Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 9, 2017

Thought for the Week October 15, 2017

Yesterday, we were challenged by Brother Bill Pepper, a missionary who began almost 60 years ago in the jungles of Peru and who continues today traveling the world to teach and train leaders and to point God’s people to our purpose in life. As our missionary speaker, Brother Pepper assured us that God can use any one of us regardless of ability, disability, inability, or no ability. In fact, it is when we surrender our abilities to His ability that He really uses us.

At one point in the message he mentioned how difficult it is to follow Christ in China. The atheistic government there has made it illegal to give someone a Bible, to gather in groups of ten or more people, and to evangelize others to Christ. He said those who come to Christ there understand that, at some point in their lives, they will go to jail for at least three years (the minimum sentence for these illegal activities). Then he asked a poignant question: how many Christians in the United States would be followers of Jesus if they knew without a doubt that they would someday face jail time just for being a Christian. I don’t know about you, but that hit home for me.

Would I be willing to follow Jesus, to attend an underground church, to risk telling someone about Christ, if I knew it would land me in jail. I want to hope that I would as I hope that all of you would. The real challenge was, am I really seriously living out my Christianity, am I staying close to the Lord, am I listening to His voice and responding, does this life He’s given to me mean more than a “Get Out of Hell Free” card?

I was challenged during this entire week to make some serious changes to how I live, how I pray, what I make as priorities in life, and how seriously I seek the Lord. I wonder if you have thought about that.

If you were not here on Sunday, please go to the website within the next few days and listen. You will be encouraged and challenged. And I want to encourage you that you can still make a Faith Promise. You can pick up a Faith Promise Card the next time you are here and hand that to me or you can contact our bookkeeper, Sue Calvert at askmom60@gmail.com and tell her what your Faith Promise will be. We need everyone in the church, adults, teens, and even children to be partners with our missionaries so they can go where we can’t

Final question. If you put on trial for being a follower of Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Go out today and make some evidence! Just a thought.


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