Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
I must apologize for my part and this should also come from numerous other professional Christians. We have held back the goers. Taking that fewer that 10% of our population are born-again Christians and that there are many countries what have less than 1% followers of Jesus, each church should be sending dozens of people into the field. Jesus did say, that the fields are white for harvest and that the workers are few. (John 4:35, Luke 10:2)
“Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The reason that we do not encourage and actively send is because of our lack of faith. We see ourselves as struggling churches that barely have enough to cover our bills and so we cannot send people out. In many cases churches do struggle to pay the bills. That is just bad faith.
We do not have enough because of our lack of obedience. We do not obey the Word.
We also do not believe God is calling people into the field. We are also afraid that they will fail or that they will not be good enough to make a success of their ministry. We only choose the brightest and most eloquent.
Sometime the church is so weak that only those who are useless at anything else put themselves forward and so we send the incapable.
The bottom line is that our type of church should be sending at least 1 in ten of our body. Why 10%? I still believe that 10% is God's minimum standard. If each family in our church was tithing we could send one out of ten families into the field.
Brother Yun of “The Heavenly Man” fame speaks of China being in revival for the past 20 years or more and the contrast with the West. Their pattern was sending thousands to all parts of China because the need was so great. He notes that the Holy Spirit does visit the Western Church but the church only wants to bask in the Glory and will not leave their buildings. The Spirit does not come because the people will not go. Often the Spirit will not stay because the people will not go.
Pentecost set the pattern very clearly for us. The disciples were filled and immediately spilled out into the streets.
“He called the Twelve and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing along on the trip except a walking stick - no bread, no traveling bag, nothing in their moneybag. They could wear sandals but not take along an extra shirt.” (Mark 6:7-9)
- Why no extra stuff?
- Perhaps they were short overnight trips.
- Depend on God and the goodness of people – people are so often better than we think.
- “Stuff” has messed-up mission in so many parts of the world.
- We are not sent as economic savours but to turn hearts and minds to Jesus – seek first Jesus and he will do the rest.
“Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers.”
- A mission church starts as a prayerful church.
- Get God's heart and with it a heart for the lost.
BASIC JESUS MISSION
“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons:” (Mark 3:13-15)
Time and time again this is the first agenda of the church in the Bible. When the church does not do this first it is not the real church. We say seek first the Kingdom and this is the Kingdom - moving people from darkness to light.
- Jesus called & still does today – the church has to make this call clear.
- The disciples responded & we must pray that the church responds.
- “That they might be with Him” - people who are with Jesus will live out what Jesus wants. Time with Jesus has no substitute. Prayer, Bible reading, worship, study in the Spirit, walking with Him in the streets …
- They were “sendable” – he sent them and they went.
- Because they went the Spirit was active.
- Be prepared to speak and move in the Spirit's power.
Date Added: 2013-01-27
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