A highlight from God's Plan for World Evangelism (Part 1)
Mark chapter 16 in your Bibles. Mark chapter 16, last chapter in the book, I believe. Mark chapter 16. God's plan for world evangelization. And I'm happy to say here this morning that he does have a plan. No FNS or buts about it. For world evangelization. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. So loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Okay? Let me ask the question, why is Trinity Baptist Church here? I could say a lot of negative things and then I would think of some more. Trinity Baptist Church here is not here just to make a name for itself, even though I might say that it has. It's not here to entertain people. It's here to carry out a tremendous commission that God has given us that we're going to read about here in just a moment. But it's tremendous and great responsibility that the Lord has given to us. It says it all right here in these verses I'm going to read this morning. Here in Mark 16, we're going to start reading in verse 15. And he said unto them, his disciples, who was following him, go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. And he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up servants or serpents. And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Would you bow with me in prayer? Heavenly Father, we thank you this morning for this opportunity just to stand here and open this precious book called the Bible, the Word of God. Lord, we thank you for this month already. Here it is, the first day, first Sunday, Lord, that we now have entered into our missions month. Father, I will first of all want to thank you for how you have used the Trinity Baptist Church down through the years in the area of missions. That's been made possible because of faithful people that have followed your leadership, your guidance, and have been obedient to doing their part in making this ministry what it is, and of course I believe it's going to grow. The sun never sets on the ministry of this church. We're so thankful we gave you all the honor, the glory, and the praise for it. And then Father, as Brother Shelton said, we do thank you for those visiting today. We thank you for every person that's here today. We pray for that person who may be here today, who's never trusted Christ. May this be that special day in their lives when they repent of sin and give their hearts to Christ. And then I'll pray, Lord, for the encouragement and strength of your people. And Lord, I think I said it, but I want to repeat myself, and I'm thankful that the church appreciates their pastor, but not any more than I appreciate every one of them. Thank you, God, for them and their faithfulness in doing what they're doing to make this church what the Bible says it ought to be, and even carrying out and doing what our passage reads we have read here this morning.