[1] Against the managerial and mechanical solutions of Babylon in our post-Christian culture, sending and being sent remains constitutive of Christian mission[2] (Ps 137). Growing 21st century missional church is a reminder for the church to stop repeating its decline and mistake because, ‘the one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.’ Resultantly, churches continue to loose our followers to new communities of belief. Today, the church is continuing in a fatal period with a ‘miserable mistake,’ and rather than confessing and repenting from our...

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Remaining Faithful and Fruitful: Missional Matter

John, in our Gospel reading this week reminds us the kind of love Christians are called to embody (Jn 15:9-17). The summation of this chapter can be expressed in two statements: (1) Abide in me—experience that love (verses 1-8); and (2) Express that love (verses 9-17). To love is to live missionally, embodying the Good News of a God who is love. Jesus instructs us in the way of loving others with God’s love: “Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in...

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