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No Global Mission Without God’s Mighty Spirit

by John Piper from the Cross Conference|Indianapolis (see full video and transcript here)


I wonder if you know why I have complete confidence that the Holy Spirit is mightily at work in this room right now. Or, more specifically — and this is more important — do you know that the Holy Spirit is right now at work powerfully in your life? Can you identify your experience — and I do mean experience — of the Spirit at work in your life now? This very moment?

I’ll tell you my reason for the confidence that he is at work now in this room, and then you can judge if what I say applies to you. The apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:3,

No one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

The reason I am confident that the Holy Spirit is massively at work in this room is that hundreds of you say in your heart and with your lips, “Jesus is Lord.” You are here at this conference because of this reality. You say and mean from your heart: “I believe in the saving power, the supreme authority, and the unsurpassed beauty of the lordship of Jesus Christ. That saving, authoritative, beautiful lordship is supreme in my life.” Hundreds of you say that, and mean it.

And the Bible says, You can’t do that except by the Spirit. You cannot. Oudeis dunatai — “No one is able to say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by in the Holy Spirit.”…

Read, watch, or listen to Piper’s full message at: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/no-global-mission-without-god-s-mighty-spirit

 

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Psalm 96

“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.” Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.”

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Missions Trips

Not everyone can go on a trip, let alone make the move to full-time missions. Family needs, current career situation, physical limitations, the season of life you’re in – God can still use you. He calls you to share the gospel wherever you are, whether to an unbelieving family member or to the neighbor across the street who wonders just where you go every Sunday morning.

Further, those who do go need a support team at home. This team may lend financial support, yes, but emotional and spiritual support are just as needed. This is a great way for you to get involved where you are!

Covenant has a missionary-care team you can join, contact John Parr or Lois Hunter if you feel led to join the team. Pray for the groups from your church that are going on short-term trips. Lend financial support as you are able. Attend post-trip events to hear about how the Lord worked in the trip participants as well as those in the field.  (Adapted from the MissionNext email newsletter, March 2018.)

Upcoming Short-Term Mission Trips

The Covenant Blossoming Team is planning a short-term work with refugees from several countries in Clarkston, GA during June 4-8. We will be teaching refugee children Bible stories, crafts, tutoring in school work, and outdoor recreation.  If you are interested in participating, please contact John Parr, David Rouse, or Heike Williams.

A second short-term mission is scheduled, primarily for the Youth Group, to work for a week at the Palmer Home in Mississippi.  The dates for this trip are June 18-22.  If you are interested in participating or getting more information about this trip, contact David Rouse, John Parr,  or Michael Pair.

Member Support Opportunity

Anne Spooner, a life-long member of Covenant is planning to join the Greensboro Fellows Program for a mission trip to Rwanda this summer.  Please pray for her. If you wish to provide financial support for Anne you can send a check, with ‘Anne Spooner’ on the memo line, to:

Greensboro Fellows Program P.O. Box 4764 Greensboro, NC 27404

 

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The Great Commission

We pray that you are motivated to become more involved in serving to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).  Here are a few web sites from which you can learn about missions and unreached people groups:

I encourage you to look at the unreached people groups on the Joshua Project website. Choose one people group to pray for, that the Lord will bring many of them to know him and worship him as their Lord and Savior.

Plans for the Near Future

The Covenant Blossoming Team is planning a short-term work with refugees from several countries in Clarkston, GA during June 4-8. We will be teaching refugee children Bible stories, crafts, tutoring in school work, and outdoor recreation.  If you are interested in participating, please contact John Parr, David Rouse, or Heike Williams.

A second short-term mission is scheduled, primarily for the Youth Group, to work for a week at the Palmer Home in Mississippi.  The dates for this trip are June 17-23.  If you are interested in participating or getting more information about this trip, contact David Rouse or John Parr.

Member Support Opportunity

Anne Spooner, a life-long member of Covenant is planning to join the Greensboro Fellows Program for a mission trip to Rwanda this summer.  Please pray for her.
If you wish to provide financial support for Anne you can send a check to:
Greensboro Fellows Program P.O. Box 4764 Greensboro, NC 27404 with ‘Anne Spooner’ on the memo line.

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This week’s missions message comes from Ligonier Ministries © Tabletalk Magazine.

Ecclesiastical Myopia

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Perhaps the most remarkable statement I ever heard a man utter from the pulpit was: “He has a penurious epistemology, which tends to be myopic.” I was seated in the balcony of the church when that statement was made, and I could not restrain myself from laughing aloud. I nudged my wife Vesta and said, “I just might be the only person in the church who understood what that man said.”  What is a penurious epistemology?  A penurious epistemology is a theory of knowledge that is poverty-stricken or on the verge of bankruptcy. Such a view of knowledge, if it tends towards myopia, is simply suffering a bad case of near-sightedness. I’m afraid that the American church suffers from a similar sort of myopia.

