Amazing things happen by the work of the Spirit who touches the ends of the earth. By the water of the Word, people learn to forgive and wash feet and to boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1:31)

Speaker: Thomas Schaller, Emil Osmaliev, Ganish John
Sermon 12737
Date: 2024-06-16
Time: Sun 6:30 PM

 

P. Schaller – Okay.

We are starting to feel convention and appreciate so much what the Spirit wants to say and how he
ministers to us in the Body. I am so blessed and encouraged just to see and sense what the Lord
has done, is doing, and will do. What do you think? Do you sense that, too? Okay.

1 Corinthians 3, so the service will go I’ll speak for 10 or 15 minutes. We’ll do the offering. Then, I’ll
introduce two brothers from two different countries. Let me do that introduction now. Do we
have a picture of Kyrgyzstan that can go up on the screen? Kyrgyzstan. Okay. This is a part of the
world that many of us may not know about. It’s right on the border of China. North is
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan on the west. Tajikistan. Then you go down to Afghanistan. Just below
Kyrgyzstan like China. There is a little bit of Nepal. Then, you’re in India. This is called Central
Asia. It’s like former part of the Soviet Union. Some of us lived during the time when the Soviet
Union was empowered and governing and ruling in this part of the world, and we know about
global politics a little bit.

But then, we also know about Christ, about God, about faith, about the Gospel. Back in the 90s,
we were doing a lot of mission work in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union as it had changed.
It had fallen apart you could say. These countries became independent countries and we went
there by God’s grace and preached for some period of time. And then people, some of our
people moved there and lived there. In this country, I think Aiya lived there for a little while. P.
Gromov. He’s the one that planted the church. This is an amazing thing I want you to see here.
Chapter 3:4, in a way, he’s downplaying who those men are. And we have that kind of
understanding, too.

I am as a pastor here I know and I appreciate I have a place here, but you
are deeper. We are deeper than just being a group of socially connected, religiously connected
people. We are Spirit filled. We are discerning. We are recognizing the work of God. So, one
man comes and another goes. Another comes and he goes. Another comes and that goes like
that. Because who are these people. They are only ministers. And we can add, they are only
here for a while. Let’s get used to that. Say hi and bye. Go ahead. Hi. Hi, P. Schaller. Bye, bye.
Bye, P. Schaller.

Now, wait a minute. You don’t like that bye, bye part but actually that’s a part of our life. That’s
a part of life cuz we see the work. We see what it is. It’s not about these people. It’s about Jesus
Christ the head of the church who gives gifts and so we are praying as a Body for not only the
time that we are living in now but also in our country and also in our growth and what is God
doing, and also the next leader whoever he might be for our church one day. I’m not in a hurry
to get out of here. I know some of you are like, hey! Move along. Move along. It’s okay. Move
along. It’s God.

Watch this. Chapter 3:5-6, so we have seen an increase. Just to talk about these two men for a
minute. P. Ginesh, this is his first time here from Goa, India. P. Emil has been here before. But he’s been the pastor 18 years of the Greater Grace Church in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. And he’s a
medical doctor by training but he’s also a pastor. Where did he come from? Where did he come
from? God, how did that happen? Where did he come from? How much money do you pay him
in order to do what he does? You can’t pay him. There’s something deeper that’s happened in
his life. He’s born again, Spirit filled, hungry for God. Has been pastoring and God has been
using him.

Go to the next verse, vs. 7. It is amazing in Kyrgyzstan that they have built the church and I think
it took ten years. We were there walking in the property when there was nothing there. A dog
barking. Remember the dog barking? We know about the dog and Nurlan living in a shack with
a dog on a chain barking and a vision and faith and through years and then a beautiful building
and filling it up with people.

People were there already. The people were there already. Where did they come from? That’s
Jesus. Where do you come from? Jesus. What do you mean? Jesus moving me in my heart, like
opening my ears. Remember Lydia? God opening her heart. Well, P. Emil could live another life
but God opened his heart. God put it in his heart. He became the president of the United
Theological Seminary of Kyrgyzstan for three years. Like voted in. They wanted him to be the
president because they could say like however God does that but what I’m trying to say is I
know that this week, next week will be celebrating this work that God has done through many
people. Through prayers of many people in different parts of the world.

