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The Church's Great Global Task

  1. 1. The Church’s Global Task & the Need for Refor mation by Dr. Peter Hammond
  2. 2. “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the water cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 1: From Greenland’s icy mountains, from India’s coral strand, Where Afric’s sunny fountains roll down their golden sand; From many an ancient river, from many a palmy plain, They call us to deliver their land from error’s chain. From Greenland’s Icy Mountains
  3. 3. 2: Waft through the spicy breezes, blow soft o’er Ceylon’s isle; Though every prospect pleases, and only man is vile! In vain with lavish kindness, the gifts of God are strown; The heathen in his blindness, bows down to wood and stone.
  4. 4. 3: Can we, whose souls are lighted, with wisdom from on high – Can we, to men benighted, the lamp of life deny? Salvation! O salvation! The joyful sound proclaim, Till earth’s remotest nation, has learned Messiah’s Name.
  5. 5. 4: Waft, waft, ye winds, His story; and you, ye waters, roll, Till, like a sea of glory, it spreads from pole to pole, Till o’er our ransomed nature, the Lamb for sinners slain, Redeemer, King, Creator, in bliss returns to reign.
  6. 6. 30 Years in the Frontline Behind Enemy Lines for Christ
  7. 7. The Church’s Global Task & the Need for Refor mation by Dr. Peter Hammond
  8. 8. “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the Kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations.” Psalm 22:27-28
  9. 9. A Tale of Two Conferences
  10. 10. Lausanne Conference Cape Town – October 2010
  11. 11. Edinburgh 1910
  12. 12. Edinburgh 1910
  13. 13. Engage in conversation with some of the members of your local church and you may be surprised, probably even shocked.
  14. 14. So far this year, I have spoken to a number of church-going people, who describe themselves as Christians, yet who believed in strange and unbiblical new age concepts such as re-incarnation and universalism.
  15. 15. People who have described themselves as "a good person", and "a dedicated Christian", "born again" have, in all seriousness, told me that "everyone will go to Heaven, because God is all-forgiving";
  16. 16. "God will keep refining us through re-incarnation until we are ready for Heaven";
  17. 17. "All religions lead to God"
  18. 18. and "People are basically good!"
  19. 19. One man claimed that he had not sinned for over 30 years!
  20. 20. One woman claimed that she had prayed and God had guided her to abort her child!
  21. 21. Looking out over a congregation on Sunday morning and assuming that everyone there is in a right relationship with the Lord and diligently following in His steps, would be gross presumption.
  22. 22. Those of us who are involved in personal, one-on-one Evangelism and counselling, are left with no such illusions.
  23. 23. In many ways the world is evangelising, or subverting, the Church.
  24. 24. This should not actually surprise us.
  25. 25. When you consider that the average Christian spends far more time reading the newspaper than reading the Bible, reading secular magazines, rather than Christian magazines,
  26. 26. secular books rather than Christian books, it is no wonder that "Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:21
  27. 27. In households with television, the average child has seen some 30,000 hours of television before leaving school.
  28. 28. During their high school years, the average student will listen to over 10,000 hours of music, much of it filled with sensual, immoral and occultic lyrics.
  29. 29. The influence of parents and churches in the upbringing of most children today is declining at an alarming rate.
  30. 30. The disintegration of many families, absentee parents and a general absence of discipline have created a vacuum.
  31. 31. Violent and immoral films and videos, throbbing, pulsating noise masquerading as music and pornographic magazines and websites are filling the void in the aimless and meaningless lives of all too many young people.
  32. 32. "Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind…" Romans 1:28
  33. 33. What we see influences what we think, and what we think influences what we become and what we do.
  34. 34. Ideas have consequences. Actions flow from thought patterns.
  35. 35. So the question is: What form of education has moulded your thought patterns?
  36. 36. What entertainment and news media is filling your mind, on a daily basis?
  37. 37. "Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:15-16
  38. 38. At camps and courses, and during surveys in shopping malls, we have found that the vast majority of church-goers have no idea what the Biblical worldview is.
