We had a visitor at TBC recently with a very interesting story. As we shook hands, he told me he attended TBC over forty years ago. I told him I had been here forty-three years. He began to tell how he was saved at a home church in Iceland. A group of servicemen had begun to have services there on Sunday. There was no preacher among them so they gathered tapes from fundamental preachers and listened to them for their church service. By this time, I began to remember that we were so excited at TBC when this family came early in the 1970s. They had been saved in Iceland as a result of hearing the Word preached by Dr. Rod Bell. It was a wonderful testimony of the grace of God in the life of this couple.
They were excited to be at TBC and hear Dr. Bell, the man whose message they had heard so far away. We all rejoiced with them. The story goes on that over four hundred servicemen made professions of faith in Christ at that base. What a wonderful way and place for God to do such a work! Many of these men and their families are all around America and the world serving God. Our friend went on to say, when he learned he was headed to Iceland he said, “Do I have to go to that forsaken hole?” He loves to tell how he learned it was not forsaken. I challenge you, dear reader, to take note of where you are positioned today. What is your need?
Ephesians 4:11-15, “(11) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (13) Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: (14) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
What lessons can we learn from this great story of how God works?
- Vs. 11-12: God has prepared those who will represent Him in preaching the Word so sinners can be saved and the saints edified (in Iceland and wherever you are).
- Vs. 13-14: Through the preaching and teaching of the Word each believer is to grow to maturity (in Iceland and wherever you are).
- Vs. 15: The growing up process is to touch all aspects of each life (in Iceland or wherever you are).