Now, some of us I mean let’s say I live in Rosedale or I live in Dundalk. I got plenty to do. My
world is here in the area in Baltimore and this is my life. But stretch your heart and your mind
and just enjoy the fact that people have come from far away and I know you do, but just to
realize wow! The Gospel of grace. That’s the Gospel of grace. That means people are hearing
about the grace of God for bad people. Who comes into our church? Bad people. And good
people and they get saved. Good and bad. They get saved and born again and changed and
learn grace and grow. All the religion in the world is very strange to us. Very empty. Very
legalistic. Very hard. Very empty.

There is not the knowledge of God. I’m saying it this way that
Jesus said you come to me. I am the answer. I am the living water. I am the door. I am the Rock.
You come to me and you know me and I know you and send you.
Okay. Lastly, chapter 3:8. That’s another thing about this. It’s amazing. You drill a hole right
here through the earth, right through the middle and you come up in his back yard. I mean
they’re at the opposite side of the earth. They’re at the other end. They’re at the other side of
the earth. Amazing.

And yet, we are the same. We have the same Father, same Spirit, same
Word, same purpose. We have the same grace. We are in the same Body. We have the same
calling to glorify our heavenly Father. We have the same frailties, the same weaknesses, the
same kind of guilt and fears and everything else. But the ministry of the Gospel of Christ builds
us up and we hear a voice and we are encouraged in it. It’s amazing.

So, P. Emil has I think five boys or five children. Four boys, three girls – two girls, three boys. Big
family. Wonderful wife. Great team. The youth leader is here somewhere. I don’t know. Where
is he? Back there is Temur. He’s the youth leader from Kyrgyzstan. First time. First time.
Beautiful. P. Pete Westera, others, P. Matti, P. Gromov, that we are very much involved in
caring about this part of the world and that the Gospel would go there.

And Marco Polo, anybody remember Marco Polo? Don’t we play that in the swimming pool?
Marco Polo. Okay, so he traveled over land to China and came back from China to Europe
through Uzbekistan and through Central Asia and he had written one in every ten villages in
that area was Christian. Christianity used to be there and then there is Islam and then there is
the Soviet and atheism and so on. In the mountains of Tajikistan, up in the mountains P. Matti
tells a story that there’s this big sign. What is it. Lenin.

You know how we say Jesus, Hebrews 13, Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever. And up in
the mountain: Lenin, yesterday, today, and forever. And when he saw that sign, he got
motivated. We have to come. We have to come and bring the Gospel. And of course, that’s our
prayer here in Greater Grace. It’s our prayer. It’s our hearts. It’s our school. It’s our church. It’s
our purpose because God has these kinds of people that are waiting and in their heart prepared
and thinking about it. And we are going and sending and going and opening our mouth and
being very bold.

One short story. P. Matti was in Uzbekistan, Bokhara and it was International Women’s Day I
think. And they had a little concert and they had a big hall, 600 people. And he was told you
cannot preach the Gospel here in this place. He looked through the curtain before the meeting.
He looked through the hole in the curtain and he saw the whole room was filled with people.
He went back stage and he prayed and he goes I’ve got to preach the Gospel. I’ve got to preach
the Gospel. And I’ll get kicked out of the country but I got to go out preaching the Gospel.
So, the band played. The musicians played.

The whole thing happened and he preached the Gospel. He asked people to raise their hands. Everyone in the room raised their hands. I know he does a great job preaching, but I just wanted to say everybody in the room. I love that and
he wasn’t kicked out of the country. He was welcomed. They brought flowers and everything,
you know. I mean it was an awesome story.

Okay. Second brother here is P. Ginesh from Goa. Let’s put the Indian map up for the folks here
’cause we are geography people, right? Okay. That looks like you go from Mumbai. I don’t know.
Half way there and then you go down. There’s a city there called Goa. P. Dinesh, another
person. He’s been the pastor there eleven years of the church in Goa. And he’s a dentist by
profession. He’s a dentist. So, look at the big beautiful smile! He’s looking at you guys. You need
help! All right. But he’s a passage. Grace message. Faith. I love it. Oneness. Hearts. Who did this? Who did this? Jesus did it. There’s no way we would have the unity, the love, the faith, the
joy, the peace, the purpose.

