Busch likens task to Gideon's
November 16 2001 by Jimmy Allen , BR Assistant Editor

Busch likens task to Gideon's | Friday, Nov 16, 2001

Friday, Nov 16, 2001

Busch likens task to Gideon's

By Jimmy Allen BR Assistant Editor WINSTON-SALEM - More than 2,100 people groups representing about 2 billion people are still without access to the gospel, Woodrow Busch said during the sermon for the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention. Busch, pastor of First Baptist Church, Murphy, compared the mobilization needed to reach those people to the effort by Gideon as told in Judges 7:2-21.

"This small army, under the command of Gideon, led and empowered by God claimed a marvelous victory," Busch said.

He described some of the qualities of Gideon's army that Baptists need in order to proclaim the gospel around the world.

First, is courage. Gideon got rid of the fearful because fear is infectious, he said. "I like the spirit of the army sergeant who, in the middle of a heavy battle, looked up and said, 'Men, we're surrounded by the enemy; don't let a one of them escape.'

"If we are to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth it will take courage," Busch said.

Second is watchfulness. When Gideon's 10,000 soldiers went to get a drink of water, all but 300 knelt to drink. The 300 lapped water out of their hands. "While the 300 drank they remained focused, vigilant and watchful."

Third is confidence. "God revealed an amazing secret to Gideon - the outcome of this battle was already fixed," Busch said.

"Whether we know it or not the news in hell is that it's already over. This very Bible says when we stand up to Satan, he'll flee."

Fourth is obedience. Responding to the call is the "trigger that fires the gun."

"Proclaiming the gospel to the whole world is not just a slogan for Baptists, it is our passion, our heartbeat, our reason for being," he said.

The task is daunting but it is doable, he said, because the word of God assures victory, the witness of God actualizes victory and the worship of God anticipates it, he said.

The poem, You Jonah by Thomas Carlisle, closes with these words, Busch said: "'And Jonah stalked to his shaded seat and waited for God to come around to his way of thinking.' And God is still waiting for a host of Jonahs in their comfortable houses to come around to His way of loving."

"Come on North Carolina Baptists, let's come around to God's way of thinking and loving, and mobilize and proclaim the gospel to the entire world," Busch said.

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