Message from Pastor Leroy

You cannot love God without also loving what He loves. He does not favor people from certain countries or nationalities or skin colors or political affiliations. God so loved the world that He was willing to pay ANY price to bring freedom (Salvation) to those who were in danger of perishing (John 3:16). God knows fully the horrific extent of what it means to perish for eternity, and He does not want that to happen to anyone. Notice the heart of God as revealed in Scripture; “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded” Matthew 28:19-20); “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). “I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them, say: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13). God’s desire is that “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). God the Father was willing to go to enormous lengths to bring this about by sending His very loved Son to die on a cross for ALL humanity’s sin. Guess what the middle letter in the word, “SIN” is? The only way we sin is against God and no one else. God is carrying out His plan to redeem humanity. He has raised up the church as His instrument to bring a world to Himself. God expects us to have the entire world on our hearts, just as He does, to aim for anything less is to be guilty of planned disobedience. We so often think and say, “our church is small, and it is impossible to reach all people.” But Jesus commanded, “be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” This is also impossible for us to achieve but that does not make it any less obligatory. We cannot carry out many of God’s commands in our own strength or wisdom. We will never be able to figure out how to achieve a world for Christ, but God knows how to do that through you. Be careful the moment you say, “That’s impossible!” You are saying more about your faith in God than about the ability of God in your church. There is nothing that is impossible for God!” When God asks you to do something that is impossible you should rejoice knowing God is providing you an opportunity to experience His divine power. When the angel told a teenage Mary that through her God is going to bring her to a place where she will experience His divine power to bring salvation to the whole world through her child, He reassured her saying, “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37). Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples of all nations and He made a promise by saying “and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the ages” (Matthew 28:20). God knows our capabilities better than we do. We must depend upon Him with a faith that pleases Him (Hebrews 11:6). In our weakness, His strength is manifested to a watching world (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). The world will never come to a faith in Christ because we developed a wonderful strong plan, but because we faithfully obeyed an all-powerful God but because we faithfully obeyed an all-powerful God, the kingdom of God is at hand! Selah!

Published by Jonesboro Baptist Church - Blackstone, Virginia

We are a small-sized congregation who has a passion for Christ and God's word. We are centrally focused on serving the will of God through ministries that worship, nurture, teach, and witness.

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