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New Testament Church Proliferation Digest Friday, April 26 2002 Vol 02 : 076
Re: [NTCP] Some "If/Thens" to consider for world evangelization
[NTCP] headin out to the Ichthus festival

Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 13:02:14 -0400
From: David Anderson
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Some "If/Thens" to consider for world evangelization

>Paul is arguing from the lesser to the greater. His point can be
>worded this way: "*If* Israel (in general) rejected Jesus as their Messiah
>and the nations got such a blessing, *then* consider HOW MUCH MORE of a
>blessing the nations will receive if the Jewish people do repent and accept
>the Lord." Israel's blessing results in more blessing for the nations. This
>hails back to the Abrahamic covenant! Remember, however, that Paul wrote this
>many years after the advent of Christ, so he had in mind a future ministry for
>Israel to the Gentiles beyond merely being preservers of the Bible and beyond
>simply being the lineage of the Messiah. Please let that sink in. The Jewish
>people of the world have a future ministry to the nations. What part are you
>playing in helping them fulfill their God-given destiny? ... which will result
>in international blessings! *If* what I keep highlighting is true, *then*
>what are YOU going to do about it?!?!

Well Mike, it sounds like God really does have a plan - yes, an agenda. A plan
that encompasses the nations of the world. A plan in which He and his church -
not Satan - become the everlasting victors.

This plan is not only revealed in the OT but the NT as well. In other words, it
is New Testament theology which informs us of these exciting prospects which
you have set before us: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and
every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the
least to the greatest. Hebr. 8:11.

Awesome thoughts, my brother. As you have noticed, Paul, in extreme
anticipation and excitement, repeats himself in Romans concerning the enormous
consequences of Israel's epicentric return to God - and that with respect to
the Gentile nations.

Oh, how these thoughts should thrill and animate us at once.

Thanks for your remarks and your challenges. I have, btw, been reading house
church dialogue for several years now. Much of it has been highly pessimistic -
reminiscent of Jonah who would rather have sat around under his little gourd
than to share the good news. In fact, you, Mike, would have quickly been
labeled as a "busy body or over-acheiver" for using such terms as "world
evangelism." So, those who have fondly dreamed of being God's microscopic
remnant will one day find themselves in a vast multitude which no man can
number out of every tribe, tounge, and nation.

Let us rise, in HIs strength.

David Anderson

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Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 16:19:33 -0400
From: David Anderson
Subject: [NTCP] headin out to the Ichthus festival

Hi ntcp'ers

Gettin ready to take my three oldest ones to Ichthus 2002, near Lexington KY. Lotsa teaching and sounds. Last time we went, there were not
enough helpers to pray with the new believers. Hundreds streamed down the
aisles, tears streaming from their eyes.

Anybody goin? Would love to connect. Will be there all day Sat. Campin tonight.
I'll be in a yellowish VW bus. Leave us a note on the windshield or something.
I'll have a 14 and 16 year old daughter and a 12 year old son with me.

Da bad news: it's posta rain. Hey, pray for a good meeting. The teachings were
great last time ... you know what a gruelling (sp) critic I is. 25,000 in
attendence, very well mannered.

David Anderson

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