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> Subject: From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher "The World For Christ" Sept '09
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> Date: Friday, September 18, 2009, 4:05 PM
> From the Pulpit of a Holiness
> Preacher Sept '09
> An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift publishing
> the sermons of Rev Reed A Swift (1899-1973), a holiness
> This month is dedicated to my Uncle Wayne and Aunt Beverly
> Stracener and my Aunt Linda Stryker.
> The Straceners have dedicated themselves to Bible
> Missionary Church foreign missions for many years. They
> ministered to the Navajos and have supervised missionary
> work for the BMC in Guyana, Barbados, and St Vincent. They
> have supervised missionary work for the BMC in the
> Philippines and Nigeria. They are now on furlough from the
> Linda Stryker has done extensive work for the Free
> Methodist Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
> directing International Child Care Ministries and advising
> FMC health ministries in the DRC. She is currently home in
> Reed A Swift had a strong burden for missions which is
> expressed in this sermon. He did do some missionary work for
> the Bible Missionary Church in St Vincent in '68.
> This sermon was preached in 1945 to the Pomona Free
> Methodist Church which Swift pastored 1945-1948. Keep in
> mind that he is referring to FMC missions and that this is
> near the end of WWII.
> The World For
> Text: "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to
> every creature." Mark 16:15 Scripture Lesson: Mark
> 16:14-16 and Acts 1:4-8
> I. The World's Needs
> A. Peace On Earth
> Foreign ministers and statesmen from all over the
> world gathered at San Francisco to draft a world peace plan
> that would forever end wars on this old earth of ours Before
> they had gotten back to their homes the problems began to
> pop up which they had tried to take care of. Someone has
> said, "We have won the war but we may find it a harder job
> to win the peace." The world is a seething caldron of
> unrest. Trouble in the Balkans, in China, in India, in South
> America. Governments tottering on the whims of people too
> upset to know their own minds. We all agree that we will
> have peace or ultimate disaster.
> B. Peace through the Prince of Peace
> If Jesus Christ could have control there would be
> peace on earth.
> 1. Civilization has always followed the cross of
> Christ. Our own ancestors, hundreds of years ago, drank the
> blood of their enemies from human skulls. Only the cross has
> made the difference. Our soldiers have found this to be
> true. (quote Manual pg 6, Southwest Pacific Missions)
> [Editor's Note: Chaplain Kenneth M. Hay, of Southwest
> Pacific Missions, wrote a peace entitled, "Transforming
> Natives from Cannibalism". It is rather lengthy but here are
> some parts of the quote]
> "Prior to the coming of the missionaries [to the Sothwest
> Pacific islands], the villages were stockaded to prevent
> neighboring tribes from raiding and feasting on the victims
> of the conquest. In 1891 a young missionary and his bride
> landed on on one of these islands. The island was swamp
> infested. With infinite patience the missionary overcame
> superstition and unwholesome taboos. The swamp was drained,
> and on the reclaimed land a sawmill, workshop, and
> playgrounds were constructed.
> "In the last half century the natives have learned
> carpentry, boatbuilding, cabinetmaking, stone masonry and
> other industrial pursuits. Numerous well constructed
> buildings dot the islands, and a beautiful stone church
> provides for the religious activities of the community. The
> personnel of the village is clean, courteous, industrious,
> and manifests a mild and kindly attitude which is a very
> clear indication of the Christian influence which has been
> brought into their lives."
> 2. The greatest insurance against war, according to
> Dr E. Stanley Jones, is Christian Missions. "Christian
> Missions serve exploited peoples and wash the wounds of
> oppression. They are the flowers nature fills in to hide the
> scars of a hillside. They are the one unselfish movement in
> the world. They are the greatest insurance against war that
> civilization can provide. let's support
> II. Christ's Great Command
> "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every
> A. The Early Church a Missionary Church
> Scattered abroad by persecution, they went
> everywhere preaching the gospel. They were firebrands for
> Christ. The more their enemies tried to get rid of them, the
> more they spread the fire. Paul considered himself a debtor
> and acted accordingly.
