Minister's Message

The Great Commission

 J. Frank McGill, Minister

“And he said unto them, go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every  creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” Mark 16:15.16

In these words we find the business of the church; the greatest business of the church.  Often when talking about the business of the church we refer to the secular or material side of the things we do. It is sometimes said that the deacons are to look after the material things of the church.  While there may be some good in these thoughts, the first and most important business of  the church for the preachers, elders, deacons and all the rest of the saved is to make some contribution to the salvation of others. The directions are very clear; we are told to preach, what to preach and what one must do to be saved.         

We are told to preach the gospel, not our traditions or the traditions of our forefathers, not what some prominent denomination has preached for a long time, but preach the gospel of  Jesus Christ.  There is no clearer example of preaching the gospel of Christ than the preaching on the day of  Pentecost by Peter and the rest of the apostles. Anyone desiring to know what to preach and what to tell men to do to be saved will do well to read the second chapter of the book of Acts of the apostles.  The reason I mention this example is because this is the first example of preaching repentance and remission of sins in the name of Jesus. (Luke 24: 46,47)

When the question arose, “men and brethren, what shall we do?’  They were told to “repent and be baptized.”  Not as some would say, put your hand on your heart and ask Jesus to come into your life.  Not to kneel down and pray for the forgiveness of their sins but to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Upon obedience to these commands they were saved and added to the church of the Lord.” And the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41)  “And the Lord added daily to the church such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47)

This method of saving souls is not too old neither is it too new.  It is just right and will reap the same results if we will preach the same thing, tell men the same thing to do to be saved, men and women will still  be saved and added to the Lord’s church. Let’s rededicate ourselves to the preaching of the gospel.

As we continue to preach Jesus and exalt Him as Savior and Lord, please keep in mind our Mission and Vision, which is to be “a New Testament church seeking to evangelize, starting with the central core of Greater Cleveland. We will use our unique gifts and opportunities to engage with the community to bring souls to Jesus, develop and equip them for a 21st century ministry.” We will be a “church that shines,” modeling 1st century Christianity that transforms a 21st century world! Until next week, remember that God loves you, Jesus died for you, I love you and I am your servant for Jesus’ sake!

 

Yours because of Calvary,

Terrance R. McClain, PhD

Minister

 

 

                                         

 

 
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