Announcements (30 Jun 13)

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Jun 302013
 

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 13/7 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact PrLek by Sun 6/7.

Amazing Grace Family Devotion Book 1 with CD is available at the Fellowship Hall. Obtain copies for your family or friends to encourage Family Worship. You may give a freewill offering in the box provided to defray the cost of printing.

30 Jun 13 – A Gospel Worthy Of Your Life

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Jun 302013
 

A Gospel Worthy Of Your Life

Fellowship in the Gospel – Philippians 1:1-11

(1) Birth of the Philippian Church

Paul received the Macedonian call in a vision while at Troas (Acts16:8) to preach the gospel in Marcedonia. Two major incidents occurred as the result of Paul’s sharing of the gospel at Philippi  -the conversion of Lydia and the salvation of the Philippian jailer and his household. The preciousness of our Lord Jesus Christ was seen in those people who came to salvation and in the birth of the Philippian church through the power of the gospel.

(2) Purpose of the Epistle

This letter was written as a thank you note to the Philippians. Paul’s thanksgiving is oriented around the gospel. We see the deep love and warm affection of Paul for the Philippians in this letter.

(3) Definition of the Gospel

What is the gospel? He defined it for us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:

Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (v3-4)

Elsewhere in Acts 20:21, he mentioned that salvation involved “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(4) Philippian Church Supported Paul

At this point of time, the Philippians were the only church helping Paul financially. They also identified with him in his pain and chains. They agonized in prayers for him, sharing with Paul the confidence that his being in jail is not a setback but that it served to advance the gospel. Both in imprisonment and in defence and confirmation of the gospel, the Philippians were partakers of God’s grace with Paul.

(5) Advancement of the Gospel

Acts 1:4-8 also touched on the fellowship in the gospel. This may involve fellow like-minded believers, missionaries, local churches in the proclamation of the gospel. The disciples were mistaken in their interpretation of God’s purpose for them, thinking along the line of political restoration of the kingdom of Israel. Jesus, however, revealed that God is not interested in our missions, our goals or our plans. God’s plan is about the gospel filling the whole earth and He is inviting all believers into the fellowship of the gospel. You, referring to his disciples, shall be my witnesses through the power of the Holy Spirit. “…ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem….Judea….Samaria …the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8b). Jesus modelled a walk with God for which we are to follow as his disciples.

(6) Priority of the Gospel

The fellowship in the gospel is God’s big picture for the church. All fellow workers are not to take His grace in vain. God is working in us to orient our lives around the fellowship in the gospel. The “good work” (Philippians 1:6) refers to this orientation around the gospel which Paul affirmed God had already started in our lives.He was confident God will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

(7) Defence of the Gospel

In the defence of the gospel, we are called to be faithful and to “stay on the line” of truth. Not like the legalists who “stay above the line” of truth by adding to the gospel their traditions and human speculations. Not like the liberals who “stay below the line” of truthwith their prosperity and social gospels. Like Paul, we are to teach God’s Word with God’s heart.

(8) The Heart of God

Indeed, verses 8-11, provided some theological insights such as the bowels of Jesus Christ, love abounding, things excellent, fruits of righteousness.

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

These verses also bring us to see the heart of God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 Summary of Rev. Bill Mill’s first thematic message by Elder Sim Chee Seng.

New Life BP Church Camp

12-15 June 2013

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Melaka, Malaysia.

Announcements (23 Jun 13)

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Jun 232013
 

Sanctity in the Sanctuary: Please read the insert and meditate on the scriptures. May you be blessed by it! Let us honour the Lord in our worship of Him! Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29: 2

Session Meeting: Session members, please attend the meeting TODAY at 1.30 pm in the Conference Room.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 13/7 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact PrLek by Sun 6/7.

Amazing Grace Family Devotion Book 1 with CD is available at the Fellowship Hall. Obtain copies for your family or friends to encourage Family Worship. You may give a freewill offering in the box provided to defray the cost of printing.

