VBC Morning Service 09-02-18
Take your Bibles to go with me to the book of Ezra chapter 1 Ezra chapter 1 I am so glad someone gave so that I would hear the gospel great song Thank you very much. Ezra chapter 1 we are in a new book of the Bible and always making our journey through the word of God. And it just happens to be one of my favorite chapters when we are talking about world evangelism.
And that's what our whole week will be wrapped up in next Thursday night and Friday night and Saturday night, we'll have a banquet and it'll be all kinds of food from all over the world and the Spanish church will be participating with us. It's going to be a lot of fun and then Sunday morning we will have.
Two hours straight the Sunday school you'll be in here and we'll have two hours straight with missionaries sharing stories about what God has done that if you are used to coming only for the last hour, you still come when you come out I'll be fine. We just want you to come I don't want you to miss it and he part you can be here for you're going to enjoy I am so grateful to God that I heard the gospel was like May the 6th 1962 the majority of you weren't born yet.
I was a little boy. I was seven years old. I was soon be turning eight years old and I had heard the gospel over and over in my dad. I didn't know this till I was a grown man. My dad said every week I would go back to him and I would say you owe me go up and get saved or not and he'd say just go down go sit down be quiet and I don't remember any of that and he said on the on the day.
I got saved I didn't ask him. I just went forward. That's the only day I remember. I don't remember all the other asking Parts but on that day, I knew that Jesus had died for me the pastor preached on the crucifixion the Lord really dealt with my heart and that day I got saved I have been brought up in church all my life.
I've had the privilege of hearing the Bible preached and taught. I don't remember when I memorize John 3:16 for God so loved the world. The gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life glad I got through that because if I hadn't even a sign of really bad when I said I didn't remember when I memorize it.
But anyway, but I grew up knowing all these things and then I went to the mission field and lived in Mexico in 1987 and 1988. We moved to Peru South America and to a people that had never heard. The people I dealt with they knew who Jesus was fact is they name their kid Jesus, but they didn't know what Jesus did on the cross.
They knew Jesus had been crucified. They didn't understand why Jesus had been crucified it never really made sense to them and I had the privilege of sharing it with hundreds of people as they accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. So this. We'll talk to you about arise and go we'll talk to you about the idea of going the mission field and it just so happens that in the book of Ezra chapter 1 is like the follow-up chapter 4 the last chapter II Chronicles in second chronicles, they end the chapter with with the nation of Israel going into 70 years of captivity.
And so what happened is God's people had sinned against God you are saved by grace, but if you don't honor God and live for God, he will take you to the Woodshed. Can I get an amen about that? If you don't honor God you I mean a born-again Believer a born-again Believer wants to love and honor and serve God and they didn't and they had now been 70 years.
In captivity and at the end of that 70 years a pagan King stands up and says God told me to tell some of you to go back to Jerusalem and build his house again. God told me to tell you that some of you are going to have it in your heart. That you would like to do that. And so I'm going to give you freedom to go back.
Not only that. I'm going to give you all the instruments of worship that we stole from you that we got in storage over here and you can take it back and set your temple back up and not only that I'm going to raise some money for you so that you can go and build the temple for your God. He's your god.
He's a god of Israel. He's your God and I want y'all to go back and do that. And any and of people got happy man, they're like boy, we've been over here 70 years as a captives. We've been taken out of our homes and we've been held prisoners here for 70 years. Some of our kids don't even know about Jerusalem.
And now all the sudden we're going to get to go back to Jerusalem are going to get to build the temple again, and then he said and some of y'all might not want to go back and some of you might not want to participate in building a temple. That's okay. But if you stay here I fully expect you to help those that go back build that Temple.
I want you to give them offerings from your heart. I want you to give them offers to help them. I want you to give to them so they can get the job done. And so Ezra said so azra tells us the story of Cyrus this Pagan King knowing that God owns everything knowing that God gave him everything telling a group of people to take the money and the effort and the go back in to build the temple of God back in Jerusalem.
