Pastor Bill Duttry
"The focus of this year’s Missions Conference is the continent of South America. This is the last of our continents in this rotation. We will start over through the continents again in 2018. I would ask you to read through the information included on this website for your personal growth and burden to reach the unreached with the Gospel.“
I found this passage for us to ponder this year in our Missions Conference:
1 Chronicles 16:23-29, "Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness."
In verse 23, we are to SING; in verse 24, we are to DECLARE; in verse 27, we are to PRAISE; in verses 28-29, we are to GIVE. These four words - SING, DECLARE, PRAISE, and GIVE - could be an outline for every Christian, and our responsibility to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
1. SING. This passage tells us not only to sing, but also tells us that our singing is unto the Lord and to all the earth. It is great to lift up our voices in the house of God in the place He has provided for us, but the whole earth (people) needs to hear a song on our lips and joy in our hearts. This reveals our personal relationship with Him and invites others to join in celebrating who He is. We are also told in these verses that it is to be done daily, from day to day. Would you ask the Lord for an opportunity today, or this week, to sing unto Him and allow your song to be a testimony to the lost and dying world that we are in?
2. DECLARE. Declare what? His glory. Where? Among the heathen - the lost! Romans 10:13-14, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" That word "preacher" in verse 14 pertains to "a proclamation or announcement". We are all to be proclaiming; declaring our Lord and our relationship with Him. Not only to be a proclaimer, but also to reveal His blessings in our lives to every individual we come in contact with. You cannot share Him with the wrong person.
3. PRAISE. Verse 27 reflects that "Glory and honour are in his presence; ..." We are to praise His name and His Word. Psalm 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." What a privilege we have at First Baptist Church to not only praise His name, but also to exalt Him by producing His Word for the nations, the heathen, and the lost. We must be busy and continue to praise Him by use of His name and His Word.
4. GIVE. Verses 28-29 reflect that our giving is to be unto the LORD. Several areas in which we can give: Give Him to others; give glory to Him; give glory to His name; bring an offering and come before Him. Our Faith Promise commitment and first offering will be given Thursday night in our evening service. Be prepared; be prayed up; and be looking forward to your first Faith Promise offering for the year. What would God have you commit to Him, to His Word, to His Name, and to His Glory so that all nations, people, and tongues may know Him?
Enjoy this website; pray and be faithful in attending. Rejoice in salvation and let others know of your rejoicing.
In His work together,
Pastor Bill Duttry | Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church of Milford