  39. 39. If you ask: What is the Biblical position on economics, most say they don't know, some say to pay tithes. Very few have any understanding of Biblical principles for economics.
  40. 40. When asked: What is the Biblical worldview on crime and punishment, most say the government should forgive! Few church-goers understand the distinction between the ministry of Grace entrusted to the church, and the ministry of Justice entrusted to the State.
  41. 41. When asked if evolution can be reconciled to the Bible, many say, Yes!
  42. 42. When we have asked church-goers who they think are the greatest people who have ever lived, many mention the same political and Hollywood idols that would be promoted in the secular media.
  43. 43. When we have asked what books and publications they read, it is extraordinary how few church-goers are actually reading Christian publications.
  44. 44. Most would cite scandal rags and secular tabloids.
  45. 45. It is evident that many church-goers have become antinomian (believing that the Law of God no longer applies).
  46. 46. Blatant lying, breach of contracts, breaking of promises, stealing, even from churches and ministries, has become no longer a rare exception, but pervasive.
  47. 47. Christian bookshops have to deal with shoplifting.
  48. 48. Christian churches are no longer open for those wanting to come in and seek the Lord in quietness in the sanctuary.
  49. 49. Most churches today have to be barred and bolted with security gates, burglar bars and alarms.
  50. 50. There was a time that a mere verbal agreement, or handshake was sufficient.
  51. 51. Now even signed contracts are violated by people who claim to be Christians.
  52. 52. Jesus taught "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord', shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the Will of My Father in Heaven." Matthew 7:21
  53. 53. It is not so much what we say, but what we do that counts. Actions speak much more eloquently than words.
  54. 54. We are commanded in Scripture: "Walk in love… but fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
  55. 55. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.
  56. 56. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience." Ephesians 5:2-6
  57. 57. The root of this problem is the shallow experience and superficial message proclaimed by all too many Christians today. The shortcut methods and oversimplified formulas have just failed to work.
  58. 58. It is as though the devil himself has advocated another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9), polluting the Christian message, adulterating its contents and confusing the issues.
  59. 59. The enemy has reduced the greatest Message of all time, alternately to a cheap over-simplified formula, or to a dead over-complicated theology.
  60. 60. All too many Christians, apparently ignorant of these wiles of the devil, have accepted these corruptions.
  61. 61. The concept of a technical Salvation that is all theory and No experience, is ridiculous and leads to a dead theology and a lack of reality.
  62. 62. The emphasis of feelings and blessings to the exclusions of commitment, obedience and discipleship is a sure way to failure and disappointment (Matthew 7:15-23).
  63. 63. The notion of a, once and for all, token gesture of commitment to God, being sufficient to effect eternal Salvation and inner fulfilment, is to invite utter disillusionment (Luke 14:27).
  64. 64. These concepts are all unworthy of our great God and hopelessly inadequate in conveying the Biblical Message, or in promoting true spiritual life and discipleship.
  65. 65. The devil has a counterfeit for everything the Lord offers. He has fake fruit to offer – it's not the real thing, although it can look the same. When you taste it you find it's plastic fruit.
  66. 66. It looks real, but it isn't! It doesn't give the peace that passes all understanding, true joy, or real love. It's plastic fruit!
  67. 67. Now why is it that so many who try a counterfeit product, and taste its synthetic flavour, try to hide their disappointment, thinking that perhaps this is all that the Lord has to give?
  68. 68. How can we ever think that God's ways are unsatisfying? If the way is disappointing, then its not God's way! If the fruit is unsatisfying – you need a new Spiritual diet.
  69. 69. God's way is not easy, but it is fulfilling. His way is not cheap, but it is the best. His way is not trouble free, but it is the way of peace of heart and mind.
  70. 70. His way is not all blessings, but it is all joy. His way does not keep us from trials, but it does involve God's constant love.
  71. 71. If you are content with a superficial, lukewarm, stagnant, defeated, mundane, mediocre existence,
  72. 72. then God cannot give you a deep, on-fire, over-flowing, fulfilling, victorious, supernatural life.
