Carolyn’s Online Magazine
PREACH THE GOSPEL
TO THE WHOLE WORLD,
TO ALL CREATION
Each day I attempt to review the day’s folder to glean what my husband and I did in past years.
The 1998 World Day of Prayer gathering was held March 6th at the Connellsville, Pennsylvania church where my husband Monte was pastor. For some reason, I was selected to present the welcome message, which was in this day’s folder.
The 1998 World Day of Prayer theme was Who is my neighbor? The service was written by Christian women from the African island of Madagascar.
The message of the day is equally relevant today, March 6, 2015—again, the date of the World Day of Prayer.
On behalf of Wesley United Methodist Church, I welcome you to the 111th World Day of Prayer service.
Jesus founded the church 2000 years ago when he claimed to Peter On this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Jesus further instructed Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15).
It was while Paul and Barnabas spent a year in Antioch teaching the people that church members were first called Christians (Acts 11:26).
Today, we as a church claim our identity as Christians, celebrating being part of the worldwide church built on such a solid rock that hell will not prevail against it.
We will fulfill our part of the great commission, that of going into the WHOLE world to preach the gospel to ALL creation. That is our responsibility. The results belong to God.
Today, right here in one small church in one small corner of the world, we celebrate the gospel’s presence on an island country in the Indian Ocean in the African continental area. Madagascar seems far and remote, and to us in Southwestern Pennsylvania it is only a part of the WHOLE world.
Our community, street, home, are also a part of the whole world. How many people in our own back yard have not heard the gospel of Christ?
You see, the WHOLE world is pretty large, but it is also quite near.
We as the church aer commissioned to take the gospel to ALL creation. While we hear about Madasgascar, let us also reflect on our part in sharing Christ with our immediate neighbors, strengthening our community and thereby the world, by fulfilling Christ’s mandate.
Are you ready to claim your identity as Christians?
NOTE: The WordPress daily prompt for March 6, 2015, is Time Capsule: What would you put in this year’s time capsule to channel the essence of our current moment for future generations? I believe that I would include the above post.