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The Message of Salvation to All (Romans 10:5-20)

 

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[c] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
    and their words to the ends of the world.”

19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,

“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
    with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”

20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
    I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.

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Short-Term Missions Trip

You can still join the Short Term Missions Team to Camp Good Neighbor in Clarkston, GA. Contact Heike Williams or Marcus Kreitzer for more information.

A Task to be Completed

For many years much of the church in America has taught that Christianity is a personal relationship. That teaching is biblical, God does deal with his people personally, but it also can lead to each of us developing an “I’m the center of the universe” perspective as we seek to follow Christ in our lives.  When Jesus’ disciples were concerned with their next meal (John 4:31-38), he told them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.… Look I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are ripe white for harvest.”   In Matthew 28:18-19, in some of his last words before ascending to take his place alongside the Father, Jesus commissioned his disciples, (and we are his disciples aren’t we?), “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Christ told us to go to every people group on earth and plant his church among them.  Jesus is building his Church, workers continue to go forth to tell his gospel, and disciple new believers, but the mission is not yet complete.  There remain hundreds of people groups on earth with no known access to the gospel.   There is much more work to be done.  Where do we fit in?

We can serve by going to an unreached people group.  We can serve by befriending and sharing the gospel with international students and workers among us. We can serve by reaching out to refugees from unreached people groups in places like Clarkston, Georgia. We can serve by helping to mobilize his people to become involved in working to complete the mission.  We can serve by supporting those who go materially and spiritually through giving and praying.

We don’t know when this mission will be completed, but we know that it will be.  God’s word tells us, “this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  Christ is working now to build his kingdom.  Let’s join him.

 

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David’s Song of Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:8-34

Make known his deeds among the peoples! Tell of all his wondrous works! Remember the wondrous works that he has done. Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations. Let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

 

8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
11 Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13 O offspring of Israel his servant,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones!

14 He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
17 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
    as your portion for an inheritance.”

19 When you were few in number,
    of little account, and sojourners in it,
20 wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
21 he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,
22 saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!”

23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
    Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his place.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[b]
30     tremble before him, all the earth;
    yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
    and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    let the field exult, and everything in it!
33 Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
    before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

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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.