23 Jun 13 – The Virtue of Graciousness

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Jun 232013
 

The Virtue of Graciousness

Proverbs 11:16a

By Pr. LekAik Wee

Proverbs 11:16a says, “A gracious woman retaineth honour…” The beginning of grace is traced to the new birth, the beginning of spiritual life at salvation. This is the beginning of great moral and spiritual change evident of salvation. Indeed, the Bible tells us by grace are we saved through faith, and not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph 2: 8, 9). The new-born babe in Christ is nourished with the milk of God’s Word that it may grow. The gracious woman described in Proverbs 11:16a is one whose life has been changed by God’s grace, His unmerited favour. It is freely bestowed and she possesses evident traces of God’s grace. This is the beginning of that journey of grace. This grace produces godliness, so that the heart is transformed to be more and more like her Saviour, Jesus, who is the image of the living and true God. A gracious woman therefore is a godly woman, possessing Christ-like character. Yet, at the beginning of grace, we see many imperfections, as the old man is put away and the new man is put on.

The question that begs our asking is therefore how to be a gracious woman? So that we can attain to that humble estate of being called a gracious woman! First of all, we must realize that it is God’s work. The gracious woman triumphs over the evil by a good heart – in thought, in word and in deed. The good deeds and kind words of the gracious woman stems from a good heart, being sanctified by God’s love, given by the Holy Spirit.

We concede that there is that progressive nature of spiritual growth that is seen as the evident token of God’s persisting grace. This grace is in her a well of water, springing into everlasting life. The Samaritan woman at the Jacob’s well who met her Lord Jesus and was instructed how to be nourished by this living water. Jesus is that living water. He is the Giver of grace, the Source of all grace, the fullness of grace. The question therefore you may ask, how can I find Jesus? Jesus is the theme of the Holy Scriptures. We find Jesus through the study of God’s Word. The Bible describes the nourishment of the soul with the imagery of the deer or the hart. As the hart pants after the water-brooks, so our soul thirsts for the living God. The hart needs periodic refreshing at the water-brooks to be nourished and strengthened, so does the child of God. This refreshing is found in God’s Word and made effectual through the Holy Spirit by prayer. As you meditate upon God’s Holy Word, it is like a cleansing agent that cleanses your heart and make it pure, holy, beautiful, filled with graciousness. Her manners are a reflection of her graciousness. Manners come from the heart and therefore needs cultivation that it may truly reflect true grace. As the saying goes, “Manners are to people what polish is to silver. They make us shine.” Hence, the gracious woman retains honour. She shines by her exemplary conduct. It causes others to bless her because she blesses others.

The gracious woman conducts herself with honour at home, in church and in public. The psalmist says in Psalm 101:2 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” It is often at home that we see our true colours where our guards are let down. May our spouses and our children call us blessed because we demonstrate Christ-likeness at home! In church, the way we dress and conduct ourselves either honours or disrespect our Lord. The earnestness wherewith we worship is a reflection of God’s grace in our hearts. Our manner of conversation in public and the places we go to is a reflection of our Christian profession.

Indeed, there is a behavioural appropriateness that fits the character of the redeemed man. There is an etiquette that is consistent of the Christian life. She is not ill-mannered, rude or causes shame but is courteous. Neither is she indecent or disorderly but is full of propriety, politeness, orderliness and moderation. This emanates from a holy reverence that she has toward God and results in consideration towards others. It gives others due honour. And there is a consistency in the demonstration of such character trait in this gracious woman. She is calm and composed when maligned by others. She does not retaliate but returns evil with good. You may asked, how is that possible? That measured temperance that she possesses comes from the hours of quiet meditation in God’s Word that flow into the very depths of her heart. It enabled her to respond wisely with the fear of God in her heart at every provocation. She knows that she offends her God when she is provoked to wrath. She has been forgiven much and she is able to also forgive offences done to her. She is not quarrelsome but she puts her temper under control.

