by J. Gerald Harris

Setting the World on Fire
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Acts 8:26-29

When I was 9 years of age I became a Royal Ambassador. The RA's is a missionary education organization in Southern Baptist churches. The Royal Ambassador organization perhaps had a greater influence upon my life than any other one thing. That is when I began to memorize scripture. That is where I learned how to share my faith. That is where I developed a missions consciousness.

I remember drawing a map of the First Century Mediterranean world and tracing the four missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul. I remember corresponding with Lanny Goldsmith, who was the son of one of our Southern Baptist missionaries in Paraguay. I remember collecting stamps and coins of the countries where we had missionaries. I remember going to camps where we had missionary speakers and I was thrilled both by their adventurous lives and their commitment to Jesus Christ.

In fact, it was at a Royal Ambassador camp that I first made a commitment to do whatever God wanted me to do with my life. And shortly thereafter, at another camp, there came my response to Gods call to full-time Christian ministry.

God has placed me here at Eastside Baptist Church, and I rejoice to serve Him in this place. This is my Jerusalem and this is your Jerusalem, but there is an entire world that needs the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

John Wesley said, "If I had 300 men who feared nothing but God, hated nothing but sin, and would determine to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, I would set the entire world on fire."

One missionary convert said, "Send us men with hot hearts."

In Acts 1:8, we find the commission to evangelize the world, "But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria, and unto the utter most parts of the earth." This command, specifying the geographical areas to be evangelize ...

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