My Thoughts on Evangelism: Then & Now

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My thinking about evangelism used to be very basic. I always thought of evangelism as just talking to people about what the Bible says. I’ve been challenged to the point of making me see that I knew very little about what the true purpose and meaning of evangelism was. I had to understand that I should be trying to convey a specific message while evangelizing instead of just reciting scriptures. Evangelism needs to present Jesus because he was the living sacrifice, but he is also the good news. Yes, evangelism is speaking on the falling nature of men, the commandments, and who is God, but presenting Jesus and the finished work he has done is a specific message. Now I’m starting to see that evangelism is so much more than reading off scriptures to individuals with hopes of converting them to Christianity. I see it as a task to share a message that tells a story about who God is, our falling nature (sin), the good news of Christ and his finished work, and how faith and repentance can make them new by the grace and mercy of God.

Some new essential ingredients I found on evangelizing had a way of making me look at evangelism from a whole new perspective. The four ingredients that include the message about God, message about sin, message about Christ, and the summons to faith and repentance lays a foundation for those who are looking to evangelize. Looking at these ingredients gives me a layout on what to focus on when evangelizing to an unbeliever. It provides a guide to help someone who might be just starting to evangelize. No one wants to confuse someone they are evangelizing to where they don’t get what the message truly is. So I think having a guidance that leads to a specific message is a great way to align how we relay our message when we evangelize.

Hope You All Enjoy-Human Responsibility

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It is our duty to have exclusive concern with human responsibility. God created us in His own image, which we are moral creatures. Seeing that we have a conscience and we can choose from right and wrong, we are held accountable for what we believe or don’t believe and our obedience or disobedience. Even though we have free will, we still live under God’s rules and guidance for life and will be held accountable for the the way we decide to live.

As stated in Matthew 28:19 NIV, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” With this being a command, it is a great foundation in understanding why evangelism is so important. We’re instructed to share the gospel with all so we may not only know Christ but make Him known as well.

It is God who brings men and women under the sound of the gospel, and it is God who brings them to faith in Christ; our evangelistic work is the instrument that He uses for His purpose. Why should we witness and pray? Evangelists are part of God’s plan and we have a reason to share the gospel with everyone. Man without Christ is a guilty sinner, answerable to God for breaking his law. That is why we all need the gospel. When we hear the gospel, we are all responsible for the decision that we make about it.

I Will Make This Clear

I just wanted to stop on and make something clear! In regards to a comment I received.

I am open to individuals opinions and having a open dialogue. But if your main purpose is to try and prove that the Triune God I serve is false, then we don’t believe in the same God.

I believe in the Trinity…God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If you don’t believe in this, we don’t view God in the same way nor do we view scripture the same.

You are free to believe whatever you like and it’s no need for me to debate anyone on this topic. The scripture is pretty clear (even though the word Trinity) doesn’t appear in the Bible. We all have free will and it is your choice to believe what you must.

God bless!😁

Classes Underway

Hey everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately as usual. As most of you know, I am currently getting my Master of Arts in Christian Leadership with a focus on Apologetics. This semester has started and I have been extremely busy.

As I learn more throughout this process, I will be jumping on here randomly giving you more content that helps bring others to Christ. I have already been learning new and mind blowing material and I can’t wait to share with you all.

Thank you to everyone who has been following me on this platform. When I officially finish my degree, my goal is to share the gospel with all nations. Help others understand how to defend their faith through Apologetics and hopefully speak at conferences, churches, and Universities.

Again, thank you all! God bless!

All Scripture Is Inspired By God

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Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18 NKJV). The Old Testament was written in Hebrew text, and a jot meant the letter yod (Psalm 119:73), which was as small as an apostrophe and equivalent to iota, the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet. A tittle was a decorative horn on Hebrew letters. So Jesus was saying that every bit of the holy writings, down to the moist insignificant stroke of ink, was inspired. The Bible contains no false statements.

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

God Is Sovereign In Salvation

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How do we know that God is sovereign in salvation?

