By Jordan Kurecki
Well, as some of you know, I am going on a trip to Uganda for about 3 weeks in June, We will be working in the West Nile Region to establish a Church.
I would like to ask you to pray:
1. That God would prepare our hearts, We desperately need unity and holiness among our team.
2. That God would open the eyes of those in Uganda who are blinded to the Gospel by Satan
3. That God's power would rest upon us as we preach the Gospel.
The Team right now is Evangelist Phil Prettyman, his wife Christine, their daughter Hannah, Kerri Crider, Doug Miller, and myself.
Our prayer is to see John 14:12 fulfilled:
"He that believeth on me, the words that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these..."
By Standing Firm In Christ
1 Corinthians 9:13-14 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
Many pastors like to use this verse as a means to justify extracting financial support from their congregations. The pastors who do this are wrong. This passage is not speaking of stationary pastors of Churches. Rather, it is speaking of traveling ministers, such as missionaries and evangelists, being provided for in their travels.
The key in this passage is the phrase “They which preach the Gospel.” In the Word of God, who is seen “preaching the Gospel,” or told to “preach the Gospel”? Those that are sent. (Ro 10:15) Those that travel about. (Mt 4:23; 9:35; Mr 1:14; Lu 9:6; 2Co 10:14) Those who are called out and separated from among the body of Believers. (Acts 13:2) Those who come into cities. (Mark 1:14)
Stationary pastors are not told to “preach the Gospel.” They are told to “feed the flock of God. (1 Peter 5:2) They are told to “feed the Church of God. (Acts 20:28) They are to “preach the Word.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
It is not their responsibility to “preach the Gospel” to the Church of God. The Church has already heard the Gospel and accepted the Gospel. That is why they are the “Church,” … because they believed the Gospel and are the Body of Christ. They don’t need the Gospel… they already have it. What the Church needs is nourishment so that it can grow. It needs the sincere milk of the Word. (1 Peter 2:2) It needs to move past the baby stages, and march forward as brave and faithful soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ!
If you stayed on Pablum all your life, no doubt you would remain weak, unable to fend for yourself; always dependent on others to fight your battles. The Church is not established to keep its members on spiritual Pablum. The Church is to equip the saints so that they can be faithful witnesses to those outside the walls of the sanctuary. So that they can carry a light into a world filled with darkness. God doesn’t want a Church to be spiritually weak, He wants them to be strengthened by His Word. He wants His Church to be able to resist the devil when temptations come. He is looking for those who will be ambassadors for Him in this present age we live in
By In the Cross
Laying a foundation
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
It seems that too many times, a person is lead in the sinners prayer without a true understanding of the plan of Salvation.
When Peter preached to the Jews, he said Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted,” We have to remember that he was preaching to people who were raised in the Jewish culture and were intimately familiar with the basics such as who God is, what sin is, what substitution is, and why we need a Saviour.
Many times today, especially outside of the "Bible Belt", we give the plan of Salvation to people who are totally oblivious to many if not all of these and many more truths of the Gospel. Our society is more like the one Paul encountered on Mars Hill that the one Peter preached to in Jerusalem. On Mars Hill, Paul also, took a much different approach of communicating the Gospel.
Acts 17:24-31 “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
Paul had to start from scratch, so to speak, in his effort to communicate effectively the plan of Salvation. From describing who God is, our responsibility to him as Creator, what sin is, to explaining the resurrection and repentance, he had to lay a foundation of these truths before thay could come to understanding of his message.
In our day and age, we need to communicate in the same way that Paul did, by starting at the beginning and laying the foundation, just as missionaries in the foreign field do
The following files are an Illustrated Gospel tract that tries to clearly share these important Gospel truths that are so often not understood by many people.
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