Why are their different languages on the screen?

Dear Christ Church,

You have probably noticed these past few weeks that there have been Spanish and Arabic translations on our church projector screen during the sermon.  When we first started doing this, I spoke about why we have taken this action.  However, since it has been a little bit, I want to speak to it again so that we might be clear and encouraged.

In Revelation 7 we are given a vision of the church as it exists in heaven.  John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writes,

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" (Rev 7:9-10 ESV)

Heaven is full of different languages and different people who are all brought together by a common song about Jesus.  Lest we think that this is an ideal for heaven, but not something that we can experience on earth, let’s not forget the words Jesus spoke when he taught us to pray,

Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Mat 6:9-10 ESV)

It is God's desire that the praise that exists in heaven would be brought to earth.  God wants all kinds of different people with all kinds of differences from one another, joining together and singing his praise as a unique testimony of the unifying power of Christ.

We have people in our church for whom English is not their first language.  Now, they are seeking to learn the English language, so that they can operate in this country with greater ease.  However, when they read their Bibles, or pray to God, they do so in their native tongue, with which they are most familiar.  So by translating the various scriptures that get read on a Sunday, as well as the points of the sermon, we are seeking to love and serve our brothers and sisters.  I also hope it is a fresh reminder to us that God does not only speak English, but that He is to be praised in every tongue.

I’m incredibly encouraged that we have the need to provide translation.  It is an evidence of the power of the gospel in our midst.

Let’s pray for more!

See you around the neighborhood,

Pastor Jeff

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