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Showing Revision 5 created 04/13/2018 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. Could we turn to Matthew's Gospel,
  2. the last chapter - chapter 28?
  3. And we'll read verses 18-20.
  4. Matthew 28:18-20.
  5. "And Jesus came up and spoke to them,
  6. saying, 'All authority
    has been given to Me
  7. in heaven and on earth.
  8. Go therefore, and make disciples
  9. of all the nations;
  10. baptizing them in the name of the Father
  11. and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit;
  12. teaching them to observe all
    that I have commanded you.
  13. And lo, I am with you always,
  14. even to the end of the age.'"
  15. We rest on Thee,
  16. and in Thy name we go.
  17. That last hymn in 1956,
  18. five men sang it together
  19. and went out together to die.
  20. I want to speak tonight
  21. on the life and legacy of Jim Elliot,
  22. the 20th century martyr and missionary
  23. in Ecuador.
  24. All that can really be learned about him
  25. are in these three books,
  26. and I want you to note them.
  27. "Shadow of the Almighty,"
  28. which is the biography -
  29. the life of Jim Elliot
    by his wife Elisabeth,
  30. published the first time
    2 years after his death in 1958.
  31. "The Journals of Jim Elliot,"
  32. written by him over a period
  33. of about seven years
  34. from age 21 to 28.
  35. And "Through Gates of Splendor,"
  36. the account written a
    year after their death.
  37. The account of the mission
    to the Auca Indians
  38. and the death of those courageous men.
  39. Elisabeth Elliot once said of her husband,

  40. "At the age of 21,
  41. Jim began an adventure that would require
  42. the ultimate sacrifice.
  43. That adventure was to follow Christ
  44. to the mission field of Ecuador.
  45. And ultimately, face death at the hands
  46. of an unreached jungle tribe.
  47. It was a year and a half ago approximately
  48. that one of our pastors, Philip Neeley,
  49. shared a summary of Jim Elliot's life
  50. with the men in our church.
  51. Philip had gone away for two days
  52. of reading alone,
  53. and he always takes a choice book with him
  54. and it was the life of Jim Elliot.
  55. And Philip described Jim to our men
  56. as a man of purity,
  57. a man of purpose,
  58. a man of priorities,
  59. a man of the past -
  60. meaning he loved history,
  61. he learned from the past,
  62. and a man of power.
  63. And I thought, in thinking of Jim Elliot,
  64. I thought of Bunyan's character,
  65. one of his characters in
    "Pilgrim's Progress."
  66. Mr. Great-Heart.
  67. That was Jim Elliot.
  68. But then, here comes
    Mr. Valiant-For-Truth.
  69. Well, that was Jim Elliot also.
  70. And I feel sure among his friends
  71. and his college classmates
    at Wheaton College
  72. in the suburbs of Chicago,
  73. and other Plymouth
    Brethren church leaders,
  74. that he seemed at times larger than life.
  75. But he was a real guy
  76. who smiled and laughed and joked
  77. and cried a lot;
  78. who loved to cut up and tease others
  79. too much at times,
  80. and he would be rebuked for it
  81. by his pious friends.
  82. But he was preeminently a young man
  83. that, from his youth,
  84. was in a serious pursuit to know Christ.
  85. So, I want us tonight to look
  86. at Jim Elliot's life under five headings.
  87. The making of the man.
  88. The marriage. The mission.
  89. The martyrdom.
  90. And the meaning for us today -
  91. his legacy.
  92. So first, the making of the man.

  93. What did God do;
  94. what did God use to shape Jim Elliot
  95. into who he became?
  96. Now, there's many ingredients often
  97. in a good recipe.
  98. And God's recipe for Jim Elliot's life
  99. included a lot.
  100. His birth: Philip James Elliot
  101. was born October 8th, 1927
  102. in Portland, Oregon.
  103. He died January 8th, 1956
  104. in the Curaray River in eastern jungles
  105. of Ecuador along with his four friends,
  106. at the age of 28 years
    and 3 months to the day.
  107. He was born into a godly
    Plymouth Brethren family,
  108. to Fred and Clara Elliot.
  109. Four children. Two older
    brothers, Bob and Burt.
  110. And then Jim, the third,
  111. and then a younger sister Jane.
  112. And their home,
  113. when you read the accounts,
  114. their home exemplified godliness
  115. and consistent Christianity
  116. that was really lived out.
  117. Daily, without exception, Jim's father
  118. led the family in Bible
    reading and prayer.
  119. Always after breakfast.
  120. Elisabeth Elliot said later that quote,
  121. "Jim's father was always
    showing his children
  122. that the Bible was to be obeyed
  123. and lived out,
  124. and that the Christian life
  125. was a happy and rewarding one."
  126. So, Jim came to Christ in such a context
  127. around the age of six years old,
  128. and his future years proved
  129. it to be a genuine conversion.
  130. Now, toward the end of his college years,

  131. he wrote Elisabeth Howard, his friend,
  132. who was known to him always as "Betty."
  133. He wrote Betty about his father.
  134. He says, "I blush to think
    of the things I've said,
  135. as if I really know something at all."
  136. By the way, a sentiment I've had often.
  137. "I blush to think of things I've said
  138. in the past as if I really know
  139. something of all the Bible teaches,
  140. when I think I know nothing.
  141. But my father... my father's faith
  142. is a kind I've seen nowhere else.
  143. It is so real and practical
  144. that it shatters everything I've seen.
  145. He knows God.
  146. We've had some happy times together,
  147. and I cannot estimate what enrichment
  148. a few months with dad might do for me
  149. both practically and spiritually."
  150. Mr. Elliot said, "I pray regularly

  151. for my children,
  152. and I pray regularly with them."
  153. Every Lord's Day, the family were all
  154. in church Bible classes
    and corporate worship
  155. at their Plymouth Brethren assembly
  156. in Portland.
  157. And every child was in all the services
  158. by the time they were six weeks old.
  159. Mrs. Elliot believed,
  160. "It doesn't hurt children at all
  161. to sit quietly through
    the church meetings.
  162. It's good for their nerves."
  163. Well, their childhood was
    happy and wholesome
  164. at their country place
    on the eastern slope
  165. of Mount Tabor in Portland.
  166. Their home was one of those homes
  167. that people loved to be in.
  168. Have you ever been to one of those
  169. Christian family's homes
  170. and you say when you leave,
  171. man, what a blessing to have been there.
  172. That's the way it was at the Elliot home.
  173. What a family!
  174. How they love and enjoy one another.
  175. I want to go back there again.
  176. They were always having visitors -
  177. missionaries, preachers,
  178. friends from college.
  179. And the children -
    the four Elliot children
  180. love having people in their home.
  181. Family times were special.
  182. Sledding yearly near Mt. Hood,
  183. day long picnics on the Oregon coast,
  184. or trips to their grandparents' homestead
  185. where they would work the produce
  186. or tend the sheep.
  187. Their local Brethren assembly
  188. had church life that was real
  189. and fellowship that
    was vital and wonderful.
  190. In summary, Jim's life
  191. was consistently on the path
  192. to a remarkable Christian life
  193. even as a young man.
  194. By the age of 13 or 14,
  195. he was choosing to discipline
    his life spiritually daily.
  196. And he began telling his friends
  197. about Christ and about salvation.
  198. In 1941, he entered Benson
    Polytechnic High School in Portland,

