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.
"THE TRUE MEANING OF THE SABBATH
John 19:31 "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away."
The Sabbath was first mentioned in scripture in Exodus 16, when the Lord miraculously provided manna to the children of Israel in the wilderness. The Israelites were commanded to gather twice as much manna on the sixth day because God would not provide any on the seventh day (Ex. 16:5, 22-30).
Shortly after this, the Lord commanded the observance of the Sabbath day in the ten commandments that were given to Moses on two tablets of stone on Mt. Sinai (Ex. 20:8-11). In this command, God connected the Sabbath day with the rest He took on the seventh day of creation.
According to Exodus 23:12, one of the purposes of the Sabbath was to give man and his animals one day of physical rest each week. Today's medical science has proven that our bodies need at least one day of rest each week to function at our peak. Deuteronomy 5:15 also clearly states that the Sabbath was to serve as a reminder to the Jews that they had been slaves in Egypt and were delivered from bondage, not by their own efforts, but by the supernatural power of God. However, in the New Testament, there is an even clearer purpose of the Sabbath stated. In Colossians 2:16-17, Paul reveals that the Sabbath was only a shadow of things to come and is now fulfilled in Christ. Hebrews 4:1-11 talks about a Sabbath rest that is available to all New Testament believers, but is not necessarily functional in all New Testament believers. This New Testament Sabbath rest is simply a relationship with God in which we cease from doing things by our own efforts and let God work through us. The Old Testament Sabbath is a perfect picture of the New Testament relationship.
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