Posts Tagged ‘Evangelism

22
Jun
18

Wherever We Go

The apostle Paul was under house arrest in prison when he was writing to the Philippians. Paul used those circumstances to talk to people about Jesus. He wrote:

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. – Philippians 1:12-14 (NIV)

Paul’s imprisonment had positive effects. First, he was able to spread the good news of Jesus to more people. Secondly, his imprisonment actually encouraged other believers. It is a good reminder that we need to talk about Jesus Christ wherever we go. No matter what we’re going through, we still have hope and forgiveness that comes through Jesus. His love never changes and never fails.
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17
Jan
18

Saved By Christ’s Resurrection

Peter said in the first part of verse 21 in chapter 3 that we are saved when we get baptized. Baptism is the moment when God forgives our sins by grace through faith in Jesus. The water doesn’t save us. Peter says that we are saved by the resurrection of Jesus. He writes:

It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. – 1 Peter 3:21b-22 (NIV)

Jesus Christ was really dead when He was crucified by the Romans. God the Father raised Him back to life on the 3rd day by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then appeared to hundreds of people and then ascended into Heaven where He rules and reigns at the right hand of the Father. Everything is in submission to Him. Until the day that He returns, His followers must share the message of His love with all who will listen so that they might believe, repent, confess and be baptized and live a faithful life.
11
Jan
18

Talking About Jesus

Do you know your story? What has Christ saved you from? Peter says that we should ALWAYS be prepared to talk about our hope in Jesus. He wrote:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. – 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)
The key to talking about Jesus is to do it with gentleness and respect. Sometimes we forget this. We’ll never ever hate someone into Heaven. But we can lovingly, gently and respectfully tell them about our hope we have in Jesus. Love goes a lot further than hate. Love changes lives while hate just pushes people further away from the God who gave up His Son to demonstrate His love for the world. God doesn’t hate anyone and neither should we.
26
Sep
17

Jesus Wants Your Surrendered Feet

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is about how Jesus wants us to surrender our feet to Him by telling people about Him.

23
May
17

Who’s Your One?

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.

23
Jan
17

Choose Your Road

Jesus provides a sort of spiritual GPS for us when it comes to the road of life that we’re on in Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV):
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
If we are going to follow Him, we need to know a couple of things. First, we’re going to have to make a choice to follow Him. We have to choose the narrow road. A narrow road is harder to stay on and we must be more careful when navigating our way through life. Second, we’re going to have times when we are lonely. Jesus said that few find it. It doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to reach people who are on the road to destruction. We must plead with people to join us on the narrow road for after all, this road leads to eternal life. Jesus is our guide on this road. He walked it before us. He’ll lead us down the road and through the gate that leads us home. Let us listen to His voice and follow His lead.
17
Jan
17

Investing Your Time Wisely

Good Tuesday morning to you!  While we are to be careful how we judge our brothers and sisters, there are some judgments that we have to make when it comes to those who will not receive the good news of Jesus. He said in Matthew 7:6 (NIV):

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Some people will not only treat the good news with contempt, but they will actually be hostile and violent toward those who attempt to share it. Jesus said that we must make a careful judgment and we need to know when enough is enough. We must continuously pray for those who need to hear the good news, but at some point we must move on when it comes to sharing that good news. Not every seed that is sown will bear fruit. So keep praying for those who have yet to accept the good news, but be wise about the time you invest in sharing it. Some will respond, but tragically many will reject it.



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