We are reminded, over and over, that it is God's will that the Gospel be preached to all people (Matthew 28 and Mark 16) because God loves the WHOLE world (John 3:16).
Old Testament and New alike.
Ezekiel 18:23, “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” saith the Lord Jehovah, “and not rather that he should return from his way and live?” parallels 2 Peter 3:9, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
This week is being spent re-establishing relationships, bringing the Gospel message where ever we go. Strongholds in people's lives are being broken. The truth always wins.
Andy preached at the Arche (translated “the Ark”) last Sunday. The message was “Do You Understand What You Are Reading?” with the scripture from Acts 8:30. Psalm 3 uses the word “Sela” to urge the reader to stop and meditate on what was just read. As well, the reminder that God put the five ministry gifts (apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, and pastor) in the church to teach and edify for the perfecting of the saints from Ephesians 4:11-12 was used.
This coming Sunday, Gerhild is preaching at the Arche as well. Sermon title: “Welchen Namen hat dein Gott?” ? ? ?
In the meantime, we're enjoying Spring here in northern Germany. The flowers are in full bloom, even though it's quite cool in the evenings.