Every day, a word from God to encourage, edify, enlighten and empower you; designed with the express purpose of SPREADING THE Word of God. When God calls us into His fold, it is for a purpose. The expectation is "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" -Col.1:10
ALL are welcome. It is for the believer and unbeliever; those that are seeking to increase their knowledge and relationship with God.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen YOU, and
ordained YOU, that YE should go forth and bring forth fruit, and that YOUR fruit
should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, He may
give it YOU.(John 15:16)
an individual believer, WE are part of the corporate body of Jesus Christ known
as the Church. If the Church is to fulfill its mission in the world, then each
member must recognize their part in God's plan. WE have a personal
responsibility for the world. That responsibility goes beyond mere church
affiliation or membership. It is more
than the giving of an offering and even more than tithing.
mission becomes our personal responsibility to the world as we move from being
a spectator to becoming a participator in God's plan for the nations.
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Matthew 28:19
Jesus said "Go Ye into all the world and preach the Gospel" and
"YE shall be my witnesses," He was talking to a group of His
followers. But as with every group, this group was made up of individuals. When
Jesus said "Go Ye", it was not meant in just a collective sense, it
was not only a group challenge, but also an individual challenge. Each member
of the group was to accept the challenge personally. If the individuals within
the group failed to respond, then the group would fail.
challenge to go to the nations of the world is now assumed by the body of
Christ; the Church. But the Church is made up of individuals and it will only
be effective in meeting this challenge as each person personally responds to
the Great Commission.
the early church, each person took personal responsibility for spreading the
Gospel. Cross-cultural evangelism was done by laymen who were not full-time
clergy. Some of the greatest evangelistic campaigns were conducted by these
laymen. Acts 6 and 7 illustrate this with the accounts of Philip and Stephen.
They were both laymen, mightily used of God to spread the Gospel.
persecution came against the Church at Jerusalem, believers were scattered
throughout Judaea and Samaria. The Bible records:
Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every
where preaching the word.(Acts 8:4)
believer accepted the challenge to teach faithful men and women who would be
able to teach others also:
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many
witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach
others also.(II Timothy 2:2)
unbroken cycle of spiritual reproduction resulted in continuous multiplication
idea of the home as a center of spiritual development is not new. From the
giving of God's law to man, the home was intended to be a training center:
And these words, which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt
teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou
sittest in thine house. . .
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house
and on thy gates.(Deuteronomy
home in the early church was a center of evangelism. Believers taught the
Gospel not only in the temple, but daily in the home:
And daily in the temple and in every house, they
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.(Acts 5:42)
evangelistic thrust of the home groups was apparently so successful that when
Saul was trying to crush the church he did not feel he could do it by just
concentrating on the temple. He also entered every house to stop the spread of
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering
into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.(Acts 8:3)
vision of God's plan for the cross-cultural spread of the Gospel was given in a
home as Peter prayed on the rooftop. As
a result of the intervention, the first message to the Gentiles was preached in
the home of Cornelius (Acts 10).
great cross-cultural evangelism of Paul was discipled by Ananias in a home (Acts
9). Paul taught both publicly and also house to house during his ministry:
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed we, and have taught we publicly, and from house to house.(Acts 20:20)
final days of ministry were in a rented house where he received all who came,
teaching and preaching to them:
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired
house, and received all that came in unto him.
Preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern
the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.(Acts 28:30-31)
declared that His house was to be called of all nations a house of prayer:
And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written,
My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?(Mark 11:17)
were the results of this "every person" and "every home" approach
in the early Church? They reached their world with the Gospel. The enemies of
the Church themselves declared:
These that have turned the world upside down are
come hither also.(Acts
would be the results if every believer followed this pattern today? If
each believer would reach just one person each year, disciple them, and have
them pledge to disciple one person each following year, the world could easily
be reached with the Gospel.
of the population of the world is yet unreached by the Gospel. But God has
provided a strategy that, if employed by each professing believer, would easily
complete the task of spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom.
is a new movement growing throughout the world today. It is not a
denominational or an organizational movement. It is a group of believers who
have come to recognize their personal responsibility in spreading the Gospel to
the nations of the world. This group is
composed of people of many races, cultures, languages, and religious
denominations. The one thing they have in common is their personal commitment
to become a World Christian. A World Christian is one who. . .
the God revealed in the Holy Bible as the one true God
the Holy Bible as God's written Word.
personally accepted God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.
adopted a Biblical World View.
personally accepted the challenge to take the Gospel to the nations of the
does not necessarily mean a World Christian will leave their own nation to go
to another culture, although they are willing to do so if God should so lead.
