MARCH 4 – The Mighty Have Fallen
2Sa 1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
2Sa 1:27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
David had great a great love for Jonathan and respect for the King that had been anointed by God. This is a complete chapter about the loss of these two men. Saul and Jonathan were recognized as providing for the nation of Israel. The recognition is given to Saul as having been anointed to his position as King. For David, this was a sad time. The nation’s leader was gone. The son that had gone to war and been a great warrior was gone. David felt that loss.
We are living in a time when great men have gone on before us. They were in the presence of the Lord. I call these men great because of the work they have done. These were men that built churches without the gimmicks. They were men who wore out shoe leather going door to door and winning lost souls and built churches. Those that were missionaries averaged about 5 years building and organizing a church. Then they would go on to start another mission work. They opened up states that did not have a scriptural church. They took stands that were unpopular. Most are gone now. We have a few left that carried that spirit of labor.
Those churches they started are now pastored by other pastors now. I have lived long enough to see the work of these men grow and become powerhouses for the Lord. Many have been saved by this old fashion Biblical work ethic. I have seen failure where missionaries have reached for fame and recognition only to fail. Great men have crossed the oceans to build lasting legacies to God in Churches that flourish and do mission work to this day. I want to honor the work of these great men that have gone on before. They were flawed, cracked and imperfect, yet they built for the Lord.
There are some that denigrate that work today. Yet they stand as an example of Great Commission to go, preach the gospel, baptize the saved and teach them all things. They gave their lives and the comfort of being settled in one community because they felt the call to go into a wicked and sinful community and preach against sin. I wish I could name them all. If I tried to name them, I would forget many. I love and appreciate those that are still with us. I give them respect and admiration for the work they have done. I love them even when they are cracked, warped and weary from the work they were engaged in. They are due our respect.
Thank you for the tremendous work you have done, Pastors and Missionaries.
FEBRUARY 1 – ANOTHER GENERATION
Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
Another generation arises behind us. How well have we raised and taught this younger generation? Are we so well established in the truths of Gods Word that we can teach our children. The rise of the generation behind me is a grave concern. I see those that have been raised in church all their lives by well grounded parents, even preachers and pastors that have left the plain doctrines taught in the Bible go astray into liberal churches and mitigated the ordinances that Jesus gave the church.
Do we not think that Jesus meant what He said? Are we not emphasizing Gods Word to our children or have we put to much emphasis on the things of the world and those things are beginning to take pre-eminance in our life and the life of the children? Maybe we are pursuing religion instead of developing a relationship. A relationship would lead us to the importance of walking with God and teaching our children to walk with God. Is there any parent that has been blessed to realize that Jesus died for them to give them everlasting life that would deny their children that opportunity by allowing them to skip being at church and hear the salvation message?
Two reasons our churches are declining. Members not willing to go to a lost and dying world. It is natural to talk football, baseball, the weather, family and health. Natural comes from the natural man. The spiritual condition of a person is the last concern. The spiritual condition is most important. The second, we have not prepared our children to accept Christ as Savior and receive baptism as identifying with Christ. We have not prepared them for membership in a Church that Jesus built and accepting the responsibility of being an active member.
Our children are not too young to understand the doctrines that are unique to Gods Word and Bible believing Landmark Missionary Baptists. May we be diligent in teaching the Bible.
