Tuesday, September 8, 2009

“Evangelism – 301” [3-of-?]… Blog.

“Evangelism – 301” [3-of-?]… Blog.

(Matthew 9:37-38) Then = He [Jesus] = 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.

To continue this… discussion of “Evangelism” we need to use this as our agenda in all that we ‘say and do’ for Christ Jesus and His Kingdom, that His Father = GOD = has given Him. Obviously at this point, you should have previously read, the two other blogs on ‘Evangelism’. It will be ongoing and not exhaustive. These are simply to get you into the… “Word of God”… so that the “LORD of the Harvest”… may be rightly Glorified and… “Not Us!”

“It is amazing = what you = can accomplish = if = you = do not care = who = gets the credit. = Harry S Truman, 33rd president of US (1884 - 1972)

All these Blogs… are written so that anyone may ‘use any’ of the material published for “The Kingdom” use and to ‘Evangelize others’. Just this past week I saw ‘a line quoted exactly’ from one of my Blogs on a post from someone else. Needless to say, my flesh said, “Look at that, they didn’t even give you credit for that statement!” I had to get a hold of myself and ask myself… ‘Once Again = Roger’ = Just “WHO” are you doing this for… you or God? Of course there is only one answer…!

(1Corinthians 10:31) Therefore, = whether you eat or drink, = or = whatever = you do, = do everything = to = the glory of God.

(2Corinthians 4:7) But = we = have this = treasure = in earthen vessels, = that = the Excellency = of the power = may be = of God, = and = NOT = of us.

You can tell… that I haven’t arrived…? Yes, I still must bring my flesh [1Cor 9:27] into subjection… to the Word of God! No, I am not perfect and will not be till I come to Glory after my death. [James 5:16]. I must not crawl off the table of Sacrifice! My life, my talents and all I have are not my own… but for the “Glory of God!” The split second that… we ‘falsely believe’ that “God needs us”… we ‘deceive’ ourselves! Remember it is… His Holy Spirit… living in us, that gives us the Power to live… for Him!

(Romans 12:1-2-3) I beseech = you = therefore, = brothers, = by = the mercies of God = to present your bodies = a living sacrifice, = holy, = pleasing to God, = which is your = reasonable service [of worship].
(Rom 12:2) And = do not = be conformed = to this world, = but = be transformed = by = the renewing of your mind, = in order = to prove = by you = what is that = good = and = pleasing = and = perfect will of God.
(Rom 12:3) For I say, = through the grace = given to me, = to everyone = who = is among you, = not to think = of himself = more highly = than he ought to think. = But = set your mind = to be right-minded, = even as = God = has dealt to = every man = the measure = of faith.

All of this… comes back to the… ‘Lord of the Harvest’… “Father GOD”… and the Grace of God… so that we may be… ‘Workers in His Kingdom = for His Glory”… and not ‘our’ own. Perhaps now is a good time to ask you again? What is the Gospel? Can you take out a paper and pen [or Word on your computer]… and write out what you believe to be… “The Gospel…?” One of my favorite NT books is the Gospel of Luke. I believe that Luke says it best in quoting… the Gospel by “Christ Jesus!”

(Luke 24:44-to-49) And = He [Jesus] = said to them, = These are = the words = which = I = spoke to you = while I was still = with you, = that = All things = must be fulfilled = which were written = in = the Law of Moses = and = in = the Prophets = and = in = the Psalms = about Me [Jesus].
(Luke 24:45) And = He [Jesus] = opened their mind = to understand = the Scriptures.
(Luke 24:46) And = He = said to them, = So it is written, = and = so = it was necessary = for Christ = to suffer = and = to rise = from the dead = the third day,
(Luke 24:47) and = that = Repentance = and = remission of sins = should be proclaimed = in = His name = among = All = nations, = beginning = at Jerusalem.
(Luke 24:48) And = you = are [My] witnesses = of these things.
(Luke 24:49) And = behold, = I [Jesus] = send = the Promise = of My Father [The Holy Spirit] = on you. = But you = sit in the city of Jerusalem = until = you are clothed = with Power [Acts 2:1-to-4] = from on High [God].

All of this is… “The Gospel”…! Right away some will say that the ‘Gospel’ is in other places in the NT & OT Books. Yes and that is True. I have others tell me, that they have one of the other Gospel books… “Matthew, Mark or John”… as their favorites. That is all well! Why then did God arrange the Gospel in all these various manners? Perhaps for the same reason that... ‘Christ Jesus’ spoke in parables to the people [Matthew 13:34-35]. Perhaps it is that we are all… “Blinded in a different fashion?”


I like to use this video…
because each of us has… ‘different’ baggage that we take with us… when we come to “Christ Jesus”. Many have ‘preconceived’ ideas… that we have learned from others. Most have not read the Bible on their own… to see what ‘He’ says. If you watched this video, it explains what I mean. It is the Holy Spirit… that brings us to Christ! We do not come on our own! Examine the ‘Four Gospels’ independently and you will see what I mean about the ‘Blind Men Parody’.

(John 6:44) No one = can come = to Me [Jesus] = unless = the Father = Who has sent Me = draw him, = and = I = will raise him up = at = the last day.

(Luke 6:47-48-49) Whoever = comes = to Me = and = hears = My Words, = and = does them, = I will show you = to whom = he is like.
(Luke 6:48) He is = like a man = who built a house = and = dug deep = and = laid the foundation = on a rock; = and = a flood occurring, = the stream burst = against that house = and = could not shake it; = for it was = founded on a rock.
(Luke 6:49) But he = who hears = and = does not perform, = is like a man = who built a house = on the sand = without a foundation, = on which = the stream burst, = and immediately = it fell. = And the ruin of that house was great.

