• 5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for  I do pass through Macedonia.
• 6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye  may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
• 7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while  with you, if the Lord permit.
• 8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
• 9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are  many adversaries.
• 10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear:  for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
• 11 Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace,  that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
• 12 As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come  unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this  time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

vs 5 “Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Maced onia:  for I do pass through Macedonia”. Communication started with  speaking. You and your neighbour meet and you speak to each other in  a language you both understand. Afterwards, writing started. God  Himself wrote the Ten Commandments and gave it to Moses for the  people. He also commanded him to write the books of Genesis to  Deuteronomy, and now, we have the whole Bible, this is  communication by writing.
Now, communication has increased because we can use our cell phones  to interact with people and from there give them the word of life  through the social media but then, the social media cannot solve all the  problems. Apostle Paul said he would come to the people when passing  through Macedonia. Some people think that all the revelation they will  receive will be from social media, my brother and sister, that cannot  complete everything. The body of Christ must know that that the face  to face interation is very important. Jesus told the disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to  every creature, after which they would baptize them in water in the  name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We cannot conduct  Water baptism or take the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Communion on  social Media. These ordinances can only happen when we are together.  For those who think they can stay at home and connect all the time,  you need to know that it is good for you to come and fellowship with
believers. Apostle Paul promised to pass through Macedonia. After the  Crusade, there is the need for follow up and integrate the converts into  fellowship with other brethren.

The topic of our study tonight is DILIGENTLY DOING GOD’S WORK IN  GOD’S WAY, not haphazardly or any way we like. The study is divided  into three parts:

(1 Corinthians 16:5-6; Acts 26:15-19; 19:20-21; 20:1-3; Romans 1:13-17; 2 Timothy 3:10-12; 1 Corinthians 16:7-8; James 4:15-17;1  Corinthians 16:9; Acts 19:8-12; Philippians 1:27-30; 1 Samuel 2:9-10)
Even though Paul had other able lieutenants in the person of Timothy,  Silas, he did not allow that to hinder him from going to see his converts.  He is also seen as one with great plans who had the mind to go Rome,  Macedonia, Philippi and Ephesus, he also knew where he would be  during the feast of Pentecost. You must have a clear plan, goal and  aspirations on which you will follow through. Do not leave anything to  chance. Check up from time to time to ensure that you are on track in  all you need to do. There was an open door before Paul but there were many adversaries.  As the adversaries work for their master Satan, we must work for our  Master and Lord. They are working for darkness while we are moving  fast. As they are very working very fast into eternal perdition, we are  moving to an eternity of joy, peace and happiness. If they are faithful in  serving the devil, we must be as diligent, determined and passionate in  serving our Lord.

Apostle Paul knew he was called for a purpose which he was  determined to fulfill. What is the purpose? He was a persecutor before  becoming a preacher. He was an enemy but now, no longer an enemy.  Paul’s conversion was clear, he was on his way to Damascus and he  knew when, and how he was converted. He purposefully and
determinedly worked for God among adversaries. Have you noticed that Paul was not ordained by Apostles Peter and  John, by the twelve, Jerusalem did not even know about it. The Lord  Jesus Himself ordained, appointed and put him in place to bear fruits.
You must know that you have been called to soul-winning. He was called and showed a heavenly mission. When God called him, he was  not disobedient to the heavenly vision and mission, just as you must  not be disobedient. God has called you and it is good that you are not  disobedient to the heavenly vision. Paul was a man of purpose and he had passion for the call he received,  he did not allow anything to hinder him from the purpose. Purpose is  the anchor of every other thing in life. You may know doctrine, have a  distinguishing life, or have faith, but if you don’t have purpose, all will  be useless. He was a man of one goal, ideal, you must purposefully  discern and follow through with your calling. God who helped Paul will  also help you. Anytime you plan to do something, you will always say if the Lord  permits, I will do this and that. Everything we plan or want to do, every  project we want to embark upon we will let it be exactly as God  permits. Bragging and boasting are out of order for believers, you must  always factor God into everything you have to do. Knowing to do good  things and not doing them is sin. You don’t need to hear the voice of  God before you do good things like evangelism and others. We do not  need to wait for a go-ahead from God on anything He expressly  commands.

A great door has been opened before us with Global Crusades and our  electronic devices. You can do so much with them by sharing all the  nuggets being put out on Mondays. You may even be a shy person, but  with your devices you can reach out to many people, even those who  you don’t understand their languages. You cannot allow tiredness,  procrastinating, etc. to hinder you because they are adversaries. Do you  know that an average person checks his phone every 5 minutes. This  was the result of a survey carried out. Let us send messages of life to  occupy people’s time so that they will use their time profitably. Imagine if we sent messages of the word of life to o thers for complete
two years, each person passing the message to others, in two years, the  world will change and be turn upside down for Christ. In Paul’s time, all  the people in Asia heard the word of life. It is our time and turn now, let  us do all we can to bless the lives of others. We can send Crusade  messages, we can cut the prayers and send to sick and challenged  people. You will make good use of all these opportunities in Jesus  name.

