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Preach the Word & Reach the World!

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March 5, 2021 5:39 pm

Preach the Word & Reach the World!

Truth Talk / Stu Epperson

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March 5, 2021 5:39 pm

Stu is in Memphis, Tennessee with Dr. Richard Hamlet, CEO of Global Ministries Foundation, as they talk about expository preaching, getting to the meat of the Word, and the legacy of Pastor Stephen Olford, who mentored Billy Graham.

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All of Elvis's barbecue ribs one of my doing here, Dr. Richard Hamlet, you better fill in some blanks for our listeners or get worried about Stu being on the road well is good to have Stu Epperson here Jean stood up as a junior. Here is a media magnet. I'm so glad that he accepted my invitation for him to come to Memphis well about some one person on the planet media magnet Richard Hamlet what's God doing in Memphis.

You grew up. A myth in which your kind of a name is story really interesting how Wolf on Wall Street to being a preacher. The offered center were about to go to Salford's and I can't wait to see it made an interview in Arabic hotels what God is doing here in your little bit your story well you know Memphis has quite a history we've had our challenges to the years in many ways.

Yellow fever epidemic in the 19th century kill about one third of Memphis but Memphis.

We continue to press forward.

We we are continuing to pray that God would bring the gospel awakening here, there, bring wonderful fragments and in aromas of God a lot-and Bible believing churches and people being converted to Christ is happening. I will pray that God would advance his kingdom here in Memphis or in this town in I'm in your car with you were driving to town talking, which I love to do this the last time I did this interview.

The car was a national brother, Sam, the great pup man of God. I see more of you did just going to be with the Lord.

Interview Peter Rosenberger in his car on her way to see Sam for the last time we see him on this planet but I'm in Memphis in your car in Tennessee.

Tell us your challenge to be able to see that there are marketplaces missions you built an entire global missions foundation you got marketplace in the ministry you're trying to church outside the walls are right. That's right. I mean, here's the here's the deal. When you read the Bible and you see what biblical Christianity is coming. Jesus was the first true minister in the marketplace. I mean everywhere he went he tautly preached he share the good news of the of the kingdom that he was bringing from heaven to earth of the gospel and all his followers are encouraged and really commanded to do nothing last. And so here the 21st century. We are simply following the script and the admonitions that come from Jesus and the apostles the go out and preach the gospel to every creature. And that means that every person I most of which would never come into visible community of faith, some of which have never the gospel and in the United States hate to say this but with an this great country of Judeo-Christian legacy. People are dying every day with into a crisis eternity because no one is telling them the good news of Jesus Christ and how they can be say is a way to do it without violating the ethics without no stealing from your boss and on the on the clock.

There's related doing to beatific.

Like Paul, as he went into business with a quill and Priscilla when in the chorus instead of building the church right away. He built Tennessee was another worker he was a gifted tapestry, a gifted weaver of leather and nine candles or go chair God is given every Christian spirit spiritual gifts at least one spiritual gift of the born again. I believe the Bible teaches that, but he's also given them practical skills and he's given them that that that the mind to be educated and to work and do the work of the Lord and that's not just to receive wages and occupation, but it's to go tell others about Jesus, to share the gospel with others so that they can focus on seeking the kingdom of God in their life first before even trying to accumulate possessions or things in this world so this is Stu Epperson in Memphis with the Memphians is from this area in God's using him to us out of this world you been to 100 countries share the gospel over the place, almost 100 countries.

My wife and I been to preaching the gospel and training a biblical path. Pastors and indigenous pastors and lead in teachers and church leaders and the were all about evangelizing and equipping in Christchurch so that it others will be equipped to do the work of ministry. We work directly with local New Testament churches. We are part of the church. We are here to equip the church going forward around the world you go to church to get built up within to go outside the walls to brightfield others in Christ to leave Jesus to make disciples.