  199. and he excelled as a student.
  200. He would write editorials for
  201. the student newspaper.
  202. He starred in several school plays.
  203. He excelled in public speaking.
  204. And he was so good at drawing,
  205. he wanted to be an architect.
  206. He was planning on being an architect.
  207. He was so good at drawing,
  208. that the teacher kept his drawings
  209. as examples for future classes.
  210. A classmate said of him,
  211. "Jim carried a small Bible
  212. that would sit on top of his textbooks
  213. on his desk in class.
  214. It would only take an
    audience of one or two
  215. for him to open the Bible
  216. and begin talking and sharing.
  217. He always prayed before eating his lunch,
  218. and he never missed a chance
  219. to talk to me about Jesus Christ."
  220. In his sophomore year of high school,
  221. he began to write short letters,
  222. at times to his brothers and sisters.
  223. One note to his younger sister Jane.
  224. Now, he's a 17 year old brother,
  225. writing to a younger sister some advice.
  226. "Jane, begin each day with private reading
  227. of the Word and prayer.
  228. John Bunyan said, 'sin will
    keep you from this book,
  229. or this book will keep you from sin.'
  230. Give out gospel tracts too
  231. to those you meet on the way to school.
  232. And make a bold start at the
    beginning of high school.
  233. It's easier that way than later.
  234. And memorize Scripture on your rides
  235. to and from school.
  236. Redeem the time, Jane.
  237. Time is costly because it is so fleeting.
  238. Do your best to present yourself to God
  239. as one approved."
  240. Now that's a 17 year old boy
  241. pastoring his little sister.
  242. By his senior year, his desire
  243. for his future in architecture shifted
  244. to the mission field.
  245. He would set an alarm every night
  246. so he would have plenty of time
  247. for reading and prayer before school,
  248. which became the priority
    of the rest of his life.
  249. In the fall of 1945, he
    entered Wheaton College
  250. in the western suburbs of Chicago,
  251. which was a long way
    from Portland, Oregon.
  252. Now with one goal he went there -
  253. to prepare himself to take the gospel
  254. to a foreign mission field.
  255. He didn't know where yet,
  256. but he was determined to prepare himself.
  257. Like Paul, this one thing I do...
  258. that was Jim Elliot.
  259. He had no money for college,
  260. and he didn't know where it
    was going to come from.
  261. But God honored his faith,
  262. and he always had it
  263. through gifts of family friends,
  264. through prayer,
  265. through part-time work.
  266. And as he got into his college years,
  267. his activities increased.
  268. He majored in Greek
  269. for future Bible translation work.
  270. He became president
    of the foreign missions
  271. fellowship on campus.
  272. He was a class representative
  273. on the student council.
  274. He was a writer of poetry.
  275. And he was respected and admired
  276. by faculty and fellow students
  277. as a genuine, serious-minded,
  278. joyful Christian.
  279. All the while, in the busyness of college,
  280. being very consistent with morning
  281. Bible readings and private prayer.
  282. And it became his practice in college
  283. on Saturday's, he liked to do two things.
  284. He liked to go the college
    football game in the afternoon.
  285. But on Saturday night, he wouldn't go out.
  286. He would stay in.
  287. Because he wanted to prepare his heart
  288. for Sunday worship
  289. and the Plymouth Brethren practice
  290. of the breaking of bread -
  291. their weekly Lord's Supper meeting.
  292. It was the highlight of his week.
  293. At Wheaton, he began a personal habit

  294. in his junior year
  295. that continued until 8
    days before he died.
  296. A young British preacher,
  297. Steven Olford,
  298. spoke in the college chapel one day,
  299. and that day suggested to Jim
  300. that he begin a daily journal,
  301. that would improve his private time
  302. in his time with the Lord.
  303. And, he began to do that.
  304. That decision to keep a personal journal -
  305. his thoughts, his prayers,
  306. the events of the day,
  307. what the Lord was teaching him -
  308. would be a great spiritual discipline,
  309. Olford told him.
  310. Well, that decision, 30 years later
  311. provided one of the most stirring books
  312. in modern church history
    and modern missions.
  313. He never probably thought
  314. that it would be published,
  315. proving that small, personal choices
  316. yield huge dividends later
  317. in our own lives and the lives of others.
  318. At the end of his freshman year of college

  319. he wrote his parents:
  320. "It's been a profitable year
  321. drawing close to the Savior,
  322. and discovering gems in His Word.
  323. How wonderful to know
  324. that Christanity is more than
  325. a padded church pew
  326. or a church cathedral,
  327. but that it is a real,
    living and daily experience
  328. that goes from grace to grace."
  329. Those formative maturing years
  330. were essential for his future usefulness.
  331. The tender heart.
  332. A clear conscience.
  333. A lifestyle of daily repentance.
  334. Godly zeal. Real prayerfulness.
  335. High standards.
  336. Focused spiritual goals
  337. that he let no one or nothing
  338. deter him from.
  339. An active consistent serving
  340. of the Lord and others.
  341. Jim Elliot became in the U.S.
  342. what he was later in Ecuador.
  343. Shaped into a solid, grounded man
  344. of the Holy Spirit by his mid-twenties.
  345. And that's mostly seen in his journals.
  346. What stands out? He was always reading.
  347. Always reading the Bible deeply,
  348. meditating in it.
  349. Taking notes.
  350. Reading John Bunyan, the Puritans,
  351. Plymouth Brethren writers,
  352. Scottish pastors Andrew
    and Horatius Bonar,
  353. and Spurgeon - always reading.
  354. And he learned to draw
    from the deep wells.
  355. He learned to draw deeply
  356. because he wouldn't hurry himself.
  357. This deepened his mind
  358. and his heart devotionally.
  359. David Brainerd who died
    at the same age as Jim,
  360. his journal had great impact on Jim.
  361. And Jim wrote,
  362. "Lord, if I were honest,
  363. my soul would be more in anguish
  364. like Brainerd's.
  365. How cold and careless I've become.
  366. Let not my soul be cast away
  367. from Your nearness."
  368. He soon wrote, "I have enjoyed
  369. much sweetness in
    reading Brainerd's life.
  370. I spent the last two days
  371. with tremendous profit to my soul,
  372. entirely in reading
    6 to 8 hours each day."
  373. Another day, "I just finished
  374. Amy Carmichael's 'Gold Cord.'
  375. How can I express the
    effect it has had on me?
  376. Oh, what a shame and sham I am!
  377. No scars, have you?
  378. No scars.
  379. No tears? No tears.
  380. Oh God of the thorny path,
  381. please in Your mercy,
  382. privilege me to walk in Your path."
  383. In those college years,

