Commenting on 1 Timothy 2:4-7 ~~
Although it is not directly Paul’s point in this paragraph, these words function as one of the more significant missions/evangelism passages in the NT. The same reason that Paul was appointed a herald of the good news for the Gentiles is why the church must always be involved in missions. It is inherent in the very character of God, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth, and in the redemptive work of Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. It is therefore incumbent on God’s people to proclaim that good news.
Fee, Gordon D., 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), p. 67.
“Our responsibility is not to bring all the world to Christ, but our responsibility is to bring Christ to all the world.”
W.T.P. Wolston, “Jehoshaphat’s Victory (2 Chronicles 20:1-30), in Handfuls of Purpose Part 3 (Miscellaneous, chapters 15 – 30). Accessed on 7/6/14 here: http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/wolston/HAND318.html
What is CoWorking? And what does it have to do with being a digital sojourner? Check out my most recent Why We Web post…
“It is easy to declare love for a nameless face 5000 miles [away], but to go to them & serve them with Christ-like love is another thing altogether.”
Paul Washer, from his twitter feed.
It is easy to declare love for a nameless face 5000 miles, but to go to them & serve them w/Christlike love is another thing altogether.
— Paul Washer (@paulwasher) February 7, 2014
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During the 27th week of 2012 Digital Sojourner posted a number of interesting articles….
- Brother Mike Stoudt launched a new series of posts regarding spiritual gifts. Link: NT Tuesday: Spiritual Gifts – Introduction
- I posted an interesting and hopefully inspiring video titled Reaching The Digital Mission Field. The video is the testimony of a suicidal man– how the Lord used the internet to save a man at a very critical moment in his life.
- Brother Keith Keyser in his latest installment, Entry Level Theological Truth , continued his series posts on the early chapters of Genesis.
Enjoy this flashback to 2012 week #27 on Digital Sojourner! What was your favorite post?
My regular Wednesday post over at the Why We Web blog was just posted.
This week’s post explores recent reports of how China is exploiting Skype’s instant messaging feature to monitor what they consider to be potentially subversive speech.
What they are looking for and how they are going about it – reveals that believers in China could be put at ask if we are not careful. Oh be careful little fingers what you type!
I recently received word that brother Samuel E. Robinson was called into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday afternoon. Sam, as he was most often called, was a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. He had a strong interest in the Great Commission and devoted much of his time to helping the cause of the Gospel by serving missionaries.
For 52 years Sam served as a director of Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc. , a missionary service organization that serves overseas missionaries commended from North American assemblies. For 24 of the 52 years, Sam served as President of the organization. It is worth noting that all of his service was on a volunteer basis. If you are not familiar with the work of this organization a brief history of CMML, written by Sam Robinson, is available on the CMML website.
Although Sam was a very capable businessman spending much of his career working for the American Bank Note Company in New York City, his passion was for the pastoral care of overseas missionaries. For many decades he spent countless hours counseling, shepherding, and encouraging the Lord’s workers—over the phone, in his office, and in his home.
I am very grateful that I personally had the opportunity to get to know Sam and his lovely wife, Ruth (who entered into the presence of the Lord in April of 2010). For the better part of 11 years (1994 – 2005) I had the privilege of working closely with Sam in the New Jersey offices of CMML. During that time I also fellowshipped at the same assembly as the Robinsons, and was often a guest in their household.
While numerous memories of brother Sam fill my thoughts, here is a small sampling of some of the more memorable:
- At the CMML office Sam was tirelessly dedicated to the gospel and was deeply passionate for shepherding the Lord’s servants. He was often first to the office in the morning– one had to rise very early to arrive before he did!
- At the assembly Sam was faithfully dedicated to the meetings of the church. One Lord’s Day morning Sam and his wife were conspicuously absent from the Lord’s Supper– after the meeting it was announced that overnight there was an apparent hostage situation in their neighbor’s home and the SWAT team had the entire area surrounded. Thankfully, the situation was a misunderstanding, there really were no hostages, and no one was hurt. Nevertheless, the story does illustrate brother Sam’s dedication to the meetings of the assembly– only the SWAT team could keep him away.
- In their home the Robinsons loved to show hospitality to all of the Lord’s people. Ruth was an excellent cook and Sam loved to discuss the things of the Lord. Because of Sam’s aversion to all things poultry Ruth often prepared her trademark pot roast. Without question the most savory pot roast I’ve ever tasted.
