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The New Testament Church Jesus is Building

A Pamphlet by Brother Oluwayinka  “Yinnkah” Durojaiye being distributed in Nigeria and posted here for the edification of the Church at large.

There are thousands of religious denominations and  organizations all around us today. You may belong to one of them. However, there is a church which Jesus Christ promised to build (Mt. 16:18) and which He  began to build  since the day of  Pentecost up to this hour (Acts 2: 1- 4, 41 -47. 1 Pet. 2:5) till the rapture  (Rom. 11:25; 1Thess. 4:16-17). It is the New Testimonial  Church. Are you in  fellowship with this church in its visible local form and expression? Sadly, few are.

Most Pastors and Christians are rather ignorantly or willfully laboring and establishing ‘Churches’ of their our preferences and
organizational visions instead of being co-laborers (1Cor.3:9) with our Lord Jesus Christ in His own church which He is still building (1Cor 3: 10-15), the Lord says: if anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me;
him will my father honor
(Jn.12:26). Are you where the Lord is presently working or on your own denominational project of empire building? Whose honor are you seeking? That of heaven or of men? (Jn. 12: 42 – 43).

The church is the house of the living God and it has a divine way of doing things (see 1Tim. 3:15). All through the Bible there has always been a pattern for the house of God. In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle had to be built in accordance to the pattern God showed Moses on the Mount (Heb. 8:5). Also, there was a divinely revealed plan for Solomon’s Temple (1 Chron. 28: 12, 19). Similarly, “the re-built Temple in the days of Ezra was also built according to the absolute standard of the plumb line that measured all from above (Zach. 4:9, 10)”. And when we came to the future Temple of Ezekiel, it also has a carefully revealed and measured pattern (Ezek. 40:4, 43: 10-12)

Equally so, there exists a pattern for the New Testament Church and Christ Himself is its standard. Carefully examine these scriptures: 1Cor.3:9-17; 4:17; 7:17;11:16; 14:3,33; 37, 38; 2Thess.2:15; 1Tim.3:15; 2Tim1:13, 14.

Read the rest of this article in pdf form

Kunle Ogunjinmi House Church Report

[Editor: Kunle Ogunjinmi is a faithful brother who has been discipled by Titus Agbeniga, Steve Phillips, and Yinnkah Durojaiye who, along with his good wife, Dupe, host the church in their home in the University of Ibadan district of Ibadan city. Kunle is a very capable translator from English to Yoruba and often assisted bro Steve Phillips when he taught in Nigeria]

Now unto the King immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever. He alone is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving for His enabling grace upon our lives. It is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness that has commanded light to shine in our lives until the day dawn and the day star arises in our lives. 

Oh, what the good God used you for in our lives- my wife and I, cannot be over emphasized. Thank you for allowing Him to use you.

The church in my home, Bro David Adaso’s house, and Alabata greet you. We give thanks to God for His immeasurable gift and grace upon His Church.

The ministry [Bible teaching] meeting we hold in Bro Yinnkah’s house fixed a date for a marriage seminar on the 24th to 27th of December, 2009. There is also another seminar with the villagers on the 11th to 13th December, 2009. Please, pray along with us.

Regards to my dearest mummy [Patti Phillips] and the children. NB: Bro Titus will travel this Saturday to Benue and Enugu Ezike.

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – Gift

Bro. Amos’ new motorcycle – 1st Oct.

As I shared in my last report, I was so burdened of the Lord to raise money to get bro Amos a new motor bike to ease his gospel work. My judgment of him was that he is an elderly man in his 60’s who is truly fully devoted to the Lord, His word, and His work. I have been touched many times with his faith and prayer concerning the work of the gospel in Idoma Land.

Few, are faithful men [Prov. 20:6], but I think this old subsistence farmer and brother is one. He is not a babe in the faith and as I have earlier said, the Lord Himself through the ministry of dear brother Steve Philips, David Dyer and other Christian writers, has been revealing to him and bro Simeon, the NT pattern of the church ever before his Macedonian call to us in Ibadan!

As soon as I returned to Ibadan last July, I gave a report of my mission trip to the brethren at Ibadan and other believer friends; and I informed them about my burden for bro Amos’ care, notifying them of my plan to return to Benue in October. The Lord touched the heart of some brethren who were freely willing [2 Cor. 8:3] and they joined me in giving towards the ministering to the saints [2 Cor. 9:1].

The targeted amount was N65,000 [about $520], but at the end of the day we gathered the sum of N71,300 [about $570]! It was more than I expected, but it was exactly how much we needed in the wisdom of God. On getting to Otukpo on the 30th of Sept., I informed bro Amos’s two dumbfounded sons about the secret plan, but it was only bro Amos’ youngest son, Sam, and I who went to make the purchase the next day.

The bike was more expensive in Otukpo than in Ibadan where it is about N65,000. We eventually succeeded in purchasing the bike at the sum of N70,000, thanks to a mechanic neighbor of the Agbochenu’s who helped us beat down the price from N71,000.