Jesus did this. Different people. Joe Swader. P. Carl. P. Ryan. P. Anil
and on it goes. Who are these people? They are only vessels that the Lord uses but it is God
that saves a soul. God that fills us with the Spirit. God that opens our hearts and uses us. And
like I’m so happy when we get together like this and hear these different portions. They’re
awesome. So, after the offering we’ll hear from those two brothers. (Prayer).

P. Emil –

Good evening. It’s really great to be here. I’m feeling like in the family. So, last time I
came to Baltimore in 2006 and then several times and the last time actually was 2012. So,
twelve years I was not here, but I attended Eurocon and other conferences. And really, it’s so
much joy to be here always. With me came like, we are here now three people. Temur as you
already know is our youth leader. And we also have Fatima here. Sister Fatima. She’s a sister of
Nor Jamal, Nora. The sister in law of Daniel. I think you know them. Great family. They hosted
us also in their house. Praise the Lord. We are really feeling like we are in a family. And it’s great
to see also old friends here. Good to see your faces, smiles and everything. Thank you so much
for the opportunity to share. Maybe we can pray now. (Prayer).

So, today is Father’s Day here in America. And we many times received congratulations, even
my family actually. I don’t know how they knew. I didn’t tell them about them but they send me
also some video with congratulations. So, I really say to all fathers, Happy Father’s Day today.
God bless you. And I wanted to connect little bit with this topic that in the beginning I just
wanted to start with this.

When I was working in the seminary, there was really interesting tradition. I worked for one
term there. Three years. There was interesting tradition. When the graduates would finish
seminary at the end of the seminary there would also be washing the feet ceremony. Like these
students would sit down at the ceremony and they were sitting down and like all of us teachers
would come and kneel down and start washing their feet. It was very unusual for me when I
saw this. Very, very unusual for me. And but then, it was thought provoking for me. I started to
think about this story from John 15 when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. I was thinking
for whom it would be, for what a person it’s not a humiliation. At the same time, it’s not a
humiliation. It’s not like nothing but you wash the feet of somebody.

And then I was thinking about this. I invented this illustration. Maybe this illustration would be
helpful. Just imagine you walk on the street and it’s a muddy street and in the street you see a
puddle of mud. Muddy puddle, yeah? And then, the boy was walking on the street and slipped
and landed on this puddle. He’s miserable and he’s crying there. It’s like he’s dirty and he’s cold
there. Then, there are different people passing by. Different people passing by this boy. There’s
one man he’s walking by and saying, hey boy? What are you doing here? Just look at yourself.
You are stinky and you are dirty now. You are such a bad person. How could you just become in
that situation now? Look at yourself. You are bad.

And then, there is the second man. He’s passing by here also. He’s saying, hey! Let’s his name
Emil. Hey, Emil? Didn’t I warn you before that there are muddy streets here. There are muddy
puddles here? Didn’t you remember that I warned you and said don’t go there? Now, look at
yourself that you are in this situation. You didn’t listen to my teaching.

So, then, there is a third guy. He is walking also there and he is saying you will always be in this
kind of mud now. Just look. If you just failed there you will always be failing now. Then, there is
the fourth guy, fourth man. You’re not tired about this, right? Then there is a fourth man and
he’s walking by and he’s saying I have for your 12 steps of getting out of that mud. If you follow
my instructions, there will be just 12 steps. You should do this and this and then next and next.
And then, the last guy comes and says, hey, man! You should have a positive thinking about this
mud. You should have a positive thinking. Just think that you are not in the puddle of mud but
you are somewhere in Hawaii. You can swim here. And just think about this positively. This
illustration just speaks to us about how often we are in that kind of situations. How often we
could be in both sides also. We would be ourselves in that mud or maybe we are that kind of
passersby’s telling to people.

But there is Jesus who comes and starts to wash the feet. Like in this story of John. 13. He knew
that Apostle Peter, he is going to fail. Soon he is going to reject Jesus. Soon he is going to deny
Jesus Christ. And Jesus says to him, you don’t know what I’m doing to you now. You will know
later. You need to be washed. You need to be washed away.

And so, the answer to this question for whom it would not be a humiliation to come and wash
the feet and the question is this is a father. I just remembered like when I was a kid, and when I
was just playing somewhere outside. Football maybe playing. And then in the evening come
back home with the dirty foot and that was the father or mother who would just come and for
them it was not a bad thing to wash us.

