The Kingdom Life: Opportunities, Places We Need To Go Open Heart, Open Doors, And Opposition
1 Corinthians 16:5-12
August 21, 2011
Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." KJV
Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law." NKJV
In 1 Cor 16:5-12, Paul does not use exhortation as much as an explanation. He explains what he senses the Lord saying to him about His work.
1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
In 1 Cor. 16:10, he mentions how Timothy "does the work of the Lord as I also do." Early in ministry, I used to say, "I want to take as many people to Heaven with me as I can. Also, I wish to help develop fully-devoted followers of Christ." The work of the Lord consists basically of two things: Evangelizing and Edifying.
See it clearly in the Great Commission:
Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe
all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Again in Col. 2:6-7
"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving."
If the Lord has the "whole world in His hands," we should have the "whole world on our hearts."
While he was working as a cobbler in England, William Cary was moved by the great spiritual needs of other parts of the world. He placed a world map in front of his workbench and as he worked, he thought, prayed, and wept about what needed to be done and how the Lord could use him to meet ...
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