How does Voice of the Martyrs serve the Persecuted Church?

Hebrews 13:3 

Remember those who are in prison,
as though in prison with them,
and those who are mistreated,
since you also are in the body.

wurmbrandThe Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church. The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today through the following main purposes:

Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3:

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

VOM’s Five Main Purposes

  1. To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
  3. To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
  4. To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
  5. To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

VOM’s Mission Statement

“Serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.”

Voice of the Martyrs  https://www.persecution.com/
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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. 

 

J. D. Greear – Advance ’13 Conference Message

Photo via www.advance13.com

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In Matthew 28 Jesus gives the great commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the again.” These are our marching orders. This commission is to be the primary thing by which we evaluate  any of our success as leaders in God’s church. The core of this great commission is making disciples. And making disciples implies two different kinds of growth: Width and depth. This group of 12 men were told to reach people, as fast as possible, from every nation on earth. That’s width. They were to make true disciples of them and teach them to obey all that Jesus had commanded- that’s depth. My premise is that to be faithful to either of those 2 , you’ve got to vigorously pursue them both.

  1. And, what I want to show you is that, ultimately, people who grow wide, without growing deep are not growing nearly as wide as they think.
  2. And also, that those who grow deep, without growing wide are not growing as deep in the Gospel as they think.

Depending on your personality and the personality of the tribe you associate with, it’s easy to gravitate towards one of those two, and to evaluate success, primarily by those 2 metrics. If width is your thing it’s all about the number of attenders, or the number of baptisms, or your weekly offering. If depth is your thing, it’s about how missional your small groups are, how many books of the Bible you preach through, how long your sermons are, how many people you disciplined last year. I’ll admit this: Focusing on one or the other makes decision making much easier. If you only evaluate success by how many people come to your church, or how many baptisms you had, then you can spend the primary amount of your money, your energy, and your staff  on producing the weekend experience. Vice versa: If you care only about taking people deeper you don’t have to worry about how many people come to your church and you sneer at anybody who does worry about it. You don’t have to get involved with the difficult questions of contextualization or creating environments that are hospitable to unbelievers.

You make self righteous statements like, „If you worry about the depth of your ministry, God will worry about the width of your ministry.” As if the Great Shepherd did not leave the 99, to go pursue the one. He was concerned about the width of His ministry too.

I wanna contend that faithful churches must be concerned with both, because the great commission implies both and to pursue one without the other is unfaithful, and also (I hope to show you) self defeating. And, along the way I want to show a few false dichotomies that I feel we are often forced into.

1. Churches that grow wide, without growing deep

will not last into the next generation, much less into eternity

A. Converts who don’t persevere as disciples do not make it to heaven. A church who makes converts, but not disciples, the width they have is illusory. When Jesus commanded us to make disciples, not merely converts, and to teach them all that He had commanded, this was not merely a matter of creating a varsity squad that He would be really proud of. This was a matter of salvation itself. A number of pastors say, „I just get them saved and baptized. Other people can worry about growing them up in their faith.” This is a deadly faulty view of conversion. The parable of the seeds that Jesus told is always one that’s troubled me as a pastor. He says the sower goes out and throws some seed, and there’s a seed that falls on soil that springs up quickly. But when the sun comes up and the weeds grow, it chokes it out and it fades away. Here’s a question: Do those represent saved or unsaved people? They represent unsaved people who for a while look like saved people. What does it look like at one of our churches? It looks like the person who prays the prayer, signs the card, gets baptized, gets involved in a small group… maybe has a year or two years where they get really involved. But their faith is shown not to be saving faith by the fact that it endures, but does not endure over time. What the Bible shows is that one of the marks of true salvation is that it endures to the end. And this is important: One of the means that God sovereignly uses to compel believers to go all the way is the continual preaching of these warnings, and the driving of the Gospel deeper into their hearts.

B. Converts in a post Christian world will increasingly have to be won outside of the church. Greear here quotes Timmis (UK) – Seventy % of Brits  say they have no intention of ever attending a church service (from a survey that came out in Britain) for any reason- Not at Easter, not for marriages, not for funerals or Christmas Eve services. That means new styles of worship will not reach them. Fresh expressions of church will not reach them. Alpha and Christianity courses will not reach them. Great first impressions will not reach them. Churches meeting in pubs will not reach them. The vast majority of un-churched and de-churched people would not turn to the church, even if faced with difficult personal circumstances or in the event of national tragedies. It is not a question of „improving the product” of church meetings and evangelistic events. It means reaching people apart from meetings and events.” We are not quite there in the USA, but, every year, the pie of people who will come to our churches, even for special events, that pie is shrinking. And we’ve got a lot of big shows trying to compete for a bigger slice of that shrinking pie. And if we do not equip the people to carry the Gospel outside of these meetings, we are going to increasingly in the next 10, 20, or 30 years  lose all audience with them.

