Become a missionary to Mexico…

If you are truly being sent by the Lord of glory to preach JESUS CHRIST in Mexico, and you have sound doctrine and believe in the doctrines of grace, and have proven effectiveness in evangelistic ministry, please consider teaming up with us to reach Guadalajara with the Gospel.

We are praying for laborers to help us plant a biblical church and reach this city of 6 million for Jesus Christ. While there are some churches in this city, they are scarce when compared to the overall number of inhabitants in the city. Furthermore, though one or several may exist, we know of no sovereign grace churches in this city, who not only believe in the historic salvation doctrines of the Reformation, but also have a strong evangelistic and missionary zeal.

Prerequisites include:

1. You need to know Jesus Christ personally, closely, powerfully. And you must be living a life free from the practice of sin. You must have VICTORY over sin in your experience.
2. A firm belief in the doctrines of grace. (This is one of the distinctives of our ministry.) You can read our statement of faith here.
3. Effectiveness in ministry in your home country. (If you can’t be effective there, how can you in a foreign land?)
4. You must aquire the Spanish langauge. (Either come already knowing it, or attend language school once you arrive on the field. We know of a good language school in the city.) 
5. A burning passion to reach lost souls for God’s glory.
6. A willingness to work with a team and labor for the common vision of evangelism and church planting.
7. A reasonable time commitment. (While we’re open to recieving teams, we are really praying for longer term laborers.)

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” -Matthew 9:37-38

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” -Isaiah 6:8

Visit www.puregospeltruth.com for more information about our ministry and to contact us.

 

 

Church Planting in Guadalajara

Dear brethren, we are undertaking a church planting effort in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. Please pray that God would save sinners and add them to the fellowship to be raised up as real disciples who obey Jesus Christ.

Our efforts will bring forth the most long lasting fruit for Christ’s glory if we can manage to make disciples, and disciples are made in the context of the local church. May God pour out His Spirit on this desperate work!

For more information about this effort go here: http://www.puregospeltruth.com/church-plant-guadalajara.html

Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.

MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN RECIEVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!!!!!!!

Change in Blog Location

Dear blog followers,

As you know, I haven’t kept up with this blog like I should. It takes time to sit down and write something and I just haven’t been taking the time to write lately. But seeing that there are so many wonderful resources online which promote biblical truth, I have started another blog over at blogspot, which is aimed at being an outpost for the writings and resources of others as well as myself, that I may share some of these great treasures and teachings with the Body of Christ. The new blog has an emphases on the Gospel, biblical missions, evangelism, and theology. It will contain audios, videos, and writings from both myself and others, both past and present. Be sure to bookmark the change.

Here it is: http://missionsevangelismtheology.blogspot.com/

MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PREACHED HARD AND GLORIFIED TREMENDOUSLY IN THE EARTH.

-Josef

God’s Free Mercies -Thomas Brooks

“His tender mercies.” Psalm 145:9

“The multitude of His mercies.” Psalm 106:45

It is God’s free mercy which every day
keeps hell and my soul asunder.

It is God’s free mercy which daily pardons my sins.

It is God’s free mercy which supplies all my inward
and outward needs.

It is God’s free mercy which preserves, and feeds,
and clothes my outward man.

It is God’s free mercy which renews, strengthens,
and prospers my inward man.

It is God’s free mercy which has kept me many
times from committing such and such sins.

It is God’s free mercy which has kept me many a
time from falling before such and such temptations.

It is God’s free mercy which has many a time
preserved me from being swallowed up by
such and such inward and outward afflictions.

“Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord.” Psalm 119:156

“I will sing of the tender mercies of the Lord forever!”
Psalm 89:1

The Conclusion… All else is vanity

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecc 12:13-14)

This is all that matters. ALL else is vanity. Prophecies will pass away, tongues will cease, but the everlasting love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which causes us to love and obey our Maker will never pass away. Love never fails. It is the fulfillment of the Law. And if we truly love Christ, we will keep His commandments.

