Open Heaven 21 June 2019 – The Missionary Call by Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Open Heaven 21 June 2019 – The Missionary Call by Pastor E. A. Adeboye

TOPIC: The Missionary Call

MEMORISE: “When Simon Peter saw it, he fall down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” – (Luke 5:8).

READ: Acts 13:1-5 (KJV)
1. Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

2. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

3. Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

4. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

5. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

Open Heaven 21 June 2019 – MESSAGE:

Over the years, I have always used every possible opportunity I get to remind my children that soul-winning is not an option for Christians, it is a necessity.

Although God has made provision for the salvation of all mankind, the Holy Spirit declares in Roman 10:13-15 that sinners may not have access to salvation unless preachers are sent. This highlights the importance of answering the call to missions. The call of God refers to God summoning individuals or groups of people to Himself for the purpose of fellowship and service, both in this world and in eternity.

A great example of this is a call of the disciples by the Master in Mark 3:14, which says: “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.”

The call of God may be tied to a specific place, task or vocation in life, and it might also be of a general nature. For example, God called Abraham, Moses, and Jeremiah for specific purposes (Genesis 12:1-13, Exodus 3:4, Jeremiah 1:5), and after Christ’s successful ministry on earth, He called all His disciples to accomplish the general mission of reaching the whole world with His gospel (Matthew 28:18-20).

The primary mandate of the church is to reach out to all nations of the earth with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, teaching and baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This is our Great Commission. Referring to our mandate, an author once wrote, “it was a Jew who bought the Gospel to Rome; a Roman who took it to France; a Frenchman who took it to Scandinavia; a Scotsman who evangelized Ireland; and an Irishman in turn made the missionary conquest on Scotland. No people have ever received the Gospel except at the hands of an alien”.

Today’s Open Heaven 21 June 2019 by Pastor Adeboye

It is crucial to note that every member of the church has an obligation to preach the Gospel, because our Lord said in Mark 13:10:
“And every Gospel must first be published among all nations”.
Soul winner are not born; they are made out of ordinary individuals who possess a yielded spirit, commitment to do God’s will, compassion for lost souls, and a deep sense of God’s calling. I pray that you will not disappoint God’s grace upon your life, and that you will become an incurable soul winner in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, please help me to fulfil my calling as a soul winner, in Jesus’ Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Numbers 23-25; Lamentation 4:17-5:22

HYMNAL:
Hymn 15 – Must I go and empty handed?1. Must I go and empty handed?
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him
Lay no trophy at His feet?

CHORUS:
Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my Saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty handed go

2. Not at death I shrink or falter
For my Saviour saves me now
But to meet Him empty handed
Thought of that now clouds my brow.

CHORUS:
Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my Saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty handed go

3. Oh, the years of sinning wasted
Could I but recall them now
I would give them to my Saviour
To His will I’d gladly bow.

CHORUS:
Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my Saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty handed go

4. O ye saints, arouse, be earnest
Up and work while yet ’tis day
Ere the night of death o’er take thee
Strive for souls while still you may.

CHORUS:
Must I go and empty handed?
Must I meet my Saviour so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him?
Must I empty handed go

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