The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry – John 1:19-3:36

This topic will span a couple of posts. As mentioned previously, John’s prologue to his gospel (1:1-19) gave us some witnesses as to who Jesus really is. His testimony comes from above (God) and is also displayed below in four ways:

  1. The creation that was made through him (1:1-5)
  2. John the Baptist (1:6-8 & 1:15)
  3. Incarnation (1:14)
  4. The early Christian witnesses/John the apostle (1:14 – “we have seen his glory…who came from the Father…”)

In verse 19, we return to the one who testifies below about Jesus’ divinity, John the Baptist. While the story of Jesus’ baptism is not present it is certainly implied (1:32). From the very beginning Jesus is referred to as “the Lamb of God” (1:29 and 1:36). Within that title is the recognition from early on as to what Jesus’ purpose is. He is the paschal lamb that will take away the sins of the world. Jesus is also recognized early as the Messiah by Andrew in John 1:41. As mentioned before this does not come out in Mark until halfway through the book (chapter 8).

Structure

Chapters 1-3 are bookened by John the Baptist and his understanding of the role he was assigned to. Chapters 2-4 are bookended by miracles at Cana. When John the Baptist’s followers leave him to follow Jesus (1:35ff), he knew that was part of his purpose. When he finds out that Jesus’ disciples are now baptizing more than his, he is filled with joy because he knows he is not in a popularity contest (3:27ff). He is filling a subservient role that points to someone greater than himself. It is summed up by John’s statement in 3:30 – “He must become greater, I must become less.” If more Christians subscribed to that attitude and each focused on doing our part to further the kingdom we would be much healthier and more effective in our ministries. Satan loves to try to get us to flip that statement. When we buy into Satan’s version it results in impotent efforts to reach the lost and infighting rather than fighting our real spiritual enemy (Eph 6:12).

The Nature and Character of Jesus’ Ministry

Between the John the Baptist bookends we find Jesus’ power displayed through the first miracle of his ministry, his zeal displayed through his clearing the temple, and his knowledge displayed through his conversation with Nicodemus. Each of these verify that the bookending testimony of the witnesses in the prologue is true. Each of these three characteristics of Jesus’ early ministry will be dealt with in upcoming posts.

Side notes

Before we get into that I want to toss in a couple of side notes that don’t really fit anywhere but I would like to have somewhere for future reference:

  1. 1:47 – there is a play on words between “Israel” and having “no deceit” as the name Jacob/Israel is an idiom in Hebrew for someone who deceives or “grasps the heel.” To be tripped up is to be deceived. Jesus again refers to “Israel” by his reference in 1:51 to Jacob/Israel’s experience with the angels.
  2. 1:48 – “How do you know me?” more literally reads, “Where do you know me from?” Jesus’ answer is a place, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree…”
  3. Messianic ties to the fig tree (1 Kings 4:25 and Micah 4:4)
  4. Water to wine – the only miracle in John not in the synoptic gospels.
  5. 2:4 – “Woman” was not an impolite term (Mtt 15:28, John 4:21, 8:10, 19:26, and 20:13).
  6. 2:10 – older translations supply the word “men” but it is not original
  7. 2:12 – “he went down to Capernaum” – the landscape is more elevated at Cana than Capernaum. Jesus literally descended the hill to get to Capernaum.
  8. Jesus clears the temple – this is almost certainly in the outer courts/the court of Gentiles. There was a rule that there were to be no weapons inside this area. That is why Jesus had to fashion a weapon from what he found there.
  9. 2:16 – play on words – literally reads, “Stop turning my Father’s house into a house of market…” It is much more plain a play on words in Greek than in the NIV (which totally leaves out the word “house” in reference to “market.” I am thinking this would have been more plain in Aramaic than in Greek.
  10. For more references and background to Jesus clearing the temple see Josephus Antiquities 15.11.1, 380, Jeremiah 7:11, Psalm 69:9, Zech 14:21, Isa 56:7, Hag 2:7-9, Mic 3:12, and Ezek 40-46

0 Responses to The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry – John 1:19-3:36

  1. naeem arif says:

    Faith cometh by hearing and hearing from the Word of God”(Romans, 10:17)

    Dear Brother in Christ,

    Greetings from Pakistan.