How glad I was when we were eventually given the receipt and the red Jincheng AX100 motorcycle. Bless the Lord! Assembling the motorcycle took about six hours, so that by the time Sam and I got home the family had left for the venue of the youth conference at Sabongiri.

It was eventually at night when we all returned home that I gladly let the cat out of the bag in the presence of the whole family. With the exception of Emmanuel and Sam, the love gift from the brethren at Ibadan was a huge surprise! Bro. Amos burst into a song of praise: “Lord You are so good, Lord You are kind, Lord You are wonderful, my Lord You are excellent. Excellent is Your Name, excellent is Your power, Lord You are merciful, my Lord You are excellent!” And a hymn: “Though we pass through tribulation, All will be well. Ours is such a full salvation, all, all is well. Happy when in God confiding, fruitful if in Christ abiding, holy through the Spirit’s guiding, All must be well.”

Emmanuel topped the family joy with a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for His care and for the love of the brethren at Ibadan. I have chosen to give this last full report about the motorcycle to enlighten some of my brothers in the Lord, that what I have done is not a Gospel of Technology [Editor: See chapter by that name in Steve Phillips’ book Christ: Head of His Church] as I have been sadly accused.

This is simply a ministering  to the saints [2 Cor.9:1] which according to apostle Paul not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God [2 Cor.9:12]. The left over from the original sum, I used in also buying him a brand new bag, to carry his Bible and hymn book, at the cost of exactly N1300. Below is bro Amos’s personal letter of appreciation:

Christian Fellowship Ameh Street, Behind Central Primary School

P. O. Box 800 Otukpo, Benue State. 8th October 2009

To The Faithful Saints at Ibadan, c/o Brother Yinnkah Durojaiye

A LETTER OF APPRECIATION II COR 9:9-15.

Beloved brethren, Greeting to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This letter is to acknowledge your gift of a brand new motorcycle, Jincheng Ax100. Engine N0. JCLE50FMGPB1005255, Chassis N0. LYCPAGLH085D36771, Costing the sum of Seventy Thousand Naira, through your minister/brother Yinnkah Durojaiye, for the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I want to let you know that the saints here are rejoicing because of your sacrifice of giving. And I myself being surprised and short of words, employ the words of the Holy Spirit in II Cor. 9:9-15 for your edification, exhortation, and comfort. Whenever Yinnkah returns to you, you will see my joy expressed through his face. If the Lord tarries, we shall see each other face to face.

Farewell.  Signed, Amos S. Agbochenu Apprentice/Servant

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – Sobongiri & Titus

The Church at Sabongiri – 8th, 9th, 14th & 15th Oct.

As the Lord would have it, it was with the brethren at Sabongiri that I spent most of the time in Bible study. I deemed it fit to revise and re-emphasize the teaching on Christ: the Pattern for the Church with them. It was not a strange doctrine to them, but from observation, this truth was yet to be fully experiential to them.

Bro Amos and bro Simeon, the pillars among these brethren, have greatly come to an understanding of this truth – the major reason why my ministry is fully welcomed among them – but like Paul would say of his little children, “we labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you” [Gal.4:19].

The Lord has never committed the building of His dwelling place among His people to man’s discretion and inventions. Moses had to build His tabernacle according to God’s pattern shown to him on the mount [Heb.8:5]. As beloved and wise David and Solomon were in the sight of God, Solomon’s Temple had to be built according to divinely revealed plan [1 Chron.28:12,19], not according to their own wisdom.

The returnees of the Babylonian captivity in the days of Ezra had no thought of improving on God’s blueprint for His house with imported Babylonian design; not at all. They rather built to the Lord’s absolute standard of the plumb line that measured all from above [Zech.4:9,10].  Even the future Temple revealed to Ezekiel has a carefully revealed and measured pattern [Ezek.40:4; 43:10-12]!

Today, even from the day of Pentecost, the church as a people has become the Temple or the House of God. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” [1 Cor.3:16]. “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” [1 Pet.2:5].

“And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you [collectively] are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them, I will be their God, and they shall be my people’” [2 Cor. 6:16].

Today, the Lord does not dwell in a temple of stones with walls built with human hands, but rather, in Jesus Christ, “the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom [Christ], you [the church] also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” [Eph.2:21,22].

Equally important to note is that, as there was a divine pattern for God’s tabernacle and temple in the dispensation of the Old Covenant, so is there a pattern for the church, God’s temple, today in the New Covenant. This revelation was given to the early apostles and prophets of Christ: “for we are members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” [Eph. 2:19,20].

In the inspired words of apostle Paul, “I write to  you…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” [1 Tim.3:14,15]. And, “if anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” [1 Cor.14:37].

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the pattern of the Church [see 1 Cor.3:9-17; 4:17; 7:17; 11:16; 2 Thess. 2:15; 2Tim. 1:13,14]. He is the “foundation” [1 Cor.3:11] and the “chief cornerstone” [Eph.2:20] of the church. He is the only High priest and one Mediator for all believer-priests [Heb. 4:14-17; 7:25].

