Working in the field implies that the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, is going to the real natural environment rather than in a theoretical way, or controlled pulpit conditions for evangelism. In this era, many have taken to the internet hoping to promote the gospel of Christ or to promote self and their ministries. For instance, in SCOAN the prayer line service, the work being done by Emmanuel.tv and Partners, conducting National and International Crusades, going from home to home giving and preaching, living out the spirit-filled Christ-like life amongst the population, are some examples indicating that TB Joshua Ministries are working on the field. Every Christian ought to get out to the field and work because that’s where the work is and the harvest is becoming more plentiful but field workers are few. According to (Jeremiah 6:16) we must ask for the old paths, the good way, and walk therein, and we shall find rest for our souls and the job would seem very light.
The numerous problems confronting the church have only recently been exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic which seems to send people away from church congregations to grow the home churches and the advent of private internet ministries. The internet could easily be polluted by messages from self-serving ministries. Apostle John in (1 John 2:19) describes erring ministries as “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us”. Whereas God may also be speaking to the need to increase the ministry, to improve the interpersonal living and caring for one another, and preparing everyone for the coming Jesus the Lord of Host. Any ministry practising envy, abuse of other ministries, attack on public officials or church leaders, is not representing Christ and they are own self mission. The Holy Spirit has the power to regulate and humble every ministry that goes contrary.
For example, a certain disciple of Jesus named Ananias was in Damascus at a time Jesus needed him to restore Saul of Tarsus. The Lord Jesus told him in a vision to arise, and go into the street which was called straight, and to enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus. Saul who later was also called Paul had encountered the Lord Jesus whilst on his way with authority from Jerusalem to come for more persecution of the church in Damascus. Jesus had made Saul a chosen vessel unto Himself, to bear His name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel but Ananias must go out to heal and anoint this new apostle Paul. The detailed story is in Acts 9: 10-18. This is a clear example of fieldwork, but we must wait for a call, empowerment and instructions from God.
All believers constitute the body of Christ, and members in particular, (1 Corinthians 22:27). What we see in SCOAN, is not just the demonstration of the power of Jesus but also the unity of the Church. That through faith in Christ Jesus prayer can go out from a messenger of God from Ikotun Egbe Lagos Nigeria to any part of the planet and heal, deliver and set free is describing the unity in the working of this Jesus and His Church. The Lord Jesus is allowing this, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”, (Ephesians 4:12). God is willingly showing unto this generation some of His divine attributes and promises to the saints. Therefore in Christ Jesus is the anchor of our soul, that is both sure and steadfast, and which shall hold us securely. This Jesus is our High Priest forever and ever after the order of Melchisedec. Emmanuel