How shall they hear without a preacher?

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Isaiah 52:7. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”

 

There are many kinds of Christians in the world. There are loud Christians, quiet Christians and every variety in between.  But whether you are comfortable sharing your faith to an open audience, or prefer a quiet representation of your Christian faith through the way you live your life, it is imperative that those around us know who we belong to and what He has done.

Romans 1 16

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

The only way people will hear about the good news is if we tell them. Because the faith that develops the faith for salvation comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God

Romans 10: 

13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”[17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

If you look back on your own experience you can trace your development of faith back to someone who told you the good news of Jesus Christ.   Some of us grew up with Christianity and it still didn’t take until we heard the Holy Spirit inspired word of God about the liberty of salvation in Christ Jesus and suddenly the light went on.  The point being …we heard

Now back in the day when the disciples were rocking the dusty roads of Judea, there was one way to do this…..preaching the good news.

Today its slightly different, we can preach, post, tweet, like, friend, pinterest, text, email, etc. And all are valid ways to get the word out.  And you can do it without saying much at all, just live as Christ and represent. As long as they know who you belong to, and see the peace in your life people will want that.  There is a lot of desire out there to save the world, and I can think of no better way to save the world, than to SAVE the world.

And to do that, you have to communicate. “And how shall they hear without a preacher?” 

This Post is Dedicate to Bruce Morrison. The loudest Christian I ever knew, who hardly said a word.

Am I Really Saved

questionmarkcloud-310x190(Note: This Message contains basic descriptions of Faith, Belief and Actions, this is not meant to be a complete description, the depth of these things have been plumbed for centuries and the bottom not found. The basic descriptions are given to help answer the question.)
When wandering the halls of people’s conversation on the topic of Christianity, there are many and varied questions. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. But none of these questions get my attention as much as the query, Am I really saved?
To begin to answer this question, let us turn to what is unarguably the most well known scripture in the New Testament.
John 3:16 For God so loved the World that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever should believe in Him, should not perish but have everlasting Life.
While this one scripture could spurn many topics, the one we are interested in is this: Whosoever Should BELIEVE in Him, Should not perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE.
By this one Scripture we know that Salvation (everlasting Life) Is Gained by Believing.
So the Question Asked, “Am I really saved?” Is better asked, “Do I really believe?”
Because we know the Bible Promises are real and God honors all His Promises, so then if He promises us that If we Believe we will be saved, we know that is true.
So then what is Belief and what does it require. Belief, in its simplest Definition is Faith paired with Action.
Faith is a Gift of God (Ephesians 2:8) without which it is impossible to Please God (Hebrews 11: 6) But Faith cannot live alone, it must be accompanied by corresponding works (James 2: 17) Faith is the Ability to See what is unseeable, and to have evidence of an invisible God. (Hebrews 11:1)
God Provides Faith, but what do we provide. Action. It is the conjoining of these that cause belief.
Let Us take a couple of simplistic examples of “worldly belief” to demonstrate the interaction of belief and action.
Example 1: You are hiking through God’s creation and you find yourself under a very precariously balanced rock that you “believe” is going to fall.
The corresponding action to that would be:
A: Sit and wait for the rock to fall
B: Move quickly out of the way to avoid disaster
The answer is Obviously B If you truly Believed the rock was going to fall you would take the A train out of there.
Example 2: You are on your way to a Baseball game and you’ve just heard on the radio that the Local Ball team is going to give $100 dollars to the first 100 people to reach the stadium that day. Now if you believed this was true what would a corresponding action be?
A: Stop at Wendy’s on the way to the ballpark to save 3 dollars on Stadium food or.
B: Get to the Stadium as quickly as possible realizing that even paying the extra money at the ball park for food would leave you 97 dollars richer?
Again the Answer is Obvious, get to the stadium and score that Benjamin. ($100)
Now that we have looked at “worldly “Situations lets look at a Spiritual One.
Example: You’ve just accepted God’s promise that you would have Eternal Life, Peace Joy, Health, prosperity, and a place in His Kingdom (promises available to all Christians) By accepting him as your Lord at the Altar Call at a local Church (or privately in your own home). Now you are leaving Church and Going back home. Do you…
A: return to the Sinful Lifestyle that you left when you came to church.
Or…
B: Do you begin Changing your life that very moment and repent of your
Sinful ways and ask God to help you from that point live a new life that God has given you.
While the answer to this question seems obvious it is often the biggest stumbling block to all new Christians.
When we accept Christ as Our Lord we are given a New Life (2nd Corinthians 5:17) And with that new life comes a new lifestyle and a realization that you are not who you were before you came to Christ. That your friends will not look at you the same, that some of your habits cannot be the same. Every one who is saved, knows this, and knows they are saved.
So then whence comes the question, “Am I saved?” It might come from a lack of knowledge of the word, or a lack of understanding, these problems can be fixed by reading the bible.
But it may also Arise from the Person who at one point agreed that Jesus is Lord, but never made the Life change to accompany it, So their experience with “Salvation” is empty, they have no real contact with the Lord because their faith has Died by the Lack of a corresponding action (James 2: 17) and they are still in their sin.
So then the Answer to the Question of “Am I really saved?” is answered by the question, “Do you really believe?” and if you really believe then your life will show it.
Prayer: Father God I thank you for your wonderful salvation in my hearts and in the hearts of all the precious believers who might read this message. Father I ask that you bless these and confirm in your heart, either your existence or the path they need to follow to gain that confirmation. We bless you Lord and we Praise you.
In Jesus Name we Pray, Amen

