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The MINISTRY of the Gospel (4 of 5)
Series: God's Glorious Gospel
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Luke 4: 18
(1) The Beginning of the Gospel Ministry!
a) His Unrivaled Authority
b) His Unmistakable Anointing
(2) The Basis of the Gospel Ministry!
a) Spiritually Bankrupt
b) Emotionally Battered
C) Physically Bound
D) Theologically Blind
(3) The Blessing of the Gospel Ministry!
a) Your Debt has been Cancelled
b) Your Deliverance has been Completed
C. T. Studd was a wealthy Englishman who sold everything he had to take the gospel to the nations. Studd's family and various Christian workers were brought in to dissuade him from going overseas. But he went anyway, first to China and then to India. At the age of 50, he decided retirement was not an option for the Christian, so he went to Sudan, where he spent the remaining years of his life. His grave would become the steppingstone for the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade, which spread gospel seeds all across Africa, Asia, and South America.
Listen to the reward Studd was living for, as expressed in some of the last words he wrote before he died:
"Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time for waiting is past. Should such men as we fear? Before the whole world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only in our God than live trusting in man. Christ's call is to save the lost, not the stiff-necked; He came not to call scoffers but sinners to repentance; not to build and furnish comfortable chapels, churches, and cathedrals at home in which to rock Christian professors to sleep by means of clever essays, stereotyped prayers, and artistic musical performances, but to capture men from the devil's clutches and the very jaws of Hell. This can be accomplished only by a red-hot, unconventional, unfettered devoti ...
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