1.) We give God thanks for our conversion. Why? We know in our heart that God is entirely responsible for it. We did not save ourselves; He saved us. Our thanksgiving is an acknowledgment itself that our conversion was not of our own work, but His work. In the way you think of your conversion and give thanks for your conversion, you acknowledge the sovereignty of divine grace.

2.) You pray for the conversion of others. You pray in categorical terms that God will, quite simply and decisively, save them: that He will open the eyes of their understanding, soften their hard hearts, renew their natures, and move their wills to receive the savior. You ask God to work in them everything necessary for their salvation.

When you pray for unconverted people, you do so with the assumption that it is in God’s power to bring them to faith. You entreat Him to do that very thing, and your confidence in asking rests on the certainty that He is able to do what you ask. This conviction, which animates your intercessions, is God’s own truth, written on your heart by the Holy Spirit.

Divorce? It Is Not God’s Plan

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Jesus was asked about divorce, but like today, it is very easy to dissolve a marriage for any reason. Jesus reminded people of God’s original plan for marriage (Mark 10:2-12)- that a man and woman make a lifelong commitment to each other. Divorce should never be a consideration. Perhaps one of the greatest deterrents for divorce is truly looking at how much God hates it.

“You cry out, ‘Why doesn’t the Lord accept my worship?’ I’ll tell you why! Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows. Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. ‘For I hate divorce!” (Malachi 2:14-16).

Just as one should count the cost of marriage, one should also count the cost of divorce. This devastates the companionship God desires between husband and wife, and it will greatly affect any children you may have. When a home is broken by divorce, it becomes more difficult to raise children in obedience to the Lord.

Does God ever permit divorce? The Bibles speaks on two instances (adultery and a non-believing spouse choosing to leave a believing spouse), God’s will is that married couples stay together.

Surrender Our Dreams

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Anyone who wants a real life must become a disciple of Jesus. This would ultimately mean obeying Jesus’ commands and gaining an attitude of self-denial.

  1. We Must Lose Our Life. We find our life only when coming in true alignment with God and His plan for us. When you “lose your life” you find it again. The life Jesus speaks about not only includes life after death, but also life during life. Jesus told us that he came to “give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10). Never be afraid to trust a future that is unknown to you but is known by God. God’s plan for us is much better than any plans we may have. God tell us, “For I know the plans I have for you…They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  2. We Must Deny Ourselves. To “deny ourselves” means to put the will and purposes of God above our own. We all will begin to discover God’s will for our lives as we search, study, and obey God’s will.
  3. We Must Take Up The Cross. This talks about “dying” to our own will and selfish ambition. It is by dying to ourselves that we find God’s plan and purpose for our lives.

Remember that a Christian life is not of misery and self-examination. It is a life of peace and joy as we walk in harmony with God.

The Power Of The Holy Spirit

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In Acts 1:8 (NIV), it promises that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you.” While some believers have a sense of sudden boldness when they are sharing the Gospel, most don’t. But Paul also said that “the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5 NASB), and he stated that “Christ’s love compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14 NIV).

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NIV

There is so much power in the love of God. Some may not feel the surge of boldness, but God does pour His great love into your heart, and that love should motivate you to share the Good News with everyone.

Let Your Walk Match Your Talk

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Jesus truly gets to the heart of every person’s belief. He stated that calling Him Lord is not enough to get into heaven. That’s simply because anyone can say the word and not mean it. What counts is a changed person living in obedience to God’s will. In regards to a Christian life, it has been said, “It is not how high you can jump that matters, but how straight you can walk when you hit the ground again.” We may all be able to say the right things, but if our faith does not impact the way we live, it would be meaningless-even offensive. In that sense, you would not have a real relationship with God. In Germany, they have an engraving at a cathedral that bears these soul searching words:

Thus speaketh Christ our Lord to us, “You call me Master and obey me not; You call me light and see me not; You call me the Way and walk me not; You call me life and live me not; You call me wise and follow me not; You call me fair and love me not; You call me rich and ask me not; You call me eternal, and seek me not; If I condemn you, blame me not.”

The more we learn about what God has done for us, the more we will want to know about how to live for Him!