- One final memory: when my wife and I started to tell our friends and family that we were expecting our first child Sam was overjoyed for us… in fact, he was the only non-family member who actually broke down in tears of joy for us! I will never forget how excited he was for us.
Brother Robinson will be missed; however he has left behind a legacy of service, compassion, and dedication to the cause of Christ. Two thousand years ago Paul wrote to Timothy “…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2. Sam Robinson was one of those ‘faithful men.’
It is my prayer that I will follow Paul’s admonition to Timothy and pass on to another generation those things that I have learned from brother Sam. To God be the glory!
Information regarding funeral arraignments is available on the CMML website here.
Due to Superstorm Sandy, Christian Missions in Many Lands, Inc. has announced a change of location for this Saturday’s missionary conference. Visit the CMML website for the latest information.
1. Greater opportunities for communication enable believers spread out over the globe to connect
Believers may correspond, pray for one another, and share digital resources via the world wide web. This facilitates greater cooperation as Christians move from country to country in this era of globalization. Introductions can be made before a believer visits a far away place on vacation or a business trip. Some of my friends and I regularly conduct home Bible studies using Skype to teach others in various far flung places.
2. The internet is a needy mission field
Chat rooms abound with lonely, desperate people. Social media sites like Facebook and Google+ can be used for posting gospel verses, explaining Christianity, advertizing gospel meetings, etc. The proliferation of evil on the internet is well-known; yet this generation has a unique opportunity to publicize God’s love in Christ.
3. Disseminating God’s Word in audio, video, and written format in a multitude of languages
As a sort of mini-digital Pentecost, the internet is now a place for finding the Bible in almost any widespread language. Many sites play the Word in audio format; thus benefitting the visually impaired and those with long commutes to work (an mp3 player is a worthy investment for listening to Scripture, Christian podcasts, books, and audio sermons.)
4. Making available more Christian literature and study tools than have ever been available in the history of the world
Downloadable free software such as E-sword, The Word, and Bible Explorer 4 put hundreds of Bibles, commentaries, and language tools at the willing student’s disposal. Other online Bible sites – such as blueletterbible.org and biblos.com – place many tools on the web for easy access wherever there is an internet connection. Many helpful Bible apps (e.g. You Version) turn one’s smartphone into a mobile library. What is more, book.google.com and archive.org have the contents of millions of public domain works (i.e. books with expired copyrights) posted for online reading or for download in epub, kindle, and pdf. formats. Other sites like stempublishing.com and biblecentre.org are rich treasuries of the commentaries, articles, hymns, and other writings on the Scriptures by old writers like Darby, Kelly, and Mackintosh.
5. Intelligently praying for global missions and keeping in touch with specific missionaries
In former generations, missionary reports were conducted when a missionary came home on furlough. Now they may be conducted on the web by the means of services like Skype or Facetime. Instead of waiting months for the missionaries to receive news from home, or for praying Christians to receive news from them, emails may keep all parties in touch on a regular basis.
6. Penetrating closed countries with the gospel and edifying believers in those places
Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, and other countries are closed to open missionary work. The internet makes it possible to reach Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Communists and many others through gospel websites in the languages of those respective countries. Christians ought to pray for these efforts, as well as financially support those who are spreading the Word to closed countries through the world wide web.
7. Bringing the teaching and the preaching of saints who are now with the Lord to a new generation who may be unfamiliar with such ministry
In my teens and twenties, I was privileged to spend time with and sit under the ministries of several godly brothers who are now in glory. Many of their sermons are available at sites like voicesforchrist.net; thereby bringing the teaching of departed Christians of former days before the students of today.
This series of four posts are based on Keith Keyser’s final keynote address at the recent Why We Web Conference. This is the final post in the series.
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Recently I committed to writing a weekly post for the Why We Web Blog focusing on the more technical side of effectively using the Internet for ministry. In my most recent post over at Why We Web I highlight 4 Tips For An Effective Website that the above video illustrates. Be sure to check it out and then tell us your best tips for building an effective website in the comments.
Don’t worry, I and the other regular contributors to Digital Sojourner will, Lord willing, continue to blog right here at our regular pace.