Pastor Olori's Keynotes

  • The Burden of Our Generation:

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS PRESENTED BY PASTOR ISAAC OLORI, THE INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR, GREATER EVANGELISM WORLD CRUSADE ON THE OCCASION OF THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE MINISTRY - SEPTEMBER 7-10, 2017

    THE BURDEN OF OUR GENERATION.

    Preamble:  The 9th of September remains a memorial for us as a Ministry, a day a great Vision was born; a burden to go and raise up the heads of numerous men and women who have their heads bowed to sin to look up to God and live.  This Vision which was given to our founding father, Apostle G.D. Numbere of blessed memory is 45 years this September (1972-2017).

    I want to use this opportunity to congratulate every member of the Ministry and our friends on this special occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Ministry. For those whose labours have contributed to bringing us to where we are today, I say well done.

    As we rejoice over the great and mighty things God has done over these years, it is also important we reflect over the burden which rests on us as the present generation of the Ministry.

    After 45 years as a Ministry and with the solid foundation laid by our founding father: foundation of uncompromising truth, aggressive evangelism and unquenchable passion for souls, a great legacy and at the same time awesome responsibility lies on our shoulders.  It is the burden of sustaining and accomplishing the Vision.

    Anniversaries serve as a time of celebrating God’s goodness and faithfulness.  It is also a time of reflection.  As a Ministry, we need to reflect, on where we are coming from, where we are presently and where we are going.  Based on this, I want to highlight the following areas which we must rise up to the challenge at accomplishing the Vision.

    1.0       THE BURDEN OF BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATION LAID BY OUR FOUNDING  FATHER.

    "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;" Ephesians 2:20

    Every house stands on a foundation, its own foundation.  The strength and stability of the building is determined by the integrity of the foundation, the ability and discipline to build in line with the foundation underscores the criticality of this burden (the specification).

    As a Ministry we have a heritage of a sound foundation based on the word of God.  We have a unique calling structured in line with the Vision.

    The challenge before our generation is to ensure that we not only build on the foundation but also in line with the pattern.

    Paul’s Admonition

    1 Cor. 3:10-12 “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.  But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;”

    • Build on the already laid foundation...“I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon….”
    • “Take heed how you build” – There is a pattern.  It is imperative that we build according to the pattern. 
    • We cannot lay a new or another foundation – “…. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid ….”  It is important that we study, understand the Vision, our calling and not seek to lay another foundation.
    • Take heed on what you build upon the foundation – gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; ..”

    We must resist the attractions of other foundations which either we are not sure of nor do not suit our structure, vision and calling. 

    Psalm 11:3 states If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

    2.0      THE BURDEN OF MAINTAINING THE EVANGELICAL SPIRIT OUR TRADE MARK.

    Greater Evangelism is not just a name, but defines our mission, purpose and calling.  It is our trade-mark, a distinctive characteristic or attribute of what we are.   The Greater Evangelism spirit heralded the birth of this Ministry.

    Our founding father, Apostle G.D. Numbere of blessed memory and a few young men and women traversed the old Rivers State which then was in a state of thick spiritual darkness with an unusual aggressive evangelism not minding the difficult terrain and attendant risk.  They hazarded their lives amidst persecutions, deprivations to take the gospel to the down trodden everywhere in the present Rivers, Bayelsa and other States in the Country.

    Most of us present here today and many others in other States, Nations and even in some other Ministries are the fruit of the labours of this Greater Evangelism which was the hallmark of this Ministry.

    As we reflect over these 45 years of Ministry, we need to individually and as a body ask ourselves this question – ARE WE LIVING UP TO OUR NAME AND CALLING?

    Greater Evangelism World Crusade is not just a Church but also a movement; a passion and hunger for souls that should drive us out of our comfort zones.

    "And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead" Acts 10:42.

    " For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!..."1Corinthians 9:16-17.

    My burden is that we should reflect, not just celebrate the labours of our heroes past but to ask - Where is the mark of my labours?

