New “Way of the Master” Evangelist Graduates

For the past six weeks Brother Mark has been conducting The Way of the Master Basic Training Course at the Hayfields Baptist Church in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I assisted Mark in the training of the following “students”: David Gooden, Glynnis Prinsloo, Cathy Hutton, Kathy Newman, Brenda Randal, Frances Hanson, Thulani and Zanele Mkhize, Angel Mangena and Peter Clover.

On Saturday, October 2nd, we completed the course’s “practical day-out” fishing for souls in Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, which was a truly blessed day of the Lord. The “nervous” newbies swallowed their “fear” and went to the fish with a mission and they were out there to Glorify God in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Glynnis Prinsloo and Peter Clover fishing in Church Street

Manny (Roman Catholic), Edwin (Roman Catholic), and Michael (Full Gospel Christian) are from Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal and received the Gospel of Christ in Church Street, Pietermaritzburg. Please pray for them.

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At the evening service at the Hayfields Baptist Church on Sunday October 3, 2010, this is the message shared by me.

What is the Chief End of Man?

Good evening Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I greet you all in the wonderful and precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I thank our Father, Almighty God for the privilege to share a word with you this evening.

My name is Gary Crous and I have been assisting Brother Mark over the past six weeks with an evangelism course that has been taking place here at the Hayfields Baptist Church. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to be a servant of our Great God Jesus Christ in helping Brothers and Sisters in Christ to see the biblical mandate of the Great Commission that our Lord has given each one of us to fulfill for His glory and furtherance of His Kingdom.

As with any message that is brought, or any word of encouragement spoken, or any witnessing encounter undertaken – be it one-to-one or open-air preaching – in the fulfilling of the Great Commission, our first and foremost responsibility is to do it in spirit and truth to the glory of God our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the awesome power of the Holy Spirit.

I am sure most of you have heard of the Westminster Catechism or The Shorter Catechism which was penned by godly men in 1674. The chief aim was to pen the biblical doctrines of Truth where questions are asked and answers given. There are 107 Q & A items – for tonight I will ask the first question and pray God the Holy Spirit will minister from there.

Question – What is the chief end of man? (Anyone want to answer this question? And Jack Donnell got it spot on). The answer is: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever.

That is the chief end for each one of us. The Scripture I will read now is from Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 ~

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

A short history will follow to put this message in perspective. The Book of Ecclesiastes gets its name from the Greek translation of the Septuagint – the term ekklēsiastēs which means “preacher”, derived from the word ekklĕsia, translated “assembly” or “congregation” in the New Testament. Both the Greek and Latin versions derive their titles from the Hebrew title, Qoheleth, which means “one who calls or gathers” the people. We also know that the author of Ecclesiastes is King David’s son Solomon and Scripture tells us more about him in 1 Kings 3:7-12 ~

And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people which you have chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this great people of yours? And the speech pleased the LORD that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said to him, Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life: neither have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies; but have asked for yourself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to your words: lo, I have given you a wise and understanding heart; so that there was none like you before you, neither after you shall any arise like to you.

Solomon was truly a wise man and we know that God’s Word says: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; and in Psalm 19:9 ~ The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

So we come back to that first question. What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever. We know from Scripture that all are born spiritually dead – enemies of God, separated from Him – so how would a man’s chief end be to glorify God when he is an enemy of God by his evil and wicked works? Before we were regenerated in our spirit, before we came to an understanding of who God is, before we called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save us, the Word of God says we were slaves to sin. We were unrighteous in everything we thought, said or did. There was nothing good in us. In Jeremiah 17:9 the prophet tells us: The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jesus also tells us in His Living Word in Matthew 13:34 ~

O generation of vipers, how can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you, That every idle word that man shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

If there was no good in our hearts, and Scripture also goes on and says in Romans that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; then how did we come to know our chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him for ever? Was it not through the preaching of the Gospel of Christ? Was it not someday when God showed you mercy and grace and opened your hard heart to receive the Truth? Was it through prayer and the spoken or printed Word of the Gospel? Yes, my friends, and now we know our chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him for ever.

As a child of God called into His Kingdom we now know the will of God and have the Ministry of Reconciliation that God the Father has given us. 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 reads ~

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be reconciled to God. For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Think for a moment – reflect on this. If God has been merciful to me and has turned my evil hard heart into a fleshy heart able to love – not because we loved God, but because God loved us first – and if I will glorify God and enjoy Him forever, should I not be reaching out to the lost who are still slaves to sin? The love of God – the agape love should compel each one of us to GO into our Jerusalem, our Judea, our Samaria, and unto the ends of the world (see Acts 1:8). Jesus has given us a command in Mark 16:15 ~

Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

In Matthew 28:19,20, Jesus said ~

Go therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen.

You see this brings glory to God when we obey His commands. I believe we should all be asking God for wisdom and understanding just as Solomon asked. And the Lord raises up some to be teachers, pastors and evangelists. They are there to equip and teach from the Word of God how to GO and reach those perishing in their sins – that is how the Kingdom of God will be advanced. It is each and every born again child of God’s responsibility to evangelise the lost. 1 Peter 3:15 reads ~

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Jesus also said in Luke 9:23 ~

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

In that verse is three questions you should ask yourself –

  1. Am I denying myself?
  2. Am I taking up my cross daily? and
  3. Am I following Jesus Christ?

If we are, we can know our God Jesus Christ will be with us:

He that has my commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves me; and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ~ John 14:21

To understand what it means to follow Christ, which is truly leaving everything, listen to a conversation between the apostle Peter and the Lord Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark 10: 28-30 ~

Then Peter began to say to him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed you. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say to you, there is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s. But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Now is the time, like no other, as we see this evil and wicked generation wanting to stop the preaching of Truth, that we are to be equipped biblically to preach the Gospel of Christ. If we are doing it biblically we can expect persecution – Jesus tells us we will experience trials, tribulations and persecutions. Ask our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Pakistan, India, China, Vietnam, North Africa, the Middle East, and the list goes on. The persecuted Church means death to Christians living in the 10/40 window. It is coming to a neighbourhood near you! Preach the Gospel of Christ while we still enjoy the freedom in these lands. It will either be: preach and die or non-preach and deny.

The apostle Paul said:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. ~ Romans 1:16,17

And Paul also says in 1 Corinthians 9:16 ~

For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel!

To end off I will leave you with two quotes to stir your soul:

  • If you have no desire for the lost to be saved. Then you are not saved yourself, be sure of that. ~ Charles Spurgeon

And George Whitefield said:

  • I was honoured today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs, and pieces of dead cats thrown at me.

What are you going to do? Will you take the Gospel to the world? Enlist now!!

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You can view all the photographs at this Album.

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