Discussion Release The Dove
WELCOME: SHARE QUESTION/ICE-BREAKER
What is the ONE thing you think God want you to do?
Remind your members that each one of them has been given gifts and talents. There is no one greater than the other. They may THINK they aren’t accomplishing anything right now, but as they walk according to the Word of God, people are watching and they are making a difference to those around them as they observe their holy lives.
Take time to worship God in song and ask if there was anything during that time that God impressed on anyone’s heart during this time of worship. Allow time for the gifts to operate. As the leader, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit at this time.
Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as you discuss the Word of God and remember it is not a train smash if you don’t manage to cover all the questions. However, just ensure that all that is discussed bears fruit in the lives of your members.
Discuss Scriptures that you use, that cause you to reign in life.
“Remember the Kingdom operates through the Life of Jesus in His Body and His life is defined in the natural by the Word in which we find everything we need to reign with Him in this life and be an integral part of “Thy Kingdom come”.
In the Word we find how to live this life, how to pray, how to think, how to behave, how to operate.
The Kingdom of God is the reality of the life of the believer in and through whom the Spirit reveals the principles and realities of the Kingdom through His Word.”
- KEY SCRIPTURES
Luke 16:16 NKJV “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
Matthew 4:23 NKJV And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
Matthew 12:28 NKJV But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
HOW DOES JESUS EQUIP US TO USHER IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We are called to fulfil the Great Commission, which is the message of the Kingdom of God. The message of Jesus Christ. (Luke 16:16)
The message of the Kingdom supersedes the message of the Law and the Prophets in that the message of the Kingdom is what Jesus preached, His disciples preached, and we preach. “as the Father sent Me, I send you”
The Gospel of the Kingdom is not only the message of salvation but includes the transformation of people, the transformation of cities and nations. It is the “full package” message.
Jesus perfectly demonstrated what His world looks like through what He said and through what He did. And He equipped you and me to do just that! To usher in the Kingdom wherever we go and live our lives.
HOW CAN WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND TAKE OUR CITY, EMALAHLENI, FOR JESUS?
The message of the Kingdom is bringing the reality of Heaven to the earth.
What it means is that whatever is happening here on earth that is not consistent with what is happening in heaven- it must be brought the authority of the King- whether it be disease, torment, sin habits, addictions, anger, unrighteous behaviour etc. it must be dealt with and it must be broken off from the lives of people- and the truth behind this is: no inferior thing can rule where the King’s rule is brought in.
How bad does our world need the message of the Kingdom? How desperately does the people of our City need Jesus?
- KEY SCRIPTURES
2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
John 3:3 NKJV Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
HOW DO WE PREACH THE KINGDOM BY “DISPLAYINNG”?
If you want to “see”, the first requirement is to “look” – “aware of Presence, constantly in prayer, asking seeking knocking, focus”.
Why so important to see?
The point is: that the Kingdom should be preached through displaying, though LOVE for one another, through words and declarations, and all of this by FAITH.
So that all people might know the Goodness of God in this life and the atmosphere in the Spirit can be changed and people might be saved and transformed and mobilised!
- KEY SCRIPTURES
Luke 10:2-9 NKJV Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (3) Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. (4) Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. (5) But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ (6) And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. (7) And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house. (8) Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. (9) And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
Genesis 8:8-11 NKJV He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. (9) But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. (10) And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. (11) Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.
HOW DO WE RELEASE THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THOSE AROUND US?
Told them to go into homes- let their peace rest on that home, and if there was not a person of peace there- they should take their peace back and leave.
One of those you just read over and don’t think to much about- we don’t understand this because we are not as aware of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we can be/ should be/ ought to be. Stronger awareness of our relationship with Him- I’m walking in the mall with my friend, I am aware of him/her and hear everything they say and see everything they point to- this is what is made available to us, a relationship with Him in which we are intimately aware of Him all the time. (Luke 10:2-9)
Last week- OT function- types and shadows- spend more time in the purpose of the OT- in these shadows that the roots of the Kingdom realities are hidden.
Quickly look at such a shadow or type- Noah sends out a dove from the ark to see if there was any dry land
Sent the dove out- no resting place- it came back to him- every time we speak KINGDOM REALITIES, we release the Presence of the Holy Spirit (the dove) and He is looking for a life to rest on.
The same thing happens when we are with people that are hungry for the Kingdom- they draw on upon the Spirit in us.
This is how Jesus knew that power went out from Him when the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of His garment. He was so aware of the Holy Spirit in Him and on Him He immediately knew when power was released.
As we speak, His Presence is being released- He is always looking for another person to rest on- that is Who He is- His desire is to bring people into the Kingdom. (Gen 8:8-11)
- KEY SCRIPTURES
Romans 16:20 NKJV And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
John 15:5 NKJ “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
HOW DO WE RELEASE THE PEACE OF GOD (WHICH IS OUR MINISTRY) TO THOSE AROUND US, BEARING IN MIND THAT THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO WITHOUT CHRIST.
Peace is not the absence of war or unrest– Peace is the Person of Jesus Christ- as we speak He is released- Peace is released and He is looking for someone to rest on.
This is our ministry- to release His Presence, His Presence and His Kingdom is the same, cannot be separated from each other- so when we talk about the Kingdom of God that is at hand- we release His Presence into the atmosphere around us- every inferior spirit, influence or attitude must bow its knee and confess that Jesus Christ is King and that He alone is Lord!
In fact, our words define the ministry of the Holy Spirit that is being released and manifested into the environment around us- we are called by God to stand in society and bring the Word of the Lord.
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace in the Bible, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, the Person of Peace- and that Peace that is a Person is the actual atmosphere of heaven- peace is calming and wonderful for the believer- but for the powers of darkness that Peace is highly invasive and highly destructive!
That is our assignment- release the Person of Peace when you enter a home, and you will release the Presence that is the actual atmosphere of heaven to yielded hearts and at the same time undermining the powers of darkness that are at work there- in that home.
The Spirit of the Resurrected Christ lives within us- miracles are expected! God wants your heart. A heart that trusts Him.
TAKE NOTES OF THE MAIN POINTS DISCUSSED AND SUMMARISE SO THAT YOUR MEMBERS HAVE TRUTHS TO TAKE HOME WITH THEM TO ENCOURAGE AND BUILD THEMSELVES UP.
Let your members discuss what they are doing to reach the unsaved.
Now is a good time also to pray for the unsaved family and friends of your members, as well as for members who need prayer.
Pray for boldness for your members to go out there and preach the Gospel.
Encourage your members that they are overcomers in all their challenges and all that lies ahead.
CLOSE IN PRAYER