Before the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, after His resurrection,
He issued the famous 'GREAT
COMMISSION' recorded for us in Matthew
Those who heard it, took it seriously and made every effort to
`Preach the Gospel'
to the then known world.
tells us that the Apostle Thomas brought the life-giving Gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ to India in the first century AD. Legend reveals that after
a fruitful ministry, he was martyred in India. Centuries later, missionaries
from the West reached the shores of India and made sincere efforts to share
the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with our countrymen.. They did their
best. They sacrificed much for the sake of the Gospel. They made an impact
on many lives. Offering themselves on the altar of martyrdom. But their
efforts were not in vain.
Gradually the baton of missionary work passed on to Indian Christians. Towards
the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century,
Indian Christians realised their responsibility. In the post independence
period, the situation became desperate. Missionary visas for western missionaries
were turned down. Indigenous mission agencies sprung up.
In January 1965, the Evangelical Fellowship of India were having their National
Convention at Devlali in Maharashtra. During this Convention, the Executive
Committee of EFI decided to revive the missionary enterprise. Thus the Indian
Evangelical Mission (IEM) was born. Rev Dr Theodore Williams was
its founder General Secretary. Rev P John Wesley is serving as the current General Secretary of the Indian Evangelical Mission.
With one missionary, a few hundred rupees and a bicycle, this Faith Mission
grew. Christians saw growth and vitality in the Mission as it blossomed
into a vital tool in the hands of God, eager to fulfill the Great Commission,
in letter and in spirit. The first office of the Mission was the brief case
of the General Secretary! From one missionary, it has grown now to family
of 580 missionaries and office staff.
Our Mission is to :
the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unevangelized areas in India and
abroad, and to plant churches among unreached people. Our goal is
a church among every people group and the Gospel to every person.
Indian Christians to realize their responsibility for world evangelization
and to recognize their partnership with other Christians in the world
in fulfilling their task.
"JESUS PREPARED HIMSELF
LUKE 2:46, "And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions."
This is the only scriptural record of Jesus' childhood. Yet there is much that we can learn from this brief account.
At twelve years of age, Jesus' wisdom astounded the men who had spent a lifetime studying the scriptures (v. 47). Remember that Jesus did not have full time access to a copy of the scriptures like we do today. He had to depend on His visits to the synagogue and the direct revelation knowledge from His heavenly Father.
He was also asking these scholars questions (v. 46). This is amazing when you realize that in Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Col. 2:3) Although He was God, He inhabited a physical human body that needed to be educated.
He also had a clear understanding at this young age of who His real Father was and exactly why He had come to the world (v. 49). We can only speculate how this must have influenced His childhood.
So we see that Jesus knew His call and purpose even in His early childhood. However, there is no record of miracles or ministry on His part until after His baptism by John at the age of thirty. Preparing a body for God Almighty to manifest Himself through was no small task. Praise God for His great love that caused Him to sacrifice everything for us.
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