"What you can do for them, and what they can do for you."
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
We live in a world today of an increasing neediness for the Gospel of Christ. There are men, women and children all over this world who are living a “full” life only to die to wake up in the torments of an everlasting hell. The need for the lost to hear the Gospel is evident and it seems that more people are dying every day. Who will fill in this gap? Who will be the one to do his part in fulfilling the Great Commission?
God has blessed independent Baptist churches all throughout the course of history with many, many ministries. Ministries such as: The Nursing Home, The Jail Ministry, The Shut-in Ministry and The Food Pantry Ministry just to name some of the different ministries that independent Baptist Churches participate in. I would like to take this time to mention one ministry that is very dear to my heart. That ministry is the Bus Ministry. The bus ministry has been a great tool Independent Baptist churches have used for many years. I have been a part of the Bus Ministry now for almost ten years. I can say that many of the things that I learned as a young man came from working in the Bus Ministry. Reflecting upon all of these things brings a very pressing thought to my mind: “We NEED more young men serving ACTIVELY in the Bus Ministry!” It is not enough to simply be there for the Bus Ministry. It is a finely tuned, well-oiled machine that has the potential to change the lives of the young and old all across this world. There are young men all across our nation that are part of independent, fundamental, Bible-believing, Baptist churches that have never tasted the power of the bus ministry or even realize what it is all about. We need young men who will rise to occasion and fill the gap for the fatherless and the widows! Sir, there are some children somewhere who are inwardly pleading for someone to love them! There is a mother somewhere that needs help with her children, the help only Jesus can give, but he will only give it through a man. Through a man who is willing to pay the price of being actively involved in ministering to them. Here are some reasons why we need young men in the Bus Ministry:
1. It gives a sense of urgency to the lost condition of this present world.
We live in a world today in which the condition of the reality of what sin really is hidden to eyes of the average young man today. Yes we have great preaching against alcohol and yes we have great preaching against drugs and immorality. Yes, it is true that the young men of today hear about what these things can do, but do they know what is to see it first hand? Have they seen where man and our degenerative state can go? I am not speaking of them going out and trying it for themselves. I am speaking of them seeing the where effects of a sin-filled life without any consideration of a loving God can lead. We NEED young men, who are soul-winners and who are mentally aware of the fact that there is a world that needs Christ!
2. It allows them to see how God can work in the lives of others.
I believe in the power of prayer. If it were not for prayer, I most likely would not be writing this article now. If it were not for prayer, there would be someone, right now, this very moment, dying and on their way to hell. How can a heart for the things of God be instilled into a young man? When a young man begins working with people who ride the buses to church and sees the condition in which they have to live, there should be an overwhelming realization that these people NEED someone who will pray for them! It equips the young man with a new spiritual responsibility that will perhaps require much time before the throne of God. This nation today is dying for young men to see the need, not only of people who have a lost condition, but of people that need the work of God in their life! What a better way to become a master Soul-Winner than experiencing the Bus Ministry? What a better way to become a prayer warrior for someone else than in experiencing the Bus Ministry? We NEED young men who have seen God work in the lives of others!
3. It allows them to see how God can work in their own life.
If I were to take an apple seed, and if I were to only water it one time, would that apple seed ever survive? Of course not! The apple seed will always need water. If this small apple seed gets enough water, one day it will sprout; and if you continue to water throughout the sprouting stage, it will begin to grow into a sturdy tree. Our world today needs young men in the Bus ministry who not only recognize the need for the Gospel; who not only see how God works in the lives of others; but see how God can work in their own lives! When a young man who has given his life to spread the Gospel sees that God works in the lives of others, his thirst will grow for his own life also! God can take a young man, shy and timid, and turn him into a Gospel spreading machine! How is this possible? It is possible when young men realize that GOD wants to work in their life and not the television. It is when they realize that GOD wants to work in their life and not the latest movie. It is when they realize that GOD has something special set aside for them if they are willing to look at their life as clay in the hand of a Master Potter! God wants to do something in the life of young men all around this nation, and I believe that one of the best ways for young men to realize this is through the Bus Ministry! God is not limited to using only these three methods to work in the life of a young man. These are just three ways that are applicable to the Bus Ministry. Would to God we had more young men willing to serve God in the capacity of the Bus Ministry.
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