VIDEO: Ukrainian Church Catches Fire | Pray

Please pray for the Pastor and members of Dnepropetrovsk central church – a Baptist Church in central Ukraine – a church which was set ablaze yesterday just 30 minutes after an evening worship service released. What started the fire is still in question.

Though the building was nearly completely destroyed, the Church  was not damaged at all.  Not one person was reported to have been injured. Our prayer is that God would use what appears tragic now to bring Him all the more glory and that this church would see so many more hearts turn to Christ in the coming weeks and months.

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Gospelink’s Core Beliefs | One Word

From the Gospelink Statement of Faith

ONE WORD | the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, given by the plenary and verbal inspiration of God; and the only infallible rule of faith, doctrine and practice.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Peter 1:16-21 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

God – the very One who created the vast cosmos – is not a distant being. In fact, He desires for all people to know Him intimately. We know this because He has given us His Word; a library of works which describe everything we need to know about Him and about ourselves.

As 2 Timothy states, the Word of God is good for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Let’s unpack this together:

1. The Word of God is profitable for Teaching
As we read the Bible, we come to understand what God loves, what He hates, His attributes and character, human identity and condition, how God interacts with humanity, how God has designed the world to work, how we can lead rich and fulfilling lives, how we can worship Him, and on and on.

2. The Word of God is profitable for Reproof
The author of Hebrews – in chapter 4 – describes God’s Word as living and active, sharper than any double edged sword, piercing to divide soul and spirit; joints and marrow. As we read Scripture, the Spirit uses the Word as a scalpel to cut away sinful desires; it circumcises our hearts so it can live and grow and be healthy.

John 15 commands us (branches) to abide in Christ (the true vine) because without Him, we can do nothing. As we bear fruit, God prunes us (reproof) so that we can bear MORE fruit. Reproof is always always for restoration.

3. The Word of God is profitable for Correction.
We all have a tendency to drift spiritually – usually unconsciously.  It’s similar to the drift we experience when we visit the beach. We go out into the water, enjoy the waves for 10 or 15 minutes, and glance back to our family or friends back on the shore, and it’s only then that we recognize the drift.  In the same way, we have a propensity to drift, so as we open God’s Word, our minds are refocused on the Lord and we see that we’ve gone off-course. We need to be intentional about correcting the drift – because unfortunately, we cannot passively drift back on-course.

4. The Word of God is profitable for Training in Righteousness.
Holiness is not attained by passivity.  Just as with any sport, training is required for spiritual development. We have to be intentional about being in the Word, praying, pursuing Christ-centered relationships, and so forth. Paul is very clear in his letter to Timothy that spending time in the Word will train us for righteousness. It may be difficult at times, but the benefits will far outweigh any costs.

To read Gospelink’s entire Statement of Faith, click here.

Vietnamese Preachers Take Up Their Cross and Risk It All…everyday.

Paul endured intense persecution and was eventually martyred for his unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. Day in and day out, he served the Lord with divine purpose, competence, and energy. It was only by God’s grace that Paul – after being stoned nearly to death – could stand up and walk into the next town, proclaiming the Gospel.

In an age of tolerance, persecution of Christians is still a glaring reality.  Believers in various parts of Asia endure intense persecution – sometimes daily – and remain faithful to their call, their mission, and their Lord. Gospelink is active in the nation of Vietnam, a country whose church is battered and bruised, but beats the enemy back and shines the light of Christ in a dark place.

Below is a report from a Gospelink – sponsored preacher in Vietnam.
Qtr 2, 2010

In this quarter, my outreach faced difficulty.  When some Christian leaders and I went to a mountainous hamlet of ***** tribal people to give His love and salvation, we were stopped, threatened and sent back.  They thought that we came to persuade their relatives to stop worshipping their forfathers.  However, we kept on praying to God for touching them and making it possible for us to go back and preach His message.

In mid-May, I was urged by the Holy Spirit to go to ***** mountainous commune.  When I went to the commune, a commune patriarch was told to find and meet me.  He asked me to leave the commune.  If not, local police would come and take me to their office.  The patriarch’s son came and took me out of the commune.  As I walked with him, I prayed to God to touch him.  I strongly believed that Jesus Christ was with me on this outreach trip.  Unexpectedly, he fainted and fell down and residents rushed to him and went for the witchdoctor.  After the witchdoctor danced and treated him, he still fainted.  The commune patriarch looked around and saw me standing.  He stood up and asked me to treat his son.  I replied that I could no treat him but Jesus Christ could.  He told me to have Jesus Christ heal his son.  He said that if he did that he and his family would believe and receive Him as Savior.  Then, I prayed to God for healing him so that his family and residents would know His name, His mighty miracles and His authority.  Hallelujah!!!!  I thank Him because after half an hour of praying, he was well again and even asked for water.  The commune patriarch and residents were extremely happy to say loudly that they believed in Jesus Christ, the Almighty God. After his son became better, the father asked for my address.  A week later he came to my house and took me to his house so that I would say a prayer for his family to believe and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.  We  then hung a cross on a wall in his house..  Please pray for them.