He alone is our King and Lord [Phil.2:9-11]; our True vine from which all fruitfulness [Jn.15:5], life [Col.3:4], direction [1 Cor.2:16], enabling [1 Cor.1:24] and gifts [Eph.4:7,8] flow to the church! The Lord Jesus has preeminence in all things among His people. He is the only “Head of the body, the church” [Col.1:18].

And where the head is, there is the headquarters! The headquarters of the church is above, “where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God” [Col.3:1]. We have no earthly Headquarters! Therefore, no local church has authority over the other. Every local assembly is directly under the control of Christ and it is to Him they are directly responsible and accountable.

No single man is THE Pastor, THE General overseer/Apostle/superintendent, or THE Pope/Archbishop/Bishop over the church or churches. The eldership of the NT. Church is in plurality [Acts 14:23; 15:6,22,23; 20:17,28; Phil. 1:1; Tit.1:5; 1 Pet.1:1; 5:1; Jas 5:14,15] with no official superiority of one over the others.

Christendom has gone astray in this pivotal truth! When shall we return to Christ, “THE Pastor and Bishop of your souls” [Emphasis added. 1 Pet.2:25]? “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider THE Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus” [Emphasis added. Heb.3:1].

Bro. Titus’ Visit – 12th Oct.

It had been the heart cry of bro Amos to also have some quality time of fellowship with bro Titus. He had been serving among the brethren in Enugu Ezike for about three weeks before I journeyed to Benue. After sending him a series of text messages making known our longing to see him, he eventually came around on the 12th of Oct., few hours before my time of ministry at Ojale village.

It was a wonderful time of fellowship. It was the first time we would be together in Benue [Editor: Titus and Yinnkah live not far from each other in the Ibadan area and are often in fellowship together there]. You can imagine how elated and animated he was at his first sight of me and bro Amos. His greetings were at such a high octave that the neighborhood wondered at our brotherhood!

He came along with one brother Uche on whose bike [motorcycle] they journeyed for about two hours from Enugu Ezike. Bro Amos’ wife, who was there “in the tent” [Gen. 18:9] served us some Benue-made pounded yam and egunsi soup [Editor: Yam in W. Africa is a large potato-like tuber, sometimes 2 feet long, that is boiled and then pounded in a  mortar with a pestle into a stiff consistency. Egunsi is made from melon seed and vegetable greens].  Over the meal, bro Titus relayed the encouraging work in Enugu Ezike.

Bro Amos also exhorted from 1 Cor. 7:29-31 that the time is short, hence the need for us to be “steadfast, immovable, [and] always abounding in the work of the Lord” [1 Cor.15:58]. He also expressed his desire for bro Titus to join him in some evangelistic outreaches to some remote villages in Idoma land come December to which bro Titus was affirmative.

We had to round up our fellowship because of the phone calls from the waiting Ojale brethren; and earlier than bro Amos had wanted, bro Titus and Uche had to leave too to visit a brother at Umbokolo where he would pass the night before heading for Ibadan the next day.

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – Ojale

The Church at Ojale – 12th & 13th Oct.

We had a wonderful time in the Word for the two-day teaching ministry among the church as Ojale. My exposition was from Matthew 16:15-18 with the theme, “Becoming a Member of the True Church.”

Whatever the world says about the Lord Jesus is not as important as what you say of Him as one who claims to be His disciple. Your conviction and confession of Christ determines your membership in His church.

However, Peter’s confession of Christ as the Messiah was by revelation of the Father to him [v.17]. The Lord says, “no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by my Father” [Jn.6:65]; Knowing who Christ is and coming to Him is by grace.

“Messiah” means, “Anointed One.” In the Old Testament, the “anointed” is the one who had the oil poured upon him for the service of God. This was characteristic of the priests and the kings of that age [Ex. 30:30; 1 Sam.15:1; 16:13].

It was revealed to Peter that Jesus is the One Mediator between God and man [1 Tim.2:5]; not Mary, a sinner saved by grace [Lk.1:46,47; Eph.2:8,9]. Christ is our great High priest [Heb.4:14-15], sinless and sympathizing. He is the Ruler/law Giver of God’s people, the One we are to obey.

“Hear Him” [Matt.17:5]! He is the only way to the Father [Jn.14:6], the only Word of the Father [Jn.1:1; Heb.1:2] and the only Judge from the Father [Jn.5:22]. He is the Son of God, “the image of the invisible God” [Col.1:15]; “for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” [Col.2:9]; “Who is over all, the eternally blessed God…Amen” [Rm. 9:5].

What you understand, confess, and are committed to about this Jesus is what will determine your salvation and true membership in the true church!

Roman Catholicism is not Christianity. [Editor: There is a higher percentage of Roman Catholics in Benue than in Yinnkah’s Ibadan area]. That Church of Rome is exactly what it claims to be: of the paganism of Rome, not of Christ! Christ is the foundation of His church, “for no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” [1 Cor.3:11].