    I am Naeem Arif from Pakistan. I have studied your web site, and I
    found it the most wonderful site to get right to the True Word of God. I found that all your material is full of knowledge concerning development of religious faith. Living in Pakistan we Christians is to face many obstacles to get the access to the Word of God. Most of the people in Pakistan are not capable to understand the English language and they are hungry of the God’s words. It’s because our national language is Urdu.
    My suggestion for you is to create your material in my language of Urdu and Punjabi also. It will bring lots of blessings of the Word of God for the Pakistani and Indian Urdu and Punjabi speaking people. For that purpose I as a translator will bring your material into Urdu languages and into Punjabi language as well. Although it will take your low expenses as well, as fund for the Word of God to reach out to the deserving people. As a translator I will take the expenses that will be spending just for the Word.

    “There is nothing more precious than to red and listen the Word of God
    into your own language.”

    Sincerely,
    Naeem Arif (Pakistan )

  2. Nadeem Hamid says:

    Dear Brother in Christ
    Blessings of Peace!

    Greetings in mighty and matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    I have been reading from your site and getting belssing. I am very glad to know that there are the people who really want to expand God’s work and His Kingdom in Pakistan.

    Brothers, I have come with this request to translate your books and other scriptures in our mother language called ‘’Urdu’’. So yours Urdu publications or work would benefit for all those people who can speak and understand the Urdu language throughout the world including India and Pakistan.

    Now I would like to introduce myself, my name is Nadeem Hamid, born again in 1999 when I was 17 years old. I have been reading the Bible since 2000 and sharing it in the rural area of Punjab, Pakistan. I am also blessed with the master degree of English Language (M.A English) from the recognized university of Pakistan (www.bzu.edu.pk ) in year 2006, I have translation experience too. I have translated some messages of family Radio.
    I would like to offer my services for translating your books into Urdu and Punjabi languages so that your ministry can reach every single human being with the message of Salvation and eternal life.

    In Christ I will do my level best in translating your work with dedication and faithfulness in the guidance of Holy Ghost.

    I assure that you will find me the best regarding Translations.

    My constant prayers are for your ministry and your great services the Lord.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Yours Brother in Christ,
    Nadeem Hamid
    lhm_pak@yahoo.com
    Pakistan

  3. Majida Saleem says:

    Greetings and Blessings in Jesus name,
    It is really privileged for me to write to your ministry and I pray may Lord bless you abundantly. I am Majida Saleem from Pakistan. Five years before I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and I trust in Him as my rock and try to walk in Him, as the Word of God says don’t be lazy in struggle.
    As I was visiting your site I found that you are doing the work of translation into native languages. I am able to translate the good stuff of you into my native language Punjabi and national language Urdu. There are two purposes to request you the first one are to know the Word of God more deeply and second one to be supportive my family to run.
    I hope you will consider me regarding this request.
    In Jesus,
    Majida Saleem
    Pakistan

  4. suzina says:

    To whom it may concern,
    I visited your Church site, it is really privilege for me to write you with the Will of God. I found that you have awesome and precious work of Lord Jesus Christ, May God bless your Church staff and all precious work. I belong the Christian family. I am able to do work of translation into Urdu and Punjabi, if you have any translation work so please consider for the translation work, i would love to give my service to you church as a translator. Your Church material and Word of God must be reached to unreached people who didn’t understand the English, those people can study and blessed through the Word of God. I hope that Lord Jesus will give the vision of Translation work and all funds. I will do pray to Jesus for this precious work. I will wait your reply.

