Ce e nou la PAGINA Florin Ianovici Predici – Biserica Betel-Crangasi, Bucuresti

Biserica Betel Crangasi

Predici noi ~ 2014 ~

Mesaj din ciclul de predici “Accesorii-

NOUL COMITET ALES AL COMUNITATII REGIONALE PENTICOSTALE BUCURESTI – Florin Ianovici – Presedinte (Septembrie 2014)

Comunitatea Bucuresti

Photo credit Costel Gramada

NOUL COMITET ALES

AL COMUNITATII REGIONALE PENTICOSTALE BUCURESTI

Florin Ianovici-presedinte,

Emil Mestereaga-vicepresedinte,

Mărcuţ Comariţa-secretar.

Membri de la dreapta la stanga: Nelu Floarea, Petre Veronel, Dan Eugen, Chelu Iulian, Costel Gramada, Ivan Stefan.

Mina Ianovici – Poezii, Mediatii, Indemnuri 2014

 

 

Photo credit Dan Damian (The Messengers) la Făget, Parcul Central

Florin Ianovici Turneu Evanghelizare

18 Iunie – 1 Iulie 2014

18 iunie (miercuri)- Pitești, Casa de Cultura, ora 19.00
19 iunie (joi)- Orșova, Sala de Sport a Școlii nr. 2, ora 18.00
20 iunie (vineri)- Făget, Parcul Central, ora 18.30
21 iunie (sâmbătă)- Sântana, jud. Arad, Parcul Central, ora 17.00
22 iunie (duminică)- Oradea, biserica penticostală Speranța, ora 09.00 Partea 2-a Jurnalul aici
22 iunie (duminică)- Târgu Mureș, Grădina de Vară, ora 19.00
24 iunie (marți)- Sibiu, Sala Transilvania, ora 19.00
25 iunie (miercuri)- Târgoviște, Casa de cultură, ora 18.30
26 iunie (joi)- Alexandria, Sala Polivalentă, ora 19.00
27 iunie (vineri)- Constanța, Casa de cultură, ora 19.00
28 iunie (sâmbătă)- Urziceni, Casa de cultură, ora 18.00
29 iunie (duminică)- Ploiești, Biserica Elim, ora 09.00
29 iunie (duminică)- Ploiești, Biserica penticostală Logos, ora 18.00
30 iunie (luni)- Giurgiu, Teatrul Tudor Vianu. ora 19.00
01 iulie (marți)- București, biserica penticostală Betel, ora 18.00

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În fiecare zi vă vom avea jurnalul de misiune!

Dumnezeu să ne ajute!

Florin Ianovici

Florin Ianovici – Construind Vieti

Florin Ianovici – Experiente cu Dumnezeu si Implicarea in Slujire

FLORIN IANOVICI – Jurnal din calatorie in Australia –
Predici de la Cea de a
XII-a Conferinta a Bisericilor Penticostale
Ianuarie 30 – 2 Februarie, 2014 Sydney – AUSTRALIA
+ Perth & Adelaide, Australia

CITESTE

  1. Jurnal de calatorie Pastorului Florin Ianovici – Sydney
  2. Jurnal din calatorie Perth & Adelaide 23 feb 2014

Florin Ianovici: mesaje scurte, scrise, din predici (postarile noi vor fi in top)

  1. Mina IanoviciAI MILĂ, DOAMNE, DE ROMÂNIA!
  2. Florin Ianovic – Cantati fratilor, sa ploua!
  3. Florin Ianovici – Un ghiocel
  4. Florin Ianovici povesteste – Am avut un singur moment in viata cand am vrut sa ma las de Dumnezeu
  5. Florin Ianovici – Iubirea nu imbatraneste
  6. Mina Ianovici –  CONSTRUIEŞTE CU CĂRĂMIZILE TALE
  7. Florin Ianovici – Cum te face Satana iubitor de bani
  8. Florin Ianovici – Baietilor, in vecii vecilor, sa nu va jucati cu inima cuiva
  9. Mina IanoviciALTĂ MELODIE (Poezie)
  10. Florin Ianovici – Goliat are aliati in biserica
  11. Mina Ianovici – DUŞMANUL DE AFARĂ VREA ÎNĂUNTRU
  12. Florin Ianovici – Nu stati sa castigati oamenii care va dispretuiesc
  13. Florin Ianovici – Ce inseamna credinta
  14. Florin Ianovici – Boala de inima pe care sa o eviti
  15. Florin Ianovici – Ce inseamnă milostenia? Povestea copilaşului sărac
  16. Florin Ianovici – Niciodata plasma nu o sa-ti spuna : Ce drag imi esti!
  17. Florin Ianovici povesteste – Cum am ajuns eu pastor la Toflea
  18. Florin Ianovici – Lumea e un fel de teatru, fiecare este un actor…
  19. Florin Ianovici povesteste – Tata, cu mine ai vorbit ???

