Friday, September 4, 2009

“Evangelism – 101” [1-of-?]… Blog.

“Evangelism – 101” [1-of-?]… Blog.

After reading questions… about sharing the Gospel, I find that I must address this subject. There seems to be ‘some confusion’ about what the Gospel is and How and Where and Why and By whom… it is presented. All those that are ‘Born Again’… by the Holy Spirit of God… have that “Responsibility”. But is should not be a… “Burden”… as some have portrayed it. The Scriptures say it best…! Only the ‘Forgiven’ can share… “Forgiveness!”

(1Corinthians 3:6) I [Paul] = have planted, = Apollos watered, = but God = gave the increase.

If you will… bear with me, I will share my understanding of the Gospel and some of its nuisances… in its workings among mankind. Perhaps if you will give me the liberty I may address what… “It Is Not!” This may seem hard to grasp as these blogs will go on as long as it takes to get these ideas across. I welcome your responses and ask your grace as this is not a published work nor is it complete in its presentation. Spiritual understanding is an ongoing work of Gods’ Holy Spirit in the True Believer!

(Matthew 24:14) And = this gospel = of the kingdom = shall be proclaimed = in = ALL = the world = as a witness = to all nations. = And then = the end shall come.

I have heard… preachers and teachers… take this verse out of context. They have used it in saying that we… The True Church, the Body of Christ… “MUST”… preach to everyone so that Christ Jesus… may “Return!” They have even gone so far to say that… He will not return…‘Till Everyone has heard the Gospel!’ A verse taken out of Context… “Matt 24:14”… is a pretext for “Error!” Perhaps an example of… ‘Out of Context’… First?

(Matthew 27:5) And he [Judas] = cast down the pieces of silver = in the temple, = and departed, = and went and hanged himself.

(John 13:27) And after the morsel, then Satan entered into him [Judas]. = Then Jesus said to him, = What you do, do quickly.

(Ecclesiastes 9:10) Whatever your hand finds to do, = do it with all your might; = for there is no work, nor plan, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave where you go.

‘IF’ I take these… verses out of context… ‘THEN’… I could make the argument… “Jesus said to = go out and hang myself = and do it with = all your might”. So ‘Many’ have done with “Matthew 24:14”. I see this same thing done… ‘all the time with’… “Believer Specific Promises of the Bible.” All promises of the word of God Are… ‘Conditional!’ If I claim ‘anything’ according to “John 14:14”… You… will not receive it due to… “James 4:3”… and other verses!

The context of… “Matthew 24”… is what happens during the “Tribulation”. During that time the “144,000 – Jewish ‘Male’ preachers [Revelation 7 & 14] and the Two Prophets [Revelation 13]… will Fulfill… this mandate of… ‘Matthew 25:14’. Please, take you Bible and read the ‘entire Matthew 24 chapter’. See what I mean…? In reading this Chapter… how many Messiahs [Matt 24:24]… have you heard about lately…?

(1Corinthains 16:22) If anyone = does not = love = the Lord Jesus Christ, = let him [her] = be accursed [damned]. = The Lord comes!

In addition the “Gospel is Not"… “A One Sided Coin!” There is the “Good News” of Forgiveness to ‘all’ that will come to Christ Jesus on ‘His Terms’ [John 7:38-39]. But… there is the Damnation… to all those that… Reject His Love and His Mercy and His Abundant Grace..! There has been a group of people that have gone to national sporting events with a sign bearing the words… “John 3:16”. They have been ‘Applauded’ by most of the Christians for doing that! It is Wrong and yet no one has said anything about it! A Scripture verse is NOT… a magic charm!

(John 3:18-to-21.) He = who believes = on Him [Christ Jesus] = is not condemned, = but he = who does not believe = is condemned = already, = because = he has not believed = in the name of = the only-begotten = Son of God.
(John 3:19) And = this is = the condemnation, = that = the Light = has come into the world, = and = men loved darkness = rather than = the Light, = because = their deeds = were evil.
(John 3:20) For everyone = who = does evil = hates the Light, = and = does not = come to = the Light, = lest his deeds = should be exposed.
(John 3:21) But he = who practices Truth = comes to = the Light = so that his works = may be revealed, = that they exist, = having been worked = in God.