    In Jesus name
    Suzina Abida
    Pakistan

  5. Paster Zulfiqar says:

    request for religious english translation in to urdu and punjabi job at home
    Dear brothers and sisters ;
    greeting to all the members of christion ministries those are serving the Lord Jesus ; i visited your web site today ; read it carefully ; and very much impressed that you are working for the Lord all over the world ; i am also serving the Lord in the holly Bible church in pakistan for the spiritual development of our christion community ; we are not only limited in the church but also proclaming the good news of holly Bible in the street prayer meeting where the people be awar of wisdom and knowldge of the true God ; i come to know through visiting your web site that you are procalming the good news of the holly Bilbe in diffrent languages all over the world ; i offer my services to share with you sprading the word of God for those people they are not able to understand the english language ; they are needed to understand the word of God in urdu ; and punjabi their mother language ; God have blessed me to translate english into urdu and punjabi ; so that they could easily understand the true mening the word of God ; please you know that the people moste of the countries are spoken ; read ; and write in urdu and punjabi language ; the holly spirite of the God evoke me to work togather with you ; through urdu and punjabi translation provide more opprtunites for the spiritual development wherever the people are not able to understand the english language ; i hopefull that you will be consider my request for translation ; being a serving of Lord Jesus ; i will be waiting your good response ;
    PASTOR ZULFIQAR FROM PAKISTAN .

  6. wasim nasir says:

    Dear ministry ,
    May GOD bless your ministry and GOD be with your ministry members . my name is wasim nasir . i am in pakistan . and i am christian . i visited your ministry website . and i really appricated it . i am proud of your ministry your ministry is very nice and i hope blessed also .: i am sad those christian who are living in good christian countries they dont know about our condition and how we are struggling here.we are in very bad condition now days,they dont have ways of progress here like Americans.but its very hard to continue any christian activites here.because Muslim dont want help us here.we are in very bad condition now days, we have trust on God. pakistani Muslim people do not want give us good work, we are very sad about it .we are doing some work for GOD here . when GOD provide us .
    we want to do many work here for lord jesus . but we can,t . becuse we dont have any work here for that all expencives. therefor we are very sad about it .we need some helping hands for lord jesus work here . we are living for lord jesus work . and we want to do that fill here and then our reason will be good. and that will be usefull for us and lord jesus will be very happy with us here. and he will bless us here. therefor i visit your ministry . i need some work . i thinking .if you have ministry Books then we can translate them English to Urdu . if you like help me in GOD,s work so plz accept our application . we trust we will solve your work very good . we want to do work for your ministry . if your ministry want help our so plz give us translation work . i hope with that work you can help us and that will be your great help . well if you want to give me your work . plz contect with us and send me back email with your greating . take care of your ministry . may GOD bless you.

  7. rahila farrukh says:

    Request For Tranlsation into Urdu and Punjabi Language
    Dear Friend in Christ,
    Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

    I have been going through the studies at your web site, and I am deeply inspired with all of the teachings and studies thereon like Bible studies and other teaching materials on our Web site. This is such a wonderful studies you have arranged for all the nations, in the long run of your service for the nations of the all the world.
    I am from Islamic Republic of Pakistan where it is difficult to have Radio and TV channel for preaching purposes. They would not allow us to do that here; the Satan has real strong hold over everything. I often say that we are living in the land of the enemy.
    Friend, we humbly request you to expand your outreach your program in Urdu and Punjabi language. Urdu is the language spoken and understood by more than one sixth of the total population of the world. Urdu is spoken in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and also in Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and others.

    I would ask you to pray and share it among the brethren. I would offer my services for being translator, recorder and distribution/sales. I pray that your consideration will have His mark over your decision.
    May God bless you abundantly! May His perfect will be done!

    Grace and Peace be with you, all brethrens.

