In This update...
- Is the gospel making a historic impact in Mexico?
- Conference with Emilio Ramos in Mexico City
- Conference with Tim Conway in Guadalajara
Is the Gospel Making a Historic Impact?
It is interesting how the Lord is using the internet to accomplish this. The internet has been likened to "the printing press of the 21st century". Just as the printing press revolutionized the world, and became the medium by which the truth of God's word exploded in the 16th century Reformation, the Lord is using the internet in Latin America and around the world for the spread of the gospel. We are certainly seeing this in Mexico, as there are believers scattered abroad who are listening to solid biblical preaching online by some of our favorite Bible teachers (like John Piper, Paul Washer, John MacArthur, Steve Lawson, R.C. Sproul, etc.). This is producing an awakening which is unprecedented in Mexico, and souls are getting saved, and believers are getting jolted with the power of truth as their eyes are being opened to see the glory of the gospel of grace. However, in many cities, there are no churches which believe in the glorious truths that these believers are hearing online. So this leaves many Christians in difficult situations, without a church in their locality with which they can identify, and without fellowship with other like-minded believers. Many of them write to us through Cristianismo Bíblico, our online ministry, seeking a biblical church, and requesting that we go to their cities to plant a church and help them. We have received many such requests from cities all over Mexico, where there are groups of believers meeting together to fellowship and exhort one another but are lacking pastoral oversight and are in need of much instruction.
Paul told the Colossians to pray "that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ" (Col. 4:3). He also requested prayer from the Thessalonians "that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored" (2 Th. 3:1). We are requesting the same prayer for our ministry in Mexico and by God's grace, are seeing something of its fulfillment come to fruition, at least in a small measure. Yet our hearts long to see what we've not yet seen -a real awakening, genuine revival and historic outpourings of the Holy Spirit move across this dark land and sweep multitudes into the Kingdom of God! Please keep praying for this. Our God is a faithful God, a mighty God, a living God, who hears the cries of His people! Our prayers are not falling on deaf ears. We are entering into a time of harvest in Mexico that has never happened in its history.
Conference with Emilio Ramos in Mexico City
Conference with Tim Conway in Guadalajara
Seeing that our church building was too small to accommodate all the people, the Lord provided a beautiful property for us to have the conference on:
As Phil Johnson notes in his excellent article on the subject:
"...I am concerned about some subtle trends that seem to signal a rising tide of hyper-Calvinism, especially within the ranks of young Calvinists and the newly Reformed. I have seen these trends in numerous Reformed theological forums on the Internet, including mailing lists, Web sites, and Usenet forums…History teaches us that hyper-Calvinism is as much a threat to true Calvinism as Arminianism is. Virtually every revival of true Calvinism since the Puritan era has been hijacked, crippled, or ultimately killed by hyper-Calvinist influences. Modern Calvinists would do well to be on guard against the influence of these deadly trends."
Tim Conway's report of his trip to Mexico is as follows:
It was a real honor and privilege to be a part of the recent conference held in Guadalajara by Cristianismo Biblico. Even with a conference subject dealing with the likes of "Hyper-Calvinism," it was very encouraging to see so many hungry people turn out over the three days. I have been somewhat remotely involved with the spread of the Gospel in Mexico for more than 20 years and I have never witnessed so much interest in the Gospel, and from so many directions. Some folks traveled for hours and hours to attend. I heard names like Queretaro, Mexico City, Puebla, Leon, Monterrey, Reynosa, Torreon, Cancun, Oaxaca, Zacatecas, etc. It seems the Lord has opened an effectual door for the Gospel by way of the internet and a harvest is breaking forth. Little churches and gatherings of God's people seem to be springing up all over Mexico and the Lord is leading some of these folks to make contact with Cristianismo Biblico and Josef Urban.
Although the title of the conference had to do with "Hyper-Calvinism," the real motivation behind the title is the fight for a pure Gospel in Mexico. A number of people at the conference admitted that their own thinking had become tainted by hyper-Calvinistic tendencies. Our hope is that in the years ahead, not only would Mexican Christians maintain a firm hold on the pure Gospel of Christ, but that more and more Mexican Christians would break forth from the shores of Mexico in order to proclaim Christ all over the world and especially in Muslim countries.
The Lord really blessed me with an excellent translator in Jason Courtney. I felt like the translation went exceptionally well.
The Lord also blessed us with an amazing meeting place in the courtyard of a school.
I look with anticipation at what the Lord is going to do in the months and years ahead. My own prayer is that the Lord would cause a full blown revival to break forth in Mexico which would be the catalyst for a missionary movement as well.
May the Lord bless Mexico.
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Sola Gratia, Soli Deo Gloria,
In Christ -Josef Urban
MAY THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!