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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Persecution

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Persecution

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 12 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 11, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Forget That Jesus Is Coming Soon".

The eighth reason why we do not evangelize is that we are afraid of persecution. Are you unwilling to share your faith with someone else because you have a fear of being persecuted? No one likes to experience rejection, hurt, or pain. It is a natural instinct to avoid situations that might cause us pain or preventable harm. However, when it comes to sharing The Gospel, as Christians, we cannot allow a fear of persecution to prevent us from doing what we have been called to do by God.

In the book of Acts, the spreading of the gospel was the main priority of believers. The early church rallied together and boldly proclaimed the truth of The Gospel, even in the face of great persecution. They were not ashamed of the Gospel because they understood that Jesus was the only way for all men to be saved. As Christians, often we know this truth, but practicing this truth is a different story.

Romans 1:16 (NASB) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

2 Corinthians 4: 8-11 (ESV) - “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”

How would you respond if you were faced with the option of denying your faith or enduring persecution? My heart is gripped when I read about the beheading of John the Baptist, the stoning of Stephen, murder of James, and imprisonment of Peter. They knew they would be hated by the world because of Jesus. Yet, this did not dissuade them from sharing their faith even unto death. These heroes of the faith were not afraid of persecution for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Mark 6:25-27 (NKJV) – “Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and beheaded him in prison,”

Act 7:54-60 (NKJV) – “When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

Acts 12:1-3 (NLT) – “About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter.”

Hebrews 11:36-38 (NKJV) – “Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.”

Despite the risk of persecution, the Christians in the early church continued to spread the Gospel and the Church rapidly grew. As Christians, we must be aware that the world will not like us because of the Word of God. So, we must come to the realization that persecution comes with salvation. If we are living according to the Word of God, the world will hate us. Nevertheless, our lives should stand out from the world and shine as lights pointing the world to Christ.

John 17:14-17 (NLT) – “I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do.”

John 15:19-21 (NKJV) “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”

Do not be surprised if you experience persecution and do not let fear stop you from sharing the truth of the Gospel with a world that so gravely needs Christ. We are blessed when we are persecuted for righteousness, insulted or falsely accused because our reward is great in heaven.

Matthew 5:10-12 (NASB) -“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ″Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. ″Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

1 Peter 4:12-14 (NKJV) - "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified."

Matthew 5:44 - (NKJV) “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you."

Let’s follow Jesus’ instructions and His example by praying for those who persecute us. Today, evangelize with boldness and do not allow the fear of persecution to prevent you from sharing your faith! Rejoice, your reward will be great in heaven!

Tomorrow, we will begin our new discussion on; “How do we evangelize?”

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The Story of The Body Church: Part Two

Date - Sunday, September 27th, 2015

The Body Church,

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Think It's Our Responsibility</a

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 10 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 9, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves".

The sixth reason why we do not evangelize is because we don’t feel it is our responsibility.

Is it your responsibility to evangelize or does this responsibility lie with those who are called by God to the ministry of evangelism? Are you unclear on whose responsibility it is to evangelize? Sometimes, when we are unsure about a particular situation, it's easier to avoid the situation altogether. Hummm… so whose responsibility is it anyway? Let’s see what the scripture has to say about the difference between an evangelist and evangelizing?

Based on Ephesians 4:11-13, evangelists are gifts given to the body of Christ. The scripture tells us that the purpose of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers is to equip and edify the body of Christ. The office of an Evangelist is considered one of these five-fold ministry gifts. The gift of Evangelism is an anointed office given to those who gather souls into the kingdom with the message of the Gospel and motivate others to do the same. Those in this office are usually called by God into the full time vocation of evangelism of souls. Two examples of well-known evangelists are Billy Graham and Reinhard Bonnke.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NKJV) – “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;”

John 4:35-37 (NKJV) – “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.”

2 Timothy 4:5 (NKJV) – “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Isaiah 52:7 (NASB) – “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Are you called to be an Evangelist? Then uphold your responsibility by sharing the love of Jesus in the place where the Lord has sent you. Jonah is an example of an evangelist who did not wish to go to the people of Nineveh. In his opinion, the people of Nineveh were wicked and did not deserve to receive a warning message from God. Initially, Jonah did not feel it was his responsibility to share God’s message with the people He was being sent to. We all know how Jonah’s story ended. So, don’t be like Jonah.

Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT) – “The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are. “But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.”

What about Matthew 28:18-20? Has Jesus not commanded all Christians to evangelize? Yes, this passage of scripture is clear that the act of evangelizing is the responsibility of every born-again believer! Jesus commands every Christian to share The Good News with unbelievers. Our great love, thankfulness, and desire to obey Him should compel us to share the message of salvation with others. We all are responsible for fulfilling The Great Commission within our sphere of influence.

Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) – “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

2 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV) – “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Are you called to evangelize? If yes, then, do so indiscriminately. It is the desire of God that no one is lost and all come into the saving knowledge of God. Peter is an example of someone who was told by God to evangelize to a person he did not wish to associate with. In his opinion, Cornelius, a Roman Officer was unclean and he did not feel it was his responsibility to share The Gospel with anyone like him. Initially, he would not have evangelized to him, but a vision from God changed his mind.

Acts 10:9-21 (NLT) – “The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon, and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean. But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.”

Whether you are called to the office of an Evangelist or not, if you are a born-again Christian, it is your responsibility to evangelize. Not one Christian is exempt from sharing the message of The Gospel because it is the power of God to salvation for all who believe. Evangelize to the lost, no matter who they are. Let’s not take our responsibility to evangelize lightly. For if we fail to fulfill our responsibility to evangelize and they die in their sins, God will hold us responsible.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Ezekiel 3:18 (NLT) – “If I warn the wicked, saying, 'You are under the penalty of death,' but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.”

Today, grab hold of the honor and privilege of sharing The Gospel with those who need salvation. Yes, it is YOUR responsibility to reach the lost!

Tomorrow, we will discuss the seventh reason we do not evangelize; we forget that Jesus is coming soon.

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves

Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Do Not Love Others As Ourselves

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 9 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 8, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don’t Love the Word".

The fifth reason why we do not evangelize is because we do not love others as ourselves.

How do you see yourself? Proverbs 23:7 reminds us that as we think in our heart, so are we. If you were a stranger on the street, would you want to be your friend? Take a moment to seriously ponder this question. You know your character, morals and your past. As a result, you know the kind of friend you would be to others. Do you truly love or hate yourself? The Lord commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. If you do not love yourself, then you will not love others. Why? Because you cannot give away what you do not already possess.

Matthew 22:39 (NIV) - “And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If you had a physical need, would you want someone to try to meet it? Is not the need for salvation the greatest need of every human heart?

Matthew 25:35-36 (NLT) - “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”

1 John 4:7-12(NLT) – “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

Jude 1:21-23 (KJV) – “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

As I stated in my previous article; Why Do We Evangelize: To Help Set Other Free, I believe the most loving thing that you could do for someone is tell them the truth so they can experience freedom. If you did not know the saving love of Jesus Christ, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you about Him?

Love tells us the truth and the truth sets us free! I am glad that someone loved me enough to tell me about Jesus so that I can love others in the same manner. When I reflect on the wonderful benefits the Lord has bestowed on my life, I cannot help but tell others about Him. What about you?

Psalm 103:2-5 (NASB) – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

Don't forget what The Lord has done. Today, show someone that you love them by telling them The Gospel!

Tomorrow, we will dicuss the sixth reason we do not evangelize; we don’t feel it is our responsibility.

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Difficult Questions

Question

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 7 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 6, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Rejection".

A third reason why we do not evangelize is that we are afraid of difficult questions. We do not want to get asked a question that we do not have an answer for. No one likes to be the person with the wrong answer. We all want to be right sometimes, if not all the time. We ascribe to the belief that it is not wise to speak as an expert on a topic if we are not qualified to do so. For example, you would not speak about "rocket science" if you were not a "rocket scientist". Unfortunately, we often apply this same belief to sharing The Gospel. 🙂 Hummm...Why is this? As Christians who have personally experienced the love of Christ through His saving grace, are we not qualified to share our faith with those around us?

Perhaps we avoid evangelizing so we are not seen as people who do not have answers for every question that is presented to us. Could this be pride? If the questions were, "How many of each type of animal were allowed in Noah’s Ark?";"Who deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?" we would boldly proclaim "two" and "The serpent." However, we fear the possibility of being asked more complex questions such as “Were there dinosaurs in Noah’s Ark?”; “What specific type of fruit did Adam and Eve eat from the tree?” These are good questions. So, to avoid feeling embarrassed or engaging in controversial discussions, we eliminate our practice of evangelizing all together.

The reality is, sometimes questions related to obscure details about the Bible can make us feel uncomfortable if we do not readily know the answers. As uncomfortable as these situations may seem, do not allow them to deter you from your mandate to share The Gospel. When evangelizing, your posture should be to stick to The Gospel and rely on the Holy Spirit to give you the words to say. Remember, its all about Jesus! Do not allow difficult questions to distracted you from discussing mankind's struggle with sin and the redeeming power of the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross for us.