What it does mean is that they are committed to spreading the Gospel right
where they are, in their own village or city. They are also committed to
sending others to the unreached peoples of the world. Whether in full-time
ministry or a secular occupation, the first priority of a World Christian is
spreading the Gospel.
people who have accepted this personal challenge have made a special commitment
to God. This is what they have pledged:
"By the grace of God and for His
glory, I commit my entire life to obeying the commission of Jesus Christ :
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven
and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even
unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
Make up your mind that wherever and
however God leads you, giving priority to those peoples currently beyond the
reach of the Gospel; endeavor to share this vision with others.
have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should
build upon another man's foundation: But
as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that
have not heard shall understand.(Romans 15:20-21)
believers ready to accept the challenge of Jesus and become actively involved
in God's plan as a World Christian we must be in right position:
ØPREPARE FOR THE CALL
yourself a living and sanctified sacrifice to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2)
sure there is no sin which will interfere with your spiritual hearing or
1:18; Colossians 1:9)
preconceived personal plans and ambitions (Psalms 25:9)
the habit of daily prayer and Bible study (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 77:12; 119:15,25,45)
patiently on the Lord and expect Him to direct every step of your everyday life
and activities. He will make His will and calling sure (Proverbs 3:6; Psalms 23:3; 32:8; 37:5,7)
I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.(John 15:5)
Jesus was known for
speaking in parables to explain spiritual aspects of the Kingdom of God. He used the natural aspect of the vine with
its branches and fruit to explain how we, His followers, are connected to Him;
our Lord and Savior.
In the natural world,
life comes from the vine. The vine sends a life flow into the branches of a
plant to produce fruit. The branch does not bear fruit of its own. If it is
separated from the main vine, it ceases to bear and eventually dies. This is the example Jesus used to illustrate
the flow of God's power in the spiritual world. We are the branches that bear the
fruit. Jesus is the vine. We do not in our own strength produce the fruit, we just uphold it.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch
cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.(John 15:4)
The powerful miracles
of New Testament times were not Peter's miracles. They were not the work of Apostle Paul's hands. They were a result of the Holy Spirit of God flowing through them as
spiritual branches bringing forth spiritual fruit.
These men did what
God had commanded them. They preached the Word. They laid hands on the sick.
They commanded demons to loose their hold on the lives of men and women. They
obeyed and left the results to God.
Obey God and leave
the results in His hands. We are not the miracle worker, we are the
miracle-working vessel. God is the source of power. When we are obedient to God
and act on His Word, then it is up to Him. He produces the power through us.
When the disciples
asked, "What shall we do that we might work the works of God?” Jesus
answered. . .
. . . This is
the work of God: that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.(John 6:29)
Jesus is the One who
works through us. He is the One who has delegated the authority. We do not have
to work up the power by emotionalism. We do not have to "pray it
down". It is the power of God working in and through us:
. . . they
went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and
confirming the Word with signs following.
Often in ministry
this pattern is switched. Many try to work for God. But the method that
brings powerful results is "The Lord working with them."
Jesus told the
And behold, I
send the promise of my Father upon we: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem,
until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
The Holy Spirit is
the life flow between man and God. If we
are not connected to this source our attempts to do the ministry work; to bear
the fruit of the vine will fail.
Then certain of the vagabond Jews,
exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of
the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And
there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did
so. And the evil spirit answered and
said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was
leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they
fled out of that house naked and wounded. (Acts 19:13-18)
Many ministries and
people fail because they go forth before receiving the endument of spiritual
power. If we are to meet the challenges of the great responsibility Jesus gave
us, we must do so in the authority and power of God given to us through Jesus
Christ. There is no other way to act in
this power and authority.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:16)
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
When Jesus concluded
His earthly ministry and returned to Heaven, He left His followers with a tremendous
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you;
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jesus gave His followers was to reach the entire world with the Gospel of the
Kingdom of God.