I think this story of washing the feet, Jesus Christ demonstrated what is a true fatherhood.
Yeah. He was like when he was washing the foot of his disciples, he was a father for them. And
it is sort of I think, it is sort of like so many times Jesus does those things for us also. Many times
we are in those kinds of situations. It is so great that whenever something happens, we just
come to Jesus and we say Jesus, please. I need your ministry, your ministry of restoration. And
we can just trust and have absolute faith in that Jesus comes and starts to wash our feet. And
for him, it’s never and he never says any reproach to us like James 1:8 or 1:5. It says whenever
we need wisdom, we come to God and he gives us this wisdom without reproach.

And then I wanted to read the verse, a couple of verses also. Let’s open the book of John 13:13-
14. I think really today we are living in that kind of world where the church really needs fathers.
Like really. Unfortunately, very often we are like children, also. I look at my children and they
sometimes argue with each other like trying to defend who is greater. Does it happen? Like
Jesus Christ was saying soon he was going to be crucified and the apostles are arguing with
each other who is greater. Like who is greater and who has more rights maybe or who is right,
who is correct. Defend. They want to defend their own truths.

But Jesus Christ is that kind of person who comes and makes a ministry of restoration. Helps us.
Washes us. He said wonderful thing also to those who are washed already completely. They
need to be washed their feet. It means like in our daily walk with Christ, we make mistakes. But
Jesus never rejects us and he continues to minister to us. Amen.

P. Ginesh – I wouldn’t want to speak like this on a pulpit generally, but P. Schaller is my hero as
such for the last 25 years and I can’t say no to him so I just took up. So, I really never dreamt
about coming to Baltimore. I never dreamt. It’s too high for me. Even at home, when my wife
sometimes says about going to Baltimore, I say we should not be concerned about things too
great for us. So, it happened. Somebody else dreamt and they said I sense that God is speaking
to me that you should go to the Convention next year. It’s because somebody else dreamed
and I was thinking wow!

This is amazing. I should have dreamt about this sometime back.
At the same time, I was thinking most of us are not dreaming about heaven, but we have a
dreamer. And the dreamer is dreaming about us being there with him. We don’t know how that
place is exactly now, but one day it will be like how I was surprised Sunday morning sitting here.
We’re all going to be surprised over there because we have a great dreamer. He’s dreaming
about us. We are his dream. Amen.

So, I want to thank – we have a sweet Body in Goa. Very loving. They love me very much. They
send their greetings to you. Wish that many of you could come to Goa and enjoy the Body.
They’re really sweet, nice people actually. Few of us, few of you have come. P. Fred Ellis has
come. P. Bertran has come there. It would be great to see many of you there. Okay. It’s an open
invitation to all of you. Thank you for hosting. Especially P. Linus Hall and Carol. They are great
host for me. Pastor ? is also taking me around. So, thank you. Okay. My wife and my family, we
are in a crisis right now. I was in half a mind to cancel coming here. Keep us in prayer. My wife
has sacrificed three weeks and she’s holding the fort there. Yeah.

Let’s turn to 1 Corinthians 1:31. That’s a verse that I want to think about now. I want to thank each
one of you. You don’t know how much you are ministering to us when we are back in our
places. Generally, everyone comes and thanks P. Schaller. Being a pastor of a church, I know
how each member is so important.

It’s like a wrist watch. An analog watch. If one wheel is not working properly, we can’t read the
time. In that way, each of you might be thinking I’m not doing anything coming to the church
sitting in the pews and just going out, but you being here, the AV team and the Security and the
Music team, whoever. Whoever is involved and everybody you don’t know how much you are
playing a part in our lives in the field. You’re ministering to us. We watch something here –
Grace Hour or the lunch rap or the services here – and we are ministered. It’s all because of
you. You are giving your participation, your presence here. Thank you. Thank each one of you.
Okay. Okay.

Let’s look at this verse in 1 Corinthians 1:31. My Bible uses the word, “let him who boasts, boast in the
Lord.” It’s a great verse to think when God created us, God created us to boast. God created us
to boast in what he has done. Created us to boast in him. But sin came in and sin made us
deviate. Go off the path. We still boast, but we fail to boast in the Lord. If you look around,
every person boasts whether he is a rich man, whether he is a poor man. He’s an educated man
or an illiterate. He’s a slave or he’s a free man. Everybody is boasting. They fail to boast in the
Lord.