Gospelink’s Core Beliefs | One God

Gospelink has a lot going on in its day-to-day operations. But in the midst of it all is a singular goal: to glorify the God of the universe; the God who created all, loves all, and who has redeemed every person who puts their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. This is why we exist: to get the word out about this Son of God who has redeemed us; who has made a way  to God even when there was no way! God has made himself known in Scripture – His various names and attributes, what He loves, what He hates, and what He is passionate about.  Gospelink holds unswervingly to a list of core beliefs – all derived from the Bible.

The first item on this list is the foundational belief in one God.  There is but one creator and sustainer of all; one who can save; one who gives us purpose, identity, and mission; one whose love for us is so strong that it defines Him. Of his many attributes outline in scripture, we have highlighted these:

Holiness.
The Bible describes God as a brilliant light and in Him we find no darkness at all. He is righteous, blameless, and pure.
Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? [ex15:11]
He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. [luke1:49]

Infinity.
God is not bound by time or space because he exists outside of His creation. He has always existed and will always exist.
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end. [psalm102:25-27]

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. [gen1:1]
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” [rev22:13]

Immutability.
Each of God’s attributes that we read about today – his character, his faithfulness, his holiness, etc – have always been true and they will never change. We can trust God to be exactly WHO He is….forever.
“And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should change His mind” [1 sam15:29]

Trinity.
God exists as three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) in one perfectly unified being.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. [matt28:19]

This same God has given us a mission: to make disciples of every nation. Of Malawi, Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, India, Russia, and Ukraine….and every other nation under heaven. That’s our mission. Gospelink is working to accomplish just that in each of the countries just mentioned. We would love for you to get on board with us as we set out to make disciple. Watch as God works mightily, drawing countless souls to Himself! What a blessing to be on mission!

Follow this link to read about Gospelink’s other core beliefs.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” [rev22:13]

Great Worship: Before the Throne of God Above | Shane and Shane

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because a sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the One,
Risen Son of God!

Behold him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace!

One in himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by his blood
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God

Sponsorship Challege | Jeremias Francisco

Jeremias Francisco

Pastor Jeremias is one of about 150 Mozambican Gospelink-sponsored preachers. He’s a faithful servant, a man of God who lives intentionally day-in and day-out for the Glory of God.

Jeremias has 4 sponsorships available!

2 Ministry Sponsorships @ 35.00/mo each
1 Outreach Sponsorship @ 25.00 / mo
1 Training Sponsorship @ 15.00 / mo

Our challenge to you: pray about picking up one of these sponsorships. Too often, we are too content listening to the work others are doing in the world to advance the Kingdom of God. Get in on the action! Equip Jeremias Francisco.

Take the challenge.
Read his bio: click here!

Sponsor Andrea Chagaka | Partner With Him to Fulfill the Great Commission in Mozambique

It is always encouraging to read what God is doing throughout the world; how He is advancing His kingdom; how people are (everyday) hearing the HOPE of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  But as believers, we should never be content with mere encouragement. Get on board with what God is doing (with Gospelink or any great ministry!)  Gospelink is committed to the person and mission of Jesus and we are taking his Words to the uttermost parts of the world….every day!

God is using Preacher Adrea Chagaka of Mozambique to do just that! Andrea serves the Lord faithfully day-in and day-out, fulfilling the Great Commission. As he preaches, God’s Word penetrates the hearts of every man, woman, and child with ears to hear and eyes to see.  In his many years of ministry, several hundred people have heard the Gospel and responded by Faith. His faithful service has yielded much fruit!

God has clearly blessed Andrea’s ministry, but one has to wonder how God might be able to use such a preacher if he had a few sponsors who committed to lifting him up in prayer and providing him the support he needs to do full-time ministry without working a second job (fishing). If Andrea could focus solely on ministry and had the tools he needed, God could use this man to reach thousands!

Sponsoring a preacher has never been easier!

Click here to read Andrea Chagaka’s testimony and to sponsor him!

Sponsorships Available:

Training Sponsorship – $15 / month
Want to sponsor, but don’t want a big financial commitment? A training sponsorship is the way to go! This sponsorship provides Andrea the formal training which will sharpen his ministry and help him learn how to reach the masses.

Outreach Sponsorship – $25 / month
For $10 more, you can regularly supply Andrea with tracts, gospel literature, and other ministry tools to effectively reach people of all ages.

Ministry Sponsorship – $35 / month
For $35 a month, you can provide Andrea and his family the funds needed to live, freeing him up to focus solely on ministry. With this sponsorship, he would be able to quit his second fishing job and use that extra time to spread the Gospel all the more!

For more information on the different types of sponsorships available.

Click here to read more about the spiritual climate of Mozambique and to read the testimonies of other Mozambican preachers.