There is a definite
relationship between responsibility and authority. When someone is given a
responsibility to do something, he must also be given the authority to do it.
That authority must be delegated by someone greater than he.
For example, a
policeman is given the responsibility to maintain order in a city. He is also
given authority to fulfill that responsibility. He is given authority to carry
a weapon to give him power to fulfill his task. The policeman does not have
authority in himself. His authority is delegated (given) to him by his
superiors. He is a man working with power delegated to him by a higher
authority. He represents the government.
Jesus gave His
followers the responsibility of reaching the world with the Gospel. He also
gave them the authority to accomplish the task. You cannot give someone
responsibility without giving them authority to carry out that responsibility.
What was this authority? The authority was the name of Jesus and the power was the Holy Spirit; spiritual power-- great spiritual power:
. . . All
power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto
the end of the world.(Matthew 28:19-20)
When Jesus came to
this earth, He came with power and authority. Jesus had "all power"
delegated from God. Because of this, Jesus had the authority to delegate both responsibility and power to His followers:
And when He
had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean
spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of
And He ordained
twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to
And to have
power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils.(Mark 3:14-15)
And He called
unto Him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them
power over unclean spirits. (Mark 6:7)
called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over
all devils, and to cure diseases.(Luke 9:1)
It was not
emotionalism or material blessings which Jesus delegated to His disciples. He
did not establish an organized base of operations in Jerusalem. He knew these
alone would not accomplish the task. He delegated Power.
The power which Jesus
delegated to His followers is greater than the power of the enemy:
give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power
of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke
Satan is not afraid
of you. He will not respect you, but he fears your God-given authority.
Authority is based on
relationship. For example, the policeman has authority because of his
relationship with the government. Your authority is based on your relationship
with the Lord Jesus Christ; your connection to the vine. Attached to you is Jesus with "all
power." When you realize this truth, your life will change.
And behold, I
send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem,
until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)
When the Disciples
were endued with this power they were changed from fearful, unbelieving,
doubting men to men of authority:
. . . they
went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming
the Word with signs following. (Mark 16:20)
The book of Acts
records how the promise of spiritual power was fulfilled in the lives of
believers. The miracles, signs, and wonders described in this book are
impressive. Each manifestation of God's power contributed towards the
fulfillment of the great responsibility of reaching the world with the Gospel.
give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power
of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.(Luke 10:19)
The power Jesus gave
His followers carried with it a specific responsibility: It was to be used to
extend the Gospel to the nations of the world:
But ye shall
receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be
witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
This power is for the
purpose of extending the Gospel to the nations of the world.
Jesus told a parable
illustrating this truth:
For the Son
of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority
to His servants, and to every man His work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13:34)
The authority was
given to accomplish a work. That work is the extension of the Gospel to the
nations of the world.
Some people believe
that spiritual power was only for the early church. They say it was only for the
disciples. They claim the day of miracles is past.
But this begs the question,
has the entire world been reached with the Gospel? The assignment Jesus left to His followers is not yet
finished. We still have the responsibility of reaching the world with the Gospel
of the Kingdom. Even as Apostle Paul
neared the end of his journey, he began preparing Elder Timothy to carry on
fulfilling the commission. Jesus would not withdraw the authority before
the responsibility was fulfilled.
Consider the account
of Jesus’ conversation with Martha regarding Lazarus’ death:
Martha believed Jesus
could have raised Lazarus in the past (". . . if thou hadst been here"). She
believed Jesus could raise him in the future ("in the last day"). But Jesus shared a very important truth with
her. ("I AM the resurrection and life”)
"I am" is speaking in the present tense. Then He raised Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:21-24)
There is no such
thing as a past day of miracles. There is no such thing as a future day of
miracles. In every age there is power to work miracles to meet the needs of
people. In every day and age, God is manifesting His power. He says to you,
"I AM"--present tense.