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The Great Omission  

 

Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations, and Paul said that some preach and others send.

 

This is known as The Great Commission; sending or being sent. Actually, John Piper rightly says that there’s only three options for the Christian regarding missions: GO, SEND OR DISOBEY.

Every person must be a missionary, support missionaries or be in disobedience. That means that the majority of people are not following The Great Commission, The Great Commission has turned into The Great Omission.

 

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Mexico, for hundreds of years, has received thousands, if not tens of thousands of American and European missionaries. A lot of them has suffered persecution, sickness, loneliness, lacking, or discouragement with the simple objective that Mexico can know a Jesus. And it has worked, in Mexico today, there’s millions of Christians. We thank God for them, but we can’t just thank God for the sacrifice of thousands of missionaries, we must also follow their example.

 

There are various opportunities for Hispanics in missions.

1.   Church Planting

One of the ways that we can contribute to missions is by planting churches. Whether you personally start a church or you become part of a group that goes out to plant a church.

With the growth of Christianity in Latin America every city needs more churches. Acts is filled with church planting. Because the result of biblical missions is to start biblical churches.

 

2. Indigenous Communities

There are people in our country that have never heard the Gospel, let alone in their native language. One of the opportunities that we have is to leave our urban culture and take on a native culture and learn their language with the focus to reach out to that community.

 

3. Transcultural Missions

This is something I think Mexico needs to take to heart. A lot of Americans can’t go to places like the Middle East, but a Hispanic could go without a problem. A lot of Americans would not survive at an Indian garbage dump, because they are not used to it but some Mexicans have stomachs of steel. But the problem isn’t that there aren’t many who are willing to go, but rather there aren’t many that are willing to send.

 

Sending

Sending means to support financially and spiritually those people who have decided to dedicate their life to the preaching of the Gospel. There are a few ways you can send missionaries.

1.    Meeting missionaries and support them personally.

2.    Tithing in churches that are supporting missionaries and have a budget support.

3.    Meeting agencies and missions ministries and support them. 

 

Missions Month

In Horizonte on the month of February we are having missions’ month to learn how we can apply these truths in our church more. Every Wednesday of February at 7pm we will have a special preaching by a missionary. If you are from Ensenada this is an excellent opportunity for God to challenge your heart. And if you’re from far away we will be uploading our videos on our YouTube channel.

 

Jonathan Domingo 

 

I was probably 10, when I heard a woman for the first time, whom was furious because thousands, if not millions, of Christians celebrated Christmas with what she said was "the pagan tree". Since then I've ran into several people with the same conviction, that it is a sin to have a Christmas tree. So, I looked up biblical and historical information regarding the Christmas tree.

Biblical:

The Bible, in Jeremiah 10: 1-5, speaks of a people who worshiped a tree cut from the pine forest and decorated it with gold and silver. The Bible tells us not to fear the "pine god."  It’s only a pine tree. What this passage is teaching us is that it’s not bad to decorate a tree, but it's bad to worship a tree. In other words, it didn’t state that it was bad to decorate a tree, but that people worshiped and feared the tree.  Today there are people who do the same, that for them Christmas has little to do with Jesus and has everything to do with decorations, food, and gifts. However, most of those who put up a Christmas tree are not worshiping a god. They are simply enjoying a festive decoration.

 Throughout the Bible, we see the concept of idolatry as elevating something that is neither bad nor good and putting it in the place of God. There are people who do this with images, but itdoesn’t mean that a picture is bad unless it is seen as divine or something that takes the place of God. Some people have their spouses as an idol; it doesn’t mean that marriage is bad, but people are taking something good and making it a priority ahead of God.  There are people in the Bible who worship the sun, but that doesn’t mean that having a picture of a sunset in our homes is a sin. There are people in the Bible who worshiped a pine tree, but that does not mean that having a decorated pine tree in your house is a sin.

 Historical:

 The tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is relatively new.  During the Reformation in Germany, people would have holiday gatherings and through plays they would illustrate what happened in the Garden of Eden with a tree (in Germany the most common tree is the pine). They would hang apples, figs, or some fruit on the tree to represent the forbidden fruit.  Some people, to this date, still hang apples on their trees and have no idea why.  In fact, the spheres currently hung on trees represent the fruits that would hang on the tree back then.  After a while, thanks to the Christmas drama, the pine tree began to be a Christmas decoration. Those who started this tradition did not see it as something that they worshiped, but as something to remind them that all have sinned and that the purpose of Christmas is that Christ came to die for our sins to give us eternal life.

 The Christmas tree is not a useless decoration, on the contrary, it should serve as a reminder of how much God loves us. The Christmas tree has more value than we imagine.  For a Christian the tree is not an idol, but something that reminds us that we need to be redeemed by Christ.

 

Jonathan Domingo

Why don’t we knock people over?

There is something that is practiced in some churches that we don’t practice ourselves and often people ask me, hey Jonathan, why doesn’t your church knock people over? I want to give you the Biblical explanation of why Horizonte does not knock people over by the "Holy Spirit."

 1. Because it’s not seen in the Scriptures.

In the Bible you don’t see a person knocking someone else over.  On the contrary, Jesus tells the lame to arise. Likewise the apostles didn’t knock people over, they came to instruct, heal, help, but never to knock people over. Some say, how about Isaiah or Juan, who saw God and fell over as dead?

 

1. They were seeing God in person and it was something so immense that they couldn’t stand.

2. It wasn’t a person who knocked them over

3. It was in private, not in public.

4. It was not the Holy Spirit, it was Jesus in his glory.

"You will never see anyone in the Bible wearing a white suit hitting people in the forehead making them fall over ..."

 

 2. The work of the Holy Spirit is ordered.

 

The Bible says that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters because there was disorder and right after that the light was created (Genesis 1: 2-3)

The Holy Spirit always seeks to bring order.  When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth which was in disarray and said it was the work of the Holy Spirit, he said to them that everything is done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40).  Disorder is never the work of the Holy Spirit.

I will conclude this post by saying two things:

1. We are all for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we believe in healing, in gifts of prophecy, the gift of tongues, in all the gifts. But we simply want to exercise those gifts in a Biblical way.

2. We are not against Pentecostalism at all; I know many Pentecostal churches that love Christ, preach the gospel and are being used by God. What I am saying is that there are some people who take advantage of others and put on a show but do not love Jesus nor do they preach the gospel; they do not operate in the Holy Spirit; they are scam artists ...  It is not because a Pastor practices the gifts of the Holy Spirit in a different manner does that mean he is evil ... it’s just a little more energetic than us, but we are all in favor.

The purpose of this post is to explain why we don’t knock people over.

 


 

Pastor Jonathan Domingo