    3.0       THE BURDEN OF SACRIFICE AND SERVICE

    This Ministry like every true God given Ministry is built on the foundation of the Spirit of Sacrifice and Service.  Our founding father sacrificed his vocation at a time when the opportunity of a University education was rare.  The young men and women who joined him to form the nucleus of the work made different levels of sacrifice and commitment to service to get us to where we are today.

    It was not about what to get or what the Ministry will do for them but the zeal of service to God, knowing that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrew 11:6).  Students sacrificed their pocket money and volunteered for mission and evangelical crusades.  It was a generation which could speak like Jesus as stated in the Gospel of St. John 2:17 “And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up”.

    Today we have grown in number and resources but there is the drought of the spirit of sacrifice and service.  There is the dare need of commitment to the spirit of sacrifice and service which defined the hallmark of the Ministry in the beginning.  Sacrifice and service are twin virtues which is needed dearly by our generation to fulfill this Vision.

    4.0       THE BURDEN OF STANDING UP FOR THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD.

    There is an adage or saying that “evil thrive because good men keep silent”

    Our nation like most other nations of the world is experiencing a severe attack on the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  Falsehood and pseudo-gospel is now the accepted norm.  There is so much religion but devoid of the genuine salvation that marks out the true disciples of Jesus Christ.  The gospel message has been reduced to merely the mundane; serving the physical needs of people, while no attention is paid to the spiritual.  Heresy and occult practices are now deep rooted in ‘Pentecostal circles’.  There is a great seduction of the Church and luring for this sugar coated poison in the name of Christianity which is a great danger that we must resist vehemently.

    We must stand up for the truth of God’s word and flee from compromise.

    1 Tim. 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

    1 Tim. 6:3, 5b states “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, ….supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

    2Tim. 4:1-5 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  3.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4.  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  5.  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry”.

    5.0       THE BURDEN OF SHINNING AS LIGHT IN THESE EVIL DAYS.

    2 Tim. 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  2.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  4.  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  5.  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away”.

    We are in the dark spiritual days when iniquity is abounding.  Even believers are under the pressure of compromise and seduction of obliterating the identity of Christ which sets the believer apart from the world.

    The world is groping in spiritual darkness with all kinds of vices and evil manifestation.  God’s light of the world (the Christian) must trim their lights and shine.

    Matt. 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    Our generation must let our light shine to justify the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf and our mission here on earth.

    6.0       Conclusion.

    " And this is the charge of their burden, according to all their service..."

    (Numbers 4:31).

    Every generation and God given ministry have a divine mandate, a burden which they must discharge. For us our burden is reaching out to those numerous souls shown to our founding father by Jesus Christ.

    The path to fulfilling this Vision remains the way of discipleship; following and learning to be like Christ in our lifestyle and our passion for souls.

    As we enter into another ministry year; we shall not only press forward on the pathway of Discipleship but shall focus more strongly on 'giving ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word' (Acts 6:4).

    May God breathe upon our hearts the burden of this Vision in this conference and always in Jesus Christ name, Amen.

    Pastor Isaac V. Olori

    International Director

     

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  • Lord Teach Us To Pray:

     

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE INT’L DIRECTOR, PASTOR ISAAC V. OLORI. AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER CONFERENCE OF GREATER EVANGELISM WORLD CRUSADE HOLDING 29TH JUNE – 2ND JULY, 2017 AT THE WORLD HEADQUARTERS, PORT HARCOURT.

    “LORD TEACH US TO PRAY”

    “Luke 11:1 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

    This request by one of the disciples of Jesus Christ is a great need for the Church today. The request was not as much as how to pray as it was about the motivation to pray.

    The request was an open admission that prayer was not only needed, but was a deficiency in his life and in the lives of his fellow disciples. The request also reveals a humble, child-like quality in which the Lord Jesus Christ was delighted in.

    Coming to terms with our shallowness and ineffectiveness in the place of prayer is the beginning of the revival which every disciple needs for him/her, to have an encounter with God.

    Apostle Paul, highlighting this weakness and the need for help in the place of prayer stated“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. “Romans 8: 26, 27.

