Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. He accomplished that through his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. In his birth, God became man. In his life, Jesus taught us how to live. In his death, he was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. In his resurrection, he defeated the power of sin and Satan. In his ascension, he sat down at God’s right hand where he makes intercession for us. Through the work of Jesus everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
“Let ministers daily pursue their studies with diligence and constantly busy themselves with them. Moreover, let them with care and diligence beware of the infectious poison of this imagined security and conceited overestimation; rather let them steadily keep on reading, teaching, studying, pondering, and meditating.
My concern should be that others receive from me what God has taught me in Scripture, and that I strive to present this in the most attractive form, to teach the ignorant, to admonish and encourage those who have knowledge, to comfort troubled consciences, to awaken and strengthen negligent and sleepy hearts as Paul did, and as he commanded his pupils Timothy and Titus to do. This should be my concern; how others get the truth from me. Studying is my work—the work God wants me to do. And if it pleases Him, He will bless it.”
“I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them and that is faith in Jesus Christ. If they had that and I had not given them a single shilling, they would have been rich; and if they had not that, and I had given them all the world, they would be poor indeed.”
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning
That brightens up the sky.
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
(Cecil Frances Alexander)
“Think all you speak, but speak not all you think. Your thoughts are your own; your words are so no more.”
(Dean Patrick Delany)
The book of Acts lays a critical foundation for the work of missions.
1) The Reason for Missions: Jesus commanded his followers to spread the Gospel. We have a message which the world needs to hear.
2) The Power for Missions: The Holy Spirit has been given to the church. God has given us everything we need to accomplish the task – we have no excuses.
3) The Catalyst for Missions: A commitment to prayerfully following the leading of the Holy Spirit is essential.
4) The Enemies of Missions: The spread of the Gospel was opposed by the Jewish religious leaders and by pagans.
5) The Universality of Missions: The Gospel is for both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews. There are no boundaries of any kind.
“[Salvation] is free in all to whom it is given. It does not depend on any power or merit in man; no, not in any degree, neither in whole, nor in part. It does not in any wise depend either on the good works or righteousness of the receiver; not on anything he has done, or anything he is. It does not depend on his endeavors. It does not depend on his good tempers, or good desires, or good purposes and intentions; for all these flow from the free grace of God.”