A beautiful corollary beautiful way that compares to what happens to us in the New Testament. That's an Old Testament story. That's the testimony about a story about what God deal with the Jewish people to rebuild their Temple know their Temple. It was nothing like this church building here. Their Temple was overlaid.
Everything just about was overlaid in Gold. It was a billion-dollar Affair and it was a big deal and it was a sinner of all their worship now, Like churches that are everywhere. It was the big place. It's where everybody went. It's the center of worshiping God now we get the New Testament and Jesus comes and he tells us that he has died on a cross.
He is paid to send it so that everybody everywhere can be saved. He has done all that needs to be done. He has reconciled the world to himself. They can all be saved if they will simply accept the free gift. And then Jesus says I want you to go and I want you to tell everybody everywhere about what I did.
I want you to go and I want you to tell everybody everywhere about what I did and so the early church the one that saw Jesus alive. The one that saw Jesus died. The one that saw Jesus buried and Rise Again, the one that saw Jesus ascending to heaven on a cloud. Everybody got excited about taking the gospel.
And except for the Church of Jerusalem. Basically, the whole new testament is a story about a bunch of people going everywhere telling everybody about Jesus so that everybody could come knowing be saved but the key would be how do you how do you fund that and so the story of Israel is a great picture of exactly how that happened.
So take your Bibles with me if you would. And go to Ezra chapter one will read verse 7 but let me have a word of prayer with you to begin with father. There may be people in this room today that do not know you they're not saved. They could be religious. They could be people that love you but don't know you I want to ask you to say them today.
There could be people in here that are burdened down with sin that feel like they've done wrong feel like there are a long ways off from you and feel like they desperately need you. And I'm asking you today to speak to their heart and drawn to you your god. There are people in this room that aren't going to heaven and you know that and you know who they are pleased with our hearts then God they're Christians in this room and the majority of us are not going to go overseas.
The majority of us are going to stay here and enjoy our lives. And I pray to God that you would deal with our hearts that we might as a church do even more and I'll give you praise and honour glory for all you do in Jesus name. Amen. Well, if you do this sort of thing, you can write in the margin your Bible outside of Ezra chapter 1 the word remainders remainders That's What I Call this message, that's not even a word.
I made that one up, but it's people that remain maybe there is a word remainders, but I want to talk to you about remaining those that stay here. You need to know if you're visiting this morning that we're not in any kind of financial trouble for a church the size of our church that gave a quarter of a million dollars this past year to World evangelism.
I'm just in Ezra chapter 1 and I just been blessed by God that it happens to be here at right before we start the missions conference, and I'm just blessed by God that it happens to be a chapter. I used to preach all the time when I was on. Deputation and when I was on furlough and I preach to people so we're not in we're not hurting but the world is the world needs the gospel.
The world needs preachers to go and tell them and others in this room ought to volunteer to go but God wants to do a work. I want you to go with me to Ezra 1:7 this Pagan King decides that he will return all the things stolen. The Bible said in Cyrus the king because that guy's a pagan. He's not Jewish.
He's not circumcised. Brought the vessels of the house of the Lord which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem and he put them in the house of his Gods the false gods. Even those did Cyrus King of Persia. Bring forth by the hand of mrs. Riva the treasure and he numbered them under she has bother why I hate those guys names the prince of Judah the prince of Judah so they so he went in there and he got all this stuff.
Nebuchadnezzar and taken away 70 years earlier. He brought it out and turn it over to the treasurer and they counted it so he could return that and he could they could take it back to him. You finished up March Mark chapter 16 last week. That's where we were last Sunday here large church. We finished the gospel of Mark and in Mark chapter 16 and verse 15.
The Bible said go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature and then it said in Mark 16:20 if they went forth and preached everywhere the Lord working with them and confirming the word with signs. So. This was God.
God said Jesus died for you. Jesus is buried Jesus rose again now go tell everybody and they got excited about telling everybody and they went everywhere and the Lord worked with them the Lord bless them as they taught and as they preached as I started churches today. I got a video message from China.