    The Lord Jesus revealed to the disciples the motivation for prayer in the lessons on the “Lord’s prayer”.  And the Holy Spirit empowers us to pray, and leads us to pray according to the will of God as revealed in the text above. This is only possible when we realise our inadequacy in the

    place of prayer. This motivation and help can only come to those whose inner yearning and heart desire is “Lord teach me to pray“.

    Coming to this conference with the “prayer warrior” mentality or with our garments of men and women of prayer will only rob us of the help needed to pray real prayers; prayers that produce results.

    “He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.” Luke1:53.

    As a Ministry, if there is any time we need to pray, it is now. We are in a critical time in the fulfilment of the Vision and prayer remains an essential key.

    To drive this prayer crusade in the Ministry, a prayer chain network have been put in place for the entire Ministry.  This is aimed at mobilising every member of the Ministry to prayer. Every member of the prayer circle therefore, should be a vanguard in mobilising an Army of Prayer for the Ministry.

    We need to follow the example of Jesus, whose prayer life induced a desire to pray in His disciples.  Let our prayer life speak and ignite the fire of prayer in the life of those who watch or follow us.

    May the LORD pour the Spirit of Prayer and Supplication upon the conference such that we shall not only pray but give ourselves continually unto prayer in our different congregations.

    Have a fruitful conference. 

    Pastor Isaac V. Olori

    International Director.            

     

 

  • Wanted:  Zealeous Men:

    Keynote Address Presented By The International Director To The 3RD Greater Men’s Fellowship International Leadership Training Conference HOLDING June 8TH – 11TH, 2017.

     

     

    WANTED: ZEALEOUS MEN

    Psalm 69:9; For the Zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.”

    Zeal speaks of the favor or tireless devotion for a person, cause, or ideal and determination in its furtherance. It is being diligent, enthusiastic; showing powerful interest.

    We have a vision which our Founding Father of Blessed memory, Apostle Geoffrey Dabibi Numbere zealously pursued until his glorious transition. We   have a legacy which was born by zeal, sustained by zeal and can only be furthered by zeal hence Zealous  men are wanted.

    Zeal and Jealousy have some traits in common: They are both possessive, wanting to keep what they have; they eat up like cancer; they are compelling; they provoke, confront and resist anything that negates what they stand for. It can be forgiven if a man has no money, not highly places, not educated, not talented but no man will excused if he has no zeal.

    Zeal is an ingredient required in men who will make impact and affect others positively; as can be seen in the following scriptures.

    1. David: 1 Samuel 17:29’’….Is there not a cause’’-Jealousy (zeal) boiled within him when he saw the uncircumcised Philistines defying God’s army.

    2. Phinehas:    Num.25:6-13- He was moved by zeal to confront ungodliness and through his action, God’s wrath was turned away from the children of Israel.

    3. Rom.12:11, Prov. 23:17, we are admonished never to be lacking in Zeal and that we should be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

    When Zeal is Lacking. 

    1 Kings 19:18”…yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal…”

    How come their impact was not felt at a time when Elijah felt he was standing alone?. They could not stand up in defence of the course of God and their faith. What was their problem- They  were lacking in zeal.

    What is your own testimony

    1.Jesus: Psalm 69:9, John2: 17-“The zeal of thine house has eaten me up…”What is eating you up?. What is consuming you?

    2. Elijah: 1Kings 19:10,14”             I have been very jealous (zealous) for the LORD GOD of hosts…”

    Is there anything to show of your zeal for the Lord and His work? Can you affirm to your zeal for the God and this Vision?

    May the Lord Raise Zealous men who will push this second phase of the work of the Ministry to the next level.

     

 

  • Making Disciple: Bearing And Nurturing Spiritual Children:

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR TO THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN CONFERENCE OF GREATER EVANGELISM WORLD CRUSADE WOMEN FELLOWSHIP  HOLDING AT THE WORLD HEADQUARTERS.

     28TH APRIL TO 2ND MAY, 2016.

    MAKING DISCIPLE:  BEARING AND NURTURING SPIRITUAL CHILDREN

    “....Give me children or else i die” Gen 30:1

    “....My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in

    1. ” Gal. 4:19.

