WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
People often wonder what they can do personally to proclaim the gospel message or how they can participate in this group's collective effort to proclaim the gospel. Although each individual whom the Father calls to be a member of his royal family and holy nation must serve him and his son Jesus Christ, each member must also participate in the collective effort of the body of Christ if possible.
The New Testament clearly shows that each one whom the Father has called to be a member of his royal family and holy nation must serve him and his son on an individual level as the opportunity presents itself:
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph.2:10 KJV).
Although there are many kinds of good works that a person can do, the good works that the apostle Paul speaks about to the Ephesians concern an individual's personal spiritual growth and work as it pertains to the Father's collective family and nation. These works result in service to the brotherhood and accomplishing the collective goals that the Father has set for his royal family and holy nation. And one of these goals is to proclaim the gospel message.
Although one can and should proclaim the gospel message on an individual level as opportunities present themselves, each one should also serve in a corporate capacity as a member of the Father's collective family and nation as the opportunities present themselves.
If you believe that what this collective work is doing in attempting to proclaim the truth of God through the worldwide web is worthwhile, there are many ways in which you can become personally involved in this work. The following are brief descriptions of our needs and opportunities that are available to participate in this work:
- The Personal Prayer Team
- The Web Site Sponsorship Team
- The Web Site Maintenance Team
- The Advertisement Team
- The Book Team
- The Publication Announcement Team
- The Business Card and Brochure Distribution Team
- The News Letter Team
- The Search Engine and Directory Registration Team
- The Lost 10 Tribes of Israel Video Documentary Team
The Personal Prayer Team
Heartfelt communication with the Father is not only extremely beneficial to one's relationship with God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, but also it is an extremely powerful way to give help to a collective work that is doing the Father's will for his royal family and holy nation.
Ask And It Shall Be Given
Matthew and Luke record the following promise about the granting of requests that is very difficult to understand and explain, because a casual reading of this promise seems to say that whatever a person requests from the Father will be given to them, but is that what this promise really says?:
"And I say to you, ask and It shall be given you: seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks is shall be opened to you" (Matt.7:7-8; Lk.11:9-10 Para.).
Here, Jesus reveals the keys that guarantee the Father will fulfill this promise:
- A person must request that the Father give them the things that are contained in this promise; they must ask for it.
- A person must put forth the effort to seek out what is promised; they must seek and knock.
Immediately following the promise to give to those who ask, seek, and knock, both Matthew and Luke record Jesus' explanation of what will be given through this promise:
"Is there a father that will give his son a stone, when his son asks for bread? If a son shall ask bread of you who is a father, will you give him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will his father give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will his father offer him a scorpion?"(Matt.7:9-10; Lk.11:11-12 Para.).
When asked for food, will a father who truly loves his child give them harmful things instead of the food that they need to sustain their life? Of course not! If it is within his power to do so, a loving father will give what is needed and more:
"If you being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the holy spirit and good things to them that ask him" (Matt.7:11; Lk.11:13). See also Matt.7:7-8; Jn.14:4; 15:7; Lk.12:6-7, 23-31.
The Father is more than willing to give his children spiritual attributes, power, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, discernment, and many other gifts for their spiritual development and success. He wants to give us the spiritual nourishment and tools that we need in order to grow spiritually and perform his will in our life. The Father knows what we need but he requires us to show that we are serious about our calling and request them from him, and then make a sincere effort to obtain them through study and meditation and perfect them through application in our daily lives—ask, seek, and knock:
"This is the confidence we have in making requests of the Father. If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us (hears whatever we ask), we know that he will give us what we request of him" (1.Jn.5:141-5 Para).
It is clearly the Father's will that his children proclaim his good news message because this is one of the primary reasons that he sent the Creator God to earth to become the Messiah, and this is one of the commissions that Jesus Christ gave to his disciples before and after his death and resurrection:
"Therefore, go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy spirit: Teach them to observe all the things I have commanded you: and, I will be with you, even to the end of the age. So be it" (Matt.28:19-20 Para.).
If you would like to help this work through requests to the Father, set aside some time each day to specifically request the Father to bless this effort to proclaim his truth to his people and the world as a witness and a warning.
The following are a few of the things that you can request of the Father that are vital to the success of this work:
- Spiritual guidance, gifts, and inspiration for those who write the articles that are presented on the web site.
- More volunteers to help maintain our computers, software, and programs that support our web sites and other projects.
- Physical and spiritual protection for the people and the equipment that are involved in this effort to proclaim truth through the worldwide web.
- The finances necessary to pay for web sites and free books that are given away through our web sites.
There are obviously many other things that one could request of the Father that would benefit this effort to proclaim his truth through the worldwide web and our publications; however, this list will give one a foundation upon which to build a larger list of things to request and for which to be grateful when one's requests are granted.
The Web Site Maintenance Team
We need volunteers for our Web Site Maintenance Team.
There are many problems with maintaining the integrity and reliability of a web site. Hyperlinks break, text degrades, or some other electronic anomaly occurs that causes the information presented on the web pages to be difficult to access or unavailable for viewing and downloading; therefore, the maintenance of our web sites is very important to ensure that the information we offer is always current and available for viewing and downloading by those who visit our web sites.
Team members review our web pages on a regularly scheduled basis to check text integrity and hyperlink functionality.
Team members correct text discrepancies, repair broken hyperlinks, and maintain the integrity of the entire web site.
