21st November 2003
Luke 4:18 “…He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom …”
This is the gospel – telling people who God is and showing people who Jesus Christ is,
What is eternal life?
John 17:3 “….know that He is the true God and Jesus is the Son He sent.”
When Jesus says “No one comes to the Father except through me…” what does He mean?
- Jesus is the way, not the border you have to pass or the gate your open to go through.
- He is the pathway you walk on to reach God and from the first step you take to the very end, you see Jesus because He is the pathway.
- It is not by works but by grace that you are saved.
When people ask, “How does God deal with people?” The answer is in Jesus. How Jesus dealt with people, that’s how God deals with people because Jesus was and is God.
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Salt without water is useless. Salt is only salty with water. If we are the ‘salt’, we are useless when we don’t mix with others out there who are ‘water’. We are useless when we hook to our group of healthy Christians.
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood….”
The Prophet – Hears God and tells people what God says
The Priest – Hears the world and tells God what they’re going through. He prays for them. He shows them the way to God and doesn’t argue nor get stuck in petty arguments about Christ. He encourages the people to experience God for themselves.
You are a royal priesthood not a royal prophet-hood.
Sometimes, we think too much about the future (heaven and hell) but not the present. Show people who God is and what He offers (eternal life). Evangelism is telling people we know God and He is here. To show people the way, we need to live it and remember that even death cannot separate us as people from God.
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