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By Many or By Few

President of the Chinese Union Mission Robert Folkenberg Jr. gave his first sermon of the week Thursday evening, which was titled “By Many or By Few.”

Folkenberg began his sermon by giving some rather intimidating statistics regarding the millions upon millions of non-believers. When we hear these numbers, it is easy to ask ourselves, “How do we reach them?” Matthew 24 says that the Second Coming will happen when the gospel has been preached to all nations, but how is this even possible? Folkenberg says we are asking the wrong question. We should not be asking “How do we do this impossible task?” but “What can God do through one committed person?”

Folkenberg illustrated his point with the stories of Jonathan and David. First Jonathan and his armor bearer and then an army of just 600 Israelites stood against thousands of Philistines, but Jonathan said, “Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few,” 1 Samuel 14:6, NIV. David was the youngest of his clan. He was a musician and in no way the typical kind of soldier, but that did not matter. All it took was David’s faith in God, and through David, God worked a miracle. “All God was looking for was one believer,” said Folkenberg. “One committed follower of Christ who was willing to face the giant.”

We cannot grow in our faith unless we exercise it. Our mission is similar to what David faced. The task may seem impossible, but God is not concerned about numbers. God wants Davids and Jonathans whose unwavering commitment to their faith compels them to wake up and say “Lord, use me.”

—Rachel Beaver

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