First…the bad news

Last week at our church, we started an 8-week series during evening church on the topic of how to be an effective witness.  Our pastor is using a course by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron called The Way of the Master to seek and save the lost the way Jesus did. Tonight actually was only the second week (and the first evening I was absent…eh hum, because I was sick last week)…but I really enjoyed it this evening and felt that it was a challenge. The burning desire to share the Good News with lost souls is something that many Believers, including myself, are lacking. Perhaps fear, or rejection, or ridicule keeps us from sharing the Gospel with those around us. But wait…look at Jesus Christ Himself. He was ridiculed and laughed at. He was rejected and betrayed. He was spit upon, beaten, and eventually crucified. It is hardly likely that I would be killed for sharing the Gospel with someone at the hospital, at Wal-Mart, while babysitting, while walking down the street, in a restaurant, or in the Beauty shop. Probably the worse senario, is that ‘my victim’ would ignore me or yell at me. And even if I get yelled at or ignored…and my feelings may be hurt, so what! I planted a seed of Salvation! 1 Corinthians 15:58 ~ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Tonight, we specifically discussed how to begin sharing the Gospel with someone. Comfort and Cameron referred back to the example of Jesus Christ Himself in Mark 17-22 ~ Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”  But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Initially, Jesus had to show the man that he was indeed a sinner and needed a Savior. For a person to be ready to accept the Good News, he/she must first understand and accept the reality of the bad news. Each and every one of us have broken the 10 Commandments which is God’s law, myself included. We may not be a murderer, but what about a liar or a thief…? A liar and a thief is just as much condemned to die as a murderer.  James 2:10 ~ Whoever shall keep the whole law, yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. Breaking God’s law is sin. Sin is sin, no matter how big or small. All of us are condemned to death because of our sin. (Romans 3:23 ~ For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 ~ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.) Consider this in relation to that of a physician and a patient. For a patient to accept a medication or cure for his illness, he much first be convinced that he is sick. After all, Jesus Christ is the Great Physician and said in Mark 2:17 ~ Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

You can listen to Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s entire second session here: Discovering Hell’s Best Kept Secret.  I guarantee you don’t be sorry you listened to it!


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    Kaylene said,

    ray comfort’s materials are so good. I’ve watched the training sessions on video as well. Really inspiring.

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