O noua serie de predici  pentru 2014 ‘Adu-ti aminte…’

Florin Ianovici – Urare de Anul Nou ~ 2014 ~

Psalmii 8:3 “Când privesc cerurile – lucrarea mâinilor Tale – luna şi stelele pe care le-ai făcut, îmi zic: Ce este omul, ca să Te gândeşti la el? Şi fiul omului, ca să-l bagi în seamă?”

  1. Ma rog sa ma pot ruga cu o inima insetata de dorul de a auzi glasul tau Parinte!
  2. Ma rog sa pot citi la lumina focului Duhului Sfant cuvintele aducatoare de viata din Sfanta ta Carte!
  3. Ma rog sa faci din inima un portativ de note ceresti pentru ca sa cobori la mine in susurul bland al laudelor!
  4. Ma rog sa faci din mainile mele steaguri de biruinta, paine pentru saraci, haine pentru cei goi, mangaiere pentru cei uitati, balsam pentr cei raniti!
  5. Ma rog sa faci din picioarele mele solii de pace, iertare si iubire dumnezeiasca!
  6. Ma rog sa fiu parinte si copil, sot si prieten, slujitor si rob, frate intre frati si semenul celui cazut intre talhari!
  7. Ma rog sa fiu purtator si nu aducator de cruce, exclamatie si nu semn de intrebare!
  8. Ma rog tie, Dumnezeule, sa onorez slava si cinstea cu care ne-ai incununat si sa nu ma las jefuit de suflet, vise si bucuria mantuirii!

As vrea sa ne rugam impreuna!

Florin Ianovici – Urare de Anul Nou ~ 2014 ~

Ianovici Sala Palatului 2013Urare pentru voi si pentru mine!

Ieremia 2:5 “Aşa vorbeşte Domnul: „…s-au depărtat de Mine şi au mers după nimicuri, şi au ajuns ei înşişi de nimic?” 2 Tesaloniceni 3:11 “Auzim însă că unii dintre voi trăiesc în neorânduială, nu lucrează nimic, ci se ţin de nimicuri.”

Nimicul si derizoriul sunt plagile care ucid sufletul. E trendul societatii si ocupatia de baza. Lucrurile grave ale vietii sunt bagatelizate prin amatorism iar lucruile ieftine sunt ridicate la rang de virtuti.

Sufocati de deseuri muzicale, tinute ridicole, cosmetizari stridente, innebuniti de asaltul fara precedent al placerilor, viata insasi a devenit o fataiala fara sens intre zilele care se scurg cu repeziciune. Ce lasi in urma aceea iti va sta inainte!

E un murmur, un suspin continuu al Duhului Sfant pe care il aud zilnic: ,,fugiti de nimicuri si truditi pentru comorile vesnice!” Viata e pretioasa pentru ca are zile putine, de aceea rascumparati vremea!

Sensul vietii, designul sufletului, greutatea valorica e descoperita doar de Biblie, simtita doar in rugaciune si traita doar in fapta credintei. Orice altceva te nauceste, te fura si te arunca in vartejul derizoriului.

Luptati pentru credinta data sfintilor o data pentru totdeauna! Luptati cu palmele crapate, cu talpi insangerate, cu lacrimi in ochi, cu rani deschise, cu sufletul ars de cuvintele credintei…numai luptati!

Cine nu stie pentru ce trebuie sa moara, nu merita sa traiasca! Muriti fata de voi insiva pentru ca nimicul sa nu va fure viata vesnica.

