Sowing Christmas seeds...

by Gavin  

Sowing Christmas seeds...

 

It has been a joy over the last 13 hours to see gospel seeds sown in the build-up to Christmas… 

 

A number of our Randburg Baptist Church family went across to Douglasdale Retirement Village to lead a Carol Service there at 5pm on Christmas Eve.  Over 70 people were present, inclusion at least 50 of the residents.  John Rowland shared a simple, direct message from John 1.  We had chance to linger and enjoy some refreshments.

 

Some of our “Okes” connected with the local CHUBB security detail on Christmas morning at their 6am shift change, with the traditional coffee, muffins and gift of gospel literature.  There is also some limited chance just to connect, chat and show something opf the love of Christ.

 

Now, is this “hit & miss” ministry? I’ve heard people castigate ministry like this before, saying that the church is called to make disciples, and nopt just converts and not just random exposure to the gospel.  The [point is that ministry without follow-up is a waste of time.

 

Well, having been preaching through Mark’s gospel over the past few months, I am increasingly convinced otherwise.  Sure, disciple-making is key, and we should never, ever lose sight of that.  We’re called to build into peoples’ lives, being faithful to the Lord’s command to “teach them everything I have commanded” (Matt 28:19-20).  Long-term input and nurture is crucial - agreed!

 

But this in no ways should ever serve as an excuse to avoid the indiscriminate sharing of gospel truths, and then trusting God for the outcomes, right?  We see that through the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus, do we not?  Mark 2:13-14 gives us that wonderful balance: Jesus taught the crowds, many of whom He would never see again.  But He also directed specific attention to Levi, and called him to faith.  The parables in Mark 4 reinforce the theme – gospel seeds are sown far and wide, indiscriminate throwing of truth to whoever would hear.  But God causes some to land on good soil, and He produces growth.  In fact, the sower can sow in that way, and then go to sleep, waiting for God to bring about true spiritual change…

 

And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.” (Mark 4:26–27, ESV)

 

So, let’s give God thanks for opportunities for gospel ministry.  I’d dearly love to see people from DRV and the local CHUBB sector crew coming to faith, and growing in a way whereby we could walk with them.  But I think we need to rejoice in the fact that then gospel has been presented and demonstrated by our people in these 2 areas, both last night and this morning.  Now we pray – that the Holy Spirit would bring fruit from the effort, to God’s glory. 

 

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.” (1 Corinthians 3:6–8, ESV)

 

 

 

 

 

Sowing Christmas seeds...
Sowing Christmas seeds...
Sowing Christmas seeds...
Sowing Christmas seeds...

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