The End of Time – Thy Kingdom Come

The study of the End-Times is relevant to our lives today because of the WORLDWIDE changes happening at a very quick pace all around us. With worldwide instant communication available we are all very aware of these rapid developments. This can cause fear and anxiety. The people of God should not be anxious, but instead expectant! We expect the LORD Jesus Christ to come again and complete what He has intended from the beginning, that is, to establish His eternal KINGDOM over the whole universe with MANKIND as His Co-regents.

While we wait in this “time of the Gentiles,” we must remember that the Kingdom is NOT YET, but it is certain.

God, who can not lie, promised to establish this RULE beginning with His promise to Adam and Eve (the SEED) and then to Abraham (the LAND and the innumerable SEED, both Jews and Gentiles) and David (the SEED on the THRONE eternally). Today, we who have believed in the Lord Jesus carry the Kingdom in our hearts, because Christ is IN us.  We also carry the message of the KINGDOM on our lips as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, everywhere until Jesus returns. This is our “great commission” from Christ. We are KINGDOM PROCLAIMERS.

This “proclamation” is for all to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, so that they too can be sons and daughters of the Kingdom of God. Unless a person is “born again” he can not be a part of the Kingdom of God. It is our calling to PLEAD with mankind to be reconciled to God. How shall they believe in whom they have not heard? How shall they hear unless someone tells them? We all are “sent!”

Will you go and make disciples? Will you have “beautiful feet” and proclaim the good news, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God?

Jeff Hawkins works with and trains indigenous missionaries in Zambia and India. Jeff@indigenous-missions.com

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THE URGENCY OF THE GOSPEL FOR A GROWING WORLD

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India has a population of 1.3 BILLION souls and growing (85% Hindu, 12% Muslim, maybe 2% Christian). Zambia has grown from 12 million to 20 million in just a few short years. Hope Builders Ministries is now working in one southern district of D. R. Congo with a population greater than Zambia! The Continent of Africa will be over 2 Billion by 2050, doubling in population.

The urgency for the Gospel has never been greater. Every generation is a new opportunity and a new challenge for bringing people to Christ and then maturity in Christ. “God has no grandchildren.”

THE greatest impact for the Gospel in any given place in the world is through the native population of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Whether here in the USA or any country in the world, the native believers are the key to winning souls to Christ and discipling them to be like the Lord Jesus, displaying His righteousness to the multitudes who need to hear and see the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ.

In Zambia, Islam continues to grow rapidly and is penetrating new communities. It is not unusual to be wakened by their call to prayer early in the morning. Pastors must be equipped with the sound teaching of the Word of God, so as to not be compromised by the temptation to convert to Islam in order to receive free hospital care and education and other physical benefits while losing their soul. Only the TRUTH of the Gospel will keep souls free.

Materialism is the idol imported from the West. Sincere western Christians help to build this idol trying to “fix” every physical problem with more and more money and stuff. Western missionaries who, for the most part, do not (and can not) live like the natives they have come to serve, unwittingly give and leave a false impression of the Gospel and of God. Then there is the “prosperity” gospel, also imported from the West, which continues to poison multiple millions with its lie of temporal health, wealth and power “in the name of Jesus.” And the perception of wealthy, healthy western missionaries help to reinforce this terrible lie.

To rapidly win communities for Christ Indigenous Christians are the key. By their lives lived out in proper context, in their own culture and language, many are able to see the GOD of the Bible, The Lord Jesus Christ, and hear the message of truth that will save them eternally from the penalty of sin and presently from the power of sin. The “unreached” are reached by their own believing neighbors.  This is the MISSION of Hope Builders Ministries to equip, encourage and empower native Christians to reach their communities and cultures for Christ and make disciples who make other disciples.

It is the reality of missions that native believers effectively win far more of their neighbors to Christ than foreign missionaries do in a lifetime of diligent and sincere effort.

Hope Builders also comes alongside the believers, working through the local church and pastors, to help them with strategic needs like Bibles and training materials, bicycles and motorcycles, clean water wells for their communities and dignity projects – helping the indigenous church care for the poor and needy in their churches.

The Salvation of souls is the PRIMARY goal of missions  and we must be about the Lord Jesus’ Mission to seek and to save the lost. If this is the primary goal then that is where we must put the emphasis, the Message of the Good News from the lips of those who have received it.

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Damascus Road

Baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

The radical Rabbi Saul was on the road to Damascus to beat and jail Christians when he came face to face with the Lord Jesus. “Why are you persecuting Me?” was the Lord’s question. I can imagine that Saul was quite troubled in his soul about all that he was witnessing from these bold believers whom he was persecuting. Remember he heard the WORD clearly from Stephen as he guarded the coats of his murderers in Acts 7.

This is happening in India too. As radical Hindus are dispatched to harass, disrupt and harm believers, especially preachers, so to, some of them are being converted by the power of God through the Gospel message (Romans 1:16).

These men had infiltrated the meetings of believers and after hearing the Word of God preached with power and conviction they, like Saul, met Jesus and were forever changed.

Following the Lord Jesus
From Persecutor to Disciple

Pray for the Church in India as it faces harsh treatment for sharing the Gospel openly. The otherwise democratic government is passing laws forbidding anyone but Hindus to “proselytize.” The authorities turn a “blind eye” against those being persecuted and even change the reporters so as to not implicate the illegal activity of these radicals.

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News in Zambia

 

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Now there are 780 new Study Bibles for pastors in training with HBMZambia.

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