1 Corinthians 2:2 (NIV) – “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified”

1 Corinthians 2:4 (NLT) – "And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of The Holy Spirit."

Titus 3:9 (NLT) – “Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.”

To reiterate, yes, there is a real possibility that you may be asked questions you do not have answers for. It is very important, however, to know how to respond in these situations. Do not try to argue; it's okay to say “I don’t know.” We will discuss the topic of responding in depth in the “How do we evangelize?” segment of this blog series.

The fear that we may not be able to provide adequate responses to difficult questions, can cause us to feel it is safer to avoid conversations about the Bible all together. Unfortunately, if this is our resolve, then conversations which constitute evangelizing would have to be eliminated. "May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" (Romans 6:2, NASB) We have been set free from the spirit of fear and no longer should walk in it.We are reminded in 2 Timothy 1:7 that the spirit of fear is not from God, but from the enemy.

Therefore, do not let the spirit of fear stop you from evangelizing. Instead, study the word of God, know The Gospel, be ready to share your personal testimony, and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance. He will give you wisdom, reveal mysteries from the Bible to you, and tell you exactly what He wants you to say at the right time!

Today, let's pray and repent of any fear, then ask the Holy Spirit to guide us as we evangelize. Let's make a fresh commitment to God that we will no longer allow the fear of difficult questions prevent us from sharing The Good News!

Ephesians 1:17 (NIV) – “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”

Luke 12:11-12 (NKJV) – “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Tomorrow, we will discuss a fourth reason whey we do not evangelize. Get ready!

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Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Are Afraid of Rejection

Rejection

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 6 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 5, "Why Don't We Evangelize? - We Don't Know The Word of God".

Do you regularly share your faith? If not, what excuses or obstacles are hindering you from doing so? Are you afraid of rejection? Are you trying to avoid being asked questions that you may not feel equipped to answer? These are the next two hindrances we will discuss in this blog series. Do either of these obstacles resonate with you?

2. We are afraid of rejection. This the second reason we do not evangelize.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

Have you ever been in a situation with an individual or among a crowd of people and the Holy Spirit began speaking to you? Perhaps, He told you to do something specific, quote a particular verse, prophesy to someone, or pray but in that moment you did not comply? Prior to being in that situation, your intentions were to obey the voice of God anytime, all the time, anywhere, and everywhere.

However, the fear of rejection by man caused you to ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit when around a certain individual or crowd. Perhaps it seemed more comfortable to blend in with the status quo and avoid man's potential rejection. Until that moment, you were unaware of your propensity to ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and your fear of rejection prevailed.

Galatians 1:10 (ESV) – “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 19 -22 (NASB) –“Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”

Peter had a similar experience. I believe that Peter truly believed that He would proclaim his allegiance to Christ anytime, all the time, anywhere, and everywhere. A few hours before Jesus was arrested, Peter even spoke boldly of his dedication to the Lord.

Matthew 26:35 (ESV) – “Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.”

Matthew 26:24 (NLT) Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, Peter--this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me."

However, just as Jesus prophesied, Peter denied his allegiance to Him three times, that same night. Peter was unaware of the darkness that was still hidden in his heart. He was afraid of rejection. The high priests and the masses all had rejected Jesus and accused him of blasphemy. Peter feared that he too would be rejected if he admitted his allegiance to Christ. Instead of proclaiming his relationship with Christ, he swore and denied all associations. Peter’s heart had failed him at a crucial time and he wept bitterly at this realization. Until that moment, Peter was completely unaware of his propensity to deny Christ. Have you ever experienced this?

Matthew 29:69-75 – “Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth. Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.”

Like Peter, have you ever been shocked by the hidden darkness that was in your heart? "Where did that come from? How did that get there? You were puzzled by your weakness. Jesus knew the depths of Peter’s heart. Jesus also knows the depths of all of our hearts today, yet He still loves us deeply. All the more reason to reciprocate His love by telling others about your love for Him. Today, choose the approval of God over the approval of man and evangelize!

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) – “But the LORD said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT) – “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."

Do not allow the fear of rejection to hinder you any longer from evangelizing. Be bold and do not shrink back from the opportunity to share the good news with those around you. Declare today; "I am not ashamed of The Gospel!" Get ready! Tomorrow, we will discuss the third reason we do not evangelize.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

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Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus

Why Do We Evangelize? - Our Love For Jesus

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 3 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 2, "Why Do We Evangelize? - It's A Commandment".

2 Timothy 2:4(NIV) - “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

John 14:5(NLT) - "If you love me, obey my commandments.”

This brings us to the second reason why we evangelize. We evangelize because we love Jesus and want to tell others about Him. When you love someone you find great pleasure in telling others about the impact they have had on your life.

