There’s No Plan B

God’s plans are often beautiful in their simplicity. Although, we may not always understand how He operates, yet His plans for us are quite simple to grasp. His plan to save a lost humanity was simple; become one of us, live among us (John 1:14), yet without sin, and then give his life as a sacrifice for all mankind. “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

However, though Jesus died for the whole world as our propitiation, or payment for our sins, it was not the end of the story. God cannot will to, or impose on, an individual human being His desires for them, including the gift of salvation. This must be received or rejected by the individual, enacting their privilege and right of free will. It is our choice. And since choice is tied into the fundamental idea of love, God had to grant it because His love is not forced. It must be given and received, willingly.

Therefore, part of God’s plan is for His People, His Church,to go into the whole world and, through His empowerment, convey the message of God’s love and saving grace. And that’s it!

That’s Plan A! Yep, you and I, the Church of the living God – We are Plan A in God’s scheme to reach a lost world and according to His Word, there is no Plan B.

That’s a pretty daunting thought; with over 7 billion people in the world, a vast majority of whom are lost, whose eternal destiny are resting at the hands of the Church. Let me reiterate; that’s you and I. It may be difficult to comprehend that God would firstly commit the evangelization of the world to 12 uneducated men who were commissioned to go into the whole world and preach the gospel and ultimately to the likes of you and I. But that’s exactly how He planned it.

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Cor 5:18 

Not only has he chosen flawed and unqualified human beings but the methods which we are commanded to use seem almost futile, in that we are to:

  1. Witness & Testify – “Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” 1 Tim 2:6 (KJV)
  2. Preach – “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor 1:18
  3. Disciple/Teach – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matt 28:19 (NKJV)

These methods may seem weak and it’s level of success are somewhat dependent on the response of the hearer but we are required to employ them in bringing man to an understanding of God’s love and salvation. By such methods, God desires to give all an opportunity to hear of the hope of the Gospel and respond through one’s own free will; to repent, be baptized in Jesus name and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Peter writes; “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

This is God’s plan and there is no alternate scheme, no plan B! We, the Church, are it! We are Plan A. If this is so, and I believe it is, then there are massive implications that must affect our lives. The hope of the world rests upon us. If we don’t get our act together, get on with it, put our hand to the plow, get our heads down and work then the world, with all the souls therein, will perish in eternal damnation.

The questions must invariably come to every believer; “What are we doing to fulfill God’s plan for a lost humanity? How are we living our lives to do exactly what the Church was commanded and created to do?” It may start with just one soul at a time but we must start somewhere because there’s no Plan B.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

The Temple of God

In my daily readings at the moment, we are in 1 Kings. The Bible goes into much detail of how Solomon built the temple of the Lord. The Author spoke about the cedar trees floating down the river from Lebanon and about the different rooms and the inner court and the cherubims and the overlaying of gold of so much of the temple.

The building of the temple took seven years. Solomon was specific down to the minutest detail concerning the temple and the material used for it. I was overwhelmed just reading it all and how much care he took. Because of Solomon’s passionate desire to build a beautiful and intricate temple for the presence of God to live in, this is what the Lord said to him, “I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.”

So what does that have to do with us today?  As I was reading through those verses, the following verse came to my mind, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). If I have the Spirit of God living inside of me, I am the temple of God. How much care and value do I place on the Spirit of God in me? For seven years, Solomon worked at making the temple that God’s presence would dwell in the most beautiful and opulent house it could be. He spared no expense. I was convicted in my heart of the way I treat my temple sometimes and the lack of concern that I take that it is the temple of God. How much value do I place on my temple?

Could it be that if I was particular and careful of my behaviour and what I allow my temple to see, hear and consume that the heart of God would be pleased to be there perpetually? I challenge you today to examine the way you take care of you…the temple of God!

This is a post from Jena Grech, the Assistant Pastor of The Pentecostals of Sydney and author of “Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”

New Sermons and Videos

We’ve added a few sermons this past week to our podcast including the feature sermon from Transfusion 2012 by Rev Jonathan Downs. Rev Downs is the Youth President of the UPCA and were blessed by his wonderful ministry. He preached four messages over the weekend which will be available for purchase in a few weeks. We chose to share an incredible message that he preached on the Sunday morning of Transfusion entitled “Bury the Bones”. You can watch, or listen to, the sermon in its entirety on our podcast. Below is a segment of the sermon we uploaded to our podcast called “Taste the Honey”:

Also, we are happy to have Pastor Stan back from his numerous travels due to his new position as the Home Missions Director of the UPCA. Below are links to his last few sermons that we have uploaded to our weekly podcast:

Evangelism – Pastor Stanley Harvey

A Wonderful Change – Pastor Stanley Harvey

Transfusion 2012 – Through The Camera Lens

Transfusion 2012 was a blessing for all those involved. ReWired Youth did a great job of hosting the event and put on a wonderful concert. We were privileged to have our National Youth President, preach over the weekend and he did an incredible job. We have been blessed at The POS with the amazing photography of Richard Bulley (check out his website here). He always does a great job and as you will see in the following images he has a keen ability to capture the moment. Enjoy the photos from Transfusion