Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10)

One of the most encouraging works I’ve seen the Lord do in our church over the last few years is building a deeper longing in our hearts for him to be glorified among every tribe and tongue. It’s no accident that at the same time ethnic diversity in our local church has increased so has our engagement in frontier missions.

We’re not unique in that regard. A heart for and engagement in global missions keeps growing in other Sovereign Grace Churches. I see the Lord helping church families like our own be less concerned about what people think of us and more concerned about what people think of him. The fact that we now have a Director of Emerging Nations, Dave Taylor, is significant. Dave is the lead pastor of the Sovereign Grace church in Sydney, Australia. He also coordinate our ministry partnerships and church planters outside the US. If you want to catch a glimpse of the mighty work God is doing in Sovereign Grace churches around the globe, Dave is your guy.

Chris Deloglos and I had a phone call with him yesterday where we discussed (among other topics) the opportunity we have to support a new SGC plant in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I’m excited for you to hear more about Santa Cruz during our September 8 Members Meeting. But you don’t have to wait until then to hear and rejoice in what God is doing in other nations. You can subscribe to Dave’s monthly “Emerging Nations” newsletter.

After reading the most recent edition this morning, a strange (or not so strange) thing happened. I found myself less anxious about the challenges and struggles in my own life, more grateful we serve a big God who is powerfully at work all over the place, and more eager for God’s name to be honored in our little corner of the globe. We all need that kind of God-centered perspective. We need to hear what God is doing so we can rejoice in what God is doing, pray for his gospel-proclaiming, church-building work to continue, and be stirred up to enduring faithfulness in the role he’s given us to play.

Sign up for the Emerging Nations newsletter. You won’t be disappointed!

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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