Partnership with Jesus in His Mission
One of the most profound words Jesus ever spoke to His followers took place while stopping by a village in Samaria. He told them, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:35).
What is the harvest? Paul was speaking about the harvest, when he said this: “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14).
Jesus gave His life for the harvest. His rescue operation transfers people from a place of brokenness, pain, and destruction to that of living with all of the benefits of a child of God.
Jesus’ way of dealing with His followers is to involve us as His partners in this rescue operation.
Beaumont Baptist Church
God gives people eyes to see the harvest and a heart to join Him in it.
Several Maywood people are currently serving at Beaumont Baptist Church. Shane Coburn, the Orr, Almarez and Bailey families, and others have been burdened for the area near Beaumont Baptist Church. They have opened their eyes with Jesus, have seen the mission field and are joining Jesus in the harvest.
They have prayed in the park near the church. They have visited door-to-door. They invite people to a Sunday night potluck and Bible study.
One of my favorite sayings about evangelism is that “evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where the bread is.”
Evangelism is happening in the Beaumont area. People are responding. Baptisms are taking place. The Sunday School and worship services at Beaumont are filling up. A neighborhood has an opportunity to leave the domain of darkness and get transferred to the kingdom of the Son of God’s love.
Let’s pray for Shane Coburn, who is serving as the pastor of Beaumont. Let’s pray for the Orr, Almarez, and Bailey families – among others – as they serve.
On the second Wednesday night of March, we will begin an evangelistic Bible study housed at Fairmount Elementary School. If you have attended Josh Monk’s Sunday School class, the Bible study will be similar to what happen’s in Josh’ class.
There are a handful of people who have expressed interest in joining Jesus in the harvest field at Fairmount. Scott Williams is one of those people. He has lived in the Fairmount area for several years and is a natural person for the work.
I feel that we are at a place that the Apostle Paul spoke about in his first letter to the Corinthians. He said about his ministry and ours too, “a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9).
We have a wide door of opportunities to introduce people to the grace of God. We have ample evidence that God is in the business of transferring people from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of His Son. What is happening at Beaumont and at Maywood is a testimony to God’s magnificent grace. What will happen at Fairmount will add to the majesty of God’s grace revealed among us.
What about Adversaries?
Apathy and blindness toward the harvest are two major adversaries. The need for workers is both an adversary to the work of God and an opportunity to be seized.
Each Sunday night at 5:00 we will be praying to both seize the open door for effective service and to overcome the adversaries. The dates for the prayer times are February 9, 16 and 23. We will meet in the Worship Center.
On Monday night, February 24 at 7:00 PM, we will have a stakeholder’s meeting to discuss the best way to seize the opportunity that God has presented to His people.