Elkin Baptist Association
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Missionary's Corner

 

KISS

 

I was thinking about a title for this article, and I was not having much success. Then I thought about KISS. Now I am not referring to the word kiss but to an acronym. For example, FBI is an acronym and it means Federal Bureau of Investigation. KISS means KEEP IT SIMPLE SAINTS. Now we are going to turn our attention to the spiritual application of KISS.

 

So, where do we begin?  Let’s start with Jesus. I call your attention to three verses found in the Gospel of Matthew: But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (9:36-38, KJV).

 

What did Jesus see?  A crowd of people. What was his response? He was moved with compassion on them. Why? Because they were distressed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. What did Jesus do? He gave his disciples a picture of people:

¨ A huge crowd of people ready to respond to the gospel.

¨ Few laborers to go into this huge crowd with the gospel.

 

How does Jesus solve this problem? “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest.”  The deeper meaning is to “force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.”

 

So how does your church get more laborers?  KEEP IT SIMPLE SAINTS by doing what Jesus said to do: “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.”

 

Let’s take this SIMPLE PLAN OF JESUS and expand it this way.  Below is an explanation of why the Elkin Baptist Association exists:

 

Elkin Baptist Association Exists to:

Connect Churches > Equip Believers > Impact Communities

 

We are considering having four teams in our association to make the purpose of our association a reality, and we will need laborers through whom the Lord can work to accomplish His purposes. How will we get those laborers?  Do what Jesus said: “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.”KEEP IT SIMPLE SAINTS.  PRAY!  PRAY!  PRAY!

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

 

Larry