Greeting from our Overseer
Bishop Harvey Anders
I send greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ our Lord, the Head of the Body, the Church. I would like to thank each one who was able to attend our Minister’s Convention and all those who were on the program and ministered there. All the boosts and the messages were powerful and anointed by the Holy Ghost. I do believe that the Lord is moving in the ministry to bring the Church to perfection. As you know, the theme of our convention was Ephesians 4:11, 12:
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
How important we who have been called into these offices of ministries to fill the responsibility and weight of our calling! The Apostle begins this challenge to us in the first verse of this chapter.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”(Eph. 4:1-3).
In verses 1-6, the Apostle exhorts them to walk worthy of their vocation, and to live in peace and unity.
Verses 7-13 show that God has distributed a variety of gifts, and instituted a variety of offices in his Church, for the building up and perfecting of the body of Christ.
Verse 14 teaches them the necessity of being well instructed and steady in Divine things.
Verses 15, 16 teach how the Body of Christ or the Church is constituted.
This is a powerful chapter for the ministry today, to keep us reminded of our calling, and the importance of our calling. This should behoove us to be before our Lord on our knees seeking Him for that Holy Ghost anointing, and that inspiration to minister the powerful Word of God.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”(Heb. 4:12).
I want to encourage all who are called into the ministry to be working and ministering. There are Rest Homes, Hospitals, Home prayer meetings and other various ways we can be working for the Lord and His Church. Begin praying and fasting, seeking the Lord for those open doors to minister. There is someone waiting for the gospel message, and you can be the one whom the Lord uses to bring that good news to them!
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matt. 28:19, 20).
In John chapter 4, after Jesus had ministered to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, His disciples returned and found Him speaking with this woman. By this time the Lord had touched this woman’s heart, and she left to go back to her city to tell others about Jesus.
“In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together” (John 4:31-36).
It is our meat to do the will of the Father today. Our joy is in sharing this message with others.
If you are called into the ministry; the apostle Paul had this instruction for young Timothy and it applies to us today!
“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (2 Tim. 4:5).
To the young ministers who are persuaded that God has called you: go in the faith of that calling, and the Lord will be with you and bless you as you obey the call on your lives!