5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 – Romans 8:5-7
Today Grace Church did not have pastor John MacArthur’s preaching; his guest pastor was Paul Washer who has a connection with the church’s missions program. I learned John MacArthur will be absent on vacation or something else, I can’t recall what, but he will be gone for the next few weeks also.
Pastor Washer’s message focused on the missions aspect of Grace Church where missionaries came from all around the globe to minister to the people and great number of children who were attending Grace for their special services.
He talked about the story of two women, who proclaimed the truth about how Jesus’ tomb was empty and the Angel who appeared at the tomb, yet how the Romans lied about it. Washer spoke about how the women were devoted to Jesus and did not run away from the crucifiction of Christ Jesus at Calvary. They stood and watched because they loved Christ Jesus. They had faith because of the revelation that was in their hearts about God that gave them the Joy of the Lord at knowing the Truth about Him.
55 There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. – Matthew 27:55-56
Washer tells us that when the women who were at the tomb listened to the angel sitting atop of the stone that he had rolled away from the tomb, that the women ran, to tell the disciples. “They ran”, he said. When I went back to read this verse it came alive in my mind, how happy they had been, the angel told them that Jesus was alive and was no longer dead in that Tomb. The next verse tells us that Jesus Himself met them on the road, and told them “Greetings!”, and so they saw him and worshipped at his feet! What an exciting event that would be, the most exciting I would say!
As we know Jesus Christ and love Him more and more, we become dependent upon Him, recognizing that we are broken and can do nothing without His love and saving grace. We get our strength from Jesus Christ and that is how He is able to use us, to teach and preach the Word to the world.
Missionaries fight the apathy, doubt, unbelief of the world, where the battle is not “carnal” but are spiritual.
We preach the gospel but can’t change hearts; only God can. It is not miracles, signs and wonders that will cause people to believe, but the Word of God that those people hear or read. (Because people generally did not own the Old Testament or the New Testament or have computers in those days, we hear the words of Christ and we read them nowadays). We know that even when Jesus walked the earth performing miracles for people, there were still those Pharisees who would not believe; their hearts were too arrogant and filled with their own conceit.
But Pastor Washer said that missionaries and whoever preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelievers must do the following to do so correctly:
You must outstudy the unbelievers; you must out pray them; you must out preach them; and you must out love them. – Pastor Paul Washer