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City Evangelism

A world, perishing in sin, is to be enlightened.
A world, perishing in sin, is to be enlightened.

A few years back the Lord started to lay a burden on my heart to put forth effort in city evangelism; the more I read the more I saw the need, but never did anything concrete in that direction – have had plans for future work, but had yet to start putting the thoughts into actions. I don’t remember the exact timing, but I might also have been influenced by Pastor Ted Wilson’s vision for the cities.

This year when pastor Wilson again emphasized city evangelism as part of his focus for his next 5 years, I started to think about that again. Now the usual thought has been I need to get to the point where I have enough means to undertake such a work, but then realized that there is more need of faith in such a work, and also the Lord asks of us, as he did of Moses when starting to make excuses for why he couldn’t go for God; God asked him – “What is that in thine hand?”

And it was a rod, which afterward was used much by God – in convincing Pharaoh of his Divine commission, in the infliction of the plagues, in dividing the red sea into parts and bringing forth water out of a rock. The song – little is much when God is in it, is very true.  And when I thought on that, I realized God has blessed me enough to be able to by faith begin something in this line.

And so one has begun a long journey toward planning a comprehensive work – 2017 being the year when it shall all begin and next month being when the formal planning begins. In the interim I have been reading about city evangelism, and when I meet portions where Ellen White declares that the work is a difficult work, my soul resonants with that like – oh yes it is; but I am also cheered by other statements that show the blessing God will bestow on such labour:

The Lord desires us to proclaim the third angel’s message with power in these cities. . . . As we work with all the strength that God grants us, and in humility of heart, putting our entire trust in Him, our labors will not be without fruit. Our determined efforts to bring souls to a knowledge of the truth for this time will be seconded by holy angels, and many souls will be saved. The Lord never forsakes His faithful messengers. He sends to their aid heavenly agencies and accompanies their labors with the power of His Holy Spirit to convince and to convert. All heaven will endorse your appeals.  {Ev 38.1}

I love the last portion – “All heaven will endorse your appeals.” 🙂 :). Yes city evangelism is hard, but it is worth it, joy will attend the work, though few there may be. Though if not for the joy that comes with the work, than one should do it at least for a quiet conscience, for how can one be at ease when they read – “The inhabitants of the ungodly cities so soon to be visited by calamities have been cruelly neglected. I want to stand clear before my Father on this, and state I did what I could, I didn’t seek, as Luther puts it, to be a “soft martyr” who “take no chances.”

Faithless work

pioneer bios

So today I completed upgrades that I was doing on an app of mine, which is about the writings of the pioneers of my church – the Seventh-day Adventist church; well just need to complete the tablet design for it then I will be able to rest on the app for now.

Now I must say, that these were men that truly knew what it meant to search the Scriptures – the insights that they give sometimes though are just charmingly beautiful. That being so though I must admit neglect on my side with regards to reading their writings more than I have been doing thus far; but planning on changing that.

Tonight I was reading the thoughts on one as he gives an overview of the book of Romans and I came across something that is very interesting.

After quoting – “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” he proceeds to say “A sermon not preached by faith is a sin to be repented of. Much missionary work has been done by us all, that is to be repented of.”

Now to be honest I kind of laughed when I read the part “much missionary work has been done by us all, that is to be repented of.” – I think the latter spoke to me more because of me being a missionary and all. Now in some quasi manner I could agree with him, but this is one of those texts I have never really understood, so asked the Lord to help me on this one, and some thoughts then came to mind.

The thought that came was – what is faith? In short dependence upon God (dependence came first because I had seen that word earlier). So if faith is dependence on God, what then would doing something without faith imply if not depending on oneself? Self-righteousness, That emphatically can be said to be sin. For in doing missionary work without faith, one is doing missionary work in a self-righteousness manner – as though these good deeds will commend the favour of God to them.

Another implication, if one is labouring without faith – then they are labouring without having God before them. If then God is not the focus of the work, what or who is? Could it be work that is to be seen of men? For that is what the natural heart is inclined to.

The other view of faith is – taking God at His word. Now on mission work I wonder; how many of us are going at God’s bidding? Now you may think – we all are bidden, and yes I agree, but the question is – has God said you should go to Tarshish or to Nineveh? Let me explain that. Sometimes the choice of which mission to go to is not based on the needs of the people, or a strong conviction from God to go there, but rather around where are my friends going? Am I going to get to travel to some new unknown place? – the latter being my particular interest to me to be honest.

So yah that passage made me think. This is one of the reasons I shall be reading the pioneers writings more.

And at the end if we go about doing God’s work without faith, (made me even think about this very post that I type, if it is of faith?), it is vain – for we have no power to convert men, we must rely on God for such.