When the Father of Modern Missions, William Carey, expressed his desire to see the gospel taken to far away lands, a certain Calvinist in the meeting, Dr. Ryland, cried out in mortification, “Young man, sit down; when God is pleased to convert the heathen world, He will do it without your help or mine.” Thankfully, William Carey did not sit down; he went on to spark a massive missionary movement that resulted in countless souls coming to know Christ as Saviour. Unfortunately, the virus of Calvinism still lingers in the bloodstream of many Baptists today, resulting in lethargy, laziness, and fatalism concerning the salvation of souls.
Does God need us in His work, or will He do it without His people? The question is not, “Can God, ” but “will God?” Could God do everything without using any of His people? Yes. Will He? No. He has, in His sovereignty, entrusted His people with the work of preaching the gospel to every creature among all nations. He has chosen to use us in His work. This message, preached Sunday night, September 2, 2012, at LBC, from the salvation of Cornelius the centurion, seeks to answer the question, “Does God need us in His work?”