Would God call Central Christian, LV to be a missionary church?

A church Elder at a board meeting many years ago made a comment: My daughter and son-in-law are missionaries in Peru. Las Vegas probably needs missionaries as badly as anywhere. Maybe this is where they should be, the results might be better?

That caught my attention. When I needed a job, after being discharged from the Navy, my aunt and uncle said I could get a job there and I could live with them, if I would attend church with them. I had very rarely gone to church previously, but agreed. A missionary couple returning from Africa spoke one Sunday and told what it was like in a foreign country. I knew that if I became a Christian God would call me to be a missionary to Africa. This would be the last thing I would ever want to do. However, in time I was able to be convinced that the chances I would be called to be a missionary were very slim. Therefore, my fear of lions and large snakes and ministering to half-dressed people was overcome and I accepted Christ and was converted.

When I heard the Elder’s comment my thought was: Would God have sent Jonah to Las Vegas instead of Nineveh if the choice were to be made today? Jonah 1:1 & 2 – “The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” I wondered what God thought of “Sin City”? Would God have sent Jonah here to minister to its people? Then I thought: Would God use a church instead of a person to do what Jonah did in Nineveh?

This past week, June 2014, we had over 1100 baptisms at church. Over the past years we have had over 50,000 conversions. My thoughts this week were: Has God been using specific churches to change their city and beyond instead of a missionary or a prophet. Could He not influence a church to become missionary minded in their own city? How do you account for a church that grows from an attendance of 450 to over 30,000? Other churches in the same city have had attendance of 350 with little or no growth over 40 years. What spiritual affect have they had on the city?

Why do Christians judge Joel Osteen’s church to be too liberal and not legalistic enough? When you have attendance that continually grows and exceeds 40,000, someone is growing spiritually and people are coming to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. I do not criticize a minister on TV that 75% of his message is getting people to send money. Some Christians want to hear those types of sermons. However, I turn them off and listen to ministers that teach what I believe God wants me to hear to improve and grow spiritually.

I believe we should be in churches that fit our spiritual needs. I felt called over 30 years ago to a church that was very traditional with a vision that it would start a spiritual revival and it has. Maybe God’s calling was for me to be part of a missionary church and not have to leave town to fulfill that calling I was so fearful of, prior to becoming a Christian. I am glad God chose my mission field to be Las Vegas and not Africa or some other foreign country.

Wouldn’t you feel like being in a missionary church that God used to see 1100 individuals baptized in one week? However, I am sure God has a place for all Bible teaching Christian churches. Some Christians do much better in smaller churches where they feel more comfortable. In those churches there are leadership positions and it allows many to develop spiritual leadership skills that are used to build God’s kingdom. They may never have that opportunity in a large mega-church. Regardless of our personalities, our likes and dislikes, God has a place for every one of us. We were all born with a purpose and if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us, we will find where God wants us to be and there we can serve Him best.

I have been a member of small churches and it provided an opportunity to grow spiritually and develop leadership potential. It also was a tremendous faith builder.

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