Six reasons to tell people about Jesus

The Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ is that He was born of a virgin, He was tempted like we were but was without sin. He died on a cross, taking our sin and our punishment for us. He was buried and God raised Him from the dead on the 3rd day. All those that believe in Him will be saved and will have eternal life.

John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Romans 8:8-13
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

So why is it so important to spread this news? Why must we take this seriously? Let’s look at six reasons from Scripture.

1. It’s important to God

People coming to know the truth of Jesus and being saved is super important to God, who loves all mankind.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

1 Timothy 2:3-4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2. It’s important to heaven

Heaven rejoices when even one sinner out of many, repents and turns to Jesus.

Luke 15:7
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. 

And in case you didn’t catch that the first time…

Luke 15:10
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

3. It’s important to the church

People getting saved is supposed to be one of the main ways for church growth.

Acts 2:46-47
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

4. It’s important to the unsaved

Evangelism is important to the unsaved, because if no one tells them about Jesus, how will they know? How many people reading this article believed in Jesus without someone telling you about Him first?

Romans 10:14-15
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? 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!”

5. It’s important to the community

People turning to Jesus, transforms communities for the better.

Proverbs 11:10-11
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

6. It’s important to you

Two main things will give your life meaning and purpose.

• Fellowshipping with and ministering to God
• Fellowshipping with and ministering to your fellow man

These are not mutually exclusive, you need both as they feed back into one another.

The primary act of ministering to your fellow man is telling them about salvation though Jesus Christ – evangelism. In doing so we are partnering and co-labouring with Jesus’ ministry.

John 17:16-18
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Luke 19:9-10
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Telling people about Jesus, making disciples is for every believer, every Christian. It is not a job for a select few “super Christians”. If you have Jesus inside of you (by receiving Him as your Lord and Saviour and being born-again), then you have the nature and desires of Christ in your spirit. Jesus whats to see people saved and entering into the kingdom of God.

Doing life together

Hebrews 10:23-25
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

God never intended us to walk our Christian lives alone. We were always supposed to meet together with fellow believers, supporting and encouraging one another. When we are born-again, we are born into the family of God and we are all brothers and sisters together. It is not by accident that God uses the language of a family to describe us, it is all about relationship.

2 Corinthians 6:18
“I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”

If you are a regular reader of these articles, you may be wondering how this ties in with yesterday’s article about looking to God and not to men for our deliverance. This is the counter balance to that, we do indeed look to God for everything but we also have brothers and sisters who can encourage us when we are tired. Together we help one another to stay focused on God.

We call the family of believers on earth the church. The church is also called the body of Jesus. As we gather together as the church, we are able to learn from one another and build one another up. God gives every believer Spiritual gifts to be able to strengthen the church as a whole and make it effective in building strong, healthy members who are able to reach out to a lost and dying world.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

1 Corinthians 14:26
How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.

There is no “lone wolf” anointing in the Bible. To be separated from fellow believers is to be an easy target for the devil. We need to overcome the things that separate us by dealing with one another in love (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-8). Where offence has occurred, we need to process this and forgive. Offence is one of the greatest tools of the devil to make Christians unfruitful and derail them from their calling and purpose.

1 John 4:20-21
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.

Ephesians 4:31-32
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

The church is the group of believers who are Jesus’ body on the earth. Together as the church we are able to push back the kingdom of darkness and expand the kingdom of light, the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.

Don’t stop meeting together. Don’t let offence and apathy keep you from Christian fellowship.

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Owning the promises of God

2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (Message Translation)
Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.

We need to take ownership of the promises of God. We need to take the truth of God’s Word and plant it deep in our hearts. These truths can’t just be the Apostle Paul’s story, promises or truth, they must become our story, our promises, our truth!

Mark 4:26-29
And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

The Word of God is the seed and our hearts are the ground. When we plant the Word in our hearts and apply patience, allowing it to grow, it will produce a good harvest in our lives.

(Read the parable of the sower in Mark 4:1-20 to understand the importance of having ready, open hearts and of planting the Word of God deep in them.)

When you buy seeds from the store, while they remain in the packet, they are dormant and do nothing. It’s only when you plant them in the ground that something happens. The Word of God, the Bible that sits on your shelf can’t transform your life. It’s only when you take the truth and apply it that it can change your life.

As you plant the Word of God in your heart, as it becomes your definition and measure for truth, you will see things change for you. The world wants you to think in a certain way, it wants you to live out of a position of fear and lack. God wants you to live out of a position of His love and provision.

Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

After you are born-again, through believing in Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:8-13), then you must change your old worldly way of thinking through renewing your mind with the Word of God. You must take God’s truths and His promises and plant them deep in your heart.

Ephesians 5:25-27
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Our minds and hearts are washed by the Word of God and when we have flushed out the lies of the devil, replacing them with God’s truth, we will find our doubt and unbelief fade away. We will live by faith and see the power and blessings of God active in our lives.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Let’s be a people who take ownership of God’s promises, grabbing them with both hands and planting them deep in our hearts!

Understanding Easter Part 3

Prophesies – Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

As we lead up to Easter, let’s look a bit at the life of Jesus. The Old Testament part of the Bible was written before Jesus was born.  It was written over a period of about 1000 years with the last piece being written about 400 years before Jesus was born. The Old Testament contains over 350 prophesies about the coming Messiah, and Jesus’ life fulfills them. I will list just a few in this article, you can  “google” and find many websites listing some or all the prophecies.

Let’s look at some highlights of Jesus’ life:

Jesus was born of a virgin

It’s important that Jesus was born of a virgin because His father is God. This is how Jesus could be born into a human body but not have the sin nature that every human child inherits from their human father through Adam.

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:18
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem

Identifying the birth place of the messiah is a powerful pointer that is difficult to fake.

Micah 5:2
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”

Matthew 2:1-2
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Jesus’ family fled to Egypt to avoid the murder attempt by King Herod

More pointers, rooted in historical events which are difficult to include in a premeditated deception.

Hosea 11:1
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.

Matthew 2:13-15
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Jeremiah 31:15
Thus says the Lord: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.”

Matthew 2:16-18
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children,Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”

Jesus was betrayed by a friend

Jesus was betrayed by one of His inner circle, one of His 12 disciples, Judas. One of the many pointers that work together to paint a picture that would be very difficult for someone to manipulate.

Psalm 41:9
Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.

John 13:18
“I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me[b] has lifted up his heel against Me.’

John 13: 26
Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

Jesus was rejected by the people

Jesus even after healing many and performing many miracles, was rejected by the people. This was foretold and adds another pointer, something that was outside His control.

Isaiah 53:3
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Matthew 27:21-23
The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!” Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”

Jesus was nailed to a cross and died

The death and suffering of the Messiah was prophesied. Read Psalm 22 to see this. Jesus had to die to pay the price for sin on our behalf. We were lost, slaves to sin with no way to get out of it. Jesus an innocent and sin free, exchanged His innocence for our guilt, He died in our place and made a way from us to be reunited with God.

Psalm 22:16
For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;

John 20:24-27
Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

Psalm 34:20
He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.

John 19:31-36
Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.  But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.”

Jesus rose from the dead

The resurrection of Jesus shows us His authority and power. God proved Jesus’ claims by raising Him from the dead.

Psalm 16:10
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 13:33-35
God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’ And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus ‘I will give you the sure mercies of David.’ Therefore He also says in another Psalm: ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’

Acts 1:1-3
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 15:1-7
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.

I encourage you to investigate the prophesies about Jesus and His life, death and resurrection.

The Word of God is our guide.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

John 16:13
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

1 Corinthians 2:9-13
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.