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"AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE FULL"
by Barnabas

 

May 2010

 

“And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that MY house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23)

Dear Brethren, 

 

A few weeks ago in the sanctuary of the Amor Viviente Church in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, Dan Coventon and I presented a three hour seminar to nine prospective missionaries.  I spoke in English and Dan, my long time missionary friend, translated what I was sharing into Spanish.

 

The first of the four segments dealt with God’s Commissions in the Bible from Genesis 1 through Revelation 14.  This PowerPoint presentation highlighted God’s desire, as expressed in His Word, for souls to be saved and that His “House may be filled.”  Beginning with God’s command to Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28), we see a progression all the way through the Bible, being fulfilled in The Book of Revelation.  The Lord “commissioned” Noah (Genesis 9:27), Abraham (Genesis 12:1-4), Moses (Exodus 3:10), Israel (Isaiah 42:6), the Church (Matthew 28:19-20), the 144,000 Jews (Revelation 7:3-4), the Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:3-4,7), and finally an angel (Revelation 14:6-7), to make His Name known in all the earth so that men, women and children everywhere would have the opportunity to “call on the name of the Lord and be saved.” (Joel 2:32)

 

The second part of the Seminar was a PowerPoint presentation of how the Gospel spread across cultural and ethnic barriers in fulfillment of Acts 1:8.  This expansion of the Church can be traced in the Book of Acts starting in chapter two and ending in Rome with Paul as a prisoner for Christ. 

 

Next, Dan and I showed photos that were taken in July 2007, of Nhiako and Doua Lor, with their co-workers, evangelizing villages in Surin Province, Thailand.  Nhiako and his wife Doua are Laotian Hmong serving as evangelists in Asia with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  As Nhiako and his team move from village to village, he will frequently use a dry erase board to present the Gospel using the “One Verse Method”, a presentation he learned when a seminary student.  This evangelistic tool is based solely on John 3:16.  Dan and I shared these photos with the Hondurans attending the seminar to help them understand that in the Church today the Lord is indeed calling on Christian men and women everywhere to “go into all the world.” (Mark 16:15).  The Lord is calling laborers out of the Church in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Europe, to take His Gospel into every nation, to every people, every tribe and every tongue.

 

Closing out the seminar, Dan gave a compelling presentation based on materials he received from the International Mission Board.  This PowerPoint focused on the population of the world – the nation states of the world – which were the most reached and which were the least with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It was a sober look at this unstable world in which we are living.  The charts and maps were color coded which made the data even more graphic.  These future missionaries were given a very sober picture of the incredible numbers of men, women and children who are living in spiritual darkness, enslaved to the devil.  The seminar was practical, informative and challenging. 

 

There is a refrain in the Gospel of John and again in chapters two and three of the Book of Revelation, when the Lord says, “He who has ears let him hear…”  That was the Word of the Lord concerning Missions to nine men and women who came to the seminar, and that is His Word to every Christian in the world today.  The Lord is calling all His children to take His Word personally.  In this increasingly desperate hour, all believers must search their souls and consider what they must do for the cause of Christ.  And since the Tower of Babel in Genesis eleven, Kingdom work has always been cross-cultural work.


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