June 13, 2010
Picture of the week:
Confrontational Evangelism:(verb) 1.To obey the Great Commission and get thine butt out of the pew and into the world. 2. To meet people by sharing the Gospel message.
This does not mean doing good acts of kindness in the name of Jesus. Although, doing good works should be fruitful evidence of a believer’s life.
Evangelism is to explain to someone or a group of people how they are under the wrath of God due to disobedience and living a life apart from God. How God sent Jesus to die for our sins and allowing the wrath of God to be poured out on him instead of us. He also arose from the dead to defeat death and prove he was an acceptable sacrifice to the Lord.(Note: no other Jewish sacrifice prior to Christ or after Christ has arisen from the dead after being sacrificed.) Because of the transaction our case at the Judgment Seat can be legally dismissed only on the condition of our choice of putting our faith(a surrendering trust in the Truth) in Jesus which means we turn(repenting) from our sins(actions contrary to God’s standards).
This is like a Christmas gift. God so loves the world he gave his one and only son, Jesus. That whoever believes in him will not die but have everlasting life. Everyone’s gift is under the tree(the Cross). The only way the gift of salvation can be operational is based on the condition we receive and open the gift. The gift cannot be left under the tree. If you appear before God’s Judgment Seat after you die without the gift(pardon papers, lawyer/Jesus, etc.), you will be found guilty and sentenced to an eternity in everlasting punishment of Hell.
So, will you allow Jesus to represent you? He is the only way your guilty case will be dismissed. Call upon Jesus, NOW! You do not know the day of your Judgment. Repent and put your faith in Jesus!
God calls all believers to share the Gospel…see Great Commission.
“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.”
You may say I am not an Evangelist like Billy Graham. True. Yet, it does not mean you a void of the responsibility of sharing the Gospel with whom the Lord puts in your path.
Here is a question I have for you. What is the subject of the sentence of the Great Commission? If you remember from English grammar, the subject in this sentence is not “go” or is it “world”.
According to English grammar rules the subject is “you”. The “you” is implied.
“(YOU) go into the world and preach the Gospel.”
If you have children, you should be sharing Jesus with them. If you have an unbelieving spouse, relative, friend, or anybody you meet, you as a believer should under the power of the Holy Spirit, whom you received when your put your faith in Jesus, will give you the ability to present the Gospel to anybody at anytime. You don’t have to develop a friendship first, it should be spiritually automatic and not humanly standard(using automobile terminology) as a believer to share Jesus with anyone at anytime.
Just wanted to share what God has placed in my heart to share for this blog post.
Now as far as what has occurred in outreach the past two weeks in Knoxville: I met a group of black college students from Kansas City, Missouri on a summer conference at the University of Tennessee. I noticed they had purple tee-shirts with big letters of K.C.
When they said yes, I told them I was Joplin, MO and told them I had been living in Knoxville for the past four years. The Lord placed an open door for me to share the Gospel with them. I told one of the young men of what I do out here on Cumberland Strip and gave him a Million Dollar Bill tract.
I was wearing a Jesus shirt that was a likeness of the Obama red/blue color Warhol style shirts during the last presidential election. I think he was surprised a white conservative Bible evangelist would wear something depicting a likeness to the Obama shirts. I told him the Gospel of Jesus Christ transcends human political boundaries. It was a way of delivering without compromising the Gospel. This is much like when the Apostle Paul went to a Greek marketplace/temple area that had an altar area dedicated to the “Unknown God”. From that altar, Paul was able alter the Greek way of thinking by explaining to the Greeks who is the “Unknown God.”
So this is one way which God allowed me to share the Gospel. Note it was not in my efforts, but by the Lord preordained before time began how he would let two men from Missouri to meet one another in Knoxville, Tennessee and have the Gospel presented. When you realize it is God who does the evangelizing by using you as an instrument, you should be filled with joy how God chooses to use his people in his way to share Jesus with others.