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Central Africa Advancement

This email was sent to me February 11th 2014 following our regional director’s (Samuel Asani Bahombwa) return from Tanzania. Pastor Samuel is our Director in the Republic of the Congo. It is exciting to see and hear from him as he has a great passion for the work of training spiritual leaders all across Central Africa. He is truly a wonderful blessing to our RevivalHut Network of leaders. Enjoy…

Greetings in the wonderful and precious name of our Apostle and High Priest Jesus, the Christ. I am delighted to let you know that I arrived safely from the mission conducted and concluded in Tanzania for about two months. My family is ok and continuing in the faith. I conducted many sessions of training in the refugee camps where the Lord enabled me to teach the following themes:

-Who is Jesus? Messiah (Christ) and the Son of God: (Matt. 16:16)(1 Tim. 3:16)
-The restoration of the five-fold ministry: (Eph. 4:11)
-Receiving again grace and apostleship: (Rom. 1:5)
-Making known the Revelation of the Mystery of God: (Eph. 3:2-11)
-Understanding and entering into the Spirit of Sonship: (Rom. 8:15)
-Building the House of God; doing the work of the the apostle as a wise master builder: (1 Cor. 3:10)
-Following the Scriptural pattern of breaking bread from house to house: (Acts 20:20)
-Making disciples: (Matt. 28:18-20)
-Training and equipping workers for the harvest: (Matt. 9:37-10:40)(Lk. 10:1-20)
-Bringing the Church into maturity by fathering sons: (Gal. 4:19)(1 Cor. 4:14-17)

Therefore, having familiarized myself with your teaching on the internet, I find that you are equipping us with the Truth… the pure Word of God as an Apostolic Leader. We continue to remind ourselves that Jesus has said in Matt. 16:18 “I will build My Church”… God is building a house (temple) and we are inspired to dwell with Him in it. The temple is made up of living stones, we the saints are those living stones. We are being built into a Spiritual House for God to indwell by His Spirit (Eph. 2:22). This ministry is being raised up and we, as priests continue to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God (1 Pet. 2:5) with thanksgiving and joy. This is our passion, to watch as God builds upon the foundation of the apostle and the prophet (Eph. 2:20). These pillars are beginning to already under-gird ministries that hold up the rest of the building; connecting the Church to the foundational Rock of Revelation, who is Christ Our Lord (1 Cor. 3:11). We are understanding now that without the apostles and prophets, the building will not be built according to the Scriptural pattern and carry the Glory as God intended. It is the “apostles’ doctrine” that the Church is to devote itself to (Acts 2:42)… not human traditions or superstition.

Update:

We have Apostolic Training Centers now set up in the Congolese Refugee Camps in Kigoma Town (Tanzania), in Burundi and in the Republic of Congo. It has been a good beginning and I have been well received. I am introducing apostolic teaching to the disciples in so many places. In the midst of the training, I am also translating into their understanding; so we can follow the curriculum and be able to issue certificates and eventually diplomas later on.

Requesting Our Visit:

Therefore, at this time – We need you! We want to welcome you to come soon and help us move forward. I need you to complete the process by instructing us in teaching and graduating the successful students. That is why my family and I support your plan of coming and staying with us for a month or so in order to ground me in what you are teaching. If you equip and empower me, the work will be easier since I will be trained as a teacher of teachers. I still need to be under your feet for more training. I remember that you said you will be in Uganda in March and requested you on the phone to connect this mission trip to our family visit! I could meet you in Uganda and then come with you into the Congo. If you can decide otherwise, we agreed in my family to suggest to you that you may come and stay with us equipping, strengthening and maturing us as the Body of Christ, workers for the harvest. As with the Lord nothing is impossible!

We are convicted that God will make arrangements for our meeting and the work will bring advancement to the Kingdom of God. My family and I are longing for having a face-to-face contact with you so that we may talk more and build our relationship on the Word of God. God has made us known to one another on purpose! It is encouraging and pleasant to speak with you by phone. Greet your family and other brethren for me. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Grace and peace, Apostle/Pastor Samuel Asani Bahombwa. (RevivalHut Ministries Regional Director)

Context for Gifts

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Eph. 2:19-22)

So here we are as the Church being described as the dwelling place of God in the Spirit! How? 1st “fitted together”, 2nd “growing into a holy temple in the Lord” and 3rd “being built together”… all of which must be actively in progress if the Holy Spirit is to feel welcome.

I don’t want to sound critical, but there is no guarantee that those fellowships we visit on Sunday morning are a dwelling place of God by His Spirit. And as such, they often do not qualify as a context for spiritual gifts to move in their purist form. Remember that we are told that the gifts should be used for the profit of all (1 Cor. 12:7). Our current model tends to only look for spiritual gifts to move from the pulpit. If the Spirit is not welcome to freely move in our fellowships, why should we expect spiritual gifts at all? And how do we contend for gifts to influence secular society, where real needs are most obvious? What I would like to suggest is that the context for spiritual gifts is the bond of peace.

The Prince of Peace is our Chief Cornerstone:

We must endeavor “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3), why? Because Jesus “gave gifts unto men … for the equipping of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”  (Eph. 4:8 & 12-14). 

