Thankful Stewards of God’s Grace

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ. — Article XI of the Baptist Faith & Message

“But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit….and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.’ ” Romans 15: 15-16, 20-21 [ESV]

Do you remember Christian when you first understood your state before God as a sinner unworthy to be near his holiness? Do you remember your response of humility, repentance, seeking salvation through Jesus Christ? Every Christian is indebted to someone who pointed him or her to Christ. At one time, we did not understand, but through the obedience of someone to proclaim and share the gospel, we all heard of the saving power of Jesus Christ for the very first time. Once we were lost, but now we are found.

The response of every true Christian is gratitude and thankfulness. American Christians are so blessed to hear the gospel message over and over again. Our culture points to Christ, even in this pluralistic day and age of many faiths. We are exposed to more Christian media than can ever be totally absorbed. Bookstores, e-books, devotionals, websites, television, on and on and on. Are we grateful for the privilege of hearing the gospel? How do we respond as American Christians to the gift of the gospel?

Southern Baptists are united under the one principle of preaching the gospel to every tribe, tongue and nation. The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist convention has identified 6,500 people groups in the world today who have never heard of Jesus Christ. These people groups range from only a few hundred to several million. Although there has been tremendous success and work in missions and evangelism, there is still so much more to accomplish. Christians are called by God in scripture to preach the gospel to those who have never heard of Jesus Christ and the data shows our job is not finished. Christians MUST STEP UP and proclaim the good news. WE MUST!

The way we show our Lord that we are thankful for his saving grace is through obedience to his call to proclaim the gospel to EVERYONE. God commands that Christians share the gospel with those who have never heard. Are we wasting our time preaching to ourselves? or should we be preaching instead to those who have never heard before?

“You wonder why people choose fields away from the States when young people at home are drifting because no one wants to take time to listen to their problems. I’ll tell you why I left. Because those Stateside young people have every opportunity to study, hear, and understand the Word of God in their own language, and these Indians have no opportunity whatsoever. I have had to make a cross of two logs, and lie down on it, to show the Indians what it meads to crucify a man. When there is that much ignorance over here and so much knowledge and opportunity over there, I have no question in my mind why God sent me here. Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worse fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because having a Bible, they were bored with it — while these never heard of such a thing as writing.” — Jim Elliott, missionary martyr

I call on every Christian at Clintwood Baptist Church to fervently pray with me for opportunities to preach the gospel to people who have never heard it before. In so doing, we will all show how thankful we are to our Lord for his saving grace.

Be thankful today by preaching the gospel. Fervently pray for opportunities to spread the gospel to those who have never heard of the saving grace granted through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” — 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Christians must sacrifice comforts in order to be shown as good stewards of God’s grace. Christ gave up all he had to redeem us through his blood. Are you a good steward of God’s grace? How do you show thanks to God for saving you?

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped (exploited) but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” — Philippians 2:3-8

In HIS Grip

Pastor Bryant Owens

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