1. I love this family Of God,
So closely knitted into one,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

2. I bless this family of God,
So greatly prospered by the Lord,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

3. I know this family of God,
So deeply rooted in the word,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

4. I see this family of God,
So highly lifted above all,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

5. Come and join this family of God,
So highly favoured by the Lord,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

10 minutes for Opening Prayer, Praise and Worship
10 minutes for Testimonies
15 minutes for Bible Discussion
15 minutes for General Prayers
10 minutes for Questions & Answers
5 minutes for Welcoming New Members
10 minutes for Announcements,
Offering,House Fellowship Anthem & Closing Prayers.

PRAYER POINT: Father, help me to be a source of hope to those in hopeless situations.

BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Samuel 22:1-5
1. David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
3. And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.
4. And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.
5. And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.

1 Sam 22:21-23
21. And Abiathar shewed David that Saul had slain the LORD’S priests.
22. And David said unto Abiathar, I knew it that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of thy father’s house.
23. Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.

1 Sam 23:13; Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.

1 Sam 30:9-10
9. So David went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
10. But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

INTRODUCTION: Many of us have heard the stories of drug addicts or drunkard who overcome addition as a result of a religious transformation. Likewise, we often hear stories of criminals and prisoners who have experienced dramatic turnaround as a result of a spiritual conversion.

MEMORY VERSE: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

TEXT REVIEW: I Sam.22:1-5,21-23; 23:13; 30:9-10.
i. You should love and care for those in hopeless situation.
ii. Acceptability should be without exception.
iii. You should be a source of inspiration to the just as David.
iv. They should have a sense of security around you.
v. You are expected to instruct them on what to do, and how to get it done.

*David Turned The Hopeless/Debtors/Criminals into a Disciplined Army. 1Sam.21:1-2.
1. David fled for his dear life when King Saul sought to kill him. 1Sam.19:10; 18:5, 13.
2. He identified with the various hopeless and distressed persons and other offenders such as debtors; all of them had fled the cities and made their abode in a community called Adullam.1 Sam.22:2. They all agreed to make their leader. With this integration, about four hundred men placed their lives in his hands to direct them.
3. This army increased to six hundred me. 1 Sam.27:2; 30:9. David had helpers of his destiny and he kept on winning his battles.
4. David successfully gave hope to the hopeless and restored confidence to those in distress and assurance to the debtors all numbering about four hundred men in Adullam and nurtured them into a vibrant army, well-disciplined, and committed.1 Sam.22:2; 30:9-10.

Some strategies that will help us rehabilitate the ex-convicts, drug addicts, the rejected etc successfully back into our communities.
i. Prisoners and the society must see the prison as a place of reformation and not stigmatization.
ii. Skill acquisition must be given a priority to prepare the prisoners to be gainfully employed/engaged after leaving the prison premises.
iii. Ex-convicts should be regularly offered professional counselling and advice to help adjust to life outside the prison.
iv. There should not be any form of discrimination against ex-convicts in the areas of education, employment etc.

SUMMARY: God uses foolish thongs of this world to confound the wise.

CONCLUSION: We should not discriminate against ex-convicts, or ex-drug addicts, urchins etc but rehabilitate them in love; offering them new means of legal livelihood and introduce them Christ to them for a new life.(2 Cor. 5:17).

ASSIGNMENT: Encourage whosoever that is in hopeless situation around you.

1. Thank God for the salvation of your soul.
2. Father, heal the wound of the less privileged and the distressed and prevent them from going into crimes.
3. Father, please reform all our inmates in the various prison yards.
4. Pray for divine helpers and intercessors for the RCCG Wholistic Outreach and other Channels of hope to the Rejected, Abused, Ex-Convicts, Ex- Drug Addicts, etc.
5. Pray that God will grant greater success to efforts of Daddy and Mummy G.O. on the rehabilitating of the Rejected, Abused, Ex-Convicts, Ex- Drug Addicts etc in the nation.
6. Personal prayer request.

MONDAY: Matthew 25:31-46, All the centres in the parish/Area to prayerfully choose a prison yard or hospital to visit on an agreed date within the week.

TUESDAY: Matthew 25:36-39. Take authority over all the souls in that prison yard/hospital that you have chosen and ask God to uproot any power of darkness holding their souls captive. Click Here To Read – Open Heavens 10 February 2019

WEDNESDAY: Matthew 25:36-39; 28:18-20. Ask God to confirm His word with signs and wonders as you embark on this prison/hospital evangelism.

THURSDAY: Matthew 25:31-46. Begin to pool together items that you will distribute to the inmates/patients., including tracts.

FRIDAY: Matthew 25:31-46. Commit the future of the prisoners/patients to the hand of God and ask God to give them a second chance to live well.

SATURDAY: Acts 2:37-41. Lord let there be harvesting of souls as your children hear your word.

SUNDAY: Luke 10:17. Share your personal or group’s testimony on this prison/hospital evangelism.

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