August, 2016 Dear Friends, It’s summertime and not a whole lot gets done because of vacations, camps, cookouts, travel, etc. But let this month be different with a Bible study on three problem passages on water baptism. After all, we are a Baptist church that practices water baptism by immersion. Mark 16:16 “He that believeth […]
In today’s world, people are very much concerned with the problems of hunger – providing bread to those who have none. We Christians should also be concerned about hunger, i.e. the spiritual hunger in mankind’s heart. So this year our missions theme is “Giving the Bread of Life”. Jesus, in speaking to the people in John 6 says, far more important than bread for the physical man is bread for the spiritual man, the Bread of Life! Jesus is the need that the world has. He makes a tremendous proclamation when He says, “I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger.” And He has been fulfilling this promise for over two thousand years. All those who have ever come to Him hungry, distressed, discouraged, and have received Him in faith have found “heart-satisfaction”.
Mankind by its nature is soul-starved, pining away because of the want of soul’s food. They are so dead (see Ephesians 2:1-5) that they do not know or feel this need. God has given us the responsibility to share the truth that Jesus is the Spiritual Bread that all mankind needs for eternal life. “He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am the Bread of Life.” (John 6:47-48)
A great missionary of the generation wrote: “A great ‘without’ is written over heathenism. Men and women are without a Bible, without a Sunday, and WITHOUT righteousness. They have homes without peace, marriages without sanctity. Their young men and women are without ideals, the little children without purity, the mothers are without wisdom, or self-control. There is poverty without relief, sickness without skill or care, sorrow without sympathy, sin without remedy, death without hope WITHOUT Christ. All this is wrapped up in the words, ‘without Christ’. This is why Christ has told us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. This is why we urge you to give and pray WITHOUT stint, for the only answer for the world WITHOUT is to have Christ WITHIN.”
Yes, the world is without the Bread of Life and we must share it – offer it to others – giving to those who will receive it. We need to really get serious about this matter of missions. It is amazing what God’s people can do when they really try. Perhaps we should adopt the motto of the French Foreign Legion:
“If I falter, push me on, If I stumble, pick me up; If I retreat, shoot me.”
All true Christians agree with the absolute necessity of Christ’s dying and rising again as fundamental to their salvation; (Luke 24:46) but the thought does not stop there, it goes on to v. 48, saying: “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations.” The whole Bible is a missionary book. Bible teaching, expounded properly, produces missionary going and missionary giving. The Gospel message, proclaimed properly, produces missionary outreach “among all nations.”
This year, as never before, ask God to burden your heart for the lost around you – men and women, boys and girls, friends and foes, relatives and revolutionaries. Ask Him to burden you so much that you will just have to share the “Bread of Life” with others, both by GOING and GIVING.
To urge and encourage us on, our annual Missions Conference is Sept. 21 (Wed) – 25 (Sun). Our missionary instructor of indigenous pastors, Dr. Mike Davidson will be sharing from God’s Word. Plan on attending each service. Saturday night we will have the “International Supper” at 6:00 p.m. Please bring different kinds of food and we will share, followed by a video, “George Whitefield’s Chickens and Baptist Ducks.” Sunday is Faith Promise/Grace Giving day when we make our commitment to mission-giving for the year. Don’t miss one day.
Thankful for “the Bread of Life – Jesus, the Christ”.
Pastor Frederick Carroll