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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Marching Orders"

“Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” Acts 13:1-3

Reason for the Season



When Jesus gave the Marching Orders to the church, He said to carry the Gospel into all the world.  What we call the Great Commission is, in fact, the marching orders that Jesus gave us.  The early church did not have technology in the way we do today, but they “filled Jerusalem with their doctrine.”  Soon the Gospel arrived in Antioch, and from there the first foreign missionaries were sent out.

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions.  If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is in the matter of sending the Gospel to a dying world.”  If the world is going to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then Central Baptist Church needs to take a long look in the mirror, and ask ourselves these questions:

1.   Do I accept my responsibility in the Marching Orders that Jesus gave us?  “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

2.   Am I actively bringing others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?  “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

3.   Am I serving the Lord right where I am?  “As they ministered to the Lord.” Acts 13:2

4.   Are you fasting and praying for the worldwide work of the Gospel? “And fasted…and when they fasted and prayed...” Acts 13:2-3

5.   Are you yielded to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life?  “The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them….So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed…” Acts 13:2, 4

6.   Do you support the missions program of the church financially?  “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God liveth a cheerful giver…For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God.” II Corinthians 9:7, 12

I pray that Central Baptist Church will stay white hot in our missions work.  I ask all of us to examine ourselves and see if we are carrying out our Lord’s Marching Orders.  Let’s get “Back to the Basics”!

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Previous devotions

"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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