Evangelism


God has called us to preach the Good News to the poor.  It is REALLY Good News! Christ has done what we cannot…he has paid a debt beyond our means.  He has brought us to the throne room of the Father and we may enter freely, totally reconciled to Him! Hallelujah!

But what about the poor?  Do they get the Good News?  Are we to force it on them? Heaven forbid that we would change it to ensure its acceptance! I have been conversing recently with a young man who knows not the Lord Jesus.  He has been attending our home meetings but, by his own admission, has “Authority Issues” and is not prepared to set Jesus as Lord of his life.

He is still logically seeking answers and reading the Bible, finding it difficult to stomach some of the Old Testament.  We know this will remain a difficulty for him while “the veil” still remains.

“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” 2 Corinthians 3:16

One may think that the presence of this young man in our meeting may suggest that he is indeed turning to the Lord, and I hope that such is the outcome; however, in our zealousness to see a soul saved from the eternal tragedy of hell, oftentimes we can find ourselves being…well…soft.  Not loving…SOFT.

After much ineffective appealing, questioning, and presentation of scripture by all present at the meeting, as the young man was leaving still dead in his sin, someone asked him, “Would you like it if everyone present prayed for you everyday this week?”  I was a little surprised by the question and I certainly didn’t expect much of an answer, however, his response presented an opportunity to put things into perspective (whether the young man caught it or not, it was a great reminder for me!).  In response to the question the young man replied, “It would be better if you all prayed for a more worthy cause.”  Immediately I responded, “The fact is, Jesus is worthy to have your life, it’s not actually about you, its about Him.” 

When one refuses to receive the Good News for their own good…we must remember, Jesus has paid the ultimate price for all of us and deserves to receive what He has paid for! 

I was listening to some teaching yesterday by John Bevere and he stated that the word “Lord” means, supreme master and includes the meaning of ownership.  We have been bought and paid for by the precious blood of Jesus and He deserves all that we have and more!

Well, my first Facebook shout-out was sent today. The message was a basic gospel one as showed in my last post.  A couple of responses came quickly. A member of my family requested that she be removed from my sender list.  She “didn’t want to receive messages that didn’t line up with her personal beliefs but really didn’t want to delete me from her facebook friend list”; and another friend from years ago (try 18!) requested the same; she stated that she “found my views offensive”.  Ahh the offense of the gospel…quite something.  What I said really wasn’t that offensive, I thought; I didn’t go on about how people are gross sinners who deserve death and to be tormented in hell – I thought I was quite gentle! Apparently not!

My reply to those who requested that they be exempt from such further “offense” 😛 was: 

“I’m sorry that you feel that way 😦 you are free to make your own choices. The message that I just sent out, is the basic gospel message that everyone has a need/right to hear/read at least once in their life…you are also free to reject it.  And yes, I know, it is offensive to many.

As I stated in my earlier message, I will be sending these out to everyone on my list and you are free to delete them (even without reading them if you want) but, how about you hang in there and see what comes up?

Alternatively, there is only one a week so it shouldn’t clog up your inbox too much. But otherwise, please know that there would be no hard feelings should you delete me. 🙂 I feel so strongly about this, as I’m sure you can appreciate, so I cannot bear to not share it with those who I count as friends (both cyber and in the flesh).”

It is a little hard to take…sad that people so utterly reject even a mention of Jesus. One must remember that:

“15 We are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.” 2 Corinthians 2:15-16

I suppose the aroma of death isn’t a very pleasant smell 😛 .

I did receive a little encouragement too, but this was by one whom I already fellowship with.  No surprises then as yet, but I shall continue to pray and refuse to be discouraged.

It will be interesting to see how many “friends” I have left next week.  I will update you if I receive any other reponses that stand out.

Thank you to all who stop by here, you are such an encouragement to me, both via your comments and your own blogs.  It’s wonderful that we are able to build each other up in spite of being “worlds” apart.

I confess…I am on facebook! 😛 I rarely log on, but the fact remains…I have a facebook page.  When I woke up this morning, I had a thought;  I have 103 friends, most of which are not my friends, but were known by me at some point in my life (this is ridiculous, I know, but such is the facebook phenomenon!) It is obvious also, that most of these people know not the Lord Jesus.  I have therefore decided to send a message to all of my “friends”.  I will continue to send short scriptual morsels of truth weekly to all linked to my page.  Those who do not wish to receive them…can delete me as a friend 😛 as I will not select some and not others!  This in itself will represent a physical manifestation of the heart attitude – they will literally have to reject me to fully reject (stop the receiving of) God’s message.  It will be interesting to see who puts up with my weekly messages.

I suppose I desire to make Facebook a useful forum, as really it is such a total time waster/distracter to all who get sucked into the pseudo reality it offers.  It will be interesting to see the response of those who I haven’t even spoken to in over 14 years. Why and how these people end up as “friends” is beyond me…but who knows, perhaps it is so that this message may be received?  Perhaps one may read and repent, such is my prayer.

I have written the following as a first message to go out, what do you think?

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

The good news of Christianity is “what God has done for us.” “Believe” in the above scripture means “trust in, rely on, and cling to” not merely an “acknowledgment in the existence of”. The bible says, “even the demons believe (know) and tremble” James 2:19.

To believe in Christ is to make Him Lord of your life. What is lord of your life? What is your motivator each day, and what do you trust in? Is it your job, your government, money, family, your own abilities (self)? Everyone has a lord in their life. Are your answers to these questions Jesus Christ? If not, your eternal future is in peril; but this can be changed! God has made the Way, “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

If you have been considering what is the truth about God, life and death, please seek for yourself; it is the most important and urgent thing in your life. Get your hands on a bible, and before you open it, talk to God (pray) and ask that He would open your eyes to the truths contained therein, that you may see and understand. He is faithful to be found by those who seek Him (Luke 11:10).

God’s people are those whose hearts are wholly turned toward Him. “Establish your hearts (today!) for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:8