Missionary Rehearsals …
Acts 14:26-27 (KJV) And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. 27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
Rehearsal is one of the joys of being a missionary. In v. 26 above, Paul and Barnabas were sent out as deputies of the Antioch local church. Their marching orders were given by Divine Writ 5 times in the first 5 books of the New Testament. We call those marching orders the Great Commission.
After their missionary journey, they return to their sending local church, and rehearsed with them what had happened. To rehearse is to report in detail events that happened. This is biblical. This is right. This is necessary.
Several local churches have made us their deputies, and sent us out to do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission. We have been sowing and reaping in prisons and jails as Rock of Ages missionaries for just short of 3 years. Pastor, would you be pleased to have Linda and I come to your church to “rehearse”? We would be honored if you would call us to schedule a rehearsal.
We spend some time in Michigan with family this month. We are scattered all over the country, and it’s a great joy to get together once in a while! There were 17 of us in all. The Lord sure is good!
This month, we sowed and reaped at Bay Correctional Institution in Panama City, FL, with 5 men professing faith in Christ. I also had two meetings at Haralson County Jail, one service with the ladies and another with the men each time. There was 1 lady and 5 men who trusted Christ. These new converts are in need of our prayers. Would you take time to pray for them?
The Promise of Power …
Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The promise of power for Christians in Acts 1:8 is repetition of the promise given in Luke 24:49. More than likely both refer to the same event that took place right before Jesus ascended back into heaven. Last words are very important, especially when spoken by Christ Jesus just before leaving earth for a very long time. We need this vital truth as much as did the disciples that day. We have God’s promise of supernatural power for declaring the Gospel of Christ worldwide. Are you tapping into it? Daily? I would not dare to stand before inmates or prison officers without dependence upon such power.
This power of Christ was wielded on several occasions this month.
We conducted what turned out to be a three day revival meeting at Georgia State Prison, in Reidsville, GA. Normally, GSP is a four day, Monday – Thursday revival, and would have been, except there was a mix-up. We were under the impression from the administration that due to Ramadan, the meeting would start on Tuesday morning, not Monday morning. When we showed up on Tuesday, we found out we were a day late! However, the Lord of all grace abounded through us, and a total of 13 men called upon the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation through the combined effort of 4 of us. The next day we began a three day revival meeting at Long State Prison. This was my second revival meeting at LSP. On my first revival there, after three days of preaching, no one made profession of faith. That was the first (and hopefully the last) time that has happened. This time, we were blessed to lead 4 men to Christ for eternal salvation. The services were very well attended, in no small part due to our being able to visit the men in their dormitories before each service. This was the first time at LSP that we were allowed to do that. We also held a two day revival meeting at the Paulding County RSAT facility in my home town of Dallas, GA. We were allowed to do visitation in 3 of the dorms leading up to one preaching service. Thankfully, we saw 4 men step out by faith to receive the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12).
I would remind you that new converts stand in need of much prayer. The evil one is always on their trail stirring up doubt and unbelief. However, we stand on another promise from God: 1 John 4:4 (KJV) “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Please do pray for Christian growth by all who heard the Gospel from our lips.