C. Jesus said the greatest width will occur through the multiplication of leaders, not the building of audiences. This is a shocking statement from Jesus in John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Anybody here done greater works than Jesus? Anybody ever fed 5,000? Ever raised the dead? Anybody preached on an Old Testament passage  with more insider authority? Any body ever pray with greater knowledge of the mind of God than Jesus did? Has anybody done anything that would be comparable and greater to Jesus’s work? No! Nobody in history has even come close. So greater cannot mean greater in the quality of our works. It has to mean greater in the quantity of the works that come when Jesus’s Spirit fills the church. What Jesus is saying is a pretty astounding statement that has massive implications for church philosophy. The power of Jesus working in and through ordinary believers is even greater than if He Himself personally stayed to pastor your church. In John 16 Jesus actually tells His disciples that it would be better for them if He went away, because only then could the Spirit come. If Jesus said that the power of the Holy Spirit will be greater in us than the power of Jesus beside us, thus the work of the Spirit released to the multitude of ordinary believers would be greater than if Jesus Himself stayed. Acts goes out of its way to show that the greatest achievement of the early church in the Book of Acts happened through lay people. The longest sermon preached in the Book of Acts, with the most powerful effect – the conversion of Saul to Paul, was preached not by an apostle but by a Spirit filled layman. The Gospel seems to spread faster through laypeople. In Acts 8:1, 8 chapters after Jesus gives the Great Commission, they’re all still in Jerusalem. So God sends a persecution and sends them everywhere preaching the word, except for the apostles. It was laypeople that God designed to get the Gospel into these nether regions. In fact, the last half of the Book of Acts, the plotline is Paul trying to get the Gospel to Rome, because from there it could spread to the entire empire.

Next: 2. Churches that grow deep, without growing wide are probably not growing as deep in the Gospel as they think…

 

A New Deaf Bible app for iPads and mobile phones

via Arthur Roshkovski

Wonderful tech news. In an effort to not only provide everyone a Bible in their own language, the new Bible app Bible.is  will be prividing the Bible in sign language, as well as a link to the Jesus story which is narrated by sign language. It is available in Google Play and iTunes.

About Bible.is

a ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing. The Bible and technology meet creating Bible.is, a tool helping to fulfill the Great Commission.
http://www.Bible.is/ apps

Faith Comes By Hearing is a non-profit, donor-driven ministry committed to reaching all people worldwide with the Word of God in audio.
Founded in 1972, the ministry records Scripture translations using indigenous speakers, making God’s Word available in the heart language of people – the language they use at home, in their community, and when praying.Millions of people can hear God speak their language. More than 700,000 Bible listening groups have been started in 150+ countries in over 700 languages, with new groups launching every day. Most groups use the Proclaimer, a self-powered digital playback device containing the entire New Testament on an embedded chip.

In 2010, the ministry released the Digital Bible Platform, combining the latest technology with the world’s largest resource of Audio Bible recordings and texts. The project includes Bible.is, a network of free mobile apps, which allows people to read, listen to, see, and share the Bible on their Apple and Android devices. In almost every country in the world, people are engaged in God’s Word through this endeavor, and, as it expands, millions more people will hear His Word anytime, anywhere.

Different types of listening groups now include villages or churches listening to a Proclaimer; home groups gathered around a computer; and individuals listening on their phone, even in the poorest and most sensitive countries around the world.

Faith Comes By Hearing’s goal is to record and provide Audio New Testaments in every translated language, making the fulfillment of the Great Commission a reality in our lifetime.

http://www.virtualrecording.com/

Uploaded by Bibleis feb 25, 2013

David Platt – Why the church cannot fail

great commission

3 texts, 8 non-negotiables in mobilizing the local church in the accomplishment for the Great Commission:

  1. Matthew 28:16-19 – Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Matthew 24:9-14 – “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.  And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.  And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
  3. Revelation 7:9-10 – After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,  and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
  • There’s two convictions that are driving those 8 non-negotiables, that accomplish the driving of the church for the Great CommissionThe Great Commission can be accomplished. There will be a day when this commission will be complete. What we are talking about, when we talk about the great commission is achievable. Not just ‘can be accomplished‘, this great commission ‘will be accomplished‘. God, in His sovereignty knows exactly when it will be accomplished. We cannot fail, when we give ourselves to this great commission. And it’s pretty humbling to just wonder, what if we had the privilege of seeing it accomplished in our day? Not in some arrogant way, that it’s all dependent on us. It’s on God’s shoulders. But, His people, one day, are going to see it accomplished. I want to be counted among that people.

Ravi Zacharias in Portland, Oregon / Vancouver, Washington – January 18 & 19, 2013 at the Mission ConneXion NW

I already posted this announcement, but I have found new details thanks to the heads up on this by Gabi Bogdan:

One big detail I did not know of and therefore did not mention is that the conference is FREE However, you do have to print out a free ticket here, complete the form and bring it with you to the event- http://www.missionconnexion.com/event-news

Furthermore, the organizers seem very, very welcoming, even urging to bring the young and the old to this conference. So here’s a few more details you should know:

Ravi Zacharias will be a key note speaker at the Mission ConneXion Northwest Conference taking place on the 18th and 19th of January.

