Saturday February 5, 2005
Into All the World
Our Lord commanded that our attention be on the world - on the hurting, the fearful, and those who have no hope. Instead, many churches spend a high percentage of their time and resources on their own congregation's needs. We who make up God's church need to get our thoughts aligned with His and return to the primary mission of the church: to tell the world the truth about the very grave danger facing mankind and about Jesus, the only One who can rescue them.
The church has been given the charge to demonstrate before an unbelieving world why the heavenly Father sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to earth: to reveal through His life who God is, and to accomplish through His death the reconciliation of sinful man to God. Everything else we talk about - baptism, discipleship, giving, and righteous living - are extensions of the Gospel but not the heart of it.
No other "word" is necessary because the good news about Christ our Savior is sufficient. It relates to every maturity level, need, and season of life. It contains simple truths that the youngest or the most uneducated can understand, and it is superior to every other philosophy or religion. Every single promise God made is fulfilled through the person of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20 ) Finally, the Gospel's words are absolutely sure. Its eternal truths need no correction, never change, andlead to salvation through faith in Jesus.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you - as a "living stone" of the church - to examine what message your life and words have been proclaiming. Only the Gospel of Christ saves.
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