“For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, about our coming to you—it has not proven to be purposeless.”
1 Thessalonians 2.1
When the gospel is preached, God brings forth fruit. The truth is not without effect. Paul recalled the conversion of the Thessalonians. His work among them was the best answer to critics who charged him with disinterest or hidden motives.
How does our work show our purpose and motives? How can you be sure that the gospel will bear fruit?
#gospel #mission #VOTD
“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went” Acts 8:4.
This statement has always run counter to what I’ve observed in the my two decades of ministry. If evangelism is to happen, then every factor in people’s lives have to be perfect. After things are going well in the marriage, with the kids, with finances, at work, and with friends, then life is stable enough to think about telling someone else about Jesus. But, as long as even just one piece of our life’s puzzle is out of place, then we shrink back into ourselves to lick our wounds and figure it out.
Guess how often Satan is going to make sure that you have a struggle going on if it will keep God’s people from preaching the gospel? Always.
Not Christians in the first century! Like coals of a fire when a large log is thrown onto them, they spread and catch onto other tinder. How frustrated Satan must have been during the early decades of Jesus’ church! Nothing he threw at them worked; those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
How could that be us again? We tell of other things that are important to us. The gospel must become important. Our faith must grow.
Are you telling the gospel?
#evangelism #devotional #struggles #gospel
“Now those who had been forced to scatter went around proclaiming the good news of the word.”
All except the apostles were forced to leave Jerusalem because of the persecution launched after Stephen’s death.
The Good News is what got them persecuted, but because all the saints understood that they had been give a mission by the Lord, they continued to proclaim it.
#gospel #mission #VOTD
Christians must try to teach Bible truth and correct “those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV). Those who contradict Bible place themselves in opposition, and need to “know the truth,” because some are not “straightforward about the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:14 NKJV). They are ensnared of the Devil and need to “come to their senses,” or be sane, again! The Devil’s doctrine “captivates,” but knowledge of God’s truth, frees a person to do God’s will.” Repentance is that change of heart that will make the difference. God “now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
“Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.”
1 Peter 4.6
God’s standards are to suffer in the flesh and finish with sin (v. 1), to do his will (v. 2), and to refuse the pressure of what non-Christians desire (vv. 3-4), on whom judgment will come (v. 5).
What is the purpose of the gospel?
#gospel #spiritual-life #VOTD
“Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus the city treasurer and our brother Quartus greet you.”
Hospitality in the New Testament is a missionary function.
How can you use your home to further the gospel?
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
Все же от Бога, Иисусом Христом примирившего нас с Собою и давшего нам служение примирения, потому что Бог во Христе примирил с Собою мир, не вменяя людям преступлений их, и дал нам слово примирения. (2-е Коринфянам 5:18-19 Russian)
O LORD God, I call upon you, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer and dear Father in heaven in whom I trust for eternal life and for daily sustenance. Thank you Lord for making it possible for the gospel message to reach from Jerusalem to America where it found its way into my heart. Those people who faithfully did their work as ministers of reconciliation brought me hope of everything that is good in this life and the next to come. Be with everyone who works fervently and wholeheartedly to carry this message of truth. Help us to realize fruit from our labors, but if not, may the planted seed bear fruit that sprouts up into eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr.
Gospel Minister, Cedar Key FL