Oh what honour God accords to such a person of grace! Oh what honour men accords to such a gracious woman. Her reward is favour and honour with God and men. On the day that she takes her last breath and goes home to the arms of her Saviour, she leaves behind a fragrant trail for the many who have been blessed by her life and would come to remember and honour her. They would single out the little acts of kindness and those gracious words of comfort and encouragement that she utters from her lips that never fails to uplift a downcast soul. To the ladies in our midst, may this virtue of graciousness be your portion because you possess such an ability in you that is freely bestowed by the Spirit of Christ that indwells you. You have God’s Word in your hands today, it is that well of grace that never runs dry. Spend time in the meditation and study of it and let God’s plan for your life be fully appropriated. Amen.

Announcements (16 Jun 13)

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Jun 162013
 

Blessed Fathers’ Day! May the Lord bless all fathers in our midst this morning. The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20: 7

Session Meeting: Session members, please attend the meeting next Lord’s Day at 1.30 pm in the Conference Room.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 13/7 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact Pr Lek by Sun 6/7.

Reprinting of Revival Hymns and Choruses is being planned @ $6000. Thank God that an amount exceeded has been raised.  We will begin the reprinting soon.

Amazing Grace Family Devotion Book 1 was reprinted. The Book with CD is now available at the Fellowship Hall. Obtain copies for your family or friends to encourage Family Worship. You may give a freewill offering in the box provided to defray the cost of printing.

16 Jun 13 – Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother

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Jun 162013
 

“Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother…”

Exodus 20:13a

By Pr. Lek Aik Wee 

On Father’s Day, we are reminded of the 5th commandment given by God to Israel in Exodus 20:12:

Honour thy father and thy mother:

that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

Moses reiterated it in Deuteronomy 5:16 with emphasis on the special blessing accorded to the filial sons and daughters,

…that thy days may be prolonged,

and that it may go well with thee,

in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

God promises longer life and His goodness prevailing with such a one.

“To honour” is to revere, to respect, to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative duties to, referencing Exodus 20:12 (Webster Dictionary). A contrast of this virtue is given in Proverbs 30:11, 17 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother…The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

How is your relationship with your earthly father? This is the first commandment in fulfillment of our relationship with men. Our parents must be considered first among men in our affections for by them we receive life and through them we are what we are today. Loving father and mother can mean devoting time, resources with the view of strengthening them spiritually and physically especially in their old age. One brother in Christ quit his job to spend time to take care of his aged father when no one was at hand to help his father. It was costly yet profitable. He had the opportunity to witness to his father who received the Lord before his father’s home going. We are to honour our parents by loving them. The Bible tells us the fruit of the spirit is love (Gal. 5:21a) and love is the fulfilling of the law (Rom. 13:10b).

This noun “love” or “agape” in Greek first occurs in the New Testament in Matthew 24:12, describing the cold-heartedness of men in the last days, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” The last days refer to the time between the first and second coming of Christ. The Apostle Paul observed in 2 Timothy 3:1-2, “This know also, in the last days, perilous times shall come…men shall lovers of their own selves…disobedient to parents.” When men forsake the living and true God, this is the result. Peace in the family is broken.

The hallmark of a growing Christian is growing in love, biblical love! The truth is that we cannot produce such love by ourselves. It is the work of the Holy Spirit indwelling the believer that produces such love – it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. God does not want us to produce our own concoction of love. The Bible tells us this pure love is first shed abroad in the heart of every believer by the Holy Spirit – “…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). This “love” is given to all who repent of his sins and receive Jesus into his heart. We acknowledge the divine nature of this love and the divine source of this love. It is fulfilled in the gospel of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18), when one turn away from sin and come to Jesus in repentance, believe the gospel and receive salvation.

John 3:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Biblical love enables us to fulfill the law of God to love our father and mother. This is a spiritual grace that the believer puts to practice having been freed from the bondage of sin. He makes a sanctified choice to obey God’s law and thus receiving His blessings.

