By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l is determined to make a difference in its community. Under a spiritual panache of revival, restoration, and renaissance, the Evangelism Ministry under Pastor Jean Paul Ntap is geared toward evangelizing and proselytizing in the community in hopes of winning more souls for God.
In the Church’s weekly Bible Study, Pastor Jean Paul focused on revival and the importance of prayers in the life span of the Church. “With revival and restoration, the Church will fulfill its purpose. With revival, the Church will win more souls for Christ. With revival, we can destroy the work of the enemy. Revival means prayer warriors. The Church can’t be on fire without prayers,” noted Pastor Jean Paul.
He observed that many churches begin with prayers and fasting, but after they have grown, they forget about the importance of prayers. “Those in the world don’t have the same definition and meaning for Christ as we believers do. Prayer is key. If we continue working hard with our prayers, ten or five years from now, this Church will be the root for the off-shoot of many churches,” said the man of God.
He read Acts 4: 11, “This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which has become the head of the corner.”
Pastor Jean Paul noted that Christ as the foundation of the Church must be appreciated and acknowledged by all Christians, so we should always give him the glory and adulation for dying for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, chastised for our peace, and whipped so that we would be healed.
“But what do we see today? We have intellectual preachers who went to college to earn degrees in theology, so when many of them preach, the need for the fundamental purpose of Christianity, which is prayer, is missing from their sermons. They don’t pray for the Church because they are theologians and have no sense of the importance of revival in the Church.”
At this juncture, he called on Ms. Nahodia Wese, who served as the interpreter in French, to read Isaiah 6: 1-8. After the reading, Pastor Jean Paul explained that after King Uzziah died, the Lord of Host appeared to Isaiah with the six-winged angel, Seraphim. Isaiah saw himself as unfit to be in the presence of God because of the iniquities of his nation. After his confession, the Lord cleansed him and he experienced a revival.
“After the encounter with God, Isaiah became a changed person. Isaiah saw God as strong, all-powerful, omniscient, Holy. Isaiah saw himself as a sinner, unworthy to be in the presence of God. After you have met God, there has to be a change in your life. Isaiah was in a nation that was rebelling against God, so he saw himself as part of the rebels. In Verse 8, Isaiah notes, “the Lord said, ‘And also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
“We are at a similar place today. Because of our lifestyle, we are guilty. Who will be the Isaiahs to be sent by the Lord? The Church today can only grow if some people can say, send us Lord. But instead of repenting hearts and humble spirits, some in the Church have made anger, gossiping, and spreading malicious information their business.
“Revival means people are ready to serve the Lord. Many of the disciples died because they were spreading the gospel of Christ. They sacrificed their lives for us to receive the good news. They died smiling because of revival. Many are in the Church today because everything is going well for them and their families. But as soon as they start facing tribulations, they will turn away from God. Be like Paul and Silas; in your moments of tribulation, that’s when you must praise and worship God the most,” stated Pastor Jean Paul.
He complained about stagnation in the Church because some Christians feel shy to talk about Christ. “Revival should change the way you worship God. Revival should bring healing to you; revival bring peace to you; revival should bring joy and love into your heart. Revival should make you prosper,” the man of God said in an anaphora.
During question time, Pastor Jean Paul tried assiduously to put to rest whether or not God punished David for sending Uriah to the war front as a result of which he was killed to pave the way for him to marry Bathsheba. What do you think?