Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What is most valuable to you? Sometimes people say that if you look at your checkbook or bank statement that will tell you what is most valuable to you. Is it from your heart? Do you scrimp and save for whatever it is? Where are your thoughts? Are they directed toward that thing in your free time? Do you dream of it? When your mind wanders, where does it go most often?
Where should your mind go? Do you know? Is it directed toward what it should be?
Finding common ground, and earning the right to be heard are key in the concept of Lifestyle Evangelism. The idea is to make friends and share the Gospel as you go.
An Evangelistic Lifestyle is very different. Sharing the Gospel is primary, and being friends with people is natural. A Christian should be kind, caring, friendly, [...]
Most churches say that they share the Gospel.
Most pastors say that they encourage their people to share the Gospel.
If this is so, why is it that no one has ever tried to share the Gospel with me? Why is it so rare to see anyone sharing the Gospel with someone while I’m out and about [...]
1 John says “God is love.”
Christians see this and are encouraged. They know that God is love and that God is just. Since God is just, he must punish those who sin. Since God is love, he made a way out of that punishment through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ bled and died on [...]
I saw a guy leaning up against his truck each day on the way home. He had on a heavy coat. He had a big beard. He always had a can of beer in his hand.
I started to pray for him. I prayed that the Lord would send someone to share the Gospel with him. [...]
“I used to be a Christian. I went to church, and Bible study and prayed and all that. I was even born again.” – Jay
“Did you know the Lord?” – Tim
“Yeah, I knew the Lord.” – Jay
“So, you walked away from Him on purpose?” – Tim
Jay’s friends came and interrupted our conversation.
But, why did I [...]
“That is NOT in the Bible! Jesus did NOT say that!”
I’d just given a Million Dollar Bill tract to a lady working at a food truck serving Bar-B-Que. She read the tract aloud and said, “Men are hardwired for lust! That’s how the human race continues.
She had a problem with the seventh commandment, but thanked [...]
A lot of people travel during the summer, whether it’s for vacation or work, or to visit relatives. If it is more than across town, that means stopping along the way at least for gas if you’re driving. If you fly, there are even more stops, and more interactions with people you’ve never met before.
Some people have interesting comments and questions as you share the Gospel at the free speech plaza in downtown Eugene. Then again, you could probably hear some of the same kinds of things in the city where you live too. Here are a few of them:
“I believe in Science.” – Sidney
“Okay, tell me about science.” [...]
You and I have thought, said and done things that break God's Law. His most basic laws are to love God and love your neighbor. But, they are most specific for the conscience in the 10 commandments.
I'll sum them up with a question or so for each, so you can test yourself and see how you measure up.
1.) No other gods. Do you have anything in your life more important than God?
2.) Don't make idols. Have you made a god that you feel is better than GOD Himself? For example, "My god would never send anyone to Hell!"
3.) Don't use God's name as a cuss word. Have you ever said, "Oh my ____!" Or used the name of the Lord Jesus Christ when you were angry?
4.) Keep the sabbath day holy. Do you take time out to worship God?
5.) Honor your mom and dad. How well do you get along with your parents? Have you ever been in trouble with them?
6.) Don't murder. Jesus said that hateful thoughts count the same as murder to God. Have you ever been super angry at someone?
7.) Don't commit adultery. Jesus said that even looking with lust counts as adultery to God. Have you ever looked at someone with lustful thoughts?
8.) Don't steal. Have you ever taken anything that didn't belong to you?
9.) Don't lie. How many lies have you told in your life?
10.) Don't covet. Have you ever desired things that others own?
Now that you can see how bad your sin is, here's God's punishment for sin: Hell. Being in a lake of burning fire and darkness, alone forever.
The Bible says that after you die, then there is judgment.
Now, here's the Good News part of the Gospel.
Since God had to punish someone for the wrong things you have thought, said and done, he could either punish you or someone else.
He punished someone else.
This person never broke God's law in any way at all. He never thought, said or did anything wrong, ever! He did everything perfect. He preached to people to turn from sin and turn to God. He did miracles, like making blind people see and even raising dead people to life.
He was punished in your place. He was beaten with whips. He was mocked and taunted. He was lied about. He was put on trial several times and even though there was no evidence of wrong doing on his part he was condemned to die.
He was nailed to a cross. He bled and died on that wooden cross where you and I deserved to be.
He didn't have to do that. He could've said, "All those people have sinned and deserve Hell. Now is a good time to send them there." But, He didn't. He loved you and me enough to take the punishment for you and me.
His name was the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you repent of your sins; turn from the wrong things you do and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ completely. He saves you from God's Punishment, and changes you on the inside.
He makes it so that the wrong things you used to do, now you start to hate them. He changes you so that you want to read the Bible. You want to pray. You want others to know about the Lord Jesus Christ. He makes you different on the inside and it spills out into every area of your life.
Will you repent and trust now? Today? This is your opportunity. Please take it.
If you have questions or want to talk about it, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org