> B. The Free Methodist Church a product of This same
> Missionary Fire
> John Wesley said, "The world is my parish." Men sacrificed
> bodily comfort and a life of ease in order to preach the
> gospel of Christ to others as ignorant as Hottentots.
> C. The Free Methodist Church a Debtor
> We are trying to pay our debt. About one out of
> every 250 members of the church is a missionary or mission
> worker. We have work in the following fields:
> 1. Japan
> 2. China: Hona and Shensi Provinces
> 3. Central India
> 5. Africa in five different sections
> 6. Brazil, South America
> 7. Domican Republic, West Indies
> 8. To the Spanish in Florida
> 9. Indians in New York and New Mexico
> 10. Japanese
> 11. Mexicans
> 12. Mountaineers in Kentucky
> 13. Italians in Chicago
> D. But listen to these shocking figures: [this in 1945]
> Latin America: 60,000,000 still unevangelized; 1
> missionary to 40,000 population.
> Africa: 50,000,000 to 70,000,000 still unevangelized; 1
> missionary to 18,000 population.
> India: 200,000,000 still unevangelized; 1 missionary
> to 71,000 population.
> China: 200,000,000 or more still unevangelized; 1
> missionary to 77,000 population.
> Japan: 1 missionary to 83,000 population
> Central Asia; Almost wholly unevangelized;
> Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Chinese Turkestan,
> Russian Central Asia.
> Island World: Malaysia, Philippines, 1,500 Pacific
> Islands; 27,000,000 still unevangelized.
> [From inserted folder: The Free Methodist Church Around The
> World (1945). There is a map of the world and missionary
> So many who have not yet heard the story we have heard so
> many times. Esther Shelhamer James says, "No one has a right
> to hear the story again until the whole world has heard it
> III. Our Personal Responsibility
> A. Must have World Vision and go where God sends us.
> [On back of inserted folder is the story of Sgt. Jacob
> Deshazer told by Lowell Thomas, entitled "Liberated Prisoner
> Resolves to Become Missionary to Japan", reprinted by
> permission, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana,
> September 25, 1945. Sgt Jacob Deshazer was one of the
> Dolittle fliers in WWII and was taken prisoner by the
> Japanese. To make a long story short, he was held captive
> for three years during which he reflected and focused on the
> words of Jesus, "Love your enemies." When he came back home,
> he studied for the ministry and went back to Japan as a
> missionary for the Free methodist Church.]
> God has blue print for your life as Noah- Moses- Solomon-
> His ways are best. Don't mar His plan for you! We are
> co-workers with Christ. Can you say, "For me to live is
> Christ"? Victorious! Others!
> B. Must give to the limit of our ability to evangelize the
> In our church, all but about 2% of the money given
> gets to the missionary field for evangelism.
> C. Must be real missionaries in our own private world. If
> we cannot go, we can be missionaries at home. The great
> commission was at home or "in Jerusalem" first, and God
> knows we need a Great Awakening here in America. I think one
> of the first things is personal evangelism. Go ye! And tell
> others! Give the Gospel by precept and example. There are
> times when fog horns are good, but lifesavers are necessary.
> "Ye shall recieve power." Power came to live and witness.
> Jerusalem- Judea- Samaria- Uttermost parts of the world. "Lo
> I am with you."- Jesus
> An interesting footnote: Protestant Christianity in 2009
> from World Almanac:
> Countries in which at least 85% of the population is
> Protestant, at least nominally (these lists are not
> necessarily comprehensive):
> Antigua and Barbuda
> Countries in which between 50 and 85% of the population is
> Protestant, at least nominally:
> French Polynesia
> New Zealand
> Saint Kitts and Nevis
> Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
> Solomon Islands
> South Africa
> United Kingdom
> Foreign Missions does work in 2009!!