“You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” (Acts 3:15) – Evangelism, the Work of Christ)
The use of the term, “author” was one of many titles Jesus was called while on this earth. Peter gave a sermon whereby the whole gospel message is recorded. Jesus was the Messiah. He lived a matchless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. He calls all to repentance and faith, promising forgiveness and a new life. This the message of power, the good news we are to proclaim to all other people in all generations everywhere. It is centered on Jesus and His work. God by the Holy Spirit uses that message to convert and save the lost. It’s really not hard to understand, but we have to put Him first in our life and when we sin, we must repent of our sin and begin again to serve Him. The problem is that too many people are more concerned about themselves, that serving Christ.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, help us to never forget all that Christ did for us on the Cross, so that we might find true freedom and appreciate it. Christ did all of he hard work to show us how to proclaim the message of salvation. Now, help us to follow through by delivering the message to all those we come into contact with. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Having part time religion is like have part time work, it won’t support you!”
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 – Evangelism, the Work of Christ)
Beloved, the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus made salvation possible. Evangelists must lead people to Christ for salvation because salvation is not available in any other place or through any other person.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 – Evangelism, the Work of Christ)
The love of God is the root from which comes all of the redemptive grace of God, both in giving His Son to die for sinners and in giving His Holy Spirit to dwell within believers, thus creating hope in us. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all included in this redemptive love of God. All three are a part of the process of bringing lost persons into the new life of salvation. It is the action of the Trinitarian God which saves us, not the work of any one member of the Trinity in distinction from the other two. Christ’s death demonstrated God’s absolute love for us. God made the ultimate sacrifice so we could have eternal salvation. Have you thanked Him lately?
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“I plead with you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wring. As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you. Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself. What has happened to all your joy? I can testify that, if you could have done so, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me. Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may be zealous for them. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. My dear children, for who I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!” (Galatians 4:12-20 – Evangelism, the Work of Christ)
Illness had forced Paul to stop his journey and stay in Galatia. There he preached the gospel. Despite the burden of caring for Paul, the Galatians treated him as God’s messenger. In sickness we need to be aware of opportunities God gives us to minister to others. Paul asked the question and I ask you as well, “Where is your joy?”Enthusiasm adds spice to life, but taken to an extreme or done as an end in itself, it can become counterproductive to the purposes of the Gospel. Enthusiasm must be a real, ongoing part of character, not as a temporary act to impress other people. We should be like a woman giving birth to a child in wanting to see Christ formed in converts. To be saved is to have Christ in us, as well as for us to be in Him. Beloved, the purity of the gospel rests on Christ’s work and not on any human achievement. Deeds done for self-satisfaction are not part of the gospel. Personal zeal does not prove one’s preaching is correct, but the Holy Spirit that is moved by the hearing of a sermons, is self-evidenced as coming through the Spirit and touching the hearts of those who hear it.