Psalm 26:7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.
A friend of mine wrote a book entitled “The Ambassador’s Handbook” with Psalm 26:7 on the cover. The book dealt with a very in depth look from a scriptural perspective on sharing the gospel, its essentials, man and the essentials of what and how to share.
Today, it is with great joy that I am publically announcing a ministry, The Milwaukee Seedsowers, with the intent of proclaiming or publishing the gospel with the voice of thanksgiving, to tell of all of the wondrous works of the LORD.
Why care to share?
Our world is increasing in darkness and evil. You can see it in the utterings of men, in the media, in the marketplace, in the place where we work, in homes and yes, even in houses that are supposed to be set aside for worship. It’s really an “all about me” mentality.
In 2005 I wrote to a pastor friend of mine:
“in light of the recent beatings, killings and other crimes, sins that happen every day in our metroplex, could God raise up an army prepared to do battle?
I believe God has laid on my heart a vision of partnering with other Biblically based churches in our area, with the pastors and congregants, to go door to door, two by two, to every house, to every person we meet on the streets, and give them the gospel, to ask and pray right there for their needs and invite them in. No house or person should be unvisited. The entire city and surrounding area will hear the gospel.
I believe that a good pattern to follow is the one used by Ray Comfort’s www.livingwaters.com ministry because it’s a simple method of using the 10 commandments to show people where they stand in God’s eye’s and then show them what God did to atone and provide redemption. Please, could we pray about it?”
I wish that I could say that I at that very moment dropped everything and dedicated all my to serve the Lord and proclaim His goodness but in reality it’s been quite the journey since then with both triumphs and trials but always with the mind of moving forward, gaining ground and not surrendering.
Our mission is two-fold, to share the gospel (Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:14-18, Luke 26:46-49, John 21:21-22) pointing all men to Jesus and to equip other believers (Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17) to share that gospel. The very same gospel that was preached by Jesus (Mark 1:15), the apostles (Acts 8:25) and all true believers (Romans 10:14, 15) for the last 2000 + years.
The first is important because have been given the gift of eternal life (John 6:40; 1 John 2:25; Titus 3:4-7) and we wish others to have the same gift (John 17:3). That is the heart of God (1 Tim 2:4). Man can only have this new birth after hearing the gospel. (Rom 1:16; Rom 10:17; 1 Peter 1:23, 25; Eph 1:13)
The second is just as important because the gospel was the only message that was given to church to help it grow (Acts 2:40-45). I believe along with many other likeminded believers that this work, (Rom 10:14) has been very neglected by most of the organized institutional church.
How Will this Be Accomplished?
Obviously without the Lord’s hand upon this work (John 14:26; Act 1:26; Acts 9:31), we won’t be able to do a thing. So it is with much fervent prayer that we seek His guidance and direction that we embark upon this ministry.
It is our intent to grow believers to get over the fear of sharing and to go door to door, or wherever a person walk (Luke 10:1, 17), to events and even do open air preaching in the public market place (Acts 17), to proclaim the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
As you consider your role in proclaiming and preaching the Gospel, a role that we believe has been commissioned to every believer, we hope that you will consider joining us for future outreach events and sit in with us on future training sessions to get further equipped.
Thank you and May the LORD bless your work.
The Milwaukee Seedsowers.
Oswald J. Smith said, “Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the Church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected.”
We have polished the engines of worship, prayer, and praise and neglected the sober task given to us by God. A firefighter who ignores his responsibilities and allows people to perish in the flames is not a firefighter; he is an impostor. How could we ignore our responsibility and allow the world to walk blindly into the fires of hell? If God’s love dwells within us, we must warn the lost. The Bible tells us to “have compassion…save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22,23). If we don’t have love and compassion, then we don’t know God—we are impostors (see 1 John 4:8).
Charles Spurgeon felt so strongly about evangelism that he said, “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” Although evangelism is not required to be saved it may reflect your knowledge and concern over others spending eternity in eternal torment.
Each of us should examine ourselves in light of these sobering thoughts (2 Corinthians 13:5) so that we won’t be part of the great multitude who called Jesus “Lord,” but refused to obey Him. It will be professing believers who will hear those fearful words, “I never knew you: depart from me” (Matthew 7:21–23).