Filipeni 3:8 “Pentru El am pierdut toate şi le socotesc ca un gunoi, ca să câştig pe Hristos”

Va multumesc pentru dragostea si rabdarea voastra fata de mine!
Anul 2014 sa ne fie plin de Hristos!

Predici ~~ 2013 ~~

Craciun la Sala Palatul Copiilor Bucuresti
15 Decembrie cu Ramona si Catalin Lup

Mesaj de Craciun 2013 

Ianovici sala palatului 2013FLORIN IANOVICI: Iubitii Domnului, vreau sa inchei aceasta seara, in care din toata inima as dori sa va multumesc. M-am gandit de multe ori ca un oras atat de mare ca Bucurestiul, capitala tarii, merita mai multa lumina. Si as vrea ca acesta sa fie un inceput, un drum pe care sa-l parcurgem impreuna. Obisnuiesc sa fac un lucru. Port cu mine o scrisoare. Cand imi este foarte greu, uneori datorita mie, alteori datorita semenilor, citesc aceasta scrisoare.

E vorba despre un tanar care se afla intr-un spital de boli nervoase. Doctorii i-au spus ca sansele lui sa se faca bine sunt minime. Pana in ziua, cand umbland pe internet a gasit o predica. A ascultat-o. La sfarsitul acelei predici, mesagerul respectiv spunea, “E adevarat ce spun eu?” La care, el din pat a strigat, “Da!” Si mesagerul a continuat spunand, “Atunci, ce mai stai? Ingenuncheaza, puneti viata in mana lui Dumnezeu si lasa-te cu totul in mana lui.” A coborat din pat, a ingenuncheat. Mi-a scris ca un om liber. Mi-a scris ca un om vindecat, caci Hristosul nostru este viu si Dumnezeul nostru are toata puterea in cer si pe pamant. M-am gandit sa va fac o urare, cu care dumneavoastra, la randul dumneavoastra sa puteti intampina pe oameni:

Isaia 61:1-2 – ,,Duhul Domnului Dumnezeu este peste Mine, căci Domnul M’a uns să aduc veşti bune celor nenorociţi: El M’a trimes să vindec pe cei cu inima zdrobită, să vestesc robilor slobozenia, şi prinşilor de război izbăvirea; 2 să vestesc un an de îndurare al Domnului,”

Oriunde veti merge, sa spuneti ca in seara aceasta ati stat in prezenta aceluia care a coborat ‘logosul’ (Cuvantul) si s-a facut om, pentru ca eu si tu sa devenim cuvantul Lui. Cel mai mare miracol s-a infaptuit. S-a deschis cerul si a coborat Dumnezeu. Si-a luat chip de om, ca noi sa devenim cuvintele Sale. Stiti ce am remarcat? Biblia spune ca celui sarac sa-i vestesti evanghelia. M-am mirat. Credeam ca celor saraci trebuie sa le duc de mancare. Credeam ca celor saraci trebuie sa le duc paine sau haine. Dar stiti ce am inteles? Ca cei saraci se simt umiliti, stingheri. Se simt izolati. Si in aceasta seara, pentru toti cei saraci in felul acesta, am o veste. Dumnezeu te iubeste. Evanghelia este vestea ca nu esti singur. Evanghelia este vestea ca esti iubit, ca ai un tata, ca cerul nu este gol. Privind in sus, de fiecare data, poti sa spui, “Sunt iubit de Dumnezeu.” Va indemn, iubitii Domnului, nu pentru ca este sarbatoare, ci pentru ca asa se cade, sa dam drumul celor apasati.

V-au facut rau? Iertati-i. V-au intristat? Iertati-i. V-au intors spatele? Cautati-i. Si spuneti-le ca v-ati intalnit cu Acela care niciodata nu si-a inchis usa indurarii. Cu acela, care chemandu-L, a raspuns, “Sunt aici langa tine.” Orbilor, sa le vestiti ca exista ceva de vazut pe pamantul acesta. Iubitii Domnului, va rog sa nu priviti gunoaiele, va rog sa nu priviti ceea ce nu merita privit. Priviti-va copiii si multumiti lui Dumnezeu. Priviti-va sotul sau sotia daca aveti si multumiti lui Dumnezeu. Priviti acoperisul si deasupra capului si spuneti, “Laudat sa fie Domnul.” Daca aveti paine pe masa, multumiti lui Dumnezeu. E ceva de vazut pe pamantul acesta. In seara aceasta v-am vazut pe voi si asta mi-a hranit sufletul.