This is just one of those examples. A guy got saved in the church there in Dalian China and he got saved last week and our last few weeks. I'm not sure what day it was. He got to say and he's really excited about serving Jesus and he ran in the church today and he had to take a test before church this morning in the college and university where he was going and you're a neat old Kay Cannon today.
He said he said, you know, I I just wondered if God had do it, so I asked God to help me on my test. And he said and I got there and I was taking my test and I'd ask God to help me not turn my test in and the professor said answers wrong here here and here change those at your so you'll get a better grade and he said so God help me.
And so Kennedy said I didn't know what I supposed to tell him. I was glad he was excited to God answered his prayer. I don't know if I want to tell him what we don't cheat to get goddamn answer our prayers. But God works with us and he works with people like Cannon and the guys are working there in Dolly trying to get the gospel to those people don't know what the less.
I told him. I said just laugh at it now in a few years from now you can mention and say you just kind of on the wrong track back then we don't need to we don't need to Bodyslam the fork. Yeah. I like his first two or three weeks of getting right with God now go with me if you would to Ezra chapter 1 the whole book of Ezra starts off with this guy who's in charge the.
The the king of the king of the country of Persia and says in Israel 1:1 now Sirens the first year of Cyrus King of Persia the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah. Well that says that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus King of Persia that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it in writing saying I just want you get this everything it's about to happen is because God said he wanted it.
To happen. So if you need to underline in verse 1 the word of the Lord in my way, what word well, we got a book of Jeremiah and so Jeremiah doing the talking and he's telling the they he Jeremiah explain the Captivity Jeremiah explained they would be coming back home again. And so Cyrus has heard from the word of God and it says here.
The Lord stirred up his Spirit underlying that you ought to be sensitive. You ought to be saying God deal with my heart show me what ought to do and help me with that. And then I want you to underline in verse 1. The last part says in writing in writing now won't you look you're just a second God speaks through his writing.
God speaks for what he wrote down and so in this story as was going to step out there and he's going to say guys we need to rebuild that Temple. I mean after all that's what Jeremiah said it's been written down. I'm telling you what God wants to do. Here's a proclamation. So the story of Ezra started not in the heart of Cyrus, but in the heart of God it was God who told Jeremiah to write it was God who stirred up?
The heart of Cyrus look if you would at chapter 1 and verse 2 it is God who told him what to do and Ezra chapter 1 verse 2. The Bible said then says Cyrus King of Persia. The Lord God Of Heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the Earth. And underlined the Lord God Of Heaven has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem.
So J. Oh Cyrus feels a charge his heart stirred up and he feels in his heart. I believe God's got something God wants me to do. I believe God has something that God wants me to do and it was it was stirred up. And see Cyrus is already getting lined up with what God says because he's hearing from the word of God Jeremiah.
He's he's God is stirring up his heart. He's says God's one that told him what to do it and I want you to notice it at first he realized well really who I am and everything I have is all God. Anyway, I'll give you what it is for chapter 1 verse 2 and underlined it he said. The Lord God Of Heaven has given me all the kingdoms of the earth.
So he realized Cyrus realized. Amen. I'm a powerful King but in all honesty, it's God who gave me everything. I have every Christian ought to realize that could you say Amen right there every person every human being all to realize that the air you breathe the love the place you live. All of it is a gift from our God.
It is the attitude that you find in the David king of Israel who built the first temple in first Chronicles 29 14. He has said who am I and what is my people that we should be able to offer so willingly after the sort for all things come of thee and of thine own have we given thee and the last of her 16?
He said everything comes out of your hand and it's all yours all that on. Here's what Cyrus realizes Cyrus wakes up when they said. Well we've got zero on my heart. God is speaking to my heart God's telling me I need to do something with everything God's given me I need to make a difference. I need to do something with it.
I don't own it anyway, and he says in Ezra chapter 1 and verse 2 if you look there is to build him a house at Jerusalem. So it was going to be built for God. It wasn't about building Cyrus. It wasn't about what he could do for himself. It was about God. He realized even the people belonged to God.