He is the Bedrock and chief cornerstone [Matt.7:24,25; 1 Pet.2:4, 6-8; Eph.2:20]. Peter is a “living stone” with other believers who are also “living stones…being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” [1 Pet.2:5].

The humble and true confession of Peter himself was, “I myself am also a man” [Acts.10:26]. Peter, being a man in his weakness, was withstood “to his face [by Paul], because he was to be blamed” [Gal.2:11]. At that point in time, along with some others, God’s word about him was that he was not “straight forward about the truth of the gospel” [Gal. 2:14]!

How can Peter then be the foundation of the church as taught by the creed of Roman Catholics? “Come out of them my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” [Rev.18:4]! Christ said, “I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH” [Emphasis added: Matt. 16:18]. When those words were spoken, the Church was not being built. Christ was talking of something He would do in the near future.

The church is a new dispensation apart from the Israel of old [Eph.3:1-6 cf. Lk.5:36-39], hidden in God’s mind from creation [Eph.3:9,10]. Therefore, we may not directly apply everything said in the Old Covenant to ourselves as Christians in the literal and physical sense that Israel could.

The Church is the “new wine in the new wine skin.” Christ ALONE is the OWNER and FOUNDER of the church. He called her, MY CHURCH [Matt. 16:18] which He purchased with His own blood [Acts 20:28].

Any organization called “church” with another president, prelate, primate, archbishop, founder, General Overseer/Superintendent, or presiding Bishop/Pastor/Reverend, is just another man-made organization different from the organic body of Christ of which He alone is the “Head of the body, the church,  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” [Col. 1:18]!

Simply put, installing another head in the church apart from Christ, is making a rivalry of anti-christs [instead-of- Christ] in the church; “even now many antichrists have come by which we know that it is the last hour” [1 Jn.2:12].

The word “church” means “called out ones.” They are “called to be saints” [ 1 Cor.1:2], called out of the world by God as “a people for His name” [Acts 15:14]. Members of this church belong to “the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven” [Heb.12:23 cf. Lk.10:20; Rev.3:5].

Their register is not here on earth. Heaven keeps their record; and how many names there are in man’s denominational organizations which are not recognized in heaven!  Members of Christ’s church are only those He has saved from the slavery of sin. It is only “those who were being saved that the Lord added to the church” [Acts 2:47].

Are you a heaven-recognized and registered member of this church? If you are a member of this church that we are talking about, “Blessed are you” [Matt.16:17]!

“All authority has been given to Me [Christ] in heaven and on earth” (Matt.28:18). We can therefore be sure “the gates of Hades shall not prevail against us” [Matt.16:18]. All the accumulated wisdom, power and entirety of evil cannot prevail against the church of Jesus Christ, and death will never be able to hold down those regenerated by the Spirit, for “Christ is the firstborn from the dead” [Col. 2:18].

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” [Rom.8:11]. “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” [1 Cor. 15:35, 57].  Amen.

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – Ameh Street

Ministry of Prayer at Ameh Street – 7th Oct.

We thank the Lord for the life of bro Amos. He is an elderly man with balanced commitment to the ministry of the word and prayer. His prayer life refreshes and encourages me. It reminds me that “unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” [Ps.127]. Paul may plant while Apollos waters, but God alone gives the increase [I Cor. 3:6].

“Without Me, you can do nothing,” says the Lord.  Hence, “if you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you” [Jn. 15:5,7].

On the 7th of October, about 10am, bro Amos, a sister and I gathered in the name of the Lord to pray with thanksgiving concerning the gospel work in Idoma Land.  We prayed the Lord to send more laborers, and we also pleaded for Him to bless the ministry of His word in the hearts of the hearers.

Brethren, let’s pray that the Lord would secure this land for Himself.

Ministry of the Word: the Church at Ameh Street  5th & 11th [Mon. & Sun.]

I was with the church at Ameh Street, Otukpo, on the 5th and 11th of October. My brief teaching on the evening of the 5th was based on the topic “Till I Come” [I Tim. 4:13]. The message was in view of the Lord’s return.

He knows we will be distracted with many things before His coming, so He has given us many spiritual exercises to be occupied with which will surely help us in faithfully waiting for Him. Out of these many instructions [Phil.1:10; 1 Tim. 6:14; Jas. 5:7; Rev. 2:25; Heb.3:14; 1 Cor.4:5; Mt.24:13; Lk.19:13], I pointed out three which the church should give attention to: reading, exhortation and doctrine [1 Tim.4:13], persistent prayer [Lk.18:8], and “the breaking of bread” [1 Cor.11:26].

Above all, we should keep in mind that the Lord Himself is keeping us until He returns [Phil.1:6; Eph.1:14; 2 Cor. 5:5; 1:22; 1 Pet.1:5]; “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” [Phil. 2:13]. The 11th of Oct. was the Lord’s Day, and it was with the brethren at Ameh Street that I broke bread.