  73. 73. By settling for less, we rob ourselves of the best. The Lord cannot give us the best, if we settle for less. Good is the main enemy of best.
  74. 74. If you are content with your present spiritual state then the Lord can do no more for you. Complacency is the deadly enemy of advancement and progress.
  75. 75. The trouble is that all too many Christians are in a spiritual desert, frustrated and bewildered by emptiness and dissatisfaction with their life and Faith. To many, Jesus is not really Lord, but He is just a constitutional monarch.
  76. 76. Christianity came to the beginning of the 20th century on a rising and apparently unstoppable tide.
  77. 77. Christianity was gaining spectacular momentum as missionaries from Europe were evangelising and discipling virtually every tribe and nation.
  78. 78. The Protestant Faith had far outstripped the Catholic and Orthodox branches in missionary activity, vitality and initiative.
  79. 79. From being confined almost entirely to North Western Europe, the British Isles, a narrow strip on the Eastern seaboard of North America, and with a small outpost at the Cape of Good Hope,
  80. 80. the Protestant Faith in the 19th century had become a truly international Faith.
  81. 81. It was also the dominant Faith of the most productive, powerful and prosperous nations in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
  82. 82. Amidst irrepressible optimism, many were openly speaking of the beginning of the Biblical millennium on earth.
  83. 83. At the first World Missions Conference in Edinburgh in 1910, delegates were anticipating the completion of the Great Commission within their generation.
  84. 84. No one in 1910, would have anticipated
  85. 85. the wholesale abandonment of entire nations to communism
  86. 86. false religions
  87. 87. and heathenism.
  88. 88. Nor would any have predicted that the church would retreat from victory to such an extent that some would even be questioning the existence of the devil, or hell,
  89. 89. or reinterpreting marriage to include what God in the Bible describes as perversion and an abomination.
  90. 90. The Christian era of bold missionary expansion came to an abrupt end as the guns of August 1914 erupted.
  91. 91. The great European countries which had been the heartland of Christendom, and the source of most of the world missionaries,
  92. 92. devastated each others economies and annihilated millions of one another’s young men, in what has to be recognised as the most tragic and senseless conflict in history.
  93. 93. Before the First World War, Europe had never been more powerful, or more self-confident. There was no hint of any possible challenge to its leadership of the civilised world.
  94. 94. 1914 marks a far more drastic turning point than 1815, or 1648, or any other of the watershed events in its earlier history.
  95. 95. As the great nations of Europe mobilised for war against themselves .
  96. 96. it was said: The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.
  97. 97. Yet, even as that was said, it could not have been anticipated how much destruction and dislocation of Christian civilisation would come from this disastrous conflict.
  98. 98. When lamps of political wisdom, spiritual truth, intellectual and artistic progress, moral foundations and economic growth were rekindled, they shone far less brightly in the ancient centres of European civilisation than they had for centuries before.
  99. 99. The sinister bankers who pulled the strings behind the scenes and engineered the auto genocide of Europe,
  100. 100. were also the ones who owned many of the companies that made the machine guns,
  101. 101. bullets
  102. 102. bombs,
  103. 103. bombs,
  104. 104. shells
  105. 105. and artillery that destroyed the cream of Europe.
  106. 106. There are numerous studies that have shown the role of Freemason bankers and politicians such as Lord Nathan Rothschild whose goal was to bring down Christian civilisation.
  107. 107. Deceiving Nations In the book of Revelation we are told that at the end God will send an Angel to bind satan “So that he should deceive the nations no more …” Revelation 20:3.
  108. 108. Plainly satan is deceiving nations today.
  109. 109. Nations ARE BEING DECIEVED. We are involved in a colossal conflict, a world war of worldviews:
  110. 110. “Then Jesus said: … ‘And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.’” John 8:31-32
  111. 111. The first casualty in war is truth.
  112. 112. As my history teacher in Rhodesia reminded us: Beware the victor’s version!