Do you see God’s love prevailing in your relationship with your father and mother? If not, may you take time to make right with God, and make right your relationship with your father and mother. Father’s Day is a good time to begin if you have not already begun.

Blessed Father’s Day!

Announcements (09 Jun 13)

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Jun 092013
 

Session Meeting: Session members are requested to attend the meeting on 23 June at 1.30 pm. in the Conference Room.

Camp Briefing TODAY 9/6 @ Sanctuary immediately after worship service. Please collect T-shirts after the briefing in the Fellowship Hall. All campers will gather in church at 7.30am on 12/6.

Parents’ Nite (Sat 22/6) Please make payments if you have made reservations.

Reprinting of Revival Hymns and Choruses is being planned @ $6000. Kindly give as designated offerings towards this need. We will begin the reprinting once the required amount is raised.

Amazing Grace Family Devotion Book 1 was reprinted. The Book with CD is now available at the Fellowship Hall. Obtain copies for your family or friends to encourage Family Worship. You may give a freewill offering in the box provided to defray the cost of printing.

09 Jun 13 – The Exemplary Faith of the Little Maid

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Jun 092013
 

“The Exemplary Faith of the Little Maid”

“And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.”  2 Kings 5:2-4

By Rev. S. V. Nathan

Introduction:

Recently someone asked me, “I want to do something for God. Am I called to serve Him?” There are many who think: am I called or am I fit to serve God? Hence, many of us underestimate our value and our presence in this world. Douglas Pagels says “I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be, but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.” (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/encouragement). In God’s sight we are unique and important; He has a definite plan and purpose for everyone on this earth. We are all called by Him to “be a witness” (Acts 1:8).

God does not use only talented and great people. Most of the time, God uses humble, simple and ordinary people and they contribute to the glory of the Lord in their own way. At times, we don’t even know their names or backgrounds. As St Paul says, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27). There are many such examples recorded in the Bible, which I call, “Unknown Yet known”: the world may not know them, but God knows. Here is a little maid in 2 Kings 5:2-4 who has an exemplary faith and her action speaks volumes. Her remarkable and timely deed has given her a due place in the Bible and teaches us many lessons. If rightly understood, it will bring encouragement even to those believers who think they are of no importance in our society. Believers should not underestimate their value and their presence in this world. A study on the life of the little maid will surely open our eyes of understanding so we may clearly see our God-given purpose in life. Keep in mind that believers are special people with a special purpose.

Background:

The little girl was a captive from Israel in Syria, and she was working as a maid to Naaman’s wife, without any right or choice. Apart from that, we do not know her name or her parents’ name or any other background details.  She is just a maid who is away from home, parents and privileges.  However, she did not forget to share her faith with her pagan mistress. We may infer that she might have had godly parents and a godly upbringing. Let us learn three lessons from this little maid.

  1. 1.        Faith expects us to act (vs 3):

Firstly, let us see the little maid’s exemplary faith in action.  The little maid was serving Naaman’s wife for some time and perhaps her mistress was lamenting the case of her husband’s desperate and incurable leprosy (‘In biblical time, leprosy was an intense symbol of sin, hereditary, contagious, unclean, a state of living death, incurable by human power, and its only cure by the power of God’ – Summarised Bible). The little maid in her captivity was not in a position to advise. Nonetheless, she took the opportunity to approach her mistress and boldly testified her faith in God. She was not at all intimidated by the presence of strange people with strange beliefs and practices.

What will you do if you get this kind of opportunity? How would you respond? Let us heed St Paul as he exhorts Timothy to be an ever ready preacher, Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season(2 Tim 4:2a). Like this little maid, we ought to be ready to share our faith in any situation to anyone at any point of time in our life.