That's right, I mean, the analogy is you know when you go to a lake you go to like, and you want to fish you want to catch some fish you want to try to find out what part of the pond or lake you can find the fish and that's as important as a type of bait you that we don't legs which anyone in fishing for souls and we say that we want to get the gospel to those who have not heard or order those who have heard but have rejected it in unbelief as we believe the Holy Spirit is still breathing spiritual life into centers and granting repentance and faith to those who need to be reconciled. A holy God. And so they only here for last as witnesses for Christ and that's every day in the marketplace within our lifestyle. Driving to Memphis with Dr. Richard Hamlet, but were pulled into a really neat campus. You tell me what were about to see brother Richard. As we pull up your right now to a legendary place, a man of God who mentored you grew up in with missionaries in Angola was pastor to such people as Billy Graham tells about Dr. Steve Oliver were going with Stephen offered was my mentor in the ministry and we established a conference center in Memphis on the Stephen offer center, the Institute for biblical preaching and six years ago, our ministry, our foundation global ministries foundation was blessed to be able to purchase this conference center and is 19 acres of secluded within East Memphis in a rural and urban area but we have chapel and accommodations for 40 to come for overnights.

We have a radio station studio. Here are one is no way this network station. We have programming going on here in training Christians and ministers from all around the world and how to preach the gospel, the word of God how to share Christ, we take the great commission seriously. So were just stepping into the shoes of Dr. Stevens vision to preach the word and reach the world for Jesus Christ love that the combination of preaching and reaching and that's why we preach to reach. That's why you listen overly to this program is your motivated to go out and lead someone to Christ. That's why we go to church to be built up to be sent out point others to Jesus and that's were dry. This is beautiful. It is just to paint a picture someone on anyone ever comes to Memphis to come visit your canning all they can. You can check out our website GMF all online.org/SOC for Stephen over center.

Look at the pictures the virtual we love to have you come visit us building a sprawling campus with buildings alpinist waves. I see a sign for the telephone. What is Christians. The fastest growing population sell in America are Hispanics and gods broken your RVs. Yeah, we've established the first Christian radio station in Memphis, Tennessee with her worse than before.

But in a long time.

The first one, and this is the headquarters the studios here on the Stephen over a center campus and and so now were about to go in and see the studio we broadcast biblical preaching and teaching the gospel 24 7K love quality Hispanic Spanish music. It is sinners in our second year now, and Arthur actually just finished two years and so now were expanding, as the Lord opens opportunities into other markets where there are Hispanic you know Spanish bilingual speaking people in the United States you download their free app and listen to create credible Spanish-language Bible teaching and music, and right now were going to go on the to register by the library were on the offer campus, so it will become state retreats, marriage retreat, even during you know doing it that the kind of virus time to be very careful sterilizing everything but groups are common for all kinds of things right here the word learn the word Hispanic leaders come to talk for a year now.

We with covert we were shut down a while, but we are having covert policies in place social distancing and a high gene and masking and I were starting to have groups coming back on campus for pretraining and for conferences, and so were thankful for all that God is doing here on the campus global ministries foundation so much going on the marketplace, you're a businessman who you see your businesses mission. It's all going toward the kingdom. If a donation comes and goes for the kingdom. If you sell a house for you.

Lisa, a property that goes toward the Lord's work absolutely remember when when Jesus was 12 in the Senate in the temple and his parents are earthly parents Mary and Joseph were looking for men they founding they were concerned he had been away for a few days and they said what where you been, we were concerned. He says while going I'm here doing the father's business and that was Jesus saying his his omission was to be here to do the father's redemptive work missions and here we are. We're about to be about the father's business and that includes even commercial business. How are our livelihoods are training our investments. Everything that we do in the marketplace of employer's employees of business owners. We need to bring in our intellectual capital financial capital educational capital social capital bring it all together in order to multiply the gospel so that life can be transformed through the Lord Jesus Christ Dr. Hamlet or someone says I hate my dog on job with their Christian patient she got a job as an opportunity right demigods listen the employers paying them not only for their their services within that organization that that they do a value for the company, but there they have a platform to reach out to others on their own time outside of company time and be able to share the hope that we have in Jesus Christ is the good news of Jesus Christ of free grace of Jesus Christ. The website overtime for the gold is online.org give donations. This ministries all going to go right back to the kingdom and Douglas Ray doing with your Christian Spanish network were learning were legitimate department yeah now they were doing some things already in Jackson, Florida yeah is usually a brother. Thanks for inspiring me and everyone out there to see the marketplace as a mission field church outside light.

