Daily Topic for October 01, 2009
Indeed, God would be feared and glorified, not only by the Egyptians, the most powerful nation at that time, but also by the surrounding nations as well. All the nations in that region would soon know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the God of Israel was the Lord of all. Though God normally woos the nations to His side through His goodness and love, He can also bare his arm, as He did in this instance. One missionary to the Bengali peoples has written that he suspects that the peoples of this region are under God’s curse because they have rejected the testimony of William Carey and others who went there over 200 years ago.
Pray for an outpouring of repentance and love for Christ throughout Bangladesh that will bring His great glory.
Like most Englishmen, William Carey grew up a nominal member of a local church. “I wanted something,” he said, “but had no idea that nothing but an entire change of heart could do me good.” When he was 18, he decided to actively seek a dynamic relationship with Christ. To this end, young Carey left his church, and with a few older Christians, formed a “congregational” church at Hackleton, England.
A New Testament commentary that Carey borrowed contained passages in Greek, and with this commentary and the help of a friend he learned Greek. He also taught himself to read French and Dutch in a matter of a few weeks. His linguistic gifts were later greatly used as he submitted them to God. A book about Captain Cook’s Pacific explorations especially intrigued him. For the first time, Carey became aware of the unevangelized world.
It was an innocent meeting of Particular Baptist pastors in 1792. Yet out of that gathering came events that rocked the foundations of church history. The custom was for each of these pastors to suggest a topic for discussion at the following meeting. William Carey’s topic suggestion was a bombshell: “whether the command given to the Apostles, to ‘teach all nations’ (Matthew 28:18-20) was not obligatory on all succeeding ministers to the end of the world, seeing that the accompanying promise was of equal extent.” These ideas were not well received, as you will see tomorrow.
Pray for spiritual discernment for today’s church leaders.-ALLearn more at joshuaproject.net