1. The Mission
3. Our Founders Personal Testimony
1. Our Mission…
Our mission is clear: Obey the great commandment (Matt. 22:37) by fulfilling the great commission (Matt. 28:19), by not shunning to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
BY DECLARING THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST AND THE APOSTLES TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN!
2. Our Doctrine…
We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, through Christ alone, plus—nothing! Our good works are the result of our salvation, never the cause of it.
Our heart’s desire is to exalt Jesus Christ and give Him His rightful place as Lord and Savior. We want to help people see God as He truly is: the One and only sovereign of the universe, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, perfectly holy, perfectly merciful, without beginning, without end, and personal!
We hold to:
Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”), Sola fide (“by faith alone”) Sola gratia (“by grace alone”) Solo Christo (“through Christ alone”).
3. Our Founders Personal Testimony…
It all began for me when a deep personal crisis created in me the realization that if God was real I needed His help. I began reading the Bible in earnest. After reading for a number of months (just by opening anywhere and beginning to read) I wasn’t getting anything out of it. So I decided to read it from cover to cover.
Beginning with Genesis 1:1 by the time I finished Revelation 22:21 I was a changed man. I have been told time and again that mine is of the most incredible testimonies people have ever heard. Well, it’s not really “My testimony”, it’s God’s testimony. It’s the testimony of God’s wisdom, God’s love, and God’s power to redeem broken (sinful) lives!
God’s Word began to open up for me when I read Deuteronomy 4:29,
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. “
It was as if the words jumped off the page into my eyeballs, through my nervous system, up to my brain and down into my heart. God had spoken! To me, essentially He was saying,
“I am not an obscure power or an impersonal force, I am a Person and you can know Me!”
The Lord revealed the same principle in Proverbs 2:1-5,
“My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.”
I saw it again in Matthew 7:7-8,
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
I saw the same thing again in James 4:8,
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
And finally in Revelation 3:20. That is where God turned the table around completely and now He was pursuing me!
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
And finally, when God opened my eyes to the deity of Christ (John 10:30), He blessed me to know who Jesus is. Life has never been the same.
Then, one night (I had been seeking God for a year and a half), I was on my knees with my face in my hands crying out to God (literally). I was praying hard and asking God,
“If I’m really on the right track by praying and reading this book (the Bible) please show me!”
That night I experienced Romans 8:16. His Spirit bore witness with my spirit that I was (and am) a child of God. At that moment, He washed away all the pain, all the shame and all the doubt. I was born all over again. The identity crisis was settled — forever!
Now I know for a fact who I am, where I came from, why I’m here, and where I’m going. Some people may call me a “Jesus freak” and some people may call me a “religious fanatic” but God calls me son (John 1:12)!
One thing He left me with was a burning passionate desire to see as many other people get saved as possible. At that point, I knew enough about the Bible to believe it myself, but I didn’t know enough about it to cause anyone else to believe it and I wanted that knowledge more than anything else in this world.
Ministry began for me in 1987 when I met a man who asked me if I wanted to share my testimony at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. He took me right inside one of the cell blocks. I played a song on my guitar, shared my testimony (it’s really God’s testimony) and I have been preaching the Gospel ever since!
It was 1994 when a mega-church I was attending developed an interest in our ministry at the jail. They were so encouraged by what they saw, they asked me to join the staff and develop a full-time ministry of evangelism!
In 1997 Voice in the Wilderness Ministries was incorporated as a 501(c)(3). We have been on an incredible journey ever since. The Lord has opened doors for us to speak at:
- The International Gideon Convention in San Jose, CA. There were 3,000 delegates and it was simulcast to 90 countries,
The Moody Bible Institute,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,
Trinity International University,
Beyond Amsterdam 2,000,
Iron Sharpens Iron men’s conferences,
Bible colleges in Russia, Ukraine, India, Africa, and Central America,
Churches, prisons, and jails across the country and around the world.
I have just completed my 10th book. The title is God the Final Frontier-How to Cultivate a Personal Relationship With Your Creator.
One of the greatest joys of ministry has been the writing and distribution of books and tracts that help people understand why we believe what we believe and point them to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our resources can go anywhere in the world for pennies. The Gospel tracts especially can go places where Jesus may not be welcome. We have received reports of people getting help, encouragement, and salvation from around the world by God using Gospel tracts!
Many people have said our new Gospel tract is absolutely the best they have ever seen! See for yourself. Here is the link…
Training others in evangelism and how to answer the cults is also very rewarding
What did Jesus do when the false teachers tried to trap Him? He did not argue. All He had to do was ask the right question and it shut their mouths every time. We train people how to do the same thing. By God’s grace, we have seen entire families come out of the cults and into salvation in Christ through this training.
I get excited about teaching evangelism to any congregation whether its 10 or 10,000 anywhere in the world. The response we receive from this teaching is very rewarding. There is no greater joy than to see someone come to know Christ personally or to see a Christian learn how to present the Gospel the way God wrote it.
Our best days for evangelism are still ahead of us. We just produced our first video. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9uGa7wMBH4
The internet is an open door for the ministry of the Word to the world. Our hope and prayer is to produce many more videos with great content like many say this one has.
Grace and peace to you from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Praise the LORD!
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