Sa fim oameni si sa devenim cuvintele lui Dumnezeu. Oriunde te duci, sa binecuvantezi. Oriunde te duci, sa ai o vorba buna. Oriunde te duci, sa stii sa vorbesti in asa fel incat  lumina lui Dumnezeu sa rasara. Oriunde te duci, sa fii o mireasma de viata. Oriunde te duci, sa fii o frantura din cer. Ajuta-ne Doamne. Vezi COLINDE si POZE aici. Video – inventivstudio

Seria Despre Libertate (Oct/Noi)

1 Corinteni 6:20 “Căci aţi fost cumpăraţi cu un preţ…!”

  1. Libertatea mea este una rascumparata. Adica sunt liber dar nu sunt al meu ca sa fac tot ce vreau eu…! Libertatea mea inseamna pret (Hristos) nu valoare (eu).
  2. Libertatea mea e bucuria vietii vesnice care a rupt lantul fricii de moarte. Ce poate sa ucida pe cineva care nu poate fi ucis?
  3. Libertatea mea e libertatea de a iubi in Hristos cat ma tine inima. Apostolul Pavel spunea ca inima poate fi largita daca vrei…! La ce foloseste libertatea daca nu poti fi liber?
  4. Libertatea mea e libertatea de a sluji semenii in Hristos pana la a fi turnat ca o jertfa de bautura. In fond ceasul spune: ,,clipa plecarii e aproape…!” Sunt liber sa imi aleg felul de povara…!
  5. Libertatea mea e libertatea de a da socoteala de nadejdea care este in mine. Inainte de libertatea cuvintelor e libertatea faptelor. Ce folos sa vorbesti de libertate daca nu faptuiesti intru libertate?
  6. Libertatea m-a descatusat de patimi si mi-a redat pasiunea chiar daca aceasta imi aduce patimire!

Trag cu nesat in piept aerul rugaciunii in timp ce ochii poposesc bucurosi pe filele Sfintei Scripturi. Sunt liber, liber, liber…! Pantofii ma asteapta cuminti pe hol sa calatorim in faptele bune ale credintei pregatite de Tatal ceresc.

Multumesc Hristoase, Fiul lui Dumnezeu!

Photo Biserica Betel Vasile Oprea si Grupul Rugul Aprins 12 Noiembrie 2013

Florin Ianovici la Nasul TV Iunie 2013

Conferinta la Biserica Agape Atena din Grecia 14-17 Martie:

  1. Florin Ianovici – O gradina mai frumoasa ca a Edenului 14 Martie 2013
  2. Florin Ianovici – Casatoria si ce Invatam la Cruce 15 Martie 2013
  3. Florin Ianovici – Cand s-a departat Duhul Domnului 16 Martie 2013

La Biserica Agape Atena Grecia Martie 2013 (sursa F. Ianovici FB)

Ianovici Atena

Conferinta la Biserica Poarta Cerului  Suedia 29-31 Martie:

  1. Florin Ianovici – Ce spune Ghetimani?
  2. Florin Ianovici – Toiagul nostru (povesteste de momentul cand a devenit pastor)
  3. Florin Ianovici – Locul nostru in slujire
  4. Florin Ianovici – Luptele din umbra
  5. Florin Ianovici – Iubirea Sfintilor e diferita 
  6. Florin Ianovici – Cum sa murim bine 

ianovici 26 martie 2013 rodiagnusdei

PREDICI AUDIO (de ascultat) de la CIRESARII

Intrebarile fundamentale ale vietii
Cine ti-a spus ca esti gol?
Unde este fratele tau?
Ce mi-ai facut?