  384. in those summers,
  385. he feasted on the lives
  386. of Jonathan Goforth,
  387. Hudson Taylor,
  388. J.G. Paton,
  389. the missionary to the South Seas island
  390. among the cannibals.
  391. And his reading led him
  392. into such meditation
  393. that he began to journal more and more.
  394. An example one morning:
  395. Romans 15.
  396. He's reading.
  397. He comes to verse 13, which says,
  398. "Now may the God of hope
  399. fill you with all joy and
    peace in believing,
  400. that you may abound in hope
  401. by the power of the Holy Spirit."
  402. Jim stopped there and he began
  403. to write and pray.
  404. "Every hour I need Thee.
  405. I claim this verse for these days.
  406. My love is faint.
  407. My warmth practically gone.
  408. Oh, that I were not so empty-handed.
  409. Joy and peace can only come
  410. through believing God.
  411. And that is all can I say to Him tonight.
  412. Lord, I believe You.
  413. I don't feel love.
  414. I don't feel anything,
  415. and I don't understand.
  416. I now can only believe.
  417. So bring my faith to fruition.
  418. Produce in me, I pray."
  419. And suddenly he writes,
  420. "What is this, Lord Jesus,
  421. that Thou should make an end
  422. of all that I possess
  423. and give Yourself to me?
  424. So that there is nothing now
  425. to call my own, save Thee?
  426. Thyself alone, my Treasure.
  427. Strange I say that suffering loss,
  428. I have gained everything
    in getting a Friend
  429. who bore a cross."
  430. He wrote. He meditated.
  431. On 2 Samuel, he meditated one morning

  432. and then he wrote this:
  433. "Uriah, Bathsheba's husband,
  434. declined legitimate ease
  435. because his fellow soldiers
  436. were in tents in the open fields.
  437. David's error.
  438. When kings go out to battle,
  439. he tarried in Jerusalem.
  440. How often..." Jim said,
  441. "is this the history of Christian failure.
  442. It's time to march,
  443. and some Christians are laying on beds
  444. of self-interest.
  445. At such times, Satan sees to it
  446. that a Bathsheba is not far away.
  447. David staying at ease in Jerusalem
  448. meant Uriah's death in battle.
  449. Lord, don't let me be so found
  450. reluctant because of selfishness."
  451. His famous words journaled

  452. in October of 1949:
  453. "He is no fool
  454. who gives what he cannot keep
  455. to gain what he cannot lose,"
  456. actually were not his words originally.
  457. He journaled them after reading them
  458. in the writings of Philip
    and Matthew Henry,
  459. who one of them said it
  460. in the 17th or 18th century.
  461. But he liked it.
  462. He was gleaning, gleaning, gleaning.
  463. Soaking it in. Taking it.
  464. Passing it on to others.
  465. Some other gleanings,

  466. February 1948:
  467. "Lord, show me the difference between
  468. worship and service,
  469. and how to press into Thy hand
  470. the fresh juice of living worship.
  471. Not the dead meat which
    is only in my head."
  472. "Last night I was entirely too talkative,
  473. dogmatic, and even argumentative
  474. with Dave (his future
    brother-in-law at Wheaton).
  475. Argumentative about
    Christians in politics.
  476. I'm seeking peace on this subject, Lord.
  477. I know I've grieved Your Spirit
  478. and my thoughts were not established.
  479. Possess my spirit, Lord, today."
  480. While reading through Genesis one month
  481. he wrote this, "Lord, whatever barriers
  482. there are in my life
  483. that keeps the water of life
  484. from freely flowing,
  485. I ask You to point it out
  486. and give me power to cut it off.
  487. I would not be like Rachel -
  488. beautiful but barren.
  489. Give me Leah's eyes, tender eyes,
  490. that I might be sensitive
  491. to Your light and Your truth."
  492. And his father had written him
  493. not long before along that line.
  494. His father wrote, "Jim, I am jealous
  495. of anything or any person
  496. who would hinder your progress
  497. to everlasting riches
  498. and a life completely devoted
  499. to that supreme and glorious Man
  500. at God's right hand."
  501. Jim became so consistent in gleaning

  502. rich gems of truth from the Bible,
  503. over and over,
  504. some major thoughts, major truths
  505. about the gospel - he wrote this:
  506. "Psalm 51.
  507. 'I was shapen in iniquity.
  508. In sin did my mother conceive me.'
  509. From the beginning of my life,
  510. my contact has been with the unclean.
  511. How then can a man become pure?
  512. The atonement blood
  513. that cleansed my own mother
  514. must avail for me.
  515. Oh, Lamb of God,
  516. what a sacrifice Thou art.
  517. Whose blood can avail?
  518. Goat's blood cannot cleanse.
  519. My own blood cannot avail,
    for I am unclean.
  520. Only Thy blood, O Lord,
  521. could be effectual."
  522. In his daily reading in Genesis,
  523. he said this:
  524. "I cannot fail to see Christ
  525. in Joseph's life today.
  526. He's a young man, 30 years old.
  527. A Hebrew servant.
  528. 'Without Me you can do nothing,'
  529. says our Savior.
  530. And Pharaoh said to Joseph,
  531. 'without you shall no man
  532. lift a hand or foot in Egypt.'
  533. Only our heavenly Joseph can open
  534. all the storehouse of God's wealth.
  535. All must go to Him for blessing."
  536. I've never gotten anything like that
  537. from Joseph's life,
  538. but he dug.
  539. He meditated. He prayed.
  540. And he wrote out of his mind and heart
  541. what he saw.
  542. John 13 he was reading.

