Holy Ambition – To preach where Christ has not been named

John Piper focuses on 3 things which he says have direct implications on our lives, even if we may not see it. They are

  1. First, a holy ambition. Paul was controlled by a holy ambition to preach the gospel to those who had not heard the name of Jesus from Jerusalem to Illyricum (Albania today), and he would not turn from this ambition until it was fulfilled.
  2. Second, an immeasurable need. God doesn’t lead us into ambitions that are pointless—that you will regret at the end of your life. There is always a need to be met—not a need in God, but in the world—by a holy ambition. Holy ambitions are not about self-exaltation. They are always a form of love. They always meet someone’s need.
  3. Third, a global strategy. But some of you God is calling to join Paul personally and vocationally in this particular global strategy.

Here Piper gives the strategy for his own church in fulfilling the – ” great commission to make disciples of all nations is still valid and there are peoples today who do not know the gospel, therefore every church should pray that God raise up many frontier missionaries, and make all of us evangelists.”

You can read the entire sermon online at DesiringGod.org here- http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/holy-ambition-to-preach-where-christ-has-not-been-named

Romans 15:18–24

For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” 22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. 

 

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