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From the Pastor’s Desk

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“Then they said to him, ‘What must we do, to be doing the works of God?’  Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ ”

(John 6:28-29 ESV)

             There are a number of factors contributing to this, but I’m feeling like the time for God to rapture the church out of this world is not far off.  I’m sure that our Wednesday Bible Study on the Book of Revelation has had some impact on that, but in my conversations with various folks here and there that aren’t necessarily involved in our Bible Study, and they are having a similar feeling.  A big part of it, I’m sure, is the current condition of our world, of our culture, and it’s abandonment of God.  Whether or not the Rapture will take place in my lifetime or not, I’m convinced that God would have us expectantly waiting for it.
            So what does it mean to wait expectantly for it?  I believe that instead of sitting around, merely praying, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus”, He would have us building His kingdom by sharing the gospel, and developing disciples, as our primary goal.  Jesus’ response to crowds that had followed him after having fed a huge crowd near the sea of Galilee, was not to follow Him looking for the next sign that He would perform, but for them to believe in Him as the Christ, the Son of God. 
            Later, in John 17, in what we’ve come to know as the “high priestly prayer”, we find Jesus praying to the Father, and in verse 3 of that chapter, Jesus prays, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”  That is the mission and purpose of the church in this age, in the time we have remaining before He calls the church up to heaven, is to proclaim and live the gospel so that others will come to believe in Him.  The work of causing them to believe isn’t our work, it is God’s work, but the proclamation of the gospel is our work.
            Paul writes in Romans 10:14-15, 17 says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  In order for someone to believe in the gospel, they need to hear it, and in order for them to hear it, someone must tell them.
            It doesn’t have to be the preacher in the pulpit, it can be someone telling them across a table, sharing a cup of coffee, or over the phone, or a hundred other occasions, but the time is growing short.  And whether our remaining time depends on the Rapture or our own natural time to leave this earth, we’re not guaranteed months, weeks, or even days to have that conversation with someone.  If you want to be found doing God’s will until He calls us home, His will involves others coming to faith in Jesus Christ, His Son.
            First, I pray that whoever you are that reads this article, that you have already come to faith in Jesus Christ, and if you have not, that you will very soon.  Second, if you are a believer in Christ already, that you will take seriously His call for us to make disciples, to share the gospel.  I urge you to be faithfully and regularly in the Bible, reading and studying, and allowing His Word to impact your life.  Let His light shine through you in this New Year to come!

By His Grace Alone,
Pastor Bruce Jacobsen