Turmoil, war, sickness, troubles. WHY?

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Turmoil, war, sickness, troubles—we each have our share. WHY?

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#GodHisPlanOfSalvation #HeWillRemoveAllTurmoil

Потрясения, войны, болезни, беды —

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Turmoil, war, sickness, troubles—we each have our share. English and Russian Versions

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Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame? There’s hope here. ENGLISH VERSION

நீங்கள் இறந்த பிறகு என்ன நடக்கும் என உங்களுக்கு உறுதியாகத் தெரியவில்லை என்றால், இந்த இந்த நம்ப முடியாத குறும்படத்தைப் பாருங்கள்.

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Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame?

Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame? There’s hope here. ENGLISH VERSION

¿Sientes que tu corazón carga con el peso del temor, la culpa y la vergüenza? Aquí hay esperanza. VERSION EN ESPAÑOL

Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame?

Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame? There’s hope here. ENGLISH VERSION

¿Sientes que tu corazón carga con el peso del temor, la culpa y la vergüenza? Aquí hay esperanza. VERSION EN ESPAÑOL

Who am I and where am I going?

“I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6).

Belief in Jesus Christ as the only way to eternity, the triune God as the embodiment of truth and repentance of my sins before my heavenly Father is my confession of faith it places me in the Family of God.

Repentance of my sins?

This requires me to see myself as separated from God because of who I am and what my life has been up to the point of repentance.  It requires me to comprehend/diagnose my spirit man. not just emotionally, but within the deep recesses of my soul that I am:

  1. Sinful – my only cure is Jesus
  2. Guilty of breaking all of God’s laws and should receive the punishment which is – eternal separation from God – death – to be dead to Him eternally.
  3. In need of redemption: to be freed from the will and desire to live as I choose. Jesus is that redeemer. Christ died for me on the cross. He is my redeemer, in other words, He died so I would not have to.  After accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior, my Redeemer, my God something happens to me.
  4. Now I have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. He calls me free.

“You will know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).

But free from what?

  1. Free from the condemnation of the law of God that called me guilty, judged, and imprisoned by sin.
  2. Free from the imprisonment that sin placed on my life.
  3. Free from being separated from God eternally.
  4. Free from eternal death.
  5. Freedom from fear – I can trust God to be my protector at all times and in all circumstances. Nothing will ever happen to me that He does not know about and cannot fix!
  6. Free to love my neighbors.
  7. Free from societal morays that constrict how I see my “neighbor.”
  8. Free from the political boundaries of this world that try to confine me to love only people from my locale or culture.  Why? Because in Christ every living human being is my brother, sister, or at the Bible says, “neighbor.”  The freedom to love as God loves is the most outrageous experience that I experienced.
  9. Free from the clutches of hate. This world is permeated by hate and that comes only from the devil.
  10. Free from worry – because God is my provider.

Alright, so what if I am free? This type of freedom frees your mind, your heart, and your soul to love in a way that is not humanly possible without being a child of God who is filled with the Holy Spirit. No social activist, no politician, or political party, or act of congress can legislate this type of freedom. It comes only from being a part of the Family of God.

Where am I going – not that I am so free and so loved?

First of all, I am asking my Heavenly Father to send me out to share this freedom news with my neighbors. To tell them how they can be free from sin too.  Secondly, I know that when I close my eyes I will be living with the eternal Family of God where God dwells. I will bot be separated from Him eternally. I will not be going to hades/hell.  Call it what you may, living eternally in a place where there is no peace is not what I want for me, my children, my friends, or my neighbors.

“Who hath saved [me] and called [me] with a holy calling, not according to [my] works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given [me] in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2 Timothy 1:9).

Imagine that. He knew me before I was even thought of by my parents.  But more importantly, He had a plan of redemption for me before sin entered this world. He loved me so that He sent His one and only Son to die for my sins. So, do you want to know where you are going? Do you want to be free?  Watch this video and contact us right here on this page.

