Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
John Piper and Tom Steller, 1996
Bethlehem’s Commitment to Missions
We were recently struck with how comparatively few people are here today who were here when the driving convictions of our church in missions were being formulated.
William Carey began his missionary efforts to India in 1792. He likened his mission to a miner penetrating into a deep mine, which had never been explored, with no one to guide. He said to Andrew Fuller and John Ryland and his other pastor friends: “I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” And John Ryland reports: “He took an oath from each of us, at the mouth of the pit, to this effect—that ‘while we lived, we should never let go of the rope.’” (Peter Morden, Offering Christ to the World, p. 167).
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on October 3/4, “Worship and Missions: The Great Connection” (Psalm 67). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- Nations = Peoples (vv. 3–5)
- God’s aim is to win worshippers from every tribe and tongue and nation
- The story behind Bethlehem’s missions history
Main Point: God has mercifully invaded Bethlehem and given us a passion for his great missionary purpose.
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
Global Focus 2015
From Todd Rasmuson, Pastor of Global Outreach, with Don Hoffert and Scott Rebney, Bethlehem BAM Committee Members
From Pastor Tom Steller
At a recent Desiring God board meeting we reviewed the following: last year we asked God for 29.5 million visits to the website. He gave 35.7 million. At that time we debated at some length whether we should ask for a 20% increase, and he gave us a 45% increase. (Jonathan Parnell’s blog post Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins saw over one million pageviews.)
From Pastor Chuck Steddom ...
Dear Bethlehem Family,
Today, Monday, March 2, Todd Rasmuson and I are making a relatively quick trip to visit our Kachin family in Myitkyina, the capital city of the Kachin State in Myanmar. We will be returning on March 10. I have been asked to participate in the College/Seminary Commencement and to be a part of the dedication of the new Kachin Theological College Administration/Classroom building.
In speaking to the Bethlehem Council of Elders recently about doing evangelism without compromising the true gospel, Jason Meyer said, “Reach out, but don’t sell out.”