Spreading the Word

Dr. James Stewart, a Scottish preacher, once said: “The greatest threat to Christianity is not communism, atheism, materialism, or humanism. The greatest threat to Christianity is Christians trying to sneak into heaven incognito without ever sharing their faith, without ever living out the Christian life, without ever becoming involved in the most significant work God is doing on planet earth.” The truth is a non-evangelizing Christian is an oxymoron—it’s not optional. Our God is a missionary God. And He expects His followers to follow suit. Those were His parting instructions to His disciples, Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” This is called the great commission—something so important it is emphasized in all four gospels. But looking at how loosely many adhere to it today, some have tongue in cheek referred to it as the great omission. And I have heard some say I prayed and don’t feel God has called me to missions. But the truth is we never have to pray, “God do you want me to be involved in missions?” He already said, “Go.” The answer is clear! So we don’t need to pray, if we are called to participate, but how. Some are called to go, others to send. If everyone went who would pay and who would pray? But we must all do our part. This Sunday at fresh life, in addition to our study we talked about our missions focus. If you didn’t hear the message you can hear it here. My heart is that exactly what happened at the church at Thessalonica would be true of our church. Paul said in 1 Thes. 1:8 that from them the Word of God has sounded forth, or is ringing out, beginning locally and spreading out globally. We, as a church, are trying to do just that by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are excited to be getting behind the work that Gospel for Asia is doing in the 10/40 Window, the least evangelized part of the world. Many on Sunday decided to sponsor one of GFA’s 16,500 native missionaries who are working to spread the gospel in countries like India, a nation with over 500,000 villages that haven’t yet been reached with the gospel. There were also several who responded to the invitation to receive Christ at the services. It was a great day, and I challenge you to get involved in what God is doing as we wait for His return!