  1. 2.        Faith enables us to overcome obstacles (vs 3): 

Secondly, seeing the situation, she did not give any excuse or supress her faith; instead, she exercised faith by revealing what she knew without fearing the consequences, whatever these might be. She was ready to risk her life by going forward: And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. (verse 3)

Her strong faith displays its strength and soars up to the highest degree during critical times.  Many Christians today are muted by fears and insecurities of life. Worst of all, they are in themselves unfruitful because of their bad testimonies. They never gained a good position to soar up and grab opportunities to tell the world about the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you afraid to share your faith with others when they are in dire need of a Saviour in their life?  Are you giving excuses after excuses in your life and trying to escape like Jonah? Heed the call for we are called to “be a witness”. 

  1. 3.        Faith empowers us to go the extra mile (vs 3):

Thirdly, she went out of her way, and guided her mistress and gave right information about the cure for both physical and spiritual healing. She was not confined to her own work as a maid, but went an extra mile for the welfare of her master and mistress.  The little maid had heard of the miracles wrought by Elisha, and doubted not that at the request of her lord he would be willing, as she believed he was able, to cure him of this terrible disease.

Naaman (vs1 Captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable) did not despise what she had told him, because she lived forth her faith by demonstrating it in actual life. In other words, it speaks about her testimony that Naaman (an honourable and great man) and his wife trusted a little maid like her.  What is your testimony where you work? Are you willing to go the extra mile to share your faith like this little maid? Let us make a resolution that we will find an opportunity and go the extra mile to share about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whenever possible.

Conclusion:

The girl’s exemplary faith brought great blessings to Naaman, and led him to the living and true God. He was blessed with physical and spiritual healing, and he gained freedom from physical and spiritual bondage and infirmity. In the same way, there are many in need of faithful servants to lead them to Christ. Are you willing to put your faith into action and to overcome the obstacles? Are you willing to go the extra mile for service by bringing the spiritually sick and downtrodden?

Undoubtedly, the little maid transmitted a giant influence on the people of Syria. The great fruits of her faith became living trophies to be displayed for the glory of God. “You see limitations; God sees opportunities. You see faults; God sees growth. You see problems; God sees solutions. You see limitations; God sees possibilities. You see life; God sees eternity.” (Corallie Buchanan  http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/encouragement). No one is too small for God to use; we only need a willing and humble heart to serve Him. Are you willing to humble yourself to Him that He may exalt you in due time? (Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time – 1Peter 5: 6).

Announcements (02 Jun 13)

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Jun 022013
 

J.O.Y. Sunday:All youths Sec 1 upwards are welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am. Today’s topic is:“I am theResurrection and the Life”John 11: 25

Kindergarten VBS Mon – Tue 3-4/6 9am to 12: If you are free to come and help at this annual event, please give your name to the office. It is good to have that connection with our kindergarten children so that they may feel welcome to our Sunday School. You may help in the games, crafts, photo-taking etc. Lunch is provided.

Sharing by Bro. TannHeng:THIS Wed night prayer meeting 5/6. All are welcome to receive an update on the Cambodian work. Come and pray for the work.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 8/6 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact PrLek by TODAY.

Camp Briefing NEXT SUN 9/6 @ Sanctuary immediately after worship service.

Parents’ Nite(Sat 22/6)Venue: YishunSafra Country Club Pin Si Restaurant. Price: $35 pax. Registration will end TODAY. Please make payments if you have made reservations.

A Note of thanks from The Ultimate Quest Committee to all helpers who made this event a memorable one for all the children. To God be the glory.

Reprinting of Revival Hymns and Choruses is being planned @ $6000. Kindly give as designated offerings towards this need. We will begin the reprinting once the required amount is raised.

02 Jun 13 – Go and Preach the Gospel

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Jun 022013
 

GO AND PREACH THE GOSPEL (MARK 16:15)

By Rev. Lim Chee Boon

Before the Lord Jesus ascended to heaven He gave His disciples this great commission, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)  Today all Christians are similarly entrusted with this mission.  When do we start sharing the gospel?

