Reaching the Lost for Jesus Christ

I believe that as a Christ-follower I am to faithfully spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelistic opportunities to those around us. Here’s the reasons why:

Matthew 28:16-20

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Mark 16:14-18

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will accompany those who have believe: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Romans 10:14-21

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation, but a nation without understanding will I anger you.” And Isaiah is very bold and says, “I was found by those who did not seek Me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” But as for Israel He says, “All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”

2 Corinthians 5:9-21

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Timothy 4:1-5

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Sunday Review, November 25, 2012

Paul the apostle takes his time teaching the churches of Galatia — as well as teaching us, I might add — that we are free from the Law and licentiousness. He addresses this in Galatians 5:7-15 a he continues to speak of turning away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we as believers turn to legalism, then we ruin the grace that God has given us. The Law makes us a debtor. Finally, if we turn to the Law and turn away from the grace that God has given us through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, then we fall away from grace. This does not mean that we lose our salvation, rather, it means that we leave behind what it is that we know to be Truth, that is, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Truth! In addition, Paul continues to say that turning to the Law hinders our growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, turning to the Law removes the offense of the Cross of Christ. Rather than that offense, the offense is the breaking of the Law. Paul then encourages us to live a life apart from license. You can listen to the sermon here:  http://deniliojgorena.sermon.net/da/1199889021/play.

This evening’s message was about the calling of Moses and the structure of Exodus 3-4. Written in narrative form, Moses tells us his story of when God called him from the burning bush. Interestingly enough, the bush is not being consumed by the fire as it is “the angel of the LORD” that is speaking to Moses. He tells Moses that He has heard the cries of His people and He has seen the affliction brought on by the Egyptians that are holding them in bondage. God tells Moses that He is going to deliver His people from Egypt and will free them. This is a beautiful picture of how God hears the cries of those who are held in bondage to sin. And those who are without Christ are certainly held in bondage as they are slaves of sin. God, however, comes to those who are crying out for salvation and He hears their prayers. In addition, He hears the cries of His afflicted people — those who already know Jesus Christ as their Deliverer. You can listen to the sermon here: http://deniliojgorena.sermon.net/da/1199889028/play.

Exalt the Lord Jesus Christ

I believe that as a Christian, I am to exalt Jesus as Savior to all who believe in His Person and Work for their salvation by preaching salvation in Christ alone, by grace alone, by faith alone. For what reason do I believe this to be true? The answers follow:

John 1:1-5 says:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Philippians 2:5-11 says:

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Colossians 1:15-20 says:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to Have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Hebrews 1:1-4 says:

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

 

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