    Yours sister in Christ,
    rahila farrukh
    prayer4jesus2000@yahoo.com

  8. To Whom It May Concern: Greetings! It’s a great honor for me to contact you through this e-mail. My name is Pervaiz Anthony have been involved in Sunday school and prayer groups at our local level. I have went through your website and found it very very interesting and fruitful for Christian believers and people who have interest in Christianity and are growing in Christian faith. Brothers and sisters, I could read your website and most of your teachings and stuff because I can read and understand English, but how about those Christians who do not know English and can not understand it. They also need such a wonderful teachings and material on your website to grow more and more in their faith and understand the great message of Jesus Christ Pakistan is a Muslim country but Christians are growing in numbers day by day but not all of them know English. As you may be aware that many ministries and churches and reaching out to people in countries like Pakistan by translating their teachings and messages in their local languages like Urdu. Urdu is a national language of Pakistan and it’s widely spoken and understood in the country. I would like to express my deepest desire to request you to translate your teachings and web site materiel, tracts, magazines, booklets and audio material like CDs and DVDs in Urdu language. By translating your written and audio material in Urdu language is a great opportunity to reach out people in Pakistan. This translated material will be a useful source for Christians as well as non Christians to understand the message of Gospel more clearly and easily. Please consider this request to translate your wonderful teachings and Gospel messages in Urdu languages. Hope to hear from you soon Your brother in Christ Pervaiz Anthony PakistanTo Whom It May Concern: Greetings! It’s a great honor for me to contact you through this e-mail. My name is Pervaiz Anthony have been involved in Sunday school and prayer groups at our local level. I have went through your website and found it very very interesting and fruitful for Christian believers and people who have interest in Christianity and are growing in Christian faith. Brothers and sisters, I could read your website and most of your teachings and stuff because I can read and understand English, but how about those Christians who do not know English and can not understand it. They also need such a wonderful teachings and material on your website to grow more and more in their faith and understand the great message of Jesus Christ Pakistan is a Muslim country but Christians are growing in numbers day by day but not all of them know English. As you may be aware that many ministries and churches and reaching out to people in countries like Pakistan by translating their teachings and messages in their local languages like Urdu. Urdu is a national language of Pakistan and it’s widely spoken and understood in the country. I would like to express my deepest desire to request you to translate your teachings and web site materiel, tracts, magazines, booklets and audio material like CDs and DVDs in Urdu language. By translating your written and audio material in Urdu language is a great opportunity to reach out people in Pakistan. This translated material will be a useful source for Christians as well as non Christians to understand the message of Gospel more clearly and easily. Please consider this request to translate your wonderful teachings and Gospel messages in Urdu languages. Hope to hear from you soon Your brother in Christ Pervaiz Anthony Pakistan

  9. Rev. ……….

    Subject: Request for the Spiritual and Financial Assistance

    Greetings in the precious name of Jesus Christ our savior

    It is really a privilege for me to introduce Jesus Fellowship Ministry Pakistan (JFMP). JFMP is formed by the dedicated, committed and faithful Christians who analysis the worst condition of Christians in Pakistan. The purpose of the JFMP is to preach the good news as Jesus said “Go into the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

    Pakistan is a Muslim state where 98% people are Muslim. We Christian are less then 2% of the Muslim majority. So here is enormous need to preach the word of God and teach the real teachings of Christianity according to the Holy Bible.

    We want to make realize to the Christian of Pakistan that how great is to be a Christian, because the Jesus Christ has bought us by shedding His blood on the cross and the only way to the salvation is Jesus Christ. We thrust to bring many people close to the Jesus Christ who are faraway from God and are fallen in sin. Apart from the spiritual development ministry is also concerned for the social and economic uplift of the poor, depressed, marginalized and downtrodden Christians and Muslims, through providing them education, skill trainings. As I was visiting your site I found that you are doing the marvelous work to preach the Word of God, our ministry is also doing the same work in a different way.

    Following are the activities of the Jesus Fellowship Ministry Pakistan.

