THE HOSTING OF CONVENTION BY THE CHURCH OF GOD

CONVENTION AND THE CHURCH OF GOD.

  • To start with, it is very appropriate that every one of us should answer a very important question, as to why it is compulsory for believers to be part of God’s Convention every year.
  • We need to be truthful and honest to ourselves and before God in answering this question.
  • Those people who do not know what Convention is, this is now the time to know.
  • Those who have an idea what it is all about but have not really applied their mind to it, this is just a perfect moment to be involved and be serious about Convention.
  • Those people who understand and have been honoring the Convention, the topic is also for you. Keep on pleasing God and be blessed in the name  of Jesus Christ

How and where Convention started

  • God was moved by the cry of the children of Israel who were suffering due to the Egyptian  bondage.
  • The oppression of the children of Israel was severe and lasted too long .I lasted for  over 430 years.
  • God remembered the Covenant He made with Abraham, Isaack and Jacob His servants. God decided to free their offspring.
  • Because of His Servants (Abraham, Isaack and Jacob) God took a decision to deliver the children of Israel by all means.
  • Thank God, the Covenant does not expire and this Covenant spoke louder than the sins of the people even after so many years.
  • The ultimate action God took was to kill their enemies the Egyptians
  • In Exodus 12, God gave instruction for the children of Israel for each family to kill a lamb and rub the blood on their door post in order to be spared
  • God was making a way of  escape for them from the death sentence that  the angel of death was to be release in the land of Egypt,he was to kill the first born children in the land.
  • When the angel would  see the blood on the door posts of the children of Israel, the angel would  pass over it and spare the people.
  • This deliverance or as it is known as the pass-over feast is to be celebrated as God instructed  by the people. Exodus 12:23-28 (let us read)
  • The reason why we keep convention every year:
  • God made a decree or rather God made it a law that it is compulsory that people of God must host Convention.
  • What this means is that Convention is a meeting called by God himself and not by any pastor or the Bishop.
  • The Bishop only facilitates as the shepherd appointed, and is there to receive direct instructions on what to do concerning the Convention. Exodus 12:14(let us read)
  • No person should neglect the attendance of the Convection.
  • No matter how many years that passes, all generations are instructed to observe the feast.
  • All the people who are alive today must make time to attend the Convention.
  • You as an individual, it is time for you  to see the Convention as a valuable feast, don’t ever miss it again. Exodus 12:14(let us read)
  • Convention is the time God has set apart Himself to meet His people individually and address personal cases
  • Convention is the time God has set apart Himself for  your personal encounter with Jesus Christ
  • Convention is the time God has set apart Himself  for your deliverance
  • All thev blessings you need are   always part of the agenda during the Convention/Pass-Over feast.
  • It is important to come to the Convention with expectations.
  • Convention always give birth to testimonies, because it is a moment of signs and wonders.
  • God also remembers what He did before in the land of Egypt.  
  • In all this God expect personal sanctification from His people because of His presence during the meeting.
  • People need to prepare themselves and be clean  spirit soul and body.
  • In Egypt, when the angel of death saw the blood, he passed  over because of mercy.
  • Let us also make use of the blood of Jesus  Christ to clean ourselves and get ready for a powerful encounter with God. Exodus 12:43-51(let us read)
  • Biblical examples of people who understood the importance of Convention
  • The parents of Jesus Joseph  and Marry never missed the Convention or the Passover feast
  • Even when Jesus was born, they never gave any excuse for example to say that now the Messiah is with them there is no need to attend again. Luke 2:41 (let us read)
  • Apostle Paul never missed Convention/Passover  even though he was always pre-occupied with the work of the kingdom of God.
  • At Ephesus apostle Paul was teaching and correcting the brethren, but when it was time for the Convention,/Passover he decided to leave although the people were urging and praying for him to stay and continue. Act 18:18-21(let us read)
  • Elkana the husband of Hanna always made it a habit to go for the yearly  Convention in Shilo. 1Samuel 1:3(let us read)
  • By faithfully attending the  Convention every year , Hanna was mightily visited By God
  • She  conceived even though she was barren before and  endured much ridicule from Penina
  • King Hezekiah when he became king understood the importance of Convention as commanded by God.
  • He restored the celebration of the feast of the Pass-Over and God restored Israel. 2Chronicle 30:1-9(let us read)
  • Jesus himself the son of God honored the feast of the Pass-Over and He never missed it.
  • It was so dangerous for Jesus to celebrate this feast because the Pharisees and the teacher sof the law who wanted to kill Him where in Jerusalem, yet that could not keep Him away from going and celebrate the feast. Math26:17-19 (let us read)
  • The importance of Convention in the eyes of God
  • God does not accept any excuse from any one when He calls His people for the Convention.
  • Your work is not a reasonable excuse before God.
  • Your marriage is not a reasonable excuse before God
  • Your property is not a reasonable excuse before God Luke 14:16-24(let us read)
  • If you don’t attend Convention, just know that God is angry with you and He can decide to disown you. I am sure nobody wants such experience.
  • Heavenly Convention
  • Do you know that Convection we are talking about will also be celebrated in heaven?
  • When God delivered Israel from Egypt, He ordered that we must celebrate that great deliverance every year .
  • In the same way  God has delivered us from the Egypt of sin and death ,and He wants us to come together yearly to celebrate his mercy and receive more blessings from Him
  • He will  soon deliver His children from the tribulations that await the whole world at Rapture and then   another celebration will be hosted in heaven. Math 26:29 and Revelation 19: 6-10 (let us read)
  • In essence after every great deliverance God expect the victory to be observed in a form of celebration.
  • Significance of the Convention and the timing and the move of God
  • Convention/ Pass-Over started with great and serious deliverance by death of first born in Egypt.
  • God gave up His son Jesus Christ His first born to die for mankind exactly during the feast of the Pass -Over Math26: 1-2(let us read)
  • It might well be that God will rapture the church during the time of the Convention/Pass-Over.
  • Let us not belittle this come –together, God made it a law and only God knows why He gives it such importance.
  • The end

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