Fanning the Fire

Fanning the Fire What a great experience Tuesday morning. I was privileged to lecture to the combined Third Year students at Christ for the Nations Institute. These are the students whose emphasis for the year is either World Missions or Evangelism.

Combined, I would say there were around sixty students. My guess is that most of them are in their twenties. What an honor to fan the fires in the lives and ministries of these young men and women.  I’m grateful for their rapt attention and good response to what I shared.

I asked them, “What is the most valuable tool you have in your ministry toolbox?” My answer: “The gospel is your most valuable ministry tool.” Of course, the gospel of Jesus Christ is what both evangelism and world missions is all about. This is our priceless stewardship: the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is where we anchor our lives.

My text of my very first “sermonette” (a short sermon) as a teenager is 1 John 2:2, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for the whole world.” The choice of this text was prophetic, indicating the course my life and ministry would take. Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins – that’s evangelism. Not only for our sins but for the sins of the whole world – that’s missions.

How grateful I am that my focus has been clear and unchanged for 50 years. May Jesus Christ be praise.