Ganduri de rugaciune
Apa proaspata pentru cel obosit I
Apa proaspata pentru cel obosit II

F. Ianovici tin betelphoto – Daniel Hutuleac Facebook Tineret Biserica Betel

~ 2012 ~

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In Austria-Conferinta Tineretului 24-25 Noiembrie

  1. Florin Ianovici – (1) Nihil Sine Deo, Nimic fara Dumnezeu (24 Noi) AUSTRIA
  2. Florin Ianovici – (2) Setea de fericire (24 Noi) AUSTRIA
  3. Florin Ianovici – (3) Ce ne invata gradina Ghetsimani- Ai voie sa fi trist, singur si sa spui: Nu mai pot AUSTRIA
  4. Florin Ianovici – (4) Hristos, asa cum este El (25 Noi) AUSTRIA

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Radio Interviu cu Florin Ianovici (90 min)

~ 2011 ~

~ PREDICI  Video 2010 si mai vechi~

Interviu realizat de Luiza Ghica. via http://credo.tv

O Prezentare de Tudor Petan de la AlfaOmegaTV – Florin Ianovici pentru prima data la studioul AlfaOmegaTV (filmarea la Biserica Betel, Bucuresti).

  • Virsta de 42 ani, nascut in Onesti, Judetul Bacau si este stabilit la Bucuresti.
  • Sotul lui Mina si tata la doua fetite
  • De profesie e jurist. A fost avocat la Bucuresti dar s-a suspendat ca sa fie Pastor
  • Pastor al Bisericii Betel Crangasi de 8 ani de zile
  • Conduce o organizatie caritabila “Viata si Lumina” care se ocupa de copii orfani si in care adaposteste , hraneste si poarta de grija la 230 de copii.
  • Profesor la Scoala de Predica Ciresarii
  • Cu lucrare misionara, prin turnee, prin Romania cu predicari Romani.
  • Mai are inca citeva preocupari academice si in Martie 2012 va sustine teza de doctorat.

 Repere ale credintei crestine

Interviul lui Tudor Petan (de la studioul AlfaOmegaTV) cu Pastorul Florin Ianovici incepe la minutul 10.  In primele 10 minute – formatia Eklesia din Bistrita – lauda si inchinare cu cintarea “Toate le-ai creat”.

Subiectul Partea 2-a a interviului este cu Pastorul si liderul Bisericii Betel din Bucuresti, initiatorul si liderul pe care la folosit Dumnezeu ca sa porneasca o lucrare atipica, oarecum in afara cutiutei activitatilor religioase din Bucuresti si din Romania in general- Lucrarea tineretului la Biserica Betel, unde participa tineri din diferite denominatii (Crestini dupa Evanghelie, Ortodocsi,Baptisti) impreuna in fiecare Marti seara si unde se investeste in tineri prin pregatirea lor pentru a predica.

De notat – Pastorul Ianovici se adreseaza liderilor/predicatorilor la minutul 35 despre

  1. Chemare     2.  Viziune si   3.  Zdrobire

La minutul 40 urmeaza secventa dintr-o predica de la Seara de Tineret din 6 Decembrie, 2011 care se poate viziona integral aici.

Din predica – “Nu mai cautati metode rafinate; vestiti Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu. Voi sunteti chivotele lui Dumnezeu. Daca vrem sa avem impact noi trebuie sa facem un singur lucru- sa fim plini de Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu, Eu nu trebuie sa produc inteligenta sau cuvinte extraordinare cind Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu este plin de viata. La Cuvintul Lui, El insusi implineste ce a promis. De aceia Biserica are putere pentru ca Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu este in noi.

Foarte putini oameni cunosc Cuvintul lui Dumnzeu. Suntem naivi sa credem ca Il cunoastem pe Dumnezeu fara sa citim ceia ce a scris El in Cuvintul Lui. Relatia in Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu este relatia Cu Dumnezeu. Cuvintul are si mare putere impotriva celui rau. In momentul in care spui Cuvintul lui Dumnezeu el pleaca. Cuvintul Lui sa fie scris la noi in inima.” Predica este la Biserica Penticostala din Uricani.

 Unde este puterea?

 

Florin Ianovici – Întâmplare cotidiană

Photo credit http://www.yanidel.com

Ne-a binecuvantat Dumnezeu cu zile de toamna blande si frumoase!

Georgiana trecea prin fata parcului cand a zarit privirea unei femei care sedea pe o banca. Ceva din aceea privire a facut-o sa se aseze langa ea. A intrebat-o de sanatate. Era vaduva de o luna, cu doi copii mari handicapati, fara nicio bucata de paine, care in 30 de zile trebuia sa paraseasca casa.

