by Kerry Shook

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William Carey - The Cause of One Life (3 of 4)
Series: One Life
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Phil. 2:21 (TEV)

• Luke 2:10 (NIV)


"To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map." William Carey

• Acts 1:8 (NIV)

• Jerusalem: My community and my city

• Judea: My state and nation

• Samaria: Cross-cultural missions


When I was a kid I shared a room with my brother and we had a small globe on our dresser, and we would play this game where we would take turns closing our eyes, spinning the globe and putting our finger on the globe, and wherever it would end up, we would pretend like we had to live there for the rest of our lives. So it was bad when you ended up in Siberia in the former Soviet Union. It was really bad when you ended up in the Pacific Ocean having to swim for the rest of your life. Now there was not a lot we could control about this globe game we played, but we could make sure that we placed our finger somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere in hopes that we would stop on the United States of America at least somewhere in the U.S. Even though there was a whole world out there, we liked our own little world. In the late 1700s there was a young English shoemaker by the name of William Carey who looked at the globe, not as a game, but as a call from God. As he read scriptures he became increasingly burdened that he needed to share the love of Christ with people on the other side of the world. He later became a pastor, and in a minister's meeting in 1786 he stood up and he asked this question: Isn't it the duty of all Christians to spread the gospel throughout the world? And one older pastor stood up and said, young man sit down. When God wants to convert the heathen, he will do it without you or me. You see, in many of the churches in England in that day, they had become hyper-Calvinistic. That is they had adopted this theology of hyper-Calvinism where they believed that you couldn't change God's will. So if you couldn't change God's will, then if God willed for someone to come to faith in Christ, then there's nothing you could do about it either way, so there was no need for you to ever share your faith or to demonstrate the love of Christ for anyone. And basically they looked over all the passages where the scripture says that it's God's will that we share our faith and the love of Christ with others like the great commission. And so really, this hyper-Calvinism just became an excuse for believer's to stay comfortable in their own little world, never having to open their eyes to see the hurt and the hopelessness in the lives of others anywhere else in the world. It really became an excuse that got them off the hook.
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