Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Radio Ministry

Written by Rev. Hans Overduin
How important is the Word of God! How urgent that people hear the proclamation of the gospel message. We are living in the Òlast daysÓ and Òlast timesÓ (Acts 2:17; 2 Tim. 3:1; Hebrews 1:2; 1 Peter 1:20; 1 John 2:18). In anticipation of ChristÕs second coming and till that final day, when the last and eternal judgment of all will take place, it is GodÕs revealed will that His Word be proclaimed throughout the length and breadth of the earth (Acts 1:8).

The Word of God is described in Scripture as the incorruptible seed which lives and abides forever, and the instrument of the Holy Spirit whereby He works with quickening, regenerating power according to His sovereign good pleasure (1 Peter 1:23). Of His own will begat He us with the word of truthÉ (James 1:18a]. The Word is the sword of the Spirit according to Ephesians 6:17. By means of the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is yet hope for all perishing sinners in this world. Only the Holy Bible proclaims the true and only message of salvation through Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Saviour. We are so familiar with the message and have a general knowledge of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, but many have no real understanding of the message of Holy Scripture.

As we draw nearer and nearer to the final day, there is every reason to become more zealous in getting the Word out. We go about our work of Gospel ministry convinced and convicted about the truthfulness of what Peter says in Acts 4:12, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved. How can people come to realize their sins and sinfulness? ÒOut of the law of God.Ó From where can we know the gospel? ÒFrom the holy gospel, which God Himself first revealed in Paradise; and afterwards published by the patriarchs and prophets, and represented by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law; and lastly, has fulfilled it by His only begotten SonÓ (Heidelberg Catechism, Question & Answer 3 and 19). Hearing what the Scriptures say and what we declare in our Reformed Confessions about the Holy Bible and its message should motivate and compel us to sow the seed of GodÕs Word. The Lord promises the sowing will not be in vain (Isa.55: 8ff).

With the above in mind, we share with you the following responses to the Banner of Truth radio ministry.

Sermon Audio Response:Great Sermon! A good sermon. We really must adhere to the Bible when it comes to raising our children. Thank you very much

Woodstock, Ontario: Thank you for sending your Ôradio talksÕ to me. I like to inform you not to send them anymore, not because I do not like them, but to save the Ôradio ministryÕ some money. In past years I supported this ministry, but our support goes now to our own church activities.

Lowell, Michigan: I would like a couple printed copies of your Sunday broadcast from 102.9, Grand Rapids, Michigan for dates 8-10-03, 7-6-03, 8-17-03. Thank you kindly.

Annandale, Virginia: I heard your wonderful program on WWCR tonight. Bless you for being on the air. IÕm interested in your ministry and am interested in receiving literature to help my Christian walk.

Little River, South Carolina: As you can see I have moved. Please change my address and continue to mail me your messages to my new address. I hope to send a gift very soon.

Belfast, Ireland: Dear Friends, Thank you for your recent mailings. I am still receiving medical treatment. God bless you all for your kindness in remembering me in prayer.

Mashad, Iran: [received via the website email] I am an IranianÉ I want to know real God and truth. I would be much glad in case you provide me some booklets about study guides to help me study bible. May the Lord richly bless you.

Beirut, Lebanon: (received via the website email) I would like to convey my heartful greetings to you in JesusÕ name with great hope that you are doing well by GodÕs grace (Acts 2:39). Please IÕm asking you kindly if you could help our church bookshop with books & magazines & newslettersÉ to open GodÕs opportunity to carry ministry for the nationsÉ

Kapsabet, Kenya: Receive Calvary greetings in my name. I am a Bible College teacher and a pastor of a church of 400 members. I have loved your Banner of Truth Radio MessagesÉ They will be of great help to me as I teach and preach GodÕs Word.

Vakpo, Ghana: I am a girl of 15 years and a student at Vakpo Secondary School. My main purpose of writing you this letter is that I do not have any Bible or cassettes to listen to GodÕs Word. For this reason I am therefore asking for you to put my name on the mailing list to be having the ScriptureÉ

Maneo-Nikinanta, Ghana: I am very delighted to write this letter. How are you all? I hope by the grace of almighty God you are fine as IÉ I am a boy of fourteen yeas of age and a church member of Roman Catholic ChurchÉ Please every Sunday I go to church, but I donÕt have any Bible to study, so I want you to send me bible É and other help.

Akure, Nigeria: I am very joyous to send this note to you in the Lord. Sir, it was long, I had been trying to let you know that your ministry has been a blessing to my life and my converts.

Ibadan, Nigeria: Greetings. IÕm a regular listener of your programme on Radio Africa. Thank you for the sermon you always send to me. I want you to please pray for me for GodÕs favour and mercy.

Osogbo, Nigeria: It is a great joy to greet you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are interested in helping with a need of Christian Bibles and Christian books to share and to use in our evangelism and also make us to know more about word of God. We also want you to know that our new converted are crying for Christian materials.

Osogbo, Nigeria: I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the time is now to bring in the harvest of lost souls and coming of our precious Lord is nigh? Please help my new converts with Holy Bibles and literature books for them to grow in the Lord.

Akure, Nigeria: Dear Minister of God, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus ChristÉ We want to know more about Christ. We thank God for your ministry who are giving Christian materials to the poor.

Seeing that most of our responses come from Africa, as of February 1, 2004, we have begun broadcasting on a new station, Radio Africa East reaching Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia. Many letters from Africa include requests for literature, and we make a point of responding to all correspondence sent to us. Three times per year we send printed copies of several messages to individual addresses, which includes over 300 International, over 350 in USA, and about 100 in Canada. With the increase in postage, there is an increase in the cost of this mailing.

Thanks be to God for your continued support of the radio ministry, both prayerfully and financially. In closing, consider the following exhortation from a saint of old: ÒBe always tenderly yearning for sinners. This is a happy unhappiness. A man full of Christ-like tears is a noble creature. Such concern melts men, and tells with GodÓ (Thomas CollinsÑquoted in the latest excellent and edifying book by Iain H. Murray entitled, Wesley, and Men Who Followed, Banner of Truth Trust, p.212).

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