The meeting was opened with prayer at 9am as we spoke to one another in hymns and spiritual songs. I couldn’t participate in some, as they were in the Idoma dialect. Brother Amos admonished us to keep awake spiritually because it is the dark hour of the night in Egypt. The Lord is about to visit the world in His fury and to set His church free out of this wicked world [Ex.12:12,29-31].

“Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober…putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” [1 Thess.5:6,8,9].

I also led the brethren through a devotional reading of the book of Haggai as I paused to apply some of the verses to the brethren. The main thrust to all was that “the time has…come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built….Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruin?” [Hag.1:2,4].

The church is the temple of the Lord [1 Cor.3:9.16]; we are the house of God [1 Tim.3:15] that must be built according to divine pattern [Heb.8:5; Zech.4:10]. The Lord is displeased with us when we do not
care about the state of the church [Hag. 1:6,9-11; 2:12,13,17].

We are to seek first God’s kingdom; not our own comfort. We should have a sense of indebtedness to the Lord for all He has done for us and so be concerned to see the church built up as His holy habitation.

King David was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around [2 Sam.7:1]. Similarly in our own time and life, “what do you have that you did not receive?” [1 Cor. 4:7]. How many times have our spirits being troubled to say, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains” [2 Sam.7:2]?

Where are men and women after God’s own heart today? The Lord was pleased with David for his desire to build Him a house, “so He made a lasting covenant with him” [2 Sam.7:4-16]. He also took pleasure in the children of Israel when “they obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet” [Hag.1:12]. Therefore the Lord promised them, as He does to us today, if we will yield to His word, “from this day I will bless you” [2:19].

There are yet untold blessings untapped by God’s people in bondage to men’s denomination and ecumenism. The Spirit wants to reveal these to us, but only in “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” [Eph. 4:3] experienced in the New Testament gatherings of the brethren.

“’The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts” [Hag.2:9]. When the resurrected and glorified Christ becomes the center around which all things revolve in Christian worship, and His life-giving death on the cross is why we gather to often remember, He will take His place of Headship in our midst and bestow His peace to gladden our hearts [Read Jn.20:19-20].

May the Lord give His people understanding.

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – Women’s Ministry

Women’s Meeting at Ojale – 9th Oct.

This was my second visit to Ojale village. The purpose of the meeting that morning was to speak to the handful of sisters who gathered [Tit.2:2-5]. The Lord helped me to teach them what their ministry is and what it is not to be assisted by bro Amos’ interpretation into Idoma.

It is not for any Christian woman “to teach or exercise authority over a man” [I Tim.2:11,12; I Cor.14:34,35].   And contrary to the opinion of some today, this scriptural injunction is addressed to Christian sisters of all ages and in every generation [I Cor.1:2; 4:17; 7:17; 14:37]. The biblical teaching  was not limited to those in Ephesus and Corinth alone.

“The command is to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord [1 Cor.1:2]. The position of “Mrs. Pastor” is a blunder, an absurdity in the context of the qualifications of a pastor being “blameless, the husband of one wife” [I Tim.3:2]; There is no such thing as a woman who is a husband!

The Scriptures, Gen.2:18; I Cor.11:9; and I Tim.2:13, reveal to us that from creation, the woman is to be a follower, helper, and responder. She was not created to lead, initiate, or direct! Although she is indeed “a fellow heir of the grace of life” [I Pet.3:7], she is not to be a fellow minister in the church as men are.

That “there is neither…male nor female” in the body of Christ [Gal.3:28], refers to our salvation in Christ and the blessings thereof as the previous verse indicates. We may be one in Christ, but we don’t have equal roles to play; and the role one plays in the church does not diminish nor maximize the value of one’s position in Christ [I Cor.12:20-22].

The sphere of a godly woman is here, “in the tent [home]” [Gen.18:9]. Her loving ministry is to her husband and children [Tit.2:3-5] as she brings the latter up in the fear of the Lord [I Tim.2:15; 5:14]. She is to be the home manager where she devotes her time and energy so that God’s word be not dishonored [Tit.2:5].

I made it clear to those sisters how crucial their roles are in bringing up their children in the way of the Lord. It is so unfortunate that we labor and spend fortunes to train our children in western education or the knowledge of this world, while we take with levity their training in the fear of God and of His Word.

With the little emphasis we give to their spiritual upbringing, we only raise them to be enemies of God and of His Christ. The near future we train them for is nothing to be compared with their condition in eternity!

May Christian parents have the judgment throne of God in view with respect to the training of their children. May we not be ashamed at His coming, “for He seeks a godly offspring” [Mal.2:15]; “but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” [Prov.29:15].

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – CEFN

Teaching Ministry at CEFN (Babylon Street) – 4th & 7th Oct.

The Lord had blessed the heart of Dr. Daniel of St. Daniel Hospital, Otukpo, during the last 2-day Bible teaching we held in his house during my third visit to Otukpo in June’09. For that reason he invited me to his church [CEFN] on Sunday and Wednesday, 4th and 7th October, that more people might hear the Word this time.

