Preach the Word
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. 2 Timothy 4:2
You never know when opportunity will come knocking on your door; therefore, you must always be prepared to present the gospel. My students and I found out how true this was last week. For the last month I have been teaching an Introduction to Missions class at the seminary so I decided to get out of the classroom and visit some local ministries to learn more about mission efforts on the front line.
First we visited HCJB. For more than 75 years, the HCJB radio station has been sharing the gospel message. Let me just say this radio station is HUGE! And it is so powerful that its signal is heard throughout Latin America. I thought we would get a simple “dog and pony show” and then move on … but the radio station had other plans. They were in the middle of a live radio show focusing on teenagers with problems and they were more than happy to have special guests … in fact they insisted on it. Of course they had a little fun with me as the professor of the class at first but then the audience started asking questions.
I was so proud of the students as they jumped right in and began fielding tough questions from these troubled listeners. Through the gentle guiding of the Holy Spirit and careful application of God’s Word they were able to offer hope and help to many people. It was really cool to see the students use the tools they had learned in class to make a difference in the lives of others … and gave me the peace and satisfaction of knowing that our ministry is accomplishing exactly what it is supposed to … ministers who are prepared in season and out to offer God’s love to a hurting world.