Let us listen to the words of the Preacher who wrote us such words of wisdom. He sought pleasure and fulfillment in all other things -in knowledge and learning, in women, in riches, in fame, in pleasure, and in labor. He exhausted the fountains of the world’s pleasures to the very end so as to exhaust them to the very end, and in the end, he found that they were vanity, vanity, vanity. After an entire lifetime of seeking fulfillment in every thing this life has to offer, and that to the fullest, he came to a simple, yet piercing conclusion. FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.

That’s it. What more can we add to that? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and let your faith manifest itself in God-fearing works done in love with a motive to His glory. There is a Judgment coming. And we are nothing but fools if we don’t prepare for that great Day.

Let us live every day in the light of the Judgment Seat of Christ, as the Apostle Paul did:

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.(2 Cor 5:8-11)

Paul lived in the light of eternity. He had the word “Bema” stamped across the backs of his eyelids. He knew what he was preparing for. He was preparing to meet His God. Every day was a day of preparation to depart from this world and enter the next. Every day was a day of heart-preparation to stand before God with a clean conscience, washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb.

What else is there to do? We can laugh, cry, sing, moan, rejoice, weep, feast, fast, enjoy our friends and family, or enjoy solitude and peace, but in the end, it’s all vanity. All that matters is if we knew Jesus Christ, had His eternal love in our hearts, walked after Him with a living faith, and labored to please God in our lives. Dear reader, where’s your priorities?

I am dealing with the death of a loved one in my family right now. I do not know where he went and can have no assurance on his behalf, but I know the Judge of all the earth will do right. But he’s gone and there’s nothing I can do about it now. But all I can think of is the salvation of the rest of those in my family. That’s all that matters to me. That they fear God and keep His commandments. I’m not trying to be theological with this verse, just stating the plain truth of Scripture. Yes salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. But in the end all that matters beyond that is if we obeyed God. To obey is better than sacrifice.

It’s hard for me to be away right now all the way over here in Mexico while my family are over there grieving, but I find strength in the Word of God. In the end, Christ says to me, “Let the dead bury their dead. You go and preach the Kingdom of God”. Oh, it hurts so much inside, but His grace is sufficient… Yes, Lord Jesus! I will gladly obey your will. But please, save my family, I beg You. Yet I delight to do Thy will, O God, and love Thee more than I love my nearest kin. Your Word is my treasure, like a sword to my heart but like sweet honey to my mouth. Your face is too aweful to behold yet the rays of light that shine round about your glory are the light of my spirit, for You alone, Lord Jesus, are the light of men. Your holiness frightens me but your love consoles me, and I am in awe of your ways. What God is there, as mighty as You, who breathes the breath of life into the nostrils of man, and who takes away the breath of life whenever it pleases You? For all things are of You and through You and to You, and to You alone be the glory forever, O mighty King that reigns over mortals in glorious power and sovereignty. 

You give and take away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Help your people to win souls while there’s still souls here to win, for I know the Lord of hosts will make a quick work upon the earth. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Update

My dear brethren who keep up on my blog,

It has been a while since I’ve posted. I’m sure you can understand, seeing that my primary concern and object of focus is the work of the ministry set before me here on the mission field in Mexico. The Lord has been moving here, and we are being encouraged to see Him opening up doors and watching as the Gospel of God’s glorious grace is preached to many. We recently took a trip to another state in Mexico where the Gospel is also scarcely heard, and were able to hold a Bible teaching camp for over 100 children in a back village and evangelize many villagers. While we were there, we visited a local prison and preached the Word of God and also visited some brethren in the area to encourage them and strengthen them in the faith. It was a fruitful trip to the glory of God.

Meanwhile, since we’ve returned here to the city of Guadalajara, we’ve been busy preaching and teaching the Word of God and doing the work of evangelism. God has opened some doors and we are beginning to step into a new season of ministry here if the Lord permits. A brother is considering moving down with us to co-labor with us for the glory of God in this dark city, and we are praying for the Lord to provide the means and support for him to live here. He is the perfect candidate and already knows fluent Spanish and is seasoned in evangelism and open air preaching. I have greatly desired a likeminded co-laborer for a long time and have even been discouraged at times feeling all alone in thE work of this ministry. So for those of you who can’t go to the mission field here’s your opportunity to send someone else! May the Lord’s will be done. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support for all of you who have helped to hold the rope for us as we’re going down in. Sometimes it’s difficult to live by faith but every time the Lord comes through and provides for our needs and time and time again provides opportunities for us to share the message of the Cross wherever we are, especially in this Catholic city of over 9 million people and under 2% Christian. I just know that as we trust in God, He reveals His mighty arm on our behalf time and time again, and miracles become commonplace as we walk in and live by faith.

