Missions Update: October 2016
Why We Have Missions
Missions are Commanded
The following two Bible passages are a summary of the biblical basis for missions:
Genesis 12:1-3: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (ESV)
Romans 10:14-15: How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (ESV)
Joe Teisan: October 2016
What must I know about God's plan for Christian Marriage?
An outline of scriptural principles for teaching the young.
Odds & Ends: October 2016
Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. … As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud [person] is always looking down on things and people. And, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
In October, we celebrate the work of reformers who brought about much-needed change in the Christian church. At the center of their contributions were four teachings:
• Scripture alone: The supremacy of the Bible as the surest guide for faith and life.
• Grace alone: The supremacy of God’s undeserved love. God counts us “right” with him when we accept his free gifts of forgiveness and salvation.
• Faith alone: The supremacy of faith. Only by believing and trusting in God’s promises, and through no works or achievement of our own, do we receive eternal life.
• The priesthood of all believers: Christians are “members of one another” (Ephesians 4:25, NRSV). In God’s eyes, Christians are all on the same level. We each have a ministry to fulfill to one another and to people outside the faith. Martin Luther said we’re “reciprocally and mutually one.”
Pastor Cosand: September 2016
The Great Race - meditation on Hebrews 12:1
We only have so many days on the earth and how we live them has everlasting implications. If you live to be 100, then you get 36,500 days. If you live to be 90, then you get 32,850 days. If you live to be 80, then you get 29,200 days. If you only live to 70, then you get 25,550 days. Calculate how many days you have lived and how many you are likely to have remaining and it will have a sober effect on your thinking. At any rate, because we only get so many days on the earth, a wise person lives in light of the inescapable, finite nature of earthly life.
Hebrews 12:1 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings to us so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." We see in this verse that we live in a certain way because of what we believe. This is the Biblical wedding of theology and life that we find everywhere on the pages of Scripture. Let us hear the wonderful command of Hebrews 12:1 about running our race. This passage is a trumpet call to every believer.
Missions Update: September 2016
Norm and Gwen Bowman
Global Outreach International
“For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” Mark 6:31
Well, this has been our “literal” experience in the past several months. We have literally been overwhelmed with life, ministry and all of the things that seem to invade our daily lives. After over 30 years in Spain we have become the “go to” folks for so many people, both near and far, and regardless of our efforts to create some healthy boundaries, the undertow of people-needs and ministry responsibilities in the stressed-out Spanish society in which we live and to which we minister, is relentless, and at times unmerciful. As a result, a lot of things that we need and want to do just go without doing, and this is why you have not heard from us for a while.