    • Door to door Preaching
    • Sunday Schools
    • Free Bible distribution to youth and children
    • Food, clothing and education for the orphans
    • Bible Education for Youth
    • Prayer Meetings
    • Street Prayers.
    • Conventions
    • Home Schools
    • Adult Literacy Centers
    • Vocational Training Centers for Women
    • Economic Development program for People
    • Bible correspondence school
    • To show the religious movies

    I watch your website and read your valuable material which is in English, as in Pakistan and many other countries most of the people are not able to read and understand English. I and my team can translate your material in Urdu, Punjabi and Sarikhi so that people may read and understand it in the better way. As we don’t have any regular support for our Ministry work, the income generated by the translation work would be a great help from your ministry or church to run our above mentioned ministry work and activities.
    We pray that may Jesus Christ inspire you to help any one of our ministry activity fully are partially.

    • $ 100 is enough for the 10 orphan children to cover the expenses of their school fees, books and uniform.
    • $ 100 would be enough to cover the cost of the 40 Bibles for distribution
    • $ 100 is enough to feed the 10 orphan children for 10 days.
    • $ 100 is enough to cover the monthly expenses of the 2 Sunday schools.
    • $ 100 is enough to cover the monthly expenses of Bible study class for youth.
    • $ 100 is enough to arrange the 4 prayer meetings.
    • $ 100 is enough for the door to door visits for one month.
    • $ 100 is enough to cover one month expense of the Bible correspondence school.
    • $ 100 is enough is enough to show the religious movie in one village or city.
    • $ 100 is enough to cover the 2 home based schools.
    • $ 100 is enough to cover the 2 adult literacy centers.
    • $ 100 is enough to cover the monthly expenses of one vocational center.
    • $ 100 is enough to start a small business for one family.
    Note: You can send your Tithes, Offerings, donations and charity in this account.

    Account information

    Account Name: Shaheen Daniel
    Account Number: 20610-134986
    Swift Code: MPBL PK KA 008
    Name of Bank: Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited, Multan Branch
    Pakistan

    I hope you will consider our humble request sympathetically.

    God bless you, your family and work abundantly.

    Yours truly, In Jesus,

    Evangelist: Mr. Shaheen Daniel

    Razabad Colony, Police Line No.2,
    Surajmini Road.
    Multan Punjab – Pakistan.
    Ph #: +92-61-8130760
    Cell #: 92-300-6324962
    E-mail: jesusfmp@yahoo.com

  10. Dear Brother and Sisters In Christ,

    Jesus Christ Ministries (JCM) is a non profit, nondenominational Christian ministry working for the pread of the Gospel in Pakistan. We are working for this mission since the year 1999. We are located in District Layyah of Punjab Province of Pakistan.

    In a period of only few years we have done an extensive work to send the gospel out in Pakistan. We live in a very backward and underdeveloped area of Punjab where people are illiterate, not only in the formal and non formal education, but as well as in the knowledge of the Word of God. And due to the lack of Education 8 out of 10 people have the tendency towards drugs and narcotics, which is a very alarming situation. People do not respect each other. People here do not value each other’s customs and rituals. They do not send their children to school. They do not read the Bible. They do not go to church. In a nutshell, they are far far far away from the Word of God. And this is the reason why we are starving to send the Gospel here in this area.

    To get the Gospel to the people who need it, we have Sunday prayers. Also, we organize open-air prayer meetings in the surrounding areas where no pastor or evangelists are going with the Gospel. This way we are reaching those people who have never heard the Bible before. We have Bible Study classes two times in a month. Also, we have Sunday Schools where we teach people about who Jesus Christ is? And what is the purpose that he came on earth became a son of man and died for our sins.

    Since our existence we have been doing this with self help. But as now we expand, we need your help to carry on our mission. Please join the helping hands that God has sent us. We need your help to spread the Gospel in Pakistan. There are many many more areas like Layyah that we have to reach. There is a great multitude that God yet have to save. We desperately need your help. We request you to come and work with us in partnership.

    I also have been working as a freelance translator for the past 4 years. And so, if you need any of your materials to be translated into Urdu, Punjabi or Siraiki languages, please do not hesitate to ask me to do services for your organization.