They don’t understand when we look in the Bible we see a lot of people boasting. Solomon
boasted. We see Goliath boasting. We see the Pharaoh boasting. We see a lot of boasting
happening. But very few people recognize that. Boasting. Glorying in our own self. Pride goes
before a fall. Very few people recognize both temporally, in time, and as for eternity we can say
pride goes before a fall. Man is making man in a sense is making a very broad road. He’s
building very wide gates for his own self, for his own glory. Trying to boast. Trying to achieve.
Having a goal. Having an ambition.

Man will go on to say the places that I visited. Man would want to talk about the people that he
knows. Man would want to say about the positions that he has. This is the heart of a man. A
heart of a man is not looking to ask the question, who is God? Where is God? That question
really doesn’t come up. But you know, God wants to take us from this broad road that man is
making and he wants us to take us to a narrow road. He wants to take us to a narrow road. That
narrow road leads all the way to Jerusalem.

If you want to identify with anything in this last 6,000 years of history of mankind, if you want
to hold on to something, God is telling this narrow road that’s leading us to outside of
Jerusalem to Golgotha where we see this in Jesus Christ hanging on a cross before which he was
beaten. He was punished. His beard plucked out. There was a crown of thorns that was put on
his head. He was disrobed. He was naked. There was a spear thrust in him. He was beaten so
much that Isaiah 52:14 it says that when he was hanging on a cross, we couldn’t see whether it was
a human being or a piece of flesh that was hanging over there. He was bearing our sin. He was
not just bearing our sin. He was bearing us completely. He was bearing us wholly.

He had become our substitute. He is asking this question: Is that sufficient for you? Is that good enough
boast for you? Is that good enough to glory in?
When God and Satan defied God and moved out, he had to be thrown out. God had taken a
position that God would not fight him according to his wisdom. God would not fight him
according to his wisdom. So, God came down to the lowest most part of his wisdom. The
foolishness of God is what we can see on the cross. It is the weakness of God that we can see
on the cross.

You know, we can take all man’s intelligence and put it together of the whole entire human
race. Put it together and still fall short of the foolishness of God. Can we understand that? That
is not something that man would want to fathom. You put all of man’s strength, every type of
strength. There is nuclear. There is wind. There is thermal. You put any type of energy and you
can put it all together, put every bit of man’s strength together, and it is still not compatible to
the weakness of God that was demonstrated for us on the cross.

When we understand this, we will think of boasting in the Lord. That’s the place God wants to
take us. That’s a narrow path. Many would want to reject it. But God is telling us that’s the
boast. That’s what you need to glory in. If you glory in that, God is really happy. That is what he
created us for. That is what he wants to do in us.

Let me ask you this question. Let me ask you this. Why are we here? Or rather, how are we
here today? How are we here? The answer would be because of Jesus we are here. Why are we
here today? Why are we here? The answer is I want to boast in Jesus. What am I going to do
when I go out from here? The answer is I want to boast in Jesus. I want to boast about Jesus. I
want to boast in Jesus to my friends, to my neighbors, to my relatives, to my classmates, to my
colleagues. And then we are missionaries then.

Let me ask you this. Let me give a shout out. Give a shout out and answer me back. How are
you here today? Why are we here today? Because of Jesus. You know, when we go out from
here, what are we going to do? Boast in Jesus. It’s all about boasting in Jesus. Boast in Jesus
continually. Because of the boast of Jesus, we are here. Because of the boast of Jesus we are
here today, now. And when we go out, we’re going to boast in the Lord. It’s really amazing.
You know, the system of medicine that P. Emil and me are doing. We try to suppress the
symptom. There is a symptom called homeopathic. You know what homeopathic does? We
don’t allow it to suppress. We allow it to grow more. We don’t practice it. I don’t recommend
also, but that’s the system.

God is telling man has got a problem in boasting. Man is proud. I like the example that P.
Schaller brought up. Pride is something that we don’t recognize. It’s like bad breath, you know.

Other people recognize that. God doesn’t suppress our profession. Sorry. God doesn’t suppress
our problem of boasting. God says let it out. Let it out. But then he gives direction. The problem
of pride is controlled. It’s taken care by allowing us to boast in the true thing and that is to
boast in the Lord. If you boast in the Lord, that is a completion. That is our satisfaction. That is
our joy. And if you recognize it early in our life and make it a part of our life, we are really
successful. We are really victorious. Amen. Thank you.

 

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