How’s Your Spiritual Temperature?

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“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

— Revelation 3:15-16

In a 2017 survey, The Pew Research Center asked Americans to rate Muslims on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, where 0 degrees indicates the coldest, most negative feelings and 100 degrees indicates the warmest, most positive feelings. On average, Americans gave Muslims a thermometer rating of 48 degrees—lukewarm at best.

In the book of Revelation, we find another “thermometer” reading—in this instance, regarding the level of devotion to God demonstrated by members of the church in the ancient city of Laodicia. Through the Apostle John, the writer of Revelation, God says: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
Revelation 3:15-16

Clearly, when it comes to the work of the Kingdom, lukewarm is unacceptable! In fact, it’s more than unacceptable; it is condemned by Scripture in the most vivid terms.

Without a doubt, “lukewarm” is not a term that describes GCM Disciple Makers in either their feelings toward Muslims or their devotion to Kingdom work. Putting their lives on the line every single day to lead Muslims into the light of Christ’s love and salvation, they blow the top off both thermometers!

Expressing his passion about the GCM mission to “transform Muslims worldwide through Jesus Christ,” Ali, a Disciple Maker serving in a dangerous, highly restricted country says …

“God has told me to go make disciples in the world, and I am doing that now. Just like a farmer puts a seed in the ground, the Lord wants me to put the seed of salvation in people’s hearts!

Thank you for coming alongside dedicated Disciple Makers like Ali. Your faithful prayers and support keep the fire for leading Muslims to Christ burning hot in their hearts, even on the most difficult days. In turn, we pray that your own love for Muslims and passion for extending God’s Kingdom throughout the Muslim world grows brighter and hotter every day!

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

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We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”