Look at Ezra chapter 1 and verse 3, who is there among you of all his people. Underline that his people that's possessive. That's my car. I'm his people I belong to him his people then it said his God being with him. And here's what the. Commander realize here's what the Man In Charge realize God owns.
Everything. God has spoke to me through his word for the mouth of Jeremiah. God has stirred up my heart everything I have belongs to him. He wants me to do something and I'm going to get about doing it now I can stop right there. We can go home. Don't worry. I'm not going to do that. But I'm just saying to you this morning.
You need to realize he owns everything. You need to realize you belong to him. You need to realize he has a purpose for your life. You're not just an evolved animal that sitting here got clothes on because you're a more evolved animal. You were a special creation of God. God has a special plan to use you and everything about you.
He even realize that God would pick who would go out. Look at Israel 1/5 the commander realize that. You told him some of y'all ought to go and in chapter 1 and verse 5 then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin the priests and the Levites are all them who's got who Spirit God had raised to go up to build the house of the Lord, which is in Jerusalem.
Everybody's not going to be a missionary. I wish they would how was your people say? Well if ever went the mystery wouldn't have anybody to preach to well. I'm 64 years old. I never seen that problem happen. I mean, that's a theory. That is never been a problem effect is it's rare when somebody wants to be a mystery, but here God stirred up some people's hearts to go to Jerusalem to build the temple and God will stir up your heart to go and see people get saved and see lives be changed now go with me if you would to Ezra chapter 1 and verse 2 again.
It's Cyrus the king we're talking about chapter 1 verse 1 the word came from the mouth of Jeremiah. God told Cyrus what to do Cyrus now steps out to go do what he told you to do. Just like as the pastor of Vision Baptist Church. I would say to you God wants us to do some things. It's not coming from me.
When we talk about carrying the gospel to the world we talk about us giving substantially and sacrificially and making a difference. Can I just tell you it is in my heart I would be lying to you. If I didn't tell you. It's in my heart. I wish we were doing 10 times more than we're doing. I wish you were sitting out 10 times the people given ten times the money.
It's in my heart. But here's what Ezra says about Cyrus. It wasn't in Cyrus's Heart till you got it from God. So the real motivator of world evangelism the real motivator of building a house in Jerusalem is the god of Heaven speaking to his man and telling him what to do. It was God speaking that told him the command in the whole part of this is very personal if you look in Ezra one, too.
He said God has given me all the kingdoms underlined the word me. Could I ask you to take that personal? I think you hear me talk about God gave us life and everything and you're like, yeah, I hope everybody gets that help him by understands that money is God's I hope I understands thought to be serving at we say that and it's like generic but it's ought to be personal it ought to be personally thought to be you ought to feel like yeah, you're right when it says that God has a plan.
He's talking about me. Some of you might be sitting here saying well, I wonder what he's going to do. My grandson's life or what are we going to do? My son's life. What about that guy over there? He were God really needs to speak to him. That's not the picture here at all. It was personal. It was personal some preachers might say don't take this personally.
Let me say this. Please take it personally. I hope you take it personally God wants to use you. God wants you to go or God wants you to give so others can go. Remainders or Cinders God wants you to give or God wants you to go in verse 1 of chapter 1 verse 2. He said he's given me he's charged me.
He's given me he's charged me God spoke to me. When's the last time God spoke to you? When's the last time you asked God to speak to you? You know, you honestly we get so busy building our nest. And enjoying our stuff and we're so focused on everything down here that little do we think of what God's doing?
We're so focused on what I want and what my wife wants it what my kids want that we rarely think of what God wants
there would be some who were going to go. Look if you would at verse 3, and this is the question Cyrus steps after he says, all right guys, I'm given Freedom. Y'all can go build the temple. And he's saying to them some of y'all are going to want to go and some of y'all aren't going to go look if you would at verse 3, who is there among you of all the his people unlined now?
