The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; but as it is written, ‘They who had no news of Him shall see, and they who have not heard shall understand.'” (Romans 15:18-21).
I have been burdened for some time as I consider the condition of the church in the nations. It is evident that many of the pastors we train have not had teaching in even the most basic “elementary principles” of the Christian faith (Hebrews 5:12; 6:1), and I fear what is being propagated in the church today is diluted milk built on a self-centered, consumeristic faith.
Paul’s words to the Romans are a strong encouragement to me personally, especially as we continue to train so many leaders from the nations, and, having done so, to know where to invest our efforts, time, and resources. Paul was focused in his message (“For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me… I have fully preached the gospel of Christ”), in his method (“by word and deed, in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit”), and in his mission (“And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named…”).
As we move forward in 2019, we can draw inspiration and strategic direction from Paul’s example. The message is simple and clear – Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through him (John 14:6). Our teaching must have as its purpose the revelation of Christ as the Son of God and the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ. Our method must be in word and deed, living what we preach, and allowing the Holy Spirit to move with signs and wonders to the transformation of lives. In addition, our mission has been and must continue to be fulfilling the Great Commission by making disciples of all the nations, focusing on those nations (people groups) who are unreached with the gospel.
May God give us the grace and faith we need to maintain that focus even with the realization that these remaining unreached people groups are the most hostile to the gospel and perhaps the most difficult to reach. It is by God’s grace and your partnership with us that we will continue with all of our strength and every breath to make the way of salvation known to all peoples everywhere
It is with joy that I share this devotional message with you, knowing the hope we have in Christ. May He strengthen and bless you in every way.
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