The Way Forward
Unquestionably we live in a day where Christian evangelism is often big business. Like big businesses that depend on advertisements, promotions, fundraising, and programs, so does much of present day “evangelism”.
This was not the pattern that our Lord Jesus employed during His earthly ministry or the one that He commissioned His apostles to undertake following His ascension (Luke 22: 35). Nowhere in the entire New Testament do we find the apostles advertising their ventures, making their needs known to man, or asking for money. The early church had a very vibrant awareness of the functioning headship of Christ. God sought from the first evangelistic work in Jerusalem to impress on their understanding that EVERYTHING flowed directly from the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4: 18 – 33). They learned not to look to man (Heb 11: 1). They brought their needs to the Lord then labored but did so only as far as He provided. The Lord graciously and mercifully uses His body (the church), however He, as the Head, is to lead and sustain us, not man (Eph 4: 15-16).
Many of you know that this is a very costly endeavor. Our vision is to see the video reproduced for other cultures and to later take up basic indispensable Gospel truths for Christian growth such as the eternal security of a believer. Burdened of the Lord with this idea, we have trusted Him and used our available but limited resources to initiate this work. Our Head in glory will need to provide for this ministry to continue.
By the grace of God we are committed to:
- Taking the needs for this ministry only to God and His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 11-12, 17, 19), and,
- To never openly ask for donations to this ministry (Acts 20: 32-35).
- His grace we seek to submit to go only as far as He enables it, as we seek to trust Him and honor His timing and will.
- May the Head of the body be the Head (for His is the power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing – Rev 5: 12) of this ministry and make the decisions whereby He will be glorified by it.
- In this, we commend ourselves to God and to His grace for there is no better place to be (Luke 23: 46).