Salvation to the Ends of the Earth

This months magazine article. We're keen to keep the Thy Kingdom Come momentum.


[The Lord] says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 49:6 NIV)

As Christians, we have the most incredible and the most important news to share with the whole world. In Isaiah the Lord describes this news as salvation and it is not just for Jews, but for non-Jews (Gentiles) all over the earth.

In the NT we find that it is Jesus who fulfils this as “the source of our eternal salvation” (Hebrews 5:9), for he is the one who died for our sins to save us from guilt, death and judgement. Paul takes up the verse from Isaiah to show how Jesus commanded him to take this message of salvation all over the world.

Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: " 'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'" (Acts 13:46-47 NIV)

As the church in Rochdale we pick up the baton, to be light to this part of the earth. That's why the challenge of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York last month to pray for people to come to know Jesus Christ was so important. As a church, we are to speak the word of God as part of that process of salvation being brought to the ends of the earth (like Paul and Barnabas). We have the privilege of sharing the most incredible and important news the world has ever known – that Jesus Christ can save us and bring us to eternal salvation – heaven instead of hell.

That's why we prayed and why we began to seek ways to share the news. We've encouraged every Christian in the church to choose five people who don't trust Jesus and to pray for them every day. We've started to visit our parishes offering people ways to look at the life of Jesus – either by reading a gospel or watching a DVD presentation of the life of Jesus. We've only visited three streets and have already given out four DVDs!

We are privileged to be in Rochdale, to have the opportunity and responsibility of fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah in our own day, in our own corner of the world. This month would you keep the commitment to pray.

  • Pray for your five friends who don't know Jesus. Pray for the opportunity to talk to them about the faith and the courage and clarity to take that opportunity. Pray that the Lord would save them.
  • Pray for our parish outreach. Pray that people would takes gospels and DVDs and so meet the real Jesus and put their trust in him.
  • Thousands live in our parishes and many more are known to us personally. Pray we would grasp the opportunity to tell them the most incredible and important news the world has ever seen – the free offer of salvation.


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