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16
Jan

The Old Father and his Lawn

How do believers become inspired to proclaim the gospel? Since evangelism is not a requirement for heaven, nor a means to seek God’s approval. What does it take for Christians to share the Good News with others? A story about an old man and his lawn may give us an answer. Read more

21
Jun

Two Different Ways to Look at the Great Commission

The rescue of a prisoner of war camp and the act of doing a favor provide examples of how Christians can look at the great commission.

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13
Feb

Confessions of a Sinful Evangelist

Is failing to proclaim the gospel a sin?

If a Christian does not attempt to fulfill the Great Commission… is that a sin?

These thoughts have gnawed at my conscience. Layers of guilt tend to pile up over missed opportunities.

God provides a remedy. He not only clears consciences with full forgiveness of our sins, he also provides an example from the story of a notorious, public sinner.

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3
Jan

Being a Light Depends on How we Listen

The Light of the world became flesh and the angels made his presence known. The Light lived, died on our behalf, and rose again.

That Light is the Word — the Word made flesh — the Word that we celebrated during Christmas.

The Word creates Light and those who are in the Light must not be quiet, nor keep the Word hidden, nor keep it for ourselves. For those whom God has set apart from darkness, it is a given that they will proclaim that Light to the world.

There are promises and blessings associated with sharing the light.  It depends upon how carefully we listen.

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10
May

Making a Difference by Using God’s Authority

In the Great Commission, Jesus tells us to go and make disciples of all nations. It is not so much of a command than a declaration.

“Go!” — because I’m asking you.

“Make Disciples!” — for that is God’s will.

“All Nations!” — for God’s desire is for all to be saved.

“Baptize!” — to be washed of sins and be a new creation.

“Teach!” — for only through the power of God’s Word can any person be saved.

With God’s declaration a promise is given that you are never alone. One of the mysteries of godliness means that faith receives God’s presence. Christ dwells within us. With God’s presence, there is strength, power, and authority.

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When a person proclaims the message of Christ and plants the seeds of God’s Word they go with authority. It is not an authority to rule over others, but the authority to confront sin and the devil. As a saint in Christ grows and matures in the faith, they learn how to exercise their authority.

A little seven-year-old boy will cower in terror when confronting a bully. Intimidated by his size and his sneer, the boy will avoid this bully at all cost or run to his father or a person of authority for help. What happens when this young boy grows and matures into a twenty-four-year old man? When confronted by a bully, he does not run to his father for help. Instead, he confidently confronts the bully by exercising his strength, confidence, and maturity.

God desires for all of his children to grow and mature in the faith. A sign of maturity is to exercise authority to conquer fear when confronting the “bullies” of this world — namely sin and the devil. The lies of Satan tempt us with earthly pursuits of treasure and desires of the flesh. Fear inhibits us and causes forgetfulness of God’s promises. Instead, God encourages us to respond as mature Christians and exercise the authority He has given us to proclaim the gospel message of the victory over sin.

In the many challenges of living in a world stained by sin and with bodies corrupted by sin, it is helpful to remember that we are certainly not alone. The Great Commission helps remind us to walk through this world with an eternal perspective.

Exercise God’s authority when confronting the “bullies” of this world. Confidently and boldly proclaim your status in Christ, not with arrogance for this does not come from ourselves, but with love and compassion. Take advantage of divine opportunities the Lord grants us to shine the light of the gospel and lovingly share it as a natural outpouring of our faith.

Sharing God’s Word is not just obeying God’s Commission, but giving our declaration of what we know to be true.

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God’s Creative Words

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