In John chapter 4 the Lord Jesus met a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.  The intent of the Lord was to lead the woman to the realisation of her sin and her need of salvation.  At the end of the conversation she was convinced that the person who spoke to her was the Messiah. The Bible says in John 4:28, “The woman then left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did:  is not this the Christ?”  I do not know how long the woman took to get into the city; but it was clear that she reached her hometown within the day.  She immediately testified of the Messiah to the people in her place. How long do you need to be a Christian before you witness for Christ?  The woman did it on the same day she believed in Christ.

The Youth Fellowship invited me to speak in its inaugural meeting some weeks ago on the theme, “Go”.  I am excited the young people are taking an interest in missions.  I was very much exposed to missions when I was in my youth.  I attended a very mission-minded church.  In many ways the experiences gained from short mission trips resulted in my calling to fulltime Christian ministry.  No one is too young to witness for Christ.  I remembered a 6 years old girl studying in the church kindergarten.  She knew the Lord from a young age and had been telling her parents about the Saviour.  Quite apparently her parents ignored her plea to accept Jesus Christ until she passed away due to sickness.  The parents finally came to Christ and they shared how their daughter’s life has helped them to come to the Saviour.  “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15)

I)                     WHY “GO”?

Why participate in missions?  Many Christians have the wrong idea of missions.  They think the work of missions is for missionaries only.  The charge of the great commission is given to all Christians.  Everyoneof us has the duty of carrying the gospel to others.  Therefore in a real sense all Christians are missionaries.  Missionaries are people who bear witness of the person, life, work and message of Jesus Christ.

The term “missionary” is used for a person who crosses geographical, cultural and lingual boundary to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  In our globalised world today we have greater responsibility to preach the gospel to the lost in foreign lands.  When you are studying, working or residing in another country and you preach the gospel you are a missionary.          WE DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT TILL WE ARE CALLED TO FULLTIME MINISTRY TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.  Like the woman at the well, we start right now!

  1. A.       It is a Command

In Matthew 28:19-20 the only command is in the phrase “teach all nations.”  In the original language it means to make disciples of all nations. The other 3 verbs are in the participles – be going, be baptizing and be teaching.  In Greek grammar when a command is placed in the middle of several participles, it makes all verbs an imperative (a command).  Therefore it is not wrong to say that “Go” is a command.  We are commanded to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

  1. B.       It is urgent

Listen to the words of the Lord in John 4:35 – “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”  In north-eastern China, there are two harvesting in a year – the wheat harvest in April and the rice harvest in October.  The farmers are most busy in these months of the year.  If they delay in harvesting the crops, the grains would start falling.  Imagine picking each grain of wheat or rice from the field; it’s a difficult task.

Today is the day of salvation!  My brethren, the Lord is giving to us opportunity to reach our loved ones and friends.  Please do not say there are yet four months!

  1. C.       It is a great task

The task is great because many people still do not know Christ and some places are without a Christian witness.  The information below is taken from this website: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/1040.htm

THE 10/40 WINDOW

Most of the people groups still unreached by the gospel live in places stretching across the maps of northern Africa and Asia. Christian mission strategist Luis Bush started calling this rectangular area or band: “the 10/40 window.” He used that easy-to-remember name because it lies across Africa and Asia from 10 degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees latitude north of the equator.

1040window

Two-thirds of the world’s population or more than 4.4 billion people live in the 10/40 Window.  90% of the people living in the 10/40 Window are unevangelized. Many have never heard the Gospel message even once. There are either no Christians or not enough of a Christian movement in many cultures of the 10/40 Window to carry out vibrant near-neighbor evangelism. Eighty-five percent of those living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world’s poor.

Why involve in missions?  The simple reason is many are still outside the kingdom of God.  Prophet Isaiah heard this missionary cry, “Whom shall send, and who will go for us?”  He responded saying, “Here am I; send me.”