Beautiful bare feet for Jesus Romans 10:12 -15 Isaiah 52: 7,10
George Methodist Church
With Peter Veysie
Sunday 23rd February 2020
I have had quite an interesting week starting with a rescue on Sunday afternoon and obviously some real-life lessons that came from the experience mostly about being fishers of men quite literally and team work which is so critical to survival. We have an amazing NSRI and rescue team in the Garden route and a big shout out to them. I also realise that the Lord was giving me a picture of the fact that there are many people “drowning” in our world right now and crying out for help and that the church is and needs to be that place of rescue or we are doing something wrong.
John Wesley said that you have nothing more than to save souls and I took that quite literally on Sunday. But enough of that and moving on to the real heart of the message for today which is begin to comprehend the importance of being part of the global church and the key to our partnership is being those that bring good news and when we do this then our feet will look beautiful !!! No just kidding but it’s true that your entrance into someone else’s space will be glorious.
We need to be a walking breathing speaking church engaged deeply into our community.
- What does the global church look like at the moment? We can become so negative but just take a listen to this : John Ortberg Who is this man – who reminds us that our calendar is dated by the birth of Jesus, hospitals, schools and university are in existence because of the church. Many cities are named after great men and woman of the bible – San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose (Joseph)technology, music, inclusion of woman and children, great thinkers, justice and compassion Habitat for humanity, World Vision the Red Cross to name a few and we can go on and on… We name our children after biblical characters like Peter James John Thomas and we name our dogs after emperors like Caesar and Nero !!! The difference that the local church makes in partnership with the global church is profound provided that they are authentically preaching the gospel !!!!
- Enmity vs a great nation. The story at the beginning begins with a real picture of separation from God out of choosing to disobey Him Genesis 3:15 and then we see the Lord restoring the vision in Genesis 12: 2-3 declaring that they would be a great nation. Throughout history as much as we mess up, the Lord continues to pick us up dust us off and use us again for the fulfilment of his vision.
- God wants to build a great nation in new places In picking us up and using us there is a real desire in the heart of God, I believe, for His church to be looking again as to how to build in “NEW PLACES” My doctorate on hold – “Bridging the gap between the church of today and the world of tomorrow in an African Urban context.” Paul says this quite clearly in Romans 15:21-21 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.” Isaiah 52:15 (see Septuagint) The Message says “In such ways I have trailblazed a preaching of the Message of Jesus all the way from Jerusalem far into northwestern Greece. This has all been pioneer work, bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshiped. My text has been, those who were never told of him— they’ll see him! Those who’ve never heard of him— they’ll get the message!
- The power is in the feet of those who brings GOOD NEWS – Bear feet for Jesus. Isaiah 52:7,10. It is good news that we need to bring and not doom and gloom. Nothing changes when we moan, but something deeply changes when we are proactive and do something for Jesus. Verse 10 of Isaiah 52 “All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” Romans 10:12-15 New International Version – UK (NIVUK) 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ Paul’s passion needs to be our passion.
- Proclamation is so critical Matthew 24:14 “The gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed and then the end will come.” Let it burn in your heart as to how you will share the good news? We also need to know the importance of supporting others that are doing the work and mission work . John reminds us about this in 3 John 5-8 5 “Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[a] even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth”.
- Last but not least the Lord gives us a vision of the potential of the global impact of the church. It’s a powerful picture that the Lord gives to John and the church in Revelation 7: 9 and 10 9 “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.
May we be a church that identifies our place in the wider global church, and may we have feet that are beautiful to share the good news of our Lord to the poor. May we be a shining light to the nations.