And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
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!”
Romans 10:14-15, ESV
I appreciate John Stott’s interpretation of Romans 10:14-15 as he presented it in, The Message of Romans: God’s Good News for the World, “The essence of Paul’s argument is seen if we put his six verbs in the opposite order: Christ sends heralds; heralds preach; people hear; hearers believe; believers call; and those who call are saved.”
God has people all over the globe with ears that just need to hear the gospel.
The church we joined this spring is very active in sending missionaries and supporting international missions. It is very exciting it is to be a part of a church that is passionate about spreading the gospel around the world! The last six months, many of our members have flown across land and oceans to share the gospel. One young woman spent three months in England, one family recently left the US for Cameroon, one man is in Peru right now, and one young woman is spending her summer sharing the gospel with children at a summer camp. Four more people are leaving later this year: one family, after years of preparation, is going to live in Zambia, and another young man is going to one of the countries that is officially closed to the gospel. In order to protect himself he can’t tell us where he’s going.
These men and women are the most interesting and happy people you’ll ever meet. I am hoping to write profiles of them in the coming weeks so that you can get to know them and so that you will be able to pray for them as they are going to share the gospel around the world.
Be on the lookout for the first one next Monday!