I'm not talking to people that don't know God. I'm not talking to people that aren't Hebrews who that Temple belongs to him. He's I'm talking to those that belong to this God who have his people his God be with him his God. So he's my God. Is he your God? Do you know if you died today? You'd go to heaven.
Do you know he's bought you with his blood on the cross of Calvary. Do you realize you belong to him that life's not about you, but it's about him. Is he your God? Is it personal his God let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah and Bill the house of God in Israel. He said who and he wants to go.
So Cyrus steps out and said that guys. I've been reading the Bible back over here and I'm I'm in the book of Jeremiah and and the words touched my heart and he told me that John's house in Jerusalem ought to be restored and it looks like the 70 years dropped the Jeremiah told him about time for y'all to go back and tell you what he just told me for y'all to go.
And so I need y'all to go. All right, I need somebody in this room to stand up say I'm going to go build the temple. I'll go do it. Who is it in this room? You're one of his people, you know, he's your God, you know, Jerusalem's your city, which I have you'd say for my God. I'll go do that and he asked them which one of you do it.
Here's what God is doing to us today. I'm his people. I mean y'all are his people say, hey man, I belong to him. Hey man, my money belongs to merely he says I which one of y'all do. He said go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature that was in Mark 16 last week. He said go and teach All Nations baptizing them in the name of the father and the son the Holy Ghost and the teaching them to observe all things whatsoever.
I command you lo I am with you to the end of the world and Acts chapter 1 and verse 8. He said that after this after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you you shall be Witnesses unto me and he said I guys go go see you need to take that. This room how to really have to deal with whether or not you should be going it ought to be a struggle for you to say.
Well if he wants the house built in Jerusalem, maybe I ought to go it ought to be that you would be going I think maybe I ought to go and if at the end of it you might end up saying I don't think I ought to but I really thought about it instead of here's what you just did go. No, no. Go has nothing to do with me when you say go I hear no,
but you never even thought about it. You never even considered that you might see people being saved that you might see churches being started that you might see God doing something great with you. You never even considered it chapter one in verse 3 said who will go and then he said this you'll know you'll know look at chapter 1 and verse 5.
What chapter 1 verse 5 he said then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites will all them. Look whose Spirit. God had raised to go. So something happened when Cyrus walked out there and said, hey guys guys. God wants me to get that temple built back in Jerusalem for him.
God was me take care of that. And here's what God wants to do. God want some of y'all to go and the second that happens some of the people in the room where I think I'd like to do that. I'll go if I knew how to do it. I knew what to do and you can show me what yeah. Yeah. Oh, yeah. I'd like to go.
I remember as a little boy and a little Southern Baptist Church. I went to as a boy. The son of the Vacation Bible School teachers, you know, they were real old ladies like 35 and 40. I mean when your 335 is really old. Amen zolder my mama and. A my age now, that's my daughters. But anyway, but anyway, I remember them old ladies talking about other little books a little quarterly things they read from and they talked about this place in Africa where the chief and come out of the back way back jungles, and he come to the city and he walked up to a missionary and he said to the Miss Sherry.
We need a missionary. We somebody come preach the gospel to us. We need somebody to come tell us about Jesus and the minister and he said well, we don't have enough preachers and we have enough Miss Chase. Sorry we can't get to you. I remember thinking man. I'm like seven years old 6 years old and I remember thinking I'd go I'd go and little did.
I know that I would go that I did go and I enjoy going but as a little boy, I thought that I was preaching in. I heard that I'm not story rang true in my life. All those years. I was preaching a naughty keep up. We had dozens of churches going around the city and around the country and people out in the country how we started churches out there.
We were starting a church there where we could have one day this that somebody came up to my office and they said. There's a little lady wants to talk to you and I said, okay, so they brought her in the office and she was a she was a catch we Stone which is basically another Indian language that was spoken in the country, but she spoke enough Spanish to talk to me and she came in the room and she said missionary we want a missionary
I said man, that's fantastic. I said this reminded me of when I was little kid I said I said, well, we don't have any Mysteries how have enough I'm sitting everywhere. I can't now. I'm doing everything I can to cover every place I can I just don't have enough number when she left through my sister thinking I heard this.
