5/2/2017 – Tom Chang

Exodus 4:10-12

I can still remember my first time speaking in public. I had just returned from a missions trip and had the opportunity to speak in front of hundreds of youth students about my experience in Africa. And although I’d love to say I captivated the crowd, was super eloquent and had everyone cheering and clapping, the truth is it went terribly as I nervously read everything like a robot. After that night, I felt sad and thought I would never speak in public again however ironically God called me to be a pastor and to preach regularly. And that’s why when Moses said “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” God responded by saying “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” I have to say, I wouldn’t be able to share the gospel if it was only based on my abilities. But, just as if you ask any great preacher whether it’s John Piper or Tim Keller, the only reason we can preach is because of the Great Emmanuel (i.e. God with us). Thus Gracepoint – as God calls everyone, not just pastors but everyone, to share the good news you may be thinking “I can’t do it…I wouldn’t know what to say.” And if you’re depending on yourself, like I first did,you may be right. However friends, be encouraged that Scripture promises, when you have faith and depend on Jesus He will bring us to heights and limits that are way beyond our capacity.

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