“and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” -Ephesians 6:19-20
I want to be more concerned about my neighbor’s eternal condemnation in hell than I am about my own embarrassment in telling him about it. -Burk Parsons via Twitter
“I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” -Romans 1:14-15
Was Paul discouraged with all the filthiness going on around him? He wanted to go into that godless society and preach the gospel! -Steve Wainright in The Depravity of Man
Sunday Evening | The Right Ambition of a Faithful Witness | John 1:35-42 | Pastor Anthony Vance
The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. -John 1:35-37
We are mistaken if we thing our goal is only to witness to sinners. Our ambition when we share the Gospel is for God to save sinners.
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Promises that Come By Giving by Faith | 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 | Tim Parrish, missionary to Southeast Asia
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The Right Ambition of a Faithful Witness | John 1:35-42 | Pastor Anthony Vance
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…” -Ephesians 4:1
If you were on a foreign mission field, would you live any differently than where you are now? Live on mission. Everywhere. -Burk Parsons on Twitter
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” -Daniel 12:3
Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To be wise is a noble thing in itself: in this place it refers to a divine wisdom which only the Lord Himself can bestow. Oh, to know myself, my God, my Savior! May I be so divinely taught that l may carry into practice heavenly truth and live in the light of it! Is my life a wise one? Am I seeking that which I ought to seek? Am I living as I shall wish I had lived when I come to die? Only such wisdom can secure for me eternal brightness as of yonder sunlit skies.
To be a winner of souls is a glorious attainment. I had need to be wise if I am to turn even one to righteousness; much more if I am to turn many, Oh, for the knowledge of God, of men, of the Word, and of Christ, which will enable me to convert my fellowmen and to convert large numbers of them! I would give myself to this, and never rest till I accomplish it. This will be better than winning stars at court. This will make me a star, a shining star, a star shining forever and ever; yea, more, it will make me shine as many stars. My soul, arouse thyself. Lord, quicken me!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | What are you chained to?| Philippians 1:12-14
” I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” -Philippians 1:12-14
Paul had plans to go to Rome and advance the Gospel, but God had a better plan for how it should spread. Paul was constantly chained to an imperial guard for two years, each of whom he had the opportunity to share Christ with. The Gospel infiltrated Caesar’s household one soul at a time and other believers were encouraged by Paul’s boldness to also share. God puts you right where you are for the purpose of glorifying His Name. What are you chained to?