I was seven years old now, I've lived it but I think God might stir up your heart. I think you might be older than you think you ought to be but you could if you wanted to God could use you but then he said there's some of you are going to go now. That's the majority of us. We're remainders. We stay here.
We stay in our house. I'm going to sleep in my bed tonight and just a few minutes. I'm going to get my car and drive to my house. I remain here. I am not having to deal with China. I'm not having to deal with Chinese. I'm not having to worry about my Visa. I've not had any immigration official visit my house in the last 12 years.
I've lived here not a one. I have not even had to worry about I did have of language problem here at this church when we were starting to church. Some of the people's told me you say wash wash. You see I trained myself. They said to me they said how come you always say wash aside from Tennessee?
Give me a break. And so they said well, it doesn't sound good. So I've said to practice and I for a long time when I preach I should I go. Why - because I want to make sure I said that's the only language difficulty. I've had recently. I can't hear you when you talk some does but other than that, that's not funny.
It's even worse when some of you say, well once you get to here Nate, why don't you shut up Ezra chapter 1 and verse 4. It wasn't funny. It was painful Ezra chapter 1 and verse 4 whosoever remaineth whose trouble remains in any place. Where he sojourns where he lives now, the interesting thing about sojourn is a that's an old-fashioned word and you don't get it but it's basically like where you camping out.
It ain't where you really live. And if you were a good Christian, you know, this world is not your home. You're just a passing through your Treasures are supposed to be laid up somewhere beyond the blue it basically all of us are in a motel room right now because you're either going to spend eternity in heaven.
Are you going to spend eternity in hell? And this is a temporary spot. Sojourners. He said so y'all are hanging around here. This is where you living right now and you're staying here. Let the men of his place. If you want to stay here where you're hanging out let the men that belong to this very area help that guy that's going with silver and with gold and with goods and with animals and Free Will offerings for the house of God.
That's in Jerusalem. Okay? Here's how you just what he did. Hey who go. All right, you're going you're going you're going you're going. All right. We got us some good. Let's go. Now then those of you that are staying we need to talk you want to stay is going to cost you you need to give so they can go just finished watching A History Channel of thing about Teddy Roosevelt and Teddy's daddy didn't sign up in a civil war because his wife was a southerner from Roswell, Georgia.
And he was a he was a Yankee and she said you cannot sign up in the war and kill my people and so he hired a substitute to go for him which was illegal thing. If you got enough money, you didn't have to go you just pay a soldier to go in your place. Basically Cyrus's saying, all right, you want to hang around here?
You better pay somebody to go in your place. Somebody you stay here. You need to be helping them that go look at it help them with silver helping with gold happen with Goods helping with Bistro animals and Free Will offers. Look at chapter US 1 verse 6. He said and they that were about them strengthen their hands.
That's what they did. They help them that were going to go with vessels of silver with gold with Goods with Beast and with precious things besides all that was willingly offered. They gave and they help them go the remainders. That's really what we're going to do in our faith promise conference.
We're going to hear about all that God's doing and they're the ones that live the adventure but we're the ones who fund the adventure they live at we pay for it. I just put my tithe tithing offering check in the offering plate just a second ago. It's always so funny. I saw on the front rolling on the pastor of the church and every week the ushers shove-it plate in my face.
Like I'm like, I want to give once a month. I'm a tightwad. I really a monthly check because I get paid monthly you were supposed to laugh at that was a joke. And now it's painful. You didn't laugh.
What are you doing to get the gospel around the world? How are you affecting things all over the. Who are you helping to go to the world? I mean, I know our church has paid us severe price. I know men are first like three or four song leaders all with the mission field people use come to me and say he signed him up you mr.
