He was invigorated; he was fired up, and he was inspired as the Good Lord guided his lips to deliver his sermon on Sunday, October 8, 2017 in the sanctuary of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l. The blessed man of God, Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi mounted the podium of transfiguration and unfolded his biblical brilliance with a meticulous interpretation of the Scripture.
Apostle Georges began the morning’s preaching on rebuilding of life, with a terse review of last week’s sermon in which he reiterated that Nehemiah’s love and compassion for his country, Israel compelled him to seek permission from the king he was serving in captivity to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall that had been tumbled down.
He then read Nehemiah 3: 1, “Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred and consecrated it, then as far as the Tower of Hananel.”
After the reading which he did simultaneously with unpacking the verse, Apostle Georges explained that Nehemiah knew the salience of the Sheep Gate, so he allowed only Eliashib and his fellow priests to rebuild it. “Nehemiah knew that the Sheep Gate is very important, so it was the first gate he rebuilt. They rebuilt it as far as the Tower of the Multitude to the Tower of Hananel, which means the Lord has been gracious to me,” said the blessed man of God.
In an extended metaphor (kenning), Apostle Georges asserted that as Christians, if our lives are not where they are supposed to be, then we must pause and take stock to find out where we went amiss and confess our sins accordingly for forgiveness. In the absence of that, life will seemingly be as if we are marking time, stuck at the same spot although we have been worshiping God for the past 50 years.
Senior Pastor Georges then delved into the etymology of the Sheep Gate and posited that in ancient times, that gate was where sheep being taken to be sacrificed to God went through to ensure there was no blemish, neither was there any stain nor dirt on them to vindicate the sanctity and purity of the Almighty God in order for Him to accept the sacrifice.
“It is the same Gate our Lord Jesus Christ Himself went through on his entry into Jerusalem (the City of Peace) to be sacrificed for the remission of our sins. It was the ultimate sacrifice. However, for your life to be restored, the Lord Himself has to restore it first before you will experience any meaningful change in your life,” said Apostle Georges.
He continued, “Because of that Nehemiah didn’t allow ordinary (quotidian) people to rebuild the Sheep Gate. He selected priests to build and consecrate it. The Lord will set our blessings in the king’s highway for us to receive them.”
He made reference to John 5: 1-9 which he said encapsulates the sermon on the Sheep Gate and its accompanying five Colonnades, the number five being symbolic of grace. “There is a pool near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem called Bethzaida. The pool had healing powers after angels came to stir it and whoever got in there first was healed.
A blind man was going to the pool to be healed for 38 years, without any success because he did not get into the pool on time. During a festival, Jesus came to the pool and saw him and asked, “Do you want to be well?” Instead of answering ‘yes,’ the blind man narrated how he had been going to the pool for 38 years but didn’t get help to enter the pool on time, hence, his inability to be healed. Christ then said, “Pick up your mat and walk,” and he was healed instantly.
Apostle Georges then noted, “There many Christians today who like blaming others for every problem that comes their way. Like the blind man at Bethzaida, instead of acknowledging the blindness that prevented him from getting to the pool on time, he rather blamed others that didn’t carry him to the pool. Don’t be a yo-yo Christian. Be firm because if you are the Lord’s, whatever you ask him, he will provide. That’s the reality.”
The blessed man of God alluded to the power of the Holy Oil that some prophets poured into the nostrils of sheep to prevent them from banging their heads against hard objects until they died because of the discomfort they felt after insects had entered their nostrils.
“Because of the suicidal nature of sheep, they are called stupid. Stupid, therefore, can be one of the most damning insults to be leveled against a human being.”
Apostle Georges then wondered why some instead of obeying God would rather debate the wisdom in his instructions.
“In Psalm 23, David made a declaratory statement about God when he says, “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not lack in anything. If the Lord is our shepherd, we are strong today so that we can face tomorrow. Pray because tomorrow is dangerous. Prayer is powerful. Pray because tomorrow may be hellish. More prayer means more power. Therefore, you need to pray so that when you face tomorrow’s hell, you’d be well equipped to confront it,” noted Apostle Georges.
He regurgitated the Lord is my shepherd and unlocked it in linear fashion, interrupting it with stories of church members who were miraculously saved from dangerous situations, including Mr. and Mrs. Kepsu’s son Allen and Sister Flores.
“Devote yourselves to prayer today and pray ceaselessly because tomorrow when your time of affliction comes, you may not have the strength to pray. There the angels of the Lord will come and protect you. The Lord sends his angels to protect every member of this Church.
As he came to the end of it all, Apostle Georges said, “Goodness and mercy bring us what we don’t deserve. The problem with some Christians is that they are always ahead of the shepherd, so they miss their blessings. If Christ is not your shepherd, you have a problem.”
In an effort to empower members of Amazing Love Church Int’l through reading the word of God, the Church will organize a bible knowledge quiz on Saturday, Oct. 14 in the sanctuary, starting from 7 p.m.
In another development, Evangelist Walters Asa has lost his sister-in-law, Ms. Laurette Patipe and wake will kept on Friday, Oct. 13 from 9: 00 p.m. at 9010 Taylor Street, Springdale, MD, 20774. She was the sister of Mama Rose Tchuinkeu, wife of Evangelist Walters. Come one, come all to support the bereaved family