Holding the Ropes

Holding the Ropes   

The year was 1792. William Carey had challenged his Baptist brethren to obey their responsibility to take the Gospel to unreached lands. Baptists of mid-England formed the Particular Baptist Society for Propagating the Gospel Among the Heathen. They appointed Carey and John Thomas to go to India as missionaries. In 1793 Carey said a tearful farewell to his church in Leicester, England. On a Wednesday the Society came together for a farewell service as Carey and his son prepared to leave. Sometime during that all-day meeting, Carey met with the four leaders of the Society. These men promised Carey “that, as he went forth in the Society’s name and their Master’s, they should never cease till death to stand by him.” Andrew Fuller, one of those men, later described the occasion with an illustration.

Fuller said that the mission to India seemed like a few men who considered going into a deep, unexplored mine. It was as if Carey said, “Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” The meeting, in Fuller’s mind, was as if he and the other brethren gave their word that “whilst we lived, we should never let go the rope.”

The four leaders of the Baptist Society kept their word to Carey. They served the Society, prayed for Carey, and raised needed funds. History records that each man “held the rope” until he died.

More than 200 years have passed since Carey first volunteered to go.  Times have changed, and Carey would not recognize our modern world.  Godly missionaries labor for Christ around the world today. The work on which Carey embarked and the work missionaries do today is the same.

Will you “take hold of the rope” with us and support our General Fund so we can more efficiently and effectively serve these faithful, modern-day servants of Christ?

Missionaries today continue to go “down into the mine” seeking to win lost men to Christ, baptize and disciple them, and plant New Testament churches. Some go to places that are dangerous. Some go into locales where exotic illnesses threaten. Others go to countries where poverty makes life difficult. All of them go to lands where people by the thousands need our Savior. These missionaries, like William Carey, need someone to “hold the rope” as they embark on their Great Commission task.  

Selection taken from BWM website.  http://www.baptistworldmission.org/get-involved/pray/1000-holding-the-ropes.html

The True Spirit and Heart of Jesus for Missions

“12 And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return andthat will be your repayment. 13 the poor, the crippled,the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”  Luke 14:12-14

After a discourse of not having special guests to sit in prominent seats, but to love everyone equally and the same; Jesus then paints a more real and deeper heart issue:

He begins to describe that when you have a feast, don’t just invite the wealthy, your friends, your relatives, or those close to you.  But, invite strangers!!  And, invite people who can never pay you back!!

This is a heart of love; and a true missionary heart, and heart for missions: which Jesus mentioned that we all need to have.  (Matthew 28:18-20 & Mark 16:15) We’re to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to everyone!!

“For God so loved the world…..”(John 3:16)

Oh, that our heart would be filled with God’s love for all people groups, all nations; for every precious person on the planet.

We live in a world that is filled with hearts that are self-centered and self-pleasing, proud, and egotistic.  But, when we’re filled with God’s love (Romans 5:5), He places a lost world in the center of our hearts.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

“We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.” 2 Corinthians 6:11

Only God can give us a true heart for the world!  

Please, Living Hope Church, pray for your mission teams going out: to summer camp, to Peru, and to Poland and The Ukraine!  Oh, God!!  Put a love in our hearts for all people!!

In Jesus’ Name,

Pastor Wayne