The meeting started with the  Breaking of bread. Based on my perception of the Pentecostal influence in CEFN and my meditation on brother Height’s teaching on “Decoding Babylon,” I was inspired to give a brief exposition on Genesis 11:1-9 with the purpose of making God’s people see the confusion and division that attends every religious enterprise of man that is against God’s own purpose and pattern.

At the root of man’s denominations and ecumenical gravitation, is the Babylonian spirit of making a name for ourselves as [we] build for ourselves a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens [Gen.11:4].  Such cannot but end in God’s judgment and the eventual destruction of Babylon the Great (Rev.17).

On the second day of the Bible study, bro. Amos and I met with the “tongues” pandemonium of the worshippers that preceded the Bible study on that Wednesday evening meeting. And as soon as “the pastor” invited me to the pulpit to continue my teaching on Gen. 11, I diverted for a while as I gently rebuked them for their ignorance of 1 Cor. 14:23-25.

“Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there came in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind [insane]? But if all prophesy and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all and thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.”

I implored them to be guided by the Scriptures instead of being influenced by the religious trends all around. Our spirituality ceases to be genuine when we fail to acknowledge that “the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” [I Cor.14:37]. Bro. Amos was grieved at the church’s attitude to God’s word as we perceived this local church’s deficiencies in the truth. May God deliver his sheep from starvation.

However, under the ministration of that Wednesday was one brother Jonathan who, though not a member of the church, was invited by Dr. Daniel to attend the meeting. He is on staff in his hospital. He spent the nights with me in bro Amos’ house where I answered, from the Bible, some of his questions about the Christian life.

I gave him a copy of Christ: Head of His Church and photocopies of Preach the Word and some parts of Worker’s Unashamed  [Editor: These are 3 of Steve Phillips’ books posted on this website].  I had to make some photocopies for Dr Daniel too! My interaction with him revealed how God’s people in Otukpo are in religious bondage for lack of knowledge.

DS, please, we need more copies of your publications as we have exhausted all the ones last reprinted: Positive Confession: Counterfeit Christianity, Christ: Head of His Church, All Things Loss, Believer: At Home, At Work, Love that Gives, Workers Unashamed, Out of the Depths, Truth Rightly Divided,  and even Are We Like Christ?

Not many people here in Otukpo can afford the cost of printing out the soft copies on the web; the majority don’t even know how to e-mail, let alone browse the internet. May the Lord touch the heart of the brethren there to be always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord [I Cor.15:58]. May it dawn on us that the time is short [I Cor.7:29].

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – Sabongiri

Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place – 2 Cor.2:14. My last mission trip to Otukpo, Benue, was propelled by the marvelous grace and provision of the Lord. Truly, the Lord’s vision and mission never lack His provision.

He showed Himself faithful and sovereign in providing for my transportation, the purchase of a brand new motor bike for brother Amos’ pastoral/evangelistic work, the settling of the domestic needs of my dependants before and during my absence, and above all, the granting of utterance to open my mouth boldly in making known the mystery of the gospel as I ought to speak [Eph.6:19-20].

I spoke at the Sabongiri Youth Conference, Christian Evangelical Fellowship of Nigeria [CEFN], a women’s meeting at Ojale, at the Church at Ojale, the Church at Ameh Street, Otukpo, and the church at Sabongiri, Otukpo.  For all of these I thank Christ Jesus our Lord [I Tim. 1:12].

Sabongiri  3-Day Youth Conference: 1st – 3rd Oct. ’09. The conference kicked off around 2pm on the first of October and ended about the same time on the third. Prof. Height Iyiama and I were the two preachers at the meeting. He spoke on “The Times and the Youth”, “Decoding Babylon” and “Vessel of Sonship” after which I commenced on my three day’s session on “The Vanity of Life without Christ” from the book of Ecclesiastes.

Brother Height exposed the evil of our time [2 Tim. 3:1-5] and the urgent  need for the next generation to be spiritually prepared to overcome the raging tide of wickedness lest they forsake the LORD God of their fathers [Judg.2:10-17]. “We are in the perilous time already and each youth has a choice to make. Your choice will determine where you will spend eternity.”  “Holiness makes you a son, but sin makes you a slave.”

On my “the Vanity of Life without Christ,” the experience of Solomon in his backslidden state as divinely revealed in Ecclesiastes is highly instructive for every young person of our generation. “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished” [Prov.22:3]. A wise youth will consider the evil of seeking fulfillment or satisfaction without Christ and will hide himself under the shadow of the Almighty [Ps.91:1].

It is only the foolish youth who will despise the wisdom of God’s word and seek to “live it up” to his own destruction [Prov.14:12]. Experience is not the best teacher as the word says, rather the true wisdom is in keeping God’s commandments for this is man’s all [Eccl.12:13]. Man needed not experience the deplorable sting of death, if he has contended himself with the Lord’s commands and warning that lead to life [Prov. 4:13; Gen.2:16-17].