Georgiana, avocat de profesie, a rugat-o sa mai intarzie cateva minute intrucat ea se va duce sa scoata bani de la bancomat ca sa ii vina in ajutor. Dar inainte ea a simtit puternic imboldul sa se roage pentru vaduva. I-a cerut permisiunea si s-a rugat. Cuvintele ei izvorate din inima lui Dumnezeu au atins inima acelei fiinte zdrobite de durere. I-a marturisit ca hotarase sa isi ia viata dar ca aceea rugaciunea si prezenta Georgianei au incredintat-o de faptul ca Dumnezeu nu o va lasa. Luptam acum pentru o rezolvare a acestei situatii…!

Cad frunzele si la fel si mila lui Dumnezeu se revarsa zilnic! Priviti pomii dar mai ales oamenii. Ei nu trebuie sa moara…!

sursa Facebook Toamna 2013

Despre voia lui Dumnezeu in viata  (2 ore)

Florin Ianovici la Speranta TV 15 Ian 2013

Ce este ‘Binecuvantarea lui Dumnezeu’ 

Get Wisdom (2) Walk in Wisdom: Seize the Moment

 

by John Piper. You can listen to the audio for this sermon here at www.desiringGod.org

This is the second in a series of messages under the theme “I am God Almighty: Be Fruitful and Multiply.” Those are the words of God to Jacob in GENESIS 35:11. I suggested last week that the logic of those words is just like the logic of the words of Jesus in MATTHEW 28:18–19, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me; go therefore and make disciples.”

“All authority has been given to me” corresponds to “I am God Almighty.” And “Go therefore and make disciples” corresponds to “Be fruitful and multiply.” In other words, the people of God are an evangelizing, persuading, recruiting, missionary people because God is God Almighty and Jesus is the absolute authority in the universe.

Christianity Is an Evangelistic Way of Life

There is a necessary place for religious pluralism in this fallen age because true Christianity can only spread without coercion. “My kingdom is not of this world . . . if it were my disciples would fight with the sword.” We must make room for other faiths to have free expression because faith in Christ cannot be forced. But there is no ultimate pluralism. No eternal pluralism—because God is God Almighty, and Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. There are no parallel gods and therefore no parallel faiths. There is one true God and one Lord, Jesus Christ. In the age to come all that have rejected the true God and his Son Jesus Christ will be judged by God and cast out of the kingdom (MATTHEW 8:12). “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life” (1 JOHN 5:12).

Therefore Christianity has from the very beginning been an aggressively evangelistic way of life—for the sake of life, and love. Jesus commanded it as his parting passion for the church: “Go and make disciples.” He said just before he ascended into heaven, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses” (ACTS 1:8). The early disciples of the Lord had this word burning in their hearts, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (JOHN 20:21). So they took up their cross and laid down their lives to be fruitful and multiply.

The result recorded in the book of Acts is amazing.

  • ACTS 2:41: “There were added that day about three thousand souls.”
  • ACTS 4:4: “The number of the men came to be about five thousand.
  • ACTS 5:14: “All the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number.”
  • ACTS 6:1: “At this time . . . the disciples were increasing in number.”
  • ACTS 6:7: “The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly.”
  • ACTS 9:31: “The church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace . . . [and] continued to increase.”
  • ACTS 12:24: “The word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.”
  • ACTS 16:5: “So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.”

This is what Jesus had meant when he said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (MATTHEW 4:19). As the Father sent me to seek and to save those who are lost, so I send you.

 

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The Need for a Wake Up Call

From time to time in the life of the church there needs to be a wake up call to some simple and central and basic things. One of these is: Christianity is a converting religion. It is evangelistic. It is persuasive and expansive and missionary. It is not coercive. It does not use the sword, manipulation, or brainwashing. But it does proclaim, and persuade and plead and pray. And where this is not believed and practiced, Christianity ceases to be Christianity and starts to become another religion with another king who no longer says, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply.” When we lose a passion to see people won over to Jesus, we lose Jesus.