Amen. Let's take the gospel to the streets and to the stadiums all around the world.

God bless you. I am in Memphis Tennessee.

All of Elvis's barbecue ribs one of my doing here, Dr. Richard Hamlet, you better fill in some blanks for our listeners or get worried about Stu being on the road. Well, it's good to have Stu Epperson here. June stood absent Junior here is a media magnet. I'm so glad that he accepted my invitation for him to come to Memphis well, that's only one person on the planet media magnet Richard Hamlet what's God doing in Memphis. You grew up here is a myth in which your kind of a name is story really interesting how Wolf on Wall Street for being a preacher. The offered center were about to go to Salford's and I can't wait to see it go interview, and there will tell us what God is doing here in your little bit your story well you know Memphis has quite a history we've had our challenges to the years in many ways the yellow fever epidemic in the 19th century kill about one third of Memphis but Memphis.

We continue to press forward. We we are continuing to pray that God would bring a gospel awakening here, there, bring wonderful fragments and in aromas of gospel life and and Bible believing churches and people being converted to Christ is happening and were praying that God would advance his kingdom here in Memphis were in this town in I'm in your car with you were driving through town talking, which I love to do this the last time I did this interview. The car was in Nashville brother Sam, the great pup man of God's mortgage had just gone to be with the Lord. Interview Peter Rosenberger in his car on her way to see Sam for the last time we see him on this planet but I'm in Memphis in your car in Tennessee. Tell us your challenge to be able to see that their marketplaces missions you built an entire global missions foundation you got marketplace in the ministry you're trying to church outside the wall set right that's right. I mean, here's the here's the deal. When you read the Bible and you see what biblical Christianity is coming. Jesus was the first true minister in the marketplace.

I mean everywhere he went he tautly preached he share the good news of the of the kingdom that he was bringing from heaven to earth of the gospel and all his followers are encouraged and really commanded to do nothing last. And so here the 21st century. We are simply following the script and the admonitions that come from Jesus and the apostles the go out and preach the gospel to every creature. And that means that every person I most of which would never come into visible community of faith, some of which have never the gospel and in the United States hate to say this but with an this great country of Judeo-Christian legacy. People are dying every day with into a crisis eternity because no one is telling them the good news of Jesus Christ and how they can be say is a way to do it without violating the ethics without no stealing from your boss on the on the clock.

There's a way to do it to be a totemic like Paul as he went into business with the Quillen Priscilla when in the chorus instead of building the church right away. He built Tennessee was another worker he was a gifted tapestry, a gifted weaver of leather and nine candles or go chair God is given every Christian spirit spiritual gifts at least one spiritual gift of the born again. I believe the Bible teaches that, but he's also given them practical skills and he's given them that that that the mind to be educated and to work and do the work of the Lord and that's not just to receive wages and occupation, but it's to go tell others about Jesus, to share the gospel with others so that they can focus on seeking the kingdom of God in their life first before even trying to accumulate possessions or things in this world so this is Stu Epperson in Memphis with Olympian is from this area in God's using him to us out of this world you been to 100 country share the gospel over the place, almost 100 countries.

My wife and I've been to preaching the gospel and training a biblical time pastors and indigenous pastors and lead in teachers, church leaders and the world about evangelizing and equipping in Christchurch so that it others will be equipped to do the work of ministry. We work directly with local New Testament churches. We are part of the church. We are here to equip the church going forward around the world you go to church to get built up within it go outside the walls to brightfield others in Christ to leave Jesus to make disciples.

That's right, I mean, the analogy is you know when you go to a lake you go to like, and you want to fish you want to catch some fish you want to try to find out what part of the pond or lake you're gonna find the fish and that's as important as a type of bait you that we don't legs which anyone in fishing for souls and we say that we want to get the gospel to those who have not heard or order those who have heard but have rejected it in unbelief as we believe the Holy Spirit is still breathing spiritual life into centers and granting repentance and faith to those who need to be reconciled. A holy God.

