We always have to speak the truth and shame the devil in a kind manner loving God’s Word more than the words of human beings.
The task given to his followers, by Jesus, is one which should have our hearts burning with a kind lovely fire, attracting those who want to hear the call of the Lord.
- God gives us a three ingredient recipe to be successful evangelists. [Taking Ownership of Grace]
to receive full benefits of Christ’s completed work on the cross => declared righteous, acceptable, freely + fully forgiven
reality of Christ made known through God’s Word + revealed through transcendent grace = moment where invisible became visible through change of a hardened man into a tender + active soul
grace means undeserving love
- concept of universal justification = God’s way of saying “You have won the lottery! Now, come and receive the prize!”
- Faith = only winning ticket that is considered redeemable <= Faith alone receives that gift
- by faith, we receive the free + full forgiveness of sins.
- Come + claim prize = Believe in Lord Jesus Christ + you will receive gift far greater than anything that the earth can produce.
- Share gospel to listening ears = speak truth prompted by love + concern for the soul
- Demonstrations of love =one of those ingredients that God mixes together with truth + speak => one of these ingredients forgotten or not used = ruins whole recipe.
- Not enough for a Christian to be a humanitarian, nor is it the role of an evangelist to meet people’s needs. To fully love our neighbour means to share message of salvation + rescue them from the eternal consequences of sin.
Jesus’ greatest command is for Christians to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
We see images of destruction caused by natural disasters and are dismayed by the loss. Homes are destroyed. Families are left with nothing. Prompted by love, we extend a hand by offering financial support or materials goods to help those in need. Some are even willing to travel long distances to help pick up the pieces.
Are these demonstrations the type of love Christ is looking for, or is He calling on Christians to do something more?
In this growing impersonal and materialistic world being enveloped by today’s technology, perhaps Christians have lost touch on what Christ means to love our neighbor.
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