    Thank you!

    We look forward to hear from you at your earliest convenience.

    Sincerely,

    Rev. KAMAL GILL Senior Pastor

    Jesus Christ Ministries

    Pakistan

    • renti says:

      Blessed are the people who rely on God, that life goes according to His will. he would like trees planted at the edge of the water flow and will bear fruit in time …. remain faithful … God bless

  11. PRAISE THE LORD I AM PASTOR NOAH WANJALA FROM KENYA , I RELY THANK GOD FOR THIS OPPOTUNITY THAT HAS GIVEN TO ME AND YOU,IT HAPPENED I CAME ACROSS YOUR WEBSITE AND I WAS RELY BESSED, I HAVE A CHURCH IN KENYA , CALLED VISION EXPLOTION CHURCH, I AN THE FOUNDER OF IT, THE LORD HAS CALLED ME IN THE AREA OF TEACHING THE WORD, PREACHING AND MOSTILY EVANGELISM I DO VERY WELL IN EVANGELISIM , I HAVE GON A BIT IN THE BIBLE SCHOOL , I HAVE JUST A CERTIFICATE,I HOPE TO CONTINUE, I LIKE TO HAVE CRUSADES , IN FACT IN A YEAR I CAN DO LIKE FOUR CRUSADES, INCLUDING CONFERENCES, AND SEMINORS,IN SEPTEMBER I AM GING TO HAVE A CRUSADE FOR ONE WEEK AND SEMINOR,
    I AM ALSO ONE OF THE MUSICIANS THAT THE LORD IS LIFTING IN KENYA, I HAVE RECORDED , TWO ALBUMS, ALSO I CAN PLAY KEYBOARD, DRUMSET AND BOTH QUITERS, I RELY THANK GOD FOR WHOM I AM,
    SAVANT OF GOD MINE IS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU , AND YOU BECOME ONE OF MY GRETEST FRIEND , AND MOST A FRIEND OF THE CHURCH IN KENYA , I RELY NEED YOU SAVANT OD GOD ,I CAN SEND YOU EVEN THE PICTURES OF THE CHURCH AND MEBERS, AND OF MINE, AND MY FAMILY , I NEED TO HAVE A FRIEND , SAVENT OF GOD FROM ABROUD , IWOULD LIKE YOU TO INVILVE ME TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU YOURS IN THE LORD
    PASTOR NOAH WANJALA FROM KENYA
    HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
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  12. Rouf says:

    Dear Brother in Christ
    May the love of Father and his grace be always with you.
    I am Rouf Gill from Pakistan and working as evangelist for spreading the word of Lord. I have studied your web site, and I found it is the most wonderful site to get right to the True Word of God. I found that all your material is full of knowledge concerning development of religion faith.
    I am so humble by seeing what your ministry is doing in the world and I say may our almighty Jesus alone bless u physically spiritually and financially. Beloved brother/Sister may I become part of the lord compassionate soul winning team because I am a man of Jesus who always love to work for him I would like u to put me in your ministry member.
    I would like to know if it’s possible for your ministry to start working and winning souls here in Pakistan. We need people and ministries like yours to win souls for the Lord.
    Living in Pakistan we Christians are to face many obstacles to get the access to the Word of God. Most of the people in Pakistan are not capable to understand the English language. It’s due to our national language (Urdu.) My suggestion for you is to create your material in my language of Urdu and Punjabi also. It will bring lots of blessings of the Word of God for the Pakistani and Indian Urdu and Punjabi speaking people. For that purpose I as a translator will bring your material into Urdu languages and into Punjabi language as well. Although it will take your low expenses as well, as fund for the Word of God to reach out to the deserving people. As a translator I will take the expenses that will be spending just for the Word. I will be looking for your kind words on this my humble request as soon as possible.
    Sincerely,
    Rouf Gill (Pakistan)

    • mattdabbs says:

      Rouf,

      You are welcome to translate any of the materials you find here. I am not in a position to pay a translator to do so. But if you have the ability and believe the information here is valuable and informative, feel free to translate any of it you like. I don’t charge for any of the material here. I wish you the best.