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FORUM 2 EVAN 525 Spring 2015 @ Liberty University

In McRaney, Chapter 2, the author states, “dealing with lost people will cause us to get our hands dirty and sweaty just like tending to yard work. Part of evangelism is to clear up misconceptions and misperceptions people have about the gospel. Dealing with people and evangelism is often messy.”

Consider your own conversion experience. Explain how it demonstrated “the dirty work of evangelism”? What does the discipline of servanthood evangelism teach you about the “necessity of/dirty work of” evangelism? Make sure that you address how your emerging biblical theology of evangelism and practical experience of faith can assist people in addressing their misconceptions/misperceptions regarding the gospel.

My conversion story demonstrated “Dealing with lost people will cause us to get our hands dirty and sweaty just like tending to yard work” because I was a mixed up teenager who did some despicable things to escape from her parents after being lied to by her father and step-mother. [1]  I was twelve years old when the truth about my parentage was revealed. Nothing is worse for a child than to know that; (1) she was born out of wedlock and, 2)she had been abandoned by her birth mother on the front door steps of her grandmother’s front porch when she only two weeks old.  The psychological and emotional damage of this revelation led to me develop a distrust for my father and step-mother that never waned.  Father figures were not to be trusted.  That was my final dictum. Why did it demonstrate “the dirty word of evangelism?”  A trust broken at such a young age shattered this individual’s trust for all adults.  I was determined that no adult would be able to reach me.

That was no adult except my grandmother.  I ran away to the family home in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (UK). My grandmother was dying of cancer.  My life was a mess.  I was a mess, and my grandmother was dying.  My hopes of a normal life were dashed to pieces.  My grandmother was my evangelist.  She was not at all concerned about her eternal rest. She knew where she was going.  On her death bed, she was a “servant evangelist” to her granddaughter, she sowed the seeds, watered them like a master gardener and dug around the dirt of my life.[2] She waded into the murky and messy water of my life and utilized the discipline of servant evangelism to clear up the mess that I called my life.

She epitomized the supreme power of evangelism; discussed the work of the Holy Spirit; clarified my misconceptions God as my Father and a father of love.[3]  My grandmother’s example of servant evangelism taught me that servitude is a noble thing.  Reaching out to someone and sharing the gospel with them is all that is required of me.  Her act of servant evangelism was a “single encounter” that utilized the “interpersonal approach”.[4]  She had no way of knowing if her conversation would lead me to accept Christ as my personal Savior, but she had the conversation anyway.

Evangelism brings with it many misconceptions. The biggest misperception is the role of believers as it pertains to evangelism.  Although the Bible states that God does the calling, he uses believers to tell the story in a personal, relational, and intentional manner.  Believers are not responsible for “saving” people.[5] Understanding that this scripture is as alive today as it was when it was first penned, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6 New International Version) will eliminate many of the misconceptions/misperceptions regarding the gospel.  I am a gardener so I relate to this scripture.  Planting seeds requires work, and it is messy work.  However, when they germinate and bloom into sunflowers, zinnias, hollyhocks etc., there is nothing more beautiful thant a bed of flowers.  Gardening is my theological reminder of the work of evangelism.  God created people to have a personal relationship with him. God’s word will never return to him void.  We must believe that when sharing the gospel with others.  McRaney declared, “We mistakenly think that we save people. God alone does this. Additionally, the Scriptures teach us that when people do not respond, they are rejecting the Holy Spirit, not us (1 Thess. 4:8).”[6] When a person rejects the gospel believers take it personally.

When one approaches an individual, with the intent of sharing the gospel, they must remove themselves from the equation and rely on the Holy Spirit to speak through them. There is no win or lose scenario.  Understanding that one’s faith in The Lord to give us the right words for the specific person with whom we are sharing the gospel is crucial to the process of personal evangelism.   It is as simple as sharing a meal with a person who is starving.  The worse thing they can do is throw it in your face.  The best thing they can do is eat it and nourish their bodies.  The gospel nourishes their soul.

Notes

 


[1] William McRaney, The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2003), 34-35, Kindle Edition.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.,  48-49.

[4] Ibid., 54.

[5] Ibid., 60.

[6] Ibid.

Bibliography

 

McRaney, William. The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2003.

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