  113. 113. Karl Marx declared: The first battlefield is the rewriting of history.
  114. 114. Nothing could have stopped the positive onward march of Christianity worldwide, except that the Christians were persuaded to kill one another so enthusiastically and so efficiently.
  115. 115. Even more devastating than the actual numbers of people killed, crippled, or severely injured, was the damage to the spiritual life of Europe.
  116. 116. Europe went from being a majority church attending population to a continent where most people did not go to any church.
  117. 117. The secularisation of Europe and the breakdown of moral standards coincided with a great resurgence of revolutionary fervour.
  118. 118. Marxist communism filled the vacuum left
  119. 119. by the collapse of the Russian Empire
  120. 120. and by the emergence of many new countries in Eastern Europe in place of the Austrian Empire.
  121. 121. Along with the spiritual decline of Europe came the decline of Western Europe in the total world scene.
  122. 122. The 19th century had seen such staggering growth in numbers, productivity, military power and wealth that one would have expected that Europe would have continued to dominate the globe for centuries to come.
  123. 123. For over a thousand years, Europe has been Christendom, the heartland and stronghold of Christian civilisation.
  124. 124. The optimism which had prevailed in the 19th century gave way to profound pessimism after the First World War.
  125. 125. The de-Christianisation and secularisation of Europe was not only unprecedented in its scope and speed
  126. 126. but it would have been unthinkable before the First World War.
  127. 127. In Europe, the traditional stronghold of the Christian Faith, the proportion of those who called themselves Christian declined and the percentage of those who regularly attended church services fell off even more drastically.
  128. 128. While Protestants increased rapidly in Africa, North and South America and in Asia, the numbers of Christians in Europe sharply declined.
  129. 129. Social Darwinism had become popular amongst most of the governments of Europe.
  130. 130. This thinking emphasized the importance of armed struggle between nations as healthy and necessary for evolution and progress.
  131. 131. There were also the entangling alliances, particularly the Entente Cordiale between France and Russia (1894), between Britain and France (1904), and between Britain and Russia (1907), that formed the Triple Entente.
  132. 132. The question is why Great Britain would have formed an alliance with their traditional enemies, the French and Russians, against their traditional allies, the Germans?
  133. 133. And how did a terrorist act in Sarajevo sever the special relationship between Britain and Germany that had endured for centuries?
  134. 134. It was understandable that Austria was going to deal with their troublesome neighbour Serbia, which had been encouraging and hosting revolutionaries and terrorists against the Austrian Hungarian Empire.
  135. 135. However, as Austria presented an ultimatum to Serbia,
  136. 136. the Russian Empire mobilised against Austria.
  137. 137. This led to Germany mobilising in support of its Austrian ally against Russia.
  138. 138. The French were allied to the Russian Empire and were spoiling for a fight to reverse the humiliating military defeat they had suffered at the hands of Germany in 1870.
  139. 139. Strangely, King Edward VII had allied Britain to France and Russia, probably out of spite for his parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
  140. 140. So, Britain ended up on the side of its traditional enemies,
  141. 141. France and Russia,
  142. 142. against its traditionally closest ally, Germany.
  143. 143. Most of the 60 million soldiers involved in the Great War would have been unable to explain what they were actually fighting about.
  144. 144. That they were pawns in a diplomatic power game manipulated by unseen conspirators behind the scenes would have been the furthest thing from most of their minds.
  145. 145. From the British point of view involvement in the First World War is an even greater mystery.
  146. 146. No British interests were at stake and had Britain stayed out of the European conflict it would not have become a World War.
  147. 147. First of all Britain would have kept her Empire.
  148. 148. Secondly Germany would have been able to defeat both France and Russia in a matter of months.
  149. 149. New treaties would have been signed, some borders may have been adjusted, but no cataclysmic collapse of Empires would have occurred.
  150. 150. The death toll would have been a fraction of what it became.
  151. 151. America would not have been dragged into the war,
  152. 152. Europe would have remained the most powerful industrial, political and military force in the world.