Three “Mighty Men” of Evangelism
1843 – Robert Compton, Pastor of the Beulah Baptist Church in Russellville, Penn. wrote to fellow pastors, “[We are] now enjoying a precious revival-the effects of a protracted season…which commenced Oct. 9…We held the meeting every afternoon and night for three weeks…Last Lord’s day…the house was crowded to excess-the aisles, pulpit and every corner. The preaching has been pleasing, pointed, and powerful, being…attended with the convicting and converting Spirit of Almighty God.” Compton was commending the evangelistic ministry of Emerson Andrews who was born in Mansfield, Mass., on Nov. 24, 1806, the eldest son of James and Mercy Andrews, a very religious family with the family altar as the center of the home. The family moved to New Hampshire where tragedy struck in the form of typhoid. Emerson’s father, both brothers, and two sisters were lost in death. Emerson and his sisters lingered for weeks and finally lived. He entered Union College in N.Y. and heard a sermon by the Congregational Revivalist Ashael Nettleton and trusted Christ as Savior. He became persuaded of immersion and A.D. Gillette, pastor of the Baptist Church in Schenectady, N.Y. baptized him. His meetings were beyond supernatural. In 1843 a Baptist church in reading Penn. with 60 members saw 500 saved in an eight week protracted meeting with daily baptisms morning and night. Along with Jacob Knapp, Jabez Swann, Emerson Andrews would qualify as one of “David’s Mighty Men” of evangelism in 19th Century New England. [Emerson Andrews, Living Life (Boston: James H. Earle, 1872, pp. 198-99. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 553-55.] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
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They “Held the Rope”
1792 – Is a day that should live forever in the hearts of Bible believing Baptists, for it was on that day that the first modern-day mission agency was founded. William Carey, Andrew Fuller, and a small group of Baptist pastors from the Northhamptonshire Baptist Association in Great Britain formed the Baptist Missionary Society, or the B.M.S. for short. Dr. John Collett Ryland, Jr. was to become the driving force behind the eventual success of the B.M.S. He was the son of Rev. John C. Ryland, Sr. and was born in 1753 in Warwick and educated in his father’s school. He served for fifteen years as his fathers assistant at the College Lane Church, Northhampton, before succeeding him as pastor of that Baptist congregation in 1786. It was while assistant to his father that he baptized William Carey in the River Nen on Oct. 5, 1783. His diary entry said, “I baptized a poor journeyman cobbler.” In 1792 he became pastor of Broadmead Baptist in Bristol and principal of Bristol Baptist College where many men were trained for the ministry and missions. He followed Fuller as the Secretary of the B.M.S. and traveled extensively and preached nearly 9,000 sermons, much of it for the cause of missions. Twenty-six of his students went on to the mission field. Carey had challenged Ryland, Sutcliff, Fuller, and Pearce to “hold the rope” while he went into the mine of India. They didn’t disappoint him. Dr. Ryland died in 1825 at 72 years of age. [Norman S. Moon, Education for Ministry-Bristol Baptist College 1679-1979 (Rushden, Norrthhamptonshire: Stanley L. Hunt, Ltd. 1979), p. 113. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 539-40.]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon
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They were given four days to prepare for trial
The trial of Veniamin Markevich, the pastor of the independent Baptist church in Ordzhonikidze, Russia took began Jan. 24, 1983 and ended on Feb. 2nd. The other two pastors on trial with him were Veniamin Chistyakov, and Vasily Mikhin. They were given four days to prepare for trial. The testimony of witnesses made it clear why the KGB had to silence them. One teacher said, “Our school has a great atheistic program, but because of the activities of the defendants, practically nothing comes from it.” Of course as these cases went in the past, the outcome was already determined and the sentences pre-set, and the elderly judge ready to rubber stamp the verdict. Politically, an important change had just taken place in Russia. Leonid Brezhnev, leader for 18 years had just died, and the central committee had just appointed Yuri Andropov as General Secretary. He had been the head of the KGB, and in speeches had lashed out at the Western powers, and he had called for a stronger show of force and this was a part of this effort internally. Pastor Mikhin received three years, Pastor Chistyakov four, and Pastor Markevich received five. It took one-hundred days to transport Pastor Markevich from the Caucasus to Yakutia in Siberia. Somehow his wife was able to find his location and traveled 600 miles to see him. She was allowed thirty minutes with him. However their families learned to trust God and continue with their lives under these trying circumstances. He learned that his daughter was to wed Pastor Chistyakov’s son. He was moved from time to time to different prisons, but by the grace of God he was released eight months early in Feb. 1987.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 67-68.
Some of these pastors were former slaves
The Ogeechee Baptist Church was formed in Savannah, Georgia on Jan. 02, 1803 with 250 members which was the third black Baptist church instituted in America. The first black Baptist church in America was the First African Baptist Church of Savannah, the results of the ministry of Abraham Marshall and Jesse Peter ((black), who instituted the Kiokee Baptist Church in Appling, GA. The pastor at Savannah was George Lisle (black), who eventually went as a missionary to Jamaica. Some of these pastors were former slaves, like Lisle and John Jasper who had been given freedom by their masters. However, when Rev. Henry Cunningham was called to the First African Baptist Church of Philadelphia (the sixth black church in America), his master wouldn’t release him. Henry had been a deacon in the 2nd Baptist church in Savannah (black) and later served as its pastor before being called to the Philadelphia church. Some members asked his master to let him go north to raise money to purchase his freedom but his master refused without surety, but there was no way that Henry could provide such a sum. But thank God, two faithful members of 2nd church, who were free-born, stepped forward and gave themselves into servitude as surety for Henry. The money was raised, the men were released and joined their beloved pastor in Philadelphia and formed the nucleus of the First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia. “Greater love hath no man than this…”
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins /, pp. 3-4.