Keep silence for a minute
If I’m to minister, I must talk… similar to a Christian
In the mission field a Christian cannot keep quiet.
Mt 28: 18 –20 The last command of our Lord – Evangelize.
The most important is reminded again before leaving home.
Story of LJC and Gabriel – carry on the work by men – no alternative or contingency plan.
Mt 24:14 Preached in all the world unto all nations.
Rev 5:9 Redeemed us to every kindred & tongue & people & nation – we have to make this come true.
Scene in India – Two extremes are getting visible .
1. Gospel meetings are for the converted. Running scared
2. Open air meetings still going on – more gospels sold
Phil 1:28-29 Not to be terrified by our adversaries.
FOUR THINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE THEME
I GO / MOTION
It suggests a goal.
Go to the ticket counter & ask for a ticket .What will they ask– Where to? Destination.
Visit houses – gone for a walk—that’s not Christian living.
Story of a good Samaritan – was on a journey – ‘a purpose’.
Prov 29:18: No vision people perish. Vision of the perishing.
It’s not just about maintaining the 99 but so seek that 1 which is lost.
Do you have a vision—are you ready to go. Even at work, will you, ‘that loosened tongues employ’.
Lord had few gospel meetings, more of personal evangelism. Not everybody was healed. By the pool of Bethseda – Many ill, but one was healed.
Did you reach out to that one today. Do we have a target? Let’s start by speaking to two persons a week.
We have stopped believing that God will save.
Col 1:22 Do not move away from hope of the gospel.
Luke 18:8 Shall He find faith on the earth.
Faith is tough. Example: Paul Friday. God does for His glory.
Abraham: a towering example of faith
At 75: called out -- where are you going – I don’t know
Who called you – God. What about these idols – not gods
At 86: Tries to help God with Ishmael
At 99: God changes his name. Abram – Father of few to Father of nations – Abraham. Name changing party.
Some may have thought – The old man has lost his marbles.
Most of us are surviving on the faith and work of our forefathers, but what of our children.
To Galvanize us – more cases of cancer & illness among the more active, the best among us. To get our act together.
Shield of Faith: Made of straw, cardboard or toughened steel.
Example of Sea of Galilee and Dead Sea.
Make giving a habit
God’s formula: Give and Get
As an individual – Family—Assembly – we have wants.
Mal 3:10: Prove me … open the windows of heaven.
What percentage of what we spent on ourselves do we give God
Faith Offering. Oswald J Smith, sent >300 evangelists from his church. Make a commitment – between yourself and God.
Paul when imprisoned. Chance to testify to the elite Roman soldiers – but he was observed 24 hours a day.
We get so sucked into the world, that we forget that we have to behave like the King’s Children.
Example: Put your watch on the other hand. Do we feel uncomfortable in the company of carnal talk. People are watching us.
What about our children. Do they see us Pray, see us give, see us share the gospel.
Supporting a family in Bombay—an evangelists spends INR 5000. There needs like literature, Bibles etc.
Mt 24:14 : Gospel of the kingdom preached – world as witness then shall the end come.
Acts 1:8 : Witnesses both in Jerusalem – Judea – Samarea—uttermost parts – we haven’t started yet.
2 Sam 19:10 : Why speak ye not a word of brining the King back.
LET HIS NAME BE GLORIFIED