 

E-Mail From The Gates

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You Were Right

Date:

2/08/2003 1:32:42 PM Heaven Standard Time

From:

Joe@Heaven.Org

To:

John@Earth.Com

Hey Buddy

Man I have to tell you, things are way different than I thought they’d be

I got here earlier today..you know when it happened and things we’re kind of hectic you know. I didn’t expect there to be near as many people as there were. And it wasn’t like a good crowd, you know? I couldn’t figure that out either, cause alot I guys used to party with are here man. But something has really put a blanket over this crowd. I can’t see alot from where I am right now…Just a crowd of people ahead of me. I don’t know why I brought along my lap top, but hey since I got it, and solitaire isn’t working I thought I would email you.

Okay the line is moving a little bit now. Man this is one weird scene, there is like a million people and where all heading to what looks like a chair or something….someone is sitting in the chair, but man they have the spot lights on WAY to high, I can’t see a thing its so bright.

Okay I can see a little better, at least to the sides…..to the left wow a lot of people are going off to the left….they don’t look happy. Hey there’s Denny I’ll yell at him for you. Well the jerk didn’t even look up. Remember Denny? Man He was the Maxed Out Party GUY! He always was rocking…..he doesn’t look to happy now.

Man this light is almost too bright to stand….I’m getting really close. I hope I get to go to the right, the people who are going to the right look really happy….glowing and all. The people to the left, man that’s a bummer scene man…it seems that the people going left are being “escorted” out the door by these really beefy looking guys with wings. Some people are screaming trying to get back to the chair in the light…but those big guys are shoving them all out the door.

De-di De- di man can you say Twilight Zone? The Light is so bright I am feeling an excruciating pain, like inside me man…..and the people to the right, they look like angels or something…..and the people to left they’re screaming and sweating blood. something’s not right man, they keep screaming the name of Jesus and Asking forgiveness….weird Huh?

Oh man its almost my turn up there, I am completely surrounded by the light now, but… its like I don’t comprehend it man….and the pain is like piercing my heart….

The Chair….its not a chair…. its a throne

and the Guy on the chair….he’s he’s

No Man it Cant’ Be…

Oh Man John you were right man….all this time you were right….

Everything you said about the bible….About…Him

I mean I partied on Saturday and went to church on Sunday who knew this sh… stuff was real?

The Man on the Throne…..Its…..

Oh My God!

Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

But Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Subject: You Were Right

Matthew 25

The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?39Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44“Then they also will answer Him,[saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45Then He will answer them, saying, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”