    The two scriptures above capture what is involved in Disciple Making.

    The command of our Lord Jesus Christ to all true belivers is “to go in all the world and make disciples” Matt. 28:20. This involves soul winning – bearing children and nuturing the children to maturity – discipleship.

    Women are familiar with bearing and nuturing children.  Naturally, God put this special capacity in every woman to bear children, unless any issue(s) arise which makes it difficult or impossible.

    Generally, any woman who is of a marriageble age and is married gets concerned if they don’t have natural children or if they have failed to ensure the proper growth of their children.

    For many of you in this conference, God has blessed you with physical children and we praise God for that.  For some of you, you are believing God for a visitation and I will continue to join you in that prayer until your visitation comes.

    In this conference, I want to draw your attention to the issue of bearing and nuturing spiritual children which is at the heart of God and the theme in this Conference and Ministry this year.

    Do you have Spiritual child or children?  Can you point to anyone as your child in the Lord (Having preached to him or her and won to the Lord).?

    We express deep concern and frustration when we don’t bear children (natural) but we seem not to have same level of concern when we are spiritually barren.  Rachael was so desirious of children that she told her husband to give her children or she will die.

    I want you to seek the face of the Lord in this conference being deeply desirious of spiritual children like Rachael was for physcial children.

     In Gal. 4:19 Paul raised another travail.  That of nuturing and maturing our spiritual children.  It is one thing to bear children and is another to nuture them to maturity, which is the heart of discipleship.  It is my desire and prayer that in this Conference, God will burden you with this Kingdom mandate and make you spiritual mothers. 

    Go, win and disciple your biological children. 

    Go, disciple younger believers in your Church. 

     Go, win and disciple your neigbourhood and community for the Lord.

    May the LORD bless you richly.

    Pastor I.V. Olori

    International Director

     

 

  • The Priest And Filthy Garment: The need to watch:

    KEYNOTE ADDRESS PRESENTED TO THE STATE/NATIONAL MINISTERS’ CONFERENCE BY THE INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR, PASTOR ISAAC V. OLORI HOLDING MARCH 11TH – 13TH, 2016.

     

     

    THE PRIEST AND FILTHY GARMENT: THE NEED TO WATCH!

     

    ZEC. 3:1-3 “And he shewed me Joshua the high Priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.”

    One of the greatest challenges and anomaly of ministry is for the Minister to be filthily dressed – “Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel”.  Though standing before the angel of the LORD, though a fire-brand, Satan was standing at his right hand.  Though occupying this holy priestly office as a Minister but at his right hand was Satan.  He (Satan) has something to contest – “his filthy garment.”  When we minister with defiled garments, we shall either be unfruitful or will not produce lasting fruits.

    AREAS TO WATCH THAT OUR GARMENTS BE NOT DEFILED.

    1. Lust and immorality – When we defile the flock we are meant to preserve or live in any form of immorality, we are no more instruments of God but have given ourselves to Satan.
    1. Sacrilege – When we convert things that belong to God to our personal use, it is abominable.  Let me state once again that the only offering approved by the Ministry for the minister is the Pastor’s welfare offering. 
    1. Tampering with any other offering (thanksgiving, first fruit, Baby dedication, etc) or tithes is sacrilege; they defile our garment.
    1. Rebellion – When we resist authority or official instructions; stir up murmuring and resistance against constituted authority, our garments cannot be clean.
    1. Hypocrisy: When the pictures we portray about our life and work and what it really is are not in alignment, it is not only falsehood but hypocrisy.  When the figures we project about our work don’t add up with the reality, we are adding filth to our ministerial garment.
    1. Pride – Humility is the mark of God’s servants, not pride in whatever ramification.
    1. Unforgiveness:  The last testament of our founding Father, Apostle G.D. Numbere of blessed memory was on forgiveness.  Don’t be caught up with unforgiveness, no matter what.

    Our mandate this year is to make disciples not just converts.  This requires total consecration.

