Brother Jeff's Message
In a short presentation of our mission trip it is impossible for 16 people to recount the entire trip. Now two weeks out, we got word that two more were baptized into Christ and added to the Lord’s church in Upala. The news stirred my recollective juices and as I lie in bed last night I dozed off too many things I wish I had time (and memory) to share with you. We were only there a week and I have more memories than I can recall at once. Jesus began his ministry when he was “about thirty years of age” (Luke 3:23) and shortly thereafter called his first disciples from the seaside telling them he would make them “fishers of men” (Mathew 4:19). His ministry lasted about three years (we can build a timeline by studying the life of Christ). Can you imagine all the things those who walked with him saw and heard? It is no wonder Jesus told them, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” In John 20:30, we are told not everything Jesus did was recorded in the book, in fact John would go on to say if everything He did were written down, “the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). I can’t remember everything from a week in the mission field! While my week was special, there were no miracles; no healings, no casting out of demons, no calming of the sea or changing water to something that wouldn’t make you sick! I had trouble even deciding where to start talking about the trip. Where would you start in telling people about Jesus? Would you start at turning water to wine or walking on water? Would you tell about casting out a demon who ran into a herd of pigs who then ran off a cliff and into water only to drown? Where might you begin telling someone about this God you know and love; loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die so we might live? There is so much to tell, so much to remember when we are talking about this “Good News.” How do I get it all in? Maybe we should just remember we don’t have to tell it all at once we just have to tell it. The Spirit did not bring new revelations, he was bringing to their remembrance the things they had already seen and heard! Paul wrote to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We have what we need to tell the world about Jesus! Now all we have to do is tell it.
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