Our vision tends to extend only to the borders of our own nation or at best across the Atlantic to western Europe. We tend to think that Christianity is fundamentally a Western religion. Such a view is penurious, indeed. The Bible, through the lips of Jesus, calls the church to extend the reach of the gospel to the corners of the earth — to every tribe, to every tongue, and to every nation. The whole world is the mission of the Christian faith. The strength of Christianity does not stand or fall with the strengths of the church in America or western Europe.

If in our ecclesiastical myopia we restricted our vision to the United States and Europe, it would be easy for us to become profoundly discouraged, particularly regarding Europe. The historians are saying that western Europe has now entered a post-Christian era where only a tiny fraction of the populace attends church regularly. The beautiful churches that dot the scene on the continent have become museums in many cases.

Though there still exists a vibrant Christianity in the United States, we have also seen serious decline in the substance of our faith and commitment. The discouragement that ensues from an evaluation of what’s happening in America and in Europe is unwarranted, however, when we evaluate the church from a global perspective.

Though the Christian faith may be on the wane in certain sections of the West, there is a burgeoning vitality found in Korea, in Africa, in Latin America, and even now in China. The excitement of the discovery of the Reformed tradition in the Ukraine, for example, is contagious throughout the eastern part of Europe and into Russia. Sociologists and historians have predicted that by the year 2050 the strongest center for Christianity will be in Africa and Latin America.

The good news is that the inroads of the faith in these areas of the globe have been profound. The bad news is that there has been a lack of substantive doctrine feeding the people of these lands — as is often the case with fresh revivals and awakenings to Christianity. So often a syncretism exists in which superstitious elements of animistic religion are mingled and blended with the Christian faith. However, as these churches mature, we can anticipate an increase of sound theology with a diminution of elements of pagan syncretism.

One of the strongest churches in the world is the church in Korea, which has enjoyed explosive growth over the last forty years. The contagion of that Asian form of Christianity is penetrating all parts of the world. It is not an unusual thing to now see missionaries being sent from the Third World countries into Europe and even into the United States, as the ebb and flow of Christian fervor moves from one geographical spot to another. Many times I have heard people lament the spiritual aridity of America’s New England. The irony is that no part of our nation has ever had a more powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit than New England enjoyed in the Great Awakening during the middle of the eighteenth century. That Great Awakening, however, gave way to unitarianism and secularism. One wonders that if God pours out a profound blessing on a particular geographical region and that blessing is neglected or repudiated, does a kind of ichabod ensue in which God removes His lampstand from their midst, along with His glory (1 Sam. 4:20–22; Rev. 2:5)? We should take heed in this country that the profound spiritual benefits and blessings that we have enjoyed in our brief history may be removed and passed to other nations that are more receptive to the truths of God.

Here in the West, we have become immunized or inoculated against the deep things of God, living our Christian lives on a superficial plain of churchiness and religiosity. This type of Christianity will not do. It would be no surprise to me if we, in a very short time, will be looking to Africa, to eastern Europe, to Asia, and to Latin America to discover the real power of the Christian gospel.

 

Read the article online: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/ecclesiastical-myopia/

 

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Plans for the Near Future

 

We are planning a short-term work with refugees from several countries in Clarkston, GA during June 4-8. We will be teaching refugee children Bible stories, crafts, tutoring in school work, and outdoor recreation.  If you are interested in participating, please contact John Parr, David Rouse, or Heike Williams.

 

A second short-term mission is scheduled, primarily for the Youth Group, to work for a week at the Palmer Home in Mississippi.  The dates for this trip are June 17-23.  If you are interested in participating or getting more information about this trip, contact David Rouse or John Parr.

 

Member Support Opportunity

 

Anne Spooner, a life-long member of Covenant is planning to join the Greensboro Fellows Program for a mission trip to Rwanda this summer.  Please pray for her.

If you wish to provide financial support for Anne you can send a check to:

Greensboro Fellows Program P.O. Box 4764 Greensboro, NC 27404

with ‘Anne Spooner’ on the memo line.

 

 

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Missions Month has ended.

Covenant’s Missions Month ended this past Sunday.  We pray that you were motivated to become more involved in serving to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).  An insert in Sunday’s church bulletin listed several websites from which you can learn about missions and unreached people groups:

Thanks to Markus Kreitzer for researching and assembling this list and much more information that can guide you to deeper involvement in God’s mission for the Church.

Plans for the Near Future

We are planning a short-term work with refugees from several countries in Clarkston, GA during June 4-8. We will be teaching refugee children Bible stories, crafts, tutoring in school work, and outdoor recreation.  If you are interested in participating, please contact John Parr, David Rouse, or Heike Williams.

A second short-term mission is scheduled, primarily for the Youth Group, to work for a week at the Palmer Home in Mississippi.  The dates for this trip are June 17-23.  If you are interested in participating or getting more information about this trip, contact David Rouse or John Parr.