  543. You know, at the beginning it says,
  544. Jesus realizing that the Father had given
  545. all things into His hands -
  546. Jim Elliot wrote this:
  547. "Jesus, seeing that the Father
  548. had given all things into His hands,
  549. He then took those dirty
    feet of His loved men
  550. into those hands and washed them."
  551. Always praying intensly, real,

  552. honest, passionate requests.
  553. He prayed this,
  554. "selfishness, Lord, in our love
  555. for service to You is inexcusable.
  556. I have known this, Lord.
  557. I've been guilty, often, I confess.
  558. I have at times had jealousy
  559. like a jagged tooth that
    spoils my thoughts
  560. when I've seen other young men
  561. get more of Christ
  562. and more of His power than I possess.
  563. Teach me, Lord, to rejoice
  564. in other men's growth."
  565. Praying for true zeal, he said,
  566. "It's a good day for stirring
    and heart-searching.
  567. Oh, may God revive His
    work in our country.
  568. I want to become pleasing to You, Lord.
  569. I pray You would make me a minister
  570. who's a flame of fire.
  571. Oh, that Christ would be to me
  572. as He was to Zinzendorf -
  573. the master passion of life.
  574. My heart pants after Thee,
  575. not for results or power.
  576. From henceforth, I would not seek
  577. an experience or a sign.
  578. For I have Christ as my object.
  579. Occupied not with tongues of fire,
  580. but with the great
    purpose of the Holy Spirit,
  581. to exalt Christ.
  582. Father, make me a crisis man.
  583. Bring those I come into contact with
  584. to a clear decision.
  585. Make me not a signpost on the road,
  586. but rather a fork in the road.
  587. So that men turning one way or the other
  588. when facing Christ in my life.
  589. Motives. He said,

  590. "I sense tonight that
    my desire to be great
  591. will frustrate God's intent for good
  592. to be done through me.
  593. Lord, let me pray
  594. with an honest, earnest heart.
  595. I choose not to be great,
  596. but only that You grant me
  597. Your goodness."
  598. Now, how would you respond

  599. if someone said this to you?
  600. A friend of Jim's - a close brother -
  601. came to him in college and said,
  602. "One of our sisters said to me,
  603. 'we know Jim's humble,
  604. but we wish he would act like it more.'"
  605. So the friend came and told him.
  606. He didn't tell him who it was.
  607. And how would you respond?
  608. Jim's response -
  609. her name was Ruth Stams
  610. who later became a missionary to Pakistan.
  611. Jim said, "Well, the first phrase -
  612. 'we know he is humble,'
  613. How can they be so certain of that?
  614. I know my proud heart is aware
  615. of its self-exaltation,
  616. but the last clause -
  617. 'we wish he would act like it more.'
  618. That speaks to me in powerful tones.
  619. Often this self-exertion comes out
  620. and is most offensive.
  621. This flesh of mine is constantly producing
  622. something of itself.
  623. All uncleanness.
  624. Lord, put an end to my fleshly production.
  625. Stop it, Lord.
  626. Instead, flow though me,
  627. that I'll be clean."
  628. So, these are just examples

  629. that his spiritual reality
  630. and the pursuit for it was always engaged.
  631. It was always exemplary.
  632. He always seemed to be
    out front of others.
  633. He seemed to be in second or third gear
  634. when others were still in first.
  635. He was not only running more consistently,
  636. but he seemed to be
    running at a faster pace.
  637. It was very hard to keep up with him.
  638. He was out front - always a visionary.
  639. Always an initiator.
  640. He said to his brother Burt,
  641. who went to Peru for 30 years
  642. as a missionary,
  643. and Jim had thought of going there first,
  644. he wrote to his brother
    Burt a little note:
  645. "I must get into God's book
    for a little defrosting.
  646. May God make us love like the Tishbite.
  647. John the Baptist bold."
  648. So, whether in high school or college,

  649. he was always out front.
  650. He was a leader.
  651. An example of this was when
  652. President Franklin Roosevelt died in 1945.
  653. Jim was a junior in high school.
  654. And the principal on short notice
  655. thought it would be good to have
  656. a school assembly to address the students
  657. about our president's death.
  658. And so, on short notice,
  659. who could give a suitable speech
  660. to the entire school?
  661. Jim was asked.
  662. His coach said later,
  663. "I've never heard a better speech
  664. all these years."
  665. At Wheaton, he went out
    for the wrestling team

  666. because he thought it would
  667. keep him in shape for the future.
  668. The result was, he not only made the team,
  669. but he became a champion college wrestler.
  670. Always excelling;
  671. pressing on to improve.
  672. Some of the views on important things.

  673. "The pattern of my personal conduct
  674. and behavior..." listen
    to this, young people.
  675. "The pattern of my personal conduct
  676. and behavior is not based on
  677. the activities of those around me.
  678. Don't follow the examples of those
  679. still in the world,
  680. and not necessarily even those
  681. in the church.
  682. Rather, the Word of God
  683. shall be my standard.
  684. And as I see it, there are few examples
  685. of that kind of living anywhere."
  686. That was 1948.
  687. (incomplete thought)
  688. On sanctification

  689. and the work of the Holy Spirit.
  690. He said, "We should remember
  691. that while knowledge may make one
  692. look big, it's only love that makes him
  693. grow into his full stature.
  694. Whatever a man may know,
  695. he still has a lot to learn,
  696. but if he loves God, he is opening
  697. his whole life to the Spirit of God."
  698. He said, "We do not surrender
  699. our entire life in one instant.
  700. That which is lifelong
  701. can only be surrendered in a lifetime.
  702. Neither does surrender to God's will
  703. always equal fullness of power.
  704. Maturity is the accomplishment of years.
  705. And I can only surrender
  706. to the will of God as I know what that is.
  707. So the fullness of the Spirit
  708. is not just instantaneous,
  709. but ultimately is progressive.
  710. If men were truly filled
    with the Holy Spirit,
  711. they would not write books about it,
  712. but they would major on the Person
  713. the Spirit has come to reveal.
  714. Occupation with Christ
    is God's objective."
  715. Later, he said this,
  716. "I was moved last night to think
  717. how very little we know
  718. of trust in the Holy Spirit
  719. and Spirit-directed ministry.
  720. Oh Lord, restore Your people.
  721. Rouse the elect in Portland.
  722. It is time for Thee to work.
  723. The Holy Spirit is the
    only source of power
  724. for the believer's witness.
  725. Even if we know apologetics,
  726. if we lack the power of the Spirit,
  727. we will be ineffective
  728. and even detrimental as witness."
  729. Jim was a pacifist.

  730. (Those who do not believe
  731. that Christians should support
  732. or fight in a war
  733. or actively take part in politics.)
  734. And even in high school,
  735. he was very clear in his belief about it.
  736. In high school, he was a member
  737. of the public speaking club.
  738. In fact, he was the most
    influential one in it.
  739. And one of the assignments
  740. by the leader of the club
  741. was everyone - it was the
    presidential election year -
  742. and the assignment was to give
  743. a political speech about
    the upcoming election
  744. and which candidate you favored
  745. and what your views were.
  746. So the club president assigned
  747. each member a speech
  748. and Jim was called on in class,
  749. and Jim said, "I have no speech."
  750. Well, the president of the
    class began to worry
  751. because Jim was the leader
    of the whole class.
  752. "Jim, you know the rules.
  753. I'll have to expel you if you
    don't give your speech.
  754. (Expel you from the club).
  755. Now, come on up here.
  756. You don't need any preparation.
  757. Just give a brief extemporaneous speech
  758. on your favorite candidate."
  759. Jim, looked right back at him and said,
  760. "I have no favorite candidate
  761. and I have no speech."
  762. Well, in rising from his seat, he said,
  763. "But I'll be happy to take three minutes
  764. to tell you why."
  765. Well, the club president,
  766. suddenly remembering Jim's convictions,
  767. quickly said, "That
    won't be necessary, Jim.
  768. We understand your reasons.
  769. I waive the rule and you're excused
  770. from your speech."
  771. So, he was acting on
    principle courageously
  772. which equipped him year by year
  773. to act on the same principles
  774. about the gospel
  775. and about the mission field
  776. and about missionary principles
  777. and what he could or could not do.
  778. His views of the local church were solid.