Christianity is a soul-winning, out-reaching, mind-persuading, heart-entreating, rescuing, missionary faith, or it is not true Christianity. We need to be reminded of this, because it is almost incredible how listless we can become while calling ourselves Christians. Little by little our whole orientation can become inward. We can go for months and years and not think about those who perish. We become so dull and spiritually callous that we don’t even ask if we believe in hell or lostness or the preciousness of Christ and the power of the cross and the freeness of the gospel and the command of Jesus. We just go about our in-house religious business like a medical clinic that sees fewer and fewer patients and has more and more staff meetings, until there is nothing left but a smooth running program for the doctors and nurses and their families. That is what happens to many churches.

So this series is a wake up call for us. “I am God Almighty, says the Lord, be fruitful and multiply.” The first word in our Mission Statement is “Spreading“—”Spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things.” And the last word in our Mission statement is “peoples“—” . . . for the joy of all peoples.” So the word from the Lord in these days is, “I am God Almighty; do that!

Today’s word from the Lord comes from COLOSSIANS 4:2–6.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude ofthanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; 4 in order that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. 5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.

In verses 3–4 Paul has his own evangelistic ministry in mind, and in verses 5–6 he has the outreach of the ordinary Christians in Colossae in mind. This morning and this evening we will focus on verses 5 and 6 and our calling to evangelize outsiders.

The Necessity of Prayer in Gospel Spreading

But let me say a word about verses 3 and 4. Don’t miss the utter necessity of prayerin the spread of the gospel. Paul pleads for prayer from ordinary Christians. A fruitful and multiplying band of disciples will be a praying band. Do you pray for the gospel to advance and triumph?

Paul asks for two things, one external in the situation outside himself, the otherinternal to his own soul.

Pray for an Open Door for the Word

In verse 3 he asks them to pray “for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ.” In other words God will create opportunities for the gospel to be heard in response to prayer. He will open doors for speaking. He will take down iron curtains. He will cause earthquakes in prisons. Barnabas asked at the breakfast table this week, “When Paul was arrested and beat up in Philippi, why didn’t he tell them he was a Roman citizen instead of waiting until he was in jail for a night?” I said, I don’t know, but it may be that God had a jailer he wanted to reach with the gospel, and so he simply blocked Paul’s mind for a few hours, until the door for the gospel was literally thrown open by an earthquake. Pray for doors to open. That’s Paul’s plea for external help through prayer.

Pray for Courage and Clarity

But there is a plea for something internal in verse 4. He says, “[Pray] that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.” This is not a prayer about the external situation of doors opening. This is a prayer about the courage and clarity of Paul’s heart and mind. Pray that something happen in me so that my speaking will be courageous and clear and open and powerful.

Both are needed. What good is an open door if no one has the courage or the clarity to go through it and speak? And what good is courage and clarity if all the doors are slammed shut on the people who need the Word? Therefore pray, pray, pray. O may we be a praying people! Would some of you please join me at 6:00 PM in the prayer room Wednesdays? (And others Monday morning 7:00 AM, and Tuesday morning 6:30 AM, and Friday morning 6:30 AM, and Sunday morning 8:15 AM.)

Five Questions About Verses 4 and 5

But for the rest of this morning, and then again this evening, I want to focus our attention on verses 4 and 5.

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.

There are five things here that call for explanation and application and—I hope—exultation.

  1. What does it mean (literally) to “walk in wisdom toward those outside”? What is this wisdom? What is it’s aim and origin?
  2. What does it mean to “make the most of [literally: purchase] the opportunity”? What is the opportunity and how do you purchase it?
  3. How do you “let your speech always be with [or in] grace”?
  4. What does it mean to be “seasoned with salt”?
  5. How do you “know how to respond to each person”? Why does he assume that people will say things that need to be responded to?

That’s what I want us to think about from this text, and it will take us both this morning and this evening to do it. In fact we will only cover the first this morning and the other four tonight.

1.”Walk in Wisdom Toward Outsiders”

Let’s start with 4:5a, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders.” What does it mean (literally) to “walk in wisdom toward those outside,” that is, toward those outside the fellowship of believers, outside the church? Let’s ask three questions: What is the goal of this wisdom—what does it aim to accomplish? What is the origin of this wisdom—where does it come from; how do you get it? And what is the path of this wisdom—what does it look like?