  153. 153. The constitutional monarchies in Central and Eastern Europe would have endured and continued to reform.
  154. 154. There would have been no power vacuum into which communism could have been born.
  155. 155. There obviously would have been no Second World War either. All in all, the world would be a far better and different place.
  156. 156. The Liberals had been in power in the House of Commons since 1906.
  157. 157. Their electoral support was withering away and Herbert Asquith’s government was on the verge of collapse.
  158. 158. It was clear that they went to war partly to keep the Conservative Party from ousting them in the imminent elections.
  159. 159. To those who ask if it is possible that any political leaders could be so small minded as to jeopardise the lives of millions, and the good of their nation, merely to keep their political party in power,
  160. 160. recent history continues to confirm that just such corrupt, small minded pettiness continues to predominate amongst many who are meant to be civil servants.
  161. 161. Never before had so much of mankind been engaged simultaneously in war.
  162. 162. Never before had mankind massed such large armies, or produced such weapons which worked wholesale destruction on so gigantic a scale.
  163. 163. The Protestant Faith had originated in Germany. It was the historic centre of Lutheranism.
  164. 164. From Germany thousands of Protestant missionaries had gone out to many parts of the world.
  165. 165. It was Germany who bore the main brunt of World War I
  166. 166. and it was Germany who was crushed and divided by the outcome of the World Wars.
  167. 167. It was chiefly the Protestant sections of Germany which were betrayed into the Soviet zone and subjected to communist oppression.
  168. 168. Millions of Germans were forcibly displaced by the Westward movement of Poland’s boundary at the end of World War II. Most of these displaced people were Protestants.
  169. 169. The involvement of predominantly Protestant Britain in the two World wars had disastrous repercussions on Christianity in that realm.
  170. 170. Throughout the 19th century Britain had been the greatest source of missionaries worldwide and the greatest financers of missions worldwide.
  171. 171. In both Germany and Great Britain the number of Protestant church members plummeted,
  172. 172. missionary involvement declined dramatically
  173. 173. and both countries suffered shocking secularisation.
  174. 174. Many bankers and industrialists amassed stupendous wealth at the expense of the combatants who incurred staggering debts.
  175. 175. Those who control the debt control everything.
  176. 176. Communism benefited the most,
  177. 177. seizing and subjugating all of Russia and, in time, most of Eastern Europe.
  178. 178. In the wake of the First World War many came to speak of a post-Christian era.
  179. 179. As wars and revolutions threw the entire world into disorder, pessimists and critics predicted the imminent disappearance of Christianity.
  180. 180. Yet, against all odds, despite having been dealt what had seemed like a deathblow in it's heartland, Protestant Christians showed remarkable vitality.
  181. 181. As Christians had overcome the Roman Empire,
  182. 182. the Barbarian and Viking invasions,
  183. 183. the Arab invasions, the onslaught of the Mongol Empire,
  184. 184. the Bubonic plague
  185. 185. and the invasions of the Turks,
  186. 186. then the upheavals of the French Revolution,
  187. 187. Christians adapted and overcame.
  188. 188. You Can Change Your World
  189. 189. THE GREATNESS OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
  190. 190. The Great Commission is great! It contains: -A great Truth - Jesus is Lord over all areas of life.
  191. 191. -A great Commission – we are to make disciples of all nations.
  192. 192. -A great Command – we are to teach obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded.
  193. 193. -And a great Promise – the Lord Himself promises to be with us for all time.
  194. 194. A careful reading of the Great Commission (Matthew. 28:18-10) should make it clear that we are called to do far more than merely “share the Gospel.”
  195. 195. Jesus Christ declared: “All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth…” The Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of life must be proclaimed and practiced.
  196. 196. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”.
  197. 197. We are not called to make converts, or “decisions”, but disciples.
  198. 198. We are to make disciples, not only of individuals, we must start there, and of families, which is vital, we are not only to disciple congregations and communities.
