08 Apr Preach on the rooftops
“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.” Matthew 10:27 (NKJV)
Why do we do what we do? Why do we launch extra campuses at Rhema West? Why are we so passionate about preaching Jesus? Why are we so excited about what Jesus has done for us through His death, burial and resurrection? Because it changes destinies! I heard someone say it like this: “WHEN WE PLANT CHURCHES IT CHANGES THE FUTURE. IT CHANGES LINEAGES. IT CHANGES BLOODLINES. AND THAT’S WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.” (BRIAN BOLT)
By being the church we can reach the world with the Gospel message. Behind every church is a child, a young man, someone’s daughter… someone’s focused prayer. That is why I believe Jesus commanded His people to “speak the light” and “preach on the housetops”. The Gospel is a fire lighter! The Good News of Jesus is not given to us to engage in coffee shop theology – it is there to put a flame into human hearts! When we hear about Jesus and all that He has done for us we go home ignited.
And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32 (NKJV)
Jesus didn’t die for us on the cross so that we can have church picnics and bazaars. He sent us out with a very clear command: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8).
Statistics show that most people will go to church with someone who invites them. To you, it might seem like courteous act – but to the person, you invited it can mean a change in destiny! Like the young girl, one of our leaders invited to our first evening service at the Oaktree Campus.
She responded to the salvation appeal after my message. Before the service, she nervously told one of the elders how she hadn’t set foot in a church in more than seven years! She was nervous. When the young man who invited her gave her a lift to the service, she was even nervous about the colour of the clothes she was wearing. But that night she committed her life to Jesus! A destiny has changed. A future has changed. A bloodline has changed. A heart was reunited with its Maker.
Who are you inviting to church this weekend? Remember we have the best news in the world. Be a bringer!