I will bless you… and you shall be a blessing.
Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11
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Burlington, NC 27215
Welcome to FaithByTheWord!
I am Dave Winstead, Executive Director and founder of FaithByTheWord Ministries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in the State Of North Carolina.
FaithByTheWord was founded as a means to encourage everyone to get into The Word. The Word is the means through which we are able to draw closer to The Lord so we can seek his mercy, love, and grace in times of sickness, sadness, or sorrow. It is through faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ that we can know we have a home in Heaven someday and share in His love, shelter, and protection while we live in this world.
The secret to getting God’s attention is through fellowship with Him. That’s what this website is all about – reading, studying, and sharing The Word so we can draw nearer to God. The Bible says faith comes by hearing God and hearing God more clearly and completely comes through reading and studying His Word.
This site provides many resources to help you get into The Word every day. You will find devotions, scripture selections, guidance for fellowship, tools for Bible Study, Sunday Worship Service Plans, and many other odds and ends I have collected over the years.
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We need your support to help us fulfill The Great Commission by letting us “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. ”
Where you can make a difference
What difference will your donation make?
Much too often people with good intentions are hesitant to give if they only have $5 – $50 to spare for a worthy cause such as ours. There is too much concern that a small gift will not make enough of an impact to matter. Please look at what your contribution can accomplish in our East African Ministry.
- $5 will provide a Bible and student materials for an East African pastoral training conference.
- $25 will provide the training materials for a new pastor in training for a newly planted church in a remote East African village.
- $50 will provide Bibles for every home in a remote East African village of 75. A case of 24 Bibles only costs $49.
- $100 will provide monthly rent and utilities for a pastor. Living expenses are very low.
- $100 will provide food for a month for a pastor. This will provide a nourishing diet to which they are not accustomed.
- $350 will construct and furnish a basic church for a typical East African village. They feel they are dishonoring God if they cannot at least worship in a simple structure. They do not have electricity or running water in any of their buildings.
- $450 will purchase a used motorbike for a pastor. They typically walk 20 miles 5-7 days per week preaching and visiting the sick.
What is our mission?
- To supply Bibles and Bible study materials to pastors and pastoral training facilities worldwide.
- Much of this material is targeted to remote villages in East Africa. We have a huge following in Uganda and Kenya alone.
- We post numerous sources of material every day 7 days a week 365 days per year. Click here to review some of the material.
- To focus our efforts geographically in East Africa villages surrounding cities similar to Kampala that are located in countries such as Uganda and Kenya and that are in desperate need of Bibles and Church Buildings.
- These villages are quite primitive compared to what you may be accustomed to. No running water, no electricity. A villager walks an average of 2 miles each way every day to obtain clean drinking water. Most homes have dirt floors. Click here to see more information about these villages.
- To supply Bibles to every villager so that every person has one of their very own..
- A typical church in a village may only have 5-15 members. Many churches only have a single Bible due to lack of availability and funds. To give every member access to The Word the church will divide the single Bible into several parts such that each member gets a part. From time to time each member will exchange their part with the next member and the cycle continues over and over.
- To supply building materials to the village to build a very basic structure in which to worship.
- Many of these churches are simple structures of poles and sheets of tin and may only cost $300 to build and furnish. There is no electricity or water needed. Many church structures may only be 12×20 feet. Click here to see more information about these village churches.
What is the Great Commission?
Matthew 28:19–20 contains what has come to be called the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus gave this command to the apostles shortly before He ascended into heaven, and it essentially outlines what Jesus expected the apostles and those who followed them to do in His absence.
It is interesting that, in the original Greek, the only direct command in Matthew 28:19–20 is “make disciples.” The Great Commission instructs us to make disciples while we are going throughout the world. The instructions to “go,” “baptize,” and “teach” are indirect commands—participles in the original. How are we to make disciples? By baptizing them and teaching them all that Jesus commanded. “Make disciples” is the primary command of the Great Commission. “Going,” “baptizing,” and “teaching” are the means by which we fulfill the command to “make disciples.”
A disciple is someone who receives instruction from another person; a Christian disciple is a baptized follower of Christ, one who believes the teaching of Christ. A disciple of Christ imitates Jesus’ example, clings to His sacrifice, believes in His resurrection, possesses the Holy Spirit, and lives to do His work. The command in the Great Commission to “make disciples” means to teach or train people to follow and obey Christ.
Many understand Acts 1:8 as part of the Great Commission as well: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The Great Commission is enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to be Christ’s witnesses, fulfilling the Great Commission in our cities (Jerusalem), in our states and countries (Judea and Samaria), and anywhere else God sends us (to the ends of the earth).
Throughout the book of Acts, we see how the apostles began to fulfill the Great Commission, as outlined in Acts 1:8. First, Jerusalem is evangelized (Acts 1 — 7); then the Spirit expands the church through Judea and Samaria (Acts 8 — 12); finally, the gospel reaches into “the ends of the earth” (Acts 13 — 28). Today, we continue to act as ambassadors for Christ, and “we plead on Christ’s behalf: ‘Be reconciled to God’” (2 Corinthians 5:20, CSB).
We have received a precious gift: “the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people” (Jude 1:3). Jesus’ words in the Great Commission reveal the heart of God, who desires “all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). The Great Commission compels us to share the good news until everyone has heard. Like the servants in Jesus’ parable, we are to be about the business of the kingdom, making disciples of all nations: “He called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13, KJV).