    Our responsibility as disciplers (disciple makers) will be scuffled if our lives are compromised or dented with filth. Then we would not truly be following the Master (Jesus).  We may have our followers but we are not pointing them to CHRIST.

    CONCLUSION

    Ecl. 9:8 “Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment”.

    My desire and prayer for every Minister is that we keep our garments pure.  If for any reason any have been over taken, I charge you to repent and make amends and as you do may the LORD rebuke Satan standing on your right hand in Jesus Name.

    Have a fruitful Conference.

    Pastors Isaac V. Olori

    International Director.

     

 

  • The Task of Sustaining the Legacy of our Founding Father:

    The International Director's Keynote Address at

    State/National Ministers Conference 2015

               The Task of  Sustaining the Legacy of Our Founding Father, Apostle G.D. Numbere.

    2 Tim. 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also”.

    With the translation to glory of our father and founding international Director, Apostle G.D. Numbere, the burden of sustaining the vision which is his greatest legacy rest squarely on our shoulders as Ministers. This has ushered us into a new era; an era of those who have bought into the vision and visionary; an era of those who will show in words and deeds that they believe in the vision and the visioner. It is a generation that have this consciousness dawned on them that our service and work in this vision is unto the LORD and not unto man.

    It is obvious that the challenge and task ahead is enormous and demanding but it is surmountable as we forge ahead in one Spirit, resolve and determination.

    THE ESSENTIALS OF THIS NEW GENERATION

    This new dispensation requires an entirely new attitude and approach to ensure that the labours of our father and even our own labours (including the labours of others who had staked their lives for this vision) would not be wasted. We need to note the following essentials as crucial in this new dispensation.

    1. Ownership of the Vision – Ruth 1:16-17

    We must take ownership of the vision (buying into the vision). If you had hitherto seen it as Apostle Numbere’s vision, you need a new mind set if you will be relevant in this era. God is looking for those who see themselves as stakeholders and not hireling who don’t see themselves as having a stake in the work.

    1. Selfless Spirit – Matt. 20:20-21

    A mental shift and change in our attitude is required. It is not those who focus on themselves but on others and the work. Phil. 2:7 “Jesus emptied Himself, by taking on the form of a servant”. When we empty ourselves, then someone else can benefit. Those who are self-serving: serving to attract attention to themselves to be admired or to achieve their own goal are only manipulators and not Ministers.

    1. Team  Spirit – 1 Cor 3:6

    The work now requires team builders, not local champions. We would achieve more if we harness the potentials of all for the progress of the work.

    1. Ministering with your “gift” – Eph. 4:11-12

    Every Minister called of God is a gift to His Church. We can possess other spiritual gifts and use it to serve, but we are gifts ourselves. As gifts are we meeting the needs of those (the body) we are designed for. This we should strive to achieve.

    1. The Spirit of Diligence – Prov.22:29; 12:24

    We need the energetic pursuit of the vision which can only come through diligence. It is only the diligent that can make things happen and reach out for what he wants.

    1. Enthusiasm – Rom. 12:11b

    Fervent in Spirit: serving the Lord” Our success in Ministry is to some extent tied to our ability to set goals and stay excited over our goals. Enthusiasm gives you the ability to inspire yourself even when there are discouragements around us. Are you enthusiastic about this vision and your calling as a Minister?

    1. Spirit of Excellence – Dan. 6:3

    Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude that touches every area of our life. We are called to be excellent in everything we do, not accepting half measure. True excellence means dedicating oneself fully to everything you do, as working for the Lord. (Col. 3:23).

    CONCLUSSION

    I want to conclude this keynote address by posing a few questions for our reflection:

    1. Are you operating like one having a stake in the Vision or as a hireling?
    2. Are you selfless or self-serving or self-promoter?
    3. Are you a team builder or a loner ranger?
    4. Are you a gift to your congregation or a burden, a boss or a shepherd?
    5. Are you diligent and enthusiastic with your work as a minister?
    6. Are you striving for excellence or satisfied with half measures?

    May the LORD burden each and everyone for the sustenance of this vision and the passion for souls which our father lived for.

    God bless you.

     

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