Experiencing the joy, peace, life and reward of obedience is far better than having first-hand knowledge of the sorrow, misery and death consequent upon disobedience. It is better to hear me now, my children, and “do not depart from the words of my mouth…lest…you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed and [you] say, ‘How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction!’” [Prov.5:7,10-12].

Solomon sought peace and purpose outside of God. In his quest he tried human wisdom [Eccl.1:16-18], pleasure [2:1-3], alcohol [2:3], building projects [2:4], beautiful gardens and parks [2:4-6], personal indulgences [2:7], sex [I Kg. 11:3], massive wealth [2:7-8], international reputation [I Kg.10:6-7], Cattle breeding [2:7,8], Music [2:8], Literature [I Kg.4:32], natural science [I Kg. 4:33], and military power [4:26, 9:26].

Yet, after his exhaustive and exhausting journey, his concrete conclusion was: Meaningless! Meaningless! Says the debater, utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless [Eccl.1:2; 12:8]. He realized that life apart from God is utterly futile [Eccl.2:11], repetitious [3:1-8], permeated with sorrow [4:1], grievous and frustrating [2:17], uncertain [9:11,12], without purpose [4:2,3; 8:15], incurable [1:15], unjust [7:15; 8:14; 9:11; 10:6,7], and on the level of animal existence [3:19].

The only satisfaction is in Christ, the Lord our God [Jn.20:28]. All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied [Eccl.6:5; cf. 1:8; 6:3; 4:8; 5:10]. May we understand as the son of Korah did; May our souls pant for God as the deer pants for the water brooks. May we truly say, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” [Ps.42:1-2].

Therefore, Solomon concludes that even with God life is a mystery, but apart from Him it becomes a horrible nightmare. What else is best for man than to find and fear God early and throughout his life [Eccl.11:9,10; 12:1,2,13,14] ; even before the difficult days of old age come [Eccl.12.2-6].

As I concluded my 3-day teaching on the third of October, I dwelt on the twelfth chapter of Ecclesiastes, verses one, thirteen, and fourteen. I reasoned out from the Scriptures, the answer to the question: “Who is your Creator and God?” If we must remember now your Creator in the days of your youth and fear God and keep His commandments [Eccl.12:1,13], we must know Him. He is Christ Jesus!

 “He is the image of the invisible God…For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him [Col.1:15-16]. Hallelujah!

 And if there is one thing He wants us to remember Him for, it is His death on the cross for our sins [Matt.26:26-28; Lk.22:19-20]; and that “He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” [2 Cor.5:15].

 We must turn to Christ with a repentant heart [Mt.4:17], confessing Him “as Lord with our mouth and believing in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved…For the Scripture says, ‘whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” [Rom.10:9,11]. “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” [Jn.3:36].

If one fails to remember Christ, it shall be accounted unto him as wickedness, and “the wicked shall be turned into Hell and all the nations that forget God” [Ps.9:17]. Which other time is best to believe in Christ if not in the days of our youth, before the evil days come? “Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” [Ps. 90:14].

It is Christ alone who can satisfy the thirst of our youthful souls. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” [Jn.7:37; 4:14]. In Him alone is true rest. He beckons, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” [Matt.11:28-30].

Prophet Jeremiah testifies, “it is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth as he hopes and waits quietly for the salvation of the LORD. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him” [Lam.3:25-27]. Many of the youth professed Christ after the message as the moderator of the conference and brother Height gave the “altar call.”

I didn’t use this method, because I would rather wait for the despondent to call out apart from responding to an emotionally charged appeal.  And one such young man did.  Emmanuel, in his early 20’s had professed Christ previously,  but was troubled about whether he would truly experience God’s salvation this time after many unfruitful responses to “altar calls” in the past.

He acknowledged his membership in a secret cult [Editor: A blood covenant ritual sacrifice cult often involving violence, murder, and even human sacrifice] at Benue Poly [Editor: A higher institution, roughly equivalent to a college specializing in technical subjects] and expressed his desire to be free from his sinful and wicked life. I counseled with him in the word of God and assured him of Christ’s power to save those who call upon him [Rom.10:13]. Please earnestly remember him in your intercession as he returned to school the following week. I have been contacting him on phone.

Love, Yinnkah

Yinnkah: Lord’s Supper

BELIEVERS FAMILY COMMUNION

This do… in remembrance of Me- 1Cor.11:25

LETTER OF PRIESTLY INVITATION

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

After about three years of Bible teaching on the New Testament pattern of worship both in Ibadan, Oyo State, and a few parts of Benue State in Central North Nigeria, the Lord lately gave me a vision of bringing faithful, Bible-believing Christian families together to actually participate in this long neglected pattern of worship.

Indeed “the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” [Jn.4:23].