1.1. The Goal of Walking in Wisdom

Wisdom is the use of knowledge to reach worthy goals. You can know lots of things—be a Ph.D.—and be very unwise. Having knowledge and using knowledge are very different. Wisdom is being able to take what you know and make use it to reach worthy goals. So wisdom has worthy goals in view. Now what is the goal of walking in wisdom toward outsiders?

Wisdom aims at winning outsiders to Christ. There are two remarkable texts in the Old Testament that connect wisdom with this goal. PROVERBS 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.” “He who is WISE wins souls.” The aim of wisdom is to win over (literally: “take” as in spiritual conflict) the souls of those who reject God and his Word and his Son. One writer said, “A soul is a kingdom. As many as we can bring back to God are so many kingdoms reconquered” (Quesnel, quoted in Charles Bridges, Proverbs, p. 130).

So the goal of wisdom in PROVERBS 11:30 is to win souls. Here’s the way Daniel puts it in DANIEL 12:3: “Those who have insight [= are wise] will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” The goal of the wise—the goal of true wisdom—is to lead people to righteousness. And we know now that Christ is our righteousness (1 CORINTHIANS 1:30). So the goal of wisdom is to lead people to Christ.

1.2. The Path of Walking in Wisdom

What does this wisdom look like when it is happening? There is a good example of what this wisdom looks like in part in 1 THESSALONIANS 4:11–12 where Paul is again teaching about how to act toward outsiders: “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you; 12 so that you may behave properly toward outsiders [= walk in wisdom] and not be in any need.” Notice the key phrases: “attend to your own business,” “work with your hands,” “not be in any need.”

In other words walking in wisdom towards outsiders here means, Work hard, be competent, don’t meddle, and don’t be lazy and dependent on others for your livelihood. In other words, don’t give people the argument that Christianity makes people lazy or nosy or incompetent or unproductive. Walking in wisdom means living so as not to bring reproach on the faith. Wisdom takes note of the manners and social customs of the community and avoids offensive and rude behavior. It “adorns” the gospel, as Paul says in TITUS 2:10. It reinforces it. Or, as he says in 1 CORINTHIANS 13:5, “Love does not act unbecomingly.” Instead it acts wisely and does not offend customs and mores and cultural expectations that are not sinful.

We will see more tonight how wisdom actually looks when we take up the phrases, “make the most of the opportunity,” and “let your speech always be with grace,” and “be seasoned with salt,” and “know how to respond to each person.” All those spell out more fully what it is to walk in wisdom. But we turn now finally to the question of the origin of our wisdom toward outsiders.

1.3. The origin of Walking in Wisdom

If you say, Yes, that is what I want; I want to know how to walk in wisdom toward outsiders and win people to Christ, then you need to know where to turn for the wisdom.

Paul gives one essential answer earlier in this letter, COLOSSIANS 3:16, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another.” Wisdom comes from letting the Word of Christ dwell richly within you. None of us is spiritually wise by nature. We are foolish until we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. And Paul says that happens by the Word of Christ richly dwelling in us. “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom.

When I stop and ponder what we’ve seen it amazes me again that the way to live the Christian life boils down again and again to earnest prayer and extended meditation on the Word of God. In verses 3 and 4 Paul pleads for prayer and shows us that external doors open and internal resources rise in answer to prayer. Then in verse 4 he says that we are to walk in wisdom toward outsiders. The goal is to win their souls; one of the means is to live exemplary lives before them, and the origin this wisdom is from letting the Word of Christ dwell richly in us. In other words prayer for the power of God and meditation on the Word of God are the key.

This is not all. There is more—some very important things yet to be said in verses 4 and 5. But this is key. Are you asking the Lord to open doors? Political doors. Family doors. Heart doors. Are you asking him for courage and clarity? Are you letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly? Richly! Lots of it. Lingering over it. Meditating on it. Feeding your soul, until you are rich with the wisdom of Jesus. You start to think the way he thinks. You catch onto how he would respond in a situation because you have pondered his reactions so often and so richly. You find words for outsiders because you have listened to Jesus’ words so much.

I close with a pastoral plea and prayer: pray for the goal of wisdom in your life and go to the origin of wisdom in your life. The goal of wisdom is to win souls and lead people to the righteousness that is in Jesus. The origin of this wisdom is to let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. Pray and meditate. Pray and meditate. Pray and meditate.

© Desiring God

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