  13. Naureen Sadaf says:

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    Greetings in the Holy and Pious name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
    My name is Naureen Iqbal and I belong to Arifwala , Pakistan . I am married to Pastor Sadaf Saddique and the Lord has blessed us to reach out to the people ofPakistan who have not been reached yet, and who are to hear from the Word of God for the first time, and also to the Christian Families.
    In Pakistan , where 70% of the people are illiterate and do not know reading and writing, God is using us to read from the Word of God for them, and share with them the message of true gospel.
    We believe that Salvation is possible through Lord Jesus Christ, who has shed His blood on the cross by which we receive the remission of our sins.
    We are blessed to serve the Lord in the community where the Christians are discriminated and persecuted on the extreme level of being considered untouchables.
    You moral support is what we need above everything.
    You are also welcome to help support our outreach activities for Free Bible Distribution, Street and Home Prayer Meetings and crusades. We request to support us in Free Bible Distribution Project.
    We also have one small lodging orphanage house with 40 orphaned, neglected and surrendered children, whom we are helping with living, food and education. We will receive your any gifts for the children at Orphanage House with thanks and gratification.
    I will also be grateful to you if you may share with us studies and teachings in English language, which you believe can be translated into Asian Language so that the 90% of the people who do understand English may receive the Word of God in their local language, and if the Holy Spirit moves your heart to reach out the people who can not read or write, which make up almost 70% of the total of 170 Million: (almost 125 Million are illiterate), I would welcome your ideas and support to reach out to those people who can not even read from the Word of God.
    We have prayed that Lord may open Recording Ministry in us so that we may, with your moral and prayer support, be able to accomplish what Lord has started in us.
    I will be waiting to hear back from you, and will be thankful to you for your sharing of your ideas with us and for your sharing how your may get involved or support the work God has started in us.
    May God’s perfect will be done!
    Yours in Christ,
    Naureen Iqbal
    Pakistan

  14. Respected Sir!
    I am Nasir Shakeel Christian from Pakistan. We are working with the destitute and poor Christians in areas where the Christian families do not have access to the Word of God. We have visited your site. We have always been trying to find such valuable and precious teachings for my people to get involved in. Such teachings are the closest source to get right with God for believers. We have the task to get such teachings translated into Urdu and Punjabi languages for the people who are not able to go through this informative material in English, a foreign language.
    Here Pakistan we need much Word of God or teaching related Word of God which is not available in our native language that is Urdu and Punjabi. Being a Professional Translator of Urdu and Punjabi languages I wish to translate your true teachings into Urdu and Punjabi languages .It will cost little but it will be great in the Kingdom of Lord Jesus Christ our savior. In this way your teachings may reach to every true believer who can’t understand English. You can put that translation on your website. Or it can be distribute it in Asian Countries who understand these languages. “There is nothing more precious than to hear the Word of God in your own languages”. For further information please contact me.
    in Him
    Nasir Shakeel
    Anaveem2011@gmail.com
    http://acmpak.webs.com
    Pakistan

    • mattdabbs says:

      I cannot pay for translation but I can provide lots of free material for you to translate. Click through the tabs at the top of this blog for lots of free Bible studies in English. I wish you the best.

  15. Asifa Marriam says:

    I understand from reliable sources that you need translators for different languages for Biblical Translation.

    I am a Christian and a freelance translator having adequate Biblical knowledge.I am in a position to take up your translation work for all the languages written and spoken in Pakistan, viz. Urdu, Saraiki, Sindhi, Hindko, Pashtoo .. etc…

    It will be my privilege to work for your esteem organization.

    Hope to hear from you favorably.

    Thanks and best regards

  16. Jimmy joy says:

    hello
    how are you in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Sir
    Prayer for my ministries works and my ministries needs & family……………………………….. God bless you all brothers and sisters

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