FROM THE GENERAL OVERSEER,
Pastor (Dr) E. O. Abina
GO OUT INTO HIGHWAYS AND HEDGES
Sunday 7th February, 2016.
21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled (Luke 14:21-23 NKJV).
The command is to every child of GOD in GOFAMINT in this month of Evangelism. This call is in consonance with the first part of our Statement of Purpose which reads thus ‘To preach the word of God and bring people into membership of God’s family” and with one of our Core Values which is ‘Outreach’. All these are wake-up calls to all genuine members of GOFAMINT to troop out to all the streets and lanes of our environment and take the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to them that are perishing. We cannot obey this command inside the church; the call is to go out into highways and hedges to tell the sinners that God loves them so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins. He suffered the judgment we deserved. Outreach is done outside not inside; evangelism or outreach is not done inside, sinners are outside and waiting for who will bring them inside the church and to the Kingdom of God.
All of us who are in church today were preached to by someone including myself. It is time for us to reciprocate this saving it is a debt you have to pay. The Lord Jesus has promised His abiding presence with us, with these words, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”. Amen (Matt. 28:20b). He cannot leave us alone as we go out to preach the Gospel which is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe. It was when the apostles went out to preach the Gospel that signs and wonders began to manifest. And the same happened in our churches the time we went out to preach to sinners and brought them to the church. We cannot afford to lose this legacy. God will hold us accountable for the blood of sinners who perish in our family and community if we fail to go out and do the work of the Lord. We should do the work to satisfy our conscience and to be able to say at the end of the day like apostle Paul – “I am innocent of the blood of all men”.
Let me tell you when we go out to preach, obeying the command of our Lord, we would not regret we did, because the Holy Spirit will work with us and the Lord Himself will back us. He will not leave us alone according to His promise. I therefore urge you to troop out to all the highways and hedges of your environment today, to preach the Gospel, to lift up Jesus and He will draw sinners to Himself according to His promise. Therefore go out today and bring Him in to your church and the Kingdom. I promise you that your efforts shall not be in vain in Jesus mighty name.
1. Thank God for your own salvation and the grace that saved you from destruction.
2. Ask the Holy Spirit to work with you as He worked with the apostles when you go out today to preach the gospel.
3. Plead the blood of Jesus Christ to cover and protect you as you go out today without fear or favour
En provenance du Surintendant Général
de la MEF (La Mission Internationale de la Foi Evangélique)
Le Pasteur (Dr.) E.O. Abina
Dimanche 7 Février, 2016.
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