I have not given up on this blog, just have been taking a break from it for a moment. Check back soon, and in the meantime, we greatly desire your prayers. Leave us your comments, lift us up before the throne, and if you haven’t yet, check out our website and get a feel for our burden and work: www.puregospeltruth.com

MAY THE BANNER OF THE SON OF GOD BE LIFTED HIGH AND MAY THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF THE LIGHT OF CHRIST PIERCE THE DARKNESS OF CATHOLIC IDOLATRY FOR THE GLORY OF HIS GREAT NAME IN MEXICO.

In Christ -Josef

A Man Named Nicodemus -John 3:1

John 3:1 – There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.

It seems that this man, Nicodemus was not just any ordinary Jew. He was a man of zealous religious devotion, committed to the Law of Moses and to upholding the truth of God in Israel (or so he thought). He was not your average run-of-the-mill Jew, but he was a man that no doubt far exceeded the common Jew in his religious achievements, capabilities and public recognition among the people.

We’re told here that Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Now, when we read the Bible 2,000 after this time, it’s easy for us to just brush off the Pharisees as a legalistic, semi-heretical sect of Judaism that rejected Christ and trusted in a works-based salvation. It’s especially easy to think of them with scorn in our minds because we know how harshly the Lord Jesus denounced them as a whole and rebuked them sharply on many occasions. However, we have to understand that historically speaking, in Israel at the time of Christ, the Pharisees were the peoples’ choice for religious and political leaders.

The people looked up to the Pharisees for their religious insight and counsel, because they believed the Pharisees were so devout and zealous for the Law of God. After all, who else but the Pharisees would dare to fast for two days every week and give tithes of all they owned (Luke 18:12)? Who else sat in the seat of Moses with such authority and taught the Word of the Lord (Mat. 23:2-3)? Who else was so devout as to travel land and sea just to make a single convert (Mat. 23:15)? Who else would give alms to the poor on a regular basis (Mat. 6:2)? Who else would be so devoted to prayer that they would drop whatever they were doing to pray right on the spot whenever the hour of prayer struck, even if they happened to be in the middle of the marketplace (Mat. 6:5)? Apparently they were, in fact, those who the common people would go to whenever they had spiritual struggles or needed insight from God, looking up to the Pharisees as their teachers and counselors (Mat. 23:7). We can safely assume that Nicodemus was at least equaling, if not exceeding, his fellow Pharisees in such intense devotion.

And we have to acknowledge that not all of the Pharisees were blind hypocrites that purposely chose to be deceived and to deceive others. Some of them, no doubt, were very sincere. They sincerely wanted the truth, they sincerely were devoted to the God of Israel, they sincerely saw themselves as the spiritual guardians and teachers of Israel, and they sincerely desired to be holy. Some of them certainly desired to do what was right. And it is here that we find Nicodemus.

Obviously, Nicodemus wasn’t an intentional rejecter of God’s truth like so many other Pharisees. We see his sincerity here in the fact that he came to Christ in the midst of potential threats to be excommunicated and banned from the religious establishment (John 9:22). Certainly he came by night in the cloak of secrecy, but can we blame him? After all, his whole career, reputation, and everything he had worked for was on the line. Any man risking so much to hear the truth of God would want to make sure that what he was considering was really the truth of God before being willing to suffer for it. He came to Jesus knowing that He was a teacher who come from God, but it’s probable that at this early stage he didn’t yet know Who Jesus really was (i.e. the Messiah).

