Missions History: John Gibson Paton

 
In a poor Scottish home in the early 1800s, a father led his family in prayer. One of his sons would later write, “How much my father’s prayers impressed me…he poured out his whole soul with tears for the conversion of the heathen world to the service of Jesus, and for every personal and domestic need…As we rose from our knees, I used to look at the light on my father’s face…hoping that, in answer to his prayers, I might be privileged and prepared to carry the blessed gospel to some portion of the heathen world.”
 

This son was named John Gibson Paton, and God would answer his father’s prayers.

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Learning to Serve in a Me-Focused Culture

 

One of the defining characteristics of our culture is the selfish pursuit of pleasure. We often hear, “If you had fun, that’s the most important thing.” And we tend to understand life through the question, “How will it affect me?” But, in the Gospels, Jesus taught us to live in a radically different way. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Jesus calls us to deny our selfish desires and serve others instead. Philippians 2:4 commands us, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” How can we learn to serve others? 

 

Read on for 3 steps to serving others in a me-focused culture.

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3 Requirements for Being Used by God

 

If you ask the average Christian if they want to be used by God, they will say, “Yes! Absolutely!” None of us wants to be mediocre Christians. At the end of our life, we don’t want to look back with regrets on missed opportunities and wasted potential. Instead, we want to hear God say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” (Matt. 25:21) How can we become effective servants of God? First, we need to ensure that we are real Christians. A real Christian is one who has turned from their sins and believed on Jesus to pay for their sins. Next, we need to meet God’s qualifications for service. 

Here are 3 requirements for being used by God.

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