Beloved, sound biblical preaching can be summed up in two Greek words, kerusso and didache. Kerusso means to preach, to proclaim and didache means to teach. Kerusso is the proclamation while didache is the doctrine behind the proclamation.
But why is preaching so essential to the church today? Romans 10:14-15 says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Beloved, we are called to be both hearers and heralds of the Gospel! If you took all the unsaved people and lined them up next to each other, you would form a line that would go around the earth 30 times; and because of the birthrate the line is growing 20 miles every day. People need to hear about Jesus. Are you willing to tell them?
Beloved, Pentecost is a very important day to the early church. It is the birthday of the early church! It is when the Holy Spirit invaded the hearts, minds and lives of believers whom were waiting in Jerusalem just as Jesus Christ told them.
How important is Pentecost to the early church? AW Tozer said, “If the Holy Spirit were taken away from the early church, 90% of what they did would cease. If the Holy Spirit were taken away from the church today, 10% of what the church does would cease.
Because you attend a Calvary Chapel some people will either label you as a charismatic nut or spiritually dead. Remember this quote: “Too much word and you dry up, too much spirit and you blow up, enough word and enough spirit and you grow up!”
Beloved, today we get the great opportunity to hear from one of our missionaries. Yuriy and Wendy Kvachenko have been part of our fellowship for well over 20 years. In that time they have also ministered in Novosibirsk, Russia and currently in the country of Abkhazia. Yuriy is still in country at the moment but Wendy is here working on her visa and giving us an update about ministry in Abkhazia and all that entails.
Let continue to pray for provision, protection and guidance for the Kvachenkos and all our other missionaries.