Some Reminders from Ethiopia

So, here are some reminders from my time in Ethiopia with the people of Debre Zeit Mekane Yesus Church. Three points: 1.  The local church really is the hope of the world.

Not government. Not NGO’s. Only the local church. Jesus promised, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it” (Matthew16:18). Northgate Church and Debre Zeit Church are the hope of the world.

2.  Jesus is the same Jesus everywhere.

I’ve worshipped in North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Jesus is same everywhere. Revelations 5:9, “And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Jesus is not a western idea. He’s global!

3.  We cannot waste any time. People need Jesus now!

If the local church is the hope of the world and Jesus is the center of that church, then Northgate Church must continue to move forward boldly in the future. We've got to focus only on Jesus and leading others to him. We must go after a bold, white-hot vision and believe God for the impossible.

The Body of Christ in Ethiopia gets this—the church is doing remarkable things there. And I know the people of Northgate Church get this too. So, on Sunday, April 1, we’ll take our next big step in reaching people for Christ. . .  we’ll launch our building project, “Not to Us.” Stay tuned. . .

“Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory. . .” (Psalm 115:1)