Or some everywhere. Is he going to be a missionary and your children's workers left and and different people left to go to the ministry, but we got to get the gospel to the world. And if you stick here, how are you impacting the world? What are you doing? How would you most hurt the United States military if you wanted to hurt them, you know, what you do?
You wouldn't kill the soldiers. You kill the bases the training bases and World War II and our people are going to attack Japan before they thought of the bomber while they were really thinking of it before they did. They sat down with Britain and decided it would take one and a half million people to take the island of Japan and they said within the first month over 300,000 will be killed and here's all we do.
You kill them will send some more to take your place. But if you really want to stop it, you'd stop where we train them, you know where we train people Church, you know where Miss Shares are born and raised and taught what to do. Church, you know where young man Shredder a lot to be missionaries church and as a church you and I have got to get behind getting the gospel to the world.
You are behind it. You are behind it. We get a more behind we could do a little bit more. Some of us aren't even given the truth is you haven't given a faith promise all year long you like it your all your like men I go to Vision by the church. That's a Missionary Church. But they somebody came into we're talking to me and they said yeah, he's heard of our church.
He knows about our missionary emphasis. Everybody knows about our missionary emphasis, but you're a part you're not a part. I mean five dollars if you have anywhere else to start sorrow $5, but you could do something to get the gospel around the world you ought to surrender to go and if you don't go you ought to give to go we got a job to do.
Understand we gave a quarter of a million dollars. So I'm not like I said up here going. I don't know how we going to get it done. You're getting it done morning church. I know of but then we got a lot more to do. We're not doing as much as we ought to do there are whole sections talking to one of them in the churches week Montreal no gospel witness.
Almost I'm going to go to I'm going to go to Montreal with him. We'll see what we can do. Let's get a missionary there. Not a break our hearts. So sorry starts up the conversation guys. I'm fixing to make an announcement here and my announcement is that y'all need to go back to Jerusalem and build the house and I'd reason I want to do that because God told me.
I was in the book of Jeremiah read the book of Jeremiah. My spirit was moved by the holy spirit of God. And so now make an approximation you guys I need you to go to Jerusalem and build his house. He told me to build that house. So I want y'all go by the way, I would give you all the stuff. We stole you can take it back now.
Not only that. I want to give you some money and give you some letters. I will help you. Get the job done. I want you to go do. And so who will go somebody stand up and say I'll go to Jerusalem and I'll build the temple. All right, that's great. Got all you that are going that's wonderful. Now the rest of you it's okay.
If you want to stay here. I need you to help them. I need you to help him. I need you give some money. I need you to do a work. I need to make a difference. I need you to help here. Would you help some would you give to help those missionaries go let the Lord deal with your heart to go or to give well let the Lord do with you, huh?
When's the last time you've been sensitive about that? When's the last time you've been saying I want what God wants. I want to honor God with my life. I want to honor God with what's going on in me. Today's that day some of you here in your like wasn't a big boy. What's up big deal about sending missionaries.
What's the big deal about sending the gospel around the world? That's probably because you don't know the gospel yet because it changes lives and you came to Vision today. You're worried down and burdened down by your sin. And though you put on a nice facade and though you look real good on the outside on the inside, you know, you're wrong and you know, you've sinned against the holy God and you know, that things aren't what they ought to be in your heart.
You know, that no one has to tell you you're not saved your sins are forgiven. You're still living with a load of guilt, but he loves you. The Bible says but God commended God showed. God manifest. God proved his love toward us and that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. He died for you.
He paid your sin debt, so you can go to heaven if I was clear you sinned against the holy God the wages of sin is death for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and the wages of that sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord he loves you. He wants to save you and today you can know Jesus today.
You can understand the free forgiveness of free. Pardon of all your sins. You can know that today. You can be saved. When I ask you to do that. Trust Christ today be saved be sure that you go to heaven. Some of you there aren't you're already saved, but y'all just renders. I'll be a missionary some of the others ought to say well, I'll pray about what God wants me to do, but I know I'm going to either go or give more don't you decide today?