According to the website- Mission ConneXion Northwest is the „Great Commission in action!” Sponsored by churches from the region, it is a two day event challenging the Church to fulfill the Great Commission. Its three-fold purpose is to inform, celebrate, and challenge people of all ages to get involved in missions by sending, praying, giving and going.

One great thing is that the conference is free and is open to the young and the old. (They are sponsored by local sponsoring churches which make an annual contribution, organizations pay a rental fee for exhibit space, and people who attend are invited to make donations.

There will be 127 workshops to choose from, everyone will find something which fits their passions and interests. In addition to 25 different workshop tracks, we will also feature two showings of the film Un|Divided. (The movie is about the work of Kevin Palau with among other things a public high school that was going to be closed b/c it was so dilapidated and 20% of its students were homeless. In April 2008, Kevin Palau, President of the Portland-based Luis Palau Association, launched “A Season of Service” – a citywide program where volunteers from local churches mobilize to meet the physical needs in their communities. The program had the support of Portland’s mayor and Kevin recruited churches to volunteer during the summer months to do community projects – one of which was at Roosevelt High School.

We have the annual favorite workshop tracks such as Islam, Apologetics, Prayer and Spiritual Warfare, as well as the Persecuted Church. Our keynote speakers will each be sharing at a workshop as well as the main sessions. This year, we are pleased to introduce two brand new workshop tracks: Education in Missions, sponsored by Multnomah University, and Mormonism. Other relevant tracks include Jesus and Justice, Orality (Storytelling), Business as Mission, Sports Ministry, Gospel Movements and Take Action Locally. To equip your missional toolbox, be sure to attend foundational sessions such as Financing Missions, Short-term Missions, Unreached People and Missionary Care.

Sign up to watch David Platt and Francis Chan – Multiply Movement Webcast Nov 9-10, 2012

Do you depend on the Spirit as you seek to share the Gospel? David and Francis contend that what many Christians need is not reassurance in the midst of failure, but instead to rely fully on God as we seek to boldly encounter a lost world with the gospel.

Free ebook – Simple Ways to be Missional from Vergenetwork.org

Multiply Movement website – http://multiplymovement.wordpress.com Go to the website to sign up to watch one of the 2 webcasts (they are both identical). Dates for the webcast:

Nov. 9th, 2012 @ 7-10pm (Central)

Nov. 10th, 2012 @ 6-9pm (Pacific)

Multiply exists to awaken churches and all followers of Christ to the priority of disciple-making in the church’s mission. The Great Commission applies to every Christian, and the Lord Jesus has promised to be with us in this glorious task.

Date: Friday, November 09, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Lakeside Church (Metairie, LA)
The gathering will take place at the SF City Impact Rescue Mission on Saturday, November 10, 2012 6-9 PST

As a reminder, the Multiply discipleship material is now available on the website for free. You can go here to view it or download it. This material is also scheduled to come out at the beginning of November in book form for those who prefer a hard copy. Check that out here, or wherever books are sold.

Visit the How to use this material page here – http://multiplymovement.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/how-to-use-the-multiply-discipleship-material/

Video of the week – Discipleship – Scroll down for newer posts. Video al saptaminii – Ucenicia – Postarile noi mai jos

Danville Assembly of God

English – An interesting video whose posting is not intended to be a dig at ‘Church’, as my dad dedicated his entire life to serving his Church as (an unpaid) Pastor. It is more of a challenge to us the individual members of the Church and what are expectations are. Church must be about fellowship and worship, but it must also be about the Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

If the subtitles are distracting, you can watch the English only version here.

Limba Romana – un video scurt si interesant (subtitrat) care nu este postat ca o critca a „Bisericii”; am crescut in casa unui pastor neplatit (tatal meu) care si-a dedicat nu numai timpul dar si inima lui (si a noastra, a familiei) in slujirea lui. Este mai mult o provocare la asteptarile noastre ca membri. Desigur ca Biserica inseamna „partasie” si „inchinare” dar trebuie sa existe si dorinta dupa implinirea „Marei Trimiteri”.
Matei 28:16-20
16Cei unsprezece ucenici s’au dus în Galilea, în muntele unde le poruncise Isus să meargă. 17Cînd L-au văzut ei, I s’au închinat, dar unii s’au îndoit. 18Isus S’a apropiat de ei, a vorbit cu ei, şi le -a zis: ,,Toată puterea Mi -a fost dată în cer şi pe pămînt. 19Duceţi-vă şi faceţi ucenici din toate neamurile, botezîndu -i în Numele Tatălui şi al Fiului şi al Sfîntului Duh. 20Şi învăţaţi -i să păzească tot ce v’am poruncit. Şi iată că Eu sînt cu voi în toate zilele, pînă la sfîrşitul veacului. Amin

How well the Apostles heeded the Great Commission Command (Map)

they all died very far away from home. Indeed, they heeded Jesus’ command well. Teach us Lord to heed your call as well!

(VIA)http://www.ccel.org/bible/phillips/CN092MAPS2.htm

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