This is going to be an experience that may cause you to ask how the Holy Spirit can glorify Jesus Christ [Jn.16:14] in this simple participation in the Lord’s Supper. “Do this in remembrance of Me” [Lk.22:19; 1 Cor.11:24]. In this simple request is contained the only command from our Lord Jesus Christ regarding the meeting of Christians. All other meetings, however beneficial, are optional. This one is not!

The early Christians of Jerusalem in their “honeymoon” devotion to Christ, “continued steadfastly…in the breaking of bread [Communion/Lord’s Supper]…continuing daily with one accord in…the breaking of bread[communion/Lord’s Supper] from house to house…with gladness and simplicity of heart” [Acts 2:42,46]. The Bible later revealed to us that at Troas “on the first day of the week[Sunday]…the disciples came together to break bread” [communion/Lord’s Supper] [Acts 20:7].

The early believers loved the Lord Jesus and so kept this command He gave to us; especially since they knew, as we should know, that the One who is worshipped dictates how He is to be worshipped. They understood that “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” [1 Cor.11:26]; for “we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” [Rom. 5:10].

Dear saint [1Cor.1:2], it is our time to express our love for Christ our Lord and one another [1 Cor.10:16-17]. This we can do as we faithfully observe this tradition of breaking bread according to the Word of Christ taught by His Apostles [2 Thess. 2:15]. It will surely be a highly refreshing time as we experience the manifestation of Christ’s presence through His Spirit [Matt.18:20; 2 Cor.13:14] and faithful compliance with His written Word [1 Cor.14:37].

The maiden edition of this landmark fellowship holds on Saturday, the 28th of November, 2009, starting from 5 pm. The venue will be the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Alabi, Animashaun Compound, Sango, Ibadan . GSM: 0803-809-1404 or 0803-426-6792.

You are therefore invited as one of the special believer-priests [1 Pet.2:5] to edify us at this gathering which is in the Name of the Lord [Matt.18:20]. We will be glad to have you around.

As you prepare to come please kindly note the following:

The purpose of the meeting is to thank our Lord Jesus Christ for lovingly and willingly laying down His life on the cross for our salvation. And we do this in OBEDIENCE to the Lord’s COMMAND as we gather around the bread and the cup, symbols of His body and blood. It’s a thanksgiving communion where Christ will be the center and focus [Lk.22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-26; I Cor.5:4; Matt.18:20; Gen.49:10(KJV)].

You are invited as a New Testament priest [I Pet. 2:5, 9]. Come with your Bible and hymn book (Yoruba or/and English) [I Tim.4:13; 2 Tim. 4.13; Col.3:16; Mk.14:26].

Please come with an expectant, open and contrite heart as the Lord will meet with you personally in a way you never imagined [Is.55:1-3; 66:1-2].

Confess any known sin with a sincere heart of repentance before coming for this unique encounter with the Lord [Ps. 32:5]; and flee from sin, as the table of the Lord must be approached with a pure heart [I Cor. 5:8; 11:27-31].

Other New Testament believer-priests will be present to minister alongside with you [Heb.10:25; Acts 20:7] but the Holy Spirit will be the Worship Leader/Moderator. He will surely be in charge of the meeting [2 Cor. 3:7-8; Acts 13:1-2; I Cor.2:7; Rom.8:14].

Only the brothers will be expected and allowed to speak any words of teaching, preaching, exhortation or admonition. Sisters can only participate in praying, singing of hymns/spiritual songs and sharing of testimony with their hair covered. They are not permitted by the Lord to teach or preach in public meetings where brothers are present [I Cor. 14:34-35; I Tim. 2:11-14; I Cor. 11:3-10, 16; Eph. 3:10 cf. Isa. 6:2].

Please don’t  keep back whatever the Lord lays on your heart in His Word for His people while at the same time you show  your  love for all by not dominating the use of time [I Cor. 14:26-33, 40].

Please feel free to share at least a testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness to you and your family. This will fan to flame the faith of all [Heb. 10:24 cf. Acts 12:17].

It will be pleasant if you come with your children as they will be part of this experience, even though ineligible to partake of the Bread and Cup except grown ones who have professed the Lord [Matt. 19:14; Acts 8:36-38; Jos.8:35; 2 Chron. 20:13; Ezr. 8:21; Neh. 12:43; Mt. 21:15]. Let’s give them a better foundation than we had! You owe them!

“If anybody speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God” [1 Cor. 14:27, 28].

There will be a love feast after the communion meeting [Jude 12].

The meeting holds from house to house [Acts 2:46].

Please be prompt to afford us some mingling; getting to know one another before the meeting commences [Acts 3:1].

Please take quality time to meditate on Matt. 26:17-30; Lk. 22:7-23; I Cor. 11:17-35; Jn. 4:23-24; 1 Cor. 14:33.

You may kindly contact Brother Yinnkah Durojaiye on 0805- 835- 4699 or 0703- 825- 9515 a week ahead of time if you can’t make the meeting.

We “hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you” [3 Jn. 14].

YINNKAH DUROJAIYE

Your brother and servant