Feelings of Joy

I’ve still got jetlag after getting home last week, and the good feelings from the Cold Harbor Road Lectureship still linger.
Those good people invited me, without knowing me from Adam, to share three lessons with them on taking the gospel to the world: the why, the who, and the how.
In a nutshell, here’s what I said to those present that glorious weekend. (Glorious, not because I was speaking, but because God’s people were focused together on his goodness.)
The why? Because God wants the gospel taken to the whole world. We do it for his glory.
The who? Everyone who has the mind of God carries salvation to all. The whole church to the whole world.
The how? As Jesus did it, we follow in those steps, too. With his same attitudes.
You can order their lectureship book, and I hope you will, since it has 23 meaty chapters, with 400 pages for a small price. But in a word, our task as Christians revolves totally around God. Our mission reflects what he wants accomplished. Our methodology repeats what Jesus did when he walked the roads of Israel.
The Cold Harbor Road church in Mechanicsville, Va., isn’t just talking about it. They’re doing it, too. Evangelizing, planting other churches, reaching out to their community.
I didn’t just hear Good News. I saw it in action. Close up.
All the while, they’re staying faithful to the truth of the gospel.
In an age when we mourn because of so many departures from the faith, many churches and saints offer us joy by their example of hard work for the kingdom of God. I salute the Cold Harbor Road church for giving us a wonderful example.
Those are feelings of joy that will outlast any transcontinental flight.
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, ESV).
You can order the lectureship book mentioned above at this address.
You can also read Randal’s personal impressions of the lectureship here.

Many churches and saints offer us joy by their example of hard work for the kingdom of God.

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