Near the end of his time on earth, the apostle Peter wrote one last time letter to impart the truth of the Gospel again to those he had preached to: "Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is in you. I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder…that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind" (2 Pet. 1:12-13, 15).
"These things" Peter shares with them are part of the bedrock of faith: the story of salvation, the path to living in righteousness (sanctification), the authority of Scripture, the danger of false teachers, and the coming Day of the Lord. He says that they already believed and already knew these truths, but he was eager to teach them again, making certain that they would remember, teach, and practice them long after his death.
We could learn much from Peter's passion today. Sometimes, in our zeal for evangelism, we forget the last part of Christ's Great Commission-"teaching them to obey all that I commanded you" (Matt. 28:20)-rejoicing in the salvation of new believers, but leaving them ill-equipped to grow in their faith. Often Christians have no one in their city or village who can disciple them and educate them in the Word. The person who has been in the faith the longest or who happens to own part of a Bible becomes the pastor to their community, struggling to teach when he knows so little himself. This opens doors to false teachers and confusion with other religions or traditional beliefs.
At AMG, we've long recognized the need for new Christians around the world to be well taught in God's Word in their own language, with the example of His truth lived out by more mature believers from their own culture. It's only in this way that the Gospel fully takes root in new places once the missionaries have gone. That's why AMG invests in supporting and training national workers who serve and share Christ among their own people. These men and women are very literally our hands and feet, filling vital ministry roles as leaders, church planters, teachers, childcare workers, and more in nearly every country where we work.
We have a particular burden to equip pastors for ministry in the Word. As many of you probably remember, our longtime president Dr. Spiros Zodhiates was always teaching-whether through hisNew Testament Light program on radio and television, Pulpit Helps Magazine for pastors (which continues through AMG's online publication Disciple, and is still printed in local editions in India, Indonesia, and elsewhere), or his frequent visits to churches and missions conferences. Today, the vision he gave to AMG to reach multitudes by teaching those who teach the Word is alive and well through our pastor training ministries around the world.
This takes many forms in different places. AMG Indonesia operates Berita Hidup Seminary on the Island of Java to provide sound theological education for pastors and church planters who boldly teach and evangelize in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Our Pastors 4 Pastors initiative takes experienced pastors and Bible teachers from the U. S. to host conferences and training seminars for local pastors in underserved regions.
In some countries, our missionaries and national directors have made this ministry a special focus. AMG Uganda director Reuben Musiime and missionaries Jim and Drew Everett have been doing intensive training for several years with the same group of rural pastors there, and are now also reaching out to pastors in Kenya. Rueben has even put together a pastor training curriculum to be published so that those already taught can teach others. In Greece, AMG partners with the Greek Bible College to educate leaders for the evangelical minority in that country. In Italy, AMG missionaries Larry and Mary Lowery have for years served alongside Italian pastors to strengthen their fledgling churches and encourage their growth in God's Word.
These are just a few examples, and we are excited to see the ways God is leading and blessing AMG's work to build up local churches around the world. As with each of the ministries to which he has called us, we can only fulfill this work because of the faithful support of partners like you. Significant funding is required to provide for each of these outreaches, and your gifts make an incredible impact for the churches served by the pastors we train. For $110, you can send an African pastor to a week-long training conference. For $50, you can provide a valuable packet of resources (a study Bible, concordance, and original language dictionary) to one national pastor. For $50 per month, you can sponsor a national worker as he serves his own people in Jesus' name.
Will you join AMG in supporting this critical work? With your help, we will continue fulfilling all of the Great Commission! Thank you!
To learn more about AMG's national workers, pastor training ministry, and how you and your church can partner with us, please visit www.amginternational.org or call 1-800-251-7206.
Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International is a non-denominational, international missions agency based in Chattanooga, Tenn. AMG's distinctive has always been its reliance on national workers to carry the Gospel in their own cultures. Today, they operate ministries in more than 30 countries around the world through partnership with national believers.
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