Did you notice… “Without A Foundation?” How about in Luke 24… “That all things must be fulfilled that were written…?” Many are coerced into… ‘believing in Jesus’… as an ‘emotional response’… to a sermon or music played in Church. Neither of these are with a “Salvation Foundation” and that is perhaps why… so many never seen to grow in grace! When one in another land comes to Christ… there is a price to be paid… but not here in America. Others in other lands… often lose their families and become outcasts and even martyrs.

The Easy Believe-ism… that we have here in the USA fosters a generation that have only the ‘Head Knowledge’ of “Christ Jesus”… without a “Heart Knowledge of Truth from His Word”, The Bible. Simply go back to the above verses of… “Luke 24 and Luke 6”… and read them through again. There is a foundation laid there by the ‘Scriptures’. Without them… one has absolutely no basis for… “Faith in God”… and in “His Word!” How else would someone know… “What is Promised”… What is Fulfilled… and How and Why”… Without the ‘Scriptures…?’

(2Corinthians 4:3-to-6) But = if = our gospel is hidden, = it is hidden = to those being lost,
(2Cor 4:4) in whom = the god of this world [Satan] = has blinded = the minds = of the unbelieving ones, = so that the light = of the glorious gospel of Christ = Who is the image of God = should not dawn = on them.
(2Cor 4:5) For = we do not preach = ourselves, = but = Christ Jesus as Lord [Boss], = and ourselves = your servants = for Jesus' sake.
(2Cor 4:6) For = it is God = Who said, = "Out of darkness = Light shall shine; " Who shone = in our hearts = to give the brightness = of the knowledge = of the glory of God = in the face of = Jesus Christ.

“Unless” you can… ‘digest and understand’ these facts about God... His Word... the fulfillment of ‘Christ Jesus’… according to the “Scriptures”… “How Then”… can you effectively communicate… The Gospel…?

“Evangelism”… is spoken about by Christ as… “And you are witness of these Things… Luke 24:44-to-49”. How many times have you heard a clear explanation of the Gospel… with the terms… “And Repentance and remission of Sin…Luke 24:47?” What do you have to ‘Repent From…?’ Simply a violation of the… Law [Word] of God… and your refusal to allow… “Him to be God = Alone!” Luke 6 emphatically says… “But he that hears and does not perform”. Perform what? What Christ Jesus has said in His Word. Remember the term… “LORD?” It means… “BOSS!”

(John 7:38) The one = who believes in = Me [Jesus], = as = the Scripture = has said, = will have = rivers of living water = flowing from = his heart."
(John 7:39) Now = He [Jesus] said this = about the [Holy] Spirit, = whom those = who were believing = in Him [Jesus] = were to receive. = For = the [Holy] Spirit = was not yet present, = because = Jesus = had not yet = been glorified.

Did you Notice… “As the Scripture has said…?” Tie that in with… “Luke 24:22 = that = all things = must be fulfilled = which were written = in = the Law of Moses = and = in = the Prophets = and = in = the Psalms = about Me [Jesus]. Now without this Foundation… no one has any authority to… Preach the Gospel! Evangelism comes from “The Father”… to His laborers… for His Harvest… which He has called to Himself.

(1Corinthians 15:3-4) For I [Paul] = delivered unto you = first of all = that which = I also received, = how that = Christ died for our sins = according to the Scriptures;
(1Co 15:4) And = that He [Christ] = was buried, = and that = He = rose again = the third day = according to = the Scriptures:

“Any and All Authority”… is from the Scriptures. Without them we only have… “Church-E-Entity!” That is why some say… “My church” or “My Denomination” or “My thoughts” or “My beliefs”… about ‘Jesus!’ Most leave out “Christ Jesus”… which again is… His Messianic Name… “Messiah!” This is in fulfillment of… “The Scriptures!” Simply look at… “Matthew 4:4 & Luke 4:4” and see what Christ Jesus said to Satan? … “It is written…!” You argue with Me [Jesus]… then you argue with… “GOD… that gave… the Scriptures!”

Recently, I had someone… say to me, “What about those that ‘do not’ come to Christ, did Christ die for their sins also…? Is there a ‘Limited Atonement’… only for those that come to Christ Jesus? Absolutely Yes! Perhaps I may share with you my understanding of this fact?

1. I give you a check for… “10,000 dollars!”
2. You thank me and ‘Never’ cash that check!
3. You think that it is charity but I tell you it is ‘grace’ with no strings attached.
4. Still… you want to succeed on your own, with the help of no one.
5. You die…!
6. Your heirs close your estate and find my check to you for the money.
7. They go to the Bank… and try and cash my check, made out to you.
8. The bank informs them… sorry the person is dead; the funds are “Non-Transferable!”

That is a ‘word picture’… of “Salvation”. God calls “All” mankind to Himself. Many refuse His gift of Grace in payment for their… “Sin / Sins.” Their ‘Refusal’ to cash their check, the… “Gift of God”… will leave one… without the ‘eternal’ payment for their… “Sin / Sins!” This… Atonement by Christ Jesus for YOU… is paid for by the… “Death, Burial and Resurrection of Himself”… But…rejected by You! Where then do you expect to spend eternity… after spitting in the face of God and refusing His gift of Grace to you? This is the Gospel… that we communicate as… “Evangelism = You are Witnesses of these Things… “Luke 24:44-to-49”

(Hebrews 10:29) How much = more = severe a punishment = do you think = that person deserves = who tramples on = God's Son, = treats as common = the blood of the covenant = by which it was sanctified, = and = insults = the Spirit of grace?

Continued in next part… [4-of ?]…!

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

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