  779. The Plymouth Brethren always called
  780. the church meeting "the assembly."
  781. We're going to the assembly today.
  782. And it was a vital part of his upbringing.
  783. And at Wheaton, he quickly found
  784. a Brethren assembly in Lombard, Illinois
  785. near Wheaton.
  786. And in December of that year,
  787. he journaled this: "What a ragged
  788. and shoddy thing organized Christianity
  789. has become in honoring man,
  790. places, and crowds.
  791. How I long to see the simplicity
  792. and powerful beauty of a
    New Testament fellowship
  793. reproduced."
  794. He loved real fellowship
  795. with the brethren.
  796. He said, "the love of Jonathan and David
  797. I felt again today for Bill Cathers,
  798. my friend, upon reading a letter from him
  799. who is en route to China.
  800. It makes me throb to
    read his soul's swagger
  801. and what the Spirit is making Bill
  802. the way He is.
  803. How I long for another like him!
  804. But kindred spirits are so few.
  805. Lord, give me a David that I can know
  806. as David knew Jonathan -
  807. sweeter, swifter, stronger."
  808. Well, he did have some wrong views;

  809. some immature views.
  810. One was marriage and the ministry
  811. and how they would mesh;
  812. how it went together.
  813. When Jim and Elisabeth Elliot both knew
  814. they loved each other
  815. and wanted to be married,
  816. Jim expressed his thoughts.
  817. "I cannot express the
    yearning in my heart.
  818. Oh, what a jumble,
  819. cross-current passion I am in.
  820. May Christ only satisfy my thirst.
  821. But the possibility of seeing Betty,
  822. again, brings wishful thoughts.
  823. How I hate myself for such weakness!
  824. Is not Christ enough, Jim
    (he said to himself)?
  825. What need you more? A woman in His place?
  826. No, God forbid!
  827. I shall have Thee, Lord Jesus."
  828. And all along his Bible
    had been saying to him,
  829. it's not good for man to be alone.
  830. I'll prepare a helpmeet for him.
  831. Someone could have said to Jim,
  832. "you knucklehead."
  833. It's not Christ or her.
  834. It's Christ and her.
  835. Because God had been revealing
  836. to both of them that she was prepared
  837. by the Lord for Jim and him for her,
  838. to complement and complete one another.
  839. Elisabeth was always ready to marry him.
  840. He was always holding back
  841. because of the mission field.
  842. Singleness - that's the
    best missionary's life.
  843. He said finally, after they were
  844. both in Ecuador and the team
  845. heard of a certain tribe of Indians
  846. that were opening to them,
  847. that a single man couldn't go in
  848. because of the setting.
  849. They need a couple.
  850. There was no couple available to go.
  851. Jim suddenly said to Elisabeth,
  852. "So how soon will you marry me?"
  853. Some wrong views get
    corrected in all of us.
  854. Well, she finally got him
  855. and he may have gotten the better
  856. part of the deal
  857. when you see the life of Elisabeth Elliot.
  858. He was growing and changing.
  859. But more about their marriage in a moment.
  860. So, what I've said are the ingredients

  861. that shaped and made him the man he was.
  862. A life of separation and pursuit of God;
  863. of holiness; a true churchman;
  864. who viewed the centrality
    of the local church properly;
  865. and being a vital member and
    being sent out of the church;
  866. consistent, deep Bible reading;
  867. always reading great
    books - the best authors;
  868. a self-denying real prayer life;
  869. cultivating a lifestyle of repentance
  870. and humility,
  871. and real fellowship with godly brethren
  872. who exhorted and encouraged
    one another daily.
  873. And keeping a journal that matured him
  874. in his faith.
  875. That was the making of the man.
  876. Secondly, the marriage.

  877. Jim and Betty Elliot (or Elisabeth).
  878. She was always called Betty
  879. by family and close friends.
  880. The marriage - he first met Elisabeth
  881. at Wheaton.
  882. Both were students.
  883. She was a year ahead of him.
  884. And then David Howard, her brother,
  885. invited him home at Christmas
  886. to their home,
  887. and he was there for
    more time around Betty.
  888. They studied Greek together
  889. being in the same course at Wheaton.
  890. And he wrote his parents about her.
  891. And a real love developed
  892. and a mutual devotion between them
  893. independently of each other
  894. to God's purpose as friends.
  895. She was his equal spiritually,
  896. intellectually.
  897. And he really saw her
  898. as being further along than him
  899. in a lot of ways.
  900. Her godliness, her maturity,
  901. her refinement, her separation
  902. stirred him, intimidated him,
  903. drew him with cords of love.
  904. They were meant for each other.
  905. She saw it early and he did not.
  906. And it's a wonder that she was so patient.
  907. But she was.
  908. Well, they realized it.
  909. Finally, they took a walk one evening
  910. discussing God's path for them.
  911. They had one date,
    if you want to call it that.
  912. It was to a missionary meeting in Chicago.
  913. They had studied a lot.
  914. They had a lot of conversation.
  915. But neither outwardly
    acknowledged anything
  916. about their feelings for the other
  917. beyond friendship.
  918. But that evening, they took a walk
  919. and when they looked at each other,
  920. they both knew it and acknowledged it
  921. and said it - that they loved each other.
  922. That night, Jim marked in his hymn book
  923. the date and beside it these words:
  924. "If Thou should call me to resign
  925. what most I prize,
  926. it ne'er was mine.
  927. I only yield Thee what was Thine.
  928. Thy will be done."
  929. But she didn't impress Jim's family,
  930. for some reason.
  931. Too quiet, they said. Too distant.
  932. She's kind of awkward.
  933. She didn't seem to fit in
    the lively Elliot home.
  934. But Jim knew, and he stood alone,
  935. but he was also afraid.
  936. What about my calling? The mission field?
  937. How can both be right?
  938. It was a big struggle for him.
  939. He said, besides, I hate
    American weddings.
  940. Now with radical John the Baptist tones
  941. he thunders in his journal about weddings.
  942. Now see if you think he was just
  943. running from his own wedding.
  944. What he said,
  945. "Twentieth century weddings
  946. are the vainest, most meaningless things.
  947. There is no evidence of reality in them.
  948. The wedding party dresses for a show
  949. and the flesh is given first place.
  950. The songs are absurd if
    anyone pays attention
  951. to the words, but no one does.
  952. They simply listen to how it's sung.
  953. Candles are useless, expensive trifles.
  954. Ushers help no one, but
    they appear very official.
  955. And the ceremony is the most meaningless
  956. hodgepodge of obsolete grammar
  957. and phraseology I've ever seen.
  958. And the stupid question of asking
  959. who gives the bride to be married?
  960. Everyone already knows it's her father
  961. uncle, or some sweating
    pawn at the altar."
  962. He said, "I'm sure the minor prophets
  963. would have have found subject
  964. for correction in this affair."
  965. And then he closes the paragraph,
  966. "I must read this to myself
    on my wedding day
  967. if I have one."
  968. Betty said later,
  969. "I do not think he remembered to read it.
  970. If he had, he would have smiled
  971. at his imbalanced zeal,
  972. for he had matured over the years."
  973. But maturity had not given either of them
  974. a heart for an outward show.
  975. Neither of them wanted a conventional
  976. big wedding.
  977. She showed up in Ecuador
  978. shortly after him as a single woman.
  979. When they decided to get married
  980. they didn't return back to the states.
  981. It was a civil ceremony of 10 minutes
  982. at the justice of the peace
  983. in the capital city of Quito.
  984. I'm sure it wasn't called
    the justice of the peace,
  985. but same office.
  986. They were married in a ten minute ceremony
  987. with two couples with them.
  988. After a two week honeymoon in Panama
  989. and Costa Rica,
  990. back to the jungles
  991. to live for five months in a 16 foot tent.
  992. Ladies, you ready for the mission field?
  993. The point is singles who are waiting
  994. on God's person in marriage
  995. should not try to figure out and control
  996. how God will give you a partner.
  997. He is leading you.
  998. He was leading Jim and Betty.
  999. And He caused the time to be right
  1000. in the experience.
  1001. So the making of the man
  1002. and the marriage.
  1003. Thirdly, the mission.