And so they only here for last as witnesses for Christ and that's every day in the marketplace within our lifestyle.

Driving to Memphis with Dr. Richard Hamlet, but were pulled into a really neat campus. Tell me what were about to see brother Richard. As we pull up your right now to a legendary place, a man of God who mentored you grew up in with missionaries in Angola was pastor to such people as Billy Graham tells about Dr. Steve Oliver were going with Stephen offered was my mentor in the ministry and we established a conference center in Memphis called Stephen offered center, the Institute for biblical preaching and six years ago our ministry are foundation global ministries foundation was blessed to be able to purchase this conference center and is 19 acres of secluded within East Memphis in a rural and urban area but we have chapel and accommodations for 40 to come for overnights.

We have a radio station studio. Here are point is like this network station. We have programming going on here in training Christians and ministers from all around the world and how to preach the gospel, the word of God how to share Christ, we take the great commission seriously. So were just stepping into the shoes of Dr. Stevens vision to preach the word and reach the world for Jesus Christ love that the combination of preaching and reaching and that's why we preach to reach. That's why you listen overly to this program is your motivated to go out and lead someone to Christ. That's why we go to church to be built up to be sent out point others to Jesus and that's were dry.

This is beautiful. It is just to paint a picture someone on anyone ever comes to Memphis to come visit your canning all they can. You can check out our website GMF all online.org/SOC for Stephen over center. Look at the pictures the virtual we love to have you come visit us building a sprawling campus with buildings cowboy to swim.

As I see a sign for the telephone with descriptions. The fastest growing population sell in America are Hispanics in God's broken your visa. Yeah, we've established the first Christian radio station in Memphis, Tennessee with her worse than before. But in a long time.

The first one, and this is the headquarters the studios here on the Stephen over a center campus and and so now were about to go in and see the studio we broadcast biblical preaching and teaching the gospel 24 7K love quality Hispanic Spanish music. It is sinners in our second year now, and Arthur actually just finished two years and so now were expanding, as the Lord opens opportunities into other markets where there are Hispanic you know Spanish bilingual speaking people in the United States you download their free app and listened to create credible Spanish language Bible teaching and music, and right now were going to go on the to register by the library or on the offer campus. Okay, so you will become state retreats, marriage retreat, even during the children at that because of the virus time to be very careful sterilizing everything but groups are common for all kinds of things right here the word learn the word Hispanic leaders come to talk for a year now. We would covertly were shut down a while, but we are having covert policies in place social distancing and a high gene and masking and I were starting to have groups coming back on campus for pretraining and for conferences, and so were thankful for all that God is doing here on the campus global ministries foundation so much going on the marketplace, you're a businessman who you see your businesses mission. It's all going toward the kingdom. If a donation comes in he goes for the kingdom.

If you sell a house for you. Lisa, a property that goes toward the Lord's work absolutely remember when when Jesus was 12 in the Senate in the temple and his parents are earthly parents Mary and Joseph were looking for men they founding they were concerned he had been away for a few days and they said what where you been, we were concerned.

He says why you look going I'm here doing the father's business and that was Jesus saying his his omission was to be here to do the father's redemptive work missions and here we are. We're about to be about the father's business and that includes even commercial business.

How are our livelihoods are training our investments. Everything that we do in the marketplace of employer's employees of business owners. We need to bring in our intellectual capital financial capital educational capital social capital bring it all together in order to multiply the gospel so that life can be transformed through the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr. Hamlet is so says I hate my diagram job with their Christian patient she got a job as an opportunity right demigods listen the employers paying them not only for their their services within that organization that that they do a value for the company, but there they have a platform to reach out to others on their own time outside of company time and be able to share the hope that we have in Jesus Christ is the good news of Jesus Christ of free grace of Jesus Christ.

The website overtime for the gold is online.org donations.