Since we truly love Jesus, we are not able to contain the great news of what He has done in our lives. Our response to the great love He has shown us is to tell others about Him. We each have a testimony of what the Lord has saved us from, kept us from, or both! Our testimonies are powerful! We have been forgiven for innumerable sins and transgressions. This alone should compel us to testify of the great love of the Lord!

Luke 7:47(NLT) - “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - “And they overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.”

We can observe a love for Jesus that resulted in evangelism through the lives of a Samaritan woman and the Apostle Paul.

First, the Samaritan woman spent one moment with Jesus at a well. Her encounter with Jesus was so impactful that she immediately began to evangelize to an entire community about her experience!

John 4:39-42(NIV) - “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have.”

Second, the Apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. As a result of meeting Jesus, he was greatly impacted. His transformation resulted in Him denouncing all ties to his former life and dedicating the rest of His days to worldwide evangelism.

Philippians 3:3-11(NLT) -“For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”

Psalm 103:1-5(KJV) - Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

What’s your testimony? Let’s take a moment and reflect on where you were when Jesus came to set you free. Were you like the Samaritan woman with a history of failed relationships, rejection and pain? Were you like the Apostle Paul with a history of great achievements but self-righteous and murderous? You did not choose Him, He chose you and loved you first. Now, consider where you are now in your life. REJOICE in His promises of a great future and a hope in Him!

1 John 4:19(KJV) – “We love Him because He first loved us.

Isaiah 1:18(NASB) -“Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”

Jeremiah 29:11(NLT)- “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

What manner of love is this? All of our past sins have been washed away (Isa. 1:18) and our latter end WILL be greater than our former (Haggai 2:9). The unfathomable love that Jesus has lavished on us should compel us to tell the world all about Him and all He has done in our lives!

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Why Do We Evangelize? - It's A Commandment

Why Do We Evangelize? - It's A Commandment

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 2 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 1, "Evangelism: Four Questions We Should Ask Ourselves".

I have heard it said that when people do not know the purpose of something, they will abuse it. Therefore, I believe the first question we need to answer concerning evangelism is the reason for doing it. So why do we evangelize? If Christians do not know the reason or purpose of evangelism, it could potentially be viewed as pointless. Hence, they are unlikely to actively evangelize in the manner that it was intended.

There are many opinions and motives for why Christians evangelize. However, I would like to highlight three reasons that I observe from the scriptures. These three reasons for evangelism are as follows;

1) We are commanded by Jesus to do so

2) We love Jesus and want to tell others about Him

3) We have a passion for the unsaved to experience freedom.

The first reason to evangelize is that we are commanded by Jesus to do so. After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples on several occasions. His resurrection from the dead was undeniable. However, He would soon ascend to the right hand of the Father until the final day of His return. Prior to leaving, He gave His disciples a command that is known as the Great Commission.

Mark 16:14 (NIV) - “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

We see in this scripture that Jesus said “go ye into all the world”. He did not say “consider ye going”; “a few of ye go” or “vote about going”. He gave us a clear directive to “go ye into to all the world...” Jesus’ master plan for spreading the Gospel hinges on the obedience of His followers. There is not a plan B.

In His infinite wisdom, He gave His followers the assignment of spreading the message of salvation. Now, He is patiently waiting for everyone to hear the truth and make a personal choice to accept or reject His gift of salvation. Essentially, His deepest desire is for none of mankind to perish in hell but to live with Him for eternity.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) - “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

The Great Commission is a direct command from our Commanding Officer, Jesus Christ. Just like any other command given by Jesus, the work of spreading the Gospel should be viewed as a priority by all who consider themselves soldiers or followers of Christ. In reality, the distractions of daily living can cause some of us to push this directive lower or even completely off our list of priorities. In fact, our hearts are sometimes drawn away by a love for other things than Jesus Christ. This brings us to the second reason why we evangelize.

2 Timothy 2:4(NIV) - “No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”

John 14:5 (NLT) -"If you love me, obey my commandments.”

We evangelize because we love Jesus and want to tell others about Him. When you love someone you find great pleasure in telling others about the impact the person has had in your life. We'll continue from here tomorrow with more on the second reason for evangelism.
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One: The Power of Speaking The Same Language

Date - Sunday, August 9th, 2015

The Body Church

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays

10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer

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Divine Encounters With Jesus - Only Believe

CLICK HERE TO SEE "HEARING GOD'S VOICE"

Date - Sunday, July 26th, 2015

The Body Church
3015 Rainbow Dr,
Suite #142,
Building #3009,
Decatur, GA 30034

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer

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