  1004. Current mission statistics staggered
  1005. and haunted Jim.
  1006. 1,700 languages have
    not one word of the Bible.
  1007. 90% of mission volunteers
  1008. never make it to any foreign country.
  1009. 64% of the world's population
  1010. have never heard of Christ.
  1011. 5,000 people die every hour.
  1012. The total of India equals North America,
  1013. South America, and Africa combined.
  1014. In India, there's one missionary
  1015. for every 71,000 people.
  1016. One Christian worker for every
    500 people in the U.S.
  1017. Missions were Jim's
    target since high school
  1018. He began to think of India,
  1019. Muslim countries, and Peru
  1020. where Burt was going.
  1021. But by his senior year,
  1022. he was burdened for South America.
  1023. So, after he graduated from college,
  1024. he went off to the University of Oklahoma
  1025. and did their linguistics
    program for 3 months
  1026. to study linguistics for
    language translation.
  1027. And it was while he was there
  1028. that he became clear that he was sure
  1029. he was to go to Ecuador.
  1030. He had been to the 1948 Urbana
    missions conference in Illinois
  1031. before that and he prayed specifically.
  1032. "This came to me as I prayed
  1033. regarding this conference.
  1034. What the Lord has purposed
  1035. for this conference will be accomplished
  1036. but what is His purpose?
  1037. Lord, show me Your intent for me."
  1038. Well, after Oklahoma,
  1039. and that summer, he was clear
  1040. that he was to go to Ecuador.
  1041. He took a first practical step.
  1042. He hitchhiked to Mexico with a buddy.
  1043. Children, don't try that today.
  1044. But in 1950, it was more popular.
  1045. He and Ron Harris hitchhiked there
  1046. to be with the Harris family
  1047. who were missionaries there.
  1048. And Jim journaled, "Mexico
    has stolen my heart.
  1049. We've been here two weeks,
  1050. and I've been invited to
    stay as long as I desire.
  1051. Right now, I wish it were for life."
  1052. Writing from Mexico, he said,
  1053. "The Lord has been good to me
  1054. in bringing me here
  1055. to see the field and hear the language.
  1056. Missionaries are simply
    a bunch of nobodies
  1057. trying to exalt Somebody."
  1058. He was there for six weeks.
  1059. As he hitchhiked back to the states,
  1060. he had no doubt where he was to go.
  1061. As Betty Elliot later wrote,
  1062. "His face was set toward those
  1063. who had never heard."
  1064. His brother Burt was already in Peru,
  1065. and would be there for 30 years.
  1066. Ecuador became the focus.
  1067. And after his home church assembly
  1068. along with other sister Brethren churches
  1069. commissioned him to go;
  1070. after a time at home,
  1071. he and his close friend Pete Fleming
  1072. departed by ship for Ecuador
  1073. in February of 1952.
  1074. Betty Elliot arrived two months later
  1075. than Jim and Pete - still single.
  1076. The work began.
  1077. A team of five couples developed together.
  1078. And the men were there
  1079. only three to four years.
  1080. Jim Elliot was in Ecuador three years
  1081. and 11 months.
  1082. So the work in those years
  1083. consisted of the following:
  1084. teaching the Quechua Indians
  1085. with language charts
  1086. to read their own language.
  1087. Translating the Bible in Quechua.
  1088. Building a mission station
  1089. and their own houses
  1090. at Shell Mara - the operations base
  1091. for Mission Aviation Fellowship.
  1092. Jim and Betty lived there
  1093. after they lived in their honeymoon tent
  1094. for five months.
  1095. Holding services finally
  1096. and preaching the Quechua language,
  1097. building a small airstrip,
  1098. and surveying villages by air
  1099. to see where tribes were;
  1100. Jim and the brothers
  1101. were only there a few short years.
  1102. On sailing away that day
  1103. in February of 1952,
  1104. Jim said, "We left the outer harbor dock
  1105. from San Pedro, California at 2:06 today.
  1106. Mom and dad stood together
  1107. watching on the pier.
  1108. As we slipped away, Psalm 60:12
  1109. came to mind and I called it back to them.
  1110. "Through God, we shall do valiantly."
  1111. They wept some.
  1112. I do not understand how God has made me.
  1113. I didn't feel like crying.
  1114. Only sheer joy and thanksgiving fills me.
  1115. The sheer joy of being in the will of God
  1116. is my general experience now.
  1117. The Lord is in our going now,
  1118. and if life were to end at this point,
  1119. I could say with Simeon,
  1120. 'Lord, let Your servant depart in peace.'"
  1121. The first five months
    were language studies

