Calvary Baptist Church
Thursday, April 27, 2017
equip. impact. influence
"To KNOW Him and to make Him KNOWN
to the Ends of the Earth."
A Couple of Observations for clarity:
To KNOW Him: Speaks of an experiential knowledge that is gained in a life journey with God. It communicates, trust, relationship, and dependence.
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3, NASB)
To make Him KNOWN: Speaks of our mandate/commission to proclaim God’s Story in such a way that others can see and respond to God for who He is.
I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. (John 17:6, NIV)
To the Ends of the Earth: Speaks to the Mandate/Commission to proclaim God’s Story…everywhere. It is not acceptable to have only a Pensacola or North American ministry. Our ministry must simultaneously engage people in our immediate area (Our Jerusalem); in the regions around us (our Judea/Samaria) where some cultural barriers may exist, such as geography, race, cultural bias, etc; and to the Ends of the Earth (E2) …those places in the world that are completely cross-cultural.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NIV)