  199. 199. The Great Commission commands us to make disciples of nations – all nations!
  200. 200. “…Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…”, complete submission to Almighty God is essential.
  201. 201. “…Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you…”. Education is an essential part of the Great Commission. And we are not just to teach faith, or a selection of a few of our favourite things.
  202. 202. We have been instructed by the Lord Jesus Christ to teach obedience to everything that He has commanded.
  203. 203. What is our Greatest Priority ?
  204. 204. This Great Commission must be our supreme ambition.
  205. 205. The last command of our Lord Jesus Christ ought to be our first concern.
  206. 206. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16
  207. 207. We must never allow distractions, danger, disappointments or determined opposition to deter us from obeying Christ’s Great Commission
  208. 208. Our purpose on earth is to “Make disciples…teaching obedience…”
  209. 209. The life-blood of the Church is it’s evangelistic zeal. No matter what the situation, or how adverse the circumstances may seem to be, our Lord’s Command is to:
  210. 210. “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:2
  211. 211. We are commanded to: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15;
  212. 212. “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations…” Luke 24:47
  213. 213. Jesus declared: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” John 20:21;
  214. 214. Christ made it clear that we are to be “witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
  215. 215. When we consider the greatness of The Great Commission, that Christ is commanding us to follow His example,
  216. 216. to be sent, even as He was sent,
  217. 217. to preach repentance and the forgiveness of sins to all nations,
  218. 218. to be His witnesses to the very ends of the earth,
  219. 219. to make disciples of the nations, teaching obedience to all things that He has commanded
  220. 220. -we are overwhelmed! The task seems impossible. Which of us can possibly feel adequate to the incredible responsibility of discipling the nations?
  221. 221. The Promised Power
  222. 222. But every command of Christ comes with a promise. When the Lord commands us to go and make disciples of all nations, He reminds us that He has all authority in Heaven and on Earth, and He promises us: “Lo, I am with you, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
  223. 223. When the Lord commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature He promised miraculous power: “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs.” Mark 16:20
  224. 224. When the Lord commanded “That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations…” He promised “power from on high.” Luke 24:47-49
  225. 225. When the Lord commissioned His followers: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” He breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:21-22
  226. 226. And at the Ascension, when the Lord commanded His followers to be His witnesses “To the ends of the earth” He promised: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:8
  227. 227. Nothing that God has commanded us to do is impossible. As we read in the Book of Acts: The Lord went up! The Holy Spirit came down! The disciples went out! (Acts 1:8 - 8:1).
  228. 228. A handful of disciples in an upper room went out and changed the world!
  229. 229. The greatest experience is to come to Jesus. The greatest task is to disciple the nations for Jesus. The greatest priority is to go for Jesus.
  230. 230. Changed lives - changing the lives of others. Forgiven sinners, sharing the way of Salvation to other sinners. Blessed Christians, seeking to bless others.
  231. 231. The first recorded words of Christ in His early ministry were: “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand…Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:17-19
  232. 232. Our Lord’s call to repentance, to discipleship (“Follow Me”) and to evangelism (“And I will make you fishers of men”) are all inter-related. We are called to come to Him for Salvation and to go for Him to bring the message of Salvation to others.
  233. 233. Jesus is: “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
  234. 234. Jesus is: “The Light of the world.” John 8:12
  235. 235. Jesus is: “The Way, the Truth and the Life. No-one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
  236. 236. There’s no other way, no other religion, no other hope for mankind.
  237. 237. “Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that My House may be filled.” Luke 14:23.
  238. 238. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8.
  239. 239. Jesus said: “He who is not with Me is against Me, and He who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” Matthew 12:30
  240. 240. You are either a missionary or a mission field. You cannot be neutral in missions. Walking by on the other side of the road is not an option for Christians.
  241. 241. “Lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already ripe for harvest!” John 4:35
  242. 242. Jesus commanded us to look at the fields. We need to investigate and understand the missionary challenge.