  1122. in Quito, the capital city,
  1123. with a Dr. Tidmarsh, a veteran missionary
  1124. who was leaving the country
  1125. because of his wife's health.
  1126. So along with Jim and Betty Elliot,
  1127. Nate and Marjorie Saint,
  1128. Roger and Barbara Youderian,
  1129. Pete and Olive Fleming,
  1130. and Ed and MaryLou McCully -
  1131. a team of ten.
  1132. Five families.
  1133. Not one individual like David Brainerd.
  1134. That says something about the importance
  1135. of biblical missions.
  1136. Jim Elliot had a proper
    view of the local church
  1137. and being under authority
  1138. to be sent out.
  1139. They were a team.
  1140. They had to live as one another's church;
  1141. one another's body.
  1142. And so did the wives.
  1143. All of these are in their twenties -
  1144. young twenties, middle-aged twenties,
  1145. older twenties.
  1146. Twenty-year olds.
  1147. The mission target once
    they were all in Ecuador

  1148. became the most savage tribe
  1149. in the country.
  1150. The Auca Indians.
  1151. Operation Auca began February 1952.
  1152. The Auca's were the most
    savage group of killers
  1153. in all the eastern jungles of Ecuador.
  1154. The word "Auca" was given to this group
  1155. of Indians by the Quechua Indians,
  1156. and it means "savage."
  1157. Auca. Savage.
  1158. The savage Auca's.
  1159. Unreached by white men.
  1160. Except when business explorers
  1161. in previous decades
  1162. hunting rubber or minerals
  1163. came exploring their territory,
  1164. abusing the Auca's, killing them
  1165. to advance their own business ventures.
  1166. This caused any openness or curiosity
  1167. about the outside world to be destroyed.
  1168. They were totally closed off
  1169. from anyone but themselves.
  1170. Now, time doesn't allow the story here.
  1171. It's in the journals; it's in the books.
  1172. Especially "Through Gates of Splendor."
  1173. But those ten missionaries -
  1174. those five couples -
  1175. courageous, focused, sacrificial,
  1176. loving and big-hearted,
  1177. said, "In Thy name, we go."
  1178. It was the Auca's they targeted
  1179. and began their prayers
  1180. and the planned approach
  1181. to be the first ever white men
  1182. to become friends with the Auca's.
  1183. They made a first friendly contact.
  1184. Five white men
  1185. with three naked Auca Indians.
  1186. So the mission was clear
  1187. and was in gear.
  1188. Then, the martyrdom.

  1189. It was five men. Not just Jim Elliot.
  1190. As a young man through his twenties,
  1191. Jim was always for some reason
  1192. speaking, writing, and
    praying about death.
  1193. It's coming.
  1194. I want to be ready.
  1195. He was facing and thinking about it.
  1196. Prior to arriving in Ecuador,
  1197. we see his mind and his perspective
  1198. in his own words.
  1199. Age 20; 9 years before his death.
  1200. "If I would spare my life blood
  1201. and resist pouring it out as a sacrifice,
  1202. Father, take my life -
  1203. even my blood if You will
  1204. and consume it.
  1205. I would not save it,
  1206. for it is not mine to save.
  1207. Have it, Lord. Have it all.
  1208. Pour out my life as an offering
  1209. for the world."
  1210. A year later - age 21.
  1211. "Lord, light the idle sticks of my life.
  1212. Let me burn up for Thee.
  1213. Consume my life, O God, for it is Yours.
  1214. I seek not a long life,
    but a full one, like Yours,
  1215. Lord Jesus."
  1216. Age 21, "Father, if You will let me go
  1217. to South America to labor for You
  1218. and to die,
  1219. I pray You will let me go soon.
  1220. Nevertheless, not my will."
  1221. Next year, age 22.
  1222. "I must not think it strange
  1223. if God takes in youth,
  1224. those I would have kept on earth
  1225. till they were older."
  1226. "God is peopling eternity,
  1227. and I must not restrict Him
  1228. to older men and women."
  1229. He said, "I saw in reading
    David Brainerd's life,
  1230. was much encouraged to think of a life
  1231. of godliness in the
    light of an early death."
  1232. "Had thoughts of eternity today.
  1233. It will be a great eye-opener
  1234. and a great mouth-shutter,
  1235. and it will confirm the martyr's blood.
  1236. How few, how short the
    hours my heart beats.
  1237. Then on into the real world
  1238. where the unseen is important."
  1239. He described a coffin
  1240. as a swallowing up of life.
  1241. He said, "for this I am most anxious."
  1242. Now, he had closely read

  1243. the autobiography of John G. Paton,
  1244. missionary to the cannibals
  1245. in the South Seas in the 19th century.
  1246. He, like Paton, was opposed and criticized
  1247. by others about going to the remote
  1248. unreached tribes and the dangers.
  1249. Friends and church leaders
  1250. told Paton and Jim
  1251. they should stay at home.
  1252. They could do much good at home.
  1253. Influence your church here.
  1254. When John Paton was decided and firm,
  1255. one of his own church members said,
  1256. "The cannibals! You'll be
    eaten by cannibals!"
  1257. The memory of John Williams
  1258. who had gone from Scotland
  1259. only 19 years earlier
  1260. had been eaten by cannibals.
  1261. But to this Paton responded,
  1262. "Mr. Dixon, you are advanced in years now,
  1263. and you will be soon in the grave,
  1264. there to be eaten by worms.
  1265. So it will make no difference to me
  1266. whether I'm eaten by cannibals or worms.
  1267. In the great day, my resurrection body
  1268. will rise as fair as yours
  1269. in the likeness of Jesus."
  1270. This was Jim Elliot's perspective
  1271. on death and eternity.
  1272. So, they focus on the Auca's.

  1273. They had friendly fly-by's,
  1274. dropping gifts.
  1275. They landed on the beach.
  1276. They built little houses
    35 feet up in the trees.
  1277. And they waited. They would
    go and they would come
  1278. and they would wait and come back.
  1279. And they finally had friendly contact.
  1280. First, a young woman
  1281. and then a few others.
  1282. And they then began to plan
  1283. a fresh fuller contact
  1284. and they left their wives
    for the last time
  1285. and were gone five days.
  1286. On the fifth day, the men were surprised
  1287. on the beach by killers
  1288. that they had hoped would be friendly.
  1289. They left for the beach
    five days before dying.
  1290. And Elisabeth Elliot tells it best.
  1291. Finally, the meaning for us here.

