We are all called to missions by Pastor Mark Currie
Pastor Mark Currie told us that in performing his missionary duties he flies from place to place and has sat through many what to do in an emergency instructions on the plane. The first thing a parent is told to do if the oxygen masks drop is to put the mask on the parent first, then assist their children. Our instinctive reaction would be to put the mask on our child first, then ourselves. But if we mess up the instructions or it doesn’t work what would happen is both you and the child would perish.
He told us there is confusion in Churches and people’s lives and, as a result, are not entering into faith. He calls it SUSPENDED UNBELIEF. In these days life is moving quick.
Our churches must get out of confusion and get things right. The Church needs to work on its weaknesses first (sort of like the parent tending to themselves before the child). If we are in debt, get out of debt. If we have unbelief, we need to suspend unbelief. We can’t keep imaging that everything is OK. We have to begin doing right things, lining our lives up with the will of God.
We are all going to face change and transition. Many of us are facing the empty nest syndrome and our teens and young adults are making serious mistakes. We do not want to lose perspective of what God is doing and get caught up in the garbage.
Ephesians 1:9-10 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
It will be less of a mystery to us, but even so it fills us with awe because it’s something you can’t fully know. A time is coming and it will be when He (Jesus) will come in fullness. And we are all in this for we are in Christ.
Pastor Currie pastors New Hope International, Inc. in Russia and his church is growing and reaching many.
The church is working to be part of Jesus’ gathering together of the saints. Some will be gathered, some won’t be. Not every one of the 10 virgins made it to the wedding feast of the Lamb. We need to get our minds off our immediate problems and see ourselves as part of something bigger. Very important things are going on.
We are all missionaries. We are all called to something. There is somebody in our life we can share the Gospel with, and you are the only one they will hear the Gospel from.
Before Pastor Currie became a missionary, he was a follower of Jesus, and wanted his life to be an example. But Pastor Currie wanted to know what he was supposed to do in God’s kingdom. He now seeks to raise up new believers and leaders to take on the Work of God.
Pastor Currie told us he has a solid family life and is a disciple of Christ. We need to be disciples. To say, “I am a Christian,” is not enough. We need to be disciples. The Jehovah Witnesses have it right in the disciple realm, but their theology is wrong. We need to be believers in Christ and disciples.
Discipline means OBEY, and to obey takes consistency. When we obey somebody we get in line with something. We conform to what they want us to obey about. As disciples of Christ, we conform to His Will and His Word. And often we have to conform when we really want to unconform. There are times in Pastor Currie’s life when, instead of being loving to someone, he really wanted to brain them.
People do not always listen to God, but if we want to get the Work of God done, we have to do what God wants us to do.
There are things that show that one is a disciple.
1. Spend personal time with God everyday. Read the Bible to get a Word from God. The Holy Spirit is a teacher and you will get what you need.
2. The disciples were not perfect people. We all make mistakes, but we are servers of Christ. At times we take baby steps, but if we spend too long in the baby step stage, we can figure there is something wrong in our walk. There are no half-stepping Christians in the Church. There are no half-stepping disciples. We may make mistakes, but we will also learn to take full steps.
3. People often ask Pastor Currie how he knew he had a call to be a missionary. As a disciple, he heard God’s voice, and cared about breaking boundaries to tell the truth. He has read many philosophies but they did not contain the truth. The Bible is true. He suggested reading the Bible and asking questions. He told us we need to let people know the truth, and the truth has to be told.
He felt unqualified and unprepared to serve in Russia. He knew at the time that he went they were not fond of democracy and capitalism, and did not accept the truth of the Gospel, or repenting, putting faith in Christ, and a new life. Because of love, he chose to go to Russia, even if it meant difficulty. He gave his self in obedience.
He believed he had been called to minister in inner city evangelism. He was a husband and a father. He had a job, and knew that first he had to get his life in order. Until then, he wasn’t ready to go to Russia.
First he went to his pastor. Pastor Currie told us that is very important to do. When you think you hear from God you need confirmation. As a disciple, it is important to be under the authority of your pastor, and you want to make sure he also confirms that you have heard from God.
Pastor Currie told us this can sometimes be tough for a person who might have father wounds, to trust a pastor. But we trust God, and pray God will bring us a pastor that can help us put the pieces in order.
In order to go to Russia, he also had to get the cooperation of his wife and children. His five-year-old was excited to ride in a big plane. He felt his 13-year-old daughter, who lived in a perfect neighborhood and had many friends, would be more of a challenge. But she heard a song that confirmed that everybody has a seed to sow. God put it in her heart that this was the right thing to do. God worked on his family to prepare them for Russia.
For Pastor Currie this was a chance of a lifetime. God gave him a chance to do ministry and really trust God. His wife was courageous and shared his vision.
How do you know God wants you in mission? Remember we are all called to missions. There is some area in our lives God wants us working in. Not all are called to foreign missions. We need to get rid of confusion, and if overseas missions are what God wants us to do, we will know. We just have to be disciples and obey God’s calling on our lives.
The church is a good place to be, but it is also a hard place to be, for it will challenge our walk with Christ. We are getting good things from attending church, but we should also look at how to be giving. We come to church so we can be equipped to give.
Pastor Currie gave us time to ask questions. He told us any church that isn’t Russian Orthodox is considered a sect and cultish. So there are cult labels placed on other denominations. Because any non-Russian Orthodox church is considered a cult, the non-Orthodox churches are often tied up in bureaucracy. People who convert to a non-Russian Orthodox church are considered to have something wrong with them and their thinking.
The hardest thing he faces as an American Christian in Russia are questions about our politics, the war in Iraq, the economy, and other current events. He told us he has to get through all those issues before he can minister to people.
We were asked to pray for him and his work in Russia. There is much good that is going on and much work that is being done. Our church has been supporting his mission for many years, and have seen the good work God is doing through Pastor Currie.
If you wish to support his mission or find out more about it, you can email him at:
I asked him where his church is located in Moscow and here is what he said:
Our church is New Hope Church, located near Metro Aviamotornaya (a subway stop) in east Moscow.
Praying your day is blessed,
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