Revelation 14 Outline
The outline for the Sunday evening Revelation sermon can be downloaded here.
From the desk of Steve Patton
"Ethiopia shall haste to stretch out her hands to God." -Psalm 68:31
I have a framed map of Africa hanging above my desk. This verse is inscribed across the great continent. Every time I see it I remember the amazing response to the Gospel in this nation of almost 100 million souls. I began traveling to Ethiopia in 2002 with Bob Owen. Our intention has been to establish more firmly the Word of God in the hearts and minds of preachers and teachers. We do not directly evangelize. We spend long days teaching those who do. The effect of the Word has been amazing. Hundreds of new churches, conversions now in the thousands, and more men preaching the gospel than ever before. I have never seen a more dramatic effect of the Gospel upon a people.
Ethiopia is principally a God-fearing nation of humble people. So many hearts are receptive to biblical teaching. I believe the money this church has spent in supporting this work has produced more fruit than all our other evangelistic work combined. And so much more can be done.
I leave this evening for two weeks in Ethiopia. Scott Owen will be my companion this time instead of Bob, who hopes to return next year. From Ethiopia I will travel to the island nation of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The gospel has taken root in this isolated spot, also. The work is doing better right now than it has in some time. I look forward to my time with Jimmy and Tabitha Petrousse and the Seychellois brethren.
Pray for our safe journeys and for the continued free course of the Gospel in these places. Follow me on my blog as we travel. I will write as I have opportunity and internet connection www.steves2016overseasblog.wordpress.com. I want you to be excited about God's powerful work in these places. See you in a month!
God's Will for You by Joshua Creel
Most television evangelists nauseate me. The slicked back appearance and presentation are bad enough, but combine that with the utterly shallow content of the message and you've got a truly sickening spectacle. Are you unfamiliar with the standard TV gospel? Let me summarize in a few sentences: "God wants you to know nothing but blessings. God wants you to have a better job. God wants you to have a nice house, cars and clothes. Just claim it and you'll receive it." The boiled down version of the television gospel is that God's will for your life is happiness. Whatever happiness is to you, that's God's will for you. And it's rubbish.
Did you notice these words from Paul in our recent reading through 1st Thessalonians? "For this is the will of God, your sanctification..." (4.3), and "For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification." (4.7). What's God's will for our lives? While God isn't adverse to us being happy, that's not His will for our lives. People engage in all kinds of immoral activity in the pursuit of happiness, activity that is completely contrary to the will of our Father (4.3-6). No, God's will for our lives is holiness. He has sanctified us (made us holy) in His Son, and His will is that we would continue to live sanctified lives. Sanctified lives mean we can be in the presence of the One who is truly holy. Sanctification means we will experience true happiness, not the water downed version they're selling on TV.
God's will for you isn't happiness, it's holiness leading to eternal joy.
Revelation Chapters 10-11
The outline for Revelation 10-11 can be downloaded here.