  1292. What does this mean to us?
  1293. His legacy to us?
  1294. What shall we say of this man's life
  1295. and his example to us?
  1296. We can't go back 68 years
  1297. to hear him preach or pray
  1298. or to talk to him.
  1299. We have the record.
  1300. We have the legacy.
  1301. What's our takeaway?
  1302. What's applicable to you and I this week?
  1303. This spring in 2018?
  1304. What are the lessons
    and the message for us?
  1305. A few things.
  1306. First of all,
  1307. we must have realistic and
    not romantic views
  1308. of our spiritual heroes.
  1309. Those who have inspired us,
  1310. have fed us and taught us,
  1311. have ministered the most to us
  1312. for the greatest help and blessing,
  1313. are never perfect Christians.
  1314. They're flawed; they have blind spots.
  1315. They have prejudices.
  1316. They have needs. They have struggles.
  1317. They have sins.
  1318. They're wrong in some areas.
  1319. They can fail you.
  1320. They will, at times, disappoint you.
  1321. And they don't have all the answers.
  1322. So, like Jim Elliot in his day,
  1323. he viewed his spiritual leaders
  1324. with realism.
  1325. He didn't idolize them.
  1326. We shouldn't idolize them
  1327. or romanticize them
  1328. or praise them wrongly.
  1329. Scripture says whose faith follow.
  1330. And so, we should have a realistic view
  1331. of those in history
  1332. and of those we follow today.
  1333. Secondly, a lesson we should
    learn from this is this:

  1334. A consistent and faithful life.
  1335. A consistent and faithful life
  1336. without martyrdom is as herioc
  1337. as a martyr's death.
  1338. Think about it.
  1339. Five men on that beach
  1340. surprised suddenly.
  1341. A spear attacks and it takes 2 minutes,
  1342. maybe, to die.
  1343. And it's over.
  1344. Does that somehow take superhuman power
  1345. more than living daily for Christ
  1346. for 70 years and running well to the end?
  1347. Both are heroic.
  1348. We know about David Brainerd only because
  1349. Jonathan Edwards
    published his private diary.
  1350. But do you know anything
    about John Brainerd?
  1351. David's younger brother.
  1352. No journal. No hero.
  1353. But he went and replaced David
  1354. among the Indians
  1355. and stayed 30 years.
  1356. Same caliber of man.
  1357. Same godliness.
  1358. He just never wrote about it.
  1359. Do you know anything about Burt Elliot,
  1360. Jim's brother?
  1361. Jim's there less than four years.
  1362. Burt's in Peru 30 years.
  1363. Of the four, Jim Elliot, Burt Elliot,
  1364. John Brainerd, who's more the hero?
  1365. We would know nothing about
  1366. the famous Brainerd or the famous Elliot
  1367. if four books had not been written.
  1368. No books - no heroism.
  1369. But it's heroic to faithfully live
    for Christ where you are,
  1370. keep serving,
  1371. obeying God's will for you,
  1372. year in and year out,
  1373. doing what God's called you to do.
  1374. Dying for Christ suddenly
  1375. is not more glorious
  1376. than living for Him for 50 years.
  1377. Living long term in faithful service
  1378. is what we're called to do.
  1379. God determines the names
  1380. and the numbers of the martyrs.
  1381. And He determines who is not one.
  1382. So, the McCheyne's, the William Borden's,
  1383. the Keith Green's, the Jim Elliot's
  1384. are few in number who die early.
  1385. They are so few.
  1386. The majority of Christians
    get the privilege
  1387. and heroism of living 30, 40, 50,
  1388. 70 years walking with God.
  1389. The George Muller's... he was 90.
  1390. Leonard Ravenhill - he was 87.
  1391. Keith McCloud - late 70's.
  1392. Bill McCloud - 80.
  1393. Bob Jennings - in his sixties.
  1394. Conrad Murrell - 89.
  1395. It's the little things done
  1396. in persevering faithfulness
  1397. that are worthy of praise and notice.
  1398. A Belfast detective

  1399. in Belfast, Northern Ireland,
  1400. during the days of the bombings of the IRA
  1401. and the protestant conflict,
  1402. a Belfast detective read
  1403. Jim Elliot's life.
  1404. And he said I was afraid every day
  1405. to go into that battle zone.
  1406. I had fear every day.
  1407. Fear for my family.
  1408. But I read Jim Elliot's life,
  1409. and it transformed me.
  1410. He said if Jim Elliot can go in there
  1411. with courage for Christ, so can I.
  1412. That's a takeaway.
  1413. Faithfulness to Christ
  1414. in the small things is as great
  1415. of heroism as dying a martyr's death.
  1416. Thirdly, what does this mean for us?

  1417. More than ever, arise and go.
  1418. Go into all the world
    and preach the gospel
  1419. to every creature.
  1420. What are you pursuing?
  1421. You young men, are you as focused
  1422. in any degree as Jim Elliot was?
  1423. Are you wandering?
  1424. Are you just aimless?
  1425. Or what are you focusing on?
  1426. What is God's purpose for your life
  1427. in light of kingdom purposes?
  1428. Are you settling in?
  1429. You young couples,
  1430. middle-aged couples,
  1431. are we settling in?
  1432. Are you settling in for a
    good old U.S.A. lifestyle
  1433. of ease, fun, and comfort?
  1434. Have you ever been willing to go?
  1435. And have you truly surrendered
  1436. only wanting God's will?
  1437. If not, you need to start all over again
  1438. on your kingdom-first seeking
  1439. and deal with this.
  1440. You think about places right now.
  1441. Lebanon.
  1442. We have brethren there right now,
  1443. for the most part -
  1444. as far as long term - laboring alone.
  1445. Couples are needed.
  1446. Mature, godly, self-denying
  1447. single men are needed there right now.
  1448. Mexico.
  1449. Tim and Diego are going soon to Ecuador.
  1450. Many places God is opening doors
  1451. and working.
  1452. So where do you fit in the scheme
  1453. of God's purpose of serving Him?
  1454. If not you, who?
  1455. If not now, when?
  1456. If not you, why?
  1457. What are you holding on to?
  1458. What can or what will you
  1459. give your life to
  1460. that's more glorious or eternal
  1461. than what Jim Elliot lived for?
  1462. For the five young
    wives in their twenties,
  1463. MarLou McCully,
  1464. Olive Fleming,
  1465. Barbara Youderian,
  1466. Rachel Saint, and Betty Elliot -
  1467. the longing of their numb and mute hearts
  1468. after their husbands died
  1469. was echoed by words found
  1470. in Jim's diary written before he died
  1471. in Ecuador.
  1472. He wrote, "I walked out
    to the hill just now.
  1473. It is exalting and delicious
  1474. to stand embraced by the shadows
  1475. of a friendly tree with the wind
  1476. tugging at my coat.
  1477. And the heavens calling for my heart
  1478. to gaze in glory and give oneself
  1479. to God again.
  1480. What more could a man ask?
  1481. Oh, the fullness! The pleasure!
  1482. The sheer excitement of
    knowing God on earth!
  1483. I care not if I never raise
    my voice again for Him,
  1484. if only I may love and please Him.
  1485. Perhaps, in mercy, He may give me
  1486. a host of children that I may lead them
  1487. to explore His delicacies.
  1488. But if not,
  1489. if I may but see Him
  1490. and smile into His eyes,
  1491. oh, then... then, nothing will matter.
  1492. Only Him."
  1493. O church, arise.
  1494. Let's sing it together.
  1495. O church, arise.