“Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24–25)
I once heard someone say, “Always keep the main thing the main thing.” For over 28 years, Global Advance has anchored its focus in the gospel, and has worked to advance the gospel around the world by empowering frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the Bible’s integrating theme. It is the underpinning of all biblical truth. It is the skeletal structure of the Scriptures; the scarlet thread that weaves together God’s story of redemption. Our work of training pastors and leaders on the gospel’s front line is helping to lift the biblical knowledge of many under-served and isolated pastors. Because of your generous support in the work of Global Advance, several things are accomplished:
· Churches are protected from the spiritual health disaster that otherwise awaits them.
· Theological and cultural misperceptions of Christianity are corrected.
· The future leadership of the faith multiplies.
We must continue to protect the gospel as we train indigenous leaders who are without access to basic, biblical understanding. The apostle Paul’s most stinging rebuke was reserved for those who tampered with the gospel. He wrote, “There are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:7-8)
We work every day to cultivate relationships with frontline leaders who know the needs in their own spheres of influence and who can create effective solutions to meet those needs. We aim to strengthen our global pipeline to deliver leadership training and to support well-planned, carefully communicated ministry opportunities that can advance the gospel.
LET US PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15, NIV)
We are working with men and women, young and old, to empower a global movement that carries the hope of this gospel to those who have not heard. It is beautiful to see all of God’s creation proclaiming the promise of the gospel’s message. Without question, the glory of God is the highest motive for sharing the gospel, but it is not the only motivation. Reaching people who are lost in every sense of the word - those without Jesus who are headed for an eternity devoid of God, and thus devoid of hope – is an equally valid, biblical motive for evangelism. There is both a vertical motive for evangelism and missions (the glory of God), and a horizontal motive (the lost state of humanity).
We are to be “making the most of the time because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16). From an eternal perspective, one of the wisest uses of time – an investment that will yield eternal dividends – is bringing people to personal faith in Christ and challenging others to do the same. The writer of Proverbs counsels us that “he who wins souls is wise” (Prov. 11:30).
All around the world, Global Advance is working to promote the urgency for reaching unbelievers with the gospel. As believers, we can increase our urgency in three ways:
First, ask God for it.
Second, make evangelism intentional.
Third, see the world through “gospel glasses.” Make the gospel first – first in your loyalties, first in your ministry, first in how you view people, and first in how you view life.
You can join with Global Advance in advancing the gospel around the world through your prayers and faithful giving to this kingdom assignment. Thank you for going with us to the nations. Thank you for praying for Global Advance, and thank you for sharing in our collective work to reach others. We are grateful to work with you to advance the purposes of our King.