This ministries all going to go right back to the kingdom and Douglas were doing with your Christian Spanish network were learning were legitimate department yeah now they were doing some things already in Jacksonville Florida is usually a brother.

Thanks for inspiring me and everyone out there to see the marketplace as a mission field church outside the light. Amen. Let's take the gospel to the streets and to the stadiums all around the world. God bless you and have you ever felt like you're standing on sacred ground and I'm not not try to overdo anything friends, but I'm in a really, Really Cool Pl. in Memphis, TN with a man of God who literally spent hours in here with another man of God is in heaven that we were in Charlotte because you came to Christ and ability & Dr. Richard have is correct and that was just something to happen. Your age 10 and in you sure little bit about that in the last segment you were there just happened to be visiting a relative and then the crank received came to town and you came to Christ, but after that a man who served is one of Billy Graham's many pastors and mentors help bring you up right to be the preacher you are today and were standing right now and some pretty cool places. Anything this positive about my biblical proclamation I would to Stephen offered Dr. Stephen offered in my mind was really the prince of preachers in the 20th century and there's a lot of others are to be on that list, but he was an incredible man of God who had an anointing in and on his own life in his devotional life and then his this ethos is to he was just overflowed, but it seriously his his commitment to expository preaching, letting the text speak letting God's word speak unpacking the word of God through study, rightly dividing the word of God.

He trained pastors and ministers here in Memphis for many years and I was fortunate when I was being called from the business world is an Amos is a financier or two of to the pastorate, I was fortunate to be here study with him and his son David as they taught many institutes here on the campus that I was able to participate in play with my mentor and he was also a sort of my own nation counsel at Southern Baptist church in Memphis where I was ordained and trained for the gospel ministry in a ref to snap a photo here and in my front good friend Phil Calhoun is really here in Memphis were learning all about this amazing BN in Buenos Nueva's network Christian Spanish network that you're a part of working a partner with you to reach are our friends that spanking fresh for the gospel to make what we want to reach Latinos all around the world.

Most of them are in the Western Hemisphere right has some in Spain and other places in pockets, but there's almost a billion Spanish speaking constituents on the globe.

Today, some bilingual, some only know Spanish so we want to reach them with the gospel of Jesus Christ to the radio waves to digital marketing through social media. We want to reach them and want to train Hispanic pastors in exegesis that they can have expository preaching and teaching a with in their whole model of biblical proclamation because I believe Jesus was the greatest expositor ever, and we want every preacher or teacher Latino Anglo Asian, European, whatever, wherever they are African we want them to follow in those same steps so billion in is is the Boeing is Nueva's network good news in Spanish and only the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for sinners. That's what brought me from Charlotte into Memphis to talk to you, and I find myself standing in the very library. The study of the man of God and you're going to connect that passion for reaching everyone the world and in particular as you just mentioned Hispanics because somebody taught you the word somebody opened the book of God and didn't give a bunch of sizzling cute little fairytale.

You know, things Taconic conjunction it up and you know goof around and I know they think they just said effect offered was relevant. He was winsome but he he preached the word so you know second to Veeck for first 300 versus posted in the center in the in the chaplain yet while someone is and what is what is expository or or some call it expositional preaching or teaching will thank you for asking. I'll answer now it is the proper explanation illustration and application of God's word interpret it verse by verse within the context of Scripture and that also includes the historical context the cultural climate studied, as well as the doctrinal truths that that should be flowing out of that text and and and which should be part of the proper communication preaching is not lecturing you know lecturing is one way floats teaching is just a dissemination of information preaching is not a transmitting of information, but it is actually proclaiming the inspired word of God, and anointed expository preaching is when the Holy Spirit of God fills the teacher or preacher first in his very heart, mind and will. But then anoints the proclamation of that message from God's word and yet God's word is always relevant. We don't have to make it relevant.

It is already but yet how we connect with our audience and those listeners must be in a in a way that is practical in unveiling unpacking the truth of God's word a lot of starts in the war room. The study room. This is where Dr. offered we get on his knees with the word of God. The book of God opened for him.

This is where he would study. This is where he would have his Greek New Testament is English, it little interlinear there is his son David out here, David. David offered his. Here are our resident lecturer.