Member Support Opportunity

Anne Spooner, a life-long member of Covenant, is planning to join the Greensboro Fellows Program for a mission trip to Rwanda this summer.  Please pray for her.

If you wish to provide financial support for Anne, you can send a check to: Greensboro Fellows Program P.O. Box 4764 Greensboro, NC 27404 with ‘Anne Spooner’ on the memo line.

 

 

 

Missions Month 2018

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BLOSSOMING

Missions Month

Covenant’s Missions Month began on Sunday, February 4.  We met in the fellowship hall during Sunday School to hear from Lois Hunter of Wycliffe and to observe a demonstration of the One-Story Bible teaching technique use by Lois and Tim in their ministry in Africa. During Sunday School next Sunday, February 11, will hear from Matthew Delong of Reformed University Fellowship International about his work with international students at Auburn University.  The speaker for February 25 is Mark Kreitzer, PCA Pastor, and long-term missionary.


Missions Begins at Home

How fitting that the scripture from Sunday’s sermon contained the verse from Philippians “Let us look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

In the past months, members at Covenant have been counseling with Dorothy, a single mother with four small children. Her living and relationship situation has escalated over the past several months, and she was evicted from her home on December 21st. She and her family spent Christmas and the following weeks in a battered women’s shelter. After six weeks her allowed time in the shelter ended. Her options were to be transferred to a shelter in Birmingham for a month and then on to a shelter in Montgomery for a month. Or she would be forced to live in her car. Covenant members committed the funds for the Pennyammons to stay at a hotel for eight days while we found a suitable place for them to live. Several members of Covenant committed to helping her get established in a home in the Beulah community where the children could continue to attend school there.  A suitable trailer was located and brothers, and sisters at Covenant began to assemble all necessary items along with funds for deposits and utilities to set up a home for the family. Mrs. Pennyammon was only able to take from her previous residence what would fit in her small vehicle plus her four children.

The move-in took place this past Saturday with donations and labor from our Covenant members, and the Pennyammons are settled into their new home. They couldn’t be happier!

While the home is humble compared to most of our homes, the children each have beds for the first time in their lives. Along with some other furniture that members of Covenant and Beulah Elementary School faculty provided. Through this process, Mrs. Pennyammon has kept asking why all of these people who don’t know her, would do this for her and her children. We simply answer that the love of Christ compels us.

Members have dropped off groceries, air mattresses, and other supplies, have offered to do their laundry, and even to have them in their homes. Several women have had the opportunity to share and pray with Mrs. Pennyammon and her mother and to point them to Christ.  Missions does begin at home, and in our own communities and we are thrilled that Covenant has a heart for those in need, both physical and spiritual.

A special thanks to those who gave of their time, energy and resources so willingly to help the Pennyammons: Bob and Betty Norman, Shea and Andrew Tillman, Elbert and Dana Lee, Cathy and Mike Wayman, Rita Grub, Gloria Jackson, Carol and Tom Tillman, Adam and Maegan Keel, Stephen and Meredith Taunton, Herb Wilbanks, Mark and Beth Slay, Tim and Lois Hunter, Marjorie Mitchell, John and Susan DiJulio, Karen Stephenson, Jack and Teri Johnson, Dave and Shelley Pillow, the Slay/Manifold/Judd/Pair small group, and the Diaconate for their support in the Pennyammon project.

It doesn’t take a village; it takes a church!

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Missions Month

Covenant’s Missions Month will begin on February 4th. We will all meet in the Fellowship Hall on February 4, 11, 18, and 25 for church-wide Adult Teaching Fellowship (Sunday School). Speakers for Missions Month include: Lois Hunter with Wycliffe, Matthew Delong with RUF-International; and Mark Kreitzer a PCA Pastor and long-term missionary.

The Perspectives Course continues this week, it’s not too late to join and learn!  The first two weeks, that could have been taken free are over. The Week 3 class is, Your Kingdom Come, Exploring God’s purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history.

The class meets in the Covenant Fellowship Hall at 6 PM on Tuesday.  The speaker this week is Rev. James Cha, who was born in Pusan, Korea in 1963, but grew up in the United States. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University where, in 1983, he committed his life to be Christ’s ambassador to the Muslims. He and his family served 10 years in Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan) as church planting missionaries, and are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims here.

Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!

The website with all the class info is www.perspectives.org

Search “Classes” and click “Alabama” to find the Auburn class to register.

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Expanding for the Glory of God

Mark 16:15 – And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 

Covenant Presbyterian Church celebrates the Kingdom of God in the community of God so that the “earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14). Therefore, our church is not an end in itself; instead, it exists so that the glory of the Gospel would echo throughout all creation.

God calls us to be witnesses to the world. Jesus commands us to make disciples.

Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”