Spiritual Gifts have a Context:

Like bookends there is a context for spiritual gifts; that without them, gifts are nothing more than games Christians play. Notice the above underlined phrases seem to offer keys to how we keep gifts in balance. First we endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit, so that we come to the unity of the faith. The unity of faith often becomes our standard in Christian circles, because we have forsaken our commitment to the unity of the Spirit… the bond of peace. 

The Right Goal: Is the “bond of peace”? 

The right goal is peace with God andpeace within our hearts toward others. When the Body of Christ walks in love they are reflecting the bond of peace. This bond of peace is the key element that releases the “Christ” anointing. Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6 & Eph. 2:14) and has declared that the peace makers will be called the “sons of God” (Mt. 5:9). 

As Jesus stood up to read in His childhood home tabernacle, something amazing was taking place in the minds of the people. They said, “is this not the carpenter’s son?” and they found themselves having to embrace what they had never witnessed before… the Holy Spirit was about to be released in their midst. And it would come through a man they had watched grow up as a familiar member of the community. Could they hold on to their peace or would they become offended?

Jesus made the public declaration, “God has anointed Me with the Holy Spirit and I am now going to preach good news to the poor, heal the broken hearted, preach deliverance to the captive, andrecovery of sight to the blind. God has sent Me to set at liberty those who are oppressed and proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk. 4:18-19).

Indeed, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil, because God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). He was living as a dwelling place for God by His Spirit. And just as we would expect; hundreds of peoples lives were changed, while the leadership was offended and tried immediately to kill the Anointed One (Lk. 4:28-29).

Peace & Anointing:

This anointing was an experience that Jesus pointed to as the moment that shifted His life into ministry. His ministry was evidence that He was the Prince of Peace! He could maintain the anointing only as He maintained His peace – remember Jesus was known by John the Baptist as the Messiah by the Spirit coming like a dove and staying to rest upon Him. This gift of the Holy Spirit would release spiritual manifestations and ”gifting” only as Jesus responded according to the will of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 5:19). He had done no miracle until this experience, but everything was about to change. The Kingdom was at hand (Mt. 4:17-25) and many would see what ministry could become. He would later tell His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they also would get this same anointing from above (Lk. 24:49). He had promised them that they would do even greater works than He had done (Jn. 14:12).

The Spiritual House:

Jesus was the Cornerstone of real ministry, but also ”a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense” according to the Apostle Peter (1 Pet. 2:8). Jesus, the Chief Cornerstone has been chosen by God and precious to the foundation of the Spiritual House. We are that House! We are living stones made of the same substance as the Cornerstone. We are the peace making, sons of God who should walk with spiritual manifestations of gifts from Jesus. We are made to drink of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), to manifest power and glory as Kingdom people (1 Cor. 4:20), be moved along by the Holy Spirit and produce fruit that ignites the generations that follow. We are also called to be chiselled off pebbles of the Chief Cornerstone, able to reflect His nature and character of peace. When this happens there is a context for spiritual gifts… that edify the Body and equip them for the work of the ministry. So that in turn, we will come to the unity of the faith and to the measure of the fullness of the stature of Christ – our Anointed One.

We are to be living stones… members of the House of God. This “chosen generation, royal priesthood, holy nation; called as His special people” kind of Church, are to reflect the Prince of Peace, so “that we might proclaim the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light!” (1 Pet. 2:9)

Faith Character

Here are just a few of the things that great people of faith have accomplished: They “subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle and turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented- of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth” (Heb. 11:33-38).

Faith in God:

What a powerful reality! What a motivating message! The world has yet to see what we can accomplish through faith in God! You and I are called to trust and access Christ-like character through our faith (Rom. 5:1-2). To develop a “so be it” kind of character that responds to challenges in life… just like Jesus.

  • Temptations require us to know the Word of God and speak, “It is written!” (Mt. 4:4) 
  • Storms and impossibilities require our voice to shift the atmosphere, “Peace be still!” (Mk. 4:39) 
  • Sickness and disease require an anointing that releases heavenly authority, “Arise and walk!” (Lk. 5:24) 

Four times Jesus said, “All things are possible” (Mt. 19:26, Mk. 9:23, Mk. 10:27, Mk. 14:36). With God all things are possible. All things are possible to him that believes. You can go anywhere, be anything, and accomplish anything. It all depends on how much faith you have in God. Remind yourself, ”it is not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts”  (Zech 4:6).

Character of a Spiritual House:

Faith must be seen as the foundation stone of our spiritual house (Mt. 7:24-27)! What a powerful platform from which to operate! The Bible defines faith as: ”…the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen”  (Heb. 11:1). Seeing is often a hindrance to our vision and can leave us lacking the character to endure what we cannot understand. What we must remember is that our journey reaches far beyond our earthly assignment or personal destination. We are following God in order to leave a legacy for the next generation to step into. The character of a spiritual house is all about the fathers and their vision… Can it be written upon the hearts of those who hear our story?

“But what does it say? The Word is close to you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach; That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” (Rom. 10:8-10)

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