But the point is that Nicodemus was a devout follower of Judaism. If anybody could be saved by their acknowledgement of the one true God and their religious devotion and good works, it was him. Yet, as we will find out just a few verses later, Nicodemus at this time had no spiritual life in him. He was still “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1) and was in desperate need of the new, divine, supernatural life which came from above. He needed to be spiritually reborn, to become a new creature, or else he would never enter the Kingdom of God that he was so eagerly looking and waiting for. And as we will see, his religious devotion didn’t impress Christ one bit. Jesus will cut straight to the heart of the matter and address Nicodemus’ great, pressing, desperate spiritual need for salvation through regeneration.

We are also told here that he was a “ruler of the Jews”. In fact, the very name “Nicodemus” means, “conqueror of the people” in Greek. What his name shows us, if in fact it holds some meaning here in the inspired Word, is that in religious piety, devotion, and achievement, he was a man on the top, far above his peers in success as a Pharisee. He was a leader of the people, and had achieved greater status and recognition in Israel than his equals. Furthermore, by calling him “a ruler of the Jews”, the Scripture is informing us that Nicodemus had a seat on the respected governing counsel of Israel, known as the Sanhedrin. This ruling counsel consisted of 70 select elders from among Israel and was overseen by the High Priest. Religiously speaking, no one was viewed as in higher authority over Israel except the High Priest himself. In such a high position of honor, Nicodemus was viewed as an authority for religious counsel, an example for religious practice, and a model for religious learning. Yet, despite his great religious success in the eyes of men, he was a total failure when it came to the eyes of God, in need of the real salvation which could only come as a gift of sovereign grace from above. Jesus will yet tell him, “You must be born again”, or else he will never see the Kingdom of God.

So in the light of understanding that he was still dead in his sins and not saved at this time, we learn several lessons from the background of Nicodemus:

1. He was a man of intense religious devotion. To be not only a Pharisee, but a leader of the Pharisees, means that his commitment to his religious convictions had to be above that of the average Pharisee. Yet all the fasting, praying, proselytizing, studying, teaching, alms giving, tithing, and attending synagogue couldn’t save him. Let us understand that no amount religious works can save us, no matter how good they seem to be and no matter how great they are in quantity.

2. He was a man of committed sincerity to what he understood of the things of God. He was not purposely deceived and certainly did not intend to be a religious leader without truly knowing the God he claimed to represent. We learn from this that sincerity doesn’t always constitute salvation. “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Rom. 10:2-3). One can be zealous, religious, and intensely sincere, and yet still miss the righteousness which comes from God, and so be spiritually lost and dead.

3. He was a man who sought for the truth. This is proven by the fact that he came to Jesus at a time when the Pharisees as a whole were rejecting Him. They had rejected John the Baptist as the prophet of Christ (Mat. 21:25) and now they were rejecting Christ Himself. But in the midst of it, Nicodemus sneaks away to secretly inquire of Christ, desiring in his heart to know the truth of God and to hear divine instruction from the mouth of Him who he knew to be a “teacher come from God” (John 3:2). This shows us that one can be a seeker of truth, earnestly desiring to know the truth, and yet still be deceived. A real child of God is not seeking truth, they have found the truth, and it has set them free (John 8:32).

4. He was a man of significant religious attainment. He was not just any Pharisee, but was a leader among them. This man was in essence a pastor of pastors, a recognized theologian in Israel that even the rabbis would look up to. He was viewed as “a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law” (Romans 2:19-20). Yet even so, as a leader and a guide among God’s people, his religious achievement, respected status, and lofty position didn’t save him. This shows us that one can be a leader, a pastor, a theologian, and still not be born again. Just because a man holds a high position in the church doesn’t mean that he holds a high position in the sight of God. One can attain a great level of respect and attain a high level of honor among men in the church, and still be in desperate need of regeneration.

And so we learn that religious devotion and works can’t save us, no matter how intense and numerous; commitment and sincerity can’t save us, no matter how sincere; seeking the truth alone can’t save us, no matter how much we sacrifice to find it; and having success in the church and attaining to high levels of religious or denominational achievement can’t save us, no matter how lofty of a position we attain to. Just like Nicodemus, we need to learn to forsake our own understanding, our own works, our own achievements, and to trust in Christ alone. Salvation is not in outward actions; it is in spiritual life from above being implanted to us inwardly. We need to be transformed on the inside by the mighty power of the grace of God in regeneration.