  243. 243. How well do you know your World? Did you know that there are 12 000 ethno-linguistic people groups in the world? There are 66 nations which restrict religious freedom and persecute Christians. Over 400 million Christians live under governments which persecute believers. 21 % of the world’s population are Muslims, 13% of the world’s population is Hindu.
  244. 244. Africa occupies 22% of the world’s land surface. 41% of Africans are Muslims. 14 countries in Africa have less than 1% Evangelical Christians: Mauritania, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Comores, Djibouti, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, Algeria, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Mali. Over 100 million Christians in Africa do not yet possess a Bible.
  245. 245. “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
  246. 246. The Lord commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all Creation. This is a command, not only to go into all the geographical world, but into every level of society.
  247. 247. We must go into the world of business and education, the judiciary, government, entertainment, economics, medicine, sports and the arts.
  248. 248. And we are to proclaim the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins.
  249. 249. We must deal with the primary issue of sin. People are not innocent victims needing deliverance, but guilty sinners needing forgiveness and mercy from Almighty God. “As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you.”
  250. 250. As with Christ’s Incarnation we need to become one with, and identify with the people we are sent to. We need to live and speak the Gospel in their language and in their culture. “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the Kingdom, …” Matthew 13:38.
  251. 251. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
  252. 252. The best sermon illustration is the life of integrity of a Christian neighbour, colleague or family member.
  253. 253. At Evangelism Workshops, Great Commission Conferences, and Biblical Worldview Seminars that I have conducted throughout Africa, Europe and the USA,.
  254. 254. I found that the vast majority of delegates surveyed came to Christ through personal evangelism, from friends, family and strangers in one-one-one witnessing and counselling.
  255. 255. So far I have not come across anyone who reported being converted through Gospel music. Once, in a conference of 400 pastors and evangelists in Nigeria, I came across one individual who reported being converted through Gospel TV.
  256. 256. Even in large groups of several hundred, I’ve seldom found more than 3% who could, along with myself, report being converted through an evangelistic crusade.
  257. 257. There are normally a few dozen who report Gospel literature having been used of the Lord to bring them to repentance. However, at every evangelistic workshop and conference that I have surveyed, the vast majority report that it was through family, friends, neighbours, and even strangers, in one-on-one personal evangelism that they were converted.
  258. 258. Jesus said: “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in Heaven. That whoever denies Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in Heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33.
  259. 259. We dare not let opportunities to witness for Christ pass us by.
  260. 260. “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My Words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26. Do not be intimidated into silence, fear God and not man.
  261. 261. Jesus assured us: “There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for My sake and the Gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundred-fold now in this time - houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 Sacrifice is required.
  262. 262. “I must preach the Kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” Luke 4:43. Don’t bottleneck the Gospel. Reach out across boundaries.
  263. 263. “Let us cross over to the other side.” Mark4:35. Overcome all obstacles for the Gospel.
  264. 264. “On this rock I will build My Church and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 Victory is assured. The best form of defence is attack!
  265. 265. “The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it.” Matthew 11:12 Be bold, innovative, and persistant in seeking first the Kingdom of God.
  266. 266. Nothing is impossible, nothing is beyond the reach of prayer - except that which is beyond the will of God. No one is unreachable.
  267. 267. The will of God will never lead you - where the grace of God cannot keep you.
  268. 268. “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
  269. 269. “That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11
  270. 270. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habbakkuk 2:14
  271. 271. Is your church consistently praying for the fulfillment of The Great Commission ? It is written: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations” Mark 11:17.
  272. 272. “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…” Matthew 6:9-10. We need to pray for God’s Will to be obeyed – not just in the Church – but in the world! You are not to be the salt of the church, but the salt of the earth, the Light of the World.
  273. 273. This is the Word of God: “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28
  274. 274. REFORMATION SOCIETY PO Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town South Africa E-mail: info@ReformationSA.org Web: www.ReformationSA.org
  275. 275. Frontline Fellowship PO Box 74 Newlands 7725 Cape Town South Africa E-mail: admin@frontline.org.za Web: www.frontline.org.za

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