Because web sites need constant attention, there is a continuing need for dedicated people to maintain the integrity and reliability of our web sites on an ongoing basis. If you have the qualifications to maintain web sites and are willing to put in the time and effort, please contact us.
The Advertisement Team
We need volunteers for our Advertisement Team.
- Team members search the worldwide web to find board, blogs, etc. on which to announce our web sites and offer our free news letters and other free information. Team members post announcements, update announcements, and review bulletin boards on a regular basis to see if our announcements are current and still posted.
- Team members search the worldwide web to find e-mail addresses that are appropriate to send an e-mail announcement of our web sites and/or an offer for our free newsletters and other free information. Team members send e-mail announcements, e-mail follow-up and new announcements.
- Team members search the worldwide web to find web sites that will host a hyperlink to our web sites free of charge, review these sites on a regular basis to see if our link is still there, and maintain good relations with the webmasters of these sites.
- Team members search the worldwide web to find sites that will host our advertising banner free or for a nominal charge, review these sites on a regular schedule to see if our link is still there, and maintain good relations with the webmasters of these sites.
- Team members search for new or creative ways to advertise our web sites and books. When a new or creative way to advertise is found, the team designs and launches the advertising program through the new or creative method they have found.
- Team members maintain data logs and lists of web sites, bulletin boards, chat rooms, and e-mail addresses, which we are either permitted or prohibited to post advertisement or e-mail information to.
The Book Team
We have books that contain most of the current doctrinal studies that we have published; however, just having them is of no value to anyone. Therefore, we need to distribute them to people who can benefit from their use.
- We need people who have the marketing skills to find and initiate methods to distribute our books worldwide at no charge to us through existing or new distribution systems.
- We need people who will volunteer their time and effort to warehouse, inventory, package, and ship our books and maintain lists of people who want to receive or have received them.
The Publication Announcement Team
We need volunteers for our Publication Announcement Team.
- Team members search out editors of religious sections of newspapers, news letters, magazines, and periodicals.
- Team members send cover letters to these editors along with whole articles and/or reviews of our articles and books for their review and insertion into their publications.
- Team members follow-up correspondence with editors to maintain good relations and maintain data logs and lists of editors who publish our information.
The Business Card and Brochure Team
We need volunteers to distribute business cards and tri-fold brochures that advertise our worldwide web sites and books.
These cards and brochures are small and can easily be distributed by personally giving them to people, mailing them in correspondence, placing them in libraries or in books and magazines, and posting them on public bulletin boards. Although there are many more places and ways to distribute these cards and brochures, this short list shows the huge potential for low cost advertisement.
- Team members search out places to distribute cards and brochures on a regular basis, maintain a list of the places where the cards and brochures may be easily distributed, and brainstorm with other team members about how to improve the card and brochure distribution system.
The News Letter Team
Writing and publishing Christian Living and Prophecy News Letters is a huge undertaking that demands much effort and attention to detail. We need volunteers to research various subjects, compile and transcribe raw data into usable information, compile the news letters, write short educational and useful articles, maintain our various e-mail news letter subscription lists, e-mail the news letters, and correspond with news letter subscribers.
The Search Engine and Directory Registration Team
Although we have over 190 topical Bible studies available on the worldwide web, they are of no value if people do not know where to find them. Therefore, registering our web sites with the hundreds of search engines and directories that help guide people to our web pages is extremely important.
Search engine and directory team members perform the following tasks on an ongoing basis:
- Search the worldwide web for new search engines and directories with which to register our web sites.
- Register our web sites with search engines and directories every six weeks by manual registration or by using our automated software registration program.
- Review our web sites' registration and ranking status on individual search engines and directories.
- Research and develop techniques to improve registration efficiency and ranking status on search engines and directories.
- Maintain lists of search engines and directories.
The Lost 10 Tribes of Israel Video Documentary Team
About two-thirds of the Bible is prophetic with most of its prophecies directed to the various tribes of Israel as they exist as nations today and to the Father's elect children who are scattered among these and other nations.
The majority of these prophecies that have their fulfillment just before and after the return of Jesus Christ to conquer and rule the earth clearly show that God will punish the ten tribe House of Israel, the House of Judah, and most of those who are called to salvation because of their persistent rebellion against his law and way of life. It is within this context that we would like to frame a warning and a witness to these people and the world in general through a video presentation that will clearly explain these biblical prophecies in graphic detail and show the dramatic impact their fulfillment will have on all the tribes of Israel, the Father's elect children, and the rest of humanity.
If you are interested in finding out how you can participate in a project that we believe will make a major impact on the ten tribes of the House of Israel, the House of Judah and the Christian community throughout the world, write for our Israel Video Project Brochure. This brochure details the project and the opportunities for participation.
If you feel that this educative effort is worthwhile and would like to help support this work, donations may be sent to us at: Congregation of God, P.O. Box 612440, San Jose, CA. 95161, U.S.A..
After Jesus had trained the twelve disciples and sent them to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God, he trained and sent seventy more men and told them that there was a great harvest of humanity to be gathered but there were few to do the job (Lk. 10:1-2). Today is not much different from the time when Jesus walked the earth—the harvest is ready to be gathered in, but there are very few to do the job.
If you are interested in any of our volunteer teams or other projects that we are engaged in, please contact us by e-mail or write to us at The Congregation of God, Attention: Team Members, P.0. Box 2368 Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, USA.