Bible Baptist Church
St. Charles Missouri
Will You Be the One to Stand in the Gap this Year?
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will!” – Edward Everett Hale (Author of Man without a Country)
When Dwight L. Moody was just starting in the ministry he heard a preacher say, "The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully surrendered to Him." Moody that night said, "By God’s grace I’ll be that man!" It is said that Moody shook two continents for God and over a million souls came to Christ under his preaching and ministry. Moody had little formal education, and he was not a polished speaker. But God greatly used his life.
The challenge I would like to place before the friends and family of Bible Baptist Church in 2019 to be one who will ‘Stand in the Gap’ for your family, church and community! This phrase comes from the book of Ezekiel.
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30
‘The hedge’ was an allusion to a protective wall! As his countrymen looked around them they could see no ‘gap’ or breeches in the walls around Jerusalem; but Ezekiel was not speaking of material walls. He was referencing the spiritual wall of God’s protection that Israel had enjoyed up to this point. Like our materialistic age, if everything appeared in order on the surface they saw no need for alarm. They were oblivious to The Deteriorating Wall of God’s Protection!
Isaiah, some years prior to Zeke’s prophecy had written about the path Israel was on and referenced the wall that God had placed around them: Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. Isaiah 5:1-2
Instead of recognizing God’s mercy and grace, the nation began to take His blessings for granted and assume an attitude of entitlement – as though through their own merit they deserved this protection; that somehow God owed it to them!
Instead of becoming fruitful as God had cultivated them for they produced, not sweet clusters of grapes, but sour little wild grapes! (And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: Isaiah 5:5)
Yet as we see repeatedly in scripture God ‘is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’. So God conducted a search for someone to stand in the gap. In His search He looked for…
An Individual Person
We all have a sphere of influence where we can and should make a difference! It may be at home, work, or Sunday school. It was a Sunday school teacher with a burden for his class that tracked down a young man working in a shoe store and led D. L. Moody to Christ! What a difference that made!
An Interested Person
Who will respond to the conviction in their heart! Who will rise to the challenge of the hour with Devotion, with Courage, with Sacrifice, and with Endurance!
An Involved Person
That will Pray with Concern, Proclaim with Compassion, and will Preach with Conviction!
We all know that we are living in very challenging times. This world needs someone who will stand in the gap. Your family needs a gap-filler! Your coworkers need someone in the gap.
Standing in the Gap will require courage, so during the first month of the year we will examine some instances in the Bible when God admonished His people to “Fear Not”! Someone has counted them and said that there are approximately 365 ‘Fear Not’s’ in the scripture! We won’t be looking at all of them, but hopefully we will see enough to gain some courage for our daily walk.
On Sunday evenings we will soon be challenged to ‘Share Jesus without Fear’. This video driven study will give us some important insight into sharing our faith with those we encounter on a daily basis.
Then on Wednesday nights at 7:00 we will meet to share prayer requests and study the very practical book of James together. This letter from the pen of the Lord’s half-brother will help us to make sure we have ‘A Faith that Works’!
There are many other activities and opportunities for fellowship being planned for the various classes in our church. Please check out the calendar tab on our website for a schedule that is constantly being updated to keep you informed. Feel free to call the church office (636-947-0367) to get further information on any activity you are interested in. We would love to see you in one of our services soon.
Standing in the Gap for Christ,
Pastor Steve Parks