(1 Corinthians 16:10-11; 2 Timothy 1:2,5; 3:14-15; Acts 16:1-5;Philippians 2:19-22; Romans 16:21,26; 1 Corinthians 4:16-17; 2  Corinthians 1:19-21;2 Thessalonians 3:1-2,13; 2 Timothy 1:2,13-14;  2:1-8,15,21-22; 4:1-5)
Timothy, a trainee, a member, disciple, learner, someone who was just  a follower of Apostle Paul did not wait for his mentor to retire or die  before he started working for God. He practiced and acted on all he  learned from the Apostle.
Who was Timothy? When was he converted? By what means was he converted? Let us learn a little about him.
1. (2 Timothy 1:2,5) He was born again. His grandmother and mother  were saved and they passed this faith to him. He repented and became  born again as a child and grew up to become a disciple.  Acts 16:1-2. Though he came through a mixed marriage of a Jewish  mother and a Greek father, he chose to take on the faith of his mother.  Christian mothers, the question is your child, or are your children born  again? You must not be afraid or hesitate to bring your children up in  the way of the Lord to the point that they will have good record  everywhere.
2. He had the physical and spiritual circumcision of the heart (vs 3).
3. He was consecrated to the Lord. God wants more Timothys in the  church today. I pray you will be like him in Jesus name (vs 4).
4. He put everything he learned to practice. The old nature did not have  the best of him. He totally followed the footsteps o f the Apostle just as  he said the church in Corinth should be a follower of him. He was  faithful in the Lord, regardless of where he was or sent to, in spite of all  the challenges he may pass through (vs 4).
5. He did not change any of the doctrines or sound word passed on to  him. He was consistent and was always doing well (1 Corinthians 4:16-17). Apostle Paul counselled Timothy to make full proof of his ministry. May  the grace which was available for him be for us too in Jesus name (2  Timothy 4:5). May the grace of God not fail in our lives.

(1 Corinthians 16:12; 1:11-13; 3:3-7; 4:6-7; Philippians 1:15-17;Proverbs 17:14; James 3:13-18; Titus 3:9,13-14; Romans 14:16-19;  Philippians 2:3-11; 2 John 1:8; Acts 18:24-28)
People misinterpret this verse of scripture because they don’t  understand it: 1 Corinthians 16:12. Apostle Paul sent Apollos to go back  to Corinth where he had been before to minister to the brethren. Let  me remind you about 2 Corinthians 10:10 where we can see that the  written letters of Apostle Paul were more weighty and powerful than  his bodily presence which was weak with his speech (communication  skills) which were contemptible.
As for Apollos, he was mighty in scriptures, bold, aggressive, outgoing, a  different personality so different from Paul’s. There was division in the  Corinthian Church because of the difference between the different  abilities of Paul and Apollos. They were polarizing and politicizing the  church. Paul said they were carnal because Christ is not divided, and it  was He who saved the believers, not him or Apollos.
1. It got to a time that Apostle Paul humbly asked Apollos to go and visit  the Corinthians since he was more acceptable to them than him.
2. It was Paul seeking God’s glory alone. He was dead to self, and his  self-effacing nature made him to take that step and yield the floor to  Apollos. He did not care about himself or blow his trumpet and flaunt  his different unique and exceptional encounters with Christ on the way  to Damascus or his visit to heaven. This is the attitude of a totally
crucified believer.
3. Apollos on his own part, decided not to visit the Corinthians at that  time of contention and conflict until everything died down. He was not  ready to escalate the issue or elevate himself. Just like Paul, it was none  of self, but all of Christ’s. He was not happy with the way the people  carnally looked down on the great Apostle while they elevated him, so  he stayed away in humility and self-debase until peace is restored. He  would not want to compete with his leader and father in the faith.  1 Corinthians 16:12. Apostle Paul called Apollos “our brother” in spite  of all the upheavals. He did not see him as a competitor and therefore  ban him from Corinth, rather, he told him to go and minister to the  people. This is what happens when there is putting down of self and  total submission to the will of God, and all you are looking for is His  glory.
I pray that the Spirit of God will write all you have lear ned on your  hearts. In you, self and competition will die. You will become a faithful  soul winner As you decide to do the work of God in every way possible, the  Kingdom of God will be expanded further in Jesus name.
The Lord make His work to prosper in our hands together in Jesus
name. Amen.

• Take all that you have learned to the Lord in prayer.
• Pray for Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, may God prepare him adequately for  the coming crusade.

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)