He leaves the expository preaching institutes that we have here for a in English and in Hispanic bilingual and I he and Dr. Ted Kendall leave those sessions we have throughout the year for groups to come here for training intensive training.

If you looking for a vacation of your mind, you probably don't want to come to the Institute is for those who are serious about God's word about starting at learn it, but then improperly proclaiming it as it is written in and expressed in Scripture so positively study to show yourself approved to God at work in the knees not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth get in the work study were spend more than a couple hours.

Of course, use illustrations from culture. A course is used funny things, but let the dominant theme of your message be God's word bring God's word. Now I want a pastor of a denomination say to me, all students I teach expositional if I just stay in a queue versus a week ago. The books of the Bible or do what you're doing to stay in the text. My list might my accommodation to go shoot me know. Get rid of me what you say that we document would offer to offer said were called not to fill the auditorium, but we are called to fill the pulpit. Now that that's a word is needed today in an evangelical is him and Christendom.

We have we have performers that try to be preachers. We have ministers that try to be magicians and we have this this pop gospel seeker friendly, a message that can do nothing to transform a sinner who is in hostile hostility with holy God. He must be reconciled by the word of God by the gospel.

And faith comes by hearing hearing by the word of God you thought Memphis where we are right now in the offered center for biblical exposition, Bible training, this is Stephen offers library, I want to sit down and spend hours in here.

I'm with Dr. Richard Hamlet, who sat at the feet of this man, who is now in heaven, but if you think Memphis was just about meat like rib's limitation of an it's about the meat of the word of God in this place right here company. Still, you have your body fed with ribs, but you get your soul fed with training in biblical proclamation made at Corky's, or the rendezvous on these fine places which we gotta get some we got just a little back and ribs brother but you talk about the meeting God's word. Bottom line, pastors, and I don't want to beat up on pastors okay. I love these guys are fatally shot a wonderful gift in the charts, but I want to encourage them arise that would encourage them right now about house hungry, desperately hungry. The people and their congregations are so pastors and teachers. Here's the bottom line the audience that is before you. The assembly that you're directing you have a finite period of time is like oxygen is diminishing as his breads is pretty in that finite period of time. What the assembly needs to hear is the word of God which alone can transform your life's they don't need a human commentary. They don't need just a telling of stories and and having even even current day information dispersed to themů Within the context of the exit position of the word of God.

Know what you bring practical illustrations and you bring amplification of certain truths and you explain certain word at etymologies and but all of it has to be the thrust of God's word like God is speaking to the audience that you you are a voice of God you were not there to talk about God, you are there to talk for God to the people in a second person. It is not we, as you, the prophet saw an apostolic preaching and she was always you not we not me you you must be born again, you must repent and believe the gospel you you you but you includes me.

It includes eyes.

The preacher and that's with Dr. Steven would say big God centered, but man directed. As you expound the Scripture and you unpack the truths that are found through your study and your diligent preparation with an exegesis thanks right you doing here is to just continue the legacy of a great man of God. Dr. offered up today. That is about dropped the mic. You're a bunch of those things you said Dr. Israeli to the website for this if you want to find out more about his offered third income merely removes Jesus and God Amazon half free FSN faithful GMF online.org. Go there and if you get S/SOC you will go right to the page that shows virtual pictures and talks more about what's happening on the database basis on this campus program.

Stephen offered in the behavior get her. Stephen offered preceptors audio archives out there you can find the website there and you can hear this man he got was in his program. Your program ministry marketplace every week you yes will Stephen over.org and we have him on one play Salem and then minister in the marketplace is my radio at radio outreach will have helpful homilies and not my audios are also my pockets are also one place with Dr. Stevens in the same folder we started the show in Memphis in your car driving here a little bit about you guys doing here on her way into here. We took a little little detour into Charlotte to the telegram library to talk there your testimony and then we came back to Memphis to close from an awesome place inside. Stephen offered his map. Stephen offered center in Memphis Tennessee. Your bottom line. Preach the word race the word and reach the world.

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