This Complete presentation… of the Gospel includes… “John 3:16-17-18-19-20-21”… and Not just “John 3:16”…! Perhaps you have a “Cell Phone?” Did you read all the “Fine Print”… on the Contract you signed? ‘Many’ have charges on the bills… that had they known about… would have ‘Never’ signed their contract. They often use the ‘Excuse’… the sales person… “Never told me about that…!” So too… many ‘share’ Christ Jesus… giving the “Santa Clause” impression of God.

(Luke 18:8) I [Jesus] = say to you = that He [God] = will avenge them speedily. = Yet when = the Son of Man comes, = shall He [Jesus] find = [True Biblical] Faith = on the earth?

Why do you suppose… that Christ Jesus said these words? Simple Belief in “Christ Jesus”… is not what the Bible calls… “True Faith.” Here in America we have a ‘wrong’ national belief… that God is on our Side! We give Him a ‘mouth only’ acceptance… and “Not A Heart One!”
This…‘Pseudo Christian Culture’… gives Him a mental validation… but Not One of Obedience to “His Word”… from the Heart! His Name is on your money and we… “Kill Babies” by Abortion… in their Mother’s Womb…? What is wrong with that ‘Picture’…?

(John 17:17) Sanctify them = through = Your Truth. = Your Word = is Truth.

Can you explain… what it means to Believe in Christ Jesus? Take a piece of paper and write it out… using the Bible. If you cannot do that… then perhaps, I may suggest that you ‘do not know’ what… Believing in Christ Jesus really means? Why do I ask you to use the Bible? Simply because it is the… “Truth of God!” It has to be the Basis for your belief in Christ! Your belief ‘cannot’… be based on a Church or Denomination.

(Matthew 22:29) Jesus = answered them, = "You are mistaken [Wrong!] = because = you don't know = the Scriptures = or = God's power.

“Christ Jesus”, was speaking… to the Religious of His day. About now… some of you are feeling that I am speaking down to you. Believe I am not! Did you know that “Teachers” are held to a… “More Accountable Standard”… than the average believer? Simply read… “James 3:1 & Luke 12:48”… and see the Scriptural [God’s] Standard. My agenda is to point you to… “Christ Jesus”…The Living Word of God. Simply read… “John 1:1-to-5 -&- Revelation 19:3”. He wants you to ‘Know Him’… through “His Word”… by the Power of His Holy Spirit…! Who is Christ…?

(Matthew 9:37-38) Then He = said to = His disciples, = The harvest = truly is plenteous, = but = the laborers = are few.
(Matt 9:38) Therefore = pray to = the Lord [God] = of the harvest = that He = will send out laborers = into = His harvest.

Let us first Identify… Who is in charge and who the workers are? God, the Lord of the Harvest has provided Salvation through the… “Finished Work of Christ Jesus the Messiah”. What does that mean? It is the Gospel! God gave His Law, Percepts, Ordinances and all His instruction through Moses to His people the Jews. They could not… ‘Keep the Law’… so provision was made through the… OT Sacrifices to God… for Transgressions of the Law.

(2Chronicles 6:33) then hear from Heaven, = from Your dwelling-place, = and do according to all = that the stranger calls to You for, = so that = ALL people of the earth = may know Your Name, = and fear You, = as Your people Israel, = and may know that this house which I have built = is called by Your Name.

Solomon built a Temple… so that God could be known to… “All the Earth!” God’s people, after all the good God did for them, in delivering them out of the bondage of Egypt… still Sinned. Throughout the Old Testament… God Spanked them… with captivity, plagues, destruction of Jerusalem and many other things. Yet they ‘sinned’ the more. Did you know that the “Passover Sacrifice” was a ‘word picture’… for Christ Jesus the Messiah promised to Israel and to the World...?

(1Corinthains 5:7) Therefore = purge out = the old leaven [life] = so that you may be a new lump [life], = as you are unleavened. = For also = Christ our Passover = is sacrificed = for us.

The Law that Israel… would not keep is the Same Law that all we Gentiles are held too! God will judge all unbelievers… by His Law. IF you will take some time to read through the book of …“Romans”… you will see this fact brought to light. Perhaps may I suggest a study of that book? When I am led to study a particular book, I set aside a month to read the entire book daily. Usually it is about three weeks, till I am satisfied that I have ‘some’ understanding of that book.

All we have, “Violated”… the Holy Law of the “Only Holy God!” The more you know of the ‘Word of God’… the more you will realize just how much we need the Savior… “Christ Jesus”. This past year I was speaking with a pastor who said that those in his church did not Sin. I asked him to open his Bible and read out loud… “2Chronicles 12:14?” He soon changed his mind about Sin. He was referring to outward sin… and not inward sins of the Heart.

(2Timothy 2:3-4) Join me = in suffering = like = a good soldier of = Christ Jesus.
(2Tim 2:4) No one = serving in the military = gets mixed up = in civilian matters, = for his aim = is to please = his commanding officer.

He Jesus, said to His disciples… “Matt 9:37-38” Are you a disciple of ‘Christ Jesus?’ How about it… the Scripture also calls us, ‘Soldiers!’ Throughout the Scriptures, you will find ‘Disciples’. This word simply means… “Disciplined Ones.” Many play sports for Fun. Some do it Professionally and are paid well. Still ‘Others’ are… “Olympians!” Those are the “DISCIPLINED ONES”… that forsake “ALL”… to obtain the… “GOLD!”

This word picture… can be applied to the… “True Disciple of Christ!” Well how do you know if you are His Disciple? If you need to Ask… then you are not! Do you have a ‘casual’ attitude about knowing “The Scriptures?” How about your… “Prayer Life?”… Most of all… “How about Your Obedience”… to the ‘Word of God?’ I will not provide a list… because that would only be my opinion. God’s Word is the “Only” and “Final Authority!” Perhaps this will help you…?

(2Corinthains 10:3-to-6) For though walking about in flesh, = we do not war = according to flesh.
(2Cor 10:4) For the weapons = of our warfare = are not fleshly, = but mighty = through God = to the pulling down = of strongholds,
(2Cor 10:5) putting down = imaginations = and = every high thing = that exalts itself = against = the knowledge of God, = and = bringing = into captivity = every thought = into the obedience = of Christ;
(2Cor 10:6) and having readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

(Philippians 2:5) For = let this mind = be in you = which was also in = Christ Jesus,

(John 13:16) Truly, = truly, = I [Jesus] =say to you, = A servant = is not greater = than his master, = neither is he = who is sent = greater than he = who sent him.

Who Sends You…? Christ Jesus… to share The Gospel? Are you ‘His Disciple’…? Are you His Soldier…? Have you working on bringing… “Every Thought”… into the “Obedience” of Christ? This may be your starting point for “Evangelism”. A soldier in this… “Spiritual Warfare for the Souls of Lost Mankind”… Must be subject the discipline, training of his or her… “Commanding Officer = ‘Christ’ Jesus…!” Please read… “1Corinthians 9:27?”

(John 10:14-15-16) I [Jesus] am = the Good Shepherd, = and = I know = those = that are Mine, = and = I am known = by those = who are Mine.
(John 10:15) Even as = the Father = knows Me, = I also = know the Father. = And = I lay down = My life = for the sheep.
(John 10:16) And = I [Jesus] have = “OTHER SHEEP” = who are not [yet] of this fold. = I must also = bring those, = and = they shall hear = My voice [Word], = and